Authentic Cambodia 19 days
- Dong Kralor (border of Laos) - Rattanakiri
- The Totem Tampoun
- Kratie - Kompong Cham (216 km)
- Kompong Thom - Siem Reap
- Siem Reap
Day 1: Dong Kralor (border of Laos) - Rattanakiri
Welcome by tour guide at the border and transfer by car through Stung Treng city to Banlung also known as Red city in Ratanakiri , nicknamed the “Red City” because of the omnipresent laterit. Free and Overnight.
Day 2: The Kroeung territor
Depart for a trip through rubber plantations towards the nearby waterfalls and elephant ride before heading towards Laos and the village of Taveng. First cross Vealrum Plang, a round lava field in the forest; a few steps away there is a small waterfall (in the rainy season only) surrounded by tigers caves. Later on, we stop at some nice Kroeung villages located in thr forest on both sides of the road. The North we go, the more beautiful forest .
In some Kroeung villages, depending on the season, we might discover quite impressive bachelor houses built on very high stills. Let's notice that, when they have archived their goal and when the young man has become head of a family, their houses are destroyed before being raised again by younger men the following season.
Day 3: The Totem Tampoun
Direction northwest today, we cross bamboo forests be fore reaching the village of Veune Saï located on the left bank of the Se San river; the view on the Chinese village on the other side of the river is quite pretty. Besides, this place is nearly a Chinese enclave in Cambodian territory, most villagers, who are there the thirties, don't even speak Khmer.
Upstream , there are Tampoun villages, minority that practices funeral statuary If possible, we will rent a boat to get to the village of Ka Chohan which offers beautiful totems. We end upwith a detour to Yaklaom lake, a beautiful and perfectly-round stretch of water, surrounded by forest, for a late afternoon swim. Overnight.
Day 4: Ban Lung - Kratie ( 254km )
Visit morning market Banlung , then drive through the forest and villages to Kratie , a nice quiet little town on the bank of the Mekong . City tour keeping many houses French style , Wat Rokar Kandal and Phnom Sambok pagoda. Road to Kampi site through Tmor Kre village specialized the cakes of sticky rice cooked in bamboo tubes .
Taste them and do not forget the delicious taste of grapefruit of Koh Trong . Boat to attend the presence of Irrawaddy dolphins which survives only in this part of the Mekong. Night in Kratie .
Day 5: Kratie - Kompong Cham (216 km)
Road through Chhlong district to Kompong Cham , one of the most populated provinces located on the bank of Mekong River with visiting the Cham villages and the rubber plantation Chup which once belonged to the French company "Michelin" . Cross the Mekong by the Cambodian- Japanese friendship bridge and Kompong Cham city tour keeping its market and some nice buildings keeping French style . Stroll along the Mekong where during low water, long woven bamboo bridge connected the island to the river banks .
In the afternoon , by bus or by motor-remork ( Tuk -Tuk ) along the coast of the Mekong to reach the temple of Wat Hanchey , an ancient pagoda with some pre- Angkorian temples erected on the hill , superb views of the Mekong River. Overnight in Kompong Cham .
Day 6: Kompong Cham , Kompong Thom ( 190km )
Visit Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey sites where history is ralative the Khmer tradition , Wat Nokor Bachey and it pagoda
. Road to Kompong Thom , stop at Skun market , only one market taht you will find the spider and crickets vendors . In the afternoon , by laterit road of 35 km to reach Sambo Prey Kuk , a group of pre- Angkorian temples scattered in the forest , the capital before Angkor for several centuries.
It was founded during the reign of King Içanavarman who reunited the mainland Khmer ( Chenla Kuok ) and the coastal territory Khmer ( Chenla Toek ) . This tour is an interesting prelude to the complex visit the temples of Angkor. Overnight in Kompong Thom.
Day 7: Kompong Thom - Siem Reap
Road to Siem Reap through villages and rice fields dotted with palm sugar, Khmer houses, stop at Kompong Kdei to visit a beautiful ancient archaeological bridge of Angkor perod " Naga Bridge ". Then arrived at the village of Roluos, you will enjoy a pleasant ride an ox or buffaloes cart , a rural transport.
