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    15 DAYS – CYCLING THROUGH UNTOUCHED REGION OF CAMBODIA

    15 Days – Cambodia Cycling through untouched region with cycling route as following Siem Reap – Angkor – Battambang – Pusat - Kamphong Chlnang – Pnom penh – Ta keo – Kep – Kampot – Ream National Park – Sihanouk Ville – Chi phat -  Cardamom Mountain – Ta Tai – Koh Kong.
     
    Experience 15 Days Cycling through untouched region of Cambodia from Civilization of Empire Angkor to  emerald sandbeach of Shianouk Ville. Start from World Heritage sites of Angkor where it is the perfect way to explore by bike. The cycling trip, will take us to Battambang by boat crossing Tonle Sap lake to  visit colonial city then  we keep our pedals to Phnom penh,visit the bustling capital to learn the recent history of Cambodia.
     
    Our journey continues cycling to the south, stop over in  Takeo, the quiet town and less visit part of Cambodia and continue to the peaceful and beautiful beach of Kep and Rabbit island.
     
    We split Phnom Penh to Kep into 2 days as it is rather long to do in one day with long transfer. From Kep cycling, to Ream National Park where you will experience 1 night camping at Koh Sampoch, the paradise of the beach and off shore island tour in Sianouk Ville. We only recommend the camping at Koh Sampoch during the dry season from October to April. From May to October we provide nice wooden bungalow in nearby Sihanouk Ville with private beach and seaview. 
     
    The cycling tour to Chi Phat located in Cardamom mountain range remain one of the most highlight mountain biking for this trip on this largest tropical forest preserved in South-East Asia to visit the ancient jars and coffins featured by National Geography.
     Experience the real life in countryside at the eco lodge in Chi Phat and Ta Tai before crossing the border to Thailand where you will be transferred to Bangkok. Sine the beaches in Kep and Sihanouk Ville are included in the trip, we end this cycling tour with transfer only from Cambodia border to Bangkok for people who wish to continue traveling in Thailand or fly home. Another option is to transfer to Phnom Penh for people who wishes to fly out of Phnom Penh or continue to travel to Vietnam or Laos from Phnom Penh.

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    15 Days – Cambodia Cycling through untouched region with cycling route as following Siem Reap – Angkor – Battambang – Pusat - Kamphong Chlnang – Pnom penh – Ta keo – Kep – Kampot – Ream National Park – Sihanouk Ville – Chi phat -  Cardamom Mountain – Ta Tai – Koh Kong.
     
    Experience 15 Days Cycling through untouched region of Cambodia from Civilization of Empire Angkor to  emerald sandbeach of Shianouk Ville. Start from World Heritage sites of Angkor where it is the perfect way to explore by bike. The cycling trip, will take us to Battambang by boat crossing Tonle Sap lake to  visit colonial city then  we keep our pedals to Phnom penh,visit the bustling capital to learn the recent history of Cambodia.
     
    Our journey continues cycling to the south, stop over in  Takeo, the quiet town and less visit part of Cambodia and continue to the peaceful and beautiful beach of Kep and Rabbit island.
     
    We split Phnom Penh to Kep into 2 days as it is rather long to do in one day with long transfer. From Kep cycling, to Ream National Park where you will experience 1 night camping at Koh Sampoch, the paradise of the beach and off shore island tour in Sianouk Ville. We only recommend the camping at Koh Sampoch during the dry season from October to April. From May to October we provide nice wooden bungalow in nearby Sihanouk Ville with private beach and seaview. 
     
    The cycling tour to Chi Phat located in Cardamom mountain range remain one of the most highlight mountain biking for this trip on this largest tropical forest preserved in South-East Asia to visit the ancient jars and coffins featured by National Geography.
     Experience the real life in countryside at the eco lodge in Chi Phat and Ta Tai before crossing the border to Thailand where you will be transferred to Bangkok. Sine the beaches in Kep and Sihanouk Ville are included in the trip, we end this cycling tour with transfer only from Cambodia border to Bangkok for people who wish to continue traveling in Thailand or fly home. Another option is to transfer to Phnom Penh for people who wishes to fly out of Phnom Penh or continue to travel to Vietnam or Laos from Phnom Penh.

