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      NATURE TOURS                                                            

      PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

      Address           : #7 D, Street 258,Phnom Penh,Cambodia

      Mobile             : (+855) 97 8638839 / (+855) 68-366616

      Skype              : va.sokhan

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      LEISURE PACKAGES

       

      TOUR NAME                                   DURATION              CODE              TOUR FEE

      PHNOM PENH TOUR                       

      Heritage & Sites

      PHNOM PENH MORNING TOUR         4 Hours              LP –M1          $ 29.00 USD /Head

       

      Heritage & Sites

      PHNOM PENH AFTER NOON TOURS   4 Hours             LP- A2           $ 29.00 USD/Head

      Heritage & Sites

      PHNOM PENH, 1 DAY TOURS          1 Day Tour         LP-M1+A2      $ 49.00 USD/Head

      SIEM REAP TOUR

      Heritage & Traditions   

      SIEM REAP, 1 DAY TOURS              1 Day Tour        SLP-A2    $ 49.00 USD/Head

      Heritage & Sites

      2 DAY 1 NIGHT IN SIEM REAP         2 Days-1 Night      SLP1     $ 99 USD/Head                  

       

      ANGKOR HIGHLIGHTS, CAMBODIA     3 days 2 nights     LP-02   $ 109 USD / Head              

      Heritage & Sites

      ANGKOR, CAMBODIA                       4 days 3 Nights    LP-03   $ 129 USD / Head

      Heritage & Traditions                             

      FOREMOST CAMBODIA                     5 days 4 nights   LP-04   $ 159 USD / Head

      KOH KONG TOUR (SEA SIDE)

      Phnom Penh-Koh Kong                                    

      CAMBODIA – BY LAND AND SEASIDE   3 days, 2 nights  LP-05   $ 139 USD / Head

      Phnom Penh-Koh Kong

      CAMBODIA – By LAND AND SEASIDE   4 days 3 nights   LP-06    $ 159 USD / Head

      KOM PONG SOM TOUR (SIHANOUK VILLE SEA SIDE)

       

      Phnom Penh- Kom Pong Som

      CAMBODIA – By LAND AND SEASIDE 2 Days-1 Nights   LP-07     $ 99.00 USD / Head

       

      MONDULKIRI TOUR (ECO-TOUR)

       

      Phnom Penh- Mondulkiri

      CAMBODIA – By LAND TOUR          3 Days-2 Nights   LP-08        $ 109.00 USD/ Head 

      RATANKIRI TOUR (ECO-TOUR)

      Phnom Penh- Ratanakiri      

      CAMBODIA – By LAND TOUR         4 Days-3 Nights    LP-09         $ 125.00 USD / Head

      Phnom Penh-Mondulkiri-Ratanakiri  6 Days-5 Nights    LP-10         $ 209.00 USD / Head

      CAMBODIA- By Land

      Note: The above list of tour packages is limited to the most popular tours. We have many more tours to offer, please contact us for more information.        

      PROGRAM                  : PHNOM PENH MORNING TOUR 

      TOUR CODE               : LP –M1

      Place to visit : Phnom Penh City                                                                          

      Starting Time           : 8:00 AM    Return            : 12:00 PM (Min 5 person Joint tours)

      Price                          : $ 30.00 USD                     Adult

                                         $ 15 .00 USD                      Children

      Tour duration           : 4 hours

      Pick up Time             : 7:00 AM

      Payment                    : Cash in USD only

      Included                    : 1- Car with air-con

                                            2- English, Thai, Japanese, and entrance fee.

       

       

      ***** German, Spanish, French, Russian, and Italian guide subject to availability at extra charge $ 30.00 USD/ per group.

       

      PHNOM PENH MORNING TOUR

      ITINERARY:

       

      A great tour experiencing the highlights Of Phnom Penh are giving a fabulous insight to the city and its historical sight.We begin with the Wat Phnom, The place where Phnom Penh. got its name from, our tour guide will reveal the full story of this city, from there we drive along Sisowath Quay which allow you to enjoy the unique river front view of Tonle Chak tomuk,we continue our visit to the Independent Monument ,which is build for enjoy o the success in setting the country free from French colony, From hear we drive to the terrifying Toul sleng Genocide Museum, This place reveals the sad and shocking history for the Khmer in the last few decades. the final leg of our is to travel along Mao Tse Toung Blvd,Then turn to Monireth  Blvd,and continue to the famous Charles De Gaulle Blvd,Then will allow you to have a full view  of this bussy dusty Phnom Penh, back to Monivong Blvd, End Of Tours.

       

      PROGRAM                  : PHNOM PENH AFTER NOON TOURS

      TOUR CODE               : LP- A2

      Place to Visit            : Phnom Penh City  

      Started Time            : 2:00 PM                               Return            : 05:00 PM (Min 5 person Joint Tours)

      Price                           : $ 30.00 USD                        Adult

                                            $ 15.00 USD                        Child

      Tour duration           : 4 hours

      Pick up Time             : 1:00 PM

      Payment                    : Cash in USD only

      Included                    : 1- Car with air-con

                                            2- English, Thai, Japanese, and entrance fee.

      ******* German, Spanish, French, Russian, and Italian guide subject to availability at extra charge $ 30.00 USD / per group.

       

      PHNOM PENH AFTERNOON TOURS

      ITINERARY:

       

      A great discovering tours of the rich Khmer Arts.Architecture and culture.The tours start at about 2.30 PM We head to silver pagoda ,which is located within the royal palace terrain, in addition you will also have a chance to discover the Royal Palace .From there we continue our tour to visit National Museum ,a red and elegant looking building ,which is located outer to the East of Royal palace .you will surprise  with the Amazing Khmer Arts, that have been collected from all over the country, which are available on display in this Museum, lately we continue this tour along the beautiful Chak Tomuk river,side to Visit the Ounalom monastery, back to your departure point and the tour end here ,End of tour.




      PROGRAM                  : PHNOM PENH, PHNOM CHISO AND TONLE BATI 1 DAY TOURS.

