10 Days 9 Nights
Duration
All ages
Age
Valid until 31st December 2019
Period

 

Siem Reap > Battambang  > Kep > Phnom Penh 

Take a magical journey through Cambodia and discover its culture, history and stunning landscapes. From the majestic temples of Angkor Wat to a historic coastal town and its nearby tropical island there is so much to see and do.

This 10 day private package includes your own guide to make your holiday truly memorable and gives you a look at the diverse landscapes, people and culture that is Cambodia.

We take a ride on the famous Bamboo train in Battambang, visit floating villages and enjoy a sunset cruise and dinner on the mighty Mekong River. While in Phnom Penh we take time to visit the Genocide Museum and Killing Fields which reflect and honour those lost to the brutal Khmer Rouge period. On this day we also take part in a cleansing ceremony in honour of those who lost their lives.

We also visit the Royal Palace and majestic Silver Pagoda which is the home of the King and Royal Family. Enjoy a Cyclo tour through bustling Phnom Penh and visit Wat Phnom and the Buddhist community at Wat Ounalom, a sprawling temple complex.

This package will introduce you to Cambodian people, their history, culture, unforgettable landscapes and memories for a lifetime.

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TRAVEL STYLE Private getaway perfect for couples, families, friends or the solo adventurer.
SERVICE LEVEL Superior level of accommodation and your Green Cultural Guide will ensure your

holiday is worry free and your tours unforgettable.

PHYSICAL RATING Great for people of all ages and levels of fitness. From ancient temples of Angkor Wat,

to bustling markets and the world famous Killing Fields and Genocide Museum there is

something for everyone.

TRIP TYPE Private Package

 

What’s Included ?

  • Nine night’s accommodation in double/twin shared room
  • Breakfast at your overnight hotel
  • Private guide
  • All transfers in private A/C vehicle
  • Apsara dance performance and dinner
  • Traditional boat and canapes
  • 3 Day Angkor Wat pass
  • Bamboo train ride
  • Private boat tour for snorkelling and island exploration
  • Entry to Genocide Museum, Killing Fields and Cleansing Ceremony
  • Entry to Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Wat Phnom
  • Cyclo Tour
  • Morning tea on all private tours
  • Chilled water during your transfers
  • All government taxes excluding Visa.
  • All packages booked within the Peak season includes a gala dinner either on Christmas Day or New Tears Eve at your Hotel or if you package does not include these dates on a night of the guests choosing.

Transportation:

  • Upgraded air conditioned private vehicle
  • Private local boat for snorkelling and island exploration

Your  Selection of Hotels

If the hotel shown is not available we reserve the right to provide an alternative comparable hotel. If you are not satisfied with the available alternative the Guests may cancel their booking and receive a full refund,

Prices Per Guest (USD)

 

Excluding triple share, where adult groups are an odd number of guests then prices are based on twin share plus one single room.Excluding triple share, where adult groups are an odd number of guests then prices are based on twin share plus one single room.

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Day 1: Siem Reap

Arrival Siem Reap (Markets, Khmer Cuisine Dinning and Aspara Dance)

Welcome to Siem Reap - the Kingdom of Wonder. You will be warmly greeted by your Green Cultural Travel guide who will ensure your hotel transfer and check in goes smoothly. After time to settle in your guide will take you to explore the town including its markets and the must see Artisan D’ Angkor, a school of Fine Art. You will then have time to enjoy the hotel facilities before your Guide escorts you to a welcome dinner sampling the unique Khmer cuisine while enjoying a performance of the world famous Apsara dance. With dancers, singers and musicians this cultural experience set in a unique Khmer wooden theatre is a great way to start your holiday.

Overnight Siem Reap

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Day 2: Siem Reap

Siem Reap > Small Circuit > Unique Khmer Traditional boat (B)
After breakfast your guide will take you on the start of a magical journey for your first glimpse of the kingdom of Angkor at the legendary Angkor Wat Temple Complex. Moving on to Kravan Temple and Ta Phrom Temple, an ancient temple with trees growing out of the ruins against the jungle backdrop. Then we finish at the Bayon Temple which includes the Leper King and Elephant Terraces and the South Gate of Angkor Thom Temple.
As a magical way to end your first day of exploring Angkor Wat, guests will enjoy Canapes on a unique Khmer traditional boat. Enjoy the later afternoon sampling a wide selection of finger food, soft drinks, and local beer. Guests can then choose to relax at the hotel or head out into bustling Siem Reap and discover Pub Street with its many fine restaurants, bars and markets.

