Cambodia adventure holiday, tailor made
Description of Cambodia adventure holiday, tailor made
This 12 day Cambodia adventure holiday will reveal the numerous fascinating sides to this wonderful country. Join us for a unique journey, travelling from the temples of the north to the beaches of the south.
The adventure begins in Siem Reap, gateway to the wonderful Angkor Temples, including Angkor Wat, but you will also head further afield to visit the remote Beng Mealea Temple. Next, transfer to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital where three rivers meet – the Mekong, the Bassac and the Tonle Sap. Evidence of its French colonial past is everywhere, with its riverside cafes serving perhaps the best bread in South East Asia. You will have time to explore this fascinating city, taking in the Royal Palace, Wat Phnom and the Killing Fields and Toul Sleng Museum.
After the bustle of the capital, retreat to the calm and peace of Koh Kong, an off the beaten track location where you’ll stay at the wonderful 4 Rivers Floating Lodge. Sitting at the base of the Cardamom Mountains, this eco resort is only accessible by boat. Once here, you can enjoy all kinds of adventure activities, from kayaking and hiking to fishing with the locals. Or just relax! Finish your adventure in the popular coastal resort of Sihanoukville.
This is a tailor made holiday, and our travel experts can make it truly bespoke to suit your interests and requirements. You will have your own English-speaking driver and guide throughout, plus experienced local guides at key sites.
|Day 1:||Depart from your country of origin and fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia.|
|Day 2:||On arrival into Siem Reap, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure.|
|Day 3:||This morning you will be collected for your full day tour to the plain of Angkor, including a visit to the most famous Temple of all: Angkor Wat. Spend the day visiting the South Gate, the Elephant Terrace, Bayon Temple and the Terrace of the Leper King, finishing with sunset at Angkor Wat [B/L].|
|Day 4:||Today you will drive to the remote Beng Mealea Temple, some 60km outside Siem Reap. From a distance the Temple looks less than impressive but on closer inspection the Khmer architecture reveals itself. Next take a boat trip to Kampong Khleang, one of the largest permanent communities living on the Tonle Sap Lake. Return to Siem Reap later in the afternoon. In evening, transfer to enjoy a lovely circus show organized by the NGO Phare. Get a chance to be part of an unforgettable experience. The performance is artistic, creative, relaxing and assists poor and disabled children gain education and livelihoods. [B/L/D].|
|Day 5:||This morning, drive to Kulen Mountain approximately 60km. Kulen Mountain is considered by the Khmers to be the most sacred mountain in Cambodia. At the summit see the great reclining Buddha carved into the sandstone boulder. Once arrive at the top of the mountain, you will enjoy great views over the plains as well as relax at waterfall where you can swim and have a well-deserved lunch. After visiting, transfer back to Siem Reap town and remainder of day at leisure. [B/L].|
|Day 6:||After breakfast transfer to Siem Reap International Airport and departure by Cambodia Angkor Air to Phnom Penh. Arrive at Phnom Penh International Airport and transfer to your hotel (rooms may not be ready until the afternoon). Lunch on your own account. [B].|
|Day 7:||This morning you will be collected by your driver for a full day tour of Phnom Penh. This will take in Wat Phnom, the National Museum and the Royal Palace housing the Silver Pagoda with its floor comprised of 5000 silver tiles. Also visit Choeung Ek (the Killing Fields) with its memorial Stupa and Tuol Sleong Museum (S-21), which was the largest detention centre in Cambodia. Finish with a visit to the Russian market for some souvenir shopping. Overnight Phnom Penh [B].|
|Day 8:||After breakfast at the hotel your driver will pick you up from your Hotel at 08.00 am and transfer to Koh Kong, 278 kms on an excellent road – approx. 4 – 5 hours drive. On arrival at Ta Tai Dock, you will board the 4 Rivers Eco Lodge boat for the transfer to your accommodation.[B].|
|Day 9:||Day at leisure to enjoy the Resort [B].|
|Day 10:||Today you will depart from 4 Rivers Eco Lodge and travel on to Sihanoukville which is a drive of approx. 4 hours 30 minutes (222kms). On arrival check into your hotel [B].|
|Day 11:||Day at leisure. [B].|
|Day 12:||Transfer back to Phnom Penh airport for your onward flight [B].|
PlanetOn this comprehensive tour, you will stay in a range of environmentally responsible hotels including the 4 Rivers Floating Eco Lodge in Koh Kong and of course the ultimate in low-impact accommodation, the luxury tent in the temples.
The 4 Rivers Floating Eco Lodge makes many efforts to be environmentally and socially responsible. The Lodge itself is made from modern, composite materials with little wood used, thus protecting the local forests. The Resort has a water treatment plant on site which treats the kitchen water and also the water from guestrooms. The Resort currently uses a low-energy generator for power but is installing a new solar power system in the near future. Also as it is a floating Resort, the Lodge can be dismantled and removed with no impact on the landscape.
The Lodge is staffed by locals, 70% of which are from the nearby village of Tatai. As this is a remote region, families can struggle to maintain a regular income so the Lodge is an important employer. The staff not only helped in the building of the Lodge itself but they are also now part of the front of house team after intensive training, thus giving them a transferrable skill which can be used elsewhere in a country which depends a lot on tourism.
The Lodge also donates part of their profits to the Wildlife Alliance, a major player in the protection of the forests and wildlife of the Cardomam Mountains. Since its inception in 1994 as the Global Survival Network, the organisation now known as Wildlife Alliance has worked with local governments, communities and other like-minded non-governmental organizations to implement cutting edge programs in Southeast Asia, Russia, South America, and the Western Pacific. These programs aim to conserve the environment and stop the illegal wildlife trade by directly protecting wildlife in the field, reducing consumer demand for wildlife and providing alternative livelihoods for local communities.
The luxury camping safari is of course the definition of low-impact - hot water is heated by solar panels and the tents are erected for the clients to stay the night and then dismantled and removed upon departure, leaving no trace of having been there.
PeopleOn the tour you will enjoy an evening under the bigtop in downtown Siem Reap with an evening show at Phare, the Cambodian Circus. Run by the NGO of the same name which supports the futures of Khmer youth with art and performance training and assists poor and disabled children with gaining education and livelihoods.
Phare Ponleu Selpak, (PPSA) is an NGO school and professional arts training centre in Battambang, Cambodia. It was founded in 1994 by 9 young Cambodian men returning home from a refugee camp who decided to offer free drawing classes to street children. Soon they opened a school, eventually offering formal K-12 education and professional arts training. Today more than 1,200 pupils attend the public school daily with all the programs offered for free.
From this The Phare Cambodian Circus Opened in February 2013 in Siem Reap with 75% of profit goes directly to PPSA. The circus performers use theatre, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories; historical, folk and modern.
Our ground agents only employ local guides and drivers to accompany our clients, which we feel is an important way of keeping money in the country but also in offering our clients a ‘real’ experience of Cambodia. All food in the lodges and hotels is sourced locally, helping the local rural communities wherever possible.