Conscious Cambodia, 8 Day Self Guided Mindful Trip
What you get...
- 8 Day Self Guided Mindful Trip.
- 7 nights accommodation in Hotels.
- Breakfast daily & 2 Dinners.
- SolarBuddy Charity, Light Donation.
- English speaking guide.
- Tours and transfers by air-conditioned vehicle.
- Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time.
Start your mindful journey and leave the tarmac behind with a tour at a Buddhist Monastery in Siem Reap. Follow with a cycle tour that takes you through scenic countryside and peaceful villages.
Witness a sunrise at Angkor Wat - the largest religious monument in the world and marvel at the smiling faces of Bayon Temple and the jungle ruins of Ta Prohm. Sample some street eat specialties likes Khmer cakes, fried crickets and fried tarantula!
Explore this mystical part of Asia, knowing that your mindful tour will contribute to environmental programs and enrich the lives of the local people.
Support local family owned cafes that are vital part of the communities throughout the tour. Stay at environmentally sustainable hotels. Support social enterprise restaurants like Jaan Bai that provides skills and employment for youth to help them break free from poverty. Transform the life of a child with a SolarBuddy environmentally friendly solar light. Through our partnership with International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) we encourage peace through tourism, we encourage all travellers to travel the world with an open mind and a gentle heart.
Discover your inner Lara Croft and the mystique behind the legendary Angkor Thom Temple with the Angkor Wat Half Day Tour. Experience the countryside firsthand on a bike tour that takes you alongside the majestic Siem Reap River. Sample the delicious and sometimes bizarre local delicacies with the Evening Street Food Tour.
Day 1 Siem Reap Walking Tour, with guide
Take in the history, the culture and some of Siem Reaps most awe-inspiring sights in this afternoon walking tour. Stroll to the centre of Siem Reap and the glorious Wat Damnak Buddhist monastery. This magnificent pagoda and its lush surrounding grounds offer peace and tranquillity in the heart of Siem Reap. With huge historical significance, the grounds of Wat Damnak contain the largest public library outside of Phnom Penh and here you will see monks, students and locals studying in serene, contemplative silence. Next travel to the ancient and beautiful Wat Preah Prom Rath. Built more than 500 years ago, this pagoda has French Colonial architecture and huge grounds filled with numerous statues and sculptures. The oldest part of the site is the impressive front gate with Bayon style carvings similar to those found in Angkor Wat a taster of the Angkor ruins without leaving the city.
Next head to the Royal Residence. This neat-looking building is one of the Kings dwellings but its the lush grounds that really make this place worthy of a visit. Running alongside the river and home to Yeay Tep Shrine and Preah Ang Chek, these verdant parklands are home to hundreds of towering and ancient trees. The trees provide shelter for numerous beautiful butterflies and huge fruit bats that sleep contentedly by day and wake up at dusk to go about their nightly hunt..
Afterwards, head to the bustling Psar Chas (Old Market). Constructed in the 1920s, this colourful and expansive market has a wonderfully frenetic pace and is the perfect place to pick up Cambodian artworks, information about the countrys Khmer heritage and a multitude of souvenirs. Choose to head back to the hotel after this experience or ask the local guide for tips on the best places to eat and dance the night away in nearby Pub Street. A whistle-stop tour that introduces some of the most serene and some of the most energetic places in this fascinating city. Not to be missed. .
Accommodation - Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in a Deluxe Room.Day 2 Siem Reap, Countryside Bike Tour
Start your half-day tour from your hotel in Siem Reap, where you're fitted with a mountain bike and helmet. Then, set off with your group and follow your guide on a paved road alongside the Siem Reap River. Your first stop to visit the Rehash Trash showroom and join a family-led workshop that teaches how to crochet using discarded plastic. Soon leave the tarmac behind, pedalling down small dirt paths through the scenic countryside to nearby villages. Expect friendly greetings from locals as they go about their daily activities such as rice farming, palm wine and sugar production, and basket weaving. En route, stop to sample snacks (fruit and bottled water are also provided throughout the tour) and chat with your guide about rural Cambodian life. Then hop back on your bicycle and ride along more village roads, returning to the bike shop in Siem Reap around midday. Please note: This bike tour covers approximately 18 miles (30 km). The ride is mostly on flat paths and small roads without hills, with some small dirt trails unsuitable for beginning riders
Accommodation - Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in a Deluxe Room.Day 3 Siem Reap to Angkor Wat Half day tour and Evening Street Food Tour
Wake early to watch sunrise at Angkor Wat the largest religious monument in the world and a testament to the power and ingenuity of the people who once worshiped here. Marvel at the reflections of the iconic structure mirrored in the sunlit lake, before heading to a nearby spot for a local style picnic breakfast.
