Lost Temples Lost Temples

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Duration

15 Days

Type of Tour

Private

Location

Multiples

Discover the authentic Cambodia through this safari with Ohmadventuretour, the leading locally-owned, locally operated travel company in the Mekong region! Ohmadventuretour has now welcomed guests to Cambodia and the Mekong region for almost two decades. Ohmadventuretour is very experienced in bringing you the best of the region in the best way they know how. Travel with a personal touch is how Ohmadventuretour likes to do things and guests are welcomed as their friends. Come with Ohmadventuretour and start your voyage with the confidence that it will be a journey that enriches your life forever.

Tour Outline:
  • Tour in Wildlife Release Station
  • Sunset cruise on the Mekong River
  • Taking care of sun bears in Phnom Tamao
  • Excursions to museums and historical temples
  • Bike tour exploration of hidden trails in Angkor
  • Ground transportation in private vehicle
  • 14 nights' accommodation
  • Delicious meals

Inclusions

  • Breakfast + Lunch 
  • Accommodations (Hotel)
  • Transportation (VIP Minivan & 4wD)
  • Experience Tour Guide
  • Angkor Tickets
  • Kampong Cham Temple Ticket
  • Dolphins + boat tickets
  • Bicycle + Guide
  • Feeding Elephant + Cooking + Ranger + riding
  • Royal palace tickets
  • Fresh water
  • Cruising
  • one dinner at Chanrey tree restaurant 

ExInclusions

  • Local and International flights
  • Visa Stamps
  • Meals
  • Gala Dinner on 24 Dec and 31 Dec
  • Personal expenses
  • Laundry
  • Other not stated above
  • Travel Insurances
  • Tip: it is not included, but it depends on your kindness for guide and driver.

Remark

  • Your Shoulders & Knees covered (Scarf for shoulders & Knees not allowed)
  • Comfortable Shoes for walking on uneven stairs
  • Hats, Sunglasses, Sun scream, Insect Spray...
  • Kindly being informed that US Dollar is widely accepted in Kingdom of Cambodia. So you Do not have to exchange your currency to Riel (Cambodian Currency).
  • You can pay tour fee directly to your guide at the beginning or at the end of tour.
Day 1: Arrival in Siem Reap

Upon arrival in Siem Reap you will be welcomed to Cambodia by your guide and transferred to your hotel in a private chauffeur driven car.

  • Accommodation: Viroth's Hotel- Deluxe room
  • Meals: none other than those served on your flight
Day 2: Siem Reap

You travel to Phnom Kulen, the sacred mountain that was the birthplace of the Khmer empire. It was here that Jayavarman II proclaimed independence from Java in 802 AD, setting the stage for the glories of the Angkor-era that was to follow. This mountain plateau was known as Mahendraparvata and was an early capital of the Khmer empire. You travel by vehicle to the busy settlement of Preah Ang Thom before transferring to local motorcycle to explore the mountain. You explore some remote jungle sites on the sacred mountain, including the brick temple of Damrei Krab and the early pyramid temple of Rom Cheng, which is believed to be the temple where the devaraja (god-king) ceremony actually took place, where Jayavarman II proclaimed himself the earthly incarnation of Shiva.

You continue to the incredible rock formations of Poeng Tbal, which include a number of holy carvings. These sites date from the ninth century and the reign of Jayavarman II, pre-dating the relocation of the capital to Angkor by almost a century. You continue to the striking stone guardian animals of Sra Damrei, which include a life-size stone elephant, before descending to the ‘bat cave’, a complex of Hindu and Buddhist shrines hidden beneath the rockface. You then ascend to an impressive viewpoint that offers panoramic views of lowland Siem Reap Province. You continue to your camp location with panoramic views of lowland Siem Reap province below. After a catered dinner under the stars, you retire for the night in your safari tent.

