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Divine Cambodia
DATES

22 June 2019 - 28 June 2019


RATES
from NZD$2550 per person
Single rate from NZD$3050

All Rates are in NZD$. 
Hover over rates for other currencies.

*Rates are per person based on Twin Share or Single Room.
*Prices are subject to change until paid in full.
*This tour departs with a minimum of 6 guests. 
*A 'Willing to Share' may be possible on this tour. Please enquire. 
*International Airfares are not included. PLEASE ASK US FOR A QUOTE.


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Divine Cambodia

DIVINE CAMBODIA

 

Experience parts of Indochina in style with this incredible taster tour of Cambodia. You will see divine UNESCO landscapes, walk through historic towns, ride on cycles & tuk-tuks and wander night markets filled with local wares. Stay in incredible Boutique accommodation, eat divine Cambodian food and immerse yourself in traditional lifestyles.

The magnificent Kingdom of Cambodia has become an Asian highlight due to the magnificent architectural heritage of Siem Reap. Angkor Wat and the intricately carved Temples of Angkor are Cambodia’s main draw. But it would be a mistake to think that Cambodia starts and ends with Angkor Wat. There are other must-see Angkor ruins within the UNESCO-protected archaeological park including Ta Prohm, Bayon and Banteay Srei, to name but a few.

We start in Siem Reap. We experience sunrise at Angkor Wat, visit jungle-clad Ta Prohm and eat some incredible Khmer food. You’ll find vibrant minority villages and great swathes of wilderness. We soak up the bustling culture of Phnom Penh, once known as the ‘Pearl of Asia,’ exploring narrow lanes in the French Quarter by cyclo. Phnom Penh continues to revitalise itself and offers excellent Khmer arts experiences, and you you'll visit heart-wrenching memorial sites like the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Museum.

And of course, we will be humbled by the warmth and hospitality of the people.

Join me on this incredible and authentic journey through these this divine Asian Kingdom..

NOTE: Want to continue? Feel like you could do with some well earned rest, relaxation and pampering? Our 'Yoga, Culture & Cuisine' retreat follows on from this perfectly. 

Tour Overview
Duration
6 Nights - JUNE 2019
Start Point
Siem Reap
Finish Point
Phnom Penh
Tour Style
Escorted Tour
Accommodation
Boutique Accommodation
Meals
As per itinerary
Transport
Private Transfers, Domestic Flights, Bike
Max Group Size
Min 6 Guests, Max 10 guests
Tour Inclusions
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • x4 nights in a Tailorbird Room at The Aviary Hotel, Siem Reap
  • x2 nights in a Junior Suite Room at the White Mansion Hotel, Phnom Penh
  • All Breakfasts
  • Flight Siem Reap - Phnom Penh
  • Dinner at Marum in Siem Reap
  • Tuk Tuk Khmer Food Night in Siem Reap
  • Khmer Cooking Class & dinner in Siem Reap
  • Arts Trail shopping in Siem Reap
  • Farewell dinner in Phnom Penh
  • Urban Exploration by Cyclo in Phnom Penh
  • Khmer Architecture Tour & City Tour of Phnom Penh
  • The Killing Fields & Tuol Sleng Museum
  • Hosted by Jemma Wilson, owner of Mai Journeys 
  • Expert Local English Speaking Guide(s)
  • Private air-conditioned vehicles for transfers & touring
  • Luggage handling
  • Private van, Vespa & Tuk Tuk tours
  • Angkor Archeological Park Entry Pass
  • Drinking water & refresher towels for touring
Tour Highlights
  • Angkor Thom & Ta Prohm
  • Angkor Wat Sunrise & the Ancient Temples of Angkor 
  • Tuk Tuk Khmer Food Tour in Siem Reap 
  • Banteay Sri
  • Khmer Cooking Class
  • Arts Trail shopping in Siem Reap
  • The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh
  • Hidden Gems of Phnom Penh Cyclo Tour
  • Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields
  • Amazing food throughout
  • Stay in gorgeous boutique hotels 
  • Meeting local Artisans
  • Distinctive monasteries & colonial architecture
  • Amazing people

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1 - Arrive Siem Reap
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Welcome to Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Upon arrival Siem Reap International Airport, you are transferred to our hotel.

Check in, rest, relax and refresh. Have a nap or a swim in the salt water pool. Or both!

This evening we can meet on the fabulous roof-top bar for a sunset cocktail. And perhaps and early night after your long flight, in preparation for your early morning wake up...

