The trip takes
you to one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the temples of Angkor
Wat. Then across Lake Tonle Sap Asia's largest fresh water lake
to the capital Phnom Penh. After visiting the faded colonial charms
of the city you will travel onto the coast at Sihanoukville taking
in abandoned towns and national parks. We travel through the most
scenic and interesting parts of Cambodia stopping at all the main
sights on the way. There is plenty of time to explore the cities,
historical sites, markets and to relax.
DAY 1: Mid-day departure with Thai International Airways
from London, Heathrow.
2: Connecting flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap arriving around
mid-day. Transfer to the hotel, which is located in the central
part of the town. Mid-afternoon drive to Angkor Wat and view the
sunset from Phnom Bakheng.
3: All day tour of the temple complex. Visit the South Gate
of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Elephant Terrace
and the Terrace of the Leper King.
4: After Breakfast travel down to the Vietnamese floating village
before catching the afternoon boat to Phnom Penh. It takes about
4 hours across the Tonle Sap and then along the Tonle River.
5: All day city tour; visit National Museum, Silver Pagoda and
6: Departure from Phnom Penh to Takeo and on arrival take a
speed-boat to Phnom Da Hill. Explore the caves with there shrines
before reaching Phnom Da temple. Visit the Asram Maharosei (6th
C.), an Indian-style sandstone temple and visit the museum where
reproductions of objects found in the region are displayed. After
lunch we continue to Kampot near the coast.
7: Travel along the coast to Kep and enjoy the beauty of the
beach and the old colonial villas that line the beach front. A popular
retreat for the French until independence and then abandoned in
1979 when the Khmer Rouge where ousted by the Vietnamese. Late afternoon
we return to Kampot.
8: After breakfast drive to the top of Bokor Mountain National
Park. Visit the ancient hill resort with the ruins of the casino
hotel, church and other buildings, which failed to escape the ravages
of time and war. A 1000m high plateau of steaming jungle, shy wildlife
and abandoned buildings. Picnic lunch on site. Return to Kampot.
9: After breakfast we travel along the coast to Sihanoukville
also known as Kompong Som. This is Cambodia's leading beach resort.
10: The full day is to relax or if preferred you can visit the
near by maritime national park of Ream, exploring the mangroves
by boat and viewing wildlife on the shore.
11: After lunch depart Sihanoukville and drive to Phnom Penh.
Arrive late afternoon.
12: Morning visit Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek
Mass graves. The afternoon is free for shopping and in the evening
enjoy our farewell dinner.
13: Those extending there trip or arranging there own flights
will make their own arrangements. The day is available for a little
last minute shopping before departure.
14: Depart Bangkok at 00.45. Arrive early morning 06.20at London,
IN THE PRICE
- Economy class return flights with Thai International
airlines (will be booked separately, see main box).
- UK Air Passenger Duty Tax
- Accommodation as specified (tax and service
charges are also included as is breakfast
- Services of a Western tour leader throughout
- Local guide throughout
- Private air-conditioned vehicles in each location
- Private (group) transfers to and from airports
and train stations
- Entrance fees to museums, etc., permits, etc.
- Breakfasts & Dinners
- The services of our local staff in Cambodia
IN THE PRICE
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks,
- Airport transfers on arrival and departure if
you are not arriving on our standard flights (supplement payable).
- Airport taxes payable locally on each departure
The accommodation on this trip is a mixture of good quality
private hotels (mostly 2 to 3- star). We also spend one night on
the sleeper train, which is quite comfortable, though despite being
first class is still slightly primitive. The hotels have air conditioning
and we will normally have twin rooms with private facilities. In
general, the hotels we use are of a good standard, and will be clean
and comfortable with air-conditioning, private bathrooms, minibar
breakfasts (e.g. bread, eggs or fruit and tea or coffee) are included
as are all Dinners which are taken as a group and arranged in good
local restaurants were a variety of Cambodian dishes can be tried..
Lunches are on a daily kitty of £4. Main meals include rice.
There is always enough food and we eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
Drinking water, fruits and snacks are always available in our escort
vehicle. Other drinks are not included in price, but widely available
at local restaurants and shops along the way.
Lunch (see above): Visa $25. Departure tax. There are also a
number of entry fees not included in the price: as it is hard to
say what people would like to visit . There will also be a kitty
to cover soft drinks, mineral water and snacks for consumption whilst
travelling , though this is unlikely to cost more than about £20
for the trip.
& SUPPORT. The group size will be between 6 and 14. All
groups will be accompanied by an experienced English guide, plus
a local guide and where applicable a local driver. All your luggage
and personal belongings will be carried by the support vehicle.
here for full details in dossier GCT15