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12:30 pm
Saturday
February 9, 2019
End Time
4:30 pm
Thursday
February 14, 2019

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Angkot Wat
Country:
Siem Reab [Siemréab],  Cambodia

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Trip description

Discover the archaeological wonders of Angkor and beyond on this spectacular 6-day trip to Cambodia. You’ll travel on foot and by Remork, a local vehicle to explore the iconic temples and ruins of Angkor. Your exploration will combine lesser-seen marvels with a hit list of the most stupendous Angkorian sites. We investigate some of the most atmospheric temples at Roulos group that many leave unseen and undiscovered, and at Roulos Pagoda, you’ll be blessed by Buddhist monks wishing you a safe and happy journey.
View Angkor Wat after the crowds have gone, marvel at renowned Ta Phrom’s crumbling masonry and wander through the enigmatic bas-reliefs of the last capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom.
That’s not all. We discover the enchanting Beng Melea, taken captive by tangled roots and a forest that grows within and around the creeper-covered temple, and the remote, sprawling Koh Ker, where temple after crumbling temple wait to be explored.
Take a cruise on the Tonle Sap Lake, Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake, to see the floating villages and immerse in the countryside Cambodian life.
Relish on sumptuous Khmer fusion food, a cuisine that many don’t get the chance to try. Enjoy the serenading performances of Apsara dancers and spend an evening at the infamous Phare Cambodian Circus.
At the end of this trip, you’ll want to see more of Cambodia.
ITINERARY:
DAY 01: ARRIVAL SIEM REAP
Sua s'dei! Welcome to Cambodia, a Kingdom of Wonder. Upon arrival in Siem Reap airport and after clearing immigration and customs, we head to our home-stay / hotel.
Siem Reap is the provincial capital and gateway to the ancient Angkor temples. We check-in to our home-stay / hotel and after relax for some time. Then, we head to the Angkor National Museum, which introduces us to the Angkorian history. In the evening, we explore the town OF Siem Reap by foot. Overnight at Siem Reap.
DAY 02: SIEM REAP – ANGKOR THOM – ANGKOR WAT
This morning, we set out to explore the temples by Remork, a vehicle similar to tuk-tuk We start with a visit to the immense walled city Angkor Thom complex, the masterpiece of King Jayavarman VII when it is best lit for photography, including Phimeanakas, Baphuon, the Terrace of the Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and finally, the Bayon, with its mysterious towers and beautiful bas reliefs.
We next pay a visit to Ta Phrom. Built in 1186, Ta Phrom was dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman VII. Its atmospheric dark gray sandstone towers and courtyards exude an aura of reverence and mystery. Unlike most of the other inner temples of Angkor, Ta Phrom has been left to the elements and looks very much as it must have when "discovered" by Henri Mouhot in the 1860s. Navigating through its narrow passages, immense kapok trees and jungle-covered ruins is an unparalleled experience and one of the highlights of Angkor. This was one of the settings for Lara Croft’s adventures in the Hollywood blockbuster movie, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
In the late afternoon and sunset hours, we proceed for our exploration of the Mother of all temples, Angkor Wat, the largest and most breathtaking monument at Angkor. Built as the funeral temple for King Suryavarman II, who ruled from 1112 to 1152, Angkor Wat never fails to reward the first time, or repeat, visitor with its grand scale, surreal bas-reliefs and unbelievable attention to detail. This temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers. We witness the mesmerizing Angkor Wat sunset. After dusk, we'll be returning to our home-stay / hotel with the evening free to relax or explore independently.
If time permits, we have the option to visit Phare Cambodian Circus and witness the famous artists of Battambang’s Phare Ponleu Selpak Artistic and Social Center perform a blend of modern theater, music, dance, acrobatics, and more.
