CAMBODIA: Kingdom of Wonder

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Nov 25 - Dec 8, 2023
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CAMBODIA: Kingdom of Wonder
Cambodia

The Continental DRIFTER®
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Nov 25 - Dec 8, 2023
Group size: 4 - 10

About this trip

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Low


Join our customized, small group tour of Cambodia (4 pax min. to 10 max.)


Keeping your travel schedule in mind, participants will be put in the right place, at the right time, to explore and capture the best of Cambodia, including its people, food, temples, markets, and other cultural wonders.


Approximately 2- to 4-hours per day on average of time with your trip leader Ralph Velasco, including group photo walks and locally-guided walking tours in each location.

About Cambodia

Cambodia, also known as the Kingdom of Cambodia, is located in Southeast Asia's southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula.  It's bordered by Thailand to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, Vietnam to the east, and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest. 


The landscape includes low-lying plains, the Mekong Delta, and mountains. In Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, you can visit the art deco Central Market, the glittering Royal Palace, and the National Museum. 


Practiced by about 95% of the population, Theravada Buddhism is the official religion.

Trip Highlights

In Phnom Penh you’ll experience a sunset cruise on the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers, plus visit the Central Market, Wat Phnom, Silk Island, the Killing Fields, Tuol Sleng (S21), take cyclo and tuk-tuk rides, and much more.


Moving on from Phnom Penh you’ll spend time in Battambang, where you’ll enjoy a tuk-tuk adventure into the countryside with stops to see how they make rice paper and sticky rice served in bamboo, as well as a stop at the local prahok (fish paste) market, an experience you’ll surely never forget.  You’ll also visit the austere Killing Cave and witness the spectacle of over 6 million bats as they leave their cave around sunset to feed in the local rice fields.


Continuing your partial circumnavigation of the Tonle Sap, you’ll venture on to Siem Reap, your base for exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat (voted #1 on TripAdvisor’s World Wonders, the list of the 25 top-rated landmarks of the world ) where you’ll have an included day pass to the ruins.  Our itinerary features sunrise and sunset at Angkor Wat, visits to Bayon and Ta Prohm along with other amazing sites.


Finally, you’ll fly from Siem Reap back to Phnom Penh (flight included), and then have a private transfer to visit the seaside town of Kep, famous for its crab market with wonderfully fresh seafood, a trip to a pepper farm to see how it’s processed, as well as Rabbit Island, simply the perfect place to explore or just relax and wind down from your great Cambodian adventure!


Then on the last day, you’ll be transferred back to Phnom Penh to fly out.


Click here to watch a video overview of this trip


Visit the Best Sights for Photography

  • In Phnom Penh, you’ll experience a sunset cruise on the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers, plus visit the Central Market, Wat Phnom, Silk Island, the Killing Fields, Tuol Sleng, take cyclo and tuk-tuk rides, and more.
  • Moving on from Phnom Penh you’ll spend time in Battambang, where you’ll enjoy a tuk-tuk adventure into the countryside with stops to see how they make rice paper and sticky rice served in bamboo, as well as a stop at the local prahok (fish paste) market, an experience you’ll not soon forget.  You’ll also visit the austere Killing Cave and witness the spectacle of over 6 million bats as they leave their cave at sunset to feed in the local rice fields.
  • Continuing your partial circumnavigation of the Tonle Sap, you’ll venture on to Siem Reap, your base for exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat (voted #1 on TripAdvisor’s World Wonders, the list of the 25 top-rated landmarks of the world) where you’ll have an included day pass to the ruins.  Our itinerary features sunrise and sunset at Angkor Wat, visits to Bayon and Ta Prohm along with other amazing sites.
  • Finally, you’ll fly from Siem Reap back to Phnom Penh (flight included), and then have a private transfer to visit the seaside town of Kep, famous for its crab market, Rabbit Island, and simply a peaceful place to just relax and your great Cambodian adventure!  On the last day, you’ll be transferred back to Phnom Penh to fly out.