      TOUR CODE               : LP-M1+A2

      Place to Visit            : Phnom Penh & Tonle Bati

      Started Time            : 8:00 AM            Return : 05:00 PM (MIN 5 Person Joint Tours)

      Price                           : $ 49.00 USD    Adult

                                            $ 29.00 USD    Child

      Tour duration           : 7 HOURS

      Pick up Time             : 7:00 AM

      Payment                    : Cash in USD only

      Included                  : 1- Car with air-con

                                     2- English, Thai, Japanese, and entrance fee.

                                     3- 1 lunch at local restaurant.

      *******German, Spanish, French, Russian, and Italian guide subject to availability at extra charge USD 30 / per group.

      ITINERARY:

      Today excursion will allow you to observe Other precious Heritage of the Khmer Empire.The tours start at 8:00 AM in the morning heading toward Ta Keo  Province along national road number 2 .the tour will stop first

       Tonle Bati, which is the home to two 12th century temple Ta Prohm temples and Prasat Yeay Peo build close to Bati lake by the king Jayavarman VII .Tonle Bati is the Beautiful lake is Popular among locals for its breezy and tranquil atmosphere.Tonle bati is 42 Km south of Phnom Penh,takes about 1 hours by car.we have lunch at Tonle Bati floating house before continue our tour to Phnom Chiso and other 20 km fro Tonle Bati ,Phnom Chiso is a hill top with many building from difference eras including the temple of Suryagiri from 11 century ,Enjoy tremendous view over the surround plains. On the way. Back we visit another famous temple of prasat Neang Khmau,which is not far from Phnom Chiso.Transfer back to departure point ,tour end here.

       

       

      PROGRAM 4              : SIEM REAP-ANKOR THOM-BAYON –SIEM REAP

      PACKAGE TOUR 1 DAY TRIP IN SIEM REAP

      TOUR CODE               : SLP-A2

      Place to Visit            : Siem Reap & Angkor

      Starting Time           : 8:00 AM                               Return            : 05:00 PM (Min 5 person Join tours)

      Price                           : $ 49.00 USD                        Adult

                                            $ 29.00 USD                        Child

      Tour duration           : 7 hours

      Pick up Time             : 7:00 AM

      Payment                    : Cash in USD only

      Included                    : 1- car with air-con

                                            2- English, Thai, Japanese, and entrance fee.

                                            3- 1 lunch at local restaurant.

      *** German, Spanish, French, Russian, and Italian guide subject to availability at extra charge$ 30 USD / per group.                                                                                                                             

      Excluded                 : Cambodia Visa Fee, air-ticket and airport tax, Personal Expense, Sorft drink, Tip Guide and Driver

      ITINERARY:

       

      Welcome at Siem Reap Air-Port ,Visit South gate of Ankor Thom

       ( Bayon , Baphoun, Elephant terrace, Lepe king ,Royal Palace,,

      Visit Ta Prohm Temple ,Lunch at local restaurant ,

      Visit the wonderful heritage Angkor Wat temples, Transfer to siem Reap

       Air-port for departure flight to Phnom penh.End of Tour.

       

       

       

                        

       

       

       

       

       

                                                                                                     

       

      PROGRAME               : 2 DAY 1 NIGHT IN SIEM REAP

      TOUR CODE               : SLP1

      Place to Visited        : Siem Reap

      ITINERARY:

      DAY 1- ARRIVAL IN SIEM REAP (L, D,)

      *Arrival at Siem Reap Air-port transfer for sightseeing ,

      *visit south gate of Angkor Thom ,Bayon temple complex,

      *Lunch at local restaurant ,after lunch continue tour to visit

      *Angkor Wat temple complex and enjoy watching sunset on Phnom Bakheng

      *Dinner and overnight at hotel.

      DAY 2- DEPARTURE FROM SIEM REAM(B, L,D)                                                                                 

      - after breakfast at hotel,visit Banteay Srey temple ,and Lucnh at Local Restaurant ,free time for shopping and transfer to the Air-port for departure. End of Tour.

      PROGRAM 6              : Angkor Highlights – Heritage & Sites (3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS)

      TOUR CODE               : LP-02

      Places to visit           : Siem Reap & Angkor.

      Description

      This is a shorter tour to visit the main and most interesting sites of the Angkor area. As well as introducing you to the small and grand circuit of Angkor, including the monumental inner royal city of Angkor Thom and sublime Angkor Wat temple complex, it also covers Banteay Srei and Phnom Bakhaeng. This journey is perfect for those individuals or families who wish to discover the majesty of Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has become one of the world’s must-see ancient wonders.

      Highlights

      • Discover the stunning temples of Angkor, including stately Angkor Thom and intricate Banteay Srei
      • Experience first-hand the mysterious tree-engulfed monuments of Ta Prohm
      • See the film locations used in the Hollywood blockbuster – Tomb Raider
      • Gaze in wonder at the giant stone faces of Bayon state temple
      • Treat yourself to a refreshing and relaxing time at an oriental spa

      Program


      Day 1: Angkor & Siem Reap

      Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport, you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion to Banteay Srei, which dates back to 967 AD. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and is famed for the intricate friezes carved into its red sandstone walls. On the way back, we will visit Banteay Samre, which was built during Suryarvaman II’s rule in the middle of the 12th century. Next on the itinerary are three impressive temples from the 10th century – Eastern Mebon, Pre Rup and Prasat Kravan. Explore the intricate and ingenious designs. The first day concludes with panoramic views of the sunset and Angkor Wat from temple mountain Phnom Bakhaeng (900 AD). This is followed by your first night’s stay in Siem Reap.

       

       

       

       

       

      Day 2: Angkor & Siem Reap

      After breakfast, we begin the second day with a visit to the awe-inspiring Angkor Thom or ‘Great City’. This will include many of the finest Temples of King Jayavarman VII, who ruled from 1181-
      1220. At the southern gate of Angkor Thom, you will marvel at the imposing 23-metre high stone faces of Avalokiteshvara, which featured in the Tomb Raider movie. These astonishing carvings inspire awe and wonder in the beholder. At the centre of this citadel lies the state temple of Bayon, which we will also visit. This temple-mountain, built at the end of the 12th century, is adorned with hundreds of gigantic stone faces. This tour also includes the Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and the 12 identical towers of Prasat Suor Prat.
      Later in the day you will discover the most famous temples from the 11th century: Baphuon, Phimeanakas, North Khleang and South Khleang. In the afternoon we will begin our explorations of magnificent Angkor Wat, built under Suryavarman II, and the Ta Prohm complex, which dates back to Jayavarman VII’s reign (1181-1220). We then head to Siem Reap for your second night’s stay.