Overnight The Aviary Hotel (B)

Day 2 - Siem Reap
View

We wake up early and transfer by private vehicle to the West Gate of Angkor Wat from where the sunrise can be best observed. We enter the temple complex. Angkor Wat (early 12th century) is surrounded by a 190 metre wide moat 1.5 kilometres by 1.3 kilometres and is claimed to be the largest religious building in the world. It is certainly one of the wonders of the ancient world. You will be amazed by the sheer size of the temple, which took 30 years to construct & used the labours of upto 300,000 workers. Angkor Wat was built as the earthly representation of the universe with its' central tower symbolising Mt Meru which, Hindus believe, is at the centre of the Universe.

Return to the West Gate and breakfast can be enjoyed just outside of the Angkor complex at a local restaurant. 

We then continue to Ta Prohm. This beautiful temple, built in 1186 as a Buddhist temple dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman VII, is one of Angkor’s jewels and is overgrown with fig trees, giving a haunting yet exotic atmosphere. The magnificent roots of the trees have merged over the centuries with the temple’s huge stone blocks, creating a ‘forgotten city’ feeling. Pause at Ta Keo, which would have been the finest temples in Angkor had it been completed. A short distance further are the twin temples of Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon.

We return to our hotel for rest and relaxation.
Departure time: 04.45am

We spend the evening with our private guide gaining a genuine insight into Cambodian food the way the locals like it. We will be picked up from our hotel in the early evening and whisked away by tuk tuk as darkness begins to fall. We will make several stops around town to sample the delicious snacks available on almost every corner & we will take a walk through the alleys and side streets around the old market area tasting as you go. We can even have a local beer or two to wash all the tasty morsels down. We rejoin our tuk tuk where we will continue on to Angkor Kyung Yu road, otherwise known as Road 60 where busy street food stalls well away from the cozy tourist bars line up along the streets. This area is hugely popular with local families who come out to dine in the early evening, it’s a real feast for the senses. You will sample a range of exotic fruits, grilled meats and if you’re brave enough fried insects. Cambodians love to eat and virtually anything is on the menu. A stop at a local restaurant will ensure that even those with the heartiest appetites will not go hungry. Finish the evening with a quick stop to sample a traditional Cambodian Tipple with a twist. After we return back to your hotel. 
Departure: 5.00pm
Duration: 4 hours
*Please note: Vegetarianism and Veganism are not commonplace amongst Cambodians and not well understood, we therefore cannot provide an exclusively vegetarian or vegan tour however there will be items to sample which will appeal to all guests. 

Overnight The Aviary Hotel (B / Sreet Foods)

Day 3 - Siem Reap
View

We depart this morning for Banteay Srei temple, the only major temple that was not built by a monarch. It was constructed in the 10th century and was dedicated to the Hindu god - Shiva. Banteay Srei translates to “Citadel of the Women” and is one of Angkor’s most significant structures as its walls are decorated with elaborate carvings which have been preserved remarkably well. After a refreshing drink (own arrangements) at Prasat Banteay Srei Restaurant, we head to the Banteay Srey Butterfly Center, an interactive butterfly farm nestled in a luxurious tropical garden. Morning is the best time of the day to spot as many butterflies as possible. Thousands of free flying Southeast Asian species will surround you. You will also be able to learn more about their life cycle, feed them and support knowledgeable local farmers. 

We finish this morning with a visit to the Cambodia Landmine Museum, a dive into the turbulent past of the country. Opened in 1999, it is home to a large number of unexploded ordnance (UXO) and shows maps and videos of demining activities. Learn more about the stories that can be confronting but important in understanding Cambodia’s recent history. Then we transfer back to town to our hotel.
Departure: 07.30am
Duration: 5 hours

Time for rest and relaxation...

This afternoon we will be part of a culinary experience, creating some of Cambodia’s most fashionable & iconic dishes, while engaging with the day to day lives of its people. Starting out from a private farm with our Chef, we will view the range of different vegetables available in the season growing fresh & organically. Our Chef will explain to you the key ways in which they filtrate water, tend to their crops and create the perfect harvest. We then journey to  a local village where we walk with the chef to explore local traditions, weave past market traders & view the range of produce, selecting key ingredients to use in our class. Together with your chef, we will select a basket of harvest & dried goods for you to present to the Head Villager, as a kind offering in their day to day lives; giving back in the purest & simplest way. Taking tea, or sugar cane juice in the Village in a simple cafe, we will get a real feel of the true lives of the Khmer. Returning back to the farm, our Chef will then lead us through the remarkable ingredients used to make our 3 course meal. Preparing at our own station, while he talks us through the methods used to create each dish. Afterwards, we will eat our meal at the Farm House and enjoy the fruits of our labor in a truly philanthropic, engaging experience in Cambodia.

