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Adventurous Cambodia

You’ve seen it on screen but in person, wow. Nowhere raises the bar quite like charismatic Cambodia. This Southeast Asian nation boasts floating villages and riverside reveling. It’s got Art Deco monuments, ancient Angkor Wat temples and echoes of the Khmer Empire rippling through its cultural scene. Prepare to explore capital Phnom Penh, get social in Siem Reap, sail to tropical islands and learn from the famously friendly locals on this epic trip through the intoxicating Kingdom of Cambodia. Here’s what your nine-day FFX experience looks like.

  • Duration: 9 days
  • Group Size: 11
  • Trip Type: Active
  • Duration:
    9 days
  • Group Size:
    11
  • Trip Type:
    Active

From: $2086

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Next Departure: November 9th, 2020

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Overview

 

The Kingdom of Cambodia, sometimes transliterated as Kampuchea to more closely represent the Khmer pronunciation, is a country in Southeast Asia.  While the Angkor Wat commemorates Cambodia’s glorious history!

Highlights

  • Experience Cambodia with a group of fellow travelers in their 30s and 40s. Not only have the adventure of your life but make friends for a lifetime.
  • Explore Cambodia in comfort and luxury. FFX Adventures only uses 4 or 5 star awarding winning hotels, resorts and camps. Almost every aspect of our trip also use private transportation to escort our groups across the country.
  • Our tour leaders are some of the best in the industry. They are licensed professional guides with a deep love for their country and a willingness to show what makes their homeland great.
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Itinerary

Day 1 Sumptuous Siem Reap

Cosmopolitan Siem Reap is Cambodia’s second city and gateway to Angkor Wat. With its colonial and Chinese-influenced architecture, Temple Town’s mind-blowing array of activities will excite lovers of hedonism and heritage alike. Savor downtown’s haute cuisine or tuck into a crunchy tarantula at Angkor Night Market. Dirt-bike the countryside or learn about the 1970s’ Khmer Rouge regime as depicted in the film, The Killing Fields. Focus on Cambodia’s bright future as you roam the riverside cafes and rediscover your flow with a relaxing massage. To taste the terroir and bond with your FFX group, Malis is the perfect spot for a welcome feast. This elegant riverside restaurant is reinventing Cambodian cuisine. Dine on sour soups, shellfish specialties and colorful lotus leaf curries.

Accommodation FCC Angkor Hotel

Day 2 Sunrise over Angkor Wat

It’s clear why Angkor Archaeological Park is one of the planet’s most magnetic spots. This vast and mysterious 12th-century temple complex has got everything. There are endless temples, treks and trails. A 2001 Hollywood blockbuster (Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider) made its tree shrouded temple, Ta Prohm, the selfie center of the universe. It’s home to the world’s largest pre-industrial city and sports a UNESCO World Heritage T-shirt too. Sunrise is the finest time to see this other-worldly land, as fingers of light edge over the temples. With ingenuity it’s easy to lose the crowds, as most head to the ‘big three’ of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm. Chat with thriving local traders and enjoy a meal at the NGO-run Sala Bai Hotel School. You’ll leave with a good taste in your mouth, both because it was delicious and because your bill covered a day’s tuition for one of its students.

Day 3 Life afloat and Khmer cookery

Cambodia is renowned for its intricate floating villages such as those on Tonlé Sap lake. Locals don’t bat an eyelid to attending school, work or hospitals built on stilts up to 7m above the water. Families travel in bright-painted boats and even the Theravada Buddhist pagoda welcomes worshippers from the water. FFX will charter a private wooden boat to get you into the heart of Tonlé Sap’s floating world, followed by a row-boat trip through a flooded forest. Back on land, your FFX guide’s expert knowledge will take you to the best, freshest food markets around. Their flavor-busting herbs and spices might come in handy for the evening’s Khmer cookery class based at a picturesque organic farm.

Day 4 Curious and creative Cambodia

The word unique can be overused but, in Cambodia, it’s often the only word that fits. Where else but Siem Reap could you take a Vespa motorbike tour to learn about Khmer and Buddhist lifestyles…then visit a place that uses rats to sniff out land mines? Or share a coconut juice and sticky, bamboo-grilled rice with rattan weavers while photographing water buffalo nearby? Nature and history fans might be drawn to Phnom Kulen, birthplace of the Khmer Empire. It’s known for its ruined temples, reclining Buddhas and alluring waterfall. Round off your day with a mindful hatha yoga session before a Cirque-du-Soleil-inspired circus performance at Phare Ponleu Selpak, whose profits provide creative education and support to local youngsters.

Day 5 Gulf of Thailand Islands

Love islands? The beaches and isles of Cambodia’s Gulf of Thailand now beckon – it’s time to fly to Sihanoukville. This coastal city is cloaked in golden beaches so get ready to crack out that beach body! Sihanoukville was named for King Sihanouk, founder of modern Cambodia.

Day 6 Sihanoukville!

After breakfast at hotel, the day is free at leisure.

Day 7 Culture capital, Phnom Penh

Beach-bronzed team FFX now heads overland to the capital, Phnom Penh. It’s Cambodia’s economic and cultural core. The city was given a colonial sheen by the French and, in 1920s Indochina, it was the ‘Pearl of Asia’. Boat trading remains big, as the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers collide in this lush location. There’s a dynamic waterfront vibe fueled by street food vendors, bars and cafes. An original way to cram the culture in – saving energy for the night’s happy hours and Khmer dancing lessons – is to travel by three-wheeled Cyclo. Whiz to the French Quarter (where colonial shopfronts line broad boulevards) and to the 27m high Buddhist temple, Wat Phnom, as heady scents and saffron-clad monks float on by.

