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Divine Abode - Travel Photography Tour
Cambodia, Asia Cambodia, Asia Cambodia, Asia

Cambodia, Asia
2 to 7 December 2017

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS



  • A five-night/six-day exclusive experience in a country where history breathes through architectural ruins
  • A soul-enriching exploration and photographic journey in the cities of historical and architectural significance
  • A productively satisfying time enjoying architecture, landscape, street and portrait photography
  • Extensive photography learning under the guidance of accomplished experts
  • A wide spectrum of stunning experiences worth cherishing for always



E This is a Toehold Special Tournter a melting pot of various elements of human history, and speak to it in a language of no words. For a conversation with your soul, come to Cambodia.

How is it?

Cambodia lies entirely within the tropics, its low-lying central plain bordered by low mountains and uplands. In its transitional plains, forested elevations are found as the landscape extends outwards. And it is in these geographical changes that you will find some magnificent temples, royal palaces and other ancient architectural marvels by which to be enthralled.

Despite centuries of political turmoil, depredation and horrors of war, this nation stands as yet another testimony to the essence of endurance, a vital spirit of the human condition. Not only is its culture rich in lowland ethnic majority but also in its diverse hill tribes. In its enchanting landscapes, Cambodia has temples and beaches that attract seekers of raw elegance.

Meanwhile, renowned for the Angkor Wat ruins, Siem Reap is a province in which ancient temples exist amidst natural geographical beauty.

Like most Asian countries, Cambodia too comprises centuries of history in its varying terrains. So you may breathe its air, bathe in its light, and return with many memories to fill you travel memoirs.

What you will see and photograph:

Our photographic exploration of Cambodia will begin at Siem Reap. Buddhist monasteries there will make for interesting photography subjects and kindle your vision and imagination, coaxing you gently into making evocative images.

At Banteay Srey and Kampong Kleang, take in all the sounds and colours and smells to the point of intoxication and translate what your senses gather into art.

Dedicated to Shiva, the pink limestone walls containing the best bas reliefs of any temple at Angkor, Banteay Srey will charm you. The wooden houses on tall stilts in Kampong Kleang are a delight to watch. At the Tonlé Sap Lake, floating houses and people's way of living are some amazing details you would want to record as photographs.

The magnificent remains of the Khmer Empire, the Angkor Archaeological Park will be a breathtaking encounter visually, architecturally and artistically. Explore and photograph the hidden temples, temples of Bayon, Baphoun and Terrace of Elephants and The Leper King. Visit the main temple, Angkor Wat, which is arguably the main reason many visit Cambodia.

In the remains of Roluos Group of Temples, the first major capital of the Angkorian-era Empire, visit the Lolei, Preah Ko and Bakong temples. In Bakong temple area, the largest and the most interesting of the Roluos Group of Temples, there is still an active Buddhist monastery.

Explore the jungle-clad temple Ta Prohm, where the atmosphere is hauntingly exotic with overgrown trees whose roots push stubbornly between the huge stone blocks of the temple and still hold them from falling apart. Watch and photograph yet another exquisite sunset at Pre Rup or Srah Sarong.

Now now, what fun if you didn't wander off into some offbeat places in a foreign country! These are the ruins that aren't frequented often — Koh Ker (a beautiful jungle temple) and Beng Mealea (meaning 'lotus pond' in Khmer). Depictions of scenes from the Hindu mythology are carved in these temples and make for some spectacular photographs.

PHOTOGRAPHY SKIPPER



WHY GO ON A TOEHOLD PHOTO TOUR?

At Toehold, we are passionate about photography just as you are, which lets us understand your travails and needs perfectly. And we use this insight to specially design our Photography Tours so they give you a toehold to excel at the art and set you up for success.

The Toehold team at your disposal will keep you tuned and geared, so you come in empty-handed but go out with bagful of images and tales of an experience that is better lived than heard.

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    Please note: This Tour begins on Saturday, 2 December 2017, and ends on Thursday, 7 December at Siem Reap. Journey between your hometown and Siem Reap is NOT included in the Tour itinerary or cost. However, all required assistance will be duly provided.

  •   DAY 1   2 December 2017, Saturday: Arrival in Siem Reap by noon. Overnight in Siem Reap

    We will be picked up by our driver who will escort us to our hotel in Siem Reap. After check-in we spend the rest of the day at leisure. There will also be an introductory session in which the Skipper will brief the group about the following days of the Photo Tour.
  •   DAY 2   3 December, Sunday: Banteay Srey and Kampong Kleang Village; Overnight in Siem Reap

    In the morning, we will visit the remotely located Banteay Srey, an offbeat area that was once a centre of activity of Khmer Rouge. Built in the late 10th century and dedicated to Shiva, Banteay Srey's pink limestone walls contain the best bas reliefs of any temple at the world-famous Angkor.

    After lunch, we will be escorted to the Kampong Kleang village where we will photograph the nuanced beauty of the countryside. In the late afternoon, we will be taken to Tonlé Sap lake on a boat, where we will evidence the picturesque view of the floating houses and the local people's way of life. We will then head back to our hotel in Siem Reap to stay there overnight.
  •   DAY 3   4 December, Monday: Angkor

    Sprawling across more than 400 square kilometres, The Angkor Archaeological Park stands in all its majesty even though it is nothing more than the remains of the Khmer Empire that reigned between 9 and 15 century. We will see and photograph the hidden temples, and the breathtaking temples of Bayon, Baphoun and Terrace of Elephants and The Leper King.

