Day 1 Siem Reap Arrival, Angkor Wat
Flight: International flight on your own arrangement or upon request,,Welcome to Siem Reap! Upon arrival, meet up with the tour guide at Siem Reap International Airport. Then, your will be transferred to the hotel for check-in.After a short rest, head to Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. Angkor Wat possesses some of the longest and most intricate stone carvings. Take time to explore the passages, levels, and chambers that once housed many treasures of the flourishing kingdom.,On your way back to Siem Reap, enjoy a sunset from the top of the pyramid-shaped temple of Pre Rup.Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 2 Siem Reap Hiking Experience ( B , L )
After breakfast, take a tuk-tuk to Angkor Thom. Your hiking will start from the South Gate. Along the ancient city wall, walk towards the West Gate and make a stop to visit the Corner Temple. Near the West Gate, visit the village outside the city wall where you can see the daily life of local villagers. Then, walk inside the ancient city of Angkor Thom. First, visit the Bayon Temple where you will be surrounded by 216 gigantic stone faces which fame as “Khmer Smile”, followed by the Terrace of Elephants, the Royal Palace, and the Terrace of the Leper King. Continue to hike north to get away from the crowded tour groups and walk through the forests to the Temple Preah Khan and Ta Keo Temple.Your easy hiking tour will finish in Ta Prohm Temple, which is widely known as “lost to the jungle temple”. You will be pick up by Tuk Tuk from Ta Prohm Temple and transfer back to the hotel. The rest of the day will be free for you to relax. Overnight in Siem Reap.
The early starts today to catch the cool of the day. Our route takes us on brilliant back trails roads through coconut and palm trees and into a dry zone leading up to just near the Kulen Range. Here we find Beng Melea, a pre-Angkorian temple that now sits in an amazing moss covered, ruined state. After exploring the temple, a drive will bring us to Kampong Thom, the provincial capital and a low key evening stop.
A short drive gets us through some busy traffic then passing through plantation country. Cassava, rubber and various other crops grow here due to the fertile soil and stable climate brought by the Mekong River that sits just over the next couple of low hills. On the approach to Kampong Cham we trek more of the fantastic village trails and pass a US-era airstrip, now disused. Kampong Cham is a pleasant, small city, set on the banks of the Mekong in the shadow of a long bridge, linking North Eastern Cambodia with the central plain.
Today is a trek like no other as you follow the course of the Mekong River, at first on well used roads then onto smaller dirt tracks where village life takes a noticeable downshift in pace. As the day rolls on we take a ferry and cross to the eastern bank. We then drive into Kratie, a charming little town that has only recently seen travellers coming through. In the late afternoon, we take a gentle pedal around Koh Trong, a river island just off Kratie where village life is uninterrupted by cars and horses and bicycles are the best transport option.
More island hopping and ferry riding start us off on a great ride today. We continue alongside the river on small trails, crossing rickety bridges and stopping to snack at home-style food stalls. A drive forwards us to Stung Treng, a town of little notoriety, placed at the confluence of the Sesan and Mekong Rivers. The afternoon is free to explore on foot or just kick back and take stock of the adventure so far.
We first drive north towards the Lao border where our kayaks await. This is a highly enjoyable and memorable experience. Paddling downstream, trekking pass through the flooded forests that are made possible by the rive passage over falls to the north that oxygenate the water and make a range of plant, bird and fish life possible in this area. We trek for around three hours, but thanks to the currents of the Mekong and just enjoy maneuvering the craft through the forest. We finish up around lunch time and then take a drive away from the flatlands into the hills of Ratanakiri Province and to our comfortable home for the night at Terres Rouge Lodge.
Ban Lung, whilst the capital of Ratanakiri, is little more than a sleepy country town. There are trekking opportunities for those with the energy and the town offers some sites, such as the crater lake or market. Otherwise the hotel is an oasis in which to relax and enjoy the slightly cooler weather.