Overnight Siem Reap

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Day 3: Siem Reap

Siem Reap > Grand Circuit > Roluos group (B)
Your guide today will take you on the start of what is known as the grand circuit of Angkor Wat including the main temples of Sras Srang, Pre Rup, East Mebon, Neak Pean and Preah Khan Temples. Then we continue this amazing cultural journey with a visit to the Roluos group of temples. Roluos is a small Cambodian town that is home to a world renowned archeological site and was also the first capital of the Khmer Empire and includes the Bakong, Preah Ko and Lolei Temples.

Overnight Siem Reap.

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Day 4:Siem Reap

Siem Reap > Valley of a 1000 Lingas > Banteay Srei (B)
Today your guide will take you on your third and final day of exploration of the greater Kingdom of Angkor Wat. You will head away from Siem Reap on an adventure to the Valley of a 1000 Lingas or The River of a Thousand Lingas which consists of a series of stone rock relief carvings in sandstone formations along the river bed and banks. On the way back you will visit the extraordinary temples of "Banteay Srei" and “Banteay Samre”, where there are three central towers decorated with male and female divinities.

Overnight Siem Reap.

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Day 5: Battambang

Siem Reap > Battambang (B)
Following a leisurely breakfast your guide will accompany you to Battambang, the fifth largest province of Cambodia. The province is home to the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve. If the level of the Tonle Sap is not enough for transportation by boat during the dry-season (from February to October) we will travel by private vehicle.

By road we will take time to visit Banteay Chhmar Temples. A notable feature of this temple (currently been considered for UNESCO World Heritage Site status) is the magnificent bas reliefs on the outside of the inner sanctuary walls. Almost every step within this vast ruin gives another fabulous picture of stone being consumed by nature. It is a spectacular sight with its Bayon Style towers, walls, and enclosures cloaked with vegetation.

If guests elect to travel by boat on the magnificent Tonle Sap Lake (usually from November to January), you will witness the life-style of the Cambodian people living on the banks and the traditional fishing methods they employ and have done for generations.
After checking into your hotel your Guide will accompany you to the famous Bamboo Train station which is a unique activity run by the local villagers. The Bamboo Train was built after the preexisting train was discontinued. The “train” itself is very basic: one bamboo platform on 4-wheels, activated by a small motor. Sitting on the platform (cushions provided), travel around 8 km to the next station through beautiful landscapes and rice paddies.

Overnight Battambang.

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Day 6: Battambang

Battambang (B)
Your guide will take you on an exploration of Battambang with a morning walking tour. Battambang has a unique history (belonging to both Cambodia and Thailand) with an excellent collection of early 20th century French colonial architecture and a visit to the main markets is a must. We will continue on to Wat Ek Phnom which is a partly collapsed 11th-century temple situated in the northern part of the Battambang province. The temple is surrounded by the remains of a laterite wall and an ancient baray (reservoir).
Continuing on to Phnom Sampeau, one of the few hills standing out on the otherwise flat agricultural plains. From its small temple, enjoy fantastic views over the surrounding paddy fields and sugar palm trees. Also you can vistit the notorious killing caves, cruel reminders of Cambodia’s troubled past. This visit is optional.
We will time our visit to Phnom Sampeau to witness huge colonies of bats emerge from a cave creating patterns as they fly in tandem across the sky – an amazing sunset spectacle!

Overnight Battambang.

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Day 7: Phnom Penh

Battambang > Pursat > Kampong Chhnang > Phnom Penh (B)
Following your breakfast, your guide will start our journey to Phnom Penh and first we will visit the province of Pursat which is home to a giant floating fishing village and the significant historical site of Neak Ta Khleang Moeang. Then your guide will take you on a local boat trip to visit a series of floating villages on the Tonlé Sap Lake. Floating ice factories, churches, pagodas, service stations and even karaoke bars and police stations are on the water here. From young to old, everybody travels by boat through the network of canals that cross this area.
We move on to the province of Kampong Chhnang where you can visit traditional pottery communities with many kilns at work. See the local artisan’s and the different aspects of pottery. The landscapes are beautiful and you can even try your hand at creating a jug or pot with the help of a local artist.