DAY 03: BANTEAY SREI – KBAL SPEAN
This morning, we drive to the typical Khmer countryside and visit Banteay Srei, the citadel of women – a tiny, enchanting temple, which is one of the jewels in this remarkable city. Banteay Srei is an elaborately decorated temple, embellished with floral motifs and scenes from the Ramayana, all carved from pink sandstone. The journey allows you to experience the beautiful Cambodian countryside as you pass through small typical villages, on-route you will visit Banteay Samre. Banteay Srei is built of red sandstone in the tenth century and dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, the carved male and female figures in the niches are exquisitely executed in both style and proportion. This is the most Indian of all the temples in Angkor and in the words of H.W. Ponder, is a fairy palace in the heart of an immense and mysterious forest. Stop at a local village to visit families who are producing palm sugar.
Next, you’ll visit one of the earliest Hindu pilgrimage sites in Cambodia, the revered Kbal Spean. Walk the 1.5 kilometers through lush jungle to the “River of 1,000 Lingas”. Here you’ll see Hindu scriptures and small stone lingas used for religious purposes carved into the riverbed.
In the afternoon, we head to witness the spectacular temples of the Grand Circuit such as: Preah Khan or 'Sacred Sword', one of the largest temples at Angkor; Neak Pean surrounded by fountains and ponds; Ta Som and its famous strangler fig tree; and Pre Rup, a pleasant spot to experience another Angkor sunset. Enjoy the evening at leisure.
DAY 04: BENG MELEA – KOH KER
We head to the less visited, yet most impressive Angkor temple site – the truly spectacular Beng Melea, a huge, crumbling, creeper-covered temple complex lying to the west of Siem Reap. The trees growing from the broken towers and galleries offer some of the best ‘tree in temple’ shots aside from Ta Prohm. Constructed in a distinctly Angkor Wat style under the same king that built Angkor Wat, Beng Melea preceded and may have served as a prototype of sorts for Angkor Wat. In the afternoon, we continue to discover the remotely situated temple complex at Koh Ker, northeast of Siem Reap, the capital of the Khmer Empire from 928 AD – 944 AD under the reign of the kings Jayavarman IV and Harshavarman II.
We visit the premier ruin of the complex, Prasat Thom, an imposing 7-tiered pyramid styled temple complex, get on to the top for viewing the nice landscape. We visit to several nicely preserved ruins sit just off the road, impressive prasats and small temple complexes. There are lingas still in place in some monuments such as Prasat Balang and Prasat Thneng. For the enthusiast, there are also dozens of other, more remote ruins in the area. Late afternoon, return to hotel in Siem Reap.
This evening we’ll be treated to a special Khmer dinner accompanied by traditional Khmer Apsara Dance. Apsaras, female spirits in Hindu and Buddhist mythology, are important characters in the ancient Khmer tale, Reamker. It takes years for dancers to master the delicate gestures that are a key element of Apsara dance.
DAY 5: SIEM REAP – ROLUOS – TONLE SAP – FLOATING VILLAGE
After Breakfast, we head to Excursion toRoluos Group including Prasat Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lo Lei in the morning. Here, in a small contemporary pagoda, Buddhist monks will celebrate a private blessing ceremony for you, wishing you health and a safe journey a very special experience!
Later, we proceed to the remote stilted village of Kampong Khleang, on the floodplains of the Tonle Sap Lake. As we get closer to the lake, we see the large hill of Phnom Krom looming closer. A walk up the hill provides superb views of Angkor temples. We take a boat ride on the Tonle Sap Lake, the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South East Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We witness the fishermen’s floating village with floating schools, floating police station, etc. It is same as a big village floating on the lake, and the village move from place to place following water levels and current.
We also visit the Artisans d'Angkor Silk Farm. Artisan's d'Angkor creates the opportunity for young Cambodians to find gainful employment in their home villages by teaching traditional Khmer handicraft techniques, such as stone & wood carving, lacquering & gilding, and silk weaving. There is an on-site boutique which allows a great opportunity for shopping those last minute quality souvenirs.
DAY 6: BID ADIEU
Today we bid fond farewell to the amazing kingdom and take a flight back with the memories of a lifetime trip. We bid good-bye to all the participants. Tour ends.
The itinerary is loosely drafted, and allows you to do as little or as much as you like.
This itinerary is just to give you an idea on the tour structure but in no means final and is subject to change.