We have a very different trek today on a well sealed surface as we trek up further into the highlands to the Vietnamese border. We are now in the neighbourhood of the Ho Chi Minh Trails and while we won actually get to trek the trail due to its challenging terrain, we will get a feel for the kinds of conditions that it takes in. A sleepy border post sits in wait for us to enter Vietnam. After farewelling the Cambodian support crew, we continue in the vehicle to reach Kon Tum. This area is home to a number of ethnic minorities with their own traditional farming techniques. We take an afternoon trek to get a feel for the area which is also known for coffee production.
This morning is a lazy start as we have a relatively short distance to cover. It is then a pleasant trek to reach the tiny settlement of Mang Den. Accommodation here is simple, but it sets us up nicely for the next day of trekking .
Today is a trek to remember. After a few trekking rolling hills, we get into a thrilling descent, taking us down out of the hills onto the flatlands. Some amazing views can be seen over the side of the mountains and on a clear day you may even see the ocean. After our descent we are in very different country with rice becoming the main crop and the density of villages increasing. We transfer into the bustling regional capital of Quang Ngai in the late afternoon.
As Quang Ngai working populace head on their commute by motor-scooter, we will be trekking for the coast. Along the way, we encounter a point of tragic history at the My Lai Massacre site. It was here that one of the most barbaric incidents of the US-Vietnam war took place and when uncovered by the media had a profound effect on US public opinion over the war. After learning a little about this, we continue trek along the coast, a very different feel to our previous days. Tam Ky is a smaller town with a pleasant hotel and great local food.
Saving the best for last! This is a great trekking to finish with. We first trek quiet roads right along the coast, passing tiny fishing communities and village markets and schools. Late morning, we arrive at a river where our van is waiting to take us into our destination. We arrive by boat into the UNESCO listed Hoi An Old Town, an introduction that few people have the pleasure of experiencing.
Whilst the tour concludes after breakfast, we can highly recommend spending some additional time in this lovely location. There is lots to see and a nice beach nearby.
8:00 Am .Our guide pick you up at the hotel .Transfer out of the town and start trekking at the country roads to My Son former Champa Kingdom. Time to visit the world heritage.
Picnic lunch en-route. Afternoon transfer back to Hoi An and around the ancient town to visit Thanh Tra pottery village. Experience the rural life of Vietnamese in the central Vietnam.
Break and swim on the Hoi An beach. Cycling back to the hotel for overnight in Hoi An.
Breakfast at the hotel, Today is last day trekking we check out and leave for Hue Imperial city, on the way near Da Nang visits Marble Mountain and marble stone sculptures in Ngu Hanh Son. Star trekking along the coast and up to Hai Van Pass .Stop for lunch at Lang Co beach. Afternoon transfer to Cau Hai lagoon and cross the lagoon to Thuan An village. Transfer the rest way to Hue for overnight.
Day 17 : Hue city – Departure
Along the Perfume river, Transfer by van to visit Hue Old Citadel, Thien Mu pagoda, Tu Duc tomb and Khai Dinh tomb. Back to city for lunch. Transfer to the airport for your next destination. For those who need to get home, the nearest airport is Hue ( Phu Bai Airport ) where there are limited international flights and many connections to Hanoi or Saigon for a greater range of options. End of services.
Tour price: Contact us
Group size: 2 to 25 pax
Departure based on your inquiry
Tour Cost Includes:
- Meals in tours: L = Lunch , D = dinner , B = breakfast
- Lunch in Midway restaurant/City Restaurant or Pack Lunch
- Accommodation in tour - 16 nights
- Boat, local ferry in tours
- Back up AC vehicle for the complete tour ( Bus, + Truck for the group )
- English speaking Local Guide - Cum trekking guide
- Fresh Fruits/Snacks (Only trekking part)
- Unlimited filter water during trekking (Only trekking part)
- Entrance fees and permissions
- Driver Allowance
- Toll and Parking charges
- 10% Government Taxe
Tour Cost Excludes:
- International flight tickets, visa
- Other personal expenses
- Tips and Gratitude
- Travel insurance
- Any Hard and Soft Drinks with meals