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Solos Only

Cambodia is the perfect destination for a short jaunt for a hit of culture, ancient history, scenery and the tastes and flavours of Asia.  Exclusively for solo travellers, this 6 day itinerary uncovers the highlights of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.

Siem reap, see breathtaking, historical temples and ruins where you will feel transported back in time to a magical era of spiritual and historical significance. The tour includes the amazing Wonder of the World and largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat. There is also a two night stay in Phnom Penh, featuring a foodie’s safari, a sobering visit to the Killing Fields and city touring of this capital.  

For this short but rewarding visit to Cambodia, enjoy a group dining at local restaurants and a rooftop bar visit to enjoy views across the Mekong River. A flight to connect Siem Reap and Phnom Penh is included in the package, locals guide and quality accommodation.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    6 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings open
  • Region:
    Asia
  • Destinations:
    Cambodia
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Hotels
  • Prices:
    AUD$1895
  • Transport:
    Minivan,Air,Tuk Tuk
  • Pace:
    3
  • Max Group Size:
    16
REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia
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INCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 5 night’s deluxe hotel stay
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 lunches
  • 4 dinners 

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • English speaking local guides
  • Entry fees to all monument visits as detailed by the itinerary
  • Tours and excursions as per itinerary 

TRAVEL

  • Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Airfare Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Airport transfers #

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • All applicable taxes in Cambodia
  • Tipping included for guides and drivers
  • Best of small group touring, maximum group size 16 


# Airport Transfers are included for all flights on day 1 and final day of the tour, given that you provide your flight itinerary to us prior to 21 days before departure.

Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.

Departure Dates for this tour

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25- 30 OCT 2019
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AUD $1895 tour, with your own room
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Trip Code: cambodia19-10

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10 - 15 JAN 2020
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Trip Code: CAMBODIA20-1

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS - CAMBODIA

  • An in depth visit the largest religious monument in the world Angkor Wat
  • See the Royal Palace in Phnom PenhSee the Genocide Museum of Toul Sleng Killing Fields of Choeung Ek
  • A "Tuk Tuk" ride that zips off the usual tourist trail, to Phnom Penh's Central Market (Phsar Tmey) and a ‘foodies’ highlight evening
  • Enjoy the atmosphere of a rooftop city bar; views onto the Mekong River and the Royal Palace.
  • Experience Cambodian food with included meals for lunch and dinner at some local restaurants
  • Easy pace; 3 nights Siem Reap, 2 nights Phnom Penh

PRE TOUR STAY
Consider arriving a day before the tour starting date, or enjoy a stopover.  You can relax and refresh after your flight.  The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs. 

DAY 1
Arrival Day | Siem Reap

Welcome to Cambodia!  On arrival in Siem Reap, and after immigration and customs, you will be met by a local guide and transferred to our group hotel.

Tonight, enjoy a welcome group dinner at your hotel.

Meals: Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Arrival transfer
  • Dinner at the hote

DAY 2
Angor Wat, Siem Reap

We start our Cambodia discovery with a full day out, with lunch enjoyed at a local restaurant, and a highlight dinner.

After breakfast today, you are in for a real treat as you visit an amazing wonder of the world, and the crown jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat.

There will be a few hours dedicated to Angkor Wat, the largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples.  After taking in the incredible Angkor Wat, we visit Ta Prohm, one of the most popular attractions of Angkor. 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. The day also includes a visit to Preah Khan and Neak Prean Temple built by King Jayavarman Vii (ruled 1181 to 1201).

Finally, enjoy a sunset at Pre Rup, built by Rajendravarman Ii (ruled 944 to 968), and consisting of a pyramid shaped temple. The name means ‘turning the body’ and refers to the traditional method of cremation. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Arrival transfer
  • Local restaurant lunch
  • Highlight dinner

SPECIAL NOTES:  it’s a long and full day out but also very rewarding - bring water, sun protection, wear comfortable shoes

DAY 3
Siem reap

A morning at leisure. Mid afternoon we depart our hotel to head out to visit a few more temples and ruins; visiting the fortified city of Angkor Thom, enclosed by a wall and wide moats. The city includes many of Angkor's most popular sights. We visit the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings, before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple. This temple is one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor, exploring the galleries of beautifully preserved bas reliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where giant stone faces smiling enigmatically down from every angle.

This evening the group enjoys dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Visit Angkor Thom
  • Visit Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper Kings, and Bayon Temple
  • Local restaurant dinner

 

DAY 4
Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

Today, transfer to the airport for our internal flight to Phnom Penh, including with your tour package. On arrival, transfer to the hotel and check in.

