Royal Charm and Blessings at Oudong

Royal Charm and
Blessings at Oudong

Oudong does not only offer spectacular views over the innumerable sugar palm trees that punctuate
the horizon, but this town also has some spiritual importance: seeking for a traditional
blessing ceremony and Oudong is just the place to experience this.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Undervalued for its size yet having made an impact on how Cambodia has moved towards its current spiritual and cultural importance, getting blessed at this charming little town adds only fuel to wanderlust-driven explorers. Oudong’s stupas can be seen from afar and signify the country’s glory days. It was the capital between 1618 and 1866 where various Cambodian kings were crowned.

The town lies at the foothill of mount Phnom Oudong, and shrines and stupas dedicated to former kings are dotted on a ridge connecting the two humps. Panoramic views of the countryside reward those who climb to the top either on the gravel road or steps. This is an unforgettable experience of getting blessed and feeling blessed of ticking Oudong off your have-visited list.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Royal Charm and Blessings at Oudong

08:00 - 13:30

We will pick you up from your Phnom Penh hotel at around 8 am and transfer to Oudong.  This ancient capital from the latter stages of the Khmer Empire and crowning site of the king, located atop two parallel ridges 40 km north of Phnom Penh. Oudong was capital of the Khmer Empire from 17th Century until 1866  until it was moved to Phnom Penh. Several temples and religious structure dot the ridgeline and stupas containing the remains of several great Khmer Kings such as King Monivong and King Ang Duong can be found here. These hills were also the site of some of the Khmer Rouge’s most prolonged resistance against the encroaching Vietnamese army in 1979. The summit of Phnom Oudong offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and is a favourite picnic spot for residents from Phnom Penh. We stroll through these buildings of times past by before we head out to see one of the monks.

The highlight of this half-day (mornings only) is to receive a personal blessing by the monks in which they will perform a traditional ceremony by sprinkling water and flowers while chanting for about 5 to 10 minutes. It is believed that this traditional Khmer blessing ceremony cleanses evil spirits from the past and brings good luck for the coming year. You will feel surprisingly renewed and relaxed after this memorable experience. After the blessing ceremony, you will receive a small string for their wrist from the monks. Bearers of this sacred thread must wear it until it falls off on its own to have a maximum effect on one’s good fortune.

To let the whole experience soak in, we offer a Khmer set lunch at a local restaurant before we travel back to Phnom Penh. Arrival at your booked hotel at around 1.30 pm.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • Local blessing ceremony
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch is included at a local restaurant (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Phnom Penh. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Koh Dach, Tonle Bati, and Oudong, any of the river and cruise ferry terminals and Phnom Penh International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • To avoid any issues pertaining obtaining an arrival visa at the airport, please ensure that your passport contains at least two empty pages. Failure to do so may result in not gaining entrance into the Kingdom of Cambodia.
  • To respect local customs and respecting the religious sites and temples on this tour, it is customary for guests to take off their shoes before allowed entrance. Your guide will inform you in advance for which of these sites this is applicable.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • This tour is only operational in the morning.

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