     

    Day 1: Siem Reap-Angkor Complex

    After hearty breakfast in hotel, we kick off our pedals and set off our way on the main road and cycling through Angkor pass check point. Cycling through the shady road with a little pumping because of the a few pot-holes. There you will begin to see Kravan temple, Banteay Kdei, and stop at the famous Ta Phrom, embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers. Visit Ta Phrom (45 minutes-1 hour).
    It was built in 12th century by the famous King Jayavarvan VII indicated to his mother. While clearing back the forest archaeologists decided to leave the vegetation of Ta Phrom in place to serve as a reminder of how the original discoverers found it and the other Angkor temples.
    Many of the trees have grown around and through the remains and soar high above the temples. Continue the cycling through small circuit passing Ta Keo temple, Chao Say Tevoda, Tommanon before reaching to Angkor Thom city. There you will see, Terrace of Leper King, Terrace of Elephant, Baphoun, Phimean Akas. Stop at Bayon temple and start the visit (45 minutes-1 hour). Angkor Thom built by Cambodia's great king, Jayavarman VII. Overnight in Siem Reap.
    Summary:
    Activities: Cycling from Hotel and visiting Angkor Complex
    Accommodation: Angkor Paradise Hotel****
    Meals:L/D
    Cycling distance: 35 Km
     

    Day 2: Banteay Srei and River of Thousand Lingas

    Following to brilliant breakfast in hotel, we  hop up our bike from hotel, cycle on main road to Angkor Wat turn left to the west. Continue to cycle 2km before turn right to the rural road. The road is good for cycling as you can avoid the busy traffic but you can see rice field, village, pagoda. Arrive in Banteay Srei before lunch. Visit (45 minutes) Banteay Srei temple known as women citadel (built in 967 A.D dedicated to Brahma). While some of temple are impressive because of their sheer size, Banteay Srei stands alone in the quality of its construction and decoration. Its pink sandstone walls are decorated with what some consider the best carving of all, and still an excellent state of preservation.
    Continue cycling to visit Kbal Spean, the River of Thousands Lingas, lying under the river bed, people believe it brings fertility and blessing Angkor area as the river flows to Siem Reap. Walk 1,200meters to visit the Lingas and enjoy lunch and the water fall. On the way back, cycle on the main road to visit Landmine Museum of Mr. AkiraMr. Ra is dedicated to clearing the Cambodian countryside of landmines laid during the years of conflict and relies entirely on visitors' donation to fund his work. Overnight in Siem Reap.
    Summary:
    Activities: Cycling and exploring Angkor Temple
    Accommodation: Angkor Paradise Hotel****
    Meals: B/L/D
    Cycling distance: 90 Km
     

    Day 3: Siem Reap – Battambang

    Having early breakfast in hotel, we will cycle 15 minutes to catch morning boat to battambang. The boat has toilet and life jacket and takes about 2 - 3 hours. It is one of the best boat trip in Cambodia to cross the Sangker river viewing the fishermen and all their activities on the river. Then crossing Tonle Sap lake (South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake). It is the main reserve for water when the Mekong is flooded, without the lake, Cambodia will be flooded every year. In rainy season, the water reaches 10,000 square Km when it is only 5,000 square Km in dry season. The lake is as important as for the human-being and the fish, birds and other wild animals. One hour before reaching the dock, the boat passes Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary home and breeding area for some thousands of water birds. After crossing Tonle Sap lake, we arrive at Chong Kneas floating village. The village combines of Cambodian, Muslim and Vietnamese and they move up and down depends on the season. All the houses are floating with support of the bamboo. After arrival at the dock, get off and prepare to ride bicycle 15km to our hotel. Overnight in Battambang.
    Summary:
    Activities: Cycling and Boat Trip
    Accommodation: Bambu Hotel
    Meals:B/L/D
    Cycling distance: 30 Km
     

    Day 4: Battam Bang  -  Pursat

    Have hearty breakfast in hotel, we will transfer out of the town to avoid the busy traffic. After arriving at Prek Chik, we  commence cycling on single track then  turn left to Moung Roussei .we  Continue cycling following the man made canal. This is one of the longest man made canal in Cambodia about 60km. This man made canal called Prek Chik was made during the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979. During the Khmer Rouge times, they evacuate people from the city to the countryside and forced them to work hard in the field from sunrise to sunset to reach their target of highest rice production. But people got very little food to eat, as the result there were almost 3 million people died of starvation, diseases and mass killing. Have lunch enroute. After lunch, we keep our pedals to Damnak Ampil for refreshment. Then take the last stage to hotel. Check in  hotel and relaxe until dinner time.
    Summary:
    Activities: Cycling and Transferring
    Accommodation: KM Hotel
    Meals:B/L/D
    Cycling distance: 95 Km
     