    After lunch, we will visit the artistically and architecturally stunning main temple, Angkor Wat, whose intricate carvings are perhaps one of the best achievements of all of mankind, still demonstrating the incredible skills of the then Khmer builders.
  •   DAY 4   5 December, Tuesday: Roluos Group of Temples

    We will be picked up by our driver and guide to visit the Roluos Group of temples after breakfast. Here we will expore the Lolei, Preah Ko and Bakong temples. The sandstone carvings in the niches of the temples are notable, as are the Sanskrit inscriptions on the doorposts, which can be some interesting subjects for photography.

    Post lunch, we will explore and photograph Ta Prohm, a magnificent jungle-clad temple. After watching the sun set at Pre Rup (or Srah Sarong based on how we are placed that evening), we will return to the hotel.
  •   DAY 5   6 December, Wednesday: Enchanting Beng Mealea and the Koh Ker Temples

    This day we'll go on an offbeat adventure into the seldom-visited ruins of Koh Ker and Beng Mealea. The temples wear carvings extensively depicting scenes from Hindu mythology. We will return to our hotel after walking amongst the ruins, living the memory of what was once celebrated.
  •   DAY 6   7 December, Thursday: Departure from Siem Reap

    We will spend the early hours of the day at leisure until our driver transfers us to the Siem Reap Airport, and then take our flights back home with many a memory of a historical place and its always rejoiced beauty.
Individuals
USD 1,320
5% GST Extra
Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation
Couples
USD 2,490
5% GST Extra
Per Couple on Twin Share Accommodation
Toehold Patrons
USD 1,220
5% GST Extra
Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation
Toehold Patrons: Customers who have participated in at least three previous Toehold Photo Tours
Foreign Nationals: Please write to us for a quote.

Inclusions
  • Twin-sharing accommodation in comfortable hotels
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and hot beverages (coffee and tea)
  • Permits and photography fees
Exclusions
  • All airfare
  • Transfer expenses between your home and Cambodia
  • Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours, extra meals and beverages ordered
  • Insurance, laundry and phone calls
  • Bottled water and soft drinks
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • All applicable taxes
  • Anything that is not included in the Inclusions list
Payment Terms
  • At least 50% of the Tour fee at registration for provisional reservation
  • 100% latest by 31 July 2017
Cancellation Fees
  • 25% on or before 9 August 2017
  • 50% between 10 and 24 August 2017
  • 75% between 25 and 31 August 2017
  • 100% on or after 1 September 2017

Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Participants who have a medical history of blood pressure, heart-related problems or asthma are advised to seek medical advice before enrolling for this Tour.
  2. Fitness to complete the Tour is the only criterion for participation.
  3. Toehold Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. shall not be responsible for injuries, damages, or losses caused to any traveller in connection with terrorist activities, social or labour unrest, mechanical or construction failures or difficulties, diseases, local laws, climatic conditions, abnormal conditions or developments, or any other actions, omissions, or conditions outside the travel partner's control.
  4. All clients travelling with Toehold Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. must complete and sign a reservation form and the "Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk & Arbitration Agreement" form.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the requisites to participate in this Tour? Apart from interest in travel, architecture and portrait photography, a minimum level of fitness is essential. If you're unsure of your fitness or suffer from a known illness, please consult your physician before signing up for this Tour.
  • Why is fitness required for this Tour?

    A minimum level of fitness is essential as we explore some parts of Cambodia on foot, walking especially amongst the temples and temple ruins.
  • Who can be a part of this Tour?

    Any individual above the age of 18 (unless accompanied by a parent or guardian) who has the requisite fitness to complete the Tour can participate.
  • What equipment do you suggest on this Tour?

    A tripod, filters, a good wide-angle or ultra-wide-angle lens (between 10 and 28mm) are musts. A short or medium fixed telephoto or zoom lens will help you make 'compressed landscape' images, abstracts and do candid people or street photography (70mm to 200mm). You may also bring along a portrait lens, such as a 50mm, 35mm or 85mm lens, to make high-quality portraiture. A full-frame (35mm) camera with compatible wide-angle and fisheye lenses will allow you to make the most of the opportunities. If you do not have appropriate equipment, there is no need to fret. Toehold offers an exhaustive array of cameras and lenses for hire, so you can always hire what you need. Click here to see what we offer.
  • How different are your Photo Tours from ordinary tours?

    Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven't experienced themselves, Photo Tours offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the guidance of a professional photographer. The common ingredients in all our Photo Tours are fun and a lot of learning and knowledge sharing. Besides, most or all of our Tour participants are photography enthusiasts, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focussed.
  • I am a newbie in travel photography. Am I eligible?

    Absolutely! This Tour is meant for fledgling as well as experienced photographers. Beginners get all the advantages of learning on and off the field from Toehold's eminent Skippers. In fact if you are a newbie, you should jump on this terrific learning opportunity and sign up right away!


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Cambodia, Asia

QUICK INFO

  • Date:
    2 to 7 December 2017

  • Tour Cost:

    Indian Individuals:
    USD 1,320 + 5% GST
    Per person

    Indian Couples:
    USD 2,640 2,490 + 5% GST
    Per couple

    Toehold Patrons:
    USD 1,220 + 5% GST
    Per person

  • Skipper: Rajiv Shyamsundar

    All fares excluding transport to and from Cambodia.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

We accept all major credit and debit cards.

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