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Eco Cambodia Adventure - 10 days / 9 nights

AC02: Eco Cambodia Adventure - 10 days / 9 nights

10 days
Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

Combining historical temple visit, cultural immersion and daily life of local people, this tour will offer you a chance to discover Cambodia deeply. Experience the country's natural beauty from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap will be a nice memory that you bring for your life.

Eco Cambodia Adventure tour in brief: AC02

Day 1: Phnom Penh arrival
Day 2: Phnom Penh - Ban Lung
Day 3: Ban Lung
Day 4: Ban Lung Tour
Day 5: Ban Lung - Stung Treng
Day 6: Stung Treng - Phteah Pkoh Village
Day 7: Phteah Pkoh Village
Day 8: Phteah Pkoh Village - Siem Reap
Day 9: Siem Reap
Day 10: Siem Reap - Departure


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    (Jan 1 - Apr 30 & Oct 1 - Dec 31)

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Day 01

Phnom Penh Arrival (G)

Pick up and transfer to hotel for check in. you will be welcome by our tour guide and receive some general information of Cambodia.

Today we will visit the main attractions of the beautiful capitol of Cambodia like The Royal Palace, The Silver Pagoda, Tuol Sleng Museum, Choeng Ek (Killing Fields), The National Museum and of course Wat Phnom, the symbol of this city. In the evening you have the opportunity to take a drink at one of the many terraces on the boulevard over viewing the Tonle Sap River. 

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

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Day 02

Phnom Penh – Ban Lung (B/L/D) (G)

To reach Banlung by land we may take almost whole day to travel by bus. But this is the only way to travel by at the moment as we don’t have flight. Banlung is the most beautiful part of Cambodia, Banlung - Ratanakiri. In this part province are living mostly minority tribes. About 80% Of the people who are living here are not Khmer-Cambodian but Lao, Tampuan, Jorai, Chinese, Vietnamese or Kreung. In Ratanakiri we will be joined by a local guide who will show us the most beautiful places of Ratanakiri. By car and by foot we will explore the beautiful untouched nature. In the afternoon we will take a look at the Cha Ung waterfall and at the end of the day you can take a refreshing dive in the crystal clear water of the Yaklom Volcano Lake. We will spend the night in wooden cottages in the middle of the forest.

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Day 03

Ban Lung (B/L/D) (G)

Together with a local guide we will visit today several small villages and hill tribes. By 4-wheel drive and seated on an elephant we will explore the beautiful untouched nature. Crossing the jungle we will definitely meet some nomadic tribes. There are more then 20 of these nomadic tribes, by Cambodian people known as: Khmer Loeu, or highlanders, each with there own language and culture. Besides these tribes we will also visit some spectacular waterfalls.

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Day 04

Ban Lung Tour (B/L/D) (G)

Ever saw cashew or rubber trees? No? Well, today you are going to. Today we will visit a cashew and rubber field and a small village where the people are making a living out of gem mining. Everywhere around you, you can see holes with a dept of approximately 15 meters. Maybe it is your lucky day and you are able to find a few gem stones. The Sean Lae (7-steps) Waterfall, which we will visit next, has only been discovered recently and is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Cambodia.

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Day 05

Ban Lung – Stung Treng (B/L/D) (G)

Before we will leave to Stung Treng we will first visit a local market. At this colorful market you can find al your required souvenirs of Ratanakiri. In the afternoon we will arrive in Stung Treng. After checking in at the hotel you will have enough free time to explore this lovely village, situated at the Sekong River. Located only 40 kilometers from Laos and hardly visited by tourists, this city still has its own authentic atmosphere.

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Day 06

Stung Treng – Phteah Pkoh Village (B/L/D) (G)

After breakfast we will depart to Kampong Cham either by boat or bus. Hopefully there will be enough water for a boat trip because traveling on the Mekong River is a great experience. At arrival in Kampong Cham we will continue the tour by minibus with a visit to Wat Nokor.

This temple was built in the 13th century with stones out of sand and still remains in a good condition. At Phnom Proh you have the opportunity to feed some monkeys. Late in the afternoon we will head to Phteah Kpoh, a small village surrounded by rice fields where tourists are a rarity.

