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Best of Cambodia & Vietnam

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 18 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 8 people
Destination(s): Cambodia  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching  
Season: December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 5450 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5500 US Dollar (USD)

After being isolated from the birding and travelling world for so long, these two countries have become key destinations on the world birding travel map. Cambodia has emerged as one of Southeast Asia’s finest birding and cultural destinations and here we look for the globally threatened Bengal Florican and Giant and White-shouldered Ibises. At the famous Prek Toal waterbird colony, on Tonle Sap Lake (the largest lake in the region), we search for Greater and Lesser Adjutants, Black-headed Ibis and both Milky and Painted Storks. One of the highlights will be visiting a vulture restaurant where several species are expected to appear, including three critically endangered species: Red-headed, Whiterumped and Slender-billed.
In Vietnam, we concentrate on the endemic bird areas in the south, and will visit Nam Cat Tien National Park and Dalat, with its host of South Vietnamese endemics! A long list of avian highlights includes the likes of Germain’s Peacock-Pheasant, Green Peafowl, Vietnamese Greenfinch, Blackheaded ,Parrotbill, Grey-crowned Crocias, Black-hooded, White-cheeked and Orange-breasted Laughingthrushes and Bar-bellied Pitta. Now that peace reigns over these once troubled lands, we invite those with a taste for the exotic to explore these two fantastic countries with us.

Tour Dates: Best of Cambodia & Vietnam 1st to 18th December (18 days)

Tour Price: Best of Cambodia & Vietnam US$5,450 * £3,510 * €4,380 * ZAR44,500 per person sharing (see below)
US$285 approximate cost of flights
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to
exchange rate fluctuations)

Tour Size: Limited to 8 participants and 1 leader

THE ITINERARY

1st December- Arrival in Siem Riep
2nd December- Visit the Core Bird Reserve of Prek Toal and return to Siem Reap
3rd December- Siem Reap to Tmatboey via the Florican Grasslands
4th & 5th December-Tmatboey
6th December- Tmatboey to vulture restaurant at Veal Krous
7th December- Veal Krous to Kampong Thom.
8th December- Kampong Thom (Cambodia) to Cat Tien National Park (Vietnam) via Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City
9th to 11th December- Cat Tien National Park
12th December- Cat Tien National Park to Di Linh
13th December-Di Linh to Dalat
14th to 17th December- Dalat Area
18th December- Dalat to Ho Chi Minh City

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS:
The fee for the Best of Cambodia & Vietnam tour is US$5,450 * £3,510 * €4,380 * ZAR44,500 per person sharing and for the Cambodia – Angkor Wat & Remote Birding extension is US$2,025 *
£1,300 * €1,630 * ZAR16,500 per person sharing. (Please note: The fee for the main tour does NOT include the international flight from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Min City, nor does it include the domestic flight from Dalat to Ho Chi Min City. We suggest that you budget an additional US$285 per person.)
The single supplement costs for the Best of Cambodia & Vietnam tour are US$275 and US$65 respectively and will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share. IMPORTANT: Please note that there are NO
single accommodations at Tmatboey, Veal Krous and Seimadue due to space constraints. We ask for your understanding and cooperation in this regard.

This includes:
All meals from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 18 for those on the main tour,
Bottled drinking water;
All lodgings as per itinerary;
All activities and excursions mentioned in the itinerary, including boat rides on Tonle Sap Great Lake and the at the Kampi Pools, as well as the use of 4-wheel drive vehicles in Cat Tien
National Park;
All ground transportation in an air-conditioned bus;
Reserve entrance fees;
Gratuities for hotel staff, porters, etc; and
Guiding services of local guides and tour leader.

The tour fee does not include:
Any flights (see above);
Any beverages;
Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature; and Special gratuities.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

a)Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) Single supplement rates have been converted to US$ but are also subject to exchange rate movements.
b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 6 paying participants) a small party supplement will have to be charged.
c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.
d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated leader at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will
attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.

Tipping:
As noted in our itineraries, tipping (drivers, hotel staff, porters and restaurants) is included on all tours. However, if you feel that your leader/s and/or any local guides have given you exceptional service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them. However, we emphasize that such
tips should be at your own discretion and based solely on the level of your service satisfaction.

Special Notes:
Some of our time is spent in vehicles, as we do have to cover fair distances in order to get to the best areas for birds and animals. The more luggage you pack, the less room there is in the
vehicle, so it is important for the comfort of your fellow travellers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20kg (44lb) for check in luggage and 8kg (+-18lb) for hand luggage.
Leeches do occur in some of the reserves and encountering them really depends on how much recent rain there has been. If you do have leach socks, it might therefore be a good idea to bring
them along; otherwise, tucking your long pants into your socks is usually sufficient to deter them from latching on.
Cambodia & Vietnam are developing countries with a limited though rapidly changing infrastructure which, together with the incredible seasonal changes as exemplified most graphically by the Tonle Sap Lake, means that schedules need to have a degree of flexibility.
The rapid pace of development means that both countries will change irrevocably over the coming period and the next few years may be the last chance to catch these countries, standing
as anomalies in the 21st century.
The itinerary takes in the WCS Conservation sites across Cambodia where, because of the partnership with WCS, we have exclusive access to environmentally sensitive areas of special
biodiversity. These sites by their very nature are often in remote areas where local communities have limited exposure to other Cambodians, let along foreigners. This cultural gap is bridged by the multi-lingual SVC Guide. Nonetheless, what sometimes seem like the simplest tasks can become very complicated, so please have patience.

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE DETAILS:
The first day of the tour is an arrival day and you are free to arrive at any time on this day. The tour will conclude in the evening on day 18 at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. As there is an internal flight on this final day it is recommended that you book your international flight to depart in the late evening. For those doing the Cambodia extension, the tour starts in Siem Reap by 12 noon on day 1. Kindly arrive in advance of this time on this day, or the day before. The extension ends in Siem Reap in the late afternoon on day 7. Once again, as there is a long drive on this final day it is recommended that you book your international flight to depart for the late evening on this day, unless you are staying on for the main tour. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard kindly contact the office.

FLIGHTS:
Siem Reap is the main port of entry for international flights to Cambodia and is well serviced by all of the world’s major airlines. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences, but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. We can, however, book the internal flight/s on your behalf. IMPORTANT: please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Tour price: US$5,450 * £3,510 * €4,380 * ZAR44,500 per
person sharing (see below)
US$285 approximate cost of flights
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to
exchange rate fluctuations)

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