Cambodian Cultural Journey, 9 Days/8Nights

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SUMMARY

Please note that this proposed itinerary is subject to availability. We will only proceed with all reservations upon receiving your written confirmation. We recommend your confirmation as early as possible.

Flight times and the daily order of sightseeing are subject to change.

Transfer times are approximate and subject to local conditions at the time of travel.

All flight times are local.

All Destinations: Our guides are briefed not to promote or recommend any specific shopping outlets, curio stores, gem factories or outlets. Travel Clubs International and our partners a strict policy on this matter. Should your guide recommend any form of shopping or any other commercial activity outside of what may have been included in this itinerary, we can accept no responsibility should you decide to accept any such recommendations.

 

*** ITINERARY *** Day 1: Siem Reap Arrival

 

Upon arrival Siem Reap International Airport, after clearing all customs procedures, walk to the main exit gate, you will be met by Indotrek representative carrying the signboard with your name on it. If you are unable to locate the representative, please call our Customer Care Manager for immediate assistance on (855) 12 330 432 (Mr. Noy). If any emergency, please contact to Ms Hannah General Manager (855) 12 373 047. Transfer from airport to your hotel.

Purely Cambodian and daringly modern! Phare – the Cambodian Circus lets you see Cambodian culture from a totally different angle.

Phare Circus works mainly with disadvantaged young people. They learn circus skills, theater performance, music and a range of visual arts. It combines local traditions with new creative and innovative genres. Daring athleticism is combined with stories that speak powerfully to Cambodia’s not-too-distant history; for example, escape from tyranny is depicted through tightrope walking. The dark subject of a young girl trying to deal with memories of atrocities, is depicted by breathtaking acrobatics in which seemingly impossible goals are achieved. More than simply a circus, Phare is an amazing blend of traditional and modern theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion beautifully choreographed and performed in a story about Cambodian lives and society.

Firstly, enjoy a delicious pre-circus dinner at Madame Butterfly, a beautifully restored wooden house experience, to get you in the theatrical mood. Then be whisked away for an evening full of laughter and surprises at the Phare Circus.

NOTES:

 Daily-nightly performance for one hour Show

 Show starts at 20:00 to 21:00

 Recommended Pick up from Hotel: 05:30pm

 Please leave Restaurant 07:15pm

 Return to hotel: 22:15

 No entrance to the big top after 20:00 (for the safety of the artists and the comfort of other guests)

 Please be at Phare at least 30 minutes before the show starts to exchange ticket at ticket booth.

 

Meal: Dinner
Accommodation: Bou Savy Guest House – ROH
Address: Route 6 (Airport Road) No. 261, Group 17, Taphul Village
Tel: (855) 63964 967. Fax: (855) 63763 021 http://www.bousavyguesthouse.com

Day 2: Siem Reap – Temples

Visit to Angkor Wat, one of the modern wonders of the world. Be amazed by the sheer size of the temple and learn how the Khmer Empire prospered between the 9th and 13th centuries, around the time when Angkor Wat was built. Stroll through the intricately carved hallways that show hundreds of fine carvings and discover small shrines still in use today by the local people. Continue to visit to Angkor Thom, the ancient royal city of Khmer Empire with its centerpiece; the Bayon temple. As you approach, you will notice the enigmatic faces of former King Jayavarman VII facing in every direction. If time permits, continue to visit other temples in the area.

In the afternoon, drive to Kampong Phluck, a permanent settlement on the Tonle Sap Lake with a small land based village attached to it. Its remarkable mangrove forest is unique in the Siem Reap area. You will board a local boat and cruise the waterways observing the authentic and diverse lifestyle of the local floating community. Disembark and return to Siem Reap. (Suggested visit period is between mid-August and mid-February, outside of this water levels can be too low)

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bou Savy Guest House – ROH
Address: Route 6 (Airport Road) No. 261, Group 17, Taphul Village
Tel: (855) 63964 967. Fax: (855) 63763 021 www.bousavyguesthouse.com

Day 3: Siem Reap

In the morning, enjoy a performance of the Sacred Dancers of Angkor. All artists are from the most humble background and are fighting to be able to embrace their future as professional dancers as they are strictly evaluated in order to tour internationally after 10 years of daily training and practice 5 full days a week, to share the beauty of their legacy which they are completely dedicated to the purest form to the Khmer Angkorian heritage but also with its spiritual dimension. Take a visit at the Conservatoire and join in the meditation and workshop as well as watch the repetition and training which show an array of the various repertoires, at the end you will receive a blessing with lotus petals (exclusive of blessed raw cotton cord ceremony).

