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WONDERFUL CAMBODIA 8DAYS 7NIGHTS
Code: PT-WC8
TRAVEL DESTINATION: <DONG KRALOR (Lao Border) Arrival>
DONG KRALOR(Lao Border)-RATTANAKIRI-KRATIE-KOMPONG CHAM-PHNOM PENH
Tour Style: Private 8days 7nights DONG KRALOR-RATTANAKIRI-KRATIE-PHNOM PENH
Day 1: DONG KRALOR(Lao Border)-RATTANAKIRI
Dinner
Morning;  a guide will receive you at the Laos border and assist you in obtaining the entry visa to enter the Kingdom of Cambodia. Then drive from Dom Kralor (Laos border) to Steung Treng usually takes about 1hr. 15mn.
Lunch at local restaurant (supplement)
Drive to Banlung, capital of Ratanakiri, nicknamed "the Red City" because of the omnipresent laterite. Travel to Banlung takes approximately 3 hours, through a quiet landscape of forest and slashed and burnt fields. The “Ranson” bridge over the Srepok river offers magnificent views.
Upon arrival at Ratanakiri will be transferred to Terres Rouges Lodge (a superb house made of precious wood located by a lake in the middle of one acre of garden).
Time permits visit the Yaklaom lake, a beautiful and perfectly-round stretch of water, surrounded by forest, for walk around the lake or a late afternoon swim.
Dinner & accommodation at the Lodge
Day 2: RATTANAKIRI (The Tampoun totems)
Breakfast/Dinner
Cross bamboo forests before reaching the village of Voeune Saï located on the left bank of the Sé San river; the view on the Chinese village on the other side of the river is quite picturesque. This place is a Chinese enclave in Cambodian territory, most villagers who are there the thirties, don't even speak Khmer. Upstream of the Se San are a certain number of Tampoun villages that practice funeral statuary ; if it is possible, we will rent a boat to go to the village of Ka Choan that has superb totems, if not we will reach it by jeep.
Dinner & accommodation at the Lodge
Day 3: RATTANAKIRI (The Kroeung territory & Waterfalls)
Breakfast/Dinner
Heading towards Laos and the village of Taveng.  First cross Veyrum Plang, a round lava field in the forest; visit a small waterfall (in the rainy season only) surrounded by tiger caves located a short distance away.  Travel along a road bordered by forests and visit a few Kroeung villages. In some Kroeung villages, depending on the season, we may discover some impressive bachelor houses built on very high stilts.  Let’s notice that, when they have achieved their goal and when the young man has become head of a family, these houses are destroyed before being raised again by younger men the following season. Depending on the time and the state of the dirt road, we will choose a location for a picnic before exploring the nearby villages; we end up with a detour for a small trip through rubber plantations towards the nearby waterfalls. Teuk Cha Ong is the most impressive of them.  We continue to Okachagn.
Dinner & accommodation at the Lodge
Day 4: RATTANAKIRI-KRATIE-PHNOM PENH
Breakfast/Dinner
Early (07h30) departure for a quick visit to Banlung market before leaving to Phnom-Penh by car. On the way to Phnom Penh stop at Kampi, Kratie, to take a boat to view the river dolphins.  Return to Kratie.
Lunch at local restaurant at Kratie (supplement)
After lunch visit Wat Rokandal at Chhlong and Wat Nokor (ancient temple) at Kampong Cham before arriving at Phnom Penh city. Upon arrival then transfer to hotel for check in.
Dinner and accommodation at hotel
Day 5: PHNOM PENH
Breakfast/Dinner
Breakfast at hotel.
Moroning; Phnom Penh city tour: Visit the Victory Monument, and the National Museum, dedicated by King Sisowath in 1920. Over 5000 objects are on display including Angkorian era statues, lingas and other artifacts, most notably the legendary statue of the ‘Leper King.’. Visit the Royal Palace, situated on the site of the former Citadel, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the banks of the Mekong River and visit Silver Pagoda, also called the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha, located in the compound of the Royal Palace. Inside, the floor is laid with 5000 silver blocks. End your afternoon with a visit to the Wat Phnom Temple, symbol of the Phnom Penh capital which was built in 1434 to house the sacred relics the notorious.
Lunch (supplement)
Depart to visit Killing Fields of Choeung Ek (16 km south of Phnom Penh) many of the dead ended up in various ‘Killing fields’ that can be found scattered across the country. Visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum (S21 prison) this former school was 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 and end visit at the Russian Market (Psah Tuol Thom Pong) a lively outdoor market. Enjoy Sunset Cruise  in a locally built boat on the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers.
Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
Day 6: PHNOM PENH-SIEM REAP
Breakfast/Dinner
Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer to Phnom Penh International Airport and departure by Bangkok Airways or similar to Siem Reap. Arrive at Siem Reap International Airport and transfer to the hotel (rooms may not be ready until the afternoon).
Morning; visit Prasat Kravan, east-facing brick towers containing unique bas-reliefs of Vishnu and Lakshmi rendered in brick – the only example of brick bas-reliefs in the Angkor area. Visit Ta Prohm, quiet, sprawling monastic complex is only partially cleared of jungle overgrowth. Intentionally left partially un-restored, massive fig and silk-cotton trees grow from the towers and corridors offering some of the best ‘tree-in-temple’ photo opportunities. Also visit Takeo (Constructed under three kings, begun by Jayavarman V as his state-temple and continued under Jayaviravarman and Suryavarman I), Chau Say Tevoda (a small temple of similar design and floor plan to that of Thomanon) and Thommanon (attractive temple in very good condition, built at the same time as Angkor Wat).
Lunch (supplement)
Visit Preah Khan, built by the King Jayavarman VII, It was the centre of a substantial organization, with almost 100,000 officials and servants, visit Neak Pean, a fountain (built in the middle of a pool and representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake) was originally designed for medical purposes, as it is one of the many hospitals that Jayavarman VII built.  Visit temple of Ta Som, a small, classic Bayon-style monastic complex consisting of a relatively flat enclosure, face tower gopuras and cruciform interior sanctuaries much like a miniature version of Ta Prohm.  Visit Srah Srang ("The Royal Baths").
Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
Day 7: SIEM REAP
Breakfast/Dinner
Breakfast at hotel.
Morning; visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat, it is generally the first one seen. Built by Suryavaman II during the first half of the 12th century. Angkor Wat’s artistic and archaeological significant and visual impact put it in a class with the Pyramids, Machu Pichu and the Taj Mahal.
Lunch (supplement)
Visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South Gate, a big gate with an arch and surmounted by a tower, or gopuram, are the access to the city of Jayavarman VII, visit Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers) great city built in the 12th century by Jayavarmant VII which has more than 200 enormous mysterious faces. Return to Phnom Bakheng Mountain for Sunset.
Dinner with Apsara Dance Show at local restaurant
Accommodation at hotel
Day 8: SIEM REAP Departure
Breakfast
Breakfast at hotel.
Early departure to Banteay Srei temple (10th century) translates to ‘citadel of the women,’ but this is modern appellation that probably refers to the delicate beauty of the carvings. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art. Visit the floating village of Chhong Khneas on Tonle Sap Lake, the Great Lake of Cambodia, one of the wonders of Asia.
Lunch (supplement)
Visit “Les Artisans d’Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles” of Siem Reap and time at leisure at the local market (if time permits). Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight to the next destination.
END OF ITINERARY
Minor program changes are sometimes necessary, depending on road- and weather conditions, as well as room availability.
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