CMB - T 09: JUNGLE ADVENTURE TOUR, 9 days (L)                                                       

Siem Reap – Phnom Penh – Banlung - Rattanakiri


Day 1              Siem Reap


Arrival in Siem Reap, meeting on arrival at Siem Reap airport, direct transfer to the hotel. Sightseeing in Angkor, soft trekking at the Angkor temple grounds a beautiful walk on the wall of Angkor Thom (about 60 min.) from the north gate to the east gate. Halfway is an interesting small temple. After that the trail leads inside the temple walls of Angkor Tom to the hidden temple group of Preah Pitu, which consists of 5 different temple ruins. In the afternoon depending on the available time visit of some smaller temples by vehicle. Visit Phnom Bakheng for sunset over Angkor

Overnight in Siem Reap


ANGKOR THOM: a fortified Royal City (10 square kilometers) built by King Jayavarman VII, who ruled from 1181 to 1201. The city has five monumental gates and is encircled by a moat 100 meters wide. In the center of the walled city are the city’s most important monuments including Bayon, Baphuon, the Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and Phimeanakas with Royal Enclosure.


PREAH KHAN: a temple built by King Jayavarman VII with towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors in a jungle setting. Preah Khan covers a very large area but the temple itself is enclosed within a rectangular wall of around 700 by 800 meters.


THOMMANON: temple, which mirrors Chau Say Tevoda (just to the north), as it was built around the same time and has a similar plan. It is also dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu.


BANTEAY KDEI: sprawling, largely unrestored, monastic complex in much the same style as Ta Prohm. Like many of Jaravarman VII's works, it is a tightly packed architectural muddle. Probably originally constructed over the site of an earlier temple. It functioned as a Buddhist monastery. A restoration project is underway on many of the towers and corridors.


SRAS SRANG: a basin opposite of Banteay Kdei measuring 800 by 400 meters with a tiny island in the middle where only the stone base remains of what was once a wooden temple. 


PHNOM BAKHENG: hilltop temple ruins, which provide one of the best views of Angkor Wat, especially at sunset. 


Day 2              Siem Reap


After breakfast at the hotel, excursion to Phnom Kulen, Beng Mealea, and visit Banteay Srei Temple

Overnight in Siem Reap


PHNOM KULEN: historically revered by all Cambodians as a sacred place of pilgrimage. This was the site, then known as Mount Mahendraparvata, that Jayavarman II chose in 802 to proclaim himself a divine universal ruler, marking the beginning of the Angkor period of Khmer history. It is possible to see some of Kulen’s spectacular riverbed rock carvings.


BENG MEALEA: a 12th century temple the size of Angkor about 40 kilometers from the Bayon. Beng Mealea is enclosed by a moat measuring 1200 by 900 meters. The temple is currently being reclaimed from the jungle as years of conflict left it neglected and almost forgotten. It is now one of the most popular remote temples owing to its wealth of classical bas-relief’s and jungle setting. 


BNTEAY SREI: built in the late 10th century, it is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. The temple is square with entrances on the east and west. Of main interest are the three central towers, which are decorated with male and female divinities and beautiful filigree relief work. 


Day 3              Siem Reap - Phnom Penh


After breakfast at the hotel, continues visit Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, and a local market

Afternoon by local boat from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, watch life go by on the banks of the river as you enjoy your journey south on the Tonle Sap Lake and River, exploring the lake’s many fishing villages.

Overnight in Phnom Penh


ANGKOR WAT: a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu by King Suryavarman II, who reigned between 1131 and 1150. It was constructed over a period of 30 years and is world famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. In 1992 the UNESCO declared the monument and the whole city of Angkor a World Heritage Site. 


TA PROHM: one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them. 


LOCAL MARKET: the friendly locals make visiting a local market an interesting excursion. 


TONLE SAP LAKE: the extraordinary process of the Tonle Sap River reversing its flow during rainy season makes this lake one of the world’s richest sources of freshwater fish.


TONLE SAP RIVER: a 100-kilometer long channel linking the Tonle Sap Lake to the Mekong River. Is named after the lake it flows into and from (depending on the season). From mid-May to early October (the rainy season), the level of the Mekong River rises, backing up the Tonle Sap River and causing it to flow northwest into the lake. As the water level of the Mekong River falls during the dry season, the Tonle Sap River reverses its flow, draining the waters of the lake back into the Mekong River. 


