Spiritual Cambodia (10 Days/9 Nights) From AED5,365

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  • Connect with Khmer spirituality

  • Visit Cambodia’s holiest sites

  • Practice traditional meditation

  • Bike through Battambang

  • Relax at Kep’s Rabbit Island

Day 1: Siem Reap - Arrival

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Welcome to Siem Reap, the charming gateway to the famed Temples of Angkor. You will be greeted by your local English speaking guide, who will accompany you to your hotel for check in. Settle in and enjoy some time at leisure to refresh.

 

Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight at  one of the best fine dining restaurants in town, who offer traditional Khmer cuisine in a lush contemporary setting. Located on the riverside in heart of Siem Reap, the Chanrey Tree combines the amazing taste of only seasonal traditional Khmer ingredients, with a relaxed but lavish environment to provide a unique Cambodian dining experience.

 

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 2: Siem Reap

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Optional: Sunrise Pranayama Meditation Session at Wat Svay Romeat

 

Get inspired, recharge and revitalise on a Sacred Sunrise Meditation at Wat Syay Romeat.

 

On this guided meditation, led by one of Navutu Yoga Wellness Retreat masters, embrace the serenity and sense of peace felt in the mind, body and soul as the sun rises in the sacred space of Wat Syay Romeat pagoda.

 

Before leaving, partake in a special Buddhist tradition where local monks will impart best wishes, good luck and success in a solemn, age-old ceremony.

 

Return to the hotel for breakfast.

 

This morning begin your exploration of the Angkorian temples.  Your visit will coincide with the ‘Golden Hour’ to ensure you catch the Apsaras gleaming in their best light

Return to Siem Reap for a break during the midday heat.

 

This afternoon, visit Ta Prohm temple, this makes the ‘Tomb Raider Temple’ one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples.

 

From here it is not far to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. 

 

This evening enjoy a welcome dinner at Marum Restaurant. Your visit not only gives you an incredible dining experience, but also helps build a new life for the students in training there!

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 3: Siem Reap

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Today experience an incredible tour to learn about life in a typical Cambodian village, meet friendly locals and discover traditional village customs and cultures.

 

Guests will be picked up from their hotel early morning by the local guide and driven to Ta Brak village, 25 minutes out of town. A western packed breakfast from the hotel will be taken and on arrival will meet and sit down with a local family and share this breakfast with them and to learn about local village life early in the morning when generally it is at its most active.

 

From here a 30 minute ox cart ride through the village will take you to a local market where a short walk through this bustling center will introduce you to Cambodian vegetables, herbs, fruits and other local produce. Continue 1km by foot through the picturesque countryside village, stopping off to meet the local community along the way to observe whatever seasonal activity is happening at that time, such as rice planting, weaving thatch roofs, planting or harvesting vegetable crops, making fish traps etc. Each tour will be different and the activities will depend on the time of the year, the family, and the needs of the local village. 

 

End the morning at the local pagoda where a special water blessing by Buddhist monks await.

 

From here make a stop at the 9th Century Bakong Temple, before continuing on an interesting boat trip on the Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake.

Travel out to Kampong Phluck, this stilted village is the best place to see the authentic life of the local fisherman and their families who live amongst the flooded mangrove forest. At Kampong Phluck, board a local boat for a ride on the lake.  

 

In one of the floating houses, a delicious lunch will be prepared for you. Enjoy the beautiful scenery dominated by the tranquility of the lake.

 

(Note: Due to low water levels during the dry season, the boat trip is only possible from June to March. However an alternative floating village at Chong Kneas can be arranged instead).

 

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 4: Siem Reap - Battambang

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After a leisurely breakfast you will journey through the Cambodian countryside to the colonial city of Battambang. 

 

One fortuitous result of its isolation and lack of development is that Battambang has some of the most well preserved colonial French buildings in the country. You will find local people here to be extremely friendly. 

 

In Battambang, you check into your hotel. The afternoon will be at leisure to relax by the hotel pool or stroll through the charming town centre.

 

Overnight in Battambang.      

Day 5: Battambang

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Spend the morning on a tour that combines walking, a boat ride and then cycling along and across the Sangke River to experience Battambang daily life. The tour includes prayers with monks as well as rich explanations of the city’s design and artistic heritage.

 

Begin the tour at 7.30 a.m. at the offices of Battambang Bike and get fitted for your bicycle.

 

A tour of the main market, Psar Nath includes trying a local coffee. Then walk the few metres to the river and cross a couple of minutes on a local boat to the other side of the Sangke River. Visit Wat Povil temple and take the opportunity to pray with the monks (Note: the monks may observe different rituals according to their calendar though can be seen on a daily basis). It is usually possible to accompany the boats back across the river as they begin their morning alms collection.

 

Once back on the other side it is time to begin the bike tour. The historic 2.5 Street is visited along with a Thai temple before you arrive at a smaller market. Again time for a coffee or a sugar cane juice. Continue a short distance to Wat Kor Village, and visit one of the best preserved homes.

