Siem Reap > Kampong Thom > Kampong Cham > Phnom Penh
Our Cambodian Cultural Discovery East Group Tour provides an in-depth exploration of fascinating Cambodian culture. History, food, architecture, arts and crafts, food and so much more. The 7-day tour focuses on the area to the east of the majestic Tonle Sap Lake and biosphere. We start in Siem Reap and the awe inspiring kingdom of Angkor Wat and weave our through beautiful landscapes within Kompong Thom and Kampong Cham provinces to the capital, Phnom Penh, visiting many other significant cultural destinations along the way.
You’ll visit the world’s biggest temple complex, pre-Angkorian monuments, the imposing Sambor Prei Kuk, and the Silver Pagoda. Discover village communities on the Tonle Sap Lake and help support local community projects. Learn about Cambodia’s ancient and modern day history with visits to many cultural monuments including Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the infamous Killing Fields.
The Cambodian Cultural Discovery group tour includes all accommodation, entrance fees, transport, expert guides and hosted by our experienced and friendly Green Cultural Travel Tour Leader.
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|TRAVEL STYLE||Relaxed group travelling, with time to take in the cultural and history of this unique country.|
|SERVICE LEVEL||Quality accommodation and more inclusions than other competing tours offer.|
|PHYSICAL RATING||Light walking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.|
|TRIP TYPE||Small group TOUR of A maximum 18 people|
-3 day Angkor Wat complex pass and guide, including sunrise tour
- Aspara Dance and traditional dinner
-Tonle Sap Lake boat trip with life jacket
-Entry fee’s in Kompong Thom and Kompong Cham
-Sambor Prei Kuk entrance fee
- Central Markets tour
- Entry fees for Tuol Sleng prison, Killing Fields,
- Offering for cleansing ceremony
- Sunset cruise along the Tonle Sap and Mekong River
-All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Accommodation: 4 Star Hotels where available (6 nights)
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 1 dinner
Transportation: Private air-conditioned bus, walking, cyclo, private boat, bamboo train
Staff & experts: Group Leader throughout, local guides
Available extras (Add this to your tour when you book)
My Own Room
If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have a private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.
Day 1: Siem Reap - Arrival Day
Siem Reap – Arrival Day (L D)
If you are arriving at the Siem Reap International Airport our representative will greet you for your complimentary transfer to your hotel. Your CGT Tour Leader will arrange a late morning group meeting where you will be briefed about the tour and become acquainted with your fellow travellers. We will then have lunch at a local restaurant before your cultural adventure begins.
After an exploration of Siem Reap we will board a boat and head out onto Tonle Sap Lake in the late afternoon to get a taste of daily life on Southeast Asia’s largest lake. Mey Chrey which is a floating village that moves from one place to another as the water level and currents change. You’ll be amazed at the floating schools, police station, shops and more.
The first day of our cultural tour of Siem finishes with 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
Day 2: Siem Reap
Siem Reap (B,L)
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.
We will enjoy a lunch at a local traditional restaurant before moving onto the Bayon Temple which includes the Leper King and Elephant Terraces and the South Gate of Angkor Thom Temple.
Overnight Siem Reap
Day 3: Siem Reap
Siem Reap (B,L)
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. We will relax and take lunch again at a local restaurant before 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
Day 4: Siem Reap / Kampong Thom
Siem Reap > Kompong Thom (B,L)
Today we leave Siem Reap and head to Kompong Thom, our home base for exploring the incredible Sambor Prei Kuk temple which is recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site joining Angkor Wat on this register.
Continue to Cambodia's most significant group of pre-Angkorian landmarks, Sambor Prei Kuk which encompasses more than 100 brick temples spread throughout the forest. Among them are some of the oldest structures in Cambodia. Sambor Prei Kuk served as the capital of Upper Chenla amid the rule of the mid-seventh century King Isanavarman and continued as a place of learning well into the Angkorian period. . For those with energy to burn you can explore this temple and local surrounding villages by bicycle. After visiting the temple, we continue by bus to the hotel. Check then relax for a while. In the evening we’ll take a ride around the provincial capital to observe Cambodian life at night.
Overnight: Kompong Thom
Day 5: Kampong Thom / Phnom Penh
Day 5: Kompong Thom > Phnom Penh (B,L)
We breakfast at the hotel restaurant, then depart from Kompong Thom. Our journey to the capital, Phnom Penh takes us through picturesque landscapes. If you’re brave enough, we also have the opportunity to taste exotic snacks like grilled spiders, grasshoppers, and snakes along the way.
Upon arriving in Phnom Penh we head into the Riverside precinct and will visit 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.
We take a leisurely lunch and then check into the hotel to get refreshed before taking a late afternoon tour of the riverside precinct taking in the bustling daily lives of the locals, unique architecture, cultural landmarks and what is known as the “four face river” where four rivers meet in the heart of the city
We then board enjoy a sunset cruise on board a traditional wooden boat while cruising out onto the mighty Mekong River and experience the “four faced river” and witness Phnom Penh from this unique perspective.
Overnight Phnom Penh
Day 6: Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh (B,L)
Today 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 this part of our day at a local temple for a cleansing ceremony in which we make an offering to the lost souls of this brutal period.
On the way back to your hotel 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.
