CAMBODIA WITH RAFFLES & SONG SAA
11 Days/10 Nights

This indulgent 10 night journey takes in the main highlights of Cambodia in true style, staying at 3 of Cambodias most impressive hotels. The trip starts with the bustling and historic capital of Phnom Penh and heads to Siem Reap, home of Angkor Wat and the magnificent remains of the Khmer empire. In both cities enjoy the superb service and quality you would expect from Raffles hotels. It then continues to Song Saa, an idyllic island hideaway 35 minutes from Sihanoukville, which is arguably one of Southeast Asia’s most luxurious resorts.

 
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The Team - Voyages2Treasure

 

Day 1: Phnom Penh Arrival                                                                                         

(D)

Upon arrival at Phnom Penh airport, you will be welcomed by your local English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel in the heart of the city.

Phnom Penh was once considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient, and despite its recent turbulent history, it still retains a colonial charm. Cambodia’s capital is a bustling city, majestically located at the confluence of the mighty rivers of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap. Wide tree-lined boulevards and many colonial-era buildings reflect the glorious days and add to the allure of the city, where Asian and Western traditions meet in a fascinating way.

In the afternoon you will be greeted by a driver who will take you on a tour to the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh in a Cyclo, an original Phnom Penh means of transportation and a fun way to explore this lively city. First, head to the National Museum, which was built in traditional Khmer style. It houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Over 5,000 pieces are on display, constituting the repository of the Kingdom's cultural wealth. In addition, the roof space is home to a large bat colony!

Continue to the Royal Palace, which dates back to 1866 and was the last palace built during the French colonial period. The same complex houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.

After visit the Wat Phnom temple, the founding place of the city on a small hilltop head to the riverside area of Phnom Penh, a pleasant French style promenade that is great for people viewing. In the early evening (and morning) various activities take place include exercise classes, Khmer dancing and plenty of snacking on local food. You can participate in a Khmer dance class which is a lot of fun for all!

This evening, indulge yourself in a delicious Khmer Welcome Dinner at Malis Restaurant, one of Phnom Penh’s finest places to taste Cambodian food.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 2: Phnom Penh                                                                                                     

(B/D)

This morning gain insight into Cambodia’s recent dark history on a visit to the remarkable Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, housed in the former school that was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as its main detention and torture center named ‘S-21’. Further visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. The audio headset guide provided is available in 15 different languages and gives some harrowing but informative stories from survivors and liberators of the camp. A grim, but important visit that will allow you to dig below the surface and understand Cambodia better.

Spend the rest of the morning browsing through the colourful markets of Phnom Penh. Visit the Central Market, an art deco landmark and one of the largest markets in the city, if not all of Cambodia. You can find clothes, souvenirs, jewellery, and food. Also visit the Russian Market, the best place in the city for wood and stone carvings, jewellery, clothes and Cambodian silk souvenirs.

In the afternoon take a break with the chance to enjoy your hotel swimming pool or perhaps some optional spa treatment.

This evening get inspired by Cambodian arts as you watch a traditional dance performance by Cambodian Living Arts (CLA). A rotating program is offering consisting of 3 unique performances: Children of Bassac (Classical and Folk Dance), Mak Therng and Passage of Life (Music and Theatre). Oct-Mar shows daily except Sun, Apr-Sep on Fri/Sat only.

All the shows last one hour and are held in the atmospheric gardens of the National Museum. After many years of gaining recognition for preserving many Cambodian art forms the CLA are today striving towards providing the artists the tools required to make their skills sustainable and also so they can make a competitive income from their work.

After continue for dinner at Tepui, the Chinese House – a restaurant where tastes combine Meditterrean, Latin American and Asian flavours all set in a charming former merchants house.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 3: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap                                                                                 

(B/D)

This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap (1 hr), the gateway to the majestic temples of Angkor and a charming little city. Your local English speaking guide will welcome you and accompany you to your hotel for check in.

In the afternoon begin your exploration with a visit to the Small Circuit temples by ‘remork’ (similar to the Thai tuk tuk). Start your tour with a visit to Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples.

Continue to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8m high wall, drawing a perfect square. From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire.

After a wonderful tour at the temple, enjoy a relaxing cruise in a gondola paddle boat at the moat of Angkor Thom compound while watching a spectacular sunset at Prasat Chroung temple. Cocktails, champagne, canapés and a soft drink will be available on the boat, as your boat paddles slowly along the ancient moat.

Return to the hotel for a chance to freshen up.

Enjoy dinner at HAVEN, a training restaurant for young adults (orphans, half-orphans and abandoned children), who have to leave orphanages when they come of age. By giving them vocational training in hospitality or as a cook and teaching them life skills they gain experience to support the transition from institution to real world. HAVEN serves flavourful Asian and Western food – including some Swiss specialities and many fresh vegetarian tidbits – at the same time you are supporting a training programme and are thereby helping a young adult orphan to achieve a secure and independent future.  (Note: open Mon-Sat 11am-10pm – closed Wed 11am-5.30pm for student training, Sunday all day).