      Day 3: Angkor & Siem Reap

      On the third and final day, we will spend the morning visiting other important temples of Jayavarman VII: Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Prom. This will be followed by transfer to the airport and your return flight.

      PROGRAME               : Angkor – Heritage & Traditions (4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS)

      TOUR CODE               : LP-03

      Place to Visited        : Siem Reap

      ITINERARY

      Description

      This is the most popular program for visiting Angkor. It allows visitors to see much of what is worth knowing about the extraordinary Khmer civilization and its temples. You will discover the best sites along the small and grand Angkor circuits, including the temples of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat, and also visit the Roluos complex and Banteay Srei. The visitors will learn how traditional Angkor crafts are made and see how these ancient skills are being preserved. All in all, it’s a great introduction to Cambodia’s ancient wonders!

      Highlights

      • Discover the stunning Temples of Angkor area in and outside Siem Reap
      • See traditional dancing shows including the unique and graceful Apsara dancers
      • Enjoy a boat excursion to floating villages - the real ‘water world’
      • Visit an arts showroom and watch local artisans train at the National Silk Weaving Centre
      • Treat yourself to a refreshing and relaxing time at an oriental spa

      Program


      Day 1: Welcome to Angkor & Siem Reap

      Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport, you’ll be picked up by your guide and transferred to the hotel. Your Angkor explorations begin in the afternoon with a visit to the 9th century Roluos temples – Preah Ko, Bakong and Lolei. The first day concludes with panoramic views of the sunset from temple mountain Phnom Bakhaeng , which dates back to 900 AD and overlooks Angkor Wat. This is followed by your first night’s stay in Siem Reap.


      Day 2: Angkor & Siem Reap

      After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Banteay Srei (967 AD). The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and is famed for the intricate friezes carved into its red sandstone walls. On the way back, we will visit Banteay Samre, which was built during Suryarvaman II’s rule in the middle of the 12th century. Next on the itinerary are three impressive temples from the 10th century – Eastern Mebon, Pre Rup and Prasat Kravan. Explore their intricate and ingenious designs. After lunch, we begin our discovery of the magnificent Angkor Wat temple complex built under Suryavarman II and Ta Prohm which dates back to Jayavarman VII’s reign from 1181-1220. We then head to Siem Reap for your second night’s stay.


      Day 3: Angkor & Siem Reap

      After breakfast, we begin the second day with a visit to the awe-inspiring Angkor Thom or ‘Great City’. This will include many of the finest Temples of King Jayavarman VII, who ruled from 1181-1220. At the southern gate of Angkor Thom, you will marvel at the imposing 23-metre high stone faces of Avalokiteshvara, which featured in the Tomb Raider movie. These astonishing carvings inspire awe and wonder in all who view them. At the centre of this citadel lies the state temple of Bayon, which we will also visit. This temple-mountain, built at the end of the 12th century, is adorned with hundreds of gigantic stone faces. This tour also includes the Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and the 12 identical towers of Prasat Suor Prat.
      Later in the day you will discover the most famous temples from the 11th century: Baphuon, Phimeanakas, North Khleang and South Khleang. In the afternoon we will begin our explorations of magnificent Angkor Wat, built under Suryavarman II, and photograph the famously eerie silk cotton tree roots as they slowly cover the Ta Prohm temple from Jayavarman VII’s reign.
      The afternoon’s activities include visiting the other important temples of Jayavarman VII: Preah Khan, Neak Pean, and Ta Prom. In the evening we will visit the Apsara Theatre to enjoy a fine Khmer dinner and traditional dances. Then back to the hotel to stop overnight in Siem Reap.

      Day 4: Angkor & Siem Reap

      On the final morning, you will love the cool and relaxing boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake. Here we will visit the floating villages of Chong Kneas commune. The trip also includes stops at the showrooms and workshops of traditional craftsman and artisans of Angkor. From here you will be transferred to the airport and your return flight.

      PROGRAME               : FOREMOST – Heritage & Sites (5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS)

      TOUR CODE               : LP-04

      Place to Visited        : Siem Reap-Cambodia

      ITINERARY

      Description

      This journey introduces the individual or family visitors to the most popular tourism destinations and attractions of Cambodia. It begins in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia with its beautiful tree-shaded avenues, old colonial houses, museums, pagodas and is a splendid palace worth visiting. The city was once called the jewel of Southeast Asia and it’s easy to see why even today. Since the 1960s, Phnom Penh has suffered difficult times, which have prevented the capital from becoming a “modernised” city. Today Phnom Penh is being re-born whilst preserving its heritage and traditional way of life.

      On the way to Angkor, visitors will discover the traditional life of Cambodian people in the countryside and the wonders of ancient Khmer crafts. Once in Siem Reap, you will tour the stunning Angkor temples at one of the largest archaeological sites in the world, which stretches some 400 km2. The site has pristine forest area, splendid man-made lakes and magnificent remnants from the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, which dates from the 9th to the 15th century. It includes the legendary Temple of Angkor Wat and the astounding Bayon with its gigantic stone faces.