Dinner and overnight stay will be at a local family.

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Day 07

Phteah Pkoh Village (B/L/D) (G)

The local village people are not used to foreigners riding around on an oxcart. They will be very surprised and greet you with a big smile and wave you goodbye. Riding around through rice fields and some small villages we will also visit a local school. As the children are very poor they will certainly appreciate small gifts like a pencil or any kind of school supplies. After saying goodbye to local villagers we will go to Tek Chaa. At the lake we will have lunch in small bamboo cottages. It is even possible to take a ride on one of the, probably only two in Cambodia, water bikes. An adventures ride on a motorbike through banana fields will bring us to the cold water springs. Consider yourself lucky because this beautiful area is not mentioned in any guidebook at all. In this oases look a like surrounding you can enjoy the crystal clear water and the experience of walking around through the jungle. On route to Phnom Penh we will take a break at Skun. This village is famous because of their specialty: spiders! Fried or cooked with some salt or herbs it is the favorite snack of the local people. Especially the legs are supposed to taste very good.

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Day 08

Phteah Pkoh Village – Siem Reap (B/L) (G)

Today we are leaving out of the area of adventure for an amazing heritage of Cambodia in Siem Reap province. On the first day arrival in Siem Reap town, you will have your own leisure time. You can manage your own trip by rent a bike and make your own tour for a small city tour or visit local markets. But of course if you are in the mood for a relaxed day at the swimming pool, well, the choice is yours.

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Day 09

Siem Reap (B/L) (G)

One of the highlights of this tour is of course a visit to Angkor, the largest temple complex in the world. With the temples of Angkor, Cambodia has something to offer that none of its neighbours can rival. To visit all temples will take us a week. Unfortunately we don't have that much time so we will visit with an experienced guide only the major and most impressive temples like Angkor Thom, Baphoun, Bayon, Elephant Terrace and of course the most famous one, Angkor Wat. You will be surprised by the unmatched architecture of these temples. This temple complex was discovered by the Frenchman Henri Mouhout in 1860 and was totally overwhelmed by the impressive jungle. Most temples are still in the same condition as when they were discovered in 1860. You can still feel the mysterious atmosphere as you probably witnessed in the movie Tombraider, which was partly filmed at this location. We will make this Angkor tour not with luxury touring cars but in Cambodian style, by TukTuk.

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Day 10

Siem Reap – Departure (B) (G)

Breakfast at the hotel. Free leisure until we transfer you to the Airport for departure. Indochinavalue thanks you so much for traveling with us. We hope you had a beautiful Cambodia holiday. All the best, goodbye and see you again! END OF SERVICE

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Inclusion:

•   All transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
•   Accommodation in twin/double sharing (triple room, extra bed, interconnecting room... are on request)
•   Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
•   English speaking guide (French, Spanish, Russian, Italian Speaking tour guides are available and on request)
•   Entrance fees to indicated sights and activities as stated
•   Train tickets
•   Boat trips (if mentioned)
•   Bottled mineral water during touring days

Exclusion:

•   Domestic and International FLIGHTS
•   Tips
•   Drinks
•   Other meals
•   Insurance
•   Personal expenses
•   Expenses for any optional tours or activities during free time

Tour guide

Tour guides who wor with usk are well-paid, experienced with a university background, eager to exchange our cultures and lifestyles ... with travelers, and have a great passion for their country and understand the personal touch. In some parts such as Sapa, we may use local tour guides who come from the ethnic hilltribes like H'Mong or Red Dao as they know about their land much better than anyone else and this is also the way that Indochinavalue helps the local people a better life.

Vietnam tour guide

Tour guide is one of the most inportant factors to a successful holiday. Indochinavalue understands that a good tour guide needs not only good knowledge on history, culture, good English, French... but also needs to have general requirements and follow our guidelines as below:

1 - Licensed at least for 4 years with work experience.

2 - Guiding does require more than just hanging out in the sun. Guides must be friendly and good with people, organized enough to keep groups or people on schedule, quick on their feet and ready for the inevitable snafus that arises.

3 - Must be an honest broker of their services and able to take criticism.

4 - Should be qualified at some level in health, health care or first aid.

5 - Able to relate to people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.