Day 4: Siem Reap                                                                                                        

(B/D)

This morning explore the famous Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the Mount Meru, home of the gods. The divine residence of Vishnu, the King himself was to reside here after his death. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Moreover, Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people.

Take a break for lunch back at the hotel (at own expense).

The afternoon is then at leisure so you can enjoy the swimming pool or perhaps an optional spa treatment.

This evening attend a performance of ‘Phare, the Cambodian Circus’. Starting at 7pm, professional artists of Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS) will perform an inspiring show suitable for people of all ages. Set up in Battambang in 1994 by young returnee Cambodians from the refugee camps who learned about using art as a means of coping with trauma, PPS has played an influential role in promoting and developing Khmer culture over the years after the Khmer Rouge genocide. The hour long show mixes traditional and modern theater, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion performed in a story about Cambodian lives and society. Student performances can still be seen twice weekly in Battambang but now the circus has arrived in Siem Reap!

After continue for a Khmer dinner at AHA Restaurant tucked away in Siem Reap’s Old Market area.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 5: Siem Reap                                                                                                        

(B/L/D)

In the morning, head to quiet Beng Mealea, around 65 km from Siem Reap. Enjoy a short walk through the dense jungle and feel like an explorer when you discover the completely overgrown temple. Undiscovered for centuries, Beng Mealea has only recently been made accessible and remains unrestored. It is one of the very few temples that actually give the opportunity to climb through it. From Beng Mealea, it is not far to the shore of Tonle Sap Lake.

Embark on an interesting boat trip on the Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. The Tonlé Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and officially designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, covering an area of around 250,000 hectares in the dry season. Due to a unique phenomenon, when the monsoon begins, the swollen waters of the Mekong River force the Tonle Sap River to reverse its flow northwards, feeding the Great Lake and spreading over the surrounding flood plain.

Board a local boat and visit the village of Kampong Kleang, where only few tourists venture. Embark on a boat ride through the village where the fisherman and their families live in stilted houses among the petrified mangrove forests and waterways. Enjoy the fascinating scenery of Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake. (Note: during the months Apr-Sep the water level may be too low for a visit by boat. However the village is still fascinating and can be visited by car. Quite dramatic to see how the stilted houses are exposed from lake when water levels are low!)

Enjoy a packed lunch brought from your hotel at one of the local houses as you watch everyday life at the village.

Return to Siem Reap for a little time to relax in the afteroon.

This evening enjoy dinner at the Apsara Terrace - located in the lush gardens and surrounded by traditional boundary stones, an Apsara show is an essential experience while in Cambodia. Enjoy a majestic performance with Cambodian dances and Khmer martial art with a delightful selection of pan-Asian barbeque cuisine. (Mon/Wed/Fri throughout the year).

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 6: Siem Reap                                                                                                        

(B/D)

This morning head out of town to see the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srei. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs. Banteay Srei is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor.

After visit the Golden Silk Pheach Farm, a local Ngo which helps to revive the ancient Khmer know-how in silk activities and provides job opportunities to more than 100 local staff. The farm area, mulberry trees and weaving ateliers can be seen as part of the guided tour. Golden Silk products are ecologically produced from the yellow silkworm which is unique to Cambodia. Some of the silk products are months, or even years, in the making and each one is unique. This is one for the connoisseurs of high quality craftwork. 

Return in time for a late lunch (at own expense). Take a break this afternoon. Or opt for an optional 20 minute helicopter excursion to see the highlights of Siem Reap from above.

As this is your last evening in Cambodia, enjoy dinner at the renowned Cuisine Wat Damnak. Cuisine Wat Damnak was founded on the simple concept of using only local fresh seasonal produce with which to create exquisite Cambodian food. The Head Chef and owner Joannès Rivière has a reputation as one of the top chefs in Cambodia and is the author of the book, ‘Cambodian Cooking’, one of the first cookbooks on Khmer cuisine.  (Note: closed mid-Aug to mid-Oct and Sunday/Monday weekly. Only 5 or 6 course menus are served and, as seasonal, change weekly. Special requirements and requested reservation time is required in advance).

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 7: Siem Reap – Sihanoukville                                                                                

(B)

Spend the morning exploring Siem Reap’s colorful markets with the chance to shop for souvenirs or simply observe the vibrant local scenes as people go about their everyday lives.

Visit the workshop of Eric Raisina, located a few minutes drive out of town. After growing up in Madagascar and studying in Paris, Eric moved to Cambodia in the late 90’s where he was struck by the startling similarities with Madagascar and inspired to help revive the up market handicraft sector. He has devoted himself to developing new Cambodian silk weaving and dyeing techniques. Eric’s signature products have become a much sought after fabric in Parisian fashion houses. Tour his workshop and see the new designs being created by the skilled team.