      Highlights

      • Discover the legendary Angkor temple comples
      • Visit the National Museum, Silver pagoda, Royal palace and Wat Phnom pagoda
      • Enjoy the traditional dancing show including the famed and graceful Apsara dancers
      • Cruise on a boat excursion to floating villages – the real ‘water world’
      • Treat yourself to a refreshing and relaxing time at an oriental spa

      Program
      Day 1: Welcome to Phnom Penh

      after arriving at Pochenthong airport in Phnom Penh, you will be picked up by your guide and
      transferred to the hotel. Soon after, you will begin to discover why the Cambodia’s capital city was once called the jewel of Southeast Asia. Your city explorations begin with a visit to the National Museum and see some of the wonderful antiquities from the Khmer civilization. This will be followed by trips to the remarkable Silver Pagoda, a tour of the Royal Palace with its ornate grandeur, and Wat Phnom pagoda. Then we return to your hotel for the first night’s stay in Phnom Penh.
      Day 2: Siem Reap & Angkor

      After breakfast, you will be transferred to airport and fly to Siem Reap. Your Angkor explorations begin in the morning with a visit to the 9th century Roluos temples – Preah Ko, Bakong and Lolei. More discoveries await you in the afternoon with a visit to three impressive temples from the 10th century – Eastern Mebon, Pre Rup and Prasat Kravan. Here you can marvel at their intricate and ingenious designs. There is also time to take in the canals and waterways of ancient Takeo province. The first day concludes with panoramic views of Cambodia’s spectacular sunsets and Angkor Wat from temple mountain, Phnom Bakhaeng, dating back to 900 AD. This is followed by your first night’s stay in Siem Reap.

      Day 3: Angkor

      After breakfast, enjoy a morning excursion to Banteay Srei, a temple which dates back to 967 AD. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and is famed for the intricate friezes carved into its red sandstone walls. On the way back, we will visit Banteay Samre, which was built during Suryarvaman II’s rule in the middle of the 12th century. In the afternoon you will have a chance to discover the pride of Cambodia’s heritage – the majestic temples of Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm. Then stay overnight in Siem Reap.

      Day 4: Siem Reap

      After breakfast, we begin day four with a visit to one of the jewels of Cambodia – the awe-inspiring Angkor Thom or ‘Great City’. This will include many of the finest Temples of King Jayavarman VII, who ruled from 1181-1220. At the southern gate of Angkor Thom, you will marvel at the imposing 23-metre high stone faces of Avalokiteshvara, which featured in the Tomb Raider movie. These astonishing carvings inspire awe and wonder in all who view them. At the centre of this citadel lies the state temple of Bayon, which we will also visit. This temple-mountain, built at the end of the 12th century, is adorned with hundreds of gigantic stone faces. This tour also includes the Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and the 12 identical towers of Prasat Suor Prat.

      Later in the day you will discover some of the most famous temples from the 11th century: Baphuon, Phimeanakas, North Khleang and South Khleang. You will also visit the other important temples of Jayavarman VII: Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Prom. The evening is given over to entertainment – a visit to the Apsara Theatre to enjoy a fine Khmer dinner and traditional dances. Then it’s back to the hotel for your final night in Siem Reap.
      Day 5: Siem Reap

      On the fifth morning, you will enjoy a cool and relaxing boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake. Here we will visit the floating villages of Chong Kneas commune. In the afternoon we will transfer you to the airportyou’re your return flight.

      PROGRAME               : PHNOM PENH-KOH KONG (3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS)

      TOUR CODE               : LP-05

      Place to Visited        : KOH KONG-CAMBODIA

       

      ITINERARY

      Description

      Day1 - Phnom Penh - Koh Kong

      Morning:

      To With our expert guide, you will get to know may types of significant things such as the advantage of mangrove rice field and mountain lines that surrounding Cambodia and you will be seen directly by your own when you reached the Koh Kong. You need to spend the whole morning from Phnom Penh to Koh Kong. Then, you will have lunch at the local restaurant in the city.

      Afternoon:

      Tatai waterfall is the first eyes spot for you after the beautiful life. And the Beoung Ka Yak that full of mangrove trees make you feel as you are in the paradise when you still alive. On the other hand, to the Beoung Ka Yak you will stay and enjoy your life in both evening time and night time to see the difference views between day and night, especially, the most beautiful sightseeing and fresh air.

      Day2 - Around Koh Kong

      Morning:

      Breakfast is one thing that everybody needs to have in the morning, after this, our expert guide will be pleased sending you to the market that is located at the border Cambodia-Thailand. And then, turn the journey to the “Safari World” (Provincial Wild Park) that you will be happy and be ridiculous to the dolphins, monkeys, tigers, crocodiles, seals, peacock, and parrot gesture (like the clowns).

      After that, you will have lunch in at the restaurant in the park of the Safari World.

      Afternoon:

      After a big laugh from the animals, we will bring you to a fishing village (Bak Klorng Village). The village is densely so important for Koh Kong province for the sea fishing.

      To be continued, turn the trip to the city to have dinner and rest overnight there.

      Day3 - Koh Kong – Koh Por - Phnom Penh

      Morning:

      After breakfast, you are going to Koh Por by the express boat, you will see beautiful waterfall, beautiful trees on the side of the tributaries and you can take a lot of beautiful pictures that are created from small and big trees like mangrove jungles, and natures. The beauty of these natures is so beautiful beyond of our description… After this magnificent trip, we will bring you to have lunch at the recognize restaurant in the local area.

      Afternoon:

      Before living for Phnom Penh, we cannot forget to bring you to the Thmor Roung (Cave Rock), then, we will take the journey to Phnom Penh by bringing with great unforgettable memories and pleasant.

       
      PROGRAME               : PHNOM PENH-KOH KONG (4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS)

      TOUR CODE               : LP-06

      Place to Visit            : SEA SIDE-Cambodia

       

      ITINERARY

      Description

      Day 1: Phnom Penh-Koh Kong
      Morning departure for Koh Kong, stop to see  Ta Tay waterfall. And contine the trip to Koh Kong. Check in the resort. Time free. Overnight at the hotel in Ko Kong.

      Day 2: Koh Kong (B)
      After breakfast at hotel, Time at leisure on Koh Kong Beach. Overnight at the hotel in Ko Kong.

      Day 3: Koh Kong (B)
      After breakfast at hotel, Time at leisure on Koh Kong Beach. Overnight at the hotel in Ko Kong.

       

       

       

      Day 4: Koh Kong –Departure (B)
      After breakfast at hotel, ransfer to YamYeam border (Cambodia-Thailand border) or back to Phnom Penh.