  • Accommodation: Phnom Kulen Safari Tent - In Style Tent room
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Day 3: Siem Reap

The next morning, Ohmadventuretours offers the option of another trek to an old temple site before visiting the River of a Thousand Lingas, where small phalluses are carved into the riverbed itself and representations of Shiva and Vishnu. There is a classic waterfall further downstream which is the perfect place to cool off after exploring and nearby is a small, jungle-clad temple called Prasat Krau Romeas. Wat Pre Ang Thom is a focus of pilgrimage for Khmers during religious festivals and the large reclining Buddha carved into a huge sandstone boulder here offers spectacular views across the lush jungle. You enjoy a local lunch before returning by road to Siem Reap.

  • Accommodation: Viroth's Boutique - Deluxe room
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Day 4: Siem Reap

Kbal Spean, ACCB, Butterfly center
You journey north to Kbal Spean. The original ‘River of a Thousand Lingas’, Kbal Spean is an intricately carved riverbed deep in the foothills of the Cambodian jungle only discovered in 1969. The Khmers venerated its limestone bed with a riot of carvings, including thousands of lingams. A trip to Kbal Spean is one of the easiest ways to experience a short jungle trek in the Angkor area, as it is a steady but scenic climb to reach the river carvings.

You visit the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB), a rescue center for wildlife, which includes a range of monkey species, pangolin, civets, leopard cats, and a boar. The tour lasts for one hour and 30 minutes. Regular guided center tour operates from Monday to Saturday, starting at 09:00 and at 13:00 sharp, from the ACCB entrance gate next to the car park at Kbal Spean. The tour lasts for approximately one hour and 30 minutes.

Banteay Srei and Cambodia Landmine Museum
You head to Banteay Srei, Angkor’s ultimate art gallery. This petite pink temple is the jewel in the crown of Angkor-era sculpture. The elaborate carvings here are the finest found in Cambodia and the name translates as ‘Fortress of the Women’, thanks to the intricate detail here, considered too fine for the hands of a man. Originally believed to date from the latter part of the Angkor period, inscriptions at the site suggest it was built by a Brahman in 967. However, some architectural historians have suggested that the inscriptions may date from an earlier structure on this site and the temple is in fact later, marking a high-water mark in Khmer sculpture.

On the way back to Siem Reap, you visit the Cambodia Landmine Museum to learn more about the scourge of landmines and the shadow they cast over rural communities in Cambodia with a visit to this flagship museum promoting mine awareness and education. The Land Mine Museum displays a large collection of weapons of war, including guns, rifles, rocket launchers, mortars, bombs, and landmines. The site includes a mocked-up minefield and visitors can attempt to locate the deactivated mines.

The museum is a rich resource of information about landmines and UXO with many educational displays detailing how certain mines are used and in what situations. There is also a DVD available telling the story of landmines and UXO in Cambodia and the disastrous impact they have had on the population. Not only a weapon of war, they are a weapon against peace. The Landmine Museum promotes land mine accident prevention awareness and public education; and provides educational facilities, programming, and rehabilitation facilities for survivors of landmine injuries. It also provides education and support for dozens of at-risk, landmine-affected children who have suffered overwhelming hardships. The Cambodia Landmine Museum was created so that it might serve as a place of healing for bodies, hearts, and minds.

Evening visit to Phare Modern Circus shows
In the evening, you head out to the home of the innovative circus performers from Phare Ponleu Selpak. Their regular modern circus show under the Big Top is proving very popular in Siem Reap and in each show they display a variety of disciplines including acrobatics, choreography, juggling, clowning, live music, and much more.

  • Accommodation: Viroth's Hotel - Deluxe room
  • Meals: breakfast
Day 5: Siem Reap

Hidden trails of Angkor by mountain bikes (full day)
You explore some of the most impressive temples at Angkor on two wheels, taking advantage of back roads and jungle paths to get off the beaten path and experience Angkor without the crowds. Leaving SIem Reap early, you use a forest path to avoid the traffic and wind your way past the walls of Banteay Kdei to the North Gate of Ta Prohm. The ‘jungle temple’ has been abandoned to the elements, a reminder that while empires rise and fall, the riotous power of nature marches on, oblivious to the dramas of human history. Left as it was ‘discovered’ by French explorer Henri Mouhot in 1860, the tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones, man first conquering nature to create, nature later conquering man to destroy.

