You’ll depart Phnom Penh for your first stop at the Skuon ‘spider market’. Here you’ll try local delicacies before continuing to Kompong Cham to visit Wat Nokhor. As you continue to Kratie you’ll stop at a riverside vantage point to view the rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins. You’ll then take a small ferry to Koh Trong before heading to Banlung for dinner at the Terres Rouges Lodge. You’ll continue your tour with a trip on the Sé San river, a visit to the minority village of Kaoh Peak, a visit to the Teuk Cha Ong Waterfall and a relaxing afternoon at the beautiful and perfectly-round Yaklaom Lake. You’ll conclude your tour with a visit to the Carol Cassidy Silk Weaving Centre, an overnight stay at the Preah Vihear Boutique Hotel and a visit to the breath-taking Prasat Preah Vihear temple.

REFERENCE
Tour name: North Of Cambodia 5 Days
Tour Code: ABT-C017
DEPARTURE
Morning Start
INCLUDED
Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
Transfers and tours with local English guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements) in private air-conditioned vehicles
All entrance fees, boat fees and / or cyclo fees as mentioned in the programme
Bottled water and cold towels available on the vehicles
NOT INCLUDED
Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
International airfare to / from Cambodia (quoted separately, if requested)
Personal travel insurance
Surcharges for other language guides
Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme

 

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Day 1: PHNOM PENH - KRATIE (-/L/D)

  • In the morning, start the first part of your overland drive to Kratie. Depart Phnom Penh and make a first stop in Skuon to taste Cambodia’s more exotic culinary delights, the deep-fried spider. Continue to Kompong Cham to view examples of colonial architecture and to visit Wat Nokhor with its ancient temple and modern style pagoda (12th century).
    Lunch at local restaurant.
    Continue to Kratie. Further north along picturesque countryside roads stop at the best riverside vantage point from which to view the rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins which can be best seen late afternoon until sunset. Drive back to Kratie and take a small ferry boat to the island of Koh Trong situated in the middle of the Mekong River opposite Kratie town.
    OPTIONAL (Rate quoted separately): by cruise from Phnom Penh to Peam Jikong for 6hours.
    Depart by Phocea Mekong from Phnom Penh to Peam Jikong (breakfast and lunch on board).
    Our car will pick you up at Peam Jikong for the visit Wat Nokhor with its ancient temple and modern style pagoda (12th century).
    Continue to Kratie. Further north along picturesque countryside roads stop at the best riverside vantage point from which to view the rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins which can be best seen late afternoon until sunset. Drive back to Kratie and take a small ferry boat to the island of Koh Trong situated in the middle of the Mekong River opposite Kratie town.
    Accommodation at Rajabori Villas (10 Rooms only) on Koh Trong Island.
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Day 2: KRATIE - STEUNG TRENG - RATANAKIRI (B/L/D)

  • Breakfast at hotel.
    Depart from Kratie to Stung Treng (Kratie-Stung Treng drive around 3hrs), located just 50 km south of Laos, on the banks of the San River, just off the Mekong. It is a very quiet provincial city, showing us the authentic and remote “face” of Cambodia.
    Lunch at local restaurant.
    Depart from Stung Treng to Banlung (around 2 hrs 30 minutes), capital of Ratanakiri, nicknamed “The Red City” because of the omnipresent laterite and check in at Terres Rouges Lodge (superb house made of precious wood located by a lake and in the middle of one acre of garden).
    Dinner and overnight at Terres Rouges Lodge (29 rooms only).
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Day 3: RATANAKIRI (B/L/D)

  • Breakfast at hotel.
    Direction northwest today, we cross bamboo forests before reaching the village of Voeune Sa’ef located on the left bank of the S’e9 San river; the view on the Chinese village on the other side of the river is quite pretty. Besides, this place is nearly a Chinese enclave in Cambodian territory, most villagers, who are there the thirties, don’t even speak Khmer. Upstream of the Se San is Kaoh Peak, a village of the Kachok minority that practices funeral statuary, then go back towards Banlung for a trip through rubber plantations towards the nearby waterfall of Teuk Cha Ong, we end up with a detour to Yaklaom lake, a beautiful and perfectly-round stretch of water, surrounded by forest, for a late afternoon swim.
    Dinner and overnight at Terres Rouges Lodge (23 rooms only).
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Day 4: RATANAKIRI - PREAH VIHEAR (B/L/D)

  • Breakfast at the lodge.
    In the morning (09h00), departure by road through the wonderful countryside to Steung Treng (140 km, 2 hrs 30 min).
    Lunch at local restaurant in Steung Treng
    Cross the Mekong River and continue to Tbeng Meanchey (160 km, 2hrs 45 min).
    Visit the Carol Cassidy Silk Weaving Centre in town, where a community of determined land mine survivors is creating a sustainable income through traditional weaving. The silk comes from China and Vietnam, while the finished products will be mainly exported to USA and Singapore. Monday to Friday, closed on weekends and on Public holidays).
    Continue to Sra Em (80 km, 1hr) and drive to the Preah Vihear Boutique Hotel.
    Dinner and accommodation at Preah Vihear Boutique Hotel.
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Day 5: PREAH VIHEAR - SIEM REAP (B/L/-)

  • Breakfast at hotel.
    This morning drive further north to Preah Vihear (25km).
    At the foot of the mountain, change to a pickup truck which will bring you to the mountain top to the most breath-taking temple of Prasat Preah Vihear.
    The temple, an important pilgrim place during the Angkorian period, was built by a succession of seven Khmer Monarchs. Like other mountain temples, it was designed to represent Mount Meru and was dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. Breath in the astounding views from the cliff stretches as far as the eye can see.
    Lunch at Preah Vihear Boutique Hotel
    Drive to Siem Reap via Anlong Veng.
    Dinner not included.
    Accommodation not included.