Overnight The Aviary Hotel (B / D - Cooking Class)

Day 4 - Siem Reap
View

This morning we depart on a mini Arts trail. The slightly hidden away Hup Guan street has emerged as a shopping destination and home to some of the most interesting, innovative new stores in Siem Reap. For house-wares and textiles visit Louise Loubatieres; contemporary custom made clothing and accessories for men and women can be found at Siri Van and Shop 676; and for a range of clothing, quirky Cambodian vintage items and house-wares, stop by Trunkh. Start (or end) our shopping journey with a snack at Common Grounds, an espresso at the Little Red Fox or some oils from Frangipani Spa.

Also included are AHA Fair Trade Village & Khmer Ceramics Fine Arts centre.

We continue to the Artisans d’Angkor Centre, one of the finest workshops in town, with excellent quality sandstone, silver, wood, and silk products. Gain insight into the remarkable skill and techniques required in producing traditional handicrafts as you are guided round the flagship workshop and showroom where artisans fastidiously form delicate crafts.

We return to the hotel for free time: rest, relax, swim, spa....

Dinner: This evening we have a dinner reservation Marum restaurant. Featuring a winning mix of creative local tapas dishes, Marum is named after the Moringa, or 'Tree of life' - very appropriate, as you will be enjoying a fantastic dining experience that helps build a new life for the students in training there. *Set menu, drinks payable direct.

Overnight The Aviary Hotel (B / D)

Day 5 - To Phnom Penh
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This morning we transfer from our hotel to the airport for our flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, we are transferred to our hotel. 
*Flight 08:30 – 09:15 / Economy Class

We will have time to settle in and relax in our gourgeous hotel, The White Mansion. Swim or take a spa..

This afternoon, we enjoy a tour by cyclo, a bicycle-powered carriage, exploring this charming city which boasts a rich blend of Khmer and French colonial architecture. Hear the history underlying the abandoned facades as well as discovering churches and Chinese temples hidden down narrow alleys. This tour will lead us through the main areas of the city taking in the Post Office, Central Market or the Public Library as well as venturing into more humble neighborhoods to spot hidden buildings.
Departure: 2.00pm
Duration: 3 hours

This evening is a chance to drink cocktails at the divine Elephant Bar in Raffles Hotel. This is an opetional evening, so all drinks and snacks are payble direct. We will be dropped off in our van, but we will Tuk Tuk home. 

Overnight White Mansion Boutique Hotel (B)

Day 6 - Phnom Penh
View

Located on the banks of the Tonle Sap and Mekong River, Phnom Penh was once known as the “Pearl of Asia”, one of the loveliest French-built cities in Indochina. After the Khmer Rouge regime, the city was sadly left a shadow of its former self. Now, due to a strong, young dynamism, the city is once again a vibrant, growing capital.

This morning we embark on a City tour of Phnom Penh. We continue to the Royal Palace built in 1866 by King Norodom and the Silver Pagoda with a floor of over 5,000 silver tiles. 

We then spend time learning more about the turbulent Khmer Rouge years with visits to the infamous Tuol Sleng, a high school turned interrogation prison known as S-21 during the Khmer Rouge era and now a genocide museum; and Cheung Ek, a large memorial commemorating the 17,000 victims who died there under the reign of Khmer Rouge leader, Pol Pot, made famous by the movie “The Killing Fields”. Pol Pot’s brutal attempt to create a society without class resulted in nearly 2 million people dying from execution, starvation, or disease. The Killing Fields are mass grave sites from the genocide (1975 -1979) and are found all over Cambodia. After the genocide ended, Cambodia had a civil war that lasted almost 20 years. While sombre reminders of the cruelty of the Khmer Rouge regime, these visits will provide an appreciation of the struggle that Cambodian people have faced and their tremendous courage to move on and rebuild their nation. 
*A respectful and humble demeanour is requested when visiting the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields.

