With this tour, you will have not only chances to enjoy an amazing cruise named Toum Tiou II traveling upstream Mekong River from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, but also take visits to discover hidden charms, natural beauties as well as relics, monuments such as Tousleng Museum, the Killing Fields and Angkor Watt in both Phnom Penh Siem Reap
* BRIEF ITINERARY:
Day 01: Phnom Penh Package Tours
Day 02: Phnom Penh Cruising Tours to Kochen/ Oudong (B/L/D)
Day 03: Kampong Tralach Cruising Tours to Kampong Chnang (B/ L/ D)
Day 04: Boating Through The Network of Canals to Chnok Trou (B/ L)
Day 05: Siem Reap Sightseeing Tours (B)
Day 06: Siem Reap Travel Package Tour to Angkor Temples (B)
DAY 01 – PHNOM PENH RIVER CRUISING TRIP TO SIEMREAP: PHNOM PENH PACKAGE TOURS (-/-/-)
AM: Upon arrival at Phnom Penh Airport by morning flight, you will be welcome by our friendly tour guide then accompany you to the hotel. The capital city of Phnom Penh was once considered the loveliest city of Indochina. Despite its recent turbulent history, it still maintains considerable charm. A city tour acquaints us with some major sights of Phnom Penh. This morning start visit Wat Phnom (rebuild in 1434, 1806, 1894 and 1926), a small hill crowned by an active Wat (Pagoda) marks the legendary founding place of the Phnom Penh. Then visit Yeay Penh’s statue (grand mother Penh) at southwest of the hills, who found four statues of the Buddha and she was build a hill or Phnom in AD 1372 for placed a shrine on top to the house the precious artifacts. The Victory Monument, build in 1955, it is the symbolize Cambodian Independence regained from French colonialism in 1953. Then 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. Lunch at local restaurant.
Boat Trip from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
PM: In the afternoon, visit National Museum, it was build in 1917 and designed in Khmer style by famed French architect Georges Groslier & Ecole Des Arts. The museum has a good collection of Khmer sculptures dating from the pre-Angkor period (4th centuries) to post-Angkor period (14th centuries). Then visit Royal Palace; built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, 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. When you exit from the Royal Palaces, Then continue your visit to the riverfront, it is the most popular place for the tourist. The view of the confluence of Mekong and Tonle Sap River is the geographically unique. Dinner at local restaurant.
O/N in Phnom Penh Cruise in Phnompenh.
DAY 02 – PHNOM PENH RIVER CRUISING TRIP TO SIEMREAP: PHNOM PENH CRUISING TOURS TO KOHCHEN / OUDONG (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel
AM: Visit the notorious 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). Then return back on the way drop and visit to the handicraft shop, spa and vocational training restaurant. This place was created in 1996 by Pour un Sourire d’s Enfant (PSE) www.pse.asso.fr. Is the NGO that aims to rescue Cambodian children who are forced to scavenge through the rubbish dumps to survive, especially around Steung Mean Chey garbage dump in Phnom Penh. Later on, you will be driven to Phnom Penh harbour to catch a cruising trip upto Siem Reap.
12:00 Toum Tiou II is open for embarking. We will have some instruction for security on board. Our Lunch will be served lunch on boat on the way to Koh Chen (Chinese Island).
15:00 Arrival to Koh Chen, We will visit this small village of whose inhabitants specialize in silver and copper smiting. They make ornamental items, including delicately engraved tropical fruits, used in traditional ceremonies at the pagoda or for marriages.
Then we will explore the distant hills of Cambodia’s old capital, Oudong, and its royal stupas can be seen a few kilometers away from the ferry. At the top of the hill, the ruins of Anthareu temple.
18:00 We will re-embark the Toum Tiou II. And we will leave Koh Chen for Kampong Tralach. Then our cruise will drop anchor close to village.
19:30 We will enjoy our welcome drink and info meeting about cruise, crew introduction. After that we will have our welcome dinner.
Tonight we will stay overnight on boat.
DAY 03 – PHNOM PENH RIVER CRUISING TRIP TO SIEMREAP: KAMPONG TRALACH CRUISING TOURS TO KAMPONG CHNANG (B/ L/ D)
07:30 Our breakfast will be served during navigation, we then departure for Kampong Tralach to visit its wonderful Vihara belonging to Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. To get to it, we cross Kampong Tralach Krom village along a small road perpendicular to the river, crossing some gorgeous stretches of emerald rice paddy as we leave the river behind.