    Day 5: Pursat – Kampong Chlnang

    Have break fast in hotel, we commence cycling trip from hotel to Kampong Luong. Turn off the single track and dirt road lead to floating village.  Spending our time to visit and contact with local people to understand their life. It is the unique floating village which has a better touch as the floating village near Siem Reap Angkor is too crowded with tourists. We continue our trip to  on dirt road Bomnok village. Have lunch  in village. After lunch, we gear up our bike for second stage to Kdol, on the way , we challenge some buffalo paths and big potholes, sometime cross over stream as raining seasons. We enjoy tarmac road  lead to hotel in the  third stages. Upon arrival, do check in and relax with cold beer. Dinner and stayover night in Kampong Chlnang.
    Summary:
    Activities: Cycling from hotel - Hotel
    Accommodation:Pama Hotel***
    Meals:B/L/D
    Cycling distance:100 Km
     

    Day 6: Kampong Chhnang-Phnom Penh

    Breakfast at the hotel. Cycle to visit Udong, the former capital of Cambodia in 18 century. There remains some of the previous king stupa stand high on the hill. Enjoy picnic lunch at the food of the hill. After lunch, experience bamboo train with local people. Local people still make use of this bamboo train for transportation as the train from Phnom Penh has stopped running. In the near future, the railways will be repaired and the train from Phnom Penh to Thais border will be operating again. Or we continue to cycle another 30km to Phnom Penh. Dinner & overnight in Phnom Penh
    Summary:
    Activities: Cyclinom hotel- Hotel
    Accommodation:Eco Garden Residence
    Meals:B/L/D
    Cycling distance:90 Km
     

    Day 7: PhnomPenh  city tour

    Explore this bustling city’s major sights by van, including Wat Phnom, the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. In the afternoon cycle to the Independence Monument, Tuol Sleng Museum and Choeung Ek killing fields.
    Summary:
    Activities: Visiting city landmarks
    Accommodation: Eco Garden Residence
    Meals:B/L/D
    Cycling distance: No
     

    Day 8: Phnom Penh – Ta Keo

    Following to hearty breakfast in hotel, we take transfer to avoid busy city for 15 minutes. Upon arriving of cycling point, we commence cycling to visit Ta Phrom and Yeary Pov temples (12 century). Take a break for water and snack before heading to Phnom Chisor to visit the hill top 11th century temple. Enjoy packed lunch overlook the scenery of the countryside. Afternoon, cycle to Takeo passing Ta Mok's house, the former general commander of the Khmer Rouge. Takeo is a less visited town with much relation to the past history. Board on the boat for sunset to Phnom Da to visit the hill top temple former the capital of Khmer Empire in the early century known as Funan. Overnight in Takeo
    Summary:
    Activities: Transferring and Cycling
    Accommodation:Alice Villa****
    Meals:B/L/D
    Cycling distance:75 Km
     

    Day 9: Ta keo – Kep

    Breakfast in Takeo. Today, we cycle the whole route from Ta keo to Kep on some sealed road and dirt road. The road is good enough for cycling where people enjoy more scenery on the dirt road and they get some speeds on sealed road. We cycle pass the railway which is under construction and some small villages and towns. We stop for lunch in Kampong Trach district. Afternoon, we cycle on the back road to take the short cut at Damnak Chang Eu. If people get tired, they can get on the back up van and the rest can continue until the beach town Kep located on the small hill overlook the ocean and Rabbit Island. Dinner and overnight at nice bungalow in Kep with private beach and swimming pool.
    Summary:
    Activities: Cycling from Hotel - Hotel
    Accommodation: Sunset Valley Resort****
    Meals:B/L/D
    Cycling distance: 85 Km
     
     