You then cycle on to Ta Nei, a small temple that has been forgotten in the jungle and sees few visitors. You have to carry the bikes across an old French dam to cross the Siem Reap River. You then enter the immense walled city of Angkor Thom, the masterpiece of King Jayavarman VII, through the Victory Gate and continue to East Gate. You then ascend the walls of Angkor Thom and ride around the southeast quadrant to stop at atmospheric Prasat Chrung, a seldom-visited temple overlooking the vast moat of Angkor Thom. You then cycle from South Gate to the Bayon and explore the main temples of Angkor Thom, including Baphuon, Phimeanakas, Preah Palilay, Terrace of the Leper King, and Preah Pithu.

Bayon temple is famous for its enigmatic faces of Lokesvara, the Buddha of Compassion, said to bear an uncanny resemblance to the great King Jayavarman VII himself. Baphuon is nicknamed the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle as the French took it apart stone by stone in the 1960s for restoration, only for all records to be destroyed by the Khmer Rouge. Cycling along the back paths to the lesser known temples of Angkor Thom such as Preah Palilay and Preah Pithu is a rewarding experience. Later, you head back to town.

Lunch at Sala Kdei Khmer House
Enjoy a traditional Khmer lunch menu at Sala Kdei, an intimate location to eat and rest in the middle of the day while exploring the temples. Breakfast, sunset cocktails or a Khmer cooking class are also available at this gorgeous traditional wooden home on the banks of the Royal bathing pool at Sra Srang.

Dinner with traditional dance shows
This evening, you can enjoy a classical dance performance. You will see many of the most popular Cambodian dances, including the graceful Apsara dance, scenes from the Ramayana (known as Reamker in Cambodia), the coconut dance and more. The classical dances include elaborate costume and date back to the time of Angkor, while the folk dances are connected to the harvest and the cycle of the seasons.

  • Accommodation: Viroth's Hotel - Deluxe room
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Day 6: Siem Reap - Koh Kong

Angkor Wat sunrise
Rising at the crack of dawn, you journey out to the Mother of all temples, Angkor Wat. Believed to be the world's largest religious building, this temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers. Built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II, this is most famous temple at Angkor. You stay at Angkor Wat to enjoy a picnic breakfast. As the crowds return to their hotels, you venture into Angkor Wat to enjoy its magnificence in peace and quiet.

You begin by unraveling the mysteries of the bas-reliefs that tell of tales from Hindu mythology and of the glories of the Khmer empire. Stretching for almost one kilometer, these intricate carvings are a candidate for the world’s longest unbroken piece of art. Following in the footsteps of the devout and the destructive before you, you then continue to the upper levels of the inner sanctuary. The final steps to the upper terrace of Angkor are the steepest of all, as pilgrims of old were to stoop on their pilgrimage to encounter the Gods. Finally the pinnacle, the sacred heart of Angkor Wat, a blend of spirituality and symmetry so perfect that few moments will measure up.

Private transfer out
At the convenience time, you will be collected and transferred to Siem Reap International Airport (REP) for your departure flight to Sihanoukville. Domestic flight: flight from Siem Reap to Sihanouk Ville (to be arranged, issued by Ohmadventuretours).

Cardamom tented camp package - day 1
You leave Sihanoukville International Airport (KOS) and travel north on National Highway 4. You swing west on new National Highway 48 towards Koh Kong, passing through the small port of Sre Ambel. The road soon passes through some beautiful stretches of Cambodian jungle, offering some expansive views over the Cardamom Mountains. You fresh up at the lodge’s lounge in Trapeang Rung before embarking for the hour’s trip over the Preak Tachan River to Cardamom Tented Camp (the package starts). Boat departure is at 14:00. Settle into your comfortable safari-style tent.

This late afternoon, go on an exploratory hike in the jungle around the camp. The diversity of the fauna will amaze you! Get information on the conservation and protection work of Wildlife Alliance.

