Holiday Specials

Experience Cambodia for only R11 600 with The Cambodian Grand Tour For 10 days / 9 nights Book before June 30 2018

please note prices do NOT include airfares

Day 1: South Africa Departure

Depart OR Tambo International Airport.

Day 2: Arrive in Phnom Penh

Arrive in Phnom Penh. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for check in. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city on foot or by tuk-tuk or cyclo. In the late afternoon, you will enjoy an atmospheric sunset cruise on the Mekong River and watch how Phnom Penh’s popular riverfront comes to life in the early evening. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 3: Phnom Penh

After breakfast at your hotel, you start the day with a short walk to the Royal Palace, dating back to 1866 and the last palace built during the French colonial period. Continue to the nearby National Museum, which was built in traditional Khmer style. More than 5 000 pieces are on display, constituting the repository of the Kingdom's cultural wealth. You end the tour at Wat Phnom, a contemporary hilltop pagoda that stands at the founding place of the city. Spend the rest of the day browsing through the colourful markets of Phnom Penh. Visit the Central Market, an art deco landmark Here you will find clothes, souvenirs, jewellery and food. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 4: Phnom Penh

After breakfast you depart for Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which was used as the main detention and torture centre: named "S-21". Next, you visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek - a startling memorial to those that were murdered by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. Spend the rest of the day browsing the colourful markets of Phnom Penh - particularly the Russian Market, the best place in the city for wood and stone carvings, jewellery, clothes and Cambodian silk souvenirs. A great place for beer lovers is the Hops Craft Beer Garden to sample some local craft brews or visit Bassac Lanes - a delightful collection of small pubs and restaurants where you can sit in one and order from another! Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 5: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading to the airport to catch your flight to Siem Reap (50 minutes). Upon landing you will be transferred to your hotel in the old part of Siem Reap. You will have the rest of the day to acquaint yourself with this beautiful city which was once the capital of the Khmer empire. You can easily walk around Siem Reap or hop on one of the multitude of tuk-tuks. If you like craft beer, the Siem Reap Brewpub is a must and there is always a good time to be had in Pub Street which is full of vibey establishments in which to eat and drink. You could also do a quad bike tour, an evening Vespa food tour or a Khmer cooking class. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 6: Siem Reap

After an early breakfast, you will spend the day with your English speaking guide and driver on a tour to the temples. This will include the magnificent Angkor Wat temple, a symbol of Khmer culture. Other temples you will visit will include Ta Prohm - unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines. It was a setting in the Tomb Raider movie with Angelina Jolie; Bayon (or the "faces" temple) and the exquisite Banteay Srei or "Woman's Temple". In the evening you can visit the night market where there are plenty of bargains to be found, or get your feet cleaned by the small, skin-eating fish! Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 7: Siem Reap

Today you will meet your guide and driver and visit the Kulen Mountains where you will visit Beng Mealea, the oldest capital of the Khmer empire and one of the most mysterious temples at Angkor where nature has well and truly run riot! You will also see the largest reclining Buddha made from a single rock, the thousand lingam on the bed of the river, the most amazing waterfall in Cambodia and get to swim in the river. Thereafter you will go on a fascinating boat trip on the Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonlé Sap is South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season - dry or rainy! You will visit the village of Kampong Kleang and embark on a boat ride through the village where the fisherman and their families live in stilted houses among the petrified mangrove forests and waterways. In the evening, you could attend a performance of ‘Phare, the Cambodian Circus’. Starting at 8pm, the hour-long show mixes traditional and modern theatre: music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion performed in a story about Cambodian lives and society. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 8: Siem Reap – Sihanoukville - Koh Rong Samloem

After breakfast you transfer to the airport for your flight to Sihanoukville (55 minutes). Upon arrival, you will be met by your driver to take you to the Serendipity Pier to catch your ferry to the island of Koh Rong Samloem. This trip will take about 40 minutes. Upon arrival at the island, you will be met by an escort of resort staff. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at the resort or take a walk along the more than two kilometre beach. You can also take a hike out to the lighthouse, visit the waterfall or walk 1,5 kilometres through the jungle to Lazy Beach, on the western side of the island. This beach was voted one of the 21 Best Beaches in the world by National Geographic! Overnight on Koh Rong Samloem.

Days 9 & 10: Koh Rong Samloem

More of the same on the island! Lots of relaxing to be done, have a massage or go scuba diving. You can take a trip with Captain Kem's Caribbean Tour. You will be picked up outside your resort and motor around to the north side of the island. Here you will spend some time snorkelling in beautifully clear water surrounded by loads of fish. Thereafter you will head for the nearby local fishing village - watch the sun set over drinks before enjoying a buffet meal in a local restaurant. On the way home you will stop and be able to jump back into the sea to experience the bioluminescent plankton. Overnight on Koh Rong Samloem.