    Day 10: Kep –KamPot - Ream National

    Breakfast at the bungalow. We ride 3.5km along the coast line beach to the dock where we take the boat 15minutes to the nearest Rabbit Island to enjoy swimming and relaxing at the beautful beach. After the boat trip, we cycle 25km to Kampot town where we stop for lunch and we have a chance to cycle around this provincial town with some colonial charm of the French Old Building. Kampot is famous for pepper, durian and salt products. Afternoon, we cycle on the sealed road along Bokor Mountain leaving it in the back drop. We then complete our distance 75km at the junction town Veal Rinh. The National Raod No.4 from Veal Rinh is very busy, so we transfer this part for 45 minutes to Ream National Park. Overnight camping and enjoy sea food at Koh Sampoch.
    Summary:
    Activities: Cycling and transferring
    Accommodation: Night Camping
    Meals:B/L/D
    Cycling distance: 75 Km
     

    Day 11: Sihanouk Ville - Off-Shore Islands – Snorkelling

    After breakfast, we have a choice of trekking on Ream National Park 15km or mountain biking through the single trail in the jungle. Or we transfer 30 minutes to Sihanouk Ville where we take boat trip to 3 off-shore islands to do the snorkelling at Snake Island, relax and swim at Bamboo Island before returning back to Sihanouk Ville for overnight at wooden bungalow with private beach and seaview. This evening,you are free for you own choice dinner. Overnight in Sihanouk Ville.
    Summary:
    Activities: Cycling, Snorkelling
    Accommodation:Whil Beach Resort****
    Meals:B/L/D
    Cycling distance: No
     

    Day 12: Sihanouk Ville - Chi Pat (Cardamom Mountain)

    Breakfast at the bungalow. Today, our tour starts with a transfer from Sihanouk Ville to Andung Teuk about 2 hours were we take the boat to Chi Phat eco-tourism community base. We have another option where people like more cycling than taking the boat. We get off the van at Andung Teuk bridge and cycle on the dirt road through the sugar cane plantation. Welcome by our local community guide who will explain us about their activities community, eco-tourism base for sustainable development. Then we have to take a bamboo ferry crossing small river to check in our nice eco-lodge with nice garden overlooking the junction of the 2 river views. Dinner and overnight in Chi Phat.
    Summary:
    Activities: cycling and transferring
    Accommodation: Chi Phat ecolodge
    Meals:B/L/D
    Cycling distance: 45 Km
     

    Day 13: Chi Phat - Ancient Jar Trails

    Breakfast at the eco-lodge, we depart for mountain biking 20km through some the most beatiful scenery on this Southern Part of Cardamom Mountain. Our track is single trail, it has some up hill and down hill and we have to cross water point. Then we visit Peang Boran known as Burial Jar or the Mountain of Ancient Jars: This important Ancient Burial site of is an ancient burial site with clay jars and wooden coffins (National Geographic has produced a documentary about these artifacts). Return back to Chi Phat and enjoy swimming at Chrey Kbal Chhay water fall. We have dinner to enjoy sea food. Overnight at the Eco-Lodge.
    Summary:
    Activities: Cycling
    Accommodation: Chi Phat Ecolodge***
    Meals:B/L/D
    Cycling distance: 40km
     

    Day 14: Chi Phat - Ta Tai (Eco-Lodge)

    Breakfast at the lodge. We cycle on the dirt road 17km toward Andung Teuk bridge. Then we cycle on the sealed road for another 42km to Trapaeng Rung. The sealed road here is not busy but the terrence is with some up and down hills. The highest alttitude on this Cardamom mountin is over 1,900m high. We have more regular stop less than 20km as we normally do on a flat road, for water and snack with some fruits and soft drinks to get energy on the top of the hill before getting down to get some speed to climb another hill. We have lunch at Trapaeng Rung. After lunch, we transfer about 45 minutes to Ta Tai bridge as it is hot in the afternoon. Then we take the boat 15 minutes to the Eco-Lodge. We have afternoon to Kayak along Ta Tai river for free of charge or take the boat 20 minutes to Ta Tai water fall (this option is USD15 charge by the Eco-Lodge). Dinner and overnight at Ta Tai Eco-Lodge.
    Summary:
    Activities:  Cycling  and Transferring
    Accommodation:Tai Ta Ecolodge***
    Meals:B/L/D
    Cycling distance: 59 Km
     