Upon arrival the city, we will wander through the sprawling Wat Ounalom which is one of Phnom Penh's five original monasteries (1422). It houses the Institute of Bouddhique and library and offers a great glimpse of temple life.
You will travel in a unique Khmer vehicle from Wat Ounalom to Wat Phnom known as a Cyclos (pronounced see-cloe) which are an integral part of the Phnom Penh landscape. Cyclo drivers, however, are among the poorest of the urban poor in Cambodia and so we would love you to give them a tip and see the smile on their face. Wat Phnom is the tallest religious structure in the city and home to beautiful statutes, sculptures and artworks.
We will take you past the Independence Monument which was built in 1958 to commemorate Cambodia's independence from France in 1953 and then the statue of the late and dearly loved King Norodom Sihanouk.

Guests are then free to relax at their hotel or head out to explore this bustling city with many fine restaurants and clubs.
Overnight Phnom Penh

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Day 8: Kep

Phnom Penh > Royal Palace > Tour of Remembrance > Kep (B)
Today we take you on the start of your exploration of this charming city. We start with a visit to the majestic Royal Palace and Silver pagoda which is a complex of buildings which still serves as the residence of the king and royal family.
You will see many fine examples of French colonial architecture along with the unique shop houses. Take in the art deco inspired Central Market with its massive central dome with four arms branching out into vast hallways with countless stalls selling a rich tapestry of goods. This market is a great opportunity for some more bargain hunting and haggling.
Then guests start what is for many a harrowing but unforgettable day in what we call our Tour of Remembrance. Come to understand the brutality of the Khmer Rouge regime. We start by visiting the Genocide museum or Toul Sleng (S-21) - the prison where it is estimated more than 15,000 people was tortured.
We then follow the last journey of the victims who were taken after their interrogation and torture to Choeung Eng or Killing Fields, a haunting but peaceful experience in what is now the final resting place for so many. We end our day at a local temple for a cleansing ceremony in which we make an offering to the lost souls of this brutal period.

We then depart for a late afternoon transfer to Kep a unique coastal resort town. Located just a few kilometers from the border with Vietnam it was historically the seaside escape for Kings. Kep had fallen on hard times due to the Khmer Rouge as can be witnessed by many abandoned French colonial buildings. It is now going through a renaissance as visitors are starting to rediscover the charm of this area.

Overnight Kep.

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Day 9: Kep

Kep (B)
Today we explore Kep with its salt farms, beautiful coastal tropical landscapes and historic architecture. We then take a private boat to Koh Ton Say Resort – a nature resort and sometimes known as Rabbit Island. There are two beaches suitable for swimming with white sand and safe shallow water. Snorkel over coral reefs with

colorful fish, plants and other sea life. A great opportunity to relax on the beach or the natural pool and sample fresh local seafood.

Returning in the afternoon to your hotel you can take time to visit the famous local seafood market and continue to explore Kep.

Overnight Kep

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Day10: Phnom Penh

Day 10: Kep > Phnom Penh > Departure (B)
Breakfast will be served at the hotel and then you will be free to head out or relax at the hotel until it is time to transfer to the Phnom Penh either to the airport for your departure flight or onto your next Cambodian adventure.