       

       

       

       

       

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      PROGRAME               : PHNOM PENH-SIHANOUK VILLE (3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS)

      TOUR CODE               : LP-07

      Place to Visit            : SEA SIDE-CAMBODIA

       

      Day 1: Phnom Penh - Sihanoukvile

      MORNING

      After morning snack at 6:00 AM, start the destination to Shinanoukville. On the way to go, our expert guide will describe things for you in details that deep down meaningful and full of experiences of life being. And you will continue to see the port, the Victory Beach, and have lunch at the seaside restaurant.

      AFTERNOON

      To be continued, visiting the Ha Wai Beach, the O’Cheuteal Beach, and the see the view of Sihanoukville and relax with your sea bath. After that, turned back to have dinner in the town and rest overnight at there.

      Day 2: Sihanoukville – Ream Beach - Bamboo Island – Phnom Penh

      MORNING

      Be together at 7:00 AM for breakfast, then continued to visit Ream Beach, and Bamboo Island. And have lunch at the local restaurant there.

      AFTERNOON

      Because of the distance of the road from the place to Phnom Penh, so, we have to leave early for Phnom Penh. On the way back, you can take sightseeing pass one province to another with different views, sceneries, pictures, people, houses, etc.



      PROGRAME               : PHNOM PENH-MONDULKIRI (3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS)

      TOUR CODE               : LP-08

      Place to Visit            : ECOTOURIST-CAMBODIA

      Day1: Phnom Penh - Mondulkiri

      Morning:

      Start up the journey at 6:00 AM Phnom Penh – Mondulkiri by bus. You will see scenery on the way to go with other beautiful views with the beautiful voice of our expert guide. Then, you have lunch at the local restaurant at the Snuol District.

      Afternoon:

      After lunch, we will bring you to visit Orchard of Pine Trees and Mono Waterfall II (Spirit Waterfall) in the district of the Province. To be continued to the central of the town, then have lunch and stay overnight there.

      Day2: Around Mondulkiri

      Morning:

      After breakfast, start the journey to enjoy the bath at the Brusra Waterfall and see Oplay Lake. By 12:00 PM just turn back to have lunch at the central of the town.

      Afternoon:

      After lunch, we will bring you to the most fresh air on top of the Doh Kramom Mountain. Here! You can worship for good luck, happiness from Angel Ta Doh Kramom. Then, pop in to visit and take photographs as memories at the Sak Mot Phnom (Sea of Mountain) and the BayChao (Uncooked Rice) Mountains. Then, turn to visit Sem Monorom Waterfall, furthermore, to Lai Ka Village (minority village).

      End of the day, back to the town and have dinner and stay overnight at the local modern hotel in the province.

      Day3: Mondulkiri - Phnom Penh

      Morning:

      Marketing tour after breakfast, visit Mondulkiri Market and continued to visit O’romis to taste the local sucking wine (Sra Burt).

      Afternoon:

      Move the trip back to the Phnom Penh capital with unforgettable memories of Mondulkiri

       

       

       

       

       

       

       
      PROGRAME               : PHNOM PENH-RATTANAKIRI (4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS)

      TOUR CODE               : LP-09

      Place to Visit            : ECOTOURIST-CAMBODIA

       

       

      Itinerary

      Day 1: Phnom Penh - Ratanakiri (L, D)
      Transfer to Rattakiri province by our private car and tour guide to Banlung, capital of Ratanakiri, nicknamed “ The Red City” because of the omnipresent laterite. Lunch at the local restaurant on the way. You will arrive late in the afternoon at Rattanakiri. Dinner and accommodation at Terres Rouges Lodge.


      Day 2: Ratanakiri (B, L, D)
      Breakfast at the lodge. Direction northwest today, cross bamboo forest before reaching the village of Voeune Sai located on the left bank of the Se San River. The view on the Chinese village on the other side of the river is quite pretty. Actually, this place is almost a Chinese enclave in Cambodian territory, most villagers don’t even speak Khmer. Upstream of the Se San are a certain number of Tampoun villages that practice funeral statuary; if possible by boat (otherwise by our car) visit to the village of Ka Chaoan with its superb totems. Later this afternoon, the discovery of the surrounding waterfalls. Teuk Cha Ong is the most impressive of them. Next to the waterfall of Okatchagn is a hill tribe village with elephants which may be observed in the forest. Dinner and accommodation at Terres Rouges Lodge.

       
      Day 3: Ratanakiri (B, L, D)
      Breakfast at the lodge. Travel north today, in the direction of Laos, cross the curious extent of volcanic rocks of Veyrum Plang: a lava field in the forest with a small waterfall nearby (only in the wet season though) and what locals call tiger caves. Continuing to Taveng, cross different types of landscapes: primary forest, clear forest, bamboo forest and “African” bush. Stop at a few nice Kroeung villages located quite far away in the forest. The Kroeung people have the particularity of erecting bachelor houses standing on very long bamboo poles, these houses will remain so till the young man finds a wife, then, they are destroyed. The right time to see them is usually from February to August. Lunch at a small waterfall lost in the forest and then further visits of villages. Dinner and accommodation at Terres Rouges Lodge.

      Day 4: Ratanakiri - Phnom Penh (B)
      Transfer back to Phnom Penh following the same route. Your services end in Phnom Penh

       

       

       

      getting to Sen Monorom Mondulkiri http://www.tourismcambodia.com/img/travelguides/bou_sra_waterfall.jpg mondulkiri_travel_guide_1

       

       

       

       

       

       

      PROGRAME               : PHNOM PENH-RATANAKIRI (6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS)

      TOUR CODE               : LP-10

      Place to Visit            : ECOTOURIST-CAMBODIA

      Tour description:

      Tour Program:

       Day 1:(L/D)PHNOM PENH

      Tour start every Monday Wednesday, Saturday .

