AwimAway Cambodian Highlights

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AwimAway Cambodian Highlights

This tour starts from Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia; a bustling commercial hub. Its rich historical past can be traced to the Khmer and French influence evident in the ornate Khmer-style temples and the grand colonial buildings and villas. The most obvious examples of this include the National Museum and the Silver Pagoda which we visit in this tour.

 

Battambang, the second largest city in Cambodia, is located on a rich and fertile plain, which provides much of the rice and other important crops for the country. The Sangker River cuts through the town center, which is filled with colonial and shop house architecture. The region has numerous Angkorian and post-Angkorian sites. Some of the most interesting are the Wat Ek and Phnom Banon, which we will visit.

 

Siem Reap Town serves as the gateway to the millennium-old temple ruins of the Khmer Empire. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Angkor Archeological Park encompasses dozens of temple ruins including the legendary Angkor Wat. Though the major temples are relatively well visited these days, it is still possible to get away from the crowds, to explore the area and discover Angkor.

 
 
Features of this trip:
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip. 
  • Customise your own itinerary to create a holiday of your dream.
  • Designed for 4 to 5 star luxury accommodation and services.
  • Hotels can be changed to lower budget.
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes.
  • Outstanding value, costing you 25-30% less than similar guided tours of the same flexibility and quality.
  • Group discounts are available. Call 0845 310 2929

ALL PRICES
AWIMAWAY

ALL PRICES ARE IN BRITISH POUNDS

VALID UNTIL 31 OCT 08

Tour by private car/coach with private guide per person in a party of

Cat.
Validity
1
2
3-5
6-9
 

Sgl. suppl.

Gold

Apr-Oct 08

1249
799
699
649
 
239
Silver

May-Oct 08

1099
699
649
599
 
189
Bronze

Apr-Oct 08

899
599
499
449
 
99
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Surcharge for La Villa Hotel in Battambang

39
19
19
19
 
 


CATEGORY

PHNOM PENH HOTELS

SIEM REAP HOTELS

GOLD

Intercontinental Hotel

Amanjaya Hotel

Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor Golf & Spa Resort

La Residence D'Angkor

Le Meridien Angkor

Victoria Angkor

Hotel De La Paix

Angkor Palace Resort & Spa

Sokha Angkor Hotel & Spa

SILVER

Sunway 

Phnom Penh Hotel 

Cambodiana Hotel

Angkor Century Resort & Spa

FCC Angkor

Angkor Village (Hotel, Resort)

Shinta Mani Hotel

Prince D'Angkor Hotel & Spa 

Royal Angkor Resort 

Apsara Angkor Hotel 

BRONZE

Holiday Villa Phnom Penh Juliana Hotel

Bougainvillier Hotel

Khemara Angkor

Princess D'Angkor Hotel

City Angkor

Angkor Hotel

Day Inn Angkor & Resort

Lotus Angkor Hotel

Borei Angkor

Casa Angkor Hotel

What is included & Not Included
  • Transfers and tours with local English speaking guides
  • Accommodation in shared twin rooms at indicated hotels or similar,
  • Meals as specified in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner),
  • Entrance fees,
  • Boat fees (option 1 only),
  • Service charges,
  • Room tax and
  • Baggage handling.
 

Not included are Christmas and New Year's Eve Dinners.

About Us

AwimAway is an online seller of adventure and activity travel. We have a range of high quality tour operators from around the world who offer adventure and active holidays at compatible prices. We provide you with a flexibility of selecting your holiday from UK operator or going straight to a local operator in the destination of your choosing. Most of our holidays provided by our associate tour operators are tailor-made to your requirement. You can book your holiday through our customer service managed by our expert adventure consultants.

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Adventure and Activity Travel

What is Adventure & Activity Travel? Adventure travel includes activities like hiking, biking, diving, and multi-sport tours. Activity travel includes activities like cultural, expedition cruising, wildlife safari and culinary tours. In all cases, AwimAway is your premier booking service to visiting the wonders of the world, either man-made wonders like the pyramids, machu picchu or the great wall, or natural wonders like alaska, antarctica or the galapagos islands, just to name a few.


Commitment to Sustainable Environment/Tourism

The Ecological balance of our world is, much, fragile today, than previously. At Awimaway, we are committed and enthused about taking you to various unexplored destinations around the world, but we are equally committed to preserve the local environments. We hope this way the world's most naturally rich and exciting regions will remain preserved and their ecological balances maintained for future generations to come.

To further give direction to our commitment to sustainable environment, Awimaway shall donate a part of its profits from each booking to the local community. We believe in eco-friendly tourism and preservation of the original cultures and traditions of the communities who inhabit the regions we sell. 

Note:

A passport photo must be attached to multiple day entrance passes to the Angkor complex. Visitors can have their picture taken at the entrance checkpoint at no extra charge, however we recommend that you bring along a photo prior to arriving in Cambodia.

 

This trip is designed assuming two persons travelling together and double occupancy of a room. Prices shown are based on the lowest season base price and given in British Pounds. It does not include international airfare and internal flights unless otherwise noted. They may or may not include administrative fees, taxes and some meals. Surcharges for solo travellers/single occupancy, holiday surcharges, group discounts, cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. 