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Exclusions

  • Visa fee
  • Flights & airport taxes
  • Other personal expenses
  • Beverages
  • Other activities
  • Tips, and all services not clearly mentioned
  • Travel Insurance which is required

Guide surcharge:

Guide Type Individual Group
French speaking guide $20 per day $30 per day
Chinese speaking guide $20 per day $30 per day
German Speaking guide $35 per day $45 per day
Spanish speaking guide $50 per day $65 per day
Russian speaking guide $50 per day $65 per day
Italian speaking guide $80 per day $90 per day

 

Remarks

  • Prices are net per person in United States Dollars (USD) and are subject to change without prior notice
  • Prices are based on twin-share basis except solo travellers and are subject to room availability upon Package booking
  • No refund for any un-utilized Package
  • Surcharge for other languages speaking guide (Advise at time of booking)
  • Airport transfer surcharge of USD 5 per person each way for pick-up or send-off from 21:00 hrs to 06:00hrs (adjust based on group size)

Child policy

  • Child under 2: Free of charge
  • Child under 12 years old sharing room with adult: 50% of package cost for Adult twin share price
  • Child 12 years old and above: 100% of adult cost

CANCELLATION: 

FIT (Individual) Travel Arrangement

  • Period before arrival* Amount of Cancellation of the holiday price
  • More than 45 days before arrival- Free Of Charge (FOC)
  • More than 21 days before arrival– 30%
  • Less than 14 days before arrival – 50%
  • Less than 7 days before arrival – 80%
  • Failure on traveling date at point of arrival 100%

 GIT (Group – 7 guests or more) – Travel Arrangement

  • Period before arrival* Amount of Cancellation of the holiday price
  • More than 60 days before arrival- Free Of Charge (FOC)
  • More than 45 days before arrival– 30%
  • Less than 21 days before arrival – 50%
  • Less than 14 days before arrival – 80%
  • Failure on traveling date at point of arrival 100%

**Note – Some holidays may be liable to 100% cancellation fees – this will be advised
at the time of booking. You will be notified on your confirmation invoice if different cancellation charges apply.

Local Culture

The Cambodian people are very modest, so avoid wearing clothes that are too short or revealing in public and in particular at religious or culturally significant places.

Ask permission before taking someone’s photo.

Due to the nature of travel in Asia, a backpack is more suited to this trip than a suitcase.

Local Flights

There are no flights on this Package

Joining Hotel

For details of your joining hotel, please refer to your Green Cultural Travel tour voucher. Alternatively, contact the Green Cultural Travel office or your travel agent.

Arrival Complications

We don’t expect any problems, and nor should you. However, if you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled for any reason, please contact us immediately. Please refer to our emergency contact details.

Emergency Contact

If you need to contact us in an emergency, it is best to call either the Green Cultural Travel Local Representative or our Green Cultural Travel Local Office first. If you don’t receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message with your contact information so they can return your call as soon as possible.

Emergency contact numbers

Green Cultural Travel Office Phnom Penh, Cambodia

During Office hours GMT +7 (Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 5.30pm, Saturday 8.30am to 12.30pm, Sunday 8:30am to 12:00pm

From outside Cambodia: +855 12 536 791

From within Cambodia:  012 536 791

After hours emergency number

From outside Cambodia: +855 12 536 791

From within Cambodia:  012 536 791

What to Take

What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit during your entire vacation. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible.

Most travellers carry a small to medium size backpack or rolling bag or suitcase.

You will also need a day pack or bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like iPods and mobile phones.

Visas

Please note that visas for entry into Cambodia are the responsibility of each individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip will vary depending on where you are from, and where you are going. Rules do change. For the most up-to-date information, please check your government’s foreign ministry website or contact your travel agent.

CAMBODIA – Visas can be obtained in advance from your local Cambodian Embassy or Consulate OR on arrival for $30 USD. Please bring at least two passport photos.

You will require two clean pages (minimum) in your passport and at least six months validity.

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others, while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs. Consider your likely spending habits when budgeting for drinks, shopping and tipping.

We have provided some specific recommendations below to assist you to plan your budget and manage your money while on holiday.

Money Exchange

During your holiday, you will use both the Cambodian Riel and US Dollar as local currencies. Because currency exchange rates in South East Asia do fluctuate quite frequently, we ask that you refer to the following website for the most up to date information on exchange rates: www.xe.com

The best way to access local currency in Cambodia is from an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) with a debit card. ATMs are readily available throughout South East Asia and will usually accept cards from both the Visa and MasterCard international networks. If possible, travel with both a Visa and a MasterCard to provide backup in case of loss or access problems with one card. Please note, your bank will usually charge a fee for overseas withdrawals.