Day 11: Koh Rong Samloem - Sihanoukville - Phnom Penh

After a leisurely breakfast you will transfer back to the mainland by ferry where you will be met by your transport to take you back to Phnom Penh to meet up with your flight home.

PLEASE NOTE

• This price is based on two adults sharing accommodation (either double or twin accommodation) and includes breakfast daily. • The above itinerary is subject to the availability of accommodation and flights, as mentioned. Equivalent alternatives will be offered, where necessary, if possible. • The itinerary can be changed, if required, either adding or subtracting days, or changing the standard of accommodation. New costs may apply. • Optional activities will be quoted separately. • Air-fares to and from Cambodia are not included as these will vary from airline to airline and be affected by what time of the year you fly and how far in advance you book your flights. • A reasonable (sometimes significant) price saving applies when more than two people travel together. • Visas and travel insurance are not included in these costs. Visas cost between US$30 and US$37. • The Rand/US$ exchange rate fluctuates and this could have an impact on the final pricing.

RUNNER’S WORLD KHMER EMPIRE MARATHON

AUGUST 5TH 2018

CAMBODIA AND BEYOND

From Cambodia’s Bustling Capital to Her Ancient Temples

7DAYS/6NIGHTS

prices include airfares

Day Destination Activity Difficulty Transfer Meals Hotels
1 Departure from SA Flying
2 Arrival Phnom Penh Check-in, leisure, sunset party boat cruise Easy 30mins -/-/D Frangipani Royal Palace
3 Phnom Penh City Tour Easy 45 mins each way B/L/D Frangipani Royal Palace
4 Siem Reap Shopping; Skun spiders; Sambor Prei Kuk;  Kampong Kdei bridge – ; Phare Circus Easy 2 hours B/L/D Steung Siem Reap
5 Siem Reap Tonle Sap; Roluos; Pasta Dinner Easy 30 min each way B/L/D Steung Siem Reap
6 Siem Reap MARATHON and leisure How fit are you?! 20 min B/-/- Steung Siem Reap
7 Siem Reap Angkor Temples tour; Apsara show Easy 20 min B/L/D Steung Siem Reap
8 Departure Leisure and flying 20 min B/-/-

 

Day 1:  July 31, 2018               South Africa Departure                    (-/-/-)

 

Depart from OR Tambo International Airport on Cathay Pacific flight CX748 @ 12h25. People travelling from outside of Johannesburg will need to get themselves to OR Tambo in time to check in with this flight.

There is a 1 hour 45 minute layover at Hong Kong airport.

Day 2:  August 1st, 2018         Phnom Penh Arrival                                      (-/-/D)

 

Upon 10h40 arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, pass through customs and get your luggage.  Outside, you will be welcomed by your local English speaking guide who will accompany you to your hotel for check in and free time until dinner.

 

You can grab a tuk-tuk and head to the Russian market where there bargains galore and wonderful handicrafts to be found.

 

Legend has it that Phnom Penh was founded by Lady Penh, who was gathering firewood along the banks of the river, spied a floating koki tree and fished it from the water. Inside the tree she found four Buddha statues and one of Vishnu.  The discovery was taken as a divine blessing, and to some a sign that the Khmer capital was to be brought to Phnom Penh from Angkor.  Lady Penh proceeded to build a small mountain to enshrine the statues that still exist today on top of Wat Phnom, one of the attractions we’ll be seeing tomorrow.

The capital of Cambodia from 1432 to 1505 and then abandoned for 350 years until 1866, the city is noted for its beautiful and historical architecture and attractions.  Phnom Penh was once considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient, and despite its recent turbulent history, it still retains a colonial charm. Cambodia’s capital is a bustling city, majestically located at the confluence of the mighty rivers of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap. Wide tree-lined boulevards and many colonial-era buildings reflect the glorious days and add to the allure of the city, where Asian and Western traditions meet in a fascinating way.

 

At about 4PM, meet your guide and then board a private boat for a late afternoon sunset river cruise along the Phnom Penh riverfront.  Afterwards, take a nice stroll for dinner at the famous FCC, or Foreign Correspondents Club, set right on the river near your hotel.

 

Overnight in Phnom Penh

 

 

Day 3: August 2nd, 2018                  Phnom Penh City Tour                                                  (B/L/D)

 

Today is a big day.  After breakfast meet your English-speaking local guide, tour the city today to discover its ancient and recent past.

 

Take a look into the country’s tragic recent history with a tour of Tuol Sleng Prison (S-21) and the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek, sobering reminders of the evils of the Khmer Rouge regime. Although not a joyful tour, visiting these monuments unlocks keys to understanding the past and present of this developing country.