  • Accommodation: Cardamom Tented Camp - double room
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Day 7: Koh Kong (Cardamom tented camp package - day 2)

After early breakfast, Wildlife Alliance Rangers will meet you and together with an English-speaking guide embark on patrol over a network of abandoned poaching and logging trails through the dense forest. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. The half-day hike will stop by the Ranger Station, where confiscated snares, traps, and improvised hunting rifles are on display. Use one of the kayaks, or hike back to the camp.

  • Accommodation: Cardamom Tented Camp - double room
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Day 8: Koh Kong (Cardamom tented camp package - day 3)

Today you can spend the day in nature as you see fit. There are a number of short trails starting at the lodge, perfect for exploring on own. Or relax on the floating pier on the Preak Tachan River with binoculars at hand to spot birds. In the early morning and in the evenings, the whooping of gibbons are often heard. Kayaks are available for use to paddle the river. Lunch will be served at the riverside restaurant. Optional, there is the possibility to embark on another patrol with Wildlife Alliance rangers.

  • Accommodation: Cardamom Tented Camp - double room
  • Meals: breakfast and lunch
Day 9: Koh Kong

Breakfast at leisure. If you are an early riser, you can go on a self-guided hike on the trails around the camp.

Wildlife Release Station Tour - day 1
At around 10:00, you board the boat transfer back to Trapaeng Rung Bridge then get on the vehicle to continue to Andong Teok Bridge where you boat a boat transfer / vehicle transfer to Chipat office. Upon arrival Chipat office, you meet and be welcomed by Wildlife Release Station team before getting on motorbike transfer to Wildlife Release Station. Lunch at Wildlife Release Station.

Afternoon activities
Join keepers on afternoon feeding of wildlife including sun bears, hornbills, sambar deer, long-tail macaques (dependent on what animals we are preparing for release). Dinner at Wildlife Release Station.

Evening activities
Join keepers on evening feed of nocturnal wildlife including civets, binturongs, and pangolins while spotting eye-shine of nocturnal animals around the camp.

  • Accommodation: Wildlife Release Station - double room
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Day 10: Koh Kong (Wildlife Release Station Tour - day 2)

Join keepers for morning feeding of sun bears before breakfast. Then, you hike through the jungle to spot local flora and fauna (one - three hours) in the morning. Lunch at Wildlife Release Station. After lunch, visit near-by stream (weather dependent), relax around chalets (games and reading material available). Join keepers for afternoon feeding of animals you are preparing for release. Dinner at Wildlife Release Station. Join keepers for evening feeding of animals and spotting eye-shine of resident nocturnal wildlife. Campfire and star gazing.

  • Accommodation: Wildlife Release Station - double room
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Day 11: Koh Kong (Wildlife Release Station Tour - day 3)

Join keepers for morning feeding of sun bears before breakfast. Hike (following a different path than the previous day) in the morning. Lunch at Wildlife Release Station. Check camera traps around camp for visiting resident wildlife. Join keepers for afternoon feed of animals. Dinner at Wildlife Release Station. Join keepers for evening feeding of animals and spotting eye-shine of resident nocturnal wildlife.

  • Accommodation: Wildlife Release Station - double room
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Day 12: Koh Kong - Phnom Penh

Drive from Koh Kong to Phnom Penh directly
Depart from Koh Kong and head east towards Sre Ambel, passing through some mountainous stretches of the Cardamoms with extensive forest cover. Join National Highway and head north to the capital. The road passes between the national parks of Bokor and Kirirom where it is possible to stop at the Pech Nil Pass for refreshments. Many Cambodians stop here to pray for luck and there are many shrines on the roadside. Passing through Kompong Speu, reach the outskirts of the city for the slow journey into Phnom Penh.

