THE KHMER EMPIRE & THE FAR EAST
SIEM REAP I KAMPONG THOM I KRATIE I KOH TRONG I RATANAKIRI I MONDULKIRI I PHNOM PENH
WHEN TO GO
NOVEMBER – APRIL
13 HOURS 15 MINUTES FROM AUCKLAND
As one of the smaller countries of Indochina, Cambodia has a tendency to charm all those that visit – this gem of a country definitely offers more than meets the eye. For a slightly different taste of what this country has to offer, travel with us as we not only explore Siem Reap, but also the remote eastern highland areas of Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri. Offering authentic settings away from the heavily trodden path, appreciate the tourism infancy – great for any intrepid traveller.From temples, home stay experiences, rural Khmer life to remote jungles and mountain ranges, this 8 night journey will leave you with many highlights and memories to cherish.
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Retaining its small-town charm, begin your adventure in Siem Reap which bustles with travellers from afar. Enjoy a lovely village atmosphere and inspirational days discovering the temples, taking in the nightlife and exploring the communities on the great Tonle Sap Lake. From Siem Reap,head to Kampong Thom where you’ll experience an overnight homestay in the Isanborei Community – a simple yet rewarding encounter.
Continue to Kratie, a small colonial style town located on the banks of the Mekong River, popular from which to catch a glimpse of the rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins. Overnight on Koh Trong Island – car free, it offers an authentic example of rural life. Travel onto Ratanakiri where the pace slows right down. Living by simple means, the area is home to many different minority groups. With its characteristic red earthen roads, jungles and lakes, the province also borders Laos and Vietnam.
Next, head to the mountainous countryside of Mondulkiri – where it’s estimated that 250 wild elephants reside in the vast protected areas of the province. Enjoying a cooler temperature, tranquil waterfalls and plentiful nature, Mondulkiri is one of the least visited areas of the country. As your adventure slowly draws to an end, travel back inland to Phnom Penh, but not before one last stop – the famous Spider Market in Skun. Regularly visited by foreigners, the market is best known for its fried spiders and tarantulas however an assortment of trays with different types of fried bugs and insects can also be found – try if you dare!
WHAT’S IN STORE FOR YOU
CAMBODIAN CULTURAL EXPERIENCE I PHARE CIRCUS PERFORMANCE I ANGKOR TEMPLES EXPLORATION I TONLE SAP LAKE VISIT I OVERNIGHT HOMESTAYS I OPPORTUNITY TO VIEW IRRAWADY DOLPHINS I BICYCLE TOUR I ETHNIC VILLAGE VISITS I LAKES AND WATERFALLS I MARKET VISITS I SPIDER MARKET IN SKUN