      After arriving in Phnom Penh, you are welcomed by one of our tour guides who will take you to your hotel.
      Lunch at local Restaurant.
      Afternoon, you will visit Wat Phnom, Independent monument and visit Genocide Museum S21.
      Dinner at local Restaurant. Overnight in Phnom Penh. (L,D)


      Day 2: (B/L/D)PHNOM PENH


      This morning, you will visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and National Museum.
      Lunch at local restaurant
      In the afternoon, you will take a boat trip to Preak Bang Kong Village where the Khmer produce their Hol and Pamourng in silk (Hol & Pamourng are traditional Khmer costume for special ceremony or wedding).
      Dinner at local restaurant


      Day 3: (B/L)Discovery of Ratanakiri Highlands.


      Excursion to the waterfalls

      In the morning you will fly to Banlung, the town center of Ratanakiri, nicknamed the “Red City” because of the omnipresent laterite. You will welcome by our tour guide who will transfer you to Terres Rouges Lodge (superb house built of precious wood, located by a lake, in the middle of a wonderful garden), then lunch at the Lodge.
      In the afternoon, departure for a small trip through rubber plantations towards the nearby waterfalls; you will end up with a detour to Yaklaom Lake, a beautiful and perfectly-round stretch of water, surrounded by forest, for a late afternoon swim.
      Dinner & Night at Terres


      Day 4: The Tampoun totems


      This morning you will drive to the northwest of town, you will pass through bamboo forests before reaching the village of Voeune Saï located on the left bank of the Sé San river ; the view on the Chinese village on the other side of the river is quite pretty. Besides, this place is nearly a Chinese enclave in Cambodian territory, most villagers, who are there the thirties, don't even speak Khmer. Upstream of the Se San are a certain number of Tampoun villages that practice funeral statuary ; if it is possible, you will rent a boat to go to the village of Ka Choan that has superb totems, if not we will reach it by jeep.  
      Dinner & night at the Lodge.


      Day 5:     : Ratanakiri Phnom Penh


      Early departure for a quick shopping tour in Banlung market before taking the plane back to Phnom-Penh You will welcome by our driver who will take you to hotel.
      Lunch at local restaurant
      In the afternoon, you will see Sorya Supermarket, the largest supermarket in Cambodia, and then continue to Russian market. (shopping tour without tour guide)
      Dinner at local restaurant.


      Day 6:     Transfer to air-port for international destination

      Note:This tour can be customized as you wish!
      Please email us for more information, we will be happy to assist you.

      Trek Rattanakiri tour - Rattanakiri Cambodia Tour -Phnom Penh City and Rattanakiri tour

      ALL TERM AND CONDITIONS:

      *** IN A GROUP OF 12 PAYING PAX UP, 1 T / L WILL BE FOC IN SHARING TWIN ROOM.

      *** THE RATE IS IN US DOLLARS AND THE PRICE OF 1 PAX (COLUMN) IS FOR STAYING IN SINGLE ROOM.

      CHILD POLICY:

      *** INFANT CHARGE 15 % OF PACKAGE COST.

      *** CHILD UNDER 12 YEARS OLD SHARING ROOM WITH TWO ADULTS WITHOUT EXTRA BED: 55 % OF PACKAGE COST.

      *** CHILD UNDER 12 YEARS OLD SHARING ROOM WITH TWO ADULTS WITH EXTRA BED: 80 % OF PACKAGE COST.

      *** CHILD UNDER 12 YEARS OLD SHARING ROOM WITH ONE ADULT: CHARGE 90 % OF PACKAGE COST.Price Includes:

      - Twin-shared/double rooms and daily breakfast
      - Private transfer with air-condition
      - English speaking guides (other languages are available upon request)
      - Meals as per program (B for Breakfast, L for Lunch and D for Dinner)
      - Admission fees
      - Bottled water

      Price Excludes:

      - Visa to Cambodia
      - Photograph & Camera fee. - International airfare & airport tax.
      - All personal expenses
      - Beverages during meals,
      - Telephone, laundry, tip

      CANCELLATION POLICY

      *** NO SHOW 100 % CHARGE.

      *** 15 DAYS 50% CHARGE.

      *** 20 DAYS UP NO CHARGE.

      PAYMENT TERM:

      *** THE TOTAL PAYMENT WILL BE SETTLED 1 MONTH IS FOR PRIOR THE ARRIVAL DATE OF THE GROUP.

       

      *** ALL PASENGER IN THE GROUP MUST ARRIVE AND DEPART TOGETHER.

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      GROUP TOUR 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

      ROMANCE / ARTISTIC / FASHION IN PARIS


      Day 1 : Arrival Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport.

      Bus transfer to Paris hotel

      We recommend this fabulous visit :

      Cruise on the River Seine : what better than a tour of Paris via the River Seine ?

      Discover its famous monuments Notre Dame, Ile Saint Louis… You're at the heart of lively Paris, and time will fly by.

      Overnight  in 4 star French Hotel in Paris Centre.

       

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      Paris Half day sightseeing tour (guided)  3.5 hours

      The Paris City Tour takes in all the Paris sights - half day guided tour with professional English speaking Chauffeur Guide. Discover the famous Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées, Invalides, Opéra, Place Vendôme, Place Concorde, Louvre, Orsay Museum Notre-Dame Cathedral, Latin Quarter, Iles de la Cité & St Louis, Panthéon, and Montmartre. Up to 3 stops at the sights of your choice for the 3.5 hour Paris tour, photo stops for the shorter 2 hour Paris tour.

      PM : Free time for shopping in Paris famous Grands magasins, go to Ladurée to buy the famous “macaroons” (beautiful shop on the Champs Elysées)

      overnight in Paris Hotel .

       

      Day 3 : Shopping Paris

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      Option 2 :  Dinner , Show & Champagne at Paradis Latin (Dancing revue 90 minutes) 150€

      (20 H to 23 H 15 – Dinner 20H to 21H30, show starts 21H30) (+ 15 pax)

       

      Option 3 : Show & a glass of champagne at Paradis Latin (no dinner) 75 euros net per person

       

      Day 4 : departure

      After breakfast, Transfer by bus to Airport or train station. 

       

      SPECIAL GROUP PRICES (minimum 15 Persons) from 389 euros per person ttc.


       

      Our price includes :

      3 nights in France, 3 breakfasts, boat cruise on Seine , half day city tour of Paris ,local taxes, 1 free place for the tour leader,

      free access to the spa centre,  free wifi included.