    Day 15: Tai Tai - Koh Kong - Bangkok

    Breakfast at the Eco-Lodge. Then we take the boat 15 minutes back to Ta Tai bridge where we start our cycling 23km up hill and down hill to Koh Kong. The scenery here is nice with fresh air and long mountains range a head of us. We cycle another 11km to the border where we stop for lunch before immigration process to cross the border. The border here is quiet and easy for crossing. Then say goodbye to our Cambodian cycling guide and driver before continuing the journey by van to Bangkok. Arrive in Bangkok in the early evening. At the end of this trip, we offer two options for the transfers to Bangkok for people who wish to continue traveling in Thailand or fly home. Another option is to transfer to Phnom Penh for people who wishes to fly out of Phnom Penh or continue to travel to Vietnam or Laos from Phnom Penh. Tour Ends.
    Summary:
    Activities: Cycling and Transferring on ward
    Accommodation:On Wards
    Meals:B/L
    Cycling distance:34 Km
     
    Tour include in:

    • English speaking cycling guide ( other languages upon requests)
    • Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy ( Three and Fours stars, Resorts, Bungalow)
    • Meals details in itineraries ( 15 breakfast, 15lunches, 14 dinners)
    • A/C transfer/ and transportation
    • Van or bus supported during the cycling times.
    • Truck supported for the group size from 6 and above.
    • Trek mountain bikes – 4300  with disc brake,  helmets and Cannodale trail 4, 5,disc brake, solo
    • Boat trip in Battambang and Rabit Island.
    • Sightseeing excursions as outlined itineraries
    • Bike tour pump, bike tools, spares tubes, spare bikes
    • First aid kit
    • Cold water box, small fresh towel.
    • Mineral water for drinking
    • Fruit and snack for cycling days.

     
    Trip exclude

    • International airfare
    • Travel insurance
    • Items of personal nature
    • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
    • Mineral water beyond that supplied
    • Optional excursions
    • Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
    • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry bills.
    • Visa fee
    • Departure  tax
    • Tip for team and guide
    • Visa fee in Cambodia, Vietnam and Thai Land

     
     
     
     

    Essential Trip Informationin Cambodia
     
     
    Is this trip right for you?
    This is an active trip designed for those with a good level of fitness. Be prepared for some serious physical activity. The majority of activities included on this trip – cycling, trekking, and kayaking – will be challenging. The fitter you are, the more you'll enjoy this trip.
    Please note that Cambodia can get very hot, so days cycling or even temple hopping can take it out of you quickly. We recommend packing adequate clothing, sun protection, and that you always have lots of water with you.
     
    Joining point description
    TheHotel   is located in the heart of vibrant Phnom Penh, a walk or quick 'motoremork' (Cambodian tuk tuk) away from landmarks such as the Central Market, Wat Phnom, the National Museum, the Royal Palace, the Independence Monument, and Sorya department store as well as a handy local supermarket.
     
    Joining point instructions
    Please note an arrival transfer can be pre purchased prior to your departure through your booking agent.
    Please advise your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to your departure. If you plan to arrive earlier, this arrival transfer can only be offered in conjunction with pre-tour accommodation booked through Intrepid. Your driver will be waiting for you as you leave the customs hall, holding an Intrepid sign bearing your name.
     
    Check in time from 14:00
    Problems and emergency contact information
    While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
    We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.
    You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.
    For general enquiries or questions about your booking, please contact your agent or adventure specialist, or visit
    Itinerary disclaimer
    Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Essential Trip Information a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
     
    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:
    A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
     
    Feedback
    After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.
     
    Essential Trip Information
     
    Important notes
    A single supplement is available on this trip please contact your sales agent to book this single supplement. A single supplement is not available on the following nights;
     
    Passport and visas
    As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Your consultant will contact you when this is required.
    Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.
    Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.
     
    CAMBODIA:
    Visas can be organised either in advance or on arrival for most nationalities. Check with your embassy or consulate and allow approx 3 weeks for processing. It is also possible to obtain your Cambodian visa on arrival at the airport or border crossing for approx. US$30 (cost subject to change) - you will need a passport photo.
    If a point of contact is requested, please write: Freedom Hotel, Road #6, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
    E visas are now available for most nationalities through the official website 
    www.evisa.gov.kh
    E visa cost will be USD30 (visa fee) plus USD7 (processing fee)
     
    IMPORTANT - please note the Cambodia Government has reported many fraudulent E visa websites that pretend to be official e visa websites. Snail Adventure Toursrecommends only using the official E visa website above or by contacting your Travel agent.
     