This evening we have a Farewell dinner at Chinese House. Chinese House is among Phnom Penh’s most unique Pan-Asian Pacific restaurants and cocktail bars. It is set among the last remaining authentic Chinese Houses in Phnom Penh. Our van will drop us off, and we will tuk tuk back to the hotel. 

Overnight White Mansion (B / Farewell Dinner)

Day 7 - Phnom Penh - Departure
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Depending on time of departure, we may have time for exploration of the Old Market for souvenir shopping, selling all kinds of wonderful and exotic food stuffs too. Whether you’re in the market for uniquely wrapped spices, hand-woven silk Ikats or a kroma—the Khmer fashion staple— you will find it here! 

Time to say goodbye. We are transferred to the airport and depart home.

Farewell....

About this tour

The Aviary, Siem Reap: Set in the heart of Siem Reap, The Aviary Hotel is a sophisticated urban oasis that has been inspired by nature and Cambodia’s rich heritage of traditional crafts. The 25-room eco-friendly hotel is a relaxing sanctuary filled with locally commissioned artworks, which celebrate the beauty and diversity of the Kingdom’s birdlife. Luxurious, welcoming and personal, The Aviary offers thoughtfully designed, quality accommodation in a modern environment with a uniquely Cambodian twist. The Aviary’s turquoise pool lies at the heart of the hotel, with wonderful views of the vines and flowers that drape over the balconies above. Take a refreshing dip to cool off from the heat of the day, relax on the comfortable loungers or unwind with a soothing treatment at the Amret Spa.

White Mansion Hotel, Phnom Penh - White Mansion Hotel is located right in the center of Phnom Penh, few steps away from all major highlights and business area in a very quiet environment. The Hotel is a 25 minute drive from Pochentong International Airport. The 30 rooms and suites are among the nicest and the largest in Phnom Penh and offer a secluded atmosphere with comfort and elegance. Several have a balcony, terrace, city view or pool view. Rooms and Suites feature the space and charm found in a modern Cambodian mansion with some elegant details, which remind of an occidental touch. The aim was to bring an environment of different sensations such as calm, surprise, sensuality, and conviviality.

Practicalities

Seasons Cambodia: Cambodia generally has a two-season weather pattern. The weather patterns are influenced by the wet and dry seasonal winds of Southeast Asia, which create two distinct seasons - dry and wet (also known as Green Season because of the vibrant colour the rains bring). For tranquil, crowd-free travel we travel outside of the peak season.

Green Season (May - October) - May and June bring moisture laden air from the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Thailand, bringing greenery back to the region´s countryside. Don't be concerned by the season's showers; the rains form a predictable pattern - clear, sunny mornings and a 60% chance of showers in the mid to late afternoon-and bring green into the countryside. The early months of the wet season (May to July) remain hot and rainfall is often short lived, whilst in the latter months (late July until September) the rains become more constant and can be heavy at times.

Electricity: Cambodia mainly uses 220V but in some areas, 110V is used. A mixture of flat and round 2-pin outlets are used in the country. It is recommended to bring a universal plug adaptor.

Health: No vaccinations are mandatory except for yellow fever if you are coming from an area where the disease is present. However visitors should be inoculated against typhoid, cholera, hepatitis A & B, tetanus and polio. Malaria is present in most of the region and it is advisable to take precautions, especially if traveling off the beaten track. Medical facilities are limited and it is essential to take out a good medical insurance policy before traveling in case evacuation is needed. Consult your doctor for up-to-date information and prescriptions for vaccinations, anti-malarial tablets and any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Cambodia. Some vaccination courses may need time to be completed. If you plan to take anti-malarial tablets, you usually need to start one week before arrival. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements.

The facts

Currency Cambodia: Riel is the currency of Cambodia but US dollars are widely used and most prices will be in US$. 

**Note that even slightly torn US dollar bills will not be accepted. Visa & MasterCard are accepted in most hotels, and some restaurants.

ATMs are very common in every city and every big town for withrawing local currency. ATM's are available in major airports, hotels, towns and capitals of provinces throughout Laos & Cambodia. Most ATMs have an English language version. 

Credit Cards: Most credit cards are accepted in Cambodia. VISA and MASTERCARD are the most widely accepted. JCB and AMERICAN EXPRESS are also accepted in some outlets. Not all hotels, commercial centers, shops and restaurants accept credit cards. Check with the cashier before making any purchases. Bear in mind that in some places a surcharge usually applies for credit card purchases: VISA and MasterCard approx 2.5%, JCB: 3% surcharge, American Express: 4% surcharge. NOTE: Surcharges can change without prior notice. Check the percentage charged before you pay.

