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CAMBODIA 2018

Monday, Oct. 29: arrive in Bangkok. Transfer to your 5-star hotel created with a modern Thai sensibility by an international award-winning team of architects and designers.

Oct. 30: Visit the newly renovated galleries of the Bangkok National Museum, then have lunch at Baan Restaurant serving the family recipes of renown chef Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn, of Le Du.   Continue to The Museum of Contemporary Art, housing Thailand’s most extensive collection of contemporary sculpture and painting. Evening Thai tapas and cocktails at our hotel’s excellent bar.

Phnom Penh

Oct. 31: Fly to the exciting city of Phnom Penh, and transfer to our hotel, the former Residence of the American Embassy.  One of the city’s most historically important buildings, it was renovated in a minimalist Khmer style with the design assistance of one of Cambodia’s top artists, Em Riem.  In the evening, unwind by a beautiful lotus pond while dining on Khmer food.  

Nov. 1: Visit the Royal Palace, a complex of spectacular buildings, including the Silver Pagoda, which contains a life-sized gold Maitreya Buddha decorated with 9584 diamonds (the largest weighing 25 carats.) Enjoy an Asian/fusion lunch. Continue to the Cambodia National Museum, filled with art and artifacts dating back to the pre-Angkorian era. Later, enjoy endless wine, cheese, charcuterie, and small bites at a nearby French restaurant.

Nov. 2: Delve into Cambodia’s dark and tragic history with a moving audio tour at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, the site of a mass grave of the victims of the Khmer Rouge. Break for lunch, then continue to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Formerly a high school, it became the notorious Khmer Rouge Security Prison 21. Then celebrate the rebirth of Cambodia by sampling modern Khmer cuisine.

Nov. 3: Art Day! Visit Wattan Artisans Cambodia, located in Wat Than Pagoda, a worker-run cooperative featuring upscale work of Cambodian artisans disabled by landmines or polio. Lunch at Phnom Penh’s best French restaurant, then visit La Galerie X-EM Design to see the works of the artist Em Riem. Unwind while watching the city light up on a Mekong River sunset cocktail/dinner cruise.

angkor wat, cambodia

Siem Reap

Nov. 4: Fly to Siem Reap, then transfer to the one of the newest luxury hotels.  Surrounded by fully grown trees, and set in a gorgeous garden on the Siem Reap River, the hotel combines luxury and a modern Khmer sensibility with sustainability practices. Dinner in a restaurant set in a traditional Khmer house, serving inventive fusion food applauded in Saveur magazine.

Monday, Nov. 5: Begin exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Archaeological Park, magnificent ruins from the vast Khmer civilization dating from the 9th to 15th centuries. Visit the highlights of “Great City” Angkor Thom, the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer Empire. Then see the spectacular Angkor Wat at noon, when it’s most free of tourists. Lunch in the former headquarters for UNESCO in Cambodia. Swim or relax for the rest of the afternoon, then meet for sunset cocktails at Sky Bar. Watch the Leonid meteor shower after night falls. Free evening.

Nov. 6: Tour the workshops of a social enterprise dedicated to reviving Cambodian culture after the severe blow dealt by the Khmer Rouge. Then go to their silk farm to see the fascinating process of silk production and weaving. Lunch at a locally favorite restaurant. Free afternoon to explore with your own tuk-tuk and driver. Dinner at an internationally acclaimed restaurant, serving modern food firmly rooted in Cambodian flavors.

Nov. 7: Veer off the beaten path, and drive through beautiful countryside to Koh Ker, an infrequently visited former capital of the Khmer empire. Break for a traditional Cambodian lunch, then head to Beng Melea, a 12th-century temple still integrated with the jungle. Back in Siem Reap, enjoy a relaxed dinner under a thatched roof.

Nov. 8: Free day, to swim and relax by one of our hotel’s two pools, or take advantage of your free tuk-tuk to explore the town!   In the evening, dine on Khmer fusion/locavore gastronomy.

Nov. 9: Visit the largely unrestored 12th-century temple Preah Khan.  Have lunch cooked by a chef who has cooked for the Cambodian Royal Family. Later in the afternoon, head to the Cambodian Landmine Museum, founded by a young Khmer man who cleared landmines with a stick. After that, we’ll visit Banteay Srei, the “Citadel of Women”, whose myth holds that the temple’s exquisitely carved red sandstone lintels were too fine to be carved by men.   Dinner at our hotel.

Nov. 10: Return to Bangkok, and transfer to the Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport hotel. Take the BTS “Skytrain” into Bangkok for farewell dinner.

What’s included:

  • 13 nights accommodation beginning Oct. 29th (arrival day.)
  • Daily breakfast.  8 lunches, 10 dinners, and Thai tapas.  Gratuities included.
  • Non-alcoholic drink at tour-sponsored lunches.
  • Glass of house wine, cocktail, beer or non-alcoholic drink at all tour-sponsored dinners.
  • Happy Hour cocktail in Bangkok and in Siem Reap.
  • Air-conditioned day-tour transportation, drivers, and guides.
  • All airport transfers in Thailand and Cambodia.
  • Roundtrip air travel between Thailand and Cambodia.
  • Airfare between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
  • Museum admission, and admission to Angkor Archeological Park.

What’s not included:

  • Airfare to/from the U.S.
  • Tips to porters, hotel staff, guides, and drivers.
  • Accommodation for early arrival or late departure (although we will happily arrange this for a slight additional charge.)
  • Excess baggage fees.
  • Cambodia visas (these can be acquired online.)
  • Trip cancellation/travel insurance.
  • Medical insurance or medical care.
  • Room service, minibar, spa, and laundry charges.
  • Hotel restaurant/bar charges not included in the itinerary.

Tour cost

$6200. per person, double occupancy.
$7950. per person, single occupancy.

Traveler Minimum: 5 people. Traveler Maximum: 8 people.

$1000 deposit, per person, is required to confirm your space. Spaces will be reserved in the order in which deposits are received. Deposits are payable by check only, made out to ChillAway Travel, address 1009 Ruth Avenue, Austin TX 78757. Your deposit is fully refundable until the Traveler Minimum of five people is met.

The Traveler Minimum has been, and the trip is confirmed, but there are still two spaces available.   Contact us for more information.    

For registered travelers your remaining balance will be due by May 15.  For travelers registering after May 15th, both your deposit and balance are due on registration.   See cancellation policy below.  

We recommend you wait until after the trip is confirmed to book your flight.

Cancellation policy

Once the trip is confirmed, the cancellation policy goes into effect. For this reason, we strongly recommend you buy trip cancellation insurance. (And if you need to cancel, please notify us in writing.)

We reserve the right to cancel a trip for any reason. In this case, all confirmed travelers will receive 100% refund of all payments made to ChillAway Travel.   Our cancellation policy is as follows:

  • Before trip minimum is met, the deposit is fully refundable.
  • After trip confirmation, the deposit is non-refundable.
  • May 15–August 31, 50% of payment will be refunded.
  • After August 31st, no refund.

Itinerary changes

Unforeseen circumstances beyond our control may require a change to the trip itinerary. In this case, ChillAway Travel will make every effort to reduce revisions to a minimum, and to make substitutions if possible. The culinary scenes in Thailand and Cambodia are vibrant and ever-changing, so we might make restaurant substitutions if we feel it would enhance our group’s experience.