6 - Clear speech and good hearing.

7 - Must not be a alcoholic or No-alcohol during working time or anytime when on tour.

8 - Tour guide is a nurse to take care of visitors, a boss to keep the right itinerary, a teacher to give information, an ambassador to introduce our country, an entertainer because Indochinavalue's clients want to be entertained in extend, a friend...

9 - Must be on time every time. Being late or delay is unacceptable.

10 - Check flight tickets, train tickets, meals, weather... to make sure things are in order and inform local office if any changes that might effect the tour.

11 - Solve problems with care when there is dissatisfy. Argument should be averted by courtesy.

Transport

Kind of vehicle (offered on tour) depends on the size of your group size or your requirements.To ensure your comfort, all cars feature air conditioning and enough room inside. Drivers are local, with years of experience, taking you to your destination quickly and safely.

1 - Our drivers are professional and reliable with at least 5 years of experience, driving safely.

2 - Our drivers are not allowed to hear cell-phone or smoke, chat, drink when driving.

3 - Our drivers must be friendly, helpful with good behavior and attitude.

4 - Our drivers are not allowed to take you to shops unless you ask for.

Vietnam hotel

2 Stars from: US$35 -> US$40

The 2 star hotels are good for budget travelers and sometimes, we have no choice but stay in a guesthouse, mini hotel, 2 star hotel in the remote and mountainous areas. Basically, 2 star hotels will offer good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms

3 Stars from: US$40 -> US$80

The 3 star hotels are good for many travelers because they offer basic needs for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with Free access high speed Internet, Welcome baskets and drinking water, Telephone with international dialing, Electronic safe box in room, Hairdryer, Coffee and Tea, Wake-up service, AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center, spa and swimming pool can be expected.

4 Stars from: US$80 -> US$130

Offering a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining andentertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5 Stars from: US$130 -> US$200 –> US$ 300

Offering an extensive range of facilities for an excellent experience. Multiple restaurants on siteand a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

The restaurants we will take you for lunch or dinner are all designated tourist restaurants approved by local tourist administration bureau. They have very good sanitary conditions and the food is prepared fresh and clean.

Note: If you have any special dietary needs, just let your travel consultant know when booking.

Breakfast:

Breakfast is included at all hotels and is buffet breakfast with Asian and Western food.

Lunch:

Lunches (if included) are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants are carefully selected and highly recommended.

Vietnam restaurant

Dinner:

Dinners are only included if you stay overnight in a homestay with a local family, on cruise inHalong Bay, Mekong Delta or at some special occasions such as welcome dinner, farewell dinner or on requested. So dinners are at your own choice and arrangement, but our tour guides will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If allergic to some food

We suggest you to list any food or ingredients that you are allergic to and let our travel consultant know. Then your travel consultant will mark them in the guide’s itinerary, so that our guides in different cities can make some preparations and arrangements in advance.

Do our guide and driver join the meal with us?

The tour guides and driver will be at the same restaurants with you, but they will only join themeal when you invite. Sometimes the drivers are shy to join as they usually eat fast and could not understand English talk around the table, so the guide will be with you more often.

Street food tour:

Street foods in Vietnam are very delicious and should you want to taste the specialities of each Vietnam holiday destination, we can arrange a street food tour for you. Please contact us at info@indochinavalue.com for a detailed tour itinerary and quotation.

How to request a tour package?

To request for a free tour itinerary and quotation, you can just fill out the tour inquiry form at www.indochinavalue.com or send us an email at info@indochinavalue.com then give us as much information as possible. One of our experienced travel consultants will get back to you shortly. All changes will be made (free of charge) until the your tour package meets your needs and personal interests.

How to book a tour package?

As soon as you agree on our proposal, please send us your full name, international flightinformation (if you have) and your special requirements. We will make reservations and arrange everything then confirm back to you when all done.

Payment

- Deposit is a "must". We request 30% of the tour cost. You can pay by wire transfer, creditcards, western union, onepay (online)

- Balance can be made before your arrival or on arrival in cash or by credit cards.

Changes

Changes are possible at the last minutes. However, if changes caused extra costs, you willhave to pay for. (For examples, hotels, flights, cruises...)