Cambodian Living Art Shows at National Museum
It is a series of three rotating shows at the National Museum of Phnom Penh, featuring a wide range of traditional performing arts. With more than Apsara dances, Ohmadventuretours offers you the chance to discover the diversity of Cambodian culture and traditional arts through original and enjoyable pieces, set in the splendid gardens of the National Museum. In addition to giving a unique opportunity to experience Cambodian culture and arts, CLA (Cambodian Living Art) aims at creating regular, well-paid work for emerging arts professionals in the arts sector. The time is 19:00 - 20:00, doors open at 18:30. Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

  • Accommodation: La Rose Suite - Junior Suite room
  • Meals: breakfast
Day 13: Phnom Penh (bear keeper for a day at Phnom Tamao)

You get to go behind the scenes and learn what it takes to look after more than 100 rescued sun bears at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre, south of the capital Phnom Penh with Free The Bears. You join the bear keepers in preparing food and enrichment toys which keep the bears happy and healthy in their forested sanctuary, as well as taking a look at the other endangered species at the center. Your personalized visit includes a traditional Khmer lunch and best of all, the opportunity to contribute directly towards helping care for bears that have been rescued from the illegal wildlife trade.

  • Accommodation: La Rose Suite - Junior Suite room
  • Meals: breakfast and lunch
Day 14: Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh Royal Palace and National Museum
This morning, you explore the stunning Royal Palace complex, home to the Cambodian royal family and a symbol of the nation. You begin amid the beautiful royal gardens, landscaped with tropical plants and studded with gleaming spires. You enter the Throne Hall where the royal receptions are held and the Cambodian king's coronation took place. You then pass the Napoleon III Pavilion made from iron, a gift from the French emperor in the 19th century.

You continue to the Silver Pagoda, named after the 5000 silver tiles covering the floor, each weighing one kilogram. Inside are some of the country's most cherished treasures, including a life-size gold Buddha studded with 9584 diamonds, the largest weighing 25 carats. There is also a delicate emerald Buddha made of baccarat crystal, which gives the temple its Khmer name of Wat Preah Keo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). We leave the Royal Palace and continue to the nearby National Museum, home to the world's finest collection of sculpture from the Angkor period. The exquisite building was completed between 1917 and 1920 and features a lush courtyard garden surrounded by collections from the pre-Angkor, Angkor and post-Angkor periods. You concentrate on the incredible sandstone sculpture from Angkor, as well as the intricate bronzes.

Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek
You come face to face with the horrific crimes of the Khmer Rouge. Tuol Sleng was a former high school that the Khmer Rouge turned into a center for interrogation, torture, and death. Today it is a museum of torture and serves to remind visitors of the terrible atrocities that came to pass in Cambodia. 17,000 people passed through the gates of this prison and only seven lived to tell the tale. The Khmer Rouge were meticulous in their record keeping, photographing all the prisoners and many of these haunting black and white images are on display in the cells.

Enemies of the revolution were killed here, as well as many Khmer Rouge loyalists, denounced by an ever more paranoid political party. It became a production line for killing, as those that worked within its walls were unwaveringly loyal to Pol Pot. The party did not make mistakes, so those sent here had to be guilty. The role of the prison was not to prove innocence but to confirm guilt. Tuol Sleng is a profoundly moving experience and not everyone will want to visit. However, it is key to understanding the hell into which Cambodia descended and how far it has come in the years since.

You then travel out of town to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Prisoners from Tuol Sleng followed this same route to their fate. An old Chinese cemetery, Choeung Ek was turned into an extermination camp for political prisoners. The remains of 8985 people were exhumed from mass graves and are kept in a memorial stupa here. Despite the horrors of the past, it is a peaceful place to go and a tranquil spot to reflect on the tragic events that engulfed Cambodia and its people.

Mekong sunset cruise at 17:00 followed by dinner
In the evening, you board a local boat for a sunset cruise on the river. You set off on the Tonle Sap River, which famously reverses direction each year, acting as the world's largest natural flood barrier for the Mekong River. You cruise past the Royal Palace compound and around the Chrouy Changvar Peninsular on to the mighty Mekong River. You return to Phnom Penh after dark and followed by the dinner on the cruise.

  • Accommodation: La Rose Suite - Junior Suite room
  • Meals: breakfast
Day 15: Phnom Penh - departure

You will be met by your guide and driver to be transferred from hotel to the airport for your departure flight home.

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