Cultural Tours to Cambodia

Cambodia: Kingdom of Wonder

with Ralph Velasco

Phnom Penh • Siem Reap • Battambang • Kep

JUST ANNOUNCED…

PEA Founder Ralph Velasco will be leading this trip in 2019!

Come join PEA Founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) Ralph Velasco on a customized, small group tour of Cambodia (4 pax min. to 11 max.).

 

“I highly recommend Cambodia. Ralph’s trip is wonderful. I’ve had a great two weeks.”

~ Leslie Talley (Cambodia, Turkey, India and others)

 

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

In Phnom Penh you’ll experience a sunset cruise on the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers, plus visit the Central Market, Wat Phnom, Silk Island, the Killing Fields, Tuol Sleng, take cyclo and tuk-tuk rides and much more.

Moving on from Phnom Penh you’ll spend time in Battambang, where you’ll enjoy a tuk-tuk adventure into the countryside with stops to see how they make rice paper and sticky rice served in bamboo, as well as a stop at the local prahok (fish paste) market, an experience you’ll surely never forget.  You’ll also visit the austere Killing Cave and witness the spectacle of over 6 million bats as they leave their cave to feed in the local rice fields.

Continuing your partial circumnavigation of the Tonle Sap, you’ll venture on to Siem Reap, your base for exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat (voted #1 on TripAdvisor’s World Wonders of 2015, the list of the 25 top rated landmarks of the world ) where you’ll have an included day pass to the ruins.  Our itinerary features sunrise and sunset at Angkor Wat, visits to Bayon and Ta Prohm along with other amazing sites.

Finally, you’ll fly from Siem Reap back to Phnom Penh (flight included), and then have a private transfer to visit the seaside town of Kep, famous for its crab market with wonderfully fresh seafood, a trip to a pepper farm to see how it’s processed, as well as Rabbit Island, simply the perfect place to just relax and wind down from your great Cambodian adventure!

Then on the last day you’ll be transferred back to Phnom Penh to fly out.

Watch Video for an Overview of This Trip

  • “LOVED your presentation at The Refinery on Saturday!! You got me motivated to travel & I learned a lot!!  THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME and for sharing your gift!!”

    Carole Haner-Brackett Photography Basics Meetup participant
  • “Thanks again for such an amazing trip…my photography interest and appetite has completely grown since the trip and I have come back so invigorated and inspired.  I’m excited to learn more and begin to take some higher quality pictures.”

    Sarah Radka Cuba tour participant
  • “Thanks for a great trip.  All went smoothly and I had a great time.  I return a better photographer for certain and have a new perspective on what I see.  You offer a great product – smart itineraries, hotels and food choices…I look forward to another trip.”

    David Wild Morocco tour participant
  • “The fun, adventure and friendship with you means everything to us, along with a great photo or two along the way!”

    Brandon and Shea Mayberry Morocco and Spain tours participant
  • “Ralph, Morocco truly is magical!  Thanks for a beautiful two weeks!”

    Leslie Talley Morocco, Turkey and Cambodia tours participant
  • “Our tour leader Ralph was one of the most knowledgeable trip leaders I have experienced over the past 40 years. He is a very experienced photographer and generously shared his knowledge, talents and experience with us.  I think I learned more composition skills and believe I am a better photographer.”

    Larry Ehemann Central Europe, Cuba East and Romania tour participant
  • “I really liked the [small] size of the tour. It felt like traveling with friends from very early on, and continued to feel that way. That last hotel we stayed in, the one in Budapest, was such a treat! Those views were fabulous, and it ended the trip in style. Ralph is a good trip leader… He wasn’t hovering, but he did stop and give tips and I felt well-tended. The local guides were all outstanding!”

    Heather Hellier Central Europe tour participant
  • “Ralph is an engaging and knowledgeable photographer that puts his world class experience in your hands. This trip has been off the charts.”

    Steve Grove Travel photography class, Cambodia and Vietnam tour participant
  • “The photo critique alone [at the Photography Boot Camp] is worth the price of admission.”

    Shaune Kelly Photography Boot Camp, Cuba and Tuscany tour participant
  • “Great examples clearly demonstrated the points Ralph made.  His teaching methods made many things much simpler to understand.  I thoroughly enjoyed this class!”

    Brenda Hatcher Photography Boot Camp participant
Map of Cambodia

DATES

November 23 – December 6, 2019

COST

$3,999 per person in Double Occupancy (please add $599 for single supplement* if you’d like your own room throughout the trip).

* A single supplement applies to those wishing to have their own room throughout the trip (availability may be limited).  The trip price is based on current airfare from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, but price could be adjusted slightly should airfares rise or fall between now and when they are confirmed (although this has never happened).

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER

Please request the details of this trip by contacting us via THIS LINK.

To register, you can pay with a credit card via PayPal (request an invoice using THIS LINK) or by depositing a check directly into the PhotoEnrichment Programs, Inc. Bank of America account (we’ll send you all the details if you contact us above). Depositing a check affords a $50 discount per person.

