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Remote Cambodia Adventure

11 Day, 10 Nights

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Our Remote Cambodia - distant villages, forgotten temples and with roads like “The Highway of Death” due to its isolated track, we’ll take you deeper into Cambodia than you thought possible.  This trip is for the Adventure Minded and will require some stamina and ability to pack lightly.  The rewards are great and the memories forever.  Car, pickup, moto-taxi, dugout boat and your own two feet will get you around on this adventure!  As with all our trips, the schedule can be modified as you wish.

Brief ItineraryRemote Cambodia Roads Old and New

Day 1: Siem Reap and Angkor Thom
Day 2:  Sunrise - Angkor Wat – Other temples - Sunset
Day 3: Siem Reap- Anlong Vieng - Preah Vihear
Day 4: Preah Vihear – Koh Ker – Kampong Thum
Day 5:  Kampong Thum – Phnom Penh
Day 6: Phnom Penh - Kratie
Day 7: Kratie - Sen Monorom
Day 8:  Sen Monorom - Kaoh Nhek - Ban Lung
Day 9:  Ban Lung - ViracheyNational Park Trek
Day 10:  ViracheyNational Park Trek - Ban Lung – Stoeng Treng
Day 11: Stoeng Treng – Phnom Penh or Lao/Cambodian border

Day to Day Itinerary


Day 1: Siem Reap Arrival and Angkor Thom

 

Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport and we’ll check into the hotel.  Depending on your arrival time, we’ll enjoy lunch and then start a classic half day in the Angkor complex of temples.  We’ll visit South Gate of Angkor Thom, Central Angkor Thom with Bayon containing over 200 enormous mysterious faces, the 300 meter long Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. We then continue to Ta Prohm, the temple that has been left largely in its natural state consumed by jungle.We return to town after sunset and the evening is free time.

Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse from our list
Transit :   2 hours car
Trekking time: limited
Trek difficulty: Easy, temple areas are uneven surfaces and some steep stairs
Meal plan: B, L

Day 2:  Sunrise at Angkor Wat - Angkor Wat – Other temples – Sunset Angkor Wat

Dawn finds us at Angkor Wat and the sunrise over the temple and plains is magnificent.  We will spend all morning at Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, renowned for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. Angkor Wat was a temple dedicated to the Hindu God - Vishnu. It was constructed over a period of 30 years by King Suryavarman II, who reigned between 1131 and 1151. We then have lunch nearby. 

Following lunch, continue to the East to visit more temples: Baray and Prasat Kravan, Banteay Kdei, Pre Rup, East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean and Preah Khan.  We end day like we started at Angkor Wat for sunset.  We return to town and enjoy a 1 hour massage.
 
Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse from our list
Transit : 2.5 hours car
Trekking time: at your discretion
Trek difficulty: Easy, temple areas are uneven surfaces and some steep stairs
1 hour massage : Not included
Meal plan: B, L

Day 3: Siem Reap- Anlong Vieng - Preah Vihear

We depart Siem Reap early and drive north to Banteay Srei temple complex located about 30 km outside of Angkor.  Near mid day, we’ll arrive in Anlong Vaeng and continue up to the Thai border to see the grave of Brother Number One, Pol Pot.  We take a short walk through the border market and enjoy lunch in Anlong Vieng. 

We continue east and take time to see life along the road to Preah Vihear.  The area is heavily mined and many markets from the Halo Project and MAG dot the landscape.  There is a good chance we’ll pass a de-mining operation on our way.  Upon our arrival at Preah Vihear, we ascend and tour the 4 step temple complex.  The site is at and elevation over 500 meters and to the south we see the plains of Cambodia and our view to the north is the forests in Thailand.  We descend down to the simple town and take a guesthouse for the night. 

Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse from our list
Transit : 5 - 6 hours car
Trekking time: 1 hour
Trek difficulty: Easy, temple areas are uneven surfaces stairs
Meal plan: B, L

Day 4: Preah Vihear – Koh Ker – Kampong Thum

If sunset the previous night was obscured, we will ascend for sunrise today.  After breakfast we are on the way to Koh Ker, a remote pyramid-style temple deep in the jungle.  Koh Ker was the former capital of Angkor and truly remote.  We have lunch at Koh Ker and then are off to Kampong Thum.  We will travel on difficult roads today as this part of Cambodia is still being developed.  Upon arrival in Kampong Thum, we check in to the hotel and freshen up.  Kampong Thum is a way-point city between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh and we take an easy evening here.

Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse from our list
Transit : 5 - 7 hours car
Trekking time: 1 hour
Trek difficulty: Easy, temple areas are uneven surfaces stairs
Meal plan: B, L

Day 5:  Kampong Thom – Phnom Penh

We depart for Phnom Penh after an early breakfast.  We arrive in Phnom Penh and will go directly to the Tuol Sleng Prison Museumwatching the movie they show every day, we drive out to the Killing Fields, where a memorial stupa and shallow pits remind visitors of the thousands killed under the Pol Pot Regime.  We then check into the hotel and relax and have late lunch.  where your guide will explain the history of the Khmer Rouge and walk you through the different museum displays. After

After lunch we take a short ride to the National Museum, the finest of Phnom Penh’s architecture. We walk over to Silver Pagoda, located within Royal Palace compound. It is so named because of the floor made up of over 5000 silver tiles. We then visit the Royal Palace, just north of the Royal Palace. It was built by King Norodom and still is home to the royalty.
 
Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse from our list
Transit : 4 hours by car
Walking time: at your discretion
Walking difficulty: Easy

Day 6: Phnom Penh - Kratie

We leave Phnom Penh early and hopefully see sunrise as we cross the Japanese Bridge over the Mekong.  Our destination is Kratievillages of Muslim and Khmer before arriving in Kratie mid afternoon.  Before we check into the hotel, we continue slightly north of town to take a boat ride to see endangered Irrawady fresh water dolphins.  and we’ll travel along the main road until Kampong Cham where we start a short-cut along the Mekong.  We weave through mixed

Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse from our list
Transit : Car, 2 -3 hours highway, 4 hours secondary road
Trekking time: limited
Road difficulty: Moderate, challenging in rainy season
Meal plan: L                            

Day 7:Kratie - Sen Monorom

Following breakfast, we take a short tour of the town market.  We depart for Sen Monorom and follow Highway 7 for only 80 km before getting on a dirt road for the last 140 km.  Before arriving in town, we make a stop at small waterfall perhaps to take a swim and cool down.  In town, we’ll see if the big event is on, the arrival/departure of an airplane on the dirt strip runway!  We suggest an early night as our departure is early the next morning.

Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse from our list
Transit : Car, 1.5 hours paved road, 3 - 5 hours dirt track
Trekking time: limited
Road difficulty: Moderate
Meal plan: B, L

Day 8:  Sen Monorom - Kaoh Nhek - Ban Lung

Our destination today is along the “Highway of Death”, so named because of its remoteness.  Our host in Sen Monorom will guide us on road conditions and we will either travel by motorcycle (pillion) or by our vehicle.  We stop for lunch in Kaoh Nhek, midpoint of the journey and a town with only the most basic services.  Sand tracks, empty forests and occasionally passing the abandoned stripped vehicle until we arrive in Ban Lung for the night.

Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse from our list
Transit : 2 hours graded dirt road, 5 - 8 hours trail/track
Trekking time: limited
Road difficulty: Moderate to Difficult possibly impassable in rainy season
Meal plan: B, L

Day 9:  Ban Lung - Virachey National Park Trek

We depart Ban Lung after breakfast and are headed for an overnight in Virachey National Park where there are a high percentage of ethnic minorities living around the park.   We will visit a traditional Kavet village, agricultural lands, secondary forests and overnight in the forest.  Upon waking in the morning we hope to hear Gibbons calling out and a range of riverside and forest birds can be seen.  Lucky ones may even catch a glimpse of a Great Hornbill

This tour is in association with the National Park and 100 % of you fee goes to the park on these two days.  Conditions change with the National Park and we will check them before your trip!  Included in the package are all park fees, an ecotourism ranger and a community guide.

Accommodation: Forest camping
Transit : 1.5 hours graded dirt road, variable boat time,
Trekking time: about 1 - 5 hours (variable on season)
Road difficulty: Moderate to Difficult in rainy season
Meal plan: B, L, D

Day 10:  Virachey National Park Trek - Ban Lung – Stoeng Treng

Early breakfast and we take a half day leisurely walk along a half-day loop trail in the park.  On our return to Ban Lung we will stop at some area sites, the volcanic lake and 7 step waterfalls will give us a natural shower after our night in the forest.  We make a 3 hour drive to Stoeng Treng, possibly arriving after sunset and check into the hotel.

Note - 2 day trek in Virachey National Park can extend up to 7 days

Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse from our list
Transit : 4 hours dirt road, short boat trip (depending on National Park guide), 3 hours car transit
Trekking time: 2 - 4 hours
Road difficulty: Moderate, challenging in rainy season
Meal plan: B, L

Day 11: Stoeng Treng – Phnom Penh or Lao/Cambodian border

We have a farewell breakfast as our trip has concluded and you have two options, we can take you to the border gate for entry into Laos or our car, driver and guide are returning to Phnom Penh, if you choose to return to Phnom Penh, we will reserve a hotel room for you.

Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse from our list
Transit :  1 hour to Laos or 8 hours to Phnom Penh
Trekking time: short walks to stretch the legs
Meal plan: B

Our trip includes

  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation as indicated
  • Meals as indicated
  • Transportation by car or minivan or local transport available
  • Tour as indicated
  • Entrance fee

Our trip excludes

  • Domestic and international flights
  • Visa & visa arrangement
  • Meals not indicated
  • Drinking water, soft drink and alcohol
  • Tips & personal expenses

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