Tipping:  Staff and guides appreciate that tipping varies greatly between cultures and countries.

Visas Cambodia:  Citizens of most countries can apply for a visa online or get one on arrival in Cambodia. 
*e-Visa - The Cambodian government has a simple online application for an e-visa. It is a straightforward procedure and your visa is delivered electronically to you after approx 3-5 working days and costs up to $50. You will not have to wait at the immigration desk and can proceed directly to passport control on arrival. This is the fastest and most efficient method, and what we recommend. The e-visa is currently valid at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap Airports.
*Visa On Arrival Cambodia - You can obtain a Visa on arrival at your port of entry. Fill in the arrival documents which you will receive in on the plane or at the border and provide one passport-size photograph. The fee is *currently US$30 paid in cash and is valid for 30 days. You can extend the visa once you are here if necessary. Please note that you will need a blank page in your passport for the visa as well as at least 6 months validity on your passport. At peak arrival times there may be waiting time for the visa on arrival to be processed. 

Not Included:

  • International Airfares - PLEASE ASK US FOR A QUOTE
  • Travel insurance - PLEASE ASK US FOR A QUOTE
  • Transfers unless stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Phone calls
  • Passport and visas
  • Laundry unless stated
  • Excess baggage
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages unless specifically described. 
  • Optional excursions or activities that may be offered
Travel advice / FCO

We constantly monitor the advice posted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings. At the time of writing the FCO does not advise against travel to any of the places visited on this tour. Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific concerns. You should be aware that any travel warnings or advisories may affect the validity of your travel insurance. Therefore, at the time of booking your tour it is essential you check any restrictions on cover with your insurance provider.

DATES

22 June 2019 - 28 June 2019


RATES
from NZD$2550 per person
Single rate from NZD$3050

All Rates are in NZD$. 
Hover over rates for other currencies.

*Rates are per person based on Twin Share or Single Room.
*Prices are subject to change until paid in full.
*This tour departs with a minimum of 6 guests. 
*A 'Willing to Share' may be possible on this tour. Please enquire. 
*International Airfares are not included. PLEASE ASK US FOR A QUOTE.


Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrive Siem Reap

Welcome to Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Upon arrival Siem Reap International Airport, you are transferred to our hotel.

Check in, rest, relax and refresh. Have a nap or a swim in the salt water pool. Or both!

This evening we can meet on the fabulous roof-top bar for a sunset cocktail. And perhaps and early night after your long flight, in preparation for your early morning wake up...

Overnight The Aviary Hotel (B)

Day 2 - Siem Reap

We wake up early and transfer by private vehicle to the West Gate of Angkor Wat from where the sunrise can be best observed. We enter the temple complex. Angkor Wat (early 12th century) is surrounded by a 190 metre wide moat 1.5 kilometres by 1.3 kilometres and is claimed to be the largest religious building in the world. It is certainly one of the wonders of the ancient world. You will be amazed by the sheer size of the temple, which took 30 years to construct & used the labours of upto 300,000 workers. Angkor Wat was built as the earthly representation of the universe with its' central tower symbolising Mt Meru which, Hindus believe, is at the centre of the Universe.

Return to the West Gate and breakfast can be enjoyed just outside of the Angkor complex at a local restaurant. 

We then continue to Ta Prohm. This beautiful temple, built in 1186 as a Buddhist temple dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman VII, is one of Angkor’s jewels and is overgrown with fig trees, giving a haunting yet exotic atmosphere. The magnificent roots of the trees have merged over the centuries with the temple’s huge stone blocks, creating a ‘forgotten city’ feeling. Pause at Ta Keo, which would have been the finest temples in Angkor had it been completed. A short distance further are the twin temples of Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon.

