NORTH FOREST TEMPLES 6 Days/5 nights
On arrival at Veun Kham/Dom Korlor, (the border between Cambodia and Laos) you will be met by your driver and transferred by private vehicle to Banlung the capital of Ratanakiri. Once reaching Banlung you will check in to your hotel and have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon you will discover the spectacular Teuk Cha Ong and Okachang waterfalls. The waterfalls are located in a small grove in the heart of the jungle. Feel free to take a refreshing dip in the cool waters. You will then explore the volcanic lake of Yeak Lom a circular lake surrounded by jungle and dating back some 700 000 years. It is believed this lake was created by the fall of a meteorite. This lake is sacred in the beliefs of the Ratanakiri tribes. You are again welcome to swim in and enjoy the crystal clear green waters. You will then return to Banlung for dinner and an overnight stay. Lunch and dinner are inclusive on this day.
After breakfast you will visit the Banlung Markets consisting of the different ethnic groups Kroeung, Tompoun and Jarai selling or exchanging their products such as vegetables, forest gatherings, games and etc. The different races are very recognisable by the small round wicker baskets they carry on their backs or out in front for the markets. The guide will then take you by car to the village of Voeung Sai via a rough track. the village consists of several communities including Chinese, Laotian and Tompuon. After eating lunch in a local restaurant you will take a canoe ride on the Se San river to visit the tribal village of Tompuon. Tompuon is famous for the practice of making wooden totem statues in the likeness of the deceased and installed in a cemetery. It will then be time to travel back to Banlung to collect your luggage from the hotel before setting off for Steung Treng. Once checked in at the hotel and relax before dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Steung Treng. Lunch and dinner are not inclusive on this day.
DAY 3: STEUNG TRENG/ TBAENG MEANCHEY ( B/L/D )
After breakfast at the hotel you will travel with your guide and driver to visit the Angkor temples. Firstly seeing Ta Prom which has been left relatively untouched since its discovery. Then visit Preah Khan built by King Jayavarman VII. After taking a break for lunch at a local restaurant the afternoon will be spent visiting Angkor Wat and Bayon Temple. Angkor Wat is the worlds largest religious monument and sits on 81 hectares of land. It has become the symbol of Cambodia appearing on the National flag. Bayon temple is unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces. You will then travel back to Siem Reap for your overnight stay and dinner at a local restaurant. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are inclusive in this day.
Breakfast at the hotel before being taken by vehicle to the sacred mountain of Kbal Spean. Here you will see a large number of sculptures carved in the stone on Hindu deities and thousands of Lingas carved into the river bed just below the surface. Known as the "River of a 1000 Lingas". this day will include a 2 to 3 hour trek depending on your fitness through the forest. The tour will continue on to discover the "Citadel of Women" known as Banteay Srei. This temple was carved from pink sandstone and entirely decorated with reliefs It is one of the most beautiful and significant temples in Cambodia. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. In the afternoon your tour will head for Banteay Samre an elegant temple from the XII century. Also will be Banteay Kdei with its numerous sculptures of great beauty. This will be followed up with a visit to Ta Som a splendid little temple remarkable for the quality of its sculptures and Neak Pean. Finishing off the afternoon with a beautiful sunset at Pre Rup temple. The tour then returns to Siem Reap for dinner at a local restaurant and staying overnight in your Siem Reap hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are inclusive on this day.
DAY 6: SIEM REAP- KAMPONG PHLUCK-TONLE SAP-DEPARTURE (B/L)
After breakfast your guide will take you to discover the picturesque floating village of Kampong Phluk where the houses are built on stilts 6m to 7m in the air to allow for the rise of the water of Tonle Sap. Here you will discover the life of the inhabitants that live largely on fishing and enjoy navigating through the flooded forest by boat. The tour will then return to Siem Reap for lunch at a local restaurant. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure waiting for transfer to the International Airport. If you are extending your stay accommodation will need to be organised at your expense. Breakfast and lunch are included in the day.