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MONDULKIRI DISCOVERY 5DAYS 4NIGHTS
Code: PT-MD5
TRAVEL DESTINATION: <PHNOM PENH Arrival or PHNOM PENH Extension>
PHNOM PENH & MONDULKIRI 5days
Tour Style: Private 5days 4nights - Mondulkiri
Day 1: PHNOM PENH - MONDULKIRI
Dinner
Depart Phnom Penh by 4x4 to Kompong Cham. 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 for lunch at local restaurant (supplement). Drive to Sen Monorom, the province capital of the Mondulkiri province with scenery and a climate quite unlike anywhere else in the country. Arrival in Sen Monorom in the late 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 local restaurant and accommodation at Mondulkiri Hotel
Day 2: MONDULKIRI
Breakfast/Dinner
Breakfast at hotel
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 hilltribe villages and the beautiful waterfalls 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. Three or more families often live in just one hut. You will be lucky to see more than a handful of people during daytime, as they are all out working in the fields.
Picnic Lunch(supplement)
Elephant trekking with the experienced Phnong mahouts to explore the jungle (supplement). Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at Mondulkiri Hotel
Day 3: MONDULKIRI
Breakfast/Dinner
Breakfast at hotel
Drive 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 hilltribe villages and the scenic countryside.
Picnic Lunch (supplement)
Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at Mondulkiri Hotel
Day 4: MONDULKIRI-SNOUL-KRATIE
Breakfast/Dinner
Breakfast at hotel
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 (supplement)
In the afternoon, city tour of this small provincial town with its good examples of splendid colonial architecture. This tiny town on the Mekong is a delightful surprise, with a relaxing, indolent atmosphere. Further north stop at the best riverside vantage point and view the rare river Irrawady dolphins which can be best seen late afternoon. Drive back to Kratie.
Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel Oudom Sambath Hotel (2-star, best available).
Day 5: KRATIE-KOMPONG CHAM-PHNOM PENH
Breakfast
Breakfast at local restaurant.
Drive via Snuol along rubber plantations to Kompong Cham.
Lunch at local restaurant (suspplement)
Visit the Wat Nokor Pagoda with its ancient temple and modern style pagoda (12th century). Continue to Phnom Penh via Prek Kdam and take the ferry (new bridge will be finished in 2010) across the Tonle Sap river. Drive to Udong and visit the various temples (if time permits).
Continue to Phnom Penh and transfer to hotel or airport.
END OF ITINERARY
Minor program changes are sometimes necessary, depending on road- and weather conditions, as well as room availability.
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