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CAMBODIA GRAND TOUR – 2013

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Angkor Wat is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation – first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. It is the world's largest religious building. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors. Angkor Wat combines two basic plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple mountain and the later galleried temple, based on early South Indian Hindu architecture, with key features such as the Jagati. It is designed to represent Mount Meru, home of the devas in Hindu mythology: within a moat and an outer wall 3.6 kilometres (2.2 mi) long are three rectangular galleries, each raised above the next. At the centre of the temple stands a quincunx of towers. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat is oriented to the west; scholars are divided as to the significance of this. The temple is admired for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture, its extensive bas-reliefs, and for the numerous devatas (guardian spirits) adorning its walls.
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CAMBODIA GRAND TOUR – 2013

 
DAY 01             LAOS BORDER – STUNG TRENG – RATTANAKIRI (no meal included)

Upon arrival at Laos – Cambodian border, at Dongklor, meets and transfers to Stung Treng, the nearest city near the border.

Later, we will continue our trip to Banlung, capital of Ratanakiri, nicknamed “The Red City” because of the omnipresent literate and check in at Terres Rouges Lodge (superb house made of precious wood located by a lake and in the middle of one acre of garden). Lunch + Dinner is on guest account and overnight at hotel

 

DAY 02             RATTANAKIRI – TOURS (B + Lunch Box included)

Breakfast at hotel

Depart direction northwest and cross bamboo forests before reaching the village of Voeune Sai located on the left bank of the Se San River. Enjoy the stunning view of the Chinese village on the other side of the river. This place could be regarded as Chinese enclave in Cambodian territory as most of the villagers who are there since the thirties don't even speak Khmer. Upstream of the Se San are a certain number of Tampoun villages that practice funeral statuary. If weather conditions permit, take a scenic boat trip to the village of Ka Choan and visit its superb totems.

Dinner not included and overnight at hotel

 

DAY 03             RATTANAKIRI – TOURS (B + Lunch box included)

Breakfast at hotel

Drive north, heading towards Laos and the village of Taveng. After crossing Veyrum Plang, a round lava field surrounded by forest, visit a small waterfall (in the rainy season only) which is enclosed by tiger caves. Later on, stop at beautiful local Kroeung villages located in the forest on both sides of the road. The more north you drive, the more beautiful the forest becomes. In some Kroeung villages, depending on the season, you might be able to discover some very impressive bachelor houses built on high stilts. They have an interesting background: Having fulfilled their purpose when the young men have become family heads, these houses are destroyed before being raised again by younger men the following season.

We will finish our tour to Volcanic Lake of Boeung Yeak Loam Lake

Lunch + Dinner is on guest account and overnight at hotel

 

DAY 04             RATTANAKIRI – KRATIE – KAMPONG CHAM (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel

Today we drive to Kratie, arrive in Kratie at lunch time. In the afternoon, explore the small provincial town of Kratie with its good examples of sumptuous colonial architecture. This tiny town on the Mekong is an unexpected delight, with a relaxing, indolent atmosphere. We will visit the rare freshwater Irrawady dolphins.

Then continue driving to Kampong Cham

Dinner not included and night at hotel in Kampong Cham

 

DAY 05             KAMPONG CHAM – KAMPONG THOM (B)

Breakfast at local restaurant

Visit to Wat Nokor and Wat Phnom Srey Pagoda.

Drive to Kampong Thom later after the tours.

Check in at hotel in Kampong Thom and overnight in Kampong Thom

 

DAY 06             KAMPONG THOM – PREAH VIHEAR PROVINCE (B/L/D)

Breakfast at local restaurant

This morning, we will visit to Prasat Sambo Prei Kuk and Lion Temple Group before continuing the trip to Preah Vihear City.

Lunch box included

We drive around this remote city before driving on to Sa Eem, 75 kms from the city (near to the temple).

Dinner and accommodation at hotel

 

DAY 07             PREAH VIHEAR TEMPLES – KOH KER – BENG MEALEA – SIEM REAP (B/L)

Breakfast hotel

This morning, we will drive up Preah Vihear Mountains for the best visit to the Unesco site temple of Preah Vihear and many other best preserved temples. Later, we will drive down and continue our trip to Koh Ker temple. Lunch box included en the way.  Drive to Beng Mealea temple group for a short visit before continuing to Siem Reap

Dinner not included and accommodation in hotel

 

DAY 08             SIEM REAP – ANGKOR WAT TOURS (B)

Breakfast at the hotel

Visit to Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som, built in late 12th century C.E. the most distant temple on the grand circuit, small but classic. Preah Khan temple, Built by the King Jayavarman VII. Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation.