Overnight: Phnom Penh
Day 7: Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh (B)
We will enjoy a final group breakfast and then you will be free to head out or relax at the hotel or continue to explore this unique city before we transfer you to either the airport for your departure flight or onto your next Cambodian adventure.
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Cambodian Extended Group Tours
The information in this detailed trip document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However, it is subject to change and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal to the itinerary. Or, it may be a larger change that results in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure, you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
VERY IMPORTANT: To check if there have been changes that affect your plans, please ensure that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Details several days before you commence travel.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary. On occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region. Mention of specific wildlife is by no means a guarantee you will encounter it. Listed travel times are approximations only and subject to variation due to local conditions.
The Cambodian people are very modest, so avoid wearing clothes that are too short or revealing in public.
Ask permission before taking someone’s photo.
In some major cities in Cambodia, many hotel rooms do not have windows.
Due to the nature of travel in Asia, a backpack is more suited to this trip than a suitcase.
- 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%
GCT Group Tour Leader Description
All Green Cultural Travel Group Tours are accompanied by one of our Tour Leaders. The role of the Tour Leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to see and do, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting. We believe this approach provides the best of both worlds.
Group Size Notes
Eating is one of the most enjoyable aspects of holidaying in a foreign destination. When travelling with Green Cultural Travel, you will experience a vast array of excellent food available throughout Cambodia. We believe in providing choice and have therefore included some meals within each Tour, but also provide opportunities for you to explore and discover dining experiences on your own.
Our groups tend to eat together to enable everyone to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. However, there is no obligation to join in if you prefer not to. If you wish to venture out alone, your Tour Leader can always provide suggestions for recommended restaurants in the area.
Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice may be limited.
While trekking in remote regions all meals are included. We ensure they are plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients.Please refer to your trip details for information on which meals are included, along with a suggested budget for those that are not.
Private bus with air-conditioning, walking, boat and ferry
There are no flights on this tour
We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel. Our group trips are therefore designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers are paired with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip and stay in a twin room or multi-share accommodation.
Hotels 4 Star where available - 6 nights
My Own Room
Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will be provided with a single private room each night.
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.
When arriving at Phnom Penh International Airport, you will be met by a Green Cultural Travel representative and transferred to your hotel. Your driver will be waiting for you with a Green Cultural Travel sign with your name on it. Please check carefully for your name when you exit the baggage hall as it can be busy outside the arrival area.
If you are unable to locate our Green Cultural Travel representative on arrival, please wait up to 30 minutes. Unavoidable delays occasionally happen, and our representative should be there as soon as possible.
If they have still not arrived you can:
- call our emergency number to contact local staff for assistance, or
- take a taxi to the joining point hotel, and we will reimburse you for the cost of this inconvenience.
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 your starting point hotel as soon as possible. Request to speak to your Group Leader, or leave a message. If you are unable to get in touch with your Group Leader, please refer to our emergency contact details.
If you need to contact us in an emergency, it is best to call either the Green Cultural Travel Local Representative (if one is listed below) 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.
An airport transfer is included in the tour; please note that your arrival transfer has been arranged based on flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, we will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer. However, we cannot guarantee this. If your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30 minutes after you have exited the arrivals area, please take a taxi to your start point hotel.
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 23 900 534 or +855 12 536 791
From within Cambodia: 012 23 900 534 or 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. No XXL ones, please! You will also need a day pack or bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like iPods and mobile phones.
Passport (with photocopies)
Travel insurance (with photocopies)
Airline tickets (with photocopies)
USD cash (small denominations preferred)
Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
Green Cultural Travel vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier
Any entry visas, additional passport photos or vaccination certificates required
Small towel and swim wear
Sturdy walking shoes/sport sandals
Cover for backpack or plastic bags to keep clothes dry
Clothes for temples – long pants or sarongs
Some of our hotels offer laundry facilities for a charge.
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.
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 tour.
During this tour, 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. 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 travelers’ cheques in US currency are the easiest to exchange.
Please ensure you have access to an additional USD $250 (or equivalent) as a minimum. This 'emergency' fund is for use if circumstances beyond our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
Departure Tax is included in all International and Domestic tickets.
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 tour. 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. You may do this individually, or your Group Leader will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. 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 Group Leader for a recommended amount based on the particular circumstances at the time.
At the end of each trip, if you felt your Green Cultural Travel Group Leader did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal decision. However, as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week, can be used.
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 sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. For legal reasons, our Group Leaders 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. Green Cultural Travel reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all, or part, of a trip without refund if, in the reasonable opinion of our Group Leader, they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.
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.
When travelling on a group trip, please note that your Group Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
Your Group Leader will accompany you on all included activities.
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 Group Leader 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 we visit on tour 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.
Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun, and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our Group Leaders to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by a guide(s).
Swimming, including snorkelling, is always at your own risk.
Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. 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 Group Leaders work hard to ensure all our travellers are catered for equally, 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 Couple of Rules
We do not tolerate illegal drugs on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of the local culture in some areas of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers.
Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our Group Leaders have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
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 is compulsory to participate in any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the tour until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your Group Leader, who 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 Guarding Glory Limited.
Purchasers of our Packages will automatically become members of our Green Cultural Travel Hub and for an understanding of the Hub” visit www.gcthub.com 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 Guarding Glory Limited.
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 is connects you to us and like-minded travelers. 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 Programs.