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CambodiaSlow boat overnight river cruise

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This “Once-in-a-Lifetime River Cruise” on a slow boat to Angkor will enable you to gradually take a trip back Memory Lanes to the Ancient Times – from the Present bustling capital City Phnom Penh to the remote Temples and carved River Beds of the ancient lost-in-the-jungle Angkorian Cities - ”. Be amazed at the testimonies the Ancient Khmer Kings and Angkorian People left to the young and modern K...

This “Once-in-a-Lifetime River Cruise” on a slow boat to Angkor will enable you to gradually take a trip back Memory Lanes to the Ancient Times – from the Present bustling capital City Phnom Penh to the remote Temples and carved River Beds of the ancient lost-in-the-jungle Angkorian Cities - ”. Be amazed at the testimonies the Ancient Khmer Kings and Angkorian People left to the young and modern Khmer people and for the World to wonder at!

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Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival in Phnom Penh -  The Pearl of Asia

Upon your arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide who will accompany you in a private car to your hotel for installation. You have a free day at leisure to relax. Lunch by own account. Indulge yourself in a one hour session to relax and reset your body clock. After, why not taking a brief orientation tour of the Capital City Phnom Penh through the Independence Monument and the French colonial quarter? Dinner by own account. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Breakfast included

Visited:
Phnom Penh
Accommodation
Night at Samsara Villa (Phnom Penh)

Day 2: Discovery of the "Pearl of Asia" and Capital City Phnom Penh

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, Boarding and Introduction of the Crew; you will then start the day with a visit to the Royal Palace where you will discover the Silver Pagoda, located within the walls of the Royal Palace, and where are kept all the treasures of the Crown; admire its floor paved with tiles in pure silver and the Emerald Buddha. You will afterwards continue to the National Museum where is exhibited a collection of some of the most beautiful pre-Angkorian and Angkorian sculptures. Lunch by own account.

Then after lunch, we suggest you to delve into the recent history of Cambodia. This is the regime of the Khmer Rouge (1975-1979) where the Khmer people lived an inhumane tragedy that somehow still takes its toll on today’s generation. Your visit to Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, a former high school that served as a prison during these "Dark Years" and also known under the codename S-21, will help you witness the “suffering” of the Cambodian people, and also to understand their very “resilience” and spirit of survival of the Khmer people and the young generations

End the day with a visit to the city’s name sake, Wat Phnom. Founded in 1373, the pagoda was built to house Buddhist relics washed ashore by the river. Stroll around the river. In the evening, enjoy the show of “Cambodia Living Art On stage”.

Breakfast and dinner included

Visited:
Phnom Penh
Accommodation
Night at Samsara Villa (Phnom Penh)

Day 3: Phnom Penh - Kompong Cham

Early morning transfer to the port for embarking.

6:50am: Boarding

7:00am: Phnom Penh Departure Port Installation on board and announces safety instructions. Breakfast is served

10:00am: Mooring on the river banks in Udong - Departure by Tuk- Tuk to the hill of Udong

1:00pm: Back on board -

1.30pm: Lunch

6.00pm: Arrival in Kampong Chhnang.

7:30pm: Mooring close from Kompong Cham. Dinner is served on board.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Visited:
Phnom PenhKompong cham
Accommodation
Phocea Mékong Cruise (Mekong)

Day 4: Arrival in Siem Reap

6:00am: Starting engine and cruising to Kampong Chhnang

6:30am: Breakfast

7:30am: Departure for the potery village by tuk-tuk

10:00am: Back on board. Departure for Chhnok Tru

12:00pm: Lunch

1:30pm: The Sat Toung wets to the entrance of Lake Tonle Sap

1:45pm: Visit the floating village of Chhnok Tru on community boat

2:45pm: back on board 

3:00pm: Entry on the lake

6:30pm: Anchoring in the middle of a mangrove area near Village of Pean Bang

​7:30pm: Dinner is served under the net amid cries of wild animals.

Visited:
Siem Reap
Accommodation
La Niche d'Angkor (Siem Reap)

Day 5: Arrival in Siem Reap

6:00am: Starting engine and cruising to Kampong Khleang

7:00am: Breakfast

9:30am: Anchorage. Visit of the fishing village of Kompong Khleang build on stilts 

11:45am: Back on board 

12:00pm: Departure to Chong Khneas 

12:15pm: Lunch is served

3:00pm: Arrival at Chong Khneas. Disembarkation and transfer by minibus to Siem Reap

3:30pm: Dropping in hotel. End of our support. Arrival Siem Reap, transfer by our English speaking guide and driver to hotel. Dinner on own account. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Breakfast and lunch included

Visited:
Siem Reap
Accommodation
La Niche d'Angkor (Siem Reap)

Day 6: Discovery of the Major temples in the Angkor Arheological Park

Breakfast at hotel. Your exploration starts in the morning with the visit of Angkor Thom (the Great Angkor/City) and get started with the monumental Southern Gate lined on both sides with the Gods and the Giants; it is one of the five gates leading to the Bayon Temple and Center of the Khmer Empire, so you may understand the strategic structure of the first Angkorian King from the XIIth century who embraced Mahayana Buddhism as the State religion. Carry on your discovery to the recently restored Baphuon and its huge Reclining Buddha, then stroll within the compound of Phimean Akas, the ancient Royal Palace to finally reach the Elephant Terrace and then end up with the Leper King Terrace. Lunch by own account.