Note: An introduction and explanation about the meaning each move of Sacred Dancers will be sent prior to your visit.

Afterwards, visit the jewel of the Khmer art, Banteay Srei temple. Its red sand-stone walls are decorated with elaborate carvings in an amazing state of preservation. Next, drive to Phnom Kulen, which provides Siem Reap with water and dominates the skyline of the flat plains surrounding it. Although the highest peak of the mountain range lies at only 487 metres, Phnom Kulen has much to offer visitors. The Cambodian people regard the site as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire. Visit the eight meter long statue of a reclining Buddha and wash your hands at the Linga statue to purify your mind and body. Continue on to visit the fascinating River of One Thousand Lingas and the magnificent waterfall close to it. Take a refreshing dip in the stream and pool of the waterfall before returning to Siem Reap. (It is advised to wear sturdy shoes when visiting Phnom Kulen)

NOTES FOR TRIP TO PHNOM KULEN:

 Bring respectable attire to visit the temple and respect the local customs

 A towel and swimming gear if you wish to take a dip at the waterfall

 

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bou Savy Guest House – ROH
Address: Route 6 (Airport Road) No. 261, Group 17, Taphul Village
Tel: (855) 63964 967. Fax: (855) 63763 021 www.bousavyguesthouse.com

 

Day 4: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh

Depart your hotel in the morning and transfer to Phnom Penh with a stop at Sambor Prei Kuk. Have lunch at a local shop/restaurant along the way. Arrive at your hotel in Phnom Penh the late afternoon.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Town View Hotel – Deluxe
Address: No.56, St 113, Sangkat Boeung Pralet Khan 7 Makara
Tel: +855 23 991 139. Fax: +855 23 982 058  www.townviewhotels.com

 

Day 5: Phnom Penh – Silk Island by Tuk Tuk & the city

For those interested in Cambodian silks and silk weaving, set aside a full day for a boat trip to the rural weaving village on Koh Dach (aka ‘Silk Weaving Island’) a nearby island about an hours boat trip up the Mekong River. The weaving village is a typical rural Cambodian stilted village, dedicated almost entirely too silk weaving – people operating hand looms under most of the houses, others dying and spinning silk on spinning wheels made of bicycle parts. There are few regular tours to the village and only a few tourists go there these days.

Transfer from your hotel to the pier by tuk tuk and catch a local boat to Koh Dach. Disembark the boat and get on your tuktuk to visit the villages. Lunch in a local restaurant. Explore more villages and meet with the locals. Return to the pier and cross the river to transfer back to Phnom Penh.

Continue visit Wat Phnom and discover the legend of Lady Penh, then head to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, two of the most striking buildings in the capital and considered as some of the finest examples of Khmer architecture. Other important buildings found within the compound include Wat Preah Keo Morokat, where Royal ceremonies are performed, and stupas such as King Ang Doung Stupa – the burial site of former King Norodom. Continue your visit to the National Museum, designed in Khmer style by a French archaeologist and painter in 1917. The museum houses Khmer art and sculptures from different periods of Cambodian history.

NOTES:

 Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are open from 08:00 to 10:30 and 14:00 to 17:00 but are subject to closure at short notice in the event of official ceremonies. If the sites are closed, the guide will make changes to the itinerary on the day.

 Women should cover their shoulders and both men and women should cover their knees.

