- Return hotel transfers
- 3 nights accommodation at Saem Siem Reap Hotel
- Breakfast daily
- Touring; including entry fees and the services of a private English speaking local guide; as highlighted in the itinerary
- A surcharge of R400 per person applies 1 February - 31 March 2017.
- Packages are subject to availability at the time of the reservation.
- Passport & visa costs (if applicable), travel insurance & items of a personal nature are also not included.
- Prices are subject to change without prior notice due to airfare increases and currency fluctuations.
- Rebooking and cancellations fees apply.
- All prices are per person sharing unless otherwise specified.
- Standard terms and conditions apply.
After completing arrival procedures and collecting your luggage you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel to freshen up before discovering Angkor Wat, arguably the largest religious building in the world. Angkor Wat took an estimated 30 years to build and was believed to have been a funeral temple for the king. Occupied continuously by Buddhist monks, intricate bas-reliefs surround Angkor Wat on four sides, each of which tells a story that your guide will explain. Enjoy sunset before returning to your hotel. Overnight Siem Reap.
Day 2 (B) Siem Reap
Visit the monumental magnificence of Angkor Thom – the last capital of the great Khmer Empire. Elephant Terrace is a 12th century masterpiece lying in the very centre of Angkor Thom City and is an archaeological wonder of symmetry and grandeur. Time for lunch (own expense) before taking a tuk-tuk to Ta Prohm, a temple surrounded by jungle with stone hallways overgrown with the roots of massive banyan trees. Continue to Preah Khan, an extensive monastic complex covering over 56 hectares. Enjoy sunset over the Pre Rup temple before returning to your hotel. Overnight Siem Reap.
Day 3 (B) Siem Reap
Visit Banteay Srei - a tiny, enchanting temple. Built of red sandstone in the tenth century and dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, the carved male and female figures in the niches are exquisitely executed in both style and proportion. Continue to Banteay Samre, built in the early 12th century in the Angkor Wat style. Lunch is for your own account. Head to Tonle Sap Lake and hop aboard a local vessel for an opportunity to experience daily lake life. Overnight Siem Reap.
Day 4 (B) Siem Reap – Departure Transfer to the airport.
B=Breakfast; L=Lunch & D=Dinner
Accommodation may be substituted with a hotel of a similar category. Itinerary and activities are subject to change based on availability, flight arrival/departure times and local conditions.
Easy access to shopping
Close to local transport
WELCOME TO CAMBODIA
Cambodia is a small country with a big history!A blend of warm friendly people, delicious cuisine, a captivating history, mystical treasures and ancient temples. Much of the country remains refreshingly ‘un-touristed’ and, in many places, largely undiscovered -Cambodia is sure to steal the heart and enrich the spirit.
The climate is hot and dry from December to April/May.The wet season runs from May to October/November but unless you’re visiting a beach resort or really heading off the beaten track, there are actually advantages to travelling during the monsoon months. The dust has settled and the lush greenery of the countryside returns. Angkor Wat, in particular, is spectacular in the wet season, with moats bursting with water…..not to mention, a severe drop in visitor numbers.
The official language is Khmer; however English is widely spoken and understood.
WHAT TO WEAR
Loose, natural fabrics all year, buta light jacket or cardigan will come in handy during the months of December and January. Rainwear is essential during the wet season.When visiting outdoor temples, including those of Angkor Wat, shorts and T-shirts are acceptable, shoes and hats are generally removed at the entrance to pagodas. For visits to the Silver Pagoda, which is within the Royal Palace grounds, visitors are asked to dress more formally. Gentlemen are required to wear long trousers and ladies should wear long trousers or long skirts and keep their shoulders covered.
When visiting temples and religious sites, including those of Angkor Wat, long shorts and T-shirts are acceptable(your knees and shoulders must be covered)butrevealing clothing is not acceptable.Cambodians are reserved people and may findpublic displays of affectionoffensive.Do not touch or give anything directly to a Buddhist monk if you are a woman. The Cambodian willingness to avoid unpleasantness can sometimes lead to great misunderstandings so try and remain calm when feeling frustrated.
Voltage in most places is 220 volts 50 cycles alternating current AC with either two round prongs or two flat blades so it’s best to take an adapter
Visitors do not require vaccinations unless coming from or passing through a designated contaminated area.Drink only bottled water and avoid ice unless you know is made from bottled or boiled water.The sun is strong throughout the year so proper care against sunburn and dehydration must be constantly taken. Cambodia is a tropical country so insect repellant is essential. Food from street vendors should be treated with care.
PASSPORT & VISA
Visitors to Cambodia require a valid passport (which must be valid for at least six months after one has RETURNED to South Africa and feature aminimum of four blank pages). South African passport holders require a visa, which can be applied for onlinehttps://www.evisa.gov.kh/prior to departure from South Africa. It is advisableto check for updated visa details with the relevant Embassy before departure.
The currency is the Riel which is better for bargaining and shopping in markets but US Dollars, Pounds and Euros are accepted at hotels.
Tipping is not customary in Cambodia, but any amount, no matter how small, is enormously appreciated.
Cambodia is 5 hours ahead of South Africa.