Day 4              Phnom Penh - Banlung - Rattanakiri


After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Phnom Penh airport for flight from Phnom Penh to Banlung, transfer to the hotel and continue sightseeing in/around Banlung, visits to Teuk Cha Ong waterfall, Yeak Laom lake, a zircon mine and a pepper plantation and the nearby museum. 

Overnight in Rattanakiri


TEUK CHA ONG WATERFALL: a spectacular waterfall in a jungle gorge. The other attractions in this area are the isolated ethnic minority villages and a zircon mine.


YEAK LAOM LAKE: a volcanic lake, which forms a near perfect circle and is surrounded by tropical forest. Possibility to swim. Visit the nearby museum. 


Day 5              Banlung - Rattanakiri


After breakfast at the hotel, visit the local market at Bar Kaev

Full day excursion by vehicle to several minority villages such as Andoung Meas. Boat ride to Phoum Dal and another village. On the way visit a rubber plantation. 

Overnight in Rattanakiri


Day 6              Banlung - Rattanakiri


After breakfast at the hotel, excursion to Ta Vaeng

Overnight in Rattanakiri


TA VAENG: Travel by 4WD to Ta Veang and visit various minority villages in the Ta Vaeng area. The people of these villages live in the country’s mountainous regions and are known as Khmer Ioeu (upper Khmer). They number approximately 70,000 and the majorities are located in the northeastern provinces such as Rattanakiri, Mondulkiri, Stung Treng, and Kratie. Groups include the Jorai, Tumpoun, Krung, Kra Chok, and Kavet. 


Day 7              Banlung – Rattanakiri


After breakfast at the hotel, excursion by vehicle and boat to Vuen Sai, boat trip to visit a Lao village, a Chinese village and a village of the ethnic minority Tompoum with an intesting cemetery. Afterwards visit a zircon mining field and, if time permits, some more villages.

Overnight in Rattanakiri


Day 8              Banlung - Phnom Penh


After breakfast at the hotel, visit local market before transfer to Banlung airport for flight from Banlung to Phnom Penh

Arrival in Phnom Penh, transfer to the hotel and

Overnight in Phnom Penh


Day 9              Phnom Penh 


After breakfast at the hotel, sightseeing in Phnom Penh Cambodia’s capital sits at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap rivers. Considered the loveliest of the French-built cities of Indochina, visit Wat Phnom, Royal palace and Silver Pagoda, National Museum, Central Market and visit Tuol Sleng Museum before transfer to the airport for departure.


PHNOM PENH: it was founded as a small monastery in 1372 by a rich Khmer woman called Penh, after she found four Buddha statues in a tree trunk on the banks of the Mekong. She set up the monastery on a nearby hill – or ‘phnom’ in Cambodian.


WAT PHNOM: set on top of a 27m-high tree-covered knoll. According to the legend, the first pagoda on this site was erected in 1373 to house four statues of Buddha deposited here by the waters of the Mekong River and discovered by a woman named Penh.


ROYAL PALACE and SILVER PAGODA: stands on the site of the former citadel, Banteay Kev (built in 1813), fronts Samdech Sothearos Boulevard. Since King Sihanouk's return to Cambodia, visitors are only allowed to visit the palace's Silver pagoda and its surrounding compound. The silver pagoda is often called the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Preah Kaeo after the statue housed there. King Norodom originally built the wooden temple in 1892 and inside; its floor is comprised of more than 5000 silver blocks.


NATIONAL MUSEUM: designed by a French archeologist and painter, George Groslier, in Khmer style in 1920. The most significant displays of sculpture include the eight-armed statue of Vishnu for the 6th or 7th century, the statue of Shiva and the sublime statue of Jayavaraman VII seated. The museum also contains displays of the pottery and bronzes dating from the pre-Angkorian periods of Funan and Chenla, the Indravarman, the classical Angkorian, as well as more recent work. There is a permanent collection of the post-Angkorian Buddhas, many of which were rescued from Angkor Wat when the civil war erupted.


CENTRAL MARKET (PSAR THMEI): a covered market distinguished by its central dome (built in 1937). It is filled with shops selling jewelry, fabrics, and all kinds of souvenirs. A great place for browsing. 


TOUL SLENG MUSEUM (MUSEUM OF GENOCIDE): in 1975 Toul Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot's security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21). It soon became the largest center of detention and torture in the country.


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