      Supplement : Dinner , Show & Champagne at Paradis Latin + 130 € per person.

       

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           My wife and I arrived in Johannesburg on a mild spring afternoon.  Our bed and breakfast was located in Little Linden literally yards from the old Linden farm where Nelson Mandela and the ANC  plotted the demise of the white South African government in the early 1950’s and 60’s.  Being in our mid sixties we were a little hesitant in our plan to drive around South Africa.
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           The following day our South African friends drove to Jo’burg to visit us before we departed for Cape Town.  Our friends are Zulus and live in the province of the Free State, south of Johannesburg. We met them while they were on a Fulbright teacher exchange in the states a couple of years ago. We enjoyed a traditional Braai (barbeque),  with sausages, fruit and mielie pap (a starchy corn meal like mashed potatoes).
           DSC02772.JPG From Jo’burg we flew to the Cape Town region.  We picked up our rental, a Chevy Spark, from the airport and drove 30 minutes to Stellenbosch.  Our rented apartment was located in a nice neighborhood  with shopping and restaurants within walking distance.  We spent two days exploring the wineries and sampling the various products.  Our favorite winery was the highest one, Uva Mira winery, with its spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. DSC02826.JPG
            From Stellenbosch we drove to a small town just south of Cape Town called Hout Bay.  Our bed and breakfast was outstanding and our hosts pointed us in the direction of Table Mountain.  After a  short scenic ocean side 20 minute drive, we arrived at the funicular tram that took us to the top of the mountain in 5 minutes while rotating  360 degrees for fabulous views en route. Fortunately, we had a beautiful day for viewing Cape Town and the environs. Some days a “table cloth” cloud hovers over the top of Table Mountain making viewing doubtful.
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            The following day we drove south to the Cape of Good Hope National Park.  Here we encountered baboons with their young (we had been warned to keep our car doors closed if we got out of the car because the baboonsDSC03153.JPG would enter the car and attempt to start it.), ostriches and their young, numerous birds and a variety of antelopes including  Spring Bok and Impala.  The highlight was when a brilliant gold “Cape Cobra” coiled up and opened his hood in the road, and then vanished just as quickly, before I could focus my camera on it.
           The following day we began our extended drive along the Garden Route from Cape Town to Durban.  This was a five day drive which took us first to the town of Knysha where we stayed in a  gorgeous  bed and breakfast with  a lovely room overlooking the sea.  Our land lord told us that Dave Matthews had stayed in the room we were renting. 
           The next day we were off in the morning and drove as far as Grahamstown.DSC03282_edited-1.JPG  This was a university town where we enjoyed a good dinner and rest at the 137 High Street Bed and Breakfast before departing the following day for Umtata which is in the Eastern Cape Province.  It was in this region that Nelson Mandela was born and lived his early years. Umtata is also a university town where one of the campus’ of the Walter Sisulu University is located.  This area of the Transkei was beautiful. We noticed that as we drove from one region to the next, the economy changed from fishing along the coast, to farming in the higher veld and also logging as we DSC04619.JPGapproached Durban. We saw lots of tribal farms with colorfully painted sod houses with cattle and sheep grazing in fields as well as along the highways.  As we would approach small rural villages we would notice an increase in the number of people walking or hitch hiking into town.  Often times we would see young children (6-8 years old) and elderly women (70’s or older) standing on the highway attempting to sell small bags of fruit.  Never, in our six weeks of traveling, did we see one person begging, despite the fact that unemployment is around 42%.
           From Umtata we drove to industrialized Durban.  In Durban,  we decided to go north and head towards Kruger Park. If we had continued Northeast beyond Durban to the beach side resorts, we would have driven through Swaziland further on enroute to the park.  Our route took us to Pietermaritzburg and then to the town of Ermelo after we passed through Lady Smith, home of the Black Mazombo musical singing group and a coal mining district. In Ermelo, we stayed at a gorgeous bed and breakfast called Angie’s  and were served a great breakfast by Angie, the owner.
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         DSC03941_edited-1.JPG  Kruger National Park is an intriguing wildlife park.  It is not a zoo.  We discovered that after we had only driven about 2 kilometers.  This was when we saw a group of vultures finishing up on the remains of a giraffe carcass! 
            For the next six hours we drove and stopped at numerous places to observe the wildlife.  By far the most numerous were the Impala.  They wander at the DSC04296.JPG
      side of the road in large packs and cross the road without much regard to the driver. Their nurseries of young are guarded by females and adolescent males.

           By 2:00 P.M., we reached Oliphant's Rest Camp.  After checking in and taking a short siesta we had dinner at the Oliphant's restaurant.  The food was average with the prices moderate.  Families on a budget could prepare meals in the campground kitchens.
           The following day we awoke early and took the road to Letaba.  Along the way we spotted hyena and their young,  as well as Kudzu and other antelope.  Later that evening we took an evening guided tour.  Our guide David, did an excellent job of pointing out various species of birds and animals including giraffe and hippos. DSC03683_edited-1.JPG While we were returning to camp in the dark we had a male lion run along next to our truck.  David slammed on the brakes and the lion ran in front of our truck.  David explained that the lion had been out marking his territory after an afternoon rain and if he had not stopped quickly, the lion would have jumped into our open sided truck!DSC03769_edited-2.JPG
          Over the next several days we arose early for morning drives and in the evening left the camp around 4:00 pm for drives so we could be back when the gates closed at 6:30 pm.  During those days we saw, varieties of antelope,  giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, rhino, lions, hippos, elephants,DSC04094_edited-1.JPG baboons, impala,  water buffalo, cheetahs, and numerous birds including storks and the African eagle.  Because it was spring most animals were with their young.  This was one of the highlights of our trip.  We even extended our Kruger tripDSC03668_edited-1.JPG by two nights and moved to a more southern rest camp named Satari.  The results were the same with  sightings of numerous animals. 
           Before leaving the states my wife requested that we  book a safari.  Upon looking at safari prices, I found the average prices were in the $1,000 per night range per person.  Doing some internet research I found that you can rent a rondell at a rest camp in Krueger Park for around $85 per night.  We chose the least expensive "drive yourself safari". The results were the same and we noticed several private safari trucks touring at midday when the animals were asleep or out of view in the same areas of the park where we had sighted animals earlier.DSC04085.JPG
           Upon leaving Krueger we drove to central South Africa and stayed in the community of Clarens.  This was an interesting town where we stayed at the Lake Clarens Guest House (Where your car is washed every morning).  Big Bad Bruce owns the guest house and also one of the restaurants in town.  In fact, some believe he is the founder of the resort that is Clarens.  He was a pleasant individual and gave us many good tips on seeing things in the vicinity.  On his advice, we drove through the Golden Gates Highlands National Park and to the Basotho Cultural Village.  Both were delightful to visit and learn about the Basotho tribal history.
           The following day we drove to the country of Lesotho.  This was a fascinating day trip into a nation completely surrounded by South Africa. DSC04477.JPG  Fortunately, the citizens of Lesotho were never subjugated by the Dutch South Afrikaners.  They are still very much an agrarian  society.  DSC04481.JPGWe saw numerous
      women carrying goods on their heads as well as men plowing fields with oxen.  As we drove up the mountain to the Katse Dam we encountered women washing clothes in the river, young children caring for cattle and sheep herders attending their flocks.  Unlike South Africa where virtually DSC04467.JPGeveryone speaks English, in Lesotho very few spoke it. Unfortunately, we encountered storms in the mountains and were not able to reach the dam. Rural people in Lesotho wear blankets due to the changing mountainous weather conditions.