We return to our hotel for rest and relaxation.
Departure time: 04.45am

We spend the evening with our private guide gaining a genuine insight into Cambodian food the way the locals like it. We will be picked up from our hotel in the early evening and whisked away by tuk tuk as darkness begins to fall. We will make several stops around town to sample the delicious snacks available on almost every corner & we will take a walk through the alleys and side streets around the old market area tasting as you go. We can even have a local beer or two to wash all the tasty morsels down. We rejoin our tuk tuk where we will continue on to Angkor Kyung Yu road, otherwise known as Road 60 where busy street food stalls well away from the cozy tourist bars line up along the streets. This area is hugely popular with local families who come out to dine in the early evening, it’s a real feast for the senses. You will sample a range of exotic fruits, grilled meats and if you’re brave enough fried insects. Cambodians love to eat and virtually anything is on the menu. A stop at a local restaurant will ensure that even those with the heartiest appetites will not go hungry. Finish the evening with a quick stop to sample a traditional Cambodian Tipple with a twist. After we return back to your hotel. 
Departure: 5.00pm
Duration: 4 hours
*Please note: Vegetarianism and Veganism are not commonplace amongst Cambodians and not well understood, we therefore cannot provide an exclusively vegetarian or vegan tour however there will be items to sample which will appeal to all guests. 

Overnight The Aviary Hotel (B / Sreet Foods)

Day 3 - Siem Reap

We depart this morning for Banteay Srei temple, the only major temple that was not built by a monarch. It was constructed in the 10th century and was dedicated to the Hindu god - Shiva. Banteay Srei translates to “Citadel of the Women” and is one of Angkor’s most significant structures as its walls are decorated with elaborate carvings which have been preserved remarkably well. After a refreshing drink (own arrangements) at Prasat Banteay Srei Restaurant, we head to the Banteay Srey Butterfly Center, an interactive butterfly farm nestled in a luxurious tropical garden. Morning is the best time of the day to spot as many butterflies as possible. Thousands of free flying Southeast Asian species will surround you. You will also be able to learn more about their life cycle, feed them and support knowledgeable local farmers. 

We finish this morning with a visit to the Cambodia Landmine Museum, a dive into the turbulent past of the country. Opened in 1999, it is home to a large number of unexploded ordnance (UXO) and shows maps and videos of demining activities. Learn more about the stories that can be confronting but important in understanding Cambodia’s recent history. Then we transfer back to town to our hotel.
Departure: 07.30am
Duration: 5 hours

Time for rest and relaxation...

This afternoon we will be part of a culinary experience, creating some of Cambodia’s most fashionable & iconic dishes, while engaging with the day to day lives of its people. Starting out from a private farm with our Chef, we will view the range of different vegetables available in the season growing fresh & organically. Our Chef will explain to you the key ways in which they filtrate water, tend to their crops and create the perfect harvest. We then journey to  a local village where we walk with the chef to explore local traditions, weave past market traders & view the range of produce, selecting key ingredients to use in our class. Together with your chef, we will select a basket of harvest & dried goods for you to present to the Head Villager, as a kind offering in their day to day lives; giving back in the purest & simplest way. Taking tea, or sugar cane juice in the Village in a simple cafe, we will get a real feel of the true lives of the Khmer. Returning back to the farm, our Chef will then lead us through the remarkable ingredients used to make our 3 course meal. Preparing at our own station, while he talks us through the methods used to create each dish. Afterwards, we will eat our meal at the Farm House and enjoy the fruits of our labor in a truly philanthropic, engaging experience in Cambodia.

Overnight The Aviary Hotel (B / D - Cooking Class)

Day 4 - Siem Reap

This morning we depart on a mini Arts trail. The slightly hidden away Hup Guan street has emerged as a shopping destination and home to some of the most interesting, innovative new stores in Siem Reap. For house-wares and textiles visit Louise Loubatieres; contemporary custom made clothing and accessories for men and women can be found at Siri Van and Shop 676; and for a range of clothing, quirky Cambodian vintage items and house-wares, stop by Trunkh. Start (or end) our shopping journey with a snack at Common Grounds, an espresso at the Little Red Fox or some oils from Frangipani Spa.

Also included are AHA Fair Trade Village & Khmer Ceramics Fine Arts centre.

We continue to the Artisans d’Angkor Centre, one of the finest workshops in town, with excellent quality sandstone, silver, wood, and silk products. Gain insight into the remarkable skill and techniques required in producing traditional handicrafts as you are guided round the flagship workshop and showroom where artisans fastidiously form delicate crafts.

We return to the hotel for free time: rest, relax, swim, spa....

Dinner: This evening we have a dinner reservation Marum restaurant. Featuring a winning mix of creative local tapas dishes, Marum is named after the Moringa, or 'Tree of life' - very appropriate, as you will be enjoying a fantastic dining experience that helps build a new life for the students in training there. *Set menu, drinks payable direct.

