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12D/11N - THE EASTERN AND CENTRAL PROVINCES DISCOVERY
12D/11N  - THE EASTERN AND CENTRAL PROVINCES DISCOVERY
Phnom Penh, Kompong Cham, Snuol, Sen Monorom (Mondolkiri), Kompong Thom, Siem Reap
Unforgettable: From the capital of Cambodia,Phnom Penh to the most beautiful complex of temples Angkor in individual, we will get a taste of adventure and a good insight into local tradition...

Day 01: Arrival Phnom Penh
Transfer from Phnom Penh International Airport to the hotel. Afternoon, visit the Independence Monument and Wat Langka, one of Phnom Penh’s five original wats (pagodas), founded in 1422. First established as a sanctuary for the Holy Writings and a meeting place for Cambodian and Sri Lankan monks, the Wat was named in honour of these meetings. Wat Langka was used as a storehouse by the Khmer Rouge, so it escaped total destruction. Now fully renovated, this temple still plays an important place in Cambodian Buddhism. ,

Than visit the e Royal Palace 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 5,000 silver tiles. Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh

Day 02: Phnom Penh City Tour (Breakfast/Lunch included)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum. More than 17,000 people held at S-21 were taken to the extermination camp at Choeung Ek to be executed; detainees who died during torture were buried in mass graves in the prison ground. The museum displays include room after room of these photographs of men, women and children covering the walls from floor to ceiling; virtually all the people pictured were later killed.
Visit the Russian Market (Psah Tuol Thom Pong), a lively outdoor market where you will find antiquities, silver and gold jewelry, gems, silk, kramas, stone and wood carvings, as well as T-Shirts, CDs and other souvenirs. Lunch at local restaurant. Visit the National Museum, also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1917.
End your afternoon with a visit to the city’s namesake, Wat Phnom. Founded in 1373, the pagoda was built to house Buddhist relics washed ashore by the river. Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh

Day 03: Phnom Penh - Kompong Cham - Snuol - Sen Monorom  (Breakfast/Lunch / Dinner included)
Breakfast at hotel. Depart Phnom Penh to Kompong Cham. Make a stop in Skuon to taste Cambodia’s more exotic culinary delights, the deep-fried spider. Drive to Chhup, the biggest rubber plantation in the country, established during the French colonial time by the French tire maker Michelin. Continue to Snuol where you will have lunch at local restaurant. Drive to Sen Monorom, the capital of the Mondolkiri province with scenery and a climate quite unlike anywhere else in the country. Arrival in Sen Monorom in the afternoon.
Check in at guesthouse. Sen Monorom will be the base from which to explore the surrounding hill tribe villages and the waterfalls. Dinner at guesthouse or local restaurant and accommodation at guesthouse.

Day 04: Sen Monorom (Mondolkiri) (Breakfast/Lunch /Dinner included)
Breakfast at local restaurant. Early morning, visit the local market where many of the Phnong people from the nearby villages are coming to trade with their distinctive baskets they carry on their back. Full day visit to the nearby hill tribes villages and the pretty waterfalls just a few kilometers away from the sleepy capital. There are hundreds of minority villages around Sen Monorom. One of the largest and easiest to access being Phlung village inhabited by Phnong chunchiets. The curious huts have woven wooden walls and thatched roofs almost to the floor.
Lunch box will be provided. Elephant trekking with the experienced Phnong mahouts to explore the jungle. Dinner at guesthouse or local restaurant and accommodation at guesthouse.

Day 05: Sen Monorom (Breakfast/Lunch / Dinner  included)
Breakfast at local restaurant. Drive with pick up to Bou Sra about 40 km northeast from Sen Monorom. This double drop waterfall is one of the largest and most impressive in Cambodia. Discover the Phnong village of the same name. On the way back see numbers of hill tribes villages and the scenery countryside. Lunch box will be provided. Dinner at guesthouse or local restaurant and accommodation at guesthouse.

Day 06: Sen Monorom (Mondolkiri) - Snuol - Kratie  (Breakfast/Lunch included)
Breakfast at local restaurant. Leave this isolated forested province and drive to Kratie via Snuol. Arrive in Kratie at lunch time and check in at hotel. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, city tour of this small provincial town with its good examples of sumptuous colonial architecture. This tiny town on the Mekong is an unexpected delight, with a relaxing, indolent atmosphere. Further north stop at the best riverside vantage point from which to view the rare freshwater Irrawady dolphins which can be best seen late afternoon. Drive back to Kratie and take a small ferry boat to the island of Koh Trong situated in the middle of the Mekong River opposite Kratie town. Accommodation at Sala Koh Trong Hotel (6 Rooms only) on Koh Trong Island.

Day 07: Kratie – Kompong Cham (Breakfast/Lunch included)
Breakfast at local restaurant. Take a ferry ride back to Kratie and drive through typical Cambodian landscape along rubber plantations via Snuol to Kompong Cham. Lunch at local restaurant. Continue by normal vehicle to do the visit of Wat Nokor pagoda with its ancient temple and modern style pagoda (12th century). Brief tour of Kompong Cham to view examples of colonial architecture. Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at Mekong Hotel (2-star, best available).

Day 08: Kompong Cham – Kompong Thom (Breakfast/Lunch included)
Breakfast at local restaurant.Depart Kompong Cham for Kompong Thom. En route, visit of the Wat Kohear Nokor temple (11th century). You will also visit the nearby village and its pagoda where you can observe the daily life of the monks. Continue to Phum Prasat with its single ancient temple and the nearby modern pagoda. Lunch at a local restaurant in Kompong Thom. Afternoon, depart from Kompong Thom for Sambor Prei Kuk. Enjoy traditional daily life scenes of rural Cambodia. Visit the ancient capital of Chenla with its 100 temples dating back from the pre-Angkorian period. Return to Kompong Thom. Overnight at hotel.

Day 09: Kompong Thom – Siem Reap (Breakfast/Lunch included)
Breakfast at hotel. Depart to Siem Reap (147 km, 2 ½ hours). En route, visit traditional villages and stop at the ancient Naga Bridge (Spean Pratpo), located 40 km from Siem Reap. Arrive in Siem Reap and transfer to the hotel. Lunch at hotel. In the afternoon, start your visit of Siem Reap to the unique interior brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, Srah Srang (“The Royal Baths”, 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. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Dsicover Angkor Wat (Breakfast/Lunch included)
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat.
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. 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, Bayon temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Sunset at Angkor Wat. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Siem Reap (Breakfast/Lunch included)
Breakfast at hotel. Morning, transfer to Banteay Srei temple (10th century), regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer Art. Visit Banteay Srei, then continue to Banteay Samre, built in the third quarter of the 12th century.
Visit the Roluos Group. The monuments of Roluos, which served as the capital of Indravarman. 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. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Siem Reap – Departure (Breakfast/Lunch included)
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, continue the temple tour to Takeo, Thommanon, Chau Say Tevoda and Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been left relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them. After lunch, spend time at leisure transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight. End of our service!


Tour Package inclusive:

ü  Private transfers and tours with local English speaking guides

ü  Accommodation in deluxe hotels

ü  Meals as specified in the program

ü  Entrance fees, service charges, room tax and baggage handling.

Tour Package Excludes:

ü  Visa stamping fee

ü  Travel assurance

ü  Tips and gratuities

ü  Meals and drinks not mentioned in the program

ü  International air tickets and airport departure taxes

ü  Personal expenses & other services which are not mentioned in the program.

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