           After leaving Clarens the following day, we drove North to Frankfort and reconnected with our Zulu friends, the Mokoenas.  They live in the township of Namahadi  outside of Frankfort.  Here we spent three nights with their family.  Next from Frankfort, we drove with our friends to the Drakensburg Mountains. DSC04650.JPG We spent a night in the town of Underburg.  We enjoyed a lovely dinner at the Flower Inn restaurant and did some hiking in the Drakensburg Mountains  before returning to Frankfort the following day.  The views from the vistas were spectacular.  We never imagined South Africa to be lush, mountainous with flowing mountain streams.
           Upon our return to Frankfort it was time to drive back to Johannesburg.  During our final weekend we included several trips to the Bruma Cultural Market. DSC04876.JPG Here you can find all the souvenirs you could imagine.  Prices are good and bargaining is encouraged. 
           We were also invited to our Zulu friends' cousins’ baby shower.  It was great fun as we were the only whites eating barbeque boerewors (sausage) mielie pap, chakalaka, and salad while laughing at the funny stories the guests were telling about the expectant mother.
           Our last day in Jo’burg  we were chauffeured to the Cradle of Mankind cave and the Maropeng museum.  This is where the earliest humans were found.  They have discovered a human skull which is more than 3 million years old.  All modern day humans can trace their DNA back to central Africa.  In the museum you are greeted by a large sign in the lobby that proclaims “Welcome Home”!  The museum demonstrated how the earth was created and the scientific evolution of mankind through the eyes of Charles Darwin.  In the end the visitor was left with several perplexing questions.DSC04854.JPG “ The world is faced with a dilemma: countries need to develop economically and to do this they need to use natural resources, but at the same time, they need to preserve the environment so that future generations can succeed.”  As Thabo Mbeki, former President of South Africa said, “ A global human society based on poverty for many and prosperity for a few, characterized by islands of wealth surrounded by a sea of poverty is unsustainable.”  Southern Africa has the highest proportion of people living on less than $1 a day.  About 40% of the regions 190 million people live in extreme poverty.  The World Bank estimates that 1.1 billion people live on less than $1 per day.  Humanity’s ecological footprint grew by 150%  between 1961 and 2000.
           South Africa has it’s share of problems including 42% unemployment, high crime rates, and lack of health care in the rural areas.  Our six week journey through South Africa was a real eye opener.  We were encouraged by the friendliness of the people.  All were well dressed and expressed a sense of hopefulness.  They were a proud nation trying to overcome serious problems.  A sign on one of the buildings in downtown Johannesburg summed up the feelings of this nation after the successful 2010 World Cup Soccer championships:  “TODAY THIS IS THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD”DSC04862.JPG

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  • Prague Tourism Information Gui Prague Tourism Information Guide

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      Prague (Praha in Czech) was the ancient capital of Charles IV's Bohemian Kingdom, and has played a pivotal role in the development of Central Europe since the middle Ages.

      Its epic history has produced a vibrant city of stunning buildings and lovely old squares, with the result that today; Prague is one of the world's most beautiful cities.  

      As visitors have increased to Prague, tourism has become of vital economic importance to the city.

      Prague's Most Beautiful Views

      Prague Castle is the most prominent Prague tourist attraction. Set on a hill, it affords visitors fine views over the whole city.

      There are also excellent views to be had from these sights and attractions in Prague: Old Town Hall Tower, Old Town Bridge Tower, Lesser Town Bridge Tower, Klementinum, Jindrisska Tower, Petrin and Vysehrad.

      Prague Sights & Attractions

      City Breaks in Prague  tourist guide books often use English names for famous sights. This can be confusing for visitors, as maps and street signs are nearly always in Czech.

      The following Czech translations will be useful:

      Prague = Praha

      Old Town = Stare Mesto

      Prague Castle = Prazsky Hrad

      Charles Bridge = Karluv Most

      National Theatre = Narodni Divadlo

      Wenceslas Square = Vaclavske Namesti

      Old Town Square = Staromestske Namesti

      Lesser Town/Lesser Quarter = Mala Strana          

      Discover the highlights of Prague

      The dramatic history of Prague is reflected in the beauty of its buildings. Once the seat of a mighty medieval empire, Prague is an open air museum best explored on foot. Our Prague tours can help you to discover the city.

      River cruises are also a popular and relaxing way to see the sights, as many Prague attractions border the river.

      Finally, there is food and drink! Prague restaurants have a reputation for offering good, often excellent cuisine in lovely settings, ranging from candlelit cellars to rooftop eateries with fine views over the city. And of course, there is the world famous Czech beer.

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