 

Cycle along the river and cross a suspension bridge where only motorbikes and bicycles can pass. On the way back into town there is another short drinks stop before arriving back in the town at approximately 12:45 p.m.

  

Take a break back at your hotel.

 

In the afternoon

 

Head towards Phnom Sampeau, meaning “Ship Hill” in Khmer, due to its distinctive shape, and one of the few hills standing out in this otherwise pancake-flat plain. Your visit will last until dusk – a time when millions of bats emerge from a cave and create patterns as they fly in tandem across the sky.

 

Overnight in Battambang.

Day 6: Battambang - Phnom Penh

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Depart Battambang for the overland transfer to Phnom Penh (duration 5 hours not including stops).

 

Starting early travel first to Kampong Chhnang, known for its traditional pottery, with many kilns at work in this province. In a village near Kampong Chhnang, to see the different aspects of pottery making and also experience the production of traditional rice wine.

 

Continue to Oudong, the former royal capital of Cambodia. Upon arrival at Oudong enjoy a traditional Khmer lunch at a picnic hut at the foot of the hill.

Then, climb the stairs to the top of Oudong Mountain, your guide will explain the history of the area and its buildings as well as the religious culture of the Cambodian people. 

 

Before heading to Phnom Penh stop at the spectacular Vipassana Dhura Buddhist Meditation Center. Your guide can explain more about the school of Vipassana (Insight Meditation) as you tour the center, before taking part in a meditation class with one of the teachers.

 

From here, it is not far to Phnom Penh where you will reach in the late afternoon. Check into your hotel.

 

 

The evening is at leisure.

 

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 7: Phnom Penh

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Start your day today at Preah Ang Dong Ker, a shrine on the riverfront.  You will see Khmer people arriving with alms, lotus flowers, jasmine bracelets and incense sticks that they are using for their prayers. 

This shrine is located right in front of the Royal Palace which you will visit afterwards. 

 

You will now be met by a Cyclo driver who will take you on a tour to the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh in a Cyclo. 

Return to the hotel for a break during the midday heat.

 

This afternoon, head to Wat Langka (meditation on Monday, Thursday and Saturday in the evening from 5:00pm – 7:00pm and Sunday morning from 7:00am – 9:00am), located just south of the Independence Monument. 

 

After such deep relaxation, return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

 

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 8: Phnom Penh - Kep

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Start early today and head to Wat Botum. Here, Buddhist monks will celebrate a private blessing ceremony for you, wishing you health and a safe journey – a very special experience!

 

From here you will continue southwards to Takeo Province.

 

Continue to Takeo, a small town that is truly Cambodian in every sense.

 

Enjoy a simple but tasty lunch at a Local Restaurant.

 

Board a fiberglass motorboat in Takeo that will zip you along an ancient canal to the archaeological museum of Angkor Borei and the temple ruins of Phnom Da. On the way, you will have the chance to see rural life in Cambodia. (Note: Due to low water levels during the dry season, so in the dry season we can access that site by car, the boat trip is only possible from June to March)

 

Your next destination is Phnom Chisor, where you can climb up to the top of the mountain to explore the well-preserved ruins of a 10th century Angkorian temple.

Continue to Kep. The small town offers reminders of the past and a growing choice of activities including island trips, a national park and the famous crab market.

Overnight in Kep.

Day 9: Kep

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Early this morning, embark on a short boat trip (25 mins) to scenic Koh Tonsai, also called Rabbit Island. Spend the morning at leisure exploring the island and relaxing on the island’s beautiful tropical beach. You will have pack lunch on the island. Mid-afternoon, return to Kep and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

 

Overnight in Kep. 

Day 10: Kep - Phnom Penh - Departure

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Today you can enjoy the morning at leisure to visit the Crab Market where an ocean side cluster of a dozen-plus rickety old wooden shacks hug the water's edge selling famous Kep seafood: Crab, shrimps, squid and fish.

 

After lunch time you will be transferred to Phnom Penh airport for your onward flight.

If you would like to customize this itinerary, please provide us with your requirements by contacting us.

Services Include

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room in selected hotel

  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)

  • English speaking local guide (for other languages supplements apply)

  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle unless stated otherwise

  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits

  • Daily drinking water and cold towels

Services Do Not Include

  • Visa for Cambodia (Visa issued on arrival for most nationalities, USD30/pax, please bring 1 passport photo)

  • Any surcharge/extra fees for visit of the Angkor Historical site imposed by the Apsara Authorities in Siem Reap which are subject to change without prior notice

  • Other meals than mentioned

  • International and Domestic Flights

  • Camera/video entrance fees

  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc)

  • Travel insurance including recommended helicopter evacuation for Cambodia

  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above

* The price is subject to different factors such as the number of persons, hotel, date of booking...

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