    Medical and health information
    All Snail Adventure tours’ travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Snail Adventure Toursreserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.
    You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
     
    DENGUE FEVER:
    Rare instances of dengue fever have been reported in this region. This virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. There is no vaccination against it, but there are preventative measures that you can take such as wearing long clothing, using repellent and being indoors particularly around dusk and dawn.
    Food and dietary requirements
    While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.
     
    Accommodation
    Homestay
    OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION
    The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
     
    TWIN SHARE / MULTI SHARE BASIS
    Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multishare basis. Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite and rare occasions when you share a room with passengers travelling on our different trips than your own.
     
    CHECK-IN TIME
    Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.
     
    PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION
    If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.

    WINDOWLESS ROOMS:
    Some hotels in Cambodia have windowless rooms, or windows that don't necessarily have a view. This is often due to high population density in large cities, however local building standards also do not require rooms to have windows. We do request rooms with windows, however they aren't always available.
     
    Transport
    Bicycle, Boat, Private mini bus, Kayak
     
    Money matters
    SPENDING MONEY:
    When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).
    The official currency of Cambodia is the Riel (KHR).
    Unofficially however, US currency (US$) runs the country and is the currency you should bring, mostly in cash - notes should be 2006 series onwards. Clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Notes should be 2006 series onwards. Torn, dirty or old notes, as well as the $2US note will be refused in most businesses. ATMs are available in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap and also dispense in both KHR and US$.
     
    DEPARTURE TAX
    All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.
     
    CONTINGENCY FUNDS:
    We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you have access to an extra US$500 for emergencies (e.g. severe weather, natural disasters, civil unrest) or other events that result in unavoidable changes to the itinerary (e.g. transport strikes or cancellations, airport closures). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to enable our trips to continue to run, and as a result there may be some extra costs involved.
     
    TIPPING
    If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Snail Adventure Tours destinations.
     
    Optional Tipping Kitty:
    On Day 1 your tour leader will discuss with you the idea of running a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips for drivers, local guides, and hotel staff (excludes restaurant tips). The leader will keep a running record of all monies spent which can be checked at any time, and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members. This is often the easiest way to avoid the hassles of needing small change and knowing when and what is an appropriate amount to tip. Participation in this kitty at your own discretion, and you are welcome to manage your own tipping separately if you prefer. Please note the tipping kitty excludes tips for your tour leader.
     
    Your Tour Leader:
    You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline US$2-US$4 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
    Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult
    The receipt of commissions or kickbacks in exchange for recommending particular shops or services is ingrained in the culture of the tourism industry. Rather than turning a blind eye to this unavoidable issue in some areas, Intrepid has established a centralised fund whereby contributions from recommended suppliers are collected and distributed back into the business. Intrepid aim to provide the best value trips in the market, and this fund assists in keeping operating costs and trip prices low to you.
    A priority in establishing this fund is that the experience of our traveller - you - is not compromised in any way. Please let us know via the feedback form completed after your trip if we are successfully meeting this objective.
     
    Packing
    What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage, although you won't be required to walk long distances with it (max 30 minutes).
    Many travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are also convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.
    Our ultimate packing list should be used as a guide only and is not intended to be a complete packing list. Any other items that you wish to pack are at your own discretion; however, you should attempt to follow our suggested luggage weight limit of under 10kg/22lb. Some items on this list may not be necessary for your particular trip. What you bring will vary according to the trip style you’ve chosen, the countries you’re visiting and when you’re travelling. We recommend you check the details of your trip when deciding what to pack. 
    Please see the What to take section of your Trip Notes, which will detail any specific requirements for your trip and the type and size of luggage that can be taken. If you are travelling overland in a safari vehicle then there are often specific luggage dimensions that you must adhere to.
    Please carefully consider the weather and time of year that you plan to travel.
    Travel documents

    • Passport
    • Visas required for this trip
    • Travel insurance including insurer details, 24 hr
    • emergency contact telephone number and policy number (even if you are travelling with credit card insurance)
    • Flight tickets, e-ticket
    • Trip confirmation voucher
    • Photocopies of important documents - to be kept separately (we recommend you keep a copy at home as well and email a copy to yourself)
    • Latest trip notes & other Intrepid country information
    • Spare passport photos
    • Youth/student card for travel discounts
    • Seniors card for travel discounts
    • International driving licence if you plan to hire a car
    • Diving licence

     
    Luggage
    On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage, although you will not be required to walk long distances with it (max 30 minutes). Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, though an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would be fine if you travel lightly. Please refer to the ‘What to take’ section of your Trip Notes for any specific luggage requirements. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient but we recommend your bag has carry straps. You will also need a daypack/bag to carry water and a camera etc. for daytrips.