Overnight The Aviary Hotel (B / D)

Day 5 - To Phnom Penh

This morning we transfer from our hotel to the airport for our flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, we are transferred to our hotel. 
*Flight 08:30 – 09:15 / Economy Class

We will have time to settle in and relax in our gourgeous hotel, The White Mansion. Swim or take a spa..

This afternoon, we enjoy a tour by cyclo, a bicycle-powered carriage, exploring this charming city which boasts a rich blend of Khmer and French colonial architecture. Hear the history underlying the abandoned facades as well as discovering churches and Chinese temples hidden down narrow alleys. This tour will lead us through the main areas of the city taking in the Post Office, Central Market or the Public Library as well as venturing into more humble neighborhoods to spot hidden buildings.
Departure: 2.00pm
Duration: 3 hours

This evening is a chance to drink cocktails at the divine Elephant Bar in Raffles Hotel. This is an opetional evening, so all drinks and snacks are payble direct. We will be dropped off in our van, but we will Tuk Tuk home. 

Overnight White Mansion Boutique Hotel (B)

Day 6 - Phnom Penh

Located on the banks of the Tonle Sap and Mekong River, Phnom Penh was once known as the “Pearl of Asia”, one of the loveliest French-built cities in Indochina. After the Khmer Rouge regime, the city was sadly left a shadow of its former self. Now, due to a strong, young dynamism, the city is once again a vibrant, growing capital.

This morning we embark on a City tour of Phnom Penh. We continue to the Royal Palace built in 1866 by King Norodom and the Silver Pagoda with a floor of over 5,000 silver tiles. 

We then spend time learning more about the turbulent Khmer Rouge years with visits to the infamous Tuol Sleng, a high school turned interrogation prison known as S-21 during the Khmer Rouge era and now a genocide museum; and Cheung Ek, a large memorial commemorating the 17,000 victims who died there under the reign of Khmer Rouge leader, Pol Pot, made famous by the movie “The Killing Fields”. Pol Pot’s brutal attempt to create a society without class resulted in nearly 2 million people dying from execution, starvation, or disease. The Killing Fields are mass grave sites from the genocide (1975 -1979) and are found all over Cambodia. After the genocide ended, Cambodia had a civil war that lasted almost 20 years. While sombre reminders of the cruelty of the Khmer Rouge regime, these visits will provide an appreciation of the struggle that Cambodian people have faced and their tremendous courage to move on and rebuild their nation. 
*A respectful and humble demeanour is requested when visiting the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields.

This evening we have a Farewell dinner at Chinese House. Chinese House is among Phnom Penh’s most unique Pan-Asian Pacific restaurants and cocktail bars. It is set among the last remaining authentic Chinese Houses in Phnom Penh. Our van will drop us off, and we will tuk tuk back to the hotel. 

Overnight White Mansion (B / Farewell Dinner)

Day 7 - Phnom Penh - Departure

Depending on time of departure, we may have time for exploration of the Old Market for souvenir shopping, selling all kinds of wonderful and exotic food stuffs too. Whether you’re in the market for uniquely wrapped spices, hand-woven silk Ikats or a kroma—the Khmer fashion staple— you will find it here! 

Time to say goodbye. We are transferred to the airport and depart home.

Farewell....

About this tour

The Aviary, Siem Reap: Set in the heart of Siem Reap, The Aviary Hotel is a sophisticated urban oasis that has been inspired by nature and Cambodia’s rich heritage of traditional crafts. The 25-room eco-friendly hotel is a relaxing sanctuary filled with locally commissioned artworks, which celebrate the beauty and diversity of the Kingdom’s birdlife. Luxurious, welcoming and personal, The Aviary offers thoughtfully designed, quality accommodation in a modern environment with a uniquely Cambodian twist. The Aviary’s turquoise pool lies at the heart of the hotel, with wonderful views of the vines and flowers that drape over the balconies above. Take a refreshing dip to cool off from the heat of the day, relax on the comfortable loungers or unwind with a soothing treatment at the Amret Spa.

White Mansion Hotel, Phnom Penh - White Mansion Hotel is located right in the center of Phnom Penh, few steps away from all major highlights and business area in a very quiet environment. The Hotel is a 25 minute drive from Pochentong International Airport. The 30 rooms and suites are among the nicest and the largest in Phnom Penh and offer a secluded atmosphere with comfort and elegance. Several have a balcony, terrace, city view or pool view. Rooms and Suites feature the space and charm found in a modern Cambodian mansion with some elegant details, which remind of an occidental touch. The aim was to bring an environment of different sensations such as calm, surprise, sensuality, and conviviality.