Once the sun is in the sky, head deeper into the Angkor complex towards the moat of Angkor Thom. This incredible walled enclosure is set over 10 sq km and at its centre you can find the many, smiling faces of Bayon Temple. Walk through narrow corridors housing shrines to Shiva and past bas reliefs depicting the great naval battles between the Angkor and Cham empires. Then, continue on to the jungle ruins of Ta Prohm. Left as it was found in the early 20th Century the vine covered ruin is the quintessential jungle temple. Hear the story of this 12th Century masterpiece and its discovery. After, return to your hotel for a well-deserved rest.
Free in the afternoon.
Prepare for a culinary journey with this evening adventure in Siem Reap. Head a little out of town to explore a plethora of traditional Khmer foodstuffs. Prepare to sample authentic Khmer cakes, grilled quail eggs, Khmer noodles, fried crickets, fried tarantula and much more. Try traditional and authentic snacks some of which wont be found anywhere else. As well as the more daring snacks, try barbecued meats, fresh tropical fruits and an ice-cold beer or two. Once sated, hop on a remark (a Cambodian tuk-tuk) and travel to the bustling Pub Street. This colourful and brightly lit street is filled with pubs, restaurants and night markets. Choose to sample more cuisine or simply pick something up from the wide range of local handicrafts, souvenirs, and fresh produce on offer. Round off the evening with a delicious cocktail at Miss Wong Cocktail Bar or Sokkhak River Lounge and choose whether to stay and party the night away or head back to the hotel.
An evening of eating and drinking as the locals do in vibrant Siem Reap.
Accommodation - Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in a Deluxe Room.Day 4 Siem Reap, Visit Apopo Centre
Morning free at leisure.
Afternoon, visiting APOPOs brand new Visitor Centre in Siem Reap gives you the chance to discover the history of conflict in Cambodia, the impact of landmines on local communities, and the opportunity to meet and see the HeroRATs in action. Join us at our Visitor Centre and experience the realities of humanitarian demining and how we train rats to save lives. You will learn about the mine clearance process from an expert, enjoy a series of videos showing our work and can read all about how Cambodia became one of the most mine affected countries in the world. The rest of afternoon is free.
Recommend lunch after at Sister Srey and dinner at Chanrey Tree restaurant.
Accommodation - Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in a Deluxe Room.Day 5 Private Transfers Siem Reap to Battambang
Morning transfer to Battambang. Free afternoon at your own leisure. This evening, you will have dinner at Jaan Bai is one of the largest social enterprises located in Battambang. The restaurant provides skills and employment for youth in the programs of the Cambodian Children's Trust, an NGO in Battambang that helps children to break free from the poverty cycle and become educated and empowered. If you visit Jaan Bai you will feel like you are in a 5-star restaurant back home, but for half the price. The food is fantastic as well.
Accommodation - Classy Hotel & Spa (Deluxe Pool or City View).Day 6 Battambang, Local Livelihood Half Day Tour
With our local student guide, you will spend your day exploring the beautiful countryside around Battambang by bicycle. Visit with Cambodian families who produce traditional products (such as rice paper, dried bananas, and bamboo sticky rice) made in the same way they have been for generations. You will learn firsthand about everyday life in rural communities which make up over 70% of Cambodia's population. Learn from local families about how they make traditional products such as rice paper, dried banana, bamboo sticky rice, fish paste and rice wine. Taste and experience the pleasures of these products fresh off the fire. Spend some relaxing time in a traditional Khmer house enjoying seasonal fruits and coconut water. Finish your morning tour by visiting a memorial site for the victims of the Khmer Rouge. The ride is about 22km. It departs at 7:30am and returns around 12:00pm. The ride is suitable for all fitness levels.
Inclusions:- * Tuk Tuk pick up in the morning from your hotel * 1 x drink from Kinyei Cafe before or after the tour * Friendly, English-speaking, First-aid trained local guide * High quality imported Mountain bike (Giant, Trek, GT) * Safety helmet * A crash course on basic Khmer, the Cambodian language. * Water and snack along the way * Seasonal fruits and coconut water
Accommodation - Classy Hotel & Spa (Deluxe Pool or City View).Day 7 Phnom Sampov & Phare Circus
Morning is free at leisure.
This late afternoon tour, Phnom Sampov something of a spectacle sitting at the foot of Battambangs Phnom Sampeou, the sun sinking into the horizon as a stream of millions of bats pour from caves and zoom into the sky. Heres all you need to know about Cambodia's bat caves.
If you havent heard of the Pack for a Purpose initiative it basically means making a difference to the communities you visit by packing useful items such as books, pencils and bags. The idea is to leave a little more space in your bag for things to give to others. Pack for a Purpose runs a collection in Battambang at the Phka Villa. If you havent bought anything from home you can visit a local shop and purchase goods for much cheaper than you would back home and we will deliver your donations to Phka Villa on the way to the bat cave. The goods you donate will go to the Sobbhana Day Care Centre, a centre that provides pre- school education and meals to 75 children from 8 remote villages of Battambang.
Accommodation - Classy Hotel & Spa (Deluxe Pool or City View).Day 8 Transfers Battambang to Siem Reap Airport
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