     

    • Soft luggage, backpack or bag with wheels and straps
    • Daypack
    • Padlocks (and keys)
    • Personal health
    • First aid kit
    • Personal medication/prescriptions
    • Prescription glasses
    • Contact lenses and solution
    • High protection sunscreen (25+)
    • Lip balm/lip salve
    • Hat/wide brim hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Insect repellent
    • Antihistamine/insect bite cream
    • Antibacterial gel/wipes
    • Travel sickness tablets
    • Travel vaccination certificates
    • After-sun moisturiser
    • Anti-malaria pills (if recommended by doctor)
    • Aspirin and/or paracetamol
    • Rehydration powder (salts & glucose)
    • Anti-diarrhoea pills (consult your doctor for more detailed advice)
    • Money matters
    • Money (cash/credit cards)
    • Travellers’ cheques - keep a note of the serial numbers of your traveller’s cheques and also the emergency contact numbers.
    • Keep these details separately from the cheques.
    • Your trip kitty (in cash)
    • Money belt or pouch
    • Pocket calculator (useful when exchanging money)
    • Sleeping
    • Eye mask
    • Alarm clock
    • Ear plugs
    • Night clothes/sleepwear

     
    Clothing
    For longer trips we recommend you choose clothing that is easy to wash and fast drying. Women should bring a skirt that covers their knees and a scarf for visiting mosques, churches and other places of worship. Ex-military or military- style clothing and equipment is not recommended in many areas. If jungle trekking, or on a safari, it is recommend you wear beige, light green or light brown clothing. It’s also a good idea to bring some smarter clothes for nights out.

     

    • Warm anorak/sweater/microfleece
    • Long-sleeved top (for evenings when mosquitoes are out)
    • Long trousers (zip-off trousers are very versatile)
    • Jeans/trousers/shorts
    • T-Shirts/cotton shirts
    • Socks/underwear
    • Washing line
    • Bio-degradable washing detergent
    • Camping
    • Inner sleep sheet
    • Travel pillow
    • Thermarest/personal mattress
    • Ground sheet (or polythene sheet) if you think you’ll be sleeping under the stars.
    • Warm sleeping bag (3 or 4 seasons)
    • Head torch/lamp

     
    When packing be aware that dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. In many rural areas in Asia women will need to wear modest clothing even to swim. Singlets, tank tops and topless sun bathing are all unacceptable. When visiting religious sites men often need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt or sarong.
     
    Wet weather

    • Raincoat
    • Small Umbrella
    • Waterproof bags for rain protection while walking
    • Waterproof & windproof jacket
    • Waterproof trousers

     
    Walking or hiking

    • Comfortable walking shoes with good grip
    • Sandals/flip-flops
    • Hiking poles/walking sticks
    • Maps
    • GPS
    • Sightseeing
    • Binoculars

     
    Camera equipment

    • Film or memory cards
    • Spare batteries/charger
    • Dust proof camera bag
    • Trekking socks

     
    Travel accessories

    • DVT socks
    • Scissors/army knife
    • Comfortable daypack to carry your personal needs during the day
    • Local language phrase book
    • Personal audio player
    • Portable games/playing cards
    • Reading material
    • Water bottle
    • Pen/paper
    • Travel pillow
    • Journal/diary
    • Cloth/reusable shopping bag to reduce plastic bags
    • Torch/flashlight
    • Water purification method & iodine taste neutraliser if required
    • Photos or postcards of your home country/family pets to share with locals
    • Electrical adapter for the country you are travelling to
    • Winter or extreme weather
    • Thermal underwear or base layers
    • Beanie/woolly hat/balaclava
    • Gloves (inner and outer layers)
    • Hand warmers (camping shops stop small packages that create a chemical reaction that generates heat)

     
    Personal items

    • Toiletries
    • Travel hair dryer
    • Shaving equipment
    • Bath towel
    • Mobile phone - check you have international roaming access
    • Rubber flip-flops for showers
    • Small mirror
    • Small sewing kit & safety pins
    • Swimming
    • Swimming costume
    • Swimming towel
    • Snorkel & mask
    • Top of Form

     
     
    LOCAL BIKES
    Specialized mountain bikes with front suspension will be provided and are included in the cost of this trip.
     
