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Cambodia – Memorable Trip 10 days 9 nights

Tour code: 20180809-128

Start: 30-08-2018

Location starting: Cambodia

Time: 10 days 9 nights

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Cambodia – Memorable Trip 10 days 9 nights

Day 1 : Arrive Siem Reap

Arrive at Siem Reap international airport, welcome by tour guide and transfer to Siem Reap city.

City tour with visiting the workshops of  sculpture on stone and wood carving  to revivify traditional  Khmer arts. Then transfer to the floating village of Chong Khneas and boat trip  on the Tonle Sap to discover floating villages that move  with the water  current and life moves to the rhythm of the water. Each house is mounted on floats with ponds surrounded by bamboo. Any village life is deeply dependent on fishing. Various tools are used catch fish around the  floating houses. Some families practice a form of fish farming; others are engaged in breeding crocodiles. You also discover floating shops Souvenir products, livestock crocodiles and exposure of freshwater fish until sunset.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 2 : Siem Reap

Enjoy a tuk-tuk ride (moto- remork) towards Angkor Thom (Great Cited) starting visits by the South Gate and the famous Bayon Temple built by Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century, dedicated to Buddhism of 54 gigantic towers with 216 faces of Avalokitesvara, pyramidal Baphuon temple XIth century representing Mount Meru dedicated to brahamanisme, Phimean Akas (Celestial Palace) pyramid with three levels representing Mount Meru, the Terrace of Elephants measuring 350m long hosted the pomp of royal audiences and public ceremonies, Terrace of the Leper King platform has several admirable figures carved Apsaras and the famous temple of Ta Prohm built by Jayavarman VII as a residence for his mother. It was largely covered by giant trees

Lunch during the visits. Continue to visit  the great temple of Angkor Wat, World Heritage with its soaring towers and magnificent bas-reliefs. This is a most extraordinary monument ever conceived by the human mind, built in the twelfth century (1112-1152) in honor of Vishnu.
Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 3 : Siem Reap

Full day to visit  Banteay Srey (Citadel of Women), a temple built during the reign of King Jayavarman V, dedicated to Shiva whose architecture and sculptures of pink sandstone have a masterpiece of Khmer art. Then continue to Kbal Spean or the Thousand Lingas River located about 35km north of Angkor. After traveling through villages, you still walk 45 minutes through the forest to reach the river that contributes to the irrigation of Angkor. You will  find  lingas (phallic symbols) as a pad that gave its name to the site “River of aThousand Lingas”. Then on the rocks, you will  see  figures of deities: Vishnu sleeping on the serpent, bull, Shiva and Urma. Leaked onto these mythological scenes, the water was sanctified.

Lunch in the restaurant at the foot of the mountain
On the way back, stroll through the village and contact people in their daily life, including the production of sugar palm from palm juice.
Then drive through Srah Srang (ablution basin) then visit the famous temple of Ta Prohm built by Jayavarman VII as a residence for his mother. It was largely covered by giant trees.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 4  : Siem Reap –  Preah Vihea  temple – Saem  district– 250km

Road to Anlong Veng,  a district of the province of Oddar Meanchey, located 140km from Siem Reap. The city region is also called Anlong Veng. You are addressed the house of Ta Mok, a senior Khmer Rouge leaders. If you feel safe, take a moment to think about the really horrible way, you should be fine if these same guys in the Khmer Rouge.

Continue to the temple of Preah Vihear on the edge of a plateau that dominates the plain of Cambodia, the temple is dedicated to Shiva, composed of a series of sanctuaries linked by a system of pavements and staircases over an axis of 800 meters and back to the first half of the 11th century. Nevertheless, its complex history dating back to the 9th century when the hermitage was founded. This site is particularly well preserved, mainly due to its remote location. The site is exceptional for the quality of its architecture, which is adapted to the natural environment and the religious function of the temple, as well as for the quality of its carved stone ornamentation.
Lunch on the way.
Road to Saem  market.
Dinner and overnight at Saem.