Cancellation

In case of cancellation, we will not apply any charge if we are not charged by the third partiessuch as hotels, cruises, flights, trains...We will recalculate the costs and resend you the money as soon as possible.

Tipping

Thanks you Tipping is not mandatory but it is expected inThanks youTipping is not mandatory but it is expected in many circumstances for service. You can tip your driver/tour guide more or less or nothing. All depends on the services you receive.

Suggested tips:

- US$10 – US$ 15 per day for tour guide

- US$7 – US$ 10 per day for driver

- US$1 – US$ 3 per meal for waiter or waitress

- US$2 – US$ 5 for short boat trips/ cyclo/ tuktuk (1 – 2) hours

Note: Please check with your travel consultant before coming and your tour guide if you are to tip someone on tour.

What you get when booking a private tour with Indochinavalue?

1. Private guide, driver and vehicle are for your exclusive use; no matter you are individually,or in a family or friends group. The tour is run exclusively for you without strangers.

2. Every itinerary can be customized to meet your specific interests/ wishes, that is, you can choose your favored hotels, sightseeing spots, the tour length, means of transportation, budget, etc. All are free of charge.

3. Start the tour on any date you want.

4. Escort you from start to finish. All private transfers during the tour are offered, including airport/ train station transfer, hotel-attractions round trip transfer.

5. The sightseeing during the tour could be based on your own timetable and pace. Flexible to change at your short notice.

6. Considerate care and assistance, such as the old, the disabled or families with small kids and children.

7. You can save time and money when traveling with us or your wants meet you budget.

How do I get a visa?

Vietnam Visa On Arrival is available for help. It is legitimated and supported by the VietnameseImmigration Department. We recommend that you choose visa upon arrival, as picking up visa at the Vietnam int'l airport/ border is quite simple, easy, no additional charges and no fail.

Please provide the following information for us to apply for your visa:

apply vietnam visa1) Full name on passport

2) Passport number

3) Date of birth

4) Nationality

5) Date of arrival

6) Date of issue

7) Date of expire

8) Please make sure that your passport is still valid for 6 months.

Can I use credit cards in Vietnam?

Major credit cards such as Master Card, Visa, Diner's Card, American Express and JCB can beused to purchase goods in large shopping malls and stores in the big and medium cities, to pay for hotel rooms and for meals in some of the fancier restaurants, and to buy plane tickets with them.

Note:

- You can use US dollar, Euro in all big cities or at major tourist sites, airports.

- If you are to travel to those small cities or even remote rural areas, only cash in Dong can be used.

Do I need to bring my medical record with me?

Yes, we suggest you take your medical record with you in case that you need it in the event ofan emergency, and please also take with you your doctor's name, address and phone number, emergency contact name and phone number, and your insurance company's name, address and phone number.

Note: You can buy medicines everywhere in Vietnam so do not need to bring medicines from home.Money exchange in Vietnam

When I finish my tour in Vietnam, if I still have some local money, what can I do?

Upon leaving Vietnam, if you still have some local money, you can change them back to foreign currency with your passport and the exchange memos given by the banks or money exchange counters. So please keep those exchange memos well whenever you change money.

What should we bring along on our trip to Vietnam?

It is best to travel light in Vietnam. Onemedium sized bag and a day pack will provide more than enough room to carry everything you'll need, and enough space for the things you'll buy in Vietnam.

There are lots of consumer goods in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, so do not worry about running out of something. If you do forget something you can easily find it here. Before you leave home complete the following checklist:

- Lightweight and quick dry clothing is most appropriate for the summer months, and warmer  clothing for the winter months. As well, sun hat, swim suit, ultra lightweight rain jacket.

- Travel Documents: Passport, Visa, Travel Insurance, Air Tickets (you should scan them and email them to yourself in case you loose them).

- Health requirements, medications, and travel insurance arranged.

- Flashlight, alarm clock, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, small personal first aid kit, personal toiletries.

- Money: US dollars or travelers cheques and/ or credit card(s).

- Raincoat or umbrella, good hiking shoes are needed for all Footprint trekking trips.

- Camera with charger, extra batteries, and memory cards.