After lunch, your afternoon will be devoted to an in-depth tour of Angkor Wat, THE masterpiece of Khmer Arts at its peak glory. It is the most famous temple and largest religious structure in the world, as well as the most impressive of all the Angkor monuments, which five towers, with a golden rosé color, became the emblem of all the successive regimes of Cambodia. At dusk, the temple will briefly take an orange color depending on the angle of the rays of the setting sun. Dinner at local restaurant with the “Apsara Dance” performance. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Breakfast and dinner included

Visited:
Angkor Thom
Accommodation
La Niche d'Angkor (Siem Reap)

Day 7: "Kbal Spean", The river source and sculpted river bed of the sacred Ancient City

Breakfast at hotel. On this third day in Siem Reap/Angkor, early in the morning, we will take you to the visit of Kbal Spean and the site of the One-Thousand Linga River that has its source at Phnom Kulen (the Litchi Mountain). Take an approximately 45-minute trek (about 1.50 km) through the forest up to the top and be rewarded by your effort! Assimilated to the Ganges River in India, the very bed of the river is carved on over 200 meters long with 1.054 lingas and sculptures representing the Hindu Gods in the Ninth century. The water feeding the Steung Siem Reap River in the lower part is thus being “sanctified” after rolling and passing over the thousand carved lingas, thus, fertilizing the lower valley and Angkor Plain. Lunch by own account. Then, visit Banteay Srey Temple, considered as the Jewel of the Classic Khmer Arts. Cleared from the creeper plants and trees that invaded it, Banteay Srei - which means “the Citadel of Women” - is indeed of an absolute and rare beauty and fineness. Every single detail of this sculpted pink sandstone temple is a real enchantment to the human eyes.

On the way back, we will take you to the visit of Ta Prohm Temple, and be amazed by the “temple in the jungle”! Your end of the afternoon will be devoted to admire this unique work. One of the most extraordinary works of nature is concentrated here in this temple where huge cheese makers extend their roots through stones lifting them, and gradually disrupting the original configuration of this temple. This work, built by under the reign of the great "Angkorian Builder King", is also dedicated to the Mother of the Builder King, Jayavarman VII. Dinner by own account.

In the evening, attend the breathtaking show of "Phare - The Cambodian Circus" in Siem Reap, Angkor. Reach to new heights with the energetic and talented young professional artists of the Battambang-based Phare Ponleu Selpak Association! Overnight in Siem Reap.

Breakfast included

Visited:
Siem Reap
Accommodation
La Niche d'Angkor (Siem Reap)

Day 8: Beyond Angkor: Koh Ker nd Boeng Mealea, the jJungle Temples

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, a road journey to Koh Ker takes you through the Cambodian countryside, and further to the Northeast of the Kulen National Park. A further 85 kms from the small village of Seong, passing through some remote villages and a beautiful forest populated by deer, be amazed by the imposing pyramid temple that dates back to the 9th to 12th century, and which is also known by its ancient former name Chok Gargyar. The ensemble consists of five successive brick towers aligned in a single row – a not so common style indeed – with the massive pyramid at the background. The site of this former capital city – and contemporary to Angkor itself – is covered with an impressive 80 known-temples! Lunch by own account.

On your way back to Siem Reap, the little temple of Boeung Mealea (11th century) is indeed worth a visit! The vast expanse of this “Jungle Temple” covers an approximate 1.20 square kilometers and is being invaded by the forest. Built in the Angkor Wat style, Boeung Mealea must have served later on of a prototype of sort for Angkor Wat, and is located at about 60 kms from Siem Reap (about a 2hr30 road journey time). Its solemn beauty is certainly due to its peaceful and out-of-time atmosphere and to the constant fight between Mother Nature and the Mineral Stones! Dinner by own account. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Breakfast included

Visited:
Siem Reap
Accommodation
La Niche d'Angkor (Siem Reap)

Day 9: Departure

Breakfast at hotel. Depending on your departure flight time, you will be transferred to Siem Reap International Airport for your flight to your next destination. Meal by own account.

Visited:
Siem Reap

Phnom Penh Kompong cham Siem Reap Angkor Thom

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $1,340 / 9 days
Excluding international flights
2 Pax4 pax6 PaxSingle Supplement
Price per person (1st June to 30th Sept 2019 and April to Sept 2020)$1,530$1,340$1,290$560
Price per person (1st Oct 2019 to 31st March 2020)$1,560$1,370$1,320$590

Included in price:

  • 3 days 2 nights Cruise between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
  • Accommodation in double sharing room with daily breakfast in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
  • Tours and transfers as per mentioned in the itinerary by air-conditioned car or van
  • Local English speaking guide
  • All Entrance fees for the visit mentioned in the program (3 days Angkor Pass)
  • Meal as per mentioned in the program
  • Fresh Water and towel during tour
  • Full board accommodation, including meals mentioned in the program, coffee, tea & drinking water
  • One bottle of French wine per cabin per day (for children 4 non-alcoholic beverage cans per cabin per day)
  • English speaking Khmer native on board manager Excursions mentioned in the program (entrance fees, tuk-tuk, community boats, etc.) in Oudong, Kampong Chhnang, Chok Tru, Kampong Khleang
  • Hotel pickup in Siem Reap (only hotels in the city) and in Phnom Penh only with the Saravoan Royal Palace hotel
  • Boarding and disembarking – port fees
  • Passenger liability insurance included with “FORTE insurance”

Not included in price:

  • Cambodia Visa fee USD 30 - per person (VOA/Visa On Arrival @ Airports) + 1 passport photo
  • International flights including to & from Cambodia
  • All meals, visits and services not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenditure; drink, laundry, souvenirs, Tips (Guides, Drivers, Luggage Porters,…)
  • Travel insurance
  • All optional tour and service
  • Compulsory gala dinner at the hotels on 24 & 31 December (Rate to be advised on the time of reservation)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tours and meals not mentioned in the program
  • Drinks other than those proposed in the above chapter
  • Transfer from/ to airport/hotels/Phnom Penh port (excepted with the Saravoan Royal Palace hotel)
  • Personal expenses & Gratuities for the crew
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