A Big ITB Hit – Khiri’s Complete Cambodia Package

March 15, 2013 by | Filed Under: Adventure Travel, Cambodia, News

Homestays are perhaps the ultimate way to get to know the local people of a country and to support small communities. The Cambodian countryside offers impressive views, beautiful flora and fauna, friendly people and impressive temple discoveries.  Of course, Khiri Cambodia will also take you to the well-known highlights in this comprehensive and wonderful 19-day tour through Cambodia.

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We start our journey in Siem Reap, where we bring clients out to watch the sunrise above Angkor Wat in the early morning. We take our time to explore the surrounding remnants of the magnificent Angkor city near the pink sandstone temple ruins of Banteay Srei. We later visit the Landmine Museum and Prevention Center. After a short drive through the Cambodian countryside, we spend an afternoon with a local family living along the banks of the Tonle Sap Lake.

317832_2306021968274_1181013989_2810119_1154264_nWe leave Siem Reap behind and reach the community of Isanborei where we overnight at the house of a local family, a charming homestay. The community is part of a Khiri Reach project and from here clients can ride a bicycle to visit the three main temple complexes of Sambor Prei Kuk, which pre-date the Angkor ruins.

In Phnom Penh, the darkest hours of Cambodian history are still visible at the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and killing fields. Our guide shows clients the way and is ready to answer any questions. On a free day, travellers can choose to take a class in Cambodian cooking, cycle around town, or take a quad bike ride at Phnom Tamao and its Wildlife Rescue Centre. Phnom Penh is a vibrant, charming capital with plenty of nice promenade strolling next to the Mekong River.

Going further south, we arrive at a small settlement on the Stoeng Prat River to board a local boat to Chi Phat. After a meet and greet with the hosts, clients are taken for a walk to Chhay Chrey rapids and to visit the nursery of the Cardamom Reforestation Project in the tropical rainforest. The area is home to eagles, hornbills and numerous other birds. We recommend guests plant a tree here.

Via old colonial roads, an ethnic Cham village and through rubber and other tropical plantations, clients reach Kratie along the Mekong River. This is the ideal place to spot the rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins.

The tour is completed by a relaxing stay at the beautiful beaches along the southern coastline. Travellers often overlook Kep, but it’s a real gem nestled in Cambodia’s coastline. Stroll around at the teeming crab market and hop on a local boat to Koh Rong (Rabbit Island) for a relaxing day at the beach.

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For more information and bookings, please contact sales.cambodia@khiri.com.

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