    EXTRA BIKE BITS
    You may like to bring your own pedals and saddle (excluding the seat post) or gel saddle cover to fit to the hire bikes. Please note that you are responsible for your own equipment, and removing your saddle/pedals at the end of the trip. We cannot guarantee the return of any bike parts left behind.
     
    POLICY ON CYCLING HELMETS
    Helmets and safety: all cyclists should wear helmets in the interests of personal safety, and our leaders are required to do so at all times on all trips. On road cycling sections of the trip, wearing a helmet is strongly recommended. Those who decide not to wear a helmet do so entirely at their own risk. Helmets are provided on all cycling activities apart from the homestay (which is an island with almost no cars) - it's up to you if you wish to bring one from home for these days.
     
    PERSONAL EQUIPMENT
    We recommend you have the following:
    A helmet, eye-protection (sunglasses), cycling gloves and waterbottles or hydration system (e.g.
    camelbak). Most people want to carry certain items with them during the day while cycling, for this we recommend a large bum-bag or small close-fitting daysack.
     
    RECOMMENDED CYCLING CLOTHING
    Padded cycling shorts (with loose 'over-shorts' especially for temple visits), breathable clothing, and possibly a lightweight waterproof top. Shoes with relatively stiff soles are better for biking, but are not essential unless you are cycling long distances.
    Cambodia authorities have issued an official code of conduct for visitors to Angkor Wat and other religious sites regarding dress code, visitors should not wear skirts or shorts above the knee or tops that reveal bare shoulders; visitors not following the dress code are liable to be refused admission to the sites. Please ensure you pack clothing that follow these guidelines.
    Climate and seasonal information
     
    CAMBODIAN FESTIVALS & HOLIDAYS:
    During public holidays and festival periods in Cambodia many businesses may close, transport may be extremely busy and travel times may increase. During these times please be patient and consider these moments as an opportunity to interact with the locals. Particularly worth noting are Khmer New Year (3 days in mid-April), Pchum Ben (3 days in early October) and Water Festival (3 days in late November).
     
    Group Leader
    All Snail Adventure Tours’group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Snail Adventure Tours endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.
    Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Snail Adventure Tours  we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
     
    Safety
    Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.
    We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
    Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Snail Adventure Toursitinerary, and we  make no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
    For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Snail Adventure Tourss operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:
     
    FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.
     
    SEAT BELTS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts.
     
    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
     
    A couple of rules
    Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Snail Adventuretravellers. Our's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
    Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment at Snail Adventure Tours, either between passengers or involving our leaders, local operators or locals.
    Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
     
    Travelling on a group trip
    As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.
     
    SINGLE TRAVELLERS:
    Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.
     
    Travel Insurance
    Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
    When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.
    If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
     
    Travel Insurance is compulsory on all Snail Adventure Tourstrips and is a condition of booking with Snail Adventure Tours. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses, including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
    Your insurance policy will need to be sighted by your leader on day one of your trip. Failure to do so will mean exclusion from the trip. Please ensure you have your policy number and emergency telephone number for your insurance company. If this is unavailable please ensure you have the necessary information required by your insurance company in case of an emergency.
    We also recommend you take out cancellation insurance. This may cover cancellation penalties in certain circumstances if you have to cancel your trip unexpectedly due to illness, injury or unforeseen circumstances. Unfortunately cancellation.
     
    Responsible Travel
    We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller.
    At Snail Adventure Tours  we try to live by a simple motto: holidays shouldn’t be hard. On the other hand, we know there is a lot to get organised before your trip: visas, passports, insurance, transfers, getting the neighbour to feed your cat. And although pet care is a bit beyond us, as a full service travel agent we’ve made it our mission to assist with everything else. 

     

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