This extension of 8 days will allow you to visit Phnom Penh and then join Siem Reap (or vice versa) after “exploring” the three major titles, crossing the jungle of Ratanakiri Highlands. Here, you will discover the very special customs of ethnic minorities in the Northeast. These populations extremely poor, but happy with what nature offers, live freely and out of time in their villages and their territories who are not “reserves” that you can always visit in other parts of the world. Their dialects, often not written, are still spoken and current education efforts bring a Khmer language “simplified” many children you encounter everywhere. These peoples are hospitable and your local guide, which will facilitate your contacts with them, knows all the tracks in the region:
You will live year exceptional discovery!
Note that this trip is available during the dry season, from early November
to mid-April. Other titles in the Northeast are impassable during the monsoon season. They are also very close and comfortable accommodation in the provincial capital, Banlung, capabilities are limited. We therefore propose this extension to small groups of maximum 6 people. For large groups, booking and confirmation of their reservation at least three months in advance, we could quote this trip with two vehicles. The airport of arrival is in PHNOM PENH and out a SIEM REAP (or vice versa). Please specify how you would like to visit when you ask us to quote. PHNOM PENH to SIEM REAP program is as follows:
day 1: arrival in PHNOM PENH.
First contact with the capital. Welcome by your guide and your driver in the morning at the international airport of Phnom Penh. After storing your luggage at your hotel and took some rest, you will make a city tour and dive in the unique atmosphere of its markets. In late afternoon, you will enjoy a boat cruise on the confluence of the “Four Rivers” to watch the sunset over the city, the floating village and fishing boats.
Day (B): PHNOM PENH
morning: You start your visit of the monuments typical of the capital by the PALAIS ROYAL (1866) and pagoda (1892), whose name is due to the almost 6000
solid silver plates covering the floor of money. Around the pagoda,
you can ‘read’ the legend of RAMAYANA on a long series of murals painted on the wall. (Open from 07:30 to 11:00 and 14:00 to 17:00).
Then you will visit the archaeological museum. Built in 1917 in a traditional Khmer style and designed by the french Georges Grolier, who remained its Director until 1942, it presents very large collections of artifacts and statues of periods lie Angkor. (Open from 08:00 to 17:00).
Afternoon: Visit the VAT PHNOM Pagoda on a small hill overlooking the city,
where various events are commemorated as the Foundation of the city by Ms.
Penh in the 13th century and the return to Cambodia of the Provinces in the Northwest,
by the Kingdom of Siam, under the French protectorate.
Then you can do some shopping at the CENTRAL market, built in the 1930s in the style of pure art deco style, whose complete renovation is nearing completion.
Day 3 (B): PHNOM PENH – KRATIE (300 km). To Ratanakiri.
To reach the first step towards the Ratanakiri Province you will follow up the course of the Mekong River, passing through Kampong Cham, the main town of the Muslim community in the country. Route then crosses the first plantations of rubber trees (you’ll see many of them in the northeast quarter of Cambodia), and joined the Mekong River at Chhlong,
that you follow again on a 30km drive. After storing your luggage at your hotel in KRATIE, you take the small road along the River to the village of KAMPI. During a silent cruise on the Mekong River in late afternoon, you can probably see some of latest freshwater dolphins coming catch their breath at the surface, and then watch the sunset on the River.
Day 4 (B): KRATIE – BANLUNG (270 km). The tribes RATANAKIRI and Jarai.
You are now on the road to the capital of the Province of Ratanakiri. At halfway, the road becomes a track and enters the forest. By rising imperceptibly to the Highlands of the Northeast, to an average altitude of 500 meters, you arrive in BANLUNG. Here, reach you the “land red Lodge”, the former residence of the Governor, now the best hotel in the city with its salt water pool in which you will surely take time to relax. There, you will meet your local guide who will take you on the less bad trails through the dense jungle areas and will facilitate your contacts with ethnic minorities during your stay in the area. The afternoon will be dedicated to people from the Jarai tribes approach in several villages along the trail that leads to Andong Meas. You will cross of rubber trees, cashew and coffee plantations and see the dangerous work of the miners searching for precious stones and zircon. (3 to 4 hours, 100 km of slopes, return).
Day 5 (B, L): the tribes of the RATANAKIRI and Kroeung
Departure for Kachanh waterfalls for a refreshing moment and the discovery of the traditional costumes of Kroeung tribe. You then drive full north to Ta Veng Leu by stopping at the Tiger Cave and in several Kroeung villages. You’ll see the singles’ houses built during the short period of the soul mate search. You’ll also see old women with largely pierced ear lobes which are gradually stretched over the years. And everywhere you meet wonderful children, a little bit shy, but so endearing. (About 130 km of track, round trip, with picnic included on the way).
Jour 6 (B – L) : Le RATANAKIRI et tribus Kachork et Tampouns
Departure for your last visit in Ratanakiri and the discovery of funeral rites of the Tampoun tribes. The track passes through bamboo forests and leads to the village of Voeun Say, on the left bank of the Se San River, tributary of Mekong River. A one-hour and a half canoe cruise will lead you to Kos Peak village inhabited by Kachork tribe. On the way back, you stop at Kachaun to discover an impressive Tampoun tribe cemetery. A little away from the village, the tombs consist of side opened shelters surrounded by barriers and decorated on their four corners by carved wooden totems. One year after the death, a big celebration brings together all villagers to dance around the tomb, with bowls of rice alcohol, and two wooden elephant tusks are added to the decoration of it. (About 70 km of track and 3 hours cruise, round trip, with picnic included on the way).
Day 7 (B): BANLUNG – KAMPONG CHAM (400 km). Plantations of rubber trees.
Now leave Ratanakiri, you drive down to the Mekong River, where you will find a good road or Pong moan, after approximately 120 km and 2 h 30 drive track. About 15 Km to reach Kampong Cham, after having crossed large plantations of hevea, widely renewed from the Plantations of “Michelin” of the colonial years, you stop at CHUP to visit an important latex processing plant. Arrival in KAMPONG CHAM and transfer to your hotel.
Day 8 (B): KAMPONG CHAM – SIEM REAP ANGKOR (320 km) this day will be the first discovery of the Khmer temples.
Morning: Leaving Kampong Cham, you will visit the temple of VAT NOKOR. Built in the 11th century, this large sandstone monument is also a current monastery, nested inside the historic building. Here, you will also see a curious of the reconstitution of the life of the Buddha, associated with the representation of the various deities of life-size figures. You take the road to SKUN (with specialty of his… Fried tarantulas), then towards the North, in the direction of Kampong Thom, to visit the small 눉THE NOKOR temple, built in the 11th century and very well preserved in its luxurious green.
Afternoon: Not far after Kampong Thom, you leave the main road for about 30 km of track and reach the site of SAMBOR IPSP KUK (7th century). On the site of a former capital of the Kingdom, in a deep forest, you will find three groups of small temples with unique architecture: Prasat Sambor, Prasat Tao and Prasat Yai Nena. End of the trip to SIEM REAP and to your hotel.
9 days and following days: the area and the TEMPLES of ANGKOR
it is now up to you to decide on the number of days you want to devote to visit temples and the Angkor region. Our three, four, five or six days will allow you to have a minimalist or comprehensive vision of them, according to your desires and curiosity. .*. Note: the letters L, B, D after Nr day indicate meals included in the price of the stay according to the following code: B = breakfast – L = lunch – D = dinner. For meals not included, your guide will advise you places meals adapted along your way. Have a nice trip with MERU TOUR!
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