USD Cash is recommended for those occasions when ATMs are not accessible such as a number of islands and remote provinces. You should bring some cash with you for emergency situations (please refer to our trip dossier) but not a substantial amount as carrying only cash is high risk. The ideal mix is two or more ATM card/s with some cash as back-up.

If you are bringing US Dollars, please make sure that the notes are new and in good condition. Notes older than 2003, or with any tears or blemishes may not be accepted. Be fussy with your bank when buying cash!

Credit cards are accepted at some upmarket hotels and restaurants, and some larger stores if shopping for big items. They are of no use at smaller establishments.

Cash advances with your credit card are also possible at some banks. However, the process is time-consuming and tends to attract high fees.

Traveller’s cheques can be tricky, time-consuming and expensive to exchange. While we do not recommend that you bring them as your primary source of funds, you may choose to bring one or two cheques in case of emergency. Thomas Cook or American Express travellers’ cheques in US currency are the easiest to exchange.

Tipping

Depending on the service, it is customary in Asia to tip service providers, such as waiters, approximately 10%. Though not compulsory, tipping is expected and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your holiday. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is an opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides range from $1.5-$3.5 USD per person, per day, depending on the quality and length of the service. If unsure, ask your local Green Cultural Travel representative.

Health

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.

We recommend that you carry a small First Aid kit, hand sanitizers or antibacterial wipes, and any personal medical supplies you might require.

Please be aware that for those Packages that are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. For legal reasons, our Green Cultural Travel representatives are prohibited from administering any drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. In Asia, pharmacies tend to stock the same western drugs available in your home country, but they are usually locally produced and may have different names. To ensure you can access to the right treatment, ask your doctor for the details of the active components and dosage instructions if you think you might need to purchase prescription medication while here.

When selecting your trip, please read the brochure and itinerary carefully to assess your ability to cope with our style of travel.

Safety and Security

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure.

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt for keeping your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash, and other valuable items safe. Leave your expensive jewellery at home. You won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables while on tour. We recommend a lock for securing your luggage.

During your journey, you will have some free time to pursue your own interests. You can relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your Green Cultural Travel representative can assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary. We, therefore, offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your personal judgment before selecting an activity in your free time.

Although the locations you will visit on your selected Package are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering about at night. We recommend our guests stay in small groups and take taxis for any night time excursions, including restaurant visits.

Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

Medical Form

As a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their personal luggage. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. These requirements ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to complete their chosen trip comfortably. While our

Representatives work hard to ensure all our traveller’s needs are catered for, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day’s activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.

A Word of Warning

When exploring on your own carry only the necessary minimum with you and use a well-hidden money belt for cash and credit cards. The majority of your valuables, including your passport, should be left in the hotel safe. You can organise use of the safe at the reception of your accommodation. There is no need to get paranoid, just be cautious.

Please do not buy gems in Cambodia unless you know what you are doing. Even if they are genuine, you should not expect to be able to sell them at home. If you fall victim to a gem scam, we are unable to assist you.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory to participate in any of our packages. Your Green Cultural Travel representative will communicate with you prior to your departure to ensure you have insurance in place and we will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy, please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance, we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name.

Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage, and emergency contact telephone number.

Green Cultural Travel – Community Programs

For every package purchased directly on line through our website, Green Cultural Travel Pte Ltd will donate 2% of the package price excluding the value of any airfares to our affiliated charity Green Cultural Travel Hub Limited.

Purchasers of our Packages will automatically become members of our Green Cultural Travel Hub and Members of our Hub receive a monthly magazine and access to some great travel specials and follow the progress of the community programs we support. Guests can also take the opportunity when booking a Package to make their own donation to Green Cultural Travel Hub Limited.

Local Dress

In Cambodia, the dress standard is more conservative than it is back home. When packing, try to choose long, loose, lightweight, clothing that will keep you comfortable in the mostly hot and humid Asian climate.

Green Cultural Travel Hub

When you purchase a Green Cultural Travel package you automatically become a member of the Green Cultural Travel Hub. This connects you to us and like-minded travellers. Our monthly magazine is full of travel news, trip information, interesting stories, special offers and contests. We also include more information on how you can give back, and support, the people and places we love to visit through our local Community Programmes.

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