The Great Lake Circuit

10 Days from US$2,025 per person

PRIVATE TOUR - NOT A JOIN-IN TOUR



The Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. It is fed by the Tonle Sap River which is unique in that its direction of flow changes at different times of the year. This tour takes you on a circuit of the lake, beginning in Siem Reap, where we will show you the highlights of the Angkor temples ABOUTAsia style - without the crowds. We continue to Battambang with its crumbling colonial architecture and fun Bamboo Train and end in Cambodia's bustling capital, Phnom Penh. From Angkor Wat to emerald rice fields, jungle-clad Beng Mealea temple to busy markets this tour offers an in-depth look at life around the Tonle Sap.

ITINERARY DETAILS

day 1Arrive in Siem Reap where you will be met by your expert ABOUTAsia guide and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy your first taste of Angkor with a visit to Banteay Kdei temple followed by sunset drinks on the moat of Angkor Thom, a world away from the tourist crowds.

day 2A single, magical day at the temples following our well researched crowd avoidance itinerary, including Ta Prohm of ‘Tomb Raider’ fame, Angkor Thom: Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King, Preah Palilay, Phimeanakas, Baphuon, and the Bayon with its captivating stone faces. During your tour enjoy a wonderful tuk tuk breakfast in the secluded forest temple of Ta Nei. (B)

day 3Take a private boat onto the Tonle Sap lake, the richest freshwater fishing ground in the world, to visit one of the authentic stilted villages (either Kompong Kleang or Kompong Phluk depending on water levels). A picnic lunch is included. In the afternoon head into the countryside to jungle-clad Beng Mealea temple which, in a much collapsed state, retains a very atmospheric feel. (B, L)

day 4Motor through the darkness of pre-dawn to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat as we guide you to the best photo vantage points. Explore the temple in the hours immediately after sunrise when the temple is at its quietest. This afternoon take a journey of discovery by boat, ox-cart and on foot to visit villages little changed since the days of Jayavarman VII. End the day with a cocktail at ABOUTAsia’s country villa overlooking the paddy fields with the option of adding on dinner. (B)

day 5Cruise by boat across the great Tonle Sap and up the Sangker River to Battambang, the centre of agriculture in Cambodia's fertile southwest. There is an opportunity to stop at several places along the way as we pass floating and stilted villages, including the Prek Toal bird sanctuary and island wats. (B)

day 6In the morning explore some of the local markets and the French Colonial architecture around Battambang town, before a ride on the famous bamboo train. This afternoon visit Wat Ek Phnom with its 30m tall white Buddha and see how fish paste and rice paper are made. (B)

day 7Explore the villages, markets and rural scenery along National Road No 5 by private car on your journey to Phnom Penh. Your driver will stop at your request at some of the villages and towns producing traditional and modern Khmer crafts, including the famous marble work of Pursat, and the ceramics of Kompong Chhnang. (B)

day 8Weaving through Phnom Penh’s colourful streets, explore some of our favourite hidden gems by traditional transportation method: the cyclo. In the afternoon take in the shimmering spires of the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. (B)

day 9This morning we endeavour to provide some insights into Cambodia´s recent tragic history under the Khmer Rouge with visits to the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng (S-21) Prison. Later visit Wat Phnom to learn how the city got its name and stroll aound the boutiques of street 240. (B)

day 10Private transfer to Phnom Penh Airport for your departure flight. Depending on your flight schedule it may be possible to visit the city’s markets. (B)







TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Angkor Wat sunrise
  • Ta Prohm and the faces of the Bayon
  • Kulen Mountain & Beng Mealea
  • Battambang's Bamboo Train
  • A cyclo ride through Phnom Penh´s streets
  • Khmer Rouge sites in Phnom Penh

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

HOTELS

Siem Reap: Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor - 5 Star

Battambang: La Villa - Boutique

Phnom Penh: Raffles Le Royal - 5 Star



High Season: $3,072 per person
01 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017

Low Season: $2,797 per person
01 Apr 2017 - 30 Sep 2017


Please Note:

  • From 1 February 2017 the cost of Angkor admission tickets will rise by up to US$22 per guest
  • Prices are in US dollars and are based on 2 people sharing a room
  • Peak Season surcharges may apply

HOTELS

Siem Reap: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa - 5 Star

Battambang: Bambu Hotel - 4 Star

Phnom Penh: White Mansion - Boutique



High Season: $2,195 per person
01 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017

Low Season: $2,135 per person
01 Apr 2017 - 30 Sep 2017


Please Note:

  • From 1 February 2017 the cost of Angkor admission tickets will rise by up to US$22 per guest
  • Prices are in US dollars and are based on 2 people sharing a room
  • Peak Season surcharges may apply

HOTELS

Siem Reap: Shinta Mani Resort - 4 Star

Battambang: The Sanctuary - 3 Star

Phnom Penh: Villa Langka - Boutique



High Season: $2,085 per person
01 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017

Low Season: $2,025 per person
01 Apr 2017 - 30 Sep 2017


Please Note:

  • From 1 February 2017 the cost of Angkor admission tickets will rise by up to US$22 per guest
  • Prices are in US dollars and are based on 2 people sharing a room
  • Peak Season surcharges may apply
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