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Siem Reap, Cambodia


Experience wild Mondulkiri, sleep in the jungle at the Elephant Valley project, view the elusive Irrawaddy dolphins in Kratie and visit the bird lovers paradise of Prek Toal.
A boat cruise on the Mekong will provide an insight into every day Khmer life. Watch the locals going about their everyday chores – washing clothes, taking a bath or vegetable gardening. See the different types of houseboats lived on by the Cham (Khmer Muslims) and Vietnamese. Disembark onto Mekong Island to visit local villages where colourful mats and kromas (Khmer sarongs) are woven. En route back to the city, watch the sun set from the Mekong.

Overnight onboard Anantara Song.
Phnom Tamao is home to a selection of wild, exotic animals that have been confiscated from traffickers. Meet tigers, monkeys, bears and others, up close. Hear their intriguing stories from our expert guide. Later, visit Tonle Bati to enjoy a picnic by the lake before exploring the Angkorian temple of Phnom Chisor.
Today we spend the day travelling through local villages and neighbourhoods to Kratie. You’ll see hills and mountains, watershed lowlands, dusty towns and incredible images which will fill your heart and give you a taste of this country. Kratie is home to the Irrawaddy dolphins of the Mekong. The river is stunning here featuring large islets filled with green water plants and calm pools. The reason for our visit is to see the critically endangered fresh water Irrawaddy dolphins, deemed sacred by fishermen. There are very few dolphins left in this region, so you may be among the last to see them.
As you approach Mondulkiri, the landscape becomes more mountainous. You will notice that the forest cover varies, from the drier and sparser forest found in the southwest to the dense, impenetrable forest of the northern reaches. This area of Cambodia is rich in wildlife.
Today we spend our time immersed in the simple yet amazing daily routine of the local elephants and mahouts. The Elephant Valley Project protects an area of forest from destruction to ensure that the Bunong people, elephants and the huge variety of other creatures in the forest have a habitat for the future. Surrounded by forest and grassland, this location is ideal for the rehabilitation of elephants. This is one of only a handful of elephant sanctuaries in the world. The day is spent learning about the projects’ conservation work.
This morning we travel to Kompong Thom to see the most impressive collection of pre-Angkorian temple ruins in Cambodia at Sambor Prei Kuk. There are more than 100 small temples here, scattered throughout the forest. These are some of the oldest structures in the country and are an important destination for the serious temple visitor. Originally called Isanapura, Sambor Prei Kuk was the capital of Chenla during the reign of the early 7th century King Isanavarman. This area is a link to the distant past and not to be missed by enthusiasts.
This gentle cycle ride gives you the chance to explore the hidden wonders of the Angkor complex, travelling along magical jungle paths and dirt roads. We have developed this unique route specifically to avoid the throngs of tourists, and it’s become our most popular temple tour. In-between the main sights, there is often not another soul in sight. We visit the stunning, jungle-clad temple of Ta Phrom, the South Gate of Angkor Thom, where we see the smiling faces of the Bayon temple, the Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. We finish the day with a visit to the spectacular Angkor Wat.
Today we head north towards the old front of the civil war, taking in the fascinating Landmine Museum along the way, before crossing into former Khmer Rouge territory and making the pilgrimage to Cambodia’s most spiritual site – and the birthplace of the mighty Khmer empire – Phnom Kulen. Around 56 Angkorian temple ruins are located on the hilltop alongside earlier ruins and modern day pagodas. At the top of Phnom Kulen is the river of a thousand lingas and the enormous reclining Buddha carved from rock at Ang Thom Pagoda. A series of tiered waterfalls and bathing pools give the perfect opportunity for cooling off. Bring along your bathing suits and take a refreshing dip in the cooling waters of Phnom Kulen. Lifejackets are available for children. The afternoon is spent relaxing and enjoying the surrounding natural beauty and serenity, perhaps enjoying a local lunch by the waters. There are options to either drive or trek further on to the summit, where the views are simply stunning.
At dawn depart for Toal Preak bird sanctuary, quoted as being “the single most important breeding ground in Southeast Asia for globally threatened, large waterbirds”. The morning is dedicated to bird watching along the waterways, the lakeshore and from the top of the watching towers where the rangers guard the colonies. At lunchtime, enjoy a local fresh fish meal cooked by villagers, and then tour the nearby floating village on a paddleboat organised by the community. Discover different aspects of the villagers’ activities: crocodile and fish farming, traditional medicine preparation, floating shops, spirit houses, floating schools, and more.
Free and easy and then we’ll transfer you to the airport for your onward flight
-Boat trips and indicated in the program
-Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
-Complete dining service on board with all meals and non-alcoholic beverages
-All tours, guides, admission fees and intermediate transfers mentioned in the itinerary
-International Fligh
-Personal Expenses.
-Visa and immigration fees
-Alcoholic Beverages are excluded and chargeable on consumption basis.

Experience wild Mondulkiri, sleep in the jungle at the Elephant Valley project, view the elusive Irrawaddy dolphins in Kratie and visit the bird lovers paradise of Prek Toal.

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    Feng Foo

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    "Very nice tour"
    Very good tour and can see many wild animals and birds in Cambodia. I love to feed those baby elephants with peanuts. Thank you very much Phan for the great tour.
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Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 10
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Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia

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