Celebrate New Years in Cambodia!
New Years at Angkor Wat, Cambodia
with optional 5 day pre Bhutan trip
Rates for journey at bottom of page
**Dates for March, April, May, 2013 trips coming soon **
This 4 night, 5 day visit to Cambodia will explore the ancient temples of Angkor. Angkor Wat is perhaps the best known of these temples, yet it is only one of the many temples made up the capital of the Khmer Empire that endured from the 9th century to the 14th century.
At its peak Angkor housed over a million people and was the largest city in the world. Its 10 most significant kings were considered gods by their subjects and were responsible for the vast array of temples that can be seen today, along with reservoirs, moats and roads. The remaining stone ruins of Angkor still awe visitors today, so majestic and grand was their scale, that 1000 years later they still inspire.
This trip will visit the most significant and interesting temple complexes, including several of the lesser visited but equally interesting ones. There will be sufficient time to explore the city of Siem Reap, a pleasant town with good food, entertainment, shopping as well as providing insight into modern day life in Cambodia.
Our guide will be Pilu, full of knowledge and passion for his country’s history. John Leupold will be along as trip leader and together with these two your Cambodia experience will be a rich and complete one.
The trip begins and ends at Siem Reap. Participants are requested to make their own travel arrangements to Siem Reap airport in Cambodia (airport code: REP), a one hour flight from Bangkok. There are numerous daily flights with Bangkok Airways. The flight is approximately $350 round trip. This can be booked via the Bangkok Airways website. IMPORTANT NOTE: Bangkok Airways will require passengers to show the credit card used to make booking when checking in for flight, so be certain to have this credit card with you to show check in staff.
DAY 1, Dec. 29, 2012 Bangkok—Siem Reap, Cambodia
Morning flight from Bangkok, Thailand to Siem Reap, Cambodia. A short ride will take us to Viroth’s Hotel, a small boutique hotel named by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the finest hotels in Cambodia. Lunch at hotel, then afternoon visit to 2 of the temple complexes of Angkor: Ta Phrom and Preah Khan. Return to hotel late afternoon, and then evening dinner in Siem Reap. (Lunch L and Dinner D included)
Day 2, Dec. 30, 2012: Siem Reap—Angkor Temples
Depart hotel after breakfast for all day excursion to the impressive temple complexes of Banteay Srei, Banteay Samre, and Pre Rup. (Breakfast B and Lunch L included)
Day 3, Dec. 31, 2012 - Tonight, New Year's Eve Party
Siem Reap—Flooded Forest and Stilt Village
After breakfast we depart (hour ride) to Tonle Sap Lake, the largest lake in Southeast Asia. The ride takes us past many of the temples of Angkor and small villages. At the lakeshore we board a boat that will bring us to the flooded forest of Kompong Phhluk. Now at the end of the rainy season the forest is covered with 15’-20’ of water. The village here is built on stilts, so the houses are above the water. We’ll move into smaller boats to be rowed around this other-worldly village, and then have lunch in a restaurant on stilts before returning to Siem Reap. (B, L)
Day 4, Jan 1, 2013: Siem Reap—Angkor Temples
Morning departure to visit Angkor Thom, Bayon and Ba Phoun temples. Lunch at the temples. Afternoon visit to the majestic Angkor Wat, the grand finale of the Temples of Angkor. Dinner in Siem Reap. (B, L, D)
Day 5, Jan 2, 2013: Siem Reap—Bangkok, Thailand
Morning at leisure. Optional helicopter ride over the Temples of Angkor. Early afternoon flight to Bangkok. (B, L)
TRIP COST IS $1100 PER PERSON, BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY.
This 5 day, 4 night trip includes accommodations at Viroth’s Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia, daily breakfast at hotel, and meals as indicated on itinerary. Services of Cambodia based and licensed guide and USA based trip leader. All daily excursions by air-conditioned private coach in Cambodia, airport transfers to and from Siem Reap airport to hotel, and all entrance fees in Cambodia. Bottled drinking water is included during daily excursions.
Not included is airfare to and from Siem Reap, Cambodian visa, gratuities, drinks laundry, souvenirs, travel insurance, and items of a personal nature.
Round trip airfare, Bangkok, Thailand to Siem Reap, Cambodia, $350
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