 A respectful and humble demeanor is requested when visiting Toul Sleng Genocide Museum & Killing Fields

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Town View Hotel – Deluxe
Address: No.56, St 113, Sangkat Boeung Pralet Khan 7 Makara
Tel: +855 23 991 139. Fax: +855 23 982 058 www.townviewhotels.com

 

Day 6: Phnom Penh – Khmer Artisanry and the weaving village

This morning, take a visit to Khmer Artisanry shop in the downtown area of Phnom Penh where you can see variety of silk products made in Traditional Khmer weaving and dyeing method. It’s noted that Khmer Artisanry belongs to young Khmer entrepreneurs who are committed to keeping technique of natural dyeing and traditional pattern of silk and cotton fabric production in order to revive the Khmer tradition of the mystery of light in naturally-dyed silk fabrics and cotton scarves handmade in traditional handlooms while preserving cultural pride and improving rural life. Come here and listen to their stories.

You then transfer to a rural village in Takeo, about 2 hours’ drive from Phnom Penh to learn more about Natural Dye & Ikat Textile under guidance of local artisans and see how those products were made.

 

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch with local villagers in the weaving village
Accommodation: Town View Hotel – Deluxe
Address: No.56, St 113, Sangkat Boeung Pralet Khan 7 Makara
Tel: +855 23 991 139. Fax: +855 23 982 058 www.townviewhotels.com

 

Day 7: Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is a fascinating city. Once the Pearl of Asia thanks to its rock’n’roll icons, Royal family, Angkorian past and a rich blend of Khmer and colonial architecture. After the Khmer Rouge, the city was sadly left a shadow of its former self. Now, due to a strong, young dynamism, the city grows with each day. Dive into the past of Phnom Penh and discover the major points of interest in town.

Learn more about the turbulent years of the Khmer Rouge, start by visiting Tuol Sleng. A high school prior to 1975, an interrogation prison known as S-21 during the Khmer Rouge era and today it is a

genocide museum. It tells the sad story of the thousands of innocent Cambodian people who were tortured on its grounds. Then head to Cheung Ek (Killing Fields). Situated 17km from Phnom Penh town, Cheung Ek was made famous by the movie “The Killing Fields”. Nowadays, a large memorial has been built to commemorate the 17,000 victims who died here under the reign of Khmer Rouge leader, Pol Pot. This journey into Cambodia’s past will provide you with a background on the cruelty of the Khmer Rouge regime. It will also give you an appreciation of the struggle that Cambodian people have faced and their tremendous courage to move on and rebuild their nation.

After this emotional but fascinating experience, we recommend you relax and go out to enjoy a drink in one of the many coffee shops or bars in town.

Seeing Hands Massage is the perfect way to wind down after sightseeing on a hot humid day. Blind masseurs have been trained in the art of massage and can relax and refresh your body with an hour of soothing treatment. Shiatsu massage – which focuses on pressure points – is available, or choose anma massage which helps to relax the body and the mind. There is also the option of a traditional foot massage. They provide one of the best value for money massages in Cambodia and you help to ensure blind people make an independent living. Many of the masseurs have earned diplomas and certificates in massage from overseas institutes in Japan and Singapore.

 

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Town View Hotel – Deluxe
Address: No.56, St 113, Sangkat Boeung Pralet Khan 7 Makara
Tel: +855 23 991 139. Fax: +855 23 982 058 www.townviewhotels.com

 

Day 8: Phnom Penh – Kampong Cham – Phnom Penh

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

2.5 hours drive north of Phnom Penh will bring you to Kampong Cham to visit Sala Potom Sucsa Kongchey and undertake some activities with the students and the school such as, make donations, assist in painting the classrooms and tables, or to teach them basic hygiene and health in a series of games. This visit is a great way to give something back to the local communities.

Return to Phnom Penh in the late afternoon.

 

Day 9: Phnom Penh Departure

Meal: Breakfast

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*** TOUR PRICE AND CONDITIONS ***

PRICE QUOTED ON TWIN SHARED BASIS

Please note this proposal is a quote only, valid for 7 days.

The tour price is included hotel tax and hotel service charges.

(Please note this price may vary due to changes in activities, hotels, and other unexpected contingencies)

 

 

NUMBER OF PASSENGER PACKAGE

PRICE PER PERSON

1 USD 2030
2 USD 1410
3-4 USD 1250
Single room supplement USD 95
Notes: Surcharge might be applied for clients traveling on public holidays.

 

CANCELLATIONS:

All cancellations 45+ days in advance of departure are subject to 50% fee. Cancellations less than 45% days of departure are non-refundable.

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