Testimonials About this Trip

“You’ve got to come on Cambodia: Kingdom of Wonder, it cannot be beat.” - Jeff D.  


"We went to Cambodia in November/December 2023. Well planned and led trip that taught us so much about Cambodia. The people of Cambodia are so welcoming and friendly! Ralph Velasco did a great job of leading us throughout and providing us with unique experiences."

- Deb H.


"I have long desired to visit Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam, Cambodia, or Thailand. This trip was well planned and executed with local, experienced guides who brought meaning and insight into the history of the Cambodian people.  There were spectacular sites to see and warm and friendly people who welcomed my camera...  All in all, a great trip, one I will remember to tell others about. " - Joe M.


“I highly recommend Cambodia. Ralph’s trip is wonderful. I’ve had a great two weeks.” - Leslie T. 


Cambodia has been on my To Do list for some time – the opportunity to do this with a tour geared to photography is obviously a great option. This way you get to meet new friends and enjoy your travel photography with knowledgeable guides and a team that takes you to all the high spots but also lets you meet the locals and see their everyday life. The schedule is balanced with time to relax and explore on your own as well as advice and support on developing your travel photography skills.” - Barbara O.


The trip was great! We had a good introduction to the Khmer culture of both yesterday and today, and we had a chance to visit historic and religious places. There were many opportunities for good photos. I particularly liked the tuk-tuk adventures and seeing the Cambodian people in both the cities and in the countryside.” - Vivian N. 


I really enjoyed my visit to Cambodia. The people were warm and welcoming and willing to have us photograph them at their daily activities. We had the opportunity to see the cities and countryside, crafts people and markets, temples and monks.” - Craig M.

About this Itinerary

ALL ACTIVITIES, LOCATIONS, DAYS, AND TIMING ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


Most meals are included and B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, and D = Dinner

What’s included

  • Accommodations
    13 nights accommodation in wonderful boutique hotels with pools and other amenities in each location (Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang and Kep).
  • Airport Transfers
    Airport transfers in Phnom Penh (PNH) at start and end of tour, plus for internal flight.
  • Meals
    Breakfast daily, plus most lunches and dinners, but still you can go out and explore other restaurants on your own when not with the group.
  • Transportation
    Transportation from Phnom Penh to Battambang to Siem Reap, and then from Phnom Penh to Kep and back to Phnom Penh in a private, air-conditioned coach with professional driver.
  • Internal Airfare
    Airfare one-way between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.
  • Beverages
    One drink at each included meal (bottled water, soft drink, house wine, local beer, coffee or tea).
  • Orientation Tours
    Orientation tours in Phnom Penh, Battambang, Kep and Siem Reap with a local, English-speaking guide.
  • Entry Fees
    Entry fees for all included sites and group experiences.
  • Other Transportation
    Cyclo and tuk-tuk rides for various activities.
  • Gratuities
    Group tips for all local guides, drivers, porters and meals.

What’s not included

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Fees
  • Personal Items

Available Packages

Double Occupancy (per person)

You can save the Single Supplement by sharing a room in Double Occupancy.

$4,599
Deposit: $750
Single Occupancy

If you'd like your own room throughout this adventure please add $599 for Single Supplement.

$5,198
Deposit: $750


Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Phnom Penh, Meet & Greet, welcome dinner at a restaurant

Meals: D


Wherever you’re traveling from, board a PNH-bound flight to arrive at the latest on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25th.


Please don’t make any non-refundable travel arrangements until given confirmation to do so.


Once your participation is confirmed, and the trip is called a GO, we’ll send you a form so that you can provide us with your complete flight information. We won’t need this information before or in any other format.