Day 8 Palaces, Prisions and Cambodian Dancing

Khmer architectural highlights in Phnom Penh include the Royal Palace and its shimmering Throne Hall. If you’re not all ‘watted’ out, there are plenty left to explore! Immerse in the chaos of the moment at the Russian Market, bartering for high-quality souvenirs crafted from wood, stone, silver and silk. More sobering insights come from guided tours of the Genocide Museum or Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Viewing Cambodia in this context makes the nation’s positivity and progress all the more astonishing.

Dancing is hugely revered in Cambodia, so Team FFX will enjoy its final evening in the company of accomplished dancers and artists. Try on a traditional ‘kben’ costume, attend a dance workshop and practice throwing some new Cambodian shapes as a live band plays on.
It’s like X Factor meets Strictly and yes, sounds totally embarrassing. Strangely, with a liberal sprinkling of Cambodian magic, it just works. We promise! The climax of the evening is a fabulous finale of a meal, and watching the professionals on stage at a captivating Cambodian Living Arts performance. A perfect ending to this epic adventure.

Day 9 Farewell Cambodia

After breakfast at hotel, the day is free at leisure, until transfer to Phnom Penh airport for your departure flight.

That is how to immerse in Cambodia, from the depths of Angkor Wat to the culinary and cultural highlights of Phnom Pen. Enjoy action-packed days, down time and team-time as part of this small-group adventure experience for like-minded people in their 30s and 40s. This itinerary is crafted with high quality ingredients including extremely comfortable accommodation. Many dining and cultural experiences are organized by NGOs and are included as their profits support young Cambodians training in the tourism or creative industries. To book onto an FFX departure to Cambodia in 2020, get in touch today.

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Dates

9 November 2020 – 17 November 2020

$2,086 Double Occupancy and Room Pairing, $2,650 Single Occupancy

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Cambodia Trip Notes

Included Meals

8 Breakfasts
2 Lunches
3 Dinners

Accommodations
8 Nights at Luxury Hotels

Tour Leader
Private professional licensed English-speaking tour leader

Amenities and Activities
Welcome dinner
Guided tour of Siem Reap
Traditional Cambodian massage
Private guided tour of Angkor Wat starting at sunrise
Lunch at an upcoming NGO restaurant
Siem Reap local market visit
Buddhist monk blessing ceremony
Guided rowboat ride through the floating village on Tonle Sap Lake
Cambodian cooking class with dinner
Cambodian Yoga class
A night at the Phare Circus
Domestic flight from Siem Rep to Sihanoukville
Walking tour of Phnom Penh with Cyclo riding
Traditional Cambodian dance workshop
Farewell dinner
Private transfers throughout trip

Exclusions
International Flights
International airport departure tax
Any visas required (Please bring one passport photo for Cambodia visa process)
Services not mentioned in the itinerary
Late check out at hotels
Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
Drinks with included lunches and dinners
Tips for leaders, guide and driver
Expenditure of personal nature
Personal Insurance
Optional activities

Passport and Visas requirements for U.S. Passport Holders

You will need a valid passport and a Cambodian visa to enter Cambodia. Tourist and business visas are valid for one month from the date of entry into Cambodia. Cambodia offers on-line visa processing. You may also apply in person at the Cambodian Embassy located at 4530 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20011, tel. 202-726-7742, fax 202-726-8381.

Tourists and business travelers may also obtain a Cambodian visa at the airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and at all major border crossings. Cambodian immigration officials at airports now collect fingerprints upon entry using an inkless, electronic process. You will need two passport-sized (4cm by 6cm) photographs and a passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date of entry into Cambodia.

Vaccinations
Please check with the CDC for information on vaccinations at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/Cambodia or consult your physician.

When traveling in Cambodia, you should avoid mosquito bites to prevent malaria. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, depending on your travel plans, such as where you are going, when you are traveling, and if you are spending a lot of time outdoors or sleeping outside. Talk to your doctor about how you can prevent malaria while traveling. Areas of Cambodia with risk of malaria: Present throughout the country, including Siem Reap city. None in the city of Phnom Penh or at the temple complex at Angkor Wat.

Personal Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is mandatory for every traveler on an FFX Adventure. Travelers will have to present to the adventure tour leader during the welcome meeting their travel insurance credentials. If a traveler does not have proper travel insurance unfortunately, they will not be allowed to continue on the adventure.

You must have travel insurance with a minimum medical, evacuation, and repatriation coverage of at least USD $200,000 covering all applicable dates of travel with FFX Adventures. This insurance must cover personal injury and emergency medical expensive. You are strongly recommended to extend your coverage to include cancellation, curtailment, and all other expenses that may arise as a result of the loss, damage, injury , delay, or inconvenience while traveling. FFX Adventures does not sell travel insurance directly, but we can provide a list of travel insurance providers.

Please call us at or email at 1-833-924-1096 or info@ffxadventures.com for further information

If you need help acquiring flights, please contact our partner Air Treks at https://www.airtreks.com/about/contact/

If you have any questions, feel free to call Air Treks at
1-877-AIR-TREKS (1-877-247-8735)

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