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Cambodian Water Festival and Longboat Race tour
Angkor Wat Siem Reap Cambodian Water Festival and Longboat Race Trip

Cambodian Water Festival and Longboat Race

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
From: $ 764 $ 96 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Join a longboat crew and take part in the bon om touk race
  • Learn about the history of the festival from monks
  • Explore the angkor wat temple complex
  • Enjoy a full day of cycling to banteay srei
  • Celebrate with your teammates after the big race!

Short Description

Every year, Cambodia parties for three solid days along the Tonle Sap River to celebrate the end of the rainy season. Millions of people turn up every year to hear bands, eat ak ambok (a traditional Khmer rice dish), and cheer on the longboat racers during Bon Om Touk. But why merely attend the festival when you could be a part of it yourself? On this tour, you’ll get the chance to join a longboat crew and take part in the race itself, as well as meet with monks, explore ancient temples by bike, and soak up one of those legendary Tonle Sap sunsets. How’s that for an unbeatable travel story?

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Siem Reap
End City Siem Reap

Destinations

Cambodia

Cities & Attractions

Angkor Wat Siem Reap

Age Requirement

You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • G Adventures for Good: Meal at New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant
  • Siem Reap G Adventures for Good: Longboat Race Training
  • Siem Reap G Adventures for Good: Phare - The Cambodian Circus
  • Siem Reap Hands-On: Phare Circus Workshop
  • Siem Reap
  • Village visit
  • Angkor Wat guided tour
  • Banteay Srei cycling tour and Landmine Museum visit
  • Longboat equipment and team gear
  • Cambodian Water Festival and Longboat Race
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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Itinerary

Day 1 Siem Reap

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Siem Reap (1B, 1L)

Visit the community and temple your team is supporting in the big race. Meet with the local monks and learn more about the meaning behind the festival. Enjoy a walk around the community and lunch at the training restaurant. Included Activities: Bon Om Touk Village Visit Meal at New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant

Day 3 Siem Reap (1B)

Enjoy a guided tour of Angkor Wat temple complex. Opt to visit the floating villages of the Tonle Sap with a free afternoon. Included Activities: Angkor Wat Guided Tour

Day 4 Siem Reap (1B, 1L)

Enjoy a full day cycling tour to Banteay Srei, stopping by the Landmine Museum en route. Included Activities: Banteay Srei Cycling Tour and Landmine Museum Visit

Day 5 Siem Reap (1B)

Get in some practice with your teammates during a morning longboat training session. The rest of the day is free to spend exploring, shopping, or relaxing. Included Activities: Longboat Race Training

Day 6 Siem Reap (1B, 1D)

Begin the day with a longboat training. In the afternoon, test out your circus skills during a fun-filled workshop with the performers of Phare. After a group dinner, head into the tent to watch one of Phare's stellar performances. Included Activities: Phare Circus Workshop Longboat Race Training Phare - The Cambodian Circus

Day 7 Siem Reap

Four local drivers and a CEO will be part of your longboat team, ensuring everyone is safe and staying on course. Included Activities: Cambodian Water Festival and Longboat Race

Day 8 Siem Reap (1B)

Depart at anytime. Included Activities: Departure Day

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Price Per Day: $ 96 per day
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Poorly-chosen itinerary. Crappy hotels with no air-conditioning, broken fridges, clogged showers, and smoked-through "non-smoking" rooms. No meals, no transport: you want it, you have to pay for it. Treated like cattle in the "third-class" accommodations on the overnight train. What did we pay for???
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The tour started in Bali and ended there. From day 1, it was full of adventures and wonderful vibes from everyone, all led by our knowledgeable guide Hans. He was at the center of everything and he knows the place and people everywhere which made all the visits and the daily tours fantastic.
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The experience was great and our CEO had excellent knowledge on the sites we visited as well as Egypt in general. Our accommodation however was not close to the "3 star" as advertised. Albeit the staff was nice, the hotels were not really well maintained and it was more comfortable to sleep on the floor than on the bed. The breakfast was minimal - eggs were very oily in pans that looked like they were last cleaned a decade ago. I would definitely recommend taking the package but rather seeking your own accommodation.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport Tuk-tuk, cycling, longboat.

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Max 17. During the celebration your group may join other G groups in the area for some activities with a max of 51.

Solo Notes

We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accomodations

Hotels (7 nts).

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Physical Requirements

Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our leaders work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. Please note that all passengers traveling to Antarctica are required to fill out this questionnaire. The medical questionnaire can be found online at www.gadventures.com/medical-form.

Rules & Other Requirements

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any 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 our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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Meals Included:

6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

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