After a tasty lunch continue the tour of the remarkable sights of Phnom Penh in a Cyclo – an original Phnom Penh means of transportation and a fun way to explore this lively city.  First, head to the Royal Palace. This palace dates back to 1866 and houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.

 

Your next stop is the National Museum, built in traditional Khmer style. It houses the world’s foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Over 5,000 pieces are on display, constituting the repository of the Kingdom’s cultural wealth. In addition, the roof space is home to a large bat colony!

 

End today’s journey at the famous Wat Phnom, founded by Lady Penh, whom the capital city is named after.

 

Tonight, you will be treated to a delicious Khmer dinner at Malis, Phnom Penh’s leader in exquisite Khmer fine dining and a delicious way to finish your day.  Malis was born out of desire and passion to restore Cambodian cuisine to its former glory and put Cambodia back on the map as a culinary destination.  Renowned for its seasonal produce, delicate flavours, and generous hospitality, Master Chef Luu Meng and his team decided to revive Cambodian cuisine from the past, adapt it to the present, and preserve it for the future.

 

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

 

Day 4: August 3rd Phnom Penh to Skun to Sambor Prei Kuk to Siem Reap              (B/L/D)

 

Today is another big day.  After breakfast, we take a short drive to the famous Central Market to do some shopping.  Afterwards, we transfer about 1.5 hours to the town of Skun to enjoy their local delicacy of spiders, a must do for any traveller to the region.  Don’t worry, you don’t have to eat them but you can watch as your more adventurous companions give it a try.

 

We then continue about 1.5 hours to the pre-Angkorian temples of Sambor Prei Kuk which had its heyday from 600-900 AD as a part of the pre-Angkorian Chenla Kingdom.  Established by King Isanavarman I as the central royal sanctuary and capital, known then as Isanapura, Sambor Prei Kuk is a wonderful example of architecture and religious history.

 

Spend some time trekking around and learning from the guides about this fascinating ancient temple complex which was just officially recognized in 2017 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Afterwards we transfer about 1.5 hours to Kampong Kdei and pay a quick visit to the finest example of an Angkorian bridge that is over 800 years old.  Afterwards, it’s a short 1 hour journey to Siem Reap.

 

Tonight we’ll have dinner at Phare Café before the entertaining show at Phare Punleu Selpak with the best Class A seating. Known around town as the Cambodian circus, it is anything but. A nonprofit school for the arts, Phare is a demonstration of the graduate students’ acrobatic ability, and it has more in common with Cirque du Soleil with exceptionally talented players acting out anything from Cambodian folklore to the very real history of the Khmer Rouge. It’s a must see for anyone in Siem Reap.

 

Day 5: August 4th, 2018     Kampong Thom to Siem Reap                          (B/L/D)

 

Today is the day before the BIG RACE.  It will be a relaxing and very special day.  Take a trip to Cambodia’s most unique natural feature:  The Tonle Sap, Asia’s largest freshwater lake.

  • Before going, we will quickly stop at the Angkor ticket office and get your passes for the next few days.
  • We will also get your Race registration and running number
  • Pre-race souvenir packs (Bib tag, singlet, etc.)
  • Full Marathon, Half Marathon and 10 Km Road Race participants will use the timing Bib tag.

The tour today passes through the many small villages that skirt the city of Siem Reap. Enjoy the pleasant atmosphere and the sound of the breeze in the trees. Out here, the children are often eager to practice a little bit of their English.

 

Stop at a local market for a walk-through on the way to Kampong Phluk, just one of many floating villages in the area. Here, the people have learned to adapt to the amazing rise and fall of Tonle Sap (up to 9 meters throughout the year in some areas!)  Stop at a local home and enjoy a packed lunch before returning back to where we started.

 

Transfer from the boat docks now to Roluos Group, a series of Pre-Angkor temples about fifteen kilometers east of Siem Reap. These temples display clear differences from the Angkor Complex in their construction and build. But there are many similarities as well that can be recognized in the younger temples at Angkor.

 

In dry season, when the water is too low to traverse by boat, we will instead visit Kampong Kleang or another floating village that is accessible year-round.

 

Afterwards, relax on your own at the hotel until an early dinner where we’ll have a great “carb-filled” meal prior to your big race tomorrow.

 

Be sure and get to bed early and get wake up calls from the hotel.

 

Overnight in Siem Reap.

 

Day 6 – August 5th, 2018     ANGKOR KHMER EMPIRE MARATHON   (B/-/-)

 

GOOD LUCK!  MAKE SOUTH AFRICA PROUD!

 

RACE DAY:  Must be at starting line 30 minutes before race.

Race times:

42km Full Marathon:      4:30am start;

21km Half-Marathon:     5:30am start;

10km:                                    5:40am start;

3km Family fun race:      5:50am start.

  • Everyone gets a bib, a T-shirt and a commemorative finisher’s medal
  • Trophies and medals for top three overall.

