- Return hotel transfers
- Domestic flights within Cambodia (Phnom Penh - Siem Reap)
- 1 nights accommodation at the Ohana Hotel Phnom Penh
- 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 visiting the Royal Palace. Built in 1866 and incorporating the Silver Pagoda, which takes its name from the 5,000+ silver tiles, the building itself holds a number of national treasures. Continue to the National Museum, a Khmer temple inspired building that displays the world’s largest collection of Khmer art sculptures, ceramics and bronzes from different periods of Cambodian history. Finish the day with a local shopping experience at Toul Tom Pong Market. Overnight Phnom Penh.
Day 2 (B) Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight to Siem Reap. Transfer to the hotel on arrival to relax before jumping into a tuk-tuk and heading out to explore the monumental magnificence of Angkor Thom – the last capital of the great Khmer Empire. Visit the sprawling Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the enchanting Bayon. Lying at the very centre of Angkor Thom City, this 12th century masterpiece is an archaeological wonder of symmetry and grandeur. Return to your hotel for the evening. Overnight Siem Reap.
Day 3 (B) Siem Reap
This morning explore Angkor Wat. Arguably the largest religious building in the world, with a volume of stone equalling that of the Cheops pyramid in Egypt, Angkor Wat took 30 years to build. Intricate bas-reliefs surround Angkor Wat on four sides and each tells a mystical tale, which your guide will explain. Lunch will be for your own account before visiting Ta Prohm. Built in the 12th century, the temple has been left largely in its natural state since its “re-discovery” by French explorers. Surrounded by jungle, its labyrinth of stone hallways are overgrown with the roots and limbs of massive banyan trees. Continue to Preah Khan, an extensive monastic complex covering over 56 hectares, before returning to your hotel. Overnight Siem Reap.
Day 4 (B) Siem Reap Early morning visit to Banteay Srei - a tiny, enchanting 10th century temple, which is one of the jewels in this remarkable city. Lunch is for your own account, before heading to the great Tonle Sap Lake, the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia and the lifeblood of the Cambodian fishing industry. Hop aboard a small shaded vessel and explore between the floating homes and small fish farms – an opportunity to experience daily lake life. Return to your hotel for the evening. Overnight Siem Reap. Day 5 (B) Siem Reap – Departure Transfer to the airport.
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.