Practicalities

Seasons Cambodia: Cambodia generally has a two-season weather pattern. The weather patterns are influenced by the wet and dry seasonal winds of Southeast Asia, which create two distinct seasons - dry and wet (also known as Green Season because of the vibrant colour the rains bring). For tranquil, crowd-free travel we travel outside of the peak season.

Green Season (May - October) - May and June bring moisture laden air from the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Thailand, bringing greenery back to the region´s countryside. Don't be concerned by the season's showers; the rains form a predictable pattern - clear, sunny mornings and a 60% chance of showers in the mid to late afternoon-and bring green into the countryside. The early months of the wet season (May to July) remain hot and rainfall is often short lived, whilst in the latter months (late July until September) the rains become more constant and can be heavy at times.

Electricity: Cambodia mainly uses 220V but in some areas, 110V is used. A mixture of flat and round 2-pin outlets are used in the country. It is recommended to bring a universal plug adaptor.

Health: No vaccinations are mandatory except for yellow fever if you are coming from an area where the disease is present. However visitors should be inoculated against typhoid, cholera, hepatitis A & B, tetanus and polio. Malaria is present in most of the region and it is advisable to take precautions, especially if traveling off the beaten track. Medical facilities are limited and it is essential to take out a good medical insurance policy before traveling in case evacuation is needed. Consult your doctor for up-to-date information and prescriptions for vaccinations, anti-malarial tablets and any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Cambodia. Some vaccination courses may need time to be completed. If you plan to take anti-malarial tablets, you usually need to start one week before arrival. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements.

The facts

Currency Cambodia: Riel is the currency of Cambodia but US dollars are widely used and most prices will be in US$. 

**Note that even slightly torn US dollar bills will not be accepted. Visa & MasterCard are accepted in most hotels, and some restaurants.

ATMs are very common in every city and every big town for withrawing local currency. ATM's are available in major airports, hotels, towns and capitals of provinces throughout Laos & Cambodia. Most ATMs have an English language version. 

Credit Cards: Most credit cards are accepted in Cambodia. VISA and MASTERCARD are the most widely accepted. JCB and AMERICAN EXPRESS are also accepted in some outlets. Not all hotels, commercial centers, shops and restaurants accept credit cards. Check with the cashier before making any purchases. Bear in mind that in some places a surcharge usually applies for credit card purchases: VISA and MasterCard approx 2.5%, JCB: 3% surcharge, American Express: 4% surcharge. NOTE: Surcharges can change without prior notice. Check the percentage charged before you pay.

Tipping:  Staff and guides appreciate that tipping varies greatly between cultures and countries.

Visas Cambodia:  Citizens of most countries can apply for a visa online or get one on arrival in Cambodia. 
*e-Visa - The Cambodian government has a simple online application for an e-visa. It is a straightforward procedure and your visa is delivered electronically to you after approx 3-5 working days and costs up to $50. You will not have to wait at the immigration desk and can proceed directly to passport control on arrival. This is the fastest and most efficient method, and what we recommend. The e-visa is currently valid at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap Airports.
*Visa On Arrival Cambodia - You can obtain a Visa on arrival at your port of entry. Fill in the arrival documents which you will receive in on the plane or at the border and provide one passport-size photograph. The fee is *currently US$30 paid in cash and is valid for 30 days. You can extend the visa once you are here if necessary. Please note that you will need a blank page in your passport for the visa as well as at least 6 months validity on your passport. At peak arrival times there may be waiting time for the visa on arrival to be processed. 

Not Included:

  • International Airfares - PLEASE ASK US FOR A QUOTE
  • Travel insurance - PLEASE ASK US FOR A QUOTE
  • Transfers unless stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Phone calls
  • Passport and visas
  • Laundry unless stated
  • Excess baggage
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages unless specifically described. 
  • Optional excursions or activities that may be offered
Travel advice / FCO

We constantly monitor the advice posted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings. At the time of writing the FCO does not advise against travel to any of the places visited on this tour. Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific concerns. You should be aware that any travel warnings or advisories may affect the validity of your travel insurance. Therefore, at the time of booking your tour it is essential you check any restrictions on cover with your insurance provider.