 

Prices assume the itinerary is purchased "as is". We make no extra charge for minor changes to hotels or hotel add-ons to the beginning or the end of the existing itinerary. However, for any customisation that requires us to start with a new base itinerary, we will charge a non-refundable planning fee of £150, in advance, which can be credited towards the final trip price.

Highlights:

Phnom Penh – Arriva

DAY 1 Arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport and transfer to the hotel (rooms may not be ready until the afternoon).

Lunch at hotel.

Phnom Penh city tour: Visit 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 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 90kilos and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. End your afternoon with the visit of the Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh’s namesake.

 

Meals: L, D
Overnight: At hotel.


Phnom Penh - Battambang       
DAY 2

Depart Phnom Penh for Battambang by overland transfer. Stop in Kompong Chhnang to see the pottery village. Visit the floating village with private boat at Krar Kor.

 

Lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch, visit the stone carving in Pursat. Arrive in Battambang, and check-in at the hotel.

 

Meals: B, L, D
Overnight: At hotel.

 

Battambang      

DAY 3 Breakfast at hotel.

Drive along the picturesque Sangker River to Wat Slaket Pagoda, the residence of the provincial Buddhist patriarch. Continue to visit Wat Ek Phnom. Visit a market where Prahoc, the Cambodian fish paste, is made.

 

Lunch at local restaurant.
Visit the Provincial Museum (closed on Saturdays / Sundays) and the local market. Drive to Phnom Banon, with its five sandstone towers on top of a hill and enjoy the magnificent view.

 

Meals: B, L, D
Overnight: At hotel.

 
Battambang - Siem Reap 
DAY 4
 

Option I (Mid-Jul to Mid-January only)

Travel by private boat to Siem Reap along the Sangker River and enjoy unspoiled landscapes and traditional daily-life scenes. Stop at Cheur Khmao Pagoda, “Black Wood Pagoda”, in Bak Prier floating village and cross the floating village of Prek Tuol.
 

Picnic lunch on board.
Continue by boat across the Tonle Sap Lake to Chhong Kneas floating village. On arrival transfer to Siem Reap and check-in at hotel.

 

Meals: B, L, D
Overnight: At hotel.

 
Option II (Feb-Jul)

Depart from Battambang to Siem Reap via Sisophon by overland transfer.

Lunch at local restaurant or lunch box will be provided.

Visit the Silk Farm of Puok and learn about the different stages of the complex process of producing handmade silk. Continue to Siem Reap. Arrive in Siem Reap and transfer to hotel.

 

Meals: B, L, D
Overnight: At hotel.

 
Siem Reap  
DAY 5

Visit the Roluos Group: The monuments of Roluos, which served as the capital of Indravarman I (reigned 877-89), are among the earliest large, permanent temples built by the Khmers and mark the beginning of Khmer classical art. Preah Ko erected by Indravarman I in the late 9th century dedicated by the King to his ancestors in 880. Bakong the largest and most interesting of the Roluos group temples, with his active Buddhist monastery just to the north of the east entrance. Lolei built on an islet in the center of a large reservoir (now rice fields) by Yasovarman I, the founder to the first city at Angkor.

 

Lunch at hotel.
In the afternoon, continue your temple tour. See the unique interior brick sculptures Prasat Kravan, the Srah Srang reservoir (known as “The Royal Baths” was once used for ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Eastern Mebon (guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation) and the mountain-temple of Pre Rup until sunset.

 

Meals: B, L, D
Overnight: At hotel.

 
Siem Reap 
DAY 6

In the morning, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Enjoy the sunset on Angkor Wat.

 

Lunch at hotel.
Visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Sunset at Angkor Wat.

 

Meals: B, L, D
Overnight: At hotel.

 
Siem Reap   
DAY 7 An early bird special:

Transfer to the archaeological site for the sunrise from the Phnom Bakheng, one of two hills dominating the plain of Angkor, from where you will have a spectacular view of the Western Baray and Angkor Wat (Our recommendation: Access is steep and may be slippery especially after rains. Not recommended for elderly people).

 

Or sunrise at Srah Srang.

Return to the hotel for breakfast.

Morning, transfer to Banteay Srei temple (10th century), regarded as the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art. Continue to Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery.

 

Lunch at hotel.

In the afternoon, you continue your temple visits to Preah Khan. Built by the King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som and Banteay Samre, built in the third quarter of the 12th century. It consists of a central temple with four wings preceded by a hall and accompanied by two libraries, the southern example remarkably well preserved. Two concentric walls enclose the ensemble.

 

Meals: B, L, D
Overnight: At hotel.

 
Siem Reap – Departure
DAY 8

Silk Farm of Puok: Learn about the different stages of the complex process of producing handmade silk. Then continue to Wat Inkosei built on the site of an ancient temple, which still remains. and to Wat Bo pagoda to view its well-preserved paintings. You will also observe monks making the various moldings, which adorn the pagodas.

 

Lunch at hotel.
Visit to “Les Artisans d’Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles” of Siem Reap and time at leisure at a local market (if time permits). Transfer to Siem Reap airport for departure flight to the next destination.

 

Meals: B, L
Overnight: At hotel.


At a Glance:

Tour reference: 109473

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