Just around the corner is another artist studio, Theam’s House. Lim Muy Theam is a Cambodian artist and designer who draws on inspiration from both Khmer and contemporary international design. For more than 10 years Theam has trained a team of artisan apprentices who work either at the studio or in their home villages. Explore the art studio and observe various works being created such as lacquerware, painting and fine sculptures.

Transfer to the airport for your onward afternoon flight to Sihanoukville (60 mins, flight daily from July 2013 – subject to change).

After transfer from Sihanoukville airport and then by speedboat (both may be shared with other resort passengers) to the private island of Song Saa. Located in the touristic undeveloped Koh Rong Archipelago, off the southwest coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand, which leaves no wish unfulfilled.

Overnight at Song Saa Private Island.

Day 8: Sihanoukville                                                                                                    

(B/L/D)

Enjoy the day free at your leisure. Activities always included in your rate are:

  • Snorkelling around the resort
  • Sea kayaking
  • Bird watching from sister island Koh Bong
  • In Villa Movie Experience
  • Sunrise yoga
  • Song Saa Conversation & Community Programmme
  • Island Safari
  • Song Saa Rainforest Encounter
  • Koh Kong Rainforest Encounter
  • Marine Safari
  • Buddhist ceremonies
  • Song Saa cultural experiences

Excursions that require additional payments are:

  • Koh Rong Beach picnic
  • Guided snorkeling around Coral Reef Island
  • Five Mile Beach excursion
  • Speedboat hire
  • Kayak mangrove tour
  • Song Saa sanctuaries

Overnight at Song Saa Private Island.

Day 9: Sihanoukville                                                                                                    

(B/L/D)

As Day 8.

Overnight at Song Saa Private Island.

Day 10: Sihanoukville                                                                                      

(B/L/D)

As Day 8.

Overnight at Song Saa Private Island.

Day 11: Sihanoukville   - Phnom Penh                                                

(B)

This morning transfer by speedboat (both may be shared with other passengers) back to Sihanoukville port. After continue by road direct to Phnom Penh airport for your late afternoon/evening departure flight.

RATES & CONDITIONS

 

LUXURY OPTION

City

Hotel

Room Category

Phnom Penh

Raffles Hotel Le Royal

Landmark Garden View

Siem Reap

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor

Landmark Garden View

Sihanoukville

Song Saa Private Island

Jungle Villa

 

DELUXE PRICING: in US Dollars per person for shared twin/double

Period

1

2

3-4

5-6

SGL Supp

 

On Request

On Request

On Request

On Request

On Request

 

ADDITIONAL AIRFARES

ROUTE

AIRLINE

US Dollars / Person

Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

Cambodian Angkor Air

TBA

Siem Reap - Sihanoukville

Cambodian Angkor Air

TBA

Note: Subject to availability at time of booking. All airfares, taxes and conditions are subject to change without prior notice until the ticket has been issued.

 

Our 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 a supplement applies)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned unless stated otherwise.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Sunset gondola trip as indicated in itinerary
  • Boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake as indicated in itinerary
  • Daily drinking water and cold towels

Our services do not include:

  • Visa for Cambodia (Visa issued on arrival for most nationalities, USD20/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 flights to/from Cambodia
  • Domestic flights Phnom Penh – Siem Reap - Sihanoukville in economy class (one way) – see supplementary cost
  • Camera/video entrance fees if applicable
  • 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
  • 3.5% Govt. Taxes.

 

Supplement guide other languages:

Language

Supplement per group per program

(1-6pax)

French

On Request

German

On Request

Spanish

On Request

 Italian

On Request

 

PRICE OPTIONAL HELICOPTER RIDE – per person, maximum capacity per helicopter: 4 guests

(Please note the capacity is dependent on weight of passengers – approximately 70kg per passenger - which must be advised at time of booking).

ROUTE

1 Guest

2 Guests

3 Guests

4 Guests

20 min Angkor Wat & Floating Village

On Request

On Request

On Request

226

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • We strongly recommend the purchase of a travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Cambodia.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find out other possibility/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid as many important changes as possible.

Note: camera policy at Angkor temples

The official policy is that the Apsara Authority, who manages the temple sites, can charge for anyone using large cameras or tripods. In reality this only is enforced for people taking photos for publication. In which case official permission is required but can cost several hundred dollars per day. Our advice is when entering the temples to keep tripods and cameras in bags and the guide will explain if asked that any photography is just for personal use and a hobby of the clients. Of course Voyages2Treasure will not be responsible for any overenthusiastic ticket controllers but from experience it is normally only TV crews that need to go through the official channels in order to record professionally.

 
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