Travel 2 Touring 18/19

RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

ASIA

1

LAND NIGHTS STAYED

Siem Reap

3

1

Kampong Thom

1

TonleSap Lake

LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED

CAMBODIA

1

LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

Phnom Penh

2

1

Takeo

1

Kampot

1

Kep

2

LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

1

SMALL GROUP TOUR

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Learn about Cambodia’s turbulent recent history at Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields • Explore the port town of Kampot and the local fishing villages • Discover the colonial seaside town of Kep and visit Rabbit Island • Enjoy a home cooked meal at a home stay in Takeo • Take a boat trip to the floating villages on Tonle Sap lake • Explore the magnificent Angkor Temple Complex and see Angkor Wat at sun rise • Travel by train along an historic train route to Cambodia’s South Coast RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1

PRICES FROM £1199pp

11 day Cambodia Experience Phnom Penh • Kampot • Kep • Rabbit Island • Takeo • Kampong Thom • Siem Reap • Angkor Temples

Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh On arrival in Phnom Penh, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing. Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel (2 nights) Day 2: Phnom Penh Spend the day exploring Phnom Penh’s main attractions. Take a fun cyclo ride through the backstreets of the city before wandering through the Central Market which has everything from household items to jewellery for sale. Learn about Cambodia’s turbulent history with a visit to Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields memorial at Choeng Ek. In the afternoon, explore the beautiful grounds of the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Get to know your group over sunset drinks at Phnom Penh’s iconic Foreign Correspondence Club, known to be a meeting place for travellers across the world. (B) Day 3: Phnom Penh - Kampot Travel by train along an historical train route from Phnom Penh to the old French port town of Kampot on Cambodia’s south coast. In Kampot, cruise on Preaek Tuek Chhu River and visit local fishing villages inhabited by the local Cham Muslim population. (B) Columns Hotel Day 4: Kampot - Kep Drive from Kampot to the seaside town of Kep and visit an ancient temple hidden within the caves at Phnom Chhnork. Renowned for its salt and Kampot pepper, stop to learn about the production of one of Cambodia’s most valuable exports before continuing to Kep. (B) The Beach House (2 nights) Day 5: Kep & Rabbit Island Popular with the French elite in the early 1900s, Kep is home to many abandoned French villas which were later destroyed by the Khmer Rouge. Explore the ruined villas, and uncover the busy crab market, which specialises in the region’s most popular dish, Kampot pepper crab. Spend the rest of the day relaxing on Rabbit Island, a rustic, rural island just a short-boat trip from Kep. Return to the mainland for the evening. (B)

Day 6: Kep - Takeo Travel north to Takeo and enjoy an exhilarating speedboat ride along a narrow canal flanked by rice paddies. Visit Phnom Da, a striking hilltop temple dating back to the 8th Century. Stay overnight at a home-stay in Takeo which helps support the local community through education initiatives. Share a home-cooked meal with the family and learn about the wonderful English-speaking classes they run for the local children. (BD) Home Stay Day 7: Takeo - Kampong Thom From Takeo, drive through picturesque rural Cambodia to Santuk Silk Farm. Learn about the traditional techniques of silk production, from collecting the silk from the worms to the dyeing and weaving process. Enjoy a delicious home-cooked lunch before continuing the drive to Kampong Thom. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. (BL) Sambor Village Hotel Day 8: Kampong Thom - Siem Reap As you continue your journey from Kampong Thom to Siem Reap, stop at Kampong Kdei to walk across a Naga Bridge. With 21 arches, the bridge is said to be one of the longest corbelled stone arch bridges in the world. Take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake and visit a floating village to see daily life before arriving in Siem Reap. (B) Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa (3 nights) Day 9: Temples of Angkor Venture to Angkor Wat’s seldom-used East Gate by tuk-tuk. Marvel at the silhouetted central spires and explore the temple grounds away from the crowds. Travel on to the nearby Angkor Thom Complex for a monk blessing and wander through Bayon temple. Visit jungle-covered Ta Prohm before returning to town for an afternoon at leisure. (B) Day 10: Outlying Temples Travel through the countryside to 2 of the most interesting temples outside Angkor Thom – Banteay Srei, an intricately carved temple and Boeng Mealea, a lesser known temple overgrown by the jungle. Stop at a small roadside village which makes palm sugar and visit the fascinating Aki Ra Landmine Museum. In the evening, enjoy a farewell group dinner. (BLD) Day 11: Depart Siem Reap Transfer to the airport for your onward journey. (B)

TOUR DETAILS

£1199 per person

PRICES FROM:

PRICES INCLUDE • 9 nights’ accommodation in selected hotels • 1 night home stay accommodation • Meals as specified: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners • Transport in air-conditioned vehicles (except tuk-tuk touring)(1 cruise) • Services of an English-speaking Tour Leader • All touring as specified, including entrance fees • All transfer and tipping

DEPARTURES Selected Thursdays

TOUR STYLE: Small Group

GROUP SIZE: Max 16

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 3 - 4 stars

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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