Arrive in Siem Reap, the cradle of Khmer civilization which many temples. free time. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 8: Siem Reap
Start visiting the Angkor temples of small circuit : Prasat Kravan, it consists of five sanctuary brick lined up side by side along a north-south axis on the same terrace, Srah Srang ( ablution basin ), then Banteay Kdei ( fortress cells ) originally Buddhist temple and Shivaist .
The interest of this temple lies in the work of sculpture pediments and lintels having escaped the destruction of the XIII century. , Ta Prohm built by Jayavarman VII as a residence for his mother. This shrine was deliberately left in the state to maintain intact the memory of the visions of explorers who revealed
Angkor to the west . Today, the gaze is attracted by the lush vegetation and in vasive which is intimately stones . The afternoon, visit the temples in the big circuit : Preah Khan ( Sacred Sword ) temple built by King
Jayavarman VII , dedicated to his father, Neak Pean ( naga hugging himself ) stands on a round base carved petals lotus and contained in the folds of two nagas , Ta Som dated from the time of Preah Khan was destroyed by vegetation, East Mebon stands in the center of an ancient artificial lake built in Yashovarman was built at the beginning of the reign of the tenth century Rajendravarman II and Prasat Pre Rup , funerary temple, built in the 10th century is undoubtedly a Hindu until sunset until sunset. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 9: Siem Reap
Tuk Tuk ( mto-remork ) ride towards Angkor Thom (Great Ciy ) starting visits by the South Gate and the famous Bayon Temple built by Jayavarman VII in the late twelfth century and dedicated to Buddhism , composed of 54 gigantic towers 216 faces of Avalokitesvara , pyramidal Baphuon temple XIth century representing Mount Meru dedicated to brahamanisme , Phimean Akas (Celestial Palace ) pyramid with three levels representing Mount Meru, the Terrace of Elephants measuring 350m long welcomed the splendor of royal audiences and public ceremonies, the leper king terrace platform has several admirable figures carved apsaras .
In the afternoon , visit Angkor Wat , World Heritage with its soaring towers and magnificent bas-reliefs. This is a most extraordinary monument ever conceived by the human mind , built in the twelfth century (1112-1152) in honor of Vishnu. Finally, in late afternoon , you climb to the top of Phnom Bakheng Hill and discover the first temple in the Angkor region built in the early 9th century . You admire the beautiful sunset on the Western Baray and
the surrounding sites. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 10: Siem Reap
Excursion to Kbal Spean or Thousand Lingas located about 35km north of Angkor. After traveling by car through the villages , you will walk around 45 minutes more through the forest to reach the river contributes to the irrigation of Angkor. You will find first lingas ( phallic symbols ) as a pad that gave its name to the site " River of a Thousand Lingas ".
Then on the rocks, you will find figures of deities : Vishnu sleeping on a snake , bull, Shiva and Urma . By flowing these mythological scenes , the water was sanctified. Back Banteay Srei ( Citadel of Women) , a temple built during the reign of King Jayavarman V , dedicated to Shiva whose architecture and its pink sandstone sculptureshave a masterpiece of Khmer art .
Then visit Banteay Samre ( Samres fortress ) built in the XII century this temple in the Angkor style , this monument placed on a low base was probably a funerary temple. You will have the opportunity to walk in the village and contact people on their daily activities , particularly the production of sugar palm from the juice of sugar palm
tree. Dinner show with Khmer traditional dances.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 11: Siem Reap - Battambang
Road to Battambang through the Sisophon city , stop at the silk Puork farm , located in the countryside at 16 km from Siem Reap. You will have the chance to see the production in its different stages of silk planting mulberry for silkworms as food, cocoons , spinning, weaving and store finished products that are available sale. Arrival in Battambang at noon. Battambang , beautiful city along the river Sangke is well known for its natural resources and fertile soil .
Tour of BATTAMBANG : Orientation tour of the city to the house of the governor , the court house and the market keeping the French architecture. Road to the South to join the Banon temple, 11th century perched on a hill that you will join a long stair over 300 steps . On the way back , you will see at Wat Bay Damram the big bat - hung their feet up on the tree branches . Overnight in Battambang.
