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Virachey Trekking Adventure

11 days: Phnom Penh - Kampi - Ratanakiri - Virachey - Stung Treng - Phnom Penh

Highlights: jungle experience, rivers and streams, hill tribes.

Activities: Trekking, Boat Travel, Kayaking, Camping.

Accommodation: 4 nights camping, 3 nights hotels.

Virachey Trekking Adventure Itinerary

Day 1 We depart Phnom Penh in the morning by car to Kampi where we will stop for lunch at a scenic spot along the banks of the Mekong River and then enjoy a boat trip to see the rare Mekong River Freshwater Dolphins. Afterwards, we continue by car to Ratanakiri where we will stay in a comfortable lodge with a swimming pool and restaurant by a scenic lake in the town of Banlung.

Day 2 We depart Banlung by car for about 45 minutes until we reach the remote Se San River where we will continue by boat on the Se San and then up a small tributary stream to an area of tribal villages. We will begin trekking, stopping for lunch at a local farmhouse, and then continuing as the landscape changes into dense primary forests. In the late afternoon we will set up camp nearby a small stream in the forest and enjoy dinner by the campfire.

Day 3 We will begin trekking early, after a breakfast cooked over a wood fire. The trekking is through lush forests and passes though some giant trees. Sometimes the guide will need to clear the path by machete. At noon we will set up camp and have lunch, leaving the afternoon free to relax. In the evening we will depart on a night hike in the vicinity of the camp. We will be looking for small nocturnal animals and enjoying the atmosphere of the jungle at night.

Day 4 We will continue hiking north through slightly hilly terrain where the jungle opens up a bit and it will be possible to learn about the local flora and fauna as well as stop to rest and swim in some scenic spots. We will set up camp in the afternoon and enjoy a view of the sunset.

Day 5 We will wake early and continue hiking through some of the most majestic forests of the trek before arriving at a local farmhouse where we will set up camp and enjoy interacting with the locals. Dinner will be prepared with the locals and it will be possible to try the traditional rice wine of this region.

Day 6 We will have breakfast at the farmhouse and then begin trekking back to our start point where our boat will be waiting for us to return via a small stream to the Se San River and back to Banlung. We arrive back at our lodge in the afternoon and enjoy a free evening to relax.

Day 7 We will depart by car to Ratanakiri's Yak Lom crater lake where we will have a few hours free to explore the nature trails in this area or swim in the clear waters of this circular crater lake. After an early picnic lunch at the lake, we will depart to Stung Treng where we will check into our riverside hotel before departing for kayaking trip on the scenic Sekong River. We will visit an ethnic Lao village where bamboo sticky rice is made and then continue downriver, enjoying a superb view of sunset over confluence of the Mekong and Sekong Rivers.

Day 8 We will transfer by car to the Mekong River north of the Silk Islands and from there board a comfortable 2-deck cruise boat. We will enjoy a picnic and swim at a sandy beach on the tip of the northern-most island and make numerous excursions on the islands including visits to an island pagoda, local silk weaving communities, farms, villages and schools before continuing the journey to Phnom Penh, enjoying great views of river life, fishing practices, a floating village, the four rivers region and the city. We will be able to watch the sunset over the river while enjoying a BBQ dinner and drinks on board before arriving at Phnom Penh.

Price: Please Ask

Price Includes:
-All transport.
-All accommodation.
-All entrance tickets.
-All fees.
-Most Meals.

Not Inclusive of: Insurance.

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