Day 5 : Saem-Stung Treng – Ratanakiri (Banlung) – 320km

Trip to Ratanakiri  via Stung Treng  crossing the Mekong by a long new bridge recently opened. Stung Treng is a province located on the bank of the Mekong to the border with Laos. Then contue  to Ratanakiri in the northeast of Stung Treng. Bunlung is its capital, known as the “Red City” because of the omnipresent laterite. Transfer to  Yaklom Lake, a beautiful and perfectly round lake of water, surrounded by forest, you could walk around the lake and visit the Archaeological Museum of minorities ..
Installation at Terres Rouges Lodge.

Day 6: Ratanakiri -  Kreung  Minority

Let us go through the rubber plantation to the waterfall next to join Laos and the village of Taveng. We cross first  Veal Rum Plang, a lava field in the forest; a few steps there is a small waterfall (only in the rainy season) surrounded by small caves tigers. Later, we stopped at some pretty Kroeung villages located in the forest on both sides of the road. In some villages Kroeung, depending on the season, we could see some very impressive houses built on high stilts. Note that, when they reached their goal and when the young man became a householder, these houses are destroyed before being resurrected by younger men next season.
Back to Ban Lung. Overnight in Ratanakiri.

Day7 : Ratanakiri – Kratie – 254 km

Early morning visit Banlung market, then drive through the forest and villages to Kratie, a nice quiet little town on the banks of the Mekong. Before arriving in the city, ride a motorboat to witness the presence of Irrawaddy dolphins, species mancée which survives only in this part of the Mekong.
Continuation of road through the village of “Kralan” glutinous rice cake cooked in tubes of bamboos, well known in Cambodia. Teting i t!
Overnight at Mekong Dolphin hotel

Day 8 : Kratie – Kompong Cham  - 216km

Drive to Kompong Cham, one of Cambodia’s most populous, stop at the rubber plantation to Chup provinces which once belonged to the French company Michelin, visit Phnom Srey and Phnom Proh (hills homes and women) and the Temple of Wat Nokor.
Lunch at local restaurant
Road along the Mekong River to the temple pre-Angkorian Hanchey perched on a hill with a beautiful pagoda.
Dinner at local restaurant.
Overnight in Kompong Cham

Day 9 – Kompong Cham – Phnom Penh (124km)

Road to Phnom Penh, stopping at the Skun, only market that you can find the vendor of spider  and crickets .

Arrive in Phnom Penh ,  visit to the historic city along the four arms of the Mekong by visiting the National stunning example of Khmer architecture, which was officially inaugurated in 1920 which set out the Museum of art objects and sculptures for the various periods of the history of Khmer art

Lunch in Phnom Penh.

Continuation of the Royal Palace built  by King Norodom composed of different structures grouped in an enclosure with a remarkable architecture of Khmer art, the Silver Pagoda (pagoda or emerald) in the Royal Enclosure bringing together masterpieces by such a large gold Buddha weighing 90 kg solid gold encrusted with diamonds, Emerald Buddha and a crystal baccarat, Viste Wat Phnom, one built on a small artificial hill topped by a pagoda beautiful monastery housing sacred relics and a huge stupa of former King Ponhea Yat founder of the capital Phnom Penh. Tricycle ride along the Tonle Sap quay.
Dinner at local restaurant on the Tonle Sap. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 10 – Phnom Penh – Departure

Visit the colonial neighborhood that has preserved its many houses of French style, passing by the national library, city hall, Calmette Hospital, the Embassy of France to the post quater, then visit central market built since 1937 under the plans by French  architect Jean Desbois  and independence Monument of Angkorian style, adorned by beautiful gardens to symbolize the day Cambodia gained independence from French protectorate November 9, 1953 and also to pay tribute to soul fighters who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country

Transfer to the airport for departure flight.

 

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