DATES:
Start Date: February 09, 2019 (Saturday)
End Date: February 14, 2019 (Thursday)
Pick-up & Drop-off at Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport, Cambodia
Pls ensure that you arrive before 1:00PM on the Start Date & book your return ticket for your flight after 5:00PM on the End Date.
COST:
INR 23,000 per person (Including the Booking Fee)
These rates are for Indian Nationals only.
 The trip will have a maximum of 14 members (13 participants + 01 facilitator). Pls invite your friends to join.
 Minimum of 6 participants required to conduct the trip. Please do check with us before booking your air tickets.
 Suitable for singles / solo travelers / small group of friends / couples
 Suitable for members between the age group of 16-55 years. We do take members above 55 years too based on their physical fitness.
Please confirm your participation by paying INR 5000 (Non-refundable Booking Fee**) to book your seat. Rest to be paid 45 days before the tour start date.
Pls write to us at unusualescapes@gmail.com for our Bank Account Details to transfer the Booking Fee (or) pay via Paytm / Google Pay at 9052220466. Your spot will be confirmed as soon as we receive your Booking Fee.
INCLUSIONS:
 Comfy accommodation on double / triple sharing basis in Home-stays / Hotels / Guest-houses for 5 nights / 6 days. Married couples get a separate room.
 Morning Tea & Breakfast at our place of stay
 Group airport transfer by AC vehicle. If your flight arrival is at a different time, extra charges will be applicable. Vehicle not at disposal.
 Local sightseeing by an exclusive AC mini-bus [Remork in Angkor]
 Boat Cruise in Tonle Sap.
 Circus ticket at PHARE circus (Section B)
 Permits, Toll Taxes, Parking Charges
 Local English Speaking Guide, wherever applicable
 Entry Fees to all places on interest
 Service charges & Taxes
EXCLUSIONS:
 International airfare & airport taxes
 Visa charges & arrangements
 Meals will be at actual cost (other than the breakfast which is included in the package). We’ll be eating at roadside restaurants which are generally inexpensive. A great way to experience the local cuisine.
 Snacks, Beverages, Bottled water, etc
 Overseas Travel Insurance.
 Entry fees to places other than mentioned in the itinerary
 Any adventure activities like zip lining, aqua-sports, etc, bicycling, etc.
 Camera charges
 Additional cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like – landslides, road blockage, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guests directly.
 Personal expenses such as laundry, room heater charges, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips, medicines, etc.
 Any item not specified in the ‘Inclusions’.
KEY INFORMATION:
 There are three ways by which you can get a Visa to The Kingdom of Cambodia:
1. Visa on arrival
2. Electronic Visa or eVisa at www.ivisa.com/cambodia-visa
3. Apply at the Royal Embassy of Cambodia and get your Visa stamped on your passport before your leave.
 Indian citizens can remain in Cambodia for a maximum of 30 days with a valid visa. Overstaying will result in a penalty, and overstays of more than 30 days could result in heavy fines and blacklisting to make reentering the country impossible.
 The Cambodia visa costs US$30 plus a US$7 processing fee for Indian passport holders. You can purchase your visa at the airport on arrival, though it might require standing in queue for some time.
 Indian citizens must hold a passport that’s valid for at least six months from the day they plan to enter Cambodia. When applying online, you must include a recent digital photocopy of your passport and pay using a credit card. Alternatively, you can choose to pay via PayPal if you apply for your visa at www.ivisa.com/cambodia-visa
 Required Documents for obtaining Visa:
1. Original passport with minimum 6 months validity.
2. One recent photograph, preferably with white background.
3. 30 USD Visa fee in cash.
4. Return confirmed flight ticket.
5. Bank Statements, Credit Card copy or at least 500 USD in Cash as a proof of sufficient fund for 15 days.
 You can change the date of your travel even after applying for your e-visa. But that date should be within the validity period of e-visa.
 You are required to fill out departure and arrival cards at the entry and exit point.
For further details & booking your slot, email us at unusualescapes@gmail.com or Call / WhatsApp at 9052220466
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