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Unique Experiences: · Discover Cambodia with a twist as you connect from Thailand to Vietnam
· Explore Angkor Wat and Siem Reap over 2 days; designed for you to avoid the crowds
· Experience the contrasts of Phnom Penh from the historical past to the bustling present
Bicycle the rice fields and orchards of Kampot and kickback in the laidback coastal city of Kep
Participants: Small Group Exploration – normally no more than 2-5 travellers. Being few brings you closer to local life and flexibility to go to places less travelled; to go beyond the ordinary.
You can be min. 1 and max. 8 travellers on this tour. You can book 1 person, but we cannot guarantee more participants.

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Trip Length: 11 Day(s) 10 Night(s)
Tour Departure Dates: Sunday,Tuesday and Friday

Travel Season: You can go all year on this trip. The best time to visit is from November to March where the weather is dry and relatively cool, but also the peak travel period when many of the sights are most busy. From Mach to May is extremely hot and dry, while still somewhat busy. From June to October it is the rainy season, but also the time where surroundings are green and the country less crowded.
Type of Transportation: Public bus, car/van with Air-Con and Remok “Tuk Tuk”
Type of Accommodation: Backpack’it accommodation – Clean and cosy dorm rooms with shared bathroom in hostels and standard double/triple rooms with private bathroom in guesthouses.

Physical Rate: 2
/5
Child Policy: Backpack’it: We do not recommend children travelling on Backpack’it level.

This trip can be done in Backpack’it, Comfort and Family versions. If you travel with children we recommend that you go for Comfort or Family options – you can use the selector above or the price overview, to find your preferred option
Included in Price: Meals: 2 x Breakfast/Snacks, 2 x lunch
Accommodation: 9 x nights in Backpack’it accommodation (dorm and standard rooms) and 1 night in overnight bus
Entrance Fee(s): Angkor Wat 1-day pass, Wat Phnom, Toul Sleng Genocide Museum
Transport: Saigon – Kep/Kampot – Phnom Penh – Siem Reap – Bangkok (Thailand). Various city trips and transfers according to itinerary.
Others/Activities: Angkor Wat temple tour, Siem Reap outskirts bicycle tour, discover Phnom Penh city tour and Kampot bicycle tour.

There is no overall guide on the tour. There will be drivers who speak limited English and English-speaking tour guides according to itinerary.

Excluded from Price: · Transfer from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City to the bus station
· Air tickets both domestic and international
· Visa fees for Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia (please check visa rules for your nationality)
· Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
· Personal expenses
· All drinks and meals not stated as included
· Tips (part of the culture in Cambodia)
· Any compulsory and peak season surcharge (normally New Year periods)

All other expenses not stated as included in the above

Map

Locations Visited:
Ho Chi Min City, Kep-Kampot, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap , Bangkok
Start City:
Saigon
End City:
Bangkok

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and check in to your hotel for the night
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and check into your guesthouse.
At 18:00 there will be a meeting at the guesthouse where you get briefed about your tour. Here you will also get your bus tickets for tomorrow.
If you arrive early there are no activities planned. You are free to relax and explore the city.

Accommodation: Saigon Odyssey Hotel in standard room

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Explorations and overnight transport to Ha Tien/Xa Xia Border to Cambodia
The day is free for you to explore Ho Chi Minh City. Perhaps you want to go to the Cu Chi Tunnels or explore the city on the back of a scooter? Just ask us for recommendations, we can easily find the right adventure for you.
In the night time, you will go by local overnight sleeper bus from Ho Chi Minh towards Ha Tien and the Xa Xia border to Cambodia (read our guide below for this journey)*.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Local overnight sleeper bus

Day 3: Ha Tien via Xa Xia to Kep – Cross the border, put down your backpack and discover the laidback and local coastal town
Upon arrival in Ha Tien, you will proceed by car to the Xa Xia border. Expect to cross the border at 07:00, where you clear visa formalities and, once on the other side, look for a man holding a sign with your name on. This is your Cambodian driver, who will take you to your accommodation in Kep (45 minutes).
The rest of the day is free for you to take a rest, or to explore this quaint town littered with abandoned colonial villas and surrounded by pristine jungles and small islands and beaches.
We would recommend dinner tonight at the world famous crab market.