Your participation is not confirmed until completed Reservation Form and Terms & Conditions, and payment in full, have been received.  We’ll send these to you on request.

INCLUDED

Focus on Photography While Meeting New and Interesting People

  • In Phnom Penh you’ll experience a sunset cruise on the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers, plus visit the Central Market, Wat Phnom, Silk Island, the Killing Fields, Tuol Sleng, take cyclo and tuk-tuk rides and much more.
  • Moving on from Phnom Penh you’ll spend time in Battambang, where you’ll enjoy tuk-tuk adventures into the countryside with stops to see how they make rice paper and sticky rice served in bamboo, as well as a stop at the local prahok (fish paste) market, an experience you’ll surely never forget.  You’ll also visit the austere Killing Cave and witness the spectacle of over 6 million bats as they leave their cave to feed in the local rice fields.
  • Continuing your partial circumnavigation of the Tonle Sap, you’ll venture on to Siem Reap, your base for exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat (voted #1 on TripAdvisor’s World Wonders of 2015, the list of the 25 top rated landmarks of the world ) where you’ll have an included day pass to the ruins.  Our itinerary features sunrise and sunset at Angkor Wat, visits to Bayon and Ta Prohm along with other amazing sites.
  • Finally, you’ll fly from Siem Reap back to Phnom Penh (flight included), and then have a private transfer to visit the seaside town of Kep, famous for its crab market, Rabbit Island, and simply a peaceful place to just relax and your great Cambodian adventure!  Then on the last day you’ll be transferred back to Phnom Penh to fly out.
PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS

Small Group Tours with a Friendly Local Guide

  • Keeping your travel schedule in mind, participants will be put in the right place, at the right time, to explore and capture the best of Cambodia, including its people, food, temples and other cultural wonders.
  • Approximately 2- to 4-hours per day on average of time with your trip leader Ralph Velasco, including group photo walks and locally-guided walking tours in each location.
  • Participants will have a chance to enjoy a mid-trip image review where you can share images and discuss what you and your fellow tour participants saw and photographed.
THE PROGRAM

Program includes:

  • 13 nights accommodation in wonderful boutique hotels with pools and other amenities in each location (Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang and Kep).
  • Meals: breakfast daily, plus most lunches and dinners, but still you can go out and explore other restaurants on your own when not with the group.
  • One drink at each included meal (small bottled water, soft drink, house wine, local beer, coffee or tea)
  • Airport transfers in Phnom Penh (PNH) at start and end of tour, plus for internal flight.
  • Transportation from Phnom Penh to Battambang to Siem Reap, and then from Phnom Penh to Kep and back to Phnom Penh in a private, air-conditioned coach.
  • Airfare one-way between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.
  • Entry fees for all included sites and group experiences.
  • Cyclo and tuk-tuk rides for various activities.
  • Orientation tours in Phnom Penh, Battambang and Siem Reap with a local, English-speaking guide.
  • Tips for all local guides, drivers, porters and meals.
ABOUT YOUR GUIDE

ABOUT RALPH VELASCO

Ralph Velasco is a U.S.-based travel photography instructor, author and international guide who has organized and led close to 100 international tours, including to Egypt, Morocco, the Adriatic, Central Europe, Iceland, Bhutan, Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, Spain, Romania, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Turkey, and other locations (hover your mouse over the TOURS tab above for our currently available trips).  He’s also organized and participated in 18 fully-licensed Humanitarian and People-to-People programs in Cuba.

Ralph is an award-winning travel photography blogger and for the past 10 years he’s been the Founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of PhotoEnrichment Adventures.  He’s also Creator of Tour Organizer Training, a free webinar and online course series designed to teach everyday people, step-by-step, how to organize and lead their own special interest trips, whether around the world or around the corner.  Click here to join the next free webinar.

TESTIMONIALS

“I highly recommend Cambodia. Ralph’s trip is wonderful. I’ve had a great two weeks.”

~ Leslie Talley (Cambodia, Turkey, India and others)

The trip was great! We had a good introduction to the Khmer culture of both yesterday and today, and we had a chance to visit historic and religious places. There were many opportunities for good photos. I particularly liked the tuk-tuk adventures and seeing the Cambodian people in both the cities and in the countryside.

~ Vivian Nagy (2018 Cambodia, Baltics)

Cambodia has been on my To Do list for some time – the opportunity to do this with a tour geared to photography is obviously a great option. This way you get to meet new friends and enjoy your travel photography with knowledgeable guides and a team that takes you to all the high spots but also lets you meet the locals and see their everyday life. The schedule is balanced with time to relax and explore on your own as well as advice and support on developing your travel photography skills.”

~ Barbara O’Brien (2018 Cambodia, 2015 Vietnam)

“I really enjoyed my visit to Cambodia. The people were warm and welcoming and willing to have us photograph them at their daily activities. We had the opportunity to see the cities and countryside, crafts people and markets, temples and monks.

~ Craig McClure (2018 Cambodia)

All activities and itinerary details are subject to change, but rest assured we’ll make every effort to provide a comparable alternative should changes to our schedule need to be made.

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