Mrs. Linda - South Africa

  • Group: 2 persons
  • Impression: Cambodia with hidden charm
  • Date: Voyage du 24/10 au 01/11/2015
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Hi Linh and Linda

My daughter and I have just returned from our second trip with Asiatica Travel. I travelled with my sister to Vietnam in 2010 and had a fantastic holiday, so when my daughter and I decided to go to Cambodia there was no question that we were going to go with Asiatica. From the organising (thanks to the very patient Linh) to the actual trip (during which Linda oversaw things, although there were no hitches), everything was great - the hotels were perfect in comfort and location, the cars and drivers, the food (we asked specially to eat as local as possible and the guides did this so well), and the outstanding guides - Mrs Sok in Phnom Penh and Kampong Thom and Mr Sophy in Siem Reap, the whole trip exceeded expectations. Asiatica seem to be very price-competitive too, which adds to the good experience! I can highly recommend Asiatica, and a trip to Cambodia is truly unique.

Thank you so much for organising such a great and memorable trip!

Regards

Linda

 

 

DETAILED PROGRAM

 
 
Day 01: 24-oct Phnompenh – arrival
Arrival at the airport of Phnompenh.
KA 206 17H30 PHNOMPENH (FROM HONG KONG) DRAGON AIR
Pick-up and transfer to your hotel. (Without guide).
 
Day 02: 25-oct Phnompenh – visit – B 
Breakfast at hotel. 8h00 our guide and driver will pick you up for a visit of the Victory Monument, and the National Museum, also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1917. The museum contains a collection of Khmer art - notably sculptures - throughout the ages. Visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. Then drive to visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21 prison). This prison was a high school, and used as a prison by Pol Pot's security forces and became the largest center for detention and torture during the rule of the Khmer Rouge. Then visit to Killing Fields " Choeung Ek"15km southwest of Phnom Penh. This one is the site of brutal executions of more than 17,000 individuals, most of whom first suffered through interrogations, torture and deprivation in Toul Sleng Prison during Pol Pot regime (from 1975–1979). The last site is Russian Markets where you can shop for souvenirs, clothes, jewelry, silver products. Transfer back to hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Phnom Penh.
 
Day 03: 26-oct Phnompenh – libre– B 
Free to your own activities. 
(No guide no driver)
 
Day 04: 27-oct Phnompenh - Kampong Thom – B , D
8h00 drive 168km to Kampong Thom-a picturesque town situated on the bank of the Tonle Sap Lake. En route, drop by Skun market- the unique place selling spider in Cambodia and Kuhak Nokor temple built during the reign of King Suryavarman I (1002-1050). This temple was built of laterite and decorated with sandstone lingtel, fronton, and pillars. Arrive in Kompong Thom, check in the hotel for a short rest. In the afternoon, crossing the beautiful landscape of the Cambodian countryside, we reach Sambor Prei Kuk which was the ancient capital of Chenla built in the early seventh century. Drive back to Kompong Thom for overnight.
 
Day 05: 28-oct Kampong Thom - Siem Reap – B , D
Drive 147 km to Siemreap passing through villages and rice paddies. Stop at Kompong Kdei to admire an old bridge dated back more than 1000 years, built under the reign of king Chayravaman VII.  Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.
Dinner with special Aspara dance show.
 
Day 06: 29-oct Activities at local people - Tonle Sap -  B, L 
In the morning, visit a local house and participate the preparing of lunch with hosts. Lunch at local house.
Then you will transfer in tuk tuk to enjoy with traditional wooden boat on Tonle Sap Lake for as long as possible by visit the daily life of floating villagers. On the way back, we enjoy with oxen-cart riding at Aranh Village. Back for shopping at Old Market with the guide.
Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 07: 30-oct Siem Reap - Small Circuit - Grand Circuit - Siem Reap – B , L
Morning visit (by tuktuk) to the “Small Circuit” group of temples including: Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees, one of Jayavarman VII's first major temple projects dedicated to his mother, Thommanon built at the same time with Angkor Wat, Chau Say Tevoda temple, Banteay Kdei – surrounded by four concentric walls, Srah Srang – “The Royal Baths" was once used for ritual bathing and Ta Keo known as “ The mountain with golden peaks” dedicated to Hindu God Shiva.
The afternoon spent for visiting the “Grand Circuit” including: Pre Rup- a temple-mountain with beautiful bas reliefs and excellent views of the surrounding countryside, East Mebon- a large temple – mountain dedicated to Shiva in honor of the king’s parents, Tasom- the most distant temple of the Grand Circuit, Neak pean a small island temple originally dedicated to Buddha. It is most photogenic in the wet season and lastly Preah Khan dedicated to Jayavarman VII's father. Overnight in the hotel.
 
Day 08: 30-oct Siem Reap - Angkor Thom - Angkor Wat - Siem Reap – B 
After breakfast, transfer to visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom (Great city), the famous Bayon temple built in the late 12th century and Baphoun temple dedicated to Shiva – the Hindu God, Terrace of Elephant, Terrace of Leper King and Phimeanakas ( Heavenly Palace).
In the afternoon, transfer to visit the World Heritage "Angkor Wat" - the world's largest religious building. Wrap up the day with a visit to the Bakheng Hill temple for an incredible sunset  from the top of the hill. Back to hotel. Overnight in Siem Reap. 
 
Day 09: 01-nov Siem Reap – departure – B 
8h00, transfer to the airport for your flight off.  (Without guide) 10H55 SIEM REAP (TO HONG KONG).
 
 
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