Accommodation: Reaksmey Krong Kep Guesthouse in standard room

Day 4: Kep/Kampot – Morning bicycling in the countryside amongst rice fields and orchards with mountains in the background
Your driver will pick you up from your guesthouse at 7:30 AM to start your bike trip around Kampot; famous for its peppercorns. This sleepy hamlet was once the administration centre for the area during the French era and the town is dotted with buildings from the Colonial past. Your bicycles and your English-speaking community guide will be waiting for you. Your bike ride will take you through rice fields, durian and rambutan orchards against the scenic backdrop of the mysterious ‘Elephant Mountains’. Stop at local villages along the way to meet and speak with the local people. Your guide will help translate and if you are feeling adventurous try out a few words in Khmer!

Return to you hotel or guesthouse in the late afternoon to enjoy the sunset.

Accommodation: Reaksmey Krong Kep Guesthouse in standard room

Day 5: Kep to Phnom Penh – Overland transfer back to the capital of Cambodia, a bustling colourful city
Depart at 8:30 AM on a two and a half hour journey to the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your guesthouse for check-in. The rest of the day and evening is free for you to discover the city, and we will be happy to make some recommendations.

Accommodation: The Penh or Artist Guesthouse, Standard Room

Day 6: Phnom Penh – A fascinating and in-depth journey into the cuisine and modern history of Cambodia
Around 8 am you will meet your guide at your hotel to start this unique tour, where you discover and reveal everything Phnom Penh has to offer.
Visit eh Pshar Kandal morning market and bite into all of its delicacies and mouth-watering street-eats. Go to the old French Quarter, which is home to fine colonial architecture; some buildings gorgeously restored, others beautifully decaying. Move on to the Buddhist temple of Wat Phnom, and understand the foundation on which Phnom Penh is built.

Move through the city and pass Raffles Hotel, the old post building, the disused train station and Cambodia’s largest market, Psah Thmey. You will have the chance to discover the market’s offerings from antique coins, gold and shoes to plastic goods, flowers and food. From city exploration it is now time, to pay respect to the dark history of the Cambodian Genocide. From 1976 to 1979 the Khmer Rouge ruled Cambodia with their own form of ultra-Marxism, resulting in the deaths of millions and destruction of the country that can still be felt today. Toul Sleng Genocidal Museum (S-21), was once a high school and was converted into a detention and torture center during the Khmer Rouge regime. Toul Sleng remains to remind and educate all people about this dark time in Cambodian history.
After a long morning, you will end you trip at your guesthouse, and the rest of the afternoon is free for you to kick back and relax. We can recommend going for a sundowner along the river.

Meals: Breakfast/snacks during your tour
Accommodation: The Penh or Artist Guesthouse, Standard Room

Day 7: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap – Go by public bus overland and have time on your own to explore Phnom Penh
Depart from Phnom Penh at 8:30 AM and start your 6 hours journey to Siem Reap. You will be met by your Go Beyond represented and transferred to your hotel in Kep. Take a dip in the hotel pool, get a massage to decompress after a long day of traveling.

In the evening, explore the Old Market and Pub Street areas for some lively nightlife and dining options.

Accommodation: Dorm bed at White Rabbit Hostel (or similar)

Day 8: Siem Reap – Explore the marvellous temples of Angkor from sunrise to sunset
Depart at 5:30 in the morning for sunrise at the temples of Angkor in Tuk Tuks. Arriving at the mystical Srah Sarong or "King's Bath" at around 6am, just in time to see the sun rise over the water and temples. After sunrise, walk across the road and be first at the fabulous jungle temple of Ta Phrom when it opens. Ta Phrom is particularly amazing in the early morning when all you can hear are the sounds of the jungle, before the crowds arrive.

The Angkor Archaeological Park is visually, architecturally and artistically breath taking and one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia if not the world. Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, the park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. You could spend weeks exploring the ruins, but on this day tour, you will have a chance to see all the highlights.

After Ta Phrom, you will visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom where you can take a quiet optional 1km walk along the wall and through the jungle to a hidden temple to enjoy your packed breakfast (on own arrangement). Then visit the temples of Bayon, Baphoun and Terrace of Elephants and Leper King. Take a break with a local lunch within and cold drinks within the park grounds (on own arrangement). After lunch and an optional siesta, you will visit Angkor Wat. The late afternoon is put aside for a visit to the main temple, Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is one of mankind’s greatest achievements, and the intricate carvings at the temple of Angkor Wat demonstrate the skill of the Khmer builders. It had constructed in the jungle in the early 12th century, then - two centuries later - was mysteriously abandoned by the Khmer civilization. Now Angkor Wat is the main reason tourists come to visit Cambodia.
Finish the day with an unforgettable sunset on the quiet east side of Angkor Wat.