IN PHNOM PENH


VISA ON ARRIVAL


Our trip starts today, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25th, so upon arrival at PNH airport (whatever day you choose to arrive), get in line with your passport and one passport photo to secure your visa. As of this writing the fee is US$30 and must be paid in cash to officials. You’ll move down the line and then your name will be called, at which point you’ll take your passport and continue through immigration. Then you’ll collect your luggage and meet the driver to TRANSFER to our hotel (look for a person just outside holding a PhotoEnrichment Adventures sign with your name on it). Confirm this driver is there for you and then proceed to hotel.


HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: SECURE YOUR VISA IN ADVANCE FOR A SMALL EXTRA FEE

Also, see our orientation info and FAQs for how to APPLY FOR AN E-VISA ONLINE (as of 2023).  


You’ll likely need the name of our hotel on the app, which is: AQUARIUS HOTEL & URBAN RESORT


Check-in and settle in at hotel.


6:30 pm Based on everyone’s flight arrival times, we’ll plan to have a Meet & Greet in order to get to know your fellow tour participants and to go over the details of the trip ahead.


7:30 pm TRANSFER by tuk-tuk or walk to/from WELCOME DINNER at Bopha Phnom Penh restaurant or similar.

Your Organizer


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The Continental DRIFTER®
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Since 2008, Continental DRIFTER® founder Ralph Velasco has been organizing and leading once-in-a-lifetime small group cultural tours around the world (all of which have been 5-star rated on Google and Facebook). Our guides, drivers, accommodations, restaurants, experiences, and activities are all thoroughly vetted in advance so that your trip goes without a hitch. Come learn about the people, food, drink, and many other cultural aspects of the incredible destinations we visit. Remember, DRIFTER...Life's too short not to travel!

Reviews

Continental DRIFTER’s Northern Spain trip was the trip of a lifetime, but I will definitely travel with Ralph again, so there’s going to be competition for that “trip of a lifetime” title! With a small group of delightful companions, we saw spectacular views and architecture, ate amazing local food, drank delicious local wine, visited interesting locations with fun and knowledgeable local guides, and had so many laughs. Highlights included the sheer cliff faces overlooking Zumaia Beach, the lush terraced vineyards over the impossibly blue Bay of Biscay, the charming beachfront of San Sebastian, the ridiculously delicious tapas crawl on Calle Laurel in Logroño, and spending part of the trip in a little 13th century walled town in Rioja. Ralph takes care of every detail, so all that’s left to do is to marvel, learn, and enjoy. And eat. And eat. I loved spending enough time in each location to really get a feel for it instead of rushing from place to place checking items off a list, and Ralph curates the coolest experiences, like olive oil farm tours and cooking classes. 47 thumbs up from me!
By Karen Gareis G for Northern SPAIN’s Basque Country & La Rioja on Sep 20, 2023
Karen, thank you SO much for the wonderful review. I'm so happy you enjoyed our trip to Spain, it was a pleasure having you along and I can't wait until the next one!
By The Continental DRIFTER® on Nov 02, 2023
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I have recently returned from this trip to Northern Spain and I highly recommend it! We toured wineries, had an olive oil tasting in an olive grove, attended a cooking class, took tours of churches and architecture, and so much else! At each stop Ralph had hired guides with extensive knowledge of their area, who were interesting, helpful, and punctual. (In Ramon's case, hilarious as well!) After daily excursions, we had the late afternoon and evening free to wander on our own and explore the three different cities we stayed in. The food was fantastic and fresh. We never had a bad meal. The hotels were beautiful. My favorite memory will always be sitting on the outdoor patio of a beautiful winery in the sun, eating pintxos (Basque tapas), drinking incredible wine, chatting with the really nice group of people on the trip; all with a beautiful view of the Bay of Biscay. It was definitely one of the highlights for me! I would recommend Ralph and Continental Drifter to anyone looking for an amazing travel experience!
By Diana S for Northern SPAIN’s Basque Country & La Rioja on Sep 18, 2023
Thank you, Robin, for the amazing 5-star review. I can't tell you how happy I am to know that this trip exceeded all your expectations and I look forward to seeing you on the road again real soon!
By The Continental DRIFTER® on Nov 02, 2023
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