The Vihara dates back to early last century. It was probably built on an older site, as indicated by the laterrite foundations, and is home to some outstanding mural paintings. These, however, are starting to suffer from weathering. They remain one of the last survivors of cultural destruction that continues unabated due to widespread indifference.
Boating Trip through Kampong Tralach & Chnok Tru
Standing by itself in the middle of rice fields, it is a modest pagoda that receives very few visitors. Its isolation may well be its undoing, as was the case for Wat Tani Pagoda in the province of Kampot.
10:30 We will re-embark the Toum Tiou II. And our Lunch on boat on the way to Kampong Chnang.
14:30 Arrival at Kampong Chnang. We will visit the village and its environment. Located some 90 kilometers from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap. Fish farming is also widely practiced in the area. The area is famous for its pottery ware, unchanged in style for centuries, which is produced in sufficient quantities to supply the entire country. And not to be overlooked are the products of the Thnot tree (sugar palm’s a real national symbol) that abounds in the area: a mellow tasting, caramel-colored sugar sold in large cakes and palm wine.
18:00 we will re-embark the boat, Toum Tiou II leaves Kanpong Chnang, the going on the direction the Tonle Sap Lake. Toum Tiou II will drop anchor for overnight at the entrance of the Grand Lake Tonle Sap.
19:00 We will have dinner and overnight on boat.
DAY 04 – PHNOM PENH RIVER CRUISING TRIP TO SIEMREAP: BOATING THROUGH THE NETWORK OF CANALS TO CHNOK TROU (B/ L)
07:00 Our breakfast will be served during navigation.
08:00 We will transfer to local boats to visit Chnoc Tru
Low water (January – June) program
For visiting Chnoc Tru
Almost totally overlooked by tourists because of its remoteness and difficult access, the village is completely self-sufficient. A floating school, factories to make ice for fish preservation, church, pagoda, service stations, pigsty, stores, boat or television repair shops, video club, karaoke bar, police station… everything is on the water. All trades are represented and everybody from children to grandparents goes by boat through the network of canals that cross this little town.
10:30 we are back to the Toum Tiou II and have our lunch on boat.
13:30 We will departure with charter speedboat for our passengers to cross the Tonle Sap Lake.
** Towards the end of March, it is impossible to visit Floating village.
17:30 We will arrive to Phnom Krom, pier of Siem Reap, and then we will transfer to city.
18:00 Arrival to your Hotel, time to check in.
Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap
DAY 05: SIEM REAP SIGHTSEEING TOURS (B/-/-)
(Optional for view sunrise at early morning)
Breakfast at hotel Apsara dance show in Siem Reap
AM: Visit the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12 century): the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Lunch at local restaurant
PM: Visit Angkor National Museum & to the famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology, visit Bakheng Temple and enjoy a romantic sun set view form Bakheng Hills. Dinner and enjoy with Aspara Dance Show at local restaurant,
O/N in Siem Reap. (Optional for elephant or balloon riding)
Cruising Trip to visit Angkor Watts
DAY 06 – PHNOM PENH RIVER CRUISING TRIP TO SIEMREAP: SIEM REAP TRAVEL PACKAGE TOUR TO ANGKOR TOURS (B/-/-)
AM: Visit 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. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som, built in late 12th century C.E. the most distant temple on the grand circuit, small but classic. Preah Khan temple, Built by the King Jayavarman VII. Lunch at local restaurant
PM: Visit the unique interior brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, Srah Srang (“The Royal Baths” was once used for ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Ta Keo, constructed in late 10th early 11th century C.E, the first temple to be constructed wholly of sandstone. Then transfer to Siem Reap Airport for departure to next destination by evening flight.
End of Services!
– Private car transfer as mentioned
– Accommodation at hotels & on Toum Tiou II cruise (Double/Twin shared room)
– Meals as indicated: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch & D = Dinner
– French or English speaking guide
– Entrance fees at mentioned places and permits
– Transportation from departure port to arrival port
– Personal travel insurance
– Tours and Meals other than those mentioned in the programs