Accommodation: Dorm bed at White Rabbit Hostel (or similar)

Day 9: Siem Reap – Bike through the countryside and experience the local side of Cambodia
Today you will bike through the surrounding countryside to prepare a local Khmer meal to offer to the monks. Buddhist monks live away from their families and are not allowed to have normal jobs. They depend on the faith and charity of the local people. After a bike just outside of Siem Reap we will meet our chef from the village who takes us grocery shopping at a local food market. Maybe the chef will recommend that you to learn to cook the popular dish Amok, a fish soup, or Somlor Korko. After you have finished your Khmer cooking, the chef and his wife show you how to pack the meal and some rice into a banana leaf. A short walk takes us to the pagoda where the monks live so you can hand them the alms. Most likely the monk will give you a blessing and you can ask him everything you like to know regarding Cambodian culture and Buddhism. After you have given alms and eaten lunch in a local Cambodian home, you will bike back to your hotel.

Meals: Lunch
Accommodation: Dorm bed at White Rabbit Hostel (or similar)

Day 10: Siem Reap to Bangkok
You will be picked up from your hotel by the bus company and transfer to the bus station from where you take the bus to Bangkok. Pick up is 07:30-08:00 and the bus departure is 09:00. Today mainly consist of transfer and border crossing. Expected arrival in Bangkok is approx. 17:00.
From Siem Reap it is about 3-4 hours drive to reach the border. You will reach the post control of Cambodian immigration where you stamp out of Cambodia and then cross into Thailand. In Thailand you obtain visa on arrival and you will get 15 days when arriving overland.
Once in Thailand you will continue your drive to Bangkok. The drive is about 4 hours. Expected arrival in Bangkok is around 17:00 (depending on the time spent at the border crossing).
Drop off will be at Mo Chit Northern Bus station. From here you will have to take a taxi to New Road Guest House (Transfer not included and you can find directions here: http://gobeyond.asia/GoNow)
The evening is free to explore on your own.

Meals: Simple Lunch on the bus
Accommodation: Dorm bed at New Road Guest House in Bangkok.

Day 11: Bangkok
Check-out is at 12:00 noon, and this is also where your trip ends.

NOT SURE WHERE TO GO NEXT?
Whether you’re headed North for the mountains, or South for the beach, our Travel Advisors at New Road Guest House are here to inspire, and to help you with your onwards journey. Simply come down to the lobby or send us an email in advance, then we will empty our backpack of knowledge into yours.

* Important information for your Ho Chi Minh City – Ha Tien/Xa Xia border crossing journey:
We will give you a full briefing on the journey on the meeting at 18:00 at day 1.
The journey: Transfer on your own from Saigon Odyssey Hotel to the bus station (Bến xe Miền Tây), a journey of about 13km. You will go by local overnight sleeper bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Ha Tien in the Southern part of Vietnam. Expect the bus to leave at 22:00 and arrive at 05:00. You will proceed from Ha Tien to Xa Xia border by car, a short journey of about 8km. Once you cross the border (expected around 07:00), our local driver in Cambodia will be waiting for you. Look for a sign with your name.
What to expect: Your fellow travellers will be Vietnamese and very limited English are spoken. We will have briefed the bus company in advance about your journey incl. the onwards trip from Ha Tien to Xa Xia. We will give you a travel guide and a Vietnamese-English mini-parlour to bring with you.
What to bring: Besides the before mentioned travel plan and mini-parlour, bring snacks and drinks, and a bit of patience – this is Vietnam. Most nationalities get visa on arrival to Cambodia, but do check up on visa rules in advance for your nationality (we do not take any responsibility).

WHEN TRAVELLING IN SOUTH EAST ASIA…
…Expect:
● … Hazzle at the border crossings
Check up on the visa rules in advance for your nationality (we will not be held responsible) and have the currency amount ready plus 2-3 passport photos
Do NOT exchange money at the borders, you can get much better rates upon arrival in your destination city (and yes, there are ATMs all places)
Expect delays and bring a bit of patience
● … That the above itinerary may change!
The above itinerary is a general overview of the tour based on standard times and accommodation only.
Upon arrival in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand you will meet our representatives who will give you updated information for your tour ahead. This will at all times be the valid and correct information and includes:
- Updated itinerary
- Name of your hotels
- Local contact persons and details
● … To bring a bit of patience. This is Asia!
Things take time and sometimes the bus may be a bit slower than expected or the queue a bit longer to go through. Take it with a smile – it brings better experiences

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