EVENING FOODIE SAFARI BY REMORK ‘TUK TUK’
This evening we start off with a ride on a Remork the Cambodian "Tuk Tuk". Zip off the usual tourist trail, and hop straight into Phnom Penh's Central Market (Phsar Tmey). A local food-loving guide will uncover hidden treasures and snacks favored by locals such as a yellow bean cake or the Khmer rice cake. Taste some seasonal fruits grown in and around Phnom Penh, such as dragon fruit, mango, and tiny (but sweet) pineapples. The brave can try the stinky kind of all fruit - the mighty durian! Then continue to the Old market (Phsar Chas) to learn about the spices used in local recipes and hear about traditional remedies.

After, we travel our way to a rooftop bar for cocktails. From here you enjoy beautiful views onto the Mekong River and the Royal Palace.

On our way to dinner we take a photo stop at Independence Monument illuminated by red, blue and white floodlights at night. Then continue for dinner at a local restaurant to sample local delicacies Khmer food, before ending at a dessert stall where fruit shakes, fruits with sweet condensed milk, and baked puddings are offered. We return by tuk tuk to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Flight Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
  • Airport transfers
  • Foodie Safari by Remork (Tuk Tuk)
  • Phnom Penh rooftop bar for drinks
  • Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Tuk tuk restaurant to hotel transfer 


DAY 5
Phnom Penh

Early this morning we will set out to visit the Killing Fields. Just outside Phnom Penh, in a peaceful rural setting, the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek provide a stark reminder of the atrocities under the Pol Pot regime. We will then visit Tuol Sleng Museum (Museum of Genocide) for a sombre experience, learning about a chapter from Cambodia's more recent and tragic past.

After, we take in a tour of this charming capital with a visit to the Royal Palace, built in 1866 by King Norodom. See the different structures of this pagoda-style compound and stroll in its beautiful garden. Visit the Silver Pagoda, so named owing to the 5000 silver tiles lining its floor. Other treasures include a gold Buddha encrusted with 9584 diamonds and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha.  We visit the Champey Academy of Arts (Caa), a local non-profit school focused on training in the traditional Cambodian arts. The school supports students from impoverished and vulnerable conditions and is totally free. Its mission is to promote self-empowerment and preserve traditional Cambodian arts and culture.  Then, continue to the nearby National Museum, exclusively devoted to preserving and exhibiting Khmer art and sculptures. Hundreds of pieces are housed here including both pre-and post Angkorian pieces.

As our day comes towards the end we explore Psah Thmey, a covered market which is distinguished by its central dome (constructed in 1937).  It is filled with shops selling jewellery, fabrics and many kinds of souvenirs.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Visit the Killing Fields
  • Sightseeing in Phnom Penh including the Royal Palace
  • Visit Champey Academy of Arts (non profit school)
  • National Museum
  • Central market visit
  • Lunch at a local restaurant


DAY 6
Departure Day

This morning you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast to reflect on your time in Cambodia before being transferred to the airport at Phnom Penh for your return flight home.

Meals:  Breakfast
 

Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance, we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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ACCOMMODATION

 

Siem Reap

Lotus Blanc Resort

3

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh Katari Hotel

2

Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided. Various room types are used at hotels, booked on a 'run of house' basis.

Lotus Blanc Resort, Siem Reap

Phnom Penh Katari Hotel

LOTUS BLANC RESORT, SIEM REAP
Inspired by the fact Cambodia was colonized by France in the past century, Lotus Blanc is built in an exotic design of luxury French art and décor seamlessly blended with the touch of Cambodian hospitality where you will enjoy a one-of-a-kind and rich experience with the mix of two worlds – an experience that is defined by timeless, holistic, and harmonious.

Lotus Blanc Resort is ideally located in the heart of Siem Reap, only 15 minutes drive from airport or to Angkor Wat, and only 5 minutes drive to Siem Reap downtown such as Pub Street, night markets, restaurants, bars, and other local attractions in Siem Reap Lotus Blanc's rooms are timelessly designed and inspired by French art and décor, the only hotel in Siem Reap that offers luxury, comfort, and elegance. Rooms are not only spacious but also provide a serene environment. They also have a private balcony overlooking a tropical view of coconut trees and swimming pool to give you a relaxing mood while spending your holiday in Siem Reap.

Wi-Fi: Free 

KATARI HOTEL, PHNOM PENH
Situated in the intriguing and prestigious heart of Phnom Penh with a very contemporary and fast-paced economic zone and tourist destination where it is a five minute walk away to the Independent Monument.  The Hotel provides a variety of facilities such as a café, business center, a restaurant and a fitness center with swimming pool. Enjoy a rooftop sky bar with views of the delightful capital city of Cambodia.


