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Cebu Pacific to fly Manila-Siem Reap in April

posted Feb 1, 2012, 7:44 PM by Dong Travel   [ updated Feb 1, 2012, 7:49 PM by Mickey Dong Hoang Thinh ]
Cebu Pacific will launch thrice-weekly direct flights from Manila to Siem Reap starting from April 19, representing a breakthrough on the monopoly on transit services to the destination.
Travelers from Manila usually access Siem Reap via Bangkok or Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City, with connecting flights offered by Bangkok Airways and Vietnam Airlines, respectively.
Manila-based Goldlink Travel & Tours operations manager, Allan Sze, said: "The ‘obstacle' (previously was) the flight to Siem Reap, which from Manila is accessed by flying through Vietnam or Bangkok. That would cost you about US$500-600.”
"Cebu Pacific's new flight will reduce flight costs by about half, to about US$300," said Simon Ang, operations manager at Celebrate Life TLC Corp, a Manila-based travel firm that focuses on outbound to Indochina.
Ang is already blocking off group bookings in response to the new route. "I'm looking at three or four groups in April, and maybe six to seven groups in May. We foresee huge demand in the near future, and hopefully Cebu Pacific will increase the flight frequencies to Cambodia after a few months," he said.
Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific is looking to lease up to eight Airbus A330-300 aircraft to launch longhaul flights of up to 11 hours in third quarter 2013.
Cebu Pacific’s president & CEO, Lance Gokongwei, said: “We are exploring serving cities where large Filipino communities reside – Europe, the Middle East, Oceania and the US.”
“Data indicates that more than half of Filipinos deployed in these regions take multiple stops and connecting flights, because no home carrier can fly them there non-stop,” he added.

Promotion tour for Manila - Siem Reap - Phnom Penh - Ho Chi Minh City (5 days 4 nights)

DAY 01. Arrival SIEM REAP (-/-/-) (MNL - REP BY 5J 257 - 19.45 21.30)
Meet and greeting with our friendly  guide upon arrival at Siem Reap International Airport then transfer to hotel for check-in. 

DAY 02. SIEM REAP (B, L, D) 
Morning program: after breakfast  at the hotel, commence your wonderful temple tour to visit the lost city of the Khmer Empire: South Gate of Angkor Thom,  Giant faces of famous Bayon and Baphuon Temples, Terraces of Elephants and Leper King and the unforgettable jungle temple of Ta Prohm. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. 
Afternoon program: visit to the World Heritage of Angkor Wat Temple; study both the splendid architecture and bas-relief until late evening climb up Bakheng hill to view the Angkor Wat temple and surrounding areas during sunset. Dinner will be served at local restaurant with classical dance show. Over night stays at Hotel in Siem Reap. 
Morning breakfast at hotel, visit to floating and fishing villages in Tonle Sap Great Lake, which one of  the  world’s most productive bodies of fresh  water. Each year, millions of fish come to spawn in the seasonally flooded forest surrounding the lake, attracting myriad water birds as well as people, who have settled in villages along the shores and who live with the rhythms of the water. This ecosystem of extraordinary biological richness and balance between humans and nature was recently designated as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. It is this fusion of water and forest, this dense and  intertwined world of fish, birds and people which we invite you to immerse yourself in then back to town for lunch then drive to Phnompenh, capital of Cambodia. Dinner and overnight in Phnompenh

Breakfast at hotel, commence Phnom Penh city tour: Royal Palace with Silver Pagoda, Wat Phnom, National Museum, lunch buffet at Tonle Bassac, afternoon transfer to Bavet border, immigration to Vietnam, arrive Ho Chi Minh city in the evening for dinner and check in htoel. Overnight in Hochiminh city.

DAY 5. SAIGON - DEPARTURE (B/L/D) (SGN - MNL BY 5J 7522 - 01.00 04.30)
After breakfast, leave Ho Chi Minh for Cu Chi tunnels. Here you will have the opportunity to witness how rice paper is made and to explore the amazing labyrinth of tunnels used by the guerrillas during the war, back to  Ho Chi Minh city to check out, lunch at restaurant then have a half day city tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City. Visit, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, a lacquerware factory and War Museum, shopping at Ben Thanh market, VinCom Mall. Dinner at local restaurant then check in for flight home with Cepu Pacific.

Twin sharing = triple sharing 10-15pax: USD295.00/pax 
Twin sharing = triple sharing 16-20pax: USD292.00/pax
Twin sharing = triple sharing 21-25pax: USD289.00/pax
Single supplement: USD195/pax
Hotel use:
Ta Prohm Hotel Siem Reap or similar 
Lux Riverside Hotel Phnom Penh or similar
Kingston hotel Saigon or similar 

Twin sharing = triple sharing 10-15pax: USD335.00/pax 
Twin sharing = triple sharing 16-20pax: USD332.00/pax
Twin sharing = triple sharing 21-25pax: USD329.00/pax
Single supplement: USD195/pax
Hotel use:
Somadevi Angkor Hotel Siem Reap or similar
Cambodiana Hotel Phnom Penh or similar
Grand Silverland hotel Saigon or similar 

Twin sharing = triple sharing 10-15pax: USD395.00/pax
Twin sharing = triple sharing 16-20pax: USD392.00/pax
Twin sharing = triple sharing 21-25pax: USD389.00/pax
Single supplement: USD195/pax
Hotel use:
Royal Angkor Resort Siem Reap 
Naga World Hotel Phnom Penh
New World hotel Saigon 

Child policy:
Child twin share = adult tour fare
Child with extra bed  = 90% of adult tour fare
Child no bed = 70% of adult tour fare
01 FOC land tour for every 16 full paying pax, max. 04 FOC/group 

Tour fare include: 
-      Accommodation base on twin/triple sharing with daily breakfast
-      Full board meals as per tour itinerary
-      Good & Helpful English speaking guide
-      Private transportation with good air con
-      Drinking water on tour everyday
-      Entrance fees

Tour fare exclude
-      Tipping to local guide & driver, USD3/person/day
-      Flight ticket MANILA (MNL) – SIEM REAP (REP)
-      Flight ticket SAIGON (SGN) – MANILA (MNL)
-      Personal expenses

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