Lunch not included

Visit to the unique interior brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, Srah Srang ("The Royal Baths" was once used for ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Ta Keo, constructed in late 10th early 11th century C.E, the first temple to be constructed wholly of sandstone. Dinner not included and night at hotel

 

DAY 09             SIEM REAP – ANGKOR WAT TOURS    (B)

Breakfast at hotel

We drive to Visit the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12 century): the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.

Lunch not included

It is time to visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Enjoy wonderful sunset from the top of Phnom Bakheng Hills.

Dinner not included and accommodation at hotel

 

DAY 10             SIEM REAP – BOAT TRIP – BANTEAY SREY (B)

Breakfast at hotel

This morning we will enjoy a boat ride on the Tonle Sap lake, at Kampong Khleang Village. This is the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South East Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We will see a fishermen's "floating village" with floating schools, floating police station, etc. It is same as a big village floating on the lake, and the "village" move from place to place following water levels and current.

Lunch not included

In the afternoon, continue to the enchanting temple of the Banteay Srei, nearly everyone's favorite site. The special charm of this temple lies in its compact size, remarkable state of preservation, and the excellence of it decorative carvings.

Dinner not included and night at hotel

 

DAY 11             SIEM REAP – FREE DAY (B)

Breakfast at hotel

Today you are on your own leisure at hotel

Lunch and dinner not included and night at hotel

 

DAY 12             SIEM REAP – BANTEAY CHHMAR – BATTAMBANG (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel

Early morning departs from Siem Reap and drive through the country road of Cambodia to Banteay Chhmar temple, located west part of the country, closed to Thailand border. This trip will take you around 3 hours and a half to reach the nice temple groups of Banteay Chhmar. Visit this temple heritage site and take your lunch box at the temple area.

After lunch, we will drive back on same dirt road to Battambang via Sisophon.

Check in at hotel in Battambang for overnight

 

DAY 13             BATTAMBANG – CITY TOURS (B)

Breakfast at hotel

Today, we will visit to Wat Ek Phnom temple, the local markets and Provincial Museum

Lunch not included

In the afternoon, take the Bamboo Train and visit to Wat Phnom Banon and Phnom Sampov

Dinner not included and accommodation at hotel

 

DAY 14             BATTAMBANG – PHNOM PENH by road (B)

Breakfast at hotel

08:00 hrs – Drive from Battambang to Phnom Penh by private car and Spanish speaking guide.

We will stop for the visit to the former capital city of Udong and its golden stupas

Lunch not included

Arrives in Phnom Penh, check in at hotel

Dinner not included and accommodation at hotel

 

DAY 15             PHNOM PENH – CITY TOURS (B)

Breakfast at hotel

Visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda, located

within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of

5000 silver tiles. Then continue your visit at the National Museum, This is one of Phnom Penh's true architectural gems.

The Museum is instantly recognizable with its warm red terracotta and its gracefully cured roof topped by dozens

of guardian nagas. It was designed in Khmer style in 1917 by famed French architect Georges Groslier & Ecole Des Arts

Cambodgiens. Lunch not included

In the afternoon, visit to Wat Phnom Temple and take Mekong Sunset Cruise to admire the beautiful city of

Phnom Penh during sunset. Dinner not included and accommodation at hotel

 

DAY 16             PHNOM PENH – DEPARTURE (B)

Breakfast at hotel

Transfer to Phnom Penh airport for flight to next destination

 

Please email us for the quotation via : cttours@christinairtours.com

Good for :

 

  1. Young people with good health and adventure interests
  2. Group size from 02 persons to 6 persons

 

Including :

-      Tours and transfers as per the program

-      Accommodations in all places

-      Meals : B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; and D = Dinner where mentioned

-      All entrance fees, boat fees, private A/C cars with Spanish speaking guides

-      Cold mineral water during the trips

 

Not included :

-      Visa fee to Cambodia

-      Personal expenses

-      International air tickets

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