Day 12: Battambang
Trip along the river passing through the Vietnamese and Cham villages to visit the ancient pagoda Samrong Khnong and manufacture of glutinous Kralan sticky rice cake cooked in fresh bamboo tubes , then crossed the bridge , visit Prahok market " Phsar prahoc " ( prahoc is a traditional Khmer food) . Continuation by car through beautiful villages of rice cakes to the 11th century temple of Ek Phnom . Return to Wat Kor village and visit a very ancient traditional Khmer house over a century .
Then transfer to the bamboo train , creative transport by villagers . You will have the opportunity to make a unique experience on a short drive for 6 km to contemplate the landscape of rice fields and countryside at sunset and the brick factory at the terminus. Overnight in Battambang.
Day 13: Battambang - Phnom Penh ( 291km )
Early departure to Phnom Penh of 291 km; visit on the way : at Pursat , making fresh noodles from rice paste and workshop of marbre sculpture well known in Cambodia ; kompong Luong district at Krakor the trip on the Tonle Sap to discover the largest floating village on the Tonle Sap consists of Vietnamese and Khmer villages. Almost never visited
the village considered a small town lives in complete autarky. Floating school , factories to make ice for fish preservation , church, pagoda, service stations, pigsty , stores, boat repair or TV , video club, karaoke bar, police station ... everything is floating. All trades are represented and everybody from children to grandparents goes by boat through the network of canals that cross this little town, after that Kompong Chhnang , one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap. It also raising fish . The area is particularly famous for its archaic pottery supply the entire country and palm sugar that abound this area producing sugar and palm wine .
You discover floating villages of fishermen and the famous village at the foot of the mountain to its particularly archaic pottery , visit the handicraft work from clay, then the workshops of the artisans in a village bordering the Tonle Sap whose inhabitants specialize in silver work and copper and where objects are shaped ornaments used in traditional ceremonies at the pagoda or for marriages . Arrive in Phnom Penh in the early evening . Night.
Day 14: Phnom Penh
Orientation of the city of Phnom Penh , full of charm , historical capital with wide avenues and beautiful gardens through the Monument of Independence of Angkorian style adorned by beautiful gardens tower to symbolize the day Cambodia achieved independence from French in November 1953 and Wat Phnom built on a small artificial hill topped by a magnificent pagoda monastery for housing sacred relics and a huge stupa of the former king Ponhea Yat founder of the Phnom Penh capital.
You will visit the colonial district that has preserved its many houses of French style , passing the national library , the Municipality of Phnom Penh , Calmette Hospital , the Embassy of France and Chhruoy Changva bridge over the Tonle Sap and the great post .
Visit the Royal Palace built in 1866 by King Norodom consisting of different structures grouped in an enclosure with a remarkable architecture of Khmer art , the Silver Pagoda which tile is made of silver (or emerald pagoda ) located inside the Royal Palace brings together masterpieces by such a large gold Buddha weighing 90kg solid gold and encrusted with diamonds 9584 , an emerald Buddha and baccarat crystal . The afternoon , visit the National Museum stunning example of Khmer architecture which was officially inaugurated in 1920 in which are exhibited artworks and sculptures relating to different periods of the history of art Khmer. Overnight.
Day 15: Phnom Penh
Walk in the market Tuol Toumpoung known Russian market , ideal center for antiques and souvenirs , visit S- 21 or Tuol Sleng ( Genocide Museum ), which was the most secret organ system Khmer Rouge. S-21 represents the " Security Office 21", was the establishment of security minister Angkar specifically designed for querying and anti Angkar elements of extermination. In the afternoon , you will have the opportunity to visit the school dance, you might see the basis training the gestures of dance . Rickshaw ride along the quay Tonle Sap (tricycle). Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 16: Phnom Penh- Sihanoukville
Road on 230 km to the seaside town of Sihanoukville, th rough villages with their pagodas and markets , fields of coconut oil , stop at the Pich Nil mountain with its green valleys . Arrival around noon , transfer to hotel .
Day 17: Sihanoukville
Breakfast free day.
Day 18: Sihanoukville
Breakfast free day.
Day 19: Sihanoukville - Kampot - Phnom Penh -Airport
Road to Phnom Penh through beautiful villages and through the Kampot town keeping many houses of French style . Flight back.