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GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Siem Reap, Cambodia       
Depart from: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.
Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS
Complimentary airport transfers are provided for these days and times, when you book your airfare with us as part of your package:

Arrival to Siem Reap
We provide complimentary airport transfers for all flights arriving before 10:30pm on day 1 of the tour, and one day pre tour.

Departure from Phnom Penh
We provide complimentary airport transfers for all flights departing before 12 midnight, on the final day of the tour.
To qualify for complimentary airport transfers you must send us your flight itinerary no later than 21 days prior to the tour departure date.

Transfer service fees applies to other transfers.

 

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience. 

FELLOW TRAVELLERS  
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 16 travellers. This is a ‘Solos Only’ tour. Couples do not join this tour. If you are travelling solo, feel free to ask another solo traveller friend to join you.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
This is a medium paced, small group tour with a maximum of 16 travellers. An average level of fitness at least is required for this tour.

There is a mix of days; between more leisurely days and other days that require longer periods on foot, standing, walking and climbing stairs. This tour is not suitable for anyone not able to stand and walk for long periods and/or unable to climb stairs without assistance. You need an average level of fitness (or above) to be suited to this tour.

Fit to Travel Holiday Requirements
Visit our Fit to Travel page on our website.

Travellers of 70 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor. 

Touring Physical Requirements
Touring is exciting and diverse and the best way to enjoy your travels is to be sure that you meet the minimum physical requirements required for touring.

In many destinations while touring could be walking on uneven surfaces such as cobble stoned streets, need to climb steep staircases, and/or walk up hills to reach attractions. Also, in some cities tourist transport has limited options for coach drop offs and pick ups and this may mean that travellers are required to walk some distance to reach attractions or hotels, even up to 15 minutes.

Some touring may not be suitable for travellers with mobility issues and/or low fitness levels.  If unsure about your suitability for the trip please contact us to seek further advice. 

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips included welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone has the enjoyment of dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

We also like to include some evenings when dining is at your leisure. It’s an opportunity to make your own local discoveries. 

The hotel breakfasts will generally have Asian/Vietnamese breakfast choices along with Western food choices.

For the lunches and dinners included with our tour package these are Vietnamese meals.

Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned, please check with us before you book.

GROUP GUIDE
This tour is escorted by an English speaking Vietnamese National, professional tour guide. Your guide is there to ensure the smooth operation of your tour, liaise with the coach driver, hotel and all other service providers connected with our tour. You will find your guide to be passionate about their history and culture. 

TRANSPORT
Touring is by private vehicle on road, and other transport includes:

  • two domestic flights within Vietnam to reduce travel time
  • an overnight boat cruise on Halong Bay

The cost of the domestic flights in Vietnam (and Cambodia, if joining the optional extension tour) are covered in your tour package price.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS 

Luggage – Domestic Flights
Maximum allowance for checked luggage is 20kg for internal flights in Vietnam, and 1 piece of hand luggage

Checked Luggage – International Flights
For airline luggage restrictions, refer to your ticket terms for your international limits.
If you travel business or premium economy please note that although the airline may have generous luggage allowances you luggage must suit the tour allowances which will be less.

Overnight Cruise
For the overnight Halong Bay Cruise you will be required to pack a small bag for the cruise, and your large luggage will be stored at the Hanoi hotel. 

Coach/Bus Touring:
Maximum checked luggage allowance is a maximum weight of 20kg (40lbs). Hand luggage for flights must not exceed 7kg.

Luggage is limited to one medium size suitcase per person, the sum of its length/width and depth not to exceed 140cm (56") plus an overnight bag (airline bag size) which may be carried on board the vehicle. If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your tour. We suggest you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not available

For the overnight cruise a small overnight bag is required, and main luggage is stored in the Hanoi hotel. 

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET 
You may like to purchase a prepaid sim card to take with you while travelling. Otherwise, ask your phone provider about International Roaming packages/offers for your mobile phone. 
SIM cards or international roaming packages can be good options to keep in touch with friends and family back home.  Be sure the sim card you purchase will cover all the countries you are travelling to. 

Many hotels these days offer WiFi—some for free, others for a modest fee.

WhatsApp
If you don’t already use this service, we recommend downloading this application also. It’s a mobile phone App that offers fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free (data charges may apply – ask your phone provider).

As a general indication, for many of our tours, our guides use WhatsApp to communicate with the group. 

TRAVEL GUIDE QUICK FACTS
Visit our Travel Guide  page on our website for destination information. 

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TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia

'Did a Red Centre solo 7 day tour absolutely fantastic, Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon, Palm Valley you have to see it and experience it. The coach drivers were professional, excellent knowledge and with a great sense of humor.'

David, Eschol Park, Sydne, New South Wales
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