Are there any restrictions on the type of luggage that we bring? Domestic airlines have their weight restrictions. On most domestic and low-cost airlines You may only have one suitcase or backpack, with a maximum weight of 20kg, and one piece of hand luggage, with a maximum weight of (5 – 7)kg. An extra charge for overweight is applied.

There is no actual limit on our trips, but we would suggest you travel light with one suitcase or backpack and one small daypack or small bag which you can access during the day and carry items like your camera, drinking water, toilet paper, hat, sunscreen, etc.

It is essential that you have a lock for each piece of luggage. Without one, railway and airline staff and some hotels may refuse to handle it.

What is the best type of clothing we should bring?

Here is a short checklist of best type of clothing you should bring:

- Shorts and comfortable pants;

- Shirts, t-shirts and maybe some long sleeves shirts (for regions with mosquitos like the Mekong delta);

- Swim suits (for the beaches and Halong Bay);

- Good sandles as well as good shoes if trekking.

Nevertheless, it will really depend on where you travel to, when you plan on travelling, and what you plan on doing. Please note that the weather can be very cold during the winter in the Northern Vietnam (Nov to Mar) and quite cool in the central highlands (Dalat). You will need to bring a good jacket along for this time of the year, the avarage temperature is about 15 oC, but can get as cold as 3 oC.

Tip: Do not worry if you do not pack enough clothes or forget something because you can buy in Vietnam.

Shopping in Vietnam

Shopping in VietnamMany tourists can’t help but throw themselvesShopping in Vietnam head-first into shopping while in Vietnam. Why? Probably the variety of quality goods and the tempting prices have a lot to do with it. Many low-budget travelers considered Vietnam a heavenly place because in many shopping situations they can bargain the prices down to as much as a third of the original cost.

The list of Vietnamese bargains is seemingly endless and features bespoke tailoring and the national dress, the 'ao dai' from high-quality silk and many other types of material and textiles while many shoppers cannot get enough of the local handicraft, art and jewelry.

How to bargain?

Bargain is not common in some countries, but in Vietnam it really is. In Vietnam, bargaining isalways worthwhile. Yet, it is not always due to the fact that the local have a great deal of time and very little money. Bargaining is part of Vietnamese culture as through bargaining people communicate with others, create and build up their relationship, not to mention a form of entertainment.

Rule - 1: It's like the monster ride at the amusement park. If you're not having fun, get off.

Rule - 2: Don't bargain with the first person who approaches you (i.e., when looking for a taxi at the airport.) In general the further you go from the center of action, the cheaper the price.

Rule - 3: Don't be afraid to use walking away as a bargaining tool. You can always come back.

Rule - 4: Don't let pride get in the way of coming back (or Rule #3 is useless).

Rule - 5: If you really want something and the price isn't coming down, give in gracefully. (It's that pride thing again.)

Rule - 6: Don't always assume you're getting ripped off just because you're in a third-world country. Sometimes the price they're asking is the real one.

Rule - 7: Bargaining is a time/ money tradeoff. If you're in a hurry, be prepared to pay for it.

Rule - 8: Ask (Vietnamese) fellow shoppers the price of an item before you begin bargaining.

Rule - 9: Always carry small bills. Otherwise all that work is likely to be for nothing.

Rule - 10: Always bargain in native currency. Conventional wisdom says anyone who has dollars can afford to spend them.

Rule - 11: If possible, keep going back to the same person until you've gotten to know him/ her. Most third world countries have a name for this kind of relationship. The deal is that you offer your business on a regular basis and the seller responds by saving you their best tomatoes

Rule - 12: No matter what your parents told you, when you're bargaining it's perfectly okay to lie

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This tour is sample tour and can always be customized to meet your personal needs and budget.

This is private tour with a flexible schedule. There is no other traveler on the tour. You will have a private English speaking tour guide and a private air-conditioned vehicle in each destination.

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Prompt response in 0.5-10 hours
Supported by private travel consultant
Unlimited changes, no charge

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Fair Price with added value
Use of excellent local guides
Use of well-selected Hotels
Use of comfortable vehicles
Worry-free & one-stop Service
Focus on customer care

Methods of payment:
Deposit 30% in advance after the tour is confirmed
Balance paid on arrival
Online and secure payment by ban transfer or credit cards

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