Rest of day at leisure.  We imagine there will be big parties and fun this evening on Pub Street.  Enjoy!!!

 

Overnight in Siem Reap.

 

Day 7: August 6th, 2018:  Angkor and her glory                         (B/L/D)

 

Today is fantastic!  Set out to explore Angkor Park by traditional tuk-tuk this morning, to see the magnificent temples of Angkor.

 

Arrive for a visit to Ta Prohm temple (a setting of one of the Tomb Raider films), built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries in dedication to Jayavarman VII’s mother. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle, trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples.

 

From Ta Prohm, visit Ta Nei (Grandfather Nei) and Preah Khan (dedicated to Jayavarman VII’s father) before heading to Angkor Thom. This was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. An eight meter high wall draws a perfect square around the city ruin. Enter through the ancient East Gate. On each side of the entrance path a row of fifty-four gods and demons hold the sacred Naga snake of Hindu lore.

 

From the walls of Angkor Thom, head inward for Bayon Temple in the exact centre of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its fifty-four towers with enigmatic faces representing the fifty-four provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs.

 

Southward now, through Angkor Thom to the famous Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple of god Vishnu gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple toward the end of the 12th century.  Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labour. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia’s national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people.

 

Tonight enjoy the amazing Apsara Dance Performance and farewell dinner at Raffles Grand Hotel.

 

Overnight in Siem Reap.

 

Day 8: August 7th, 2018 : Siem Reap Departure                                                  (B/-/-)

 

 

Enjoy time at leisure this morning before going to the airport for your connecting flight to Phnom Penh to catch onward flight home. You will arrive on Cathay Pacific flight CX 749 @06h35 on Wednesday August 8th.

 

What an incredible journey it has been.

 

An itinerary may at times be altered by our guides due to local conditions, the skill of participants and other unexpected circumstances. Our priority is always the experience and safety of our clients.”

 

RATES AND CONDITIONS

ACCOMMODATION

CITY HOTEL NAME HOTEL CATEGORY ROOM CATEGORY
Phnom Penh Frangipani Royal Palace 3.5 star Deluxe
Siem Reap Stueng Siem Reap 3 star Deluxe

 

What is included:

  • Entrance fees for marathon
  • Luggage transfer
  • Plenty of water per person per trekking day
  • Snacks and local fruit
  • Cold towels
  • 1 Exo Adventure Certified, English speaking guide at 10pax; 1 assistant guide for 11-20 pax, 2 assistant guides for 21-30 pax; 3 assistant guides from 31-40 pax. 1 first aid kit per guide
  • Vehicles: (varies based on local conditions and vehicle sizes available)
  • Sightseeing tickets and zone entrance fees where mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Guides eat lunches and dinners with clients
  • Accommodation as listed above.
  • Flights and reconfirmation

 

Our services don’t include:

  • Visa or Visa arrangements (US$37)
  • Soft drinks or other beverages beyond water
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks at mealtimes
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Tips
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenditure (laundry, telephone etc.)
  • Credit card/bank transfer fees
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion
  • Additional language speaking guides

SEVEN DAY ISLAND DELIGHT at SOL BEACH RESORT

please note prices do NOT include airfares

Day 1

Fly into Cambodia and then transfer from Phnom Penh airport to the coastal town of Sihanoukville. This can either be done by road (4-5 hours) or by internal flight. From there travellers would catch a ferry to the island of Koh Rong Samloem (thirty to forty minutes) where they would be met by staff from Sol Beach Resort.

Days 2-7  On the island!

Spend your time walking on the more than 2km beach or take a short hike (1,5 km through the jungle to Lazy beach – voted one of the top 21 beaches in the world by National Geographic. Walk to the waterfall or just laze around catching a tan, enjoying a massage or eating wonderful Khmer food.

Take a trip with Captain Kem’s Caribbean Tour: you will be picked up in the sea outside your resort and then sail around to the north side of the island. Here you will spend some time snorkelling in beautifully clear water surrounded by loads of fish.

Thereafter you will head for the nearby local fishing village – watch the sun set over drinks and then have a buffet meal in a local restaurant. On the way home you will stop and be able to jump back into the sea to experience the bioluminescent plankton.

Professional snorkelling and diving trips can also be arranged as can visits to the neighbouring island of Koh Rong.

Day 8

Catch the ferry back to the mainland and then transfer back to Phnom Penh for your flight home.

CONDITIONS

This special is valid for the following months: May, July, September, October 2018. The price of this holiday would be R7 800 per person sharing including bed and breakfast, road transfers from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville and back and return ferry tickets from the mainland to the island. It EXCLUDES flights to and from Cambodia. Expect to pay about R10-13 000 per person depending on when you fly and where you fly through.

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