|Siem Reap||Phnom Penh , Cambodia|
Although it’s a mother of a temple, Cambodia’s more than just its Wat.
(Was Cambodia in Depth)
Siem Reap is your base to explore the temples. One day you’ll have a local site guide and the other is free to go back to the spots you liked best.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Add spiders to your list of weird-stuff-I’ve-eaten-overseas in the village of Skuon. Day 5 will be hard as we hear the tragic stories of the Khmer Rouge era from our local guide.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Spend the night in a local homestay and bust some moves on the dance floor after a traditional Khmer performance.
You’ve got to admire the kids here. Before you can say “No thanks I’m just going to have a quick nap on this lovely beach chair”, you’ll be the proud owner of 10 personalised friendship bracelets. Don’t leave without seeing what the fruit sellers on the beach can do with a pineapple. It’s a work of art.
A cooking class lets you unleash your inner chef. Then taste the real thing on your last night in Phnom Penh. We suggest embracing your inner vegan at K’nyay, tucked away off Suramarit Blvd.
• Gecko’s expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour, and local site guides at some sites.
• Cyclo tour of Phnom Penh including the Royal Palace and Tuol Sleng Prison. Visit to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek and the Russian Market.
• Day tour of the Angkor complex including the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Elephant Terrace, Baphoun, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Terrace of the Leper King, Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat.
• Homestay at the Chambok community-based ecotourism site. Lunch and dinner with the host families, a performance of traditional Khmer dancing, visit to a bat cave, bird watching and swimming in a natural pool.
• Time on the beaches of Sihanoukville.
• Free time to explore Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
Local Tour Guides
By employing and training local site guides to lead our group holidays, there is a two-fold benefit. Firstly, we provide employment opportunities for the local community. Just as importantly is the benefit to you, the traveller. Your tour guide’s friendship, humour, passion and intimate knowledge of the region will be key factors in making your holiday a success.
Tipping has become an accepted part of tourism in South East Asia. Your tour guide will be able to advise you in this area; however, as a guideline we would recommend tipping 10% of the total bill in restaurants and a small tip to hotel bellboys for carrying your bags.
At you pre-tour briefing your tour guide will discuss with you the idea of running a tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then the tour guide pays the tips and keeps a record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour is returned to group members. This is often the easiest way to avoid the hassles of needing small change and knowing what is an appropriate amount to tip.
It is customary to tip your tour guide, at the end of the trip, if you are happy with the service. A minimum tip of US$2 per day, from each member of the group, is the usual amount expected.
Due to the style of accommodation on our trips it might not always be possible to book you in a single room throughout the trip. If you book a single supplement it will not apply to nights on the overnight trains, homestays, Longhouses, village huts, mountain huts, rainforest lodges ,on hill tribe treks, on boats, Camp 5 in Sarawak, Iban Longhouse, ryokan’s and on the Kokoda Track. If you are unsure of where a single supplement will apply please check with your travel agent before booking.
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
15 November 2013