DISCOVERY CAMBODIA

Day 1: PHNOM PENH ARRIVAL (D)

Upon arrival at Phnom Penh airport, meets and transfers to hotel. The capital city of Phnom Penh was once considered the loveliest city of Indochina. Despite its recent turbulent history, it still maintains considerable charm. This afternoon, spend your day at taking photo to the Royal Palace are now home to the royal family and are therefore very close to the public. At the northern area of the palace grounds is Silver Pagoda, the most sacred shrine in the country. We visit both structures as well as the legendary temple of Wat Phnom, which provides an interesting view over the environs. The next stop of our trip is the National Museum.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

 

Day 2: PHNOM PENH  (BL) 

Morning depart to Weaving at Kean Svay, see daily life at countryside and local market there, then you will go to the Toul Sleng genocide museum (S-21) and Russain Market with last trip to Cheung Ek, better known as the Killing Fields.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

 

Day 3: PHNOM PENH  – KAMPONG CHAM – KOMPONG THOM (B,L)

The overland expedition begins as we depart the town and pass through Cambodia’s biggest growing rubber area to Kampong Cham. The deep contrast of lush vegetation and red surface of basaltic soil is incredible all along the way. Stop on the way at Skun market for photo, then Wat Nokhor containing the ancient temple and modern style pagoda, Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei, two hills whose names were translated as the ‘man hill’ and the ‘woman hill’, Rubber plantation, then drive around the city before continue to Kampong Thom. After checking in hotel we visit some nearby villages and climb 980 steps to the top of Phnom Santuk for an impressive sunset view over the surrounding areas.

Overnight in Kampong Thom.

 

Day 4: KOMPONG THOM – SIEM REAP (B,L)

Early morning we drive to the archeological sight of Sambor Prei Kuk, which is dotted with hundred pre-angkor styled temples. The road conditions are very poor, but the spectacular scenery of this ancient ruin, with a mixture of temples and forest, makes the hardship all worthwhile. We travel by roads to Siem Reap, passing the charming Khmer countryside. The town of Siem Reap is our base for visiting the world famous temples of the ancient city Angkor, which is home for the capital of the powerful Khmer Empire dating from 802 AD to 1350 AD. This stunning and extensive site sprawls through the dense jungle, over an area of 60 square miles.  Then visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap.  Visit the village and take an excursion in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia, and Les Artisan D’ Angkor.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

 

Day 5: SIEM REAP (B,D)

Morning visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century); See the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. In the afternoon, visit the most famous of all the temples on the Angkor plain: Angkor Wat. The temple complex, cover 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks, the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat symbolizes the ocean beyond Sunset from Phnom Bakheng, one of two hills dominating the plain of Angkor, from where you will have a spectacular view of the Western Baray and Angkor Wat.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

 

Day 6: SIEM REAP – BANTEY SREI – DEPARTURE (B,L)

Morning visit the famous Banteay Srei (Citadel of Women) about 30 km from Siem Reap town, Continue to the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man’s creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature.  We explore this masterpiece as well as some of the surrounding temples including Banteay Kdei, Sra Srong, Ta Keo, Thommanon and Chau Say Tevado. The grand circuit with Preah Khan, Kravan, Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon and Pre Rup, then until transfer to Siem Reap airport for departure flight.

Inclusion:

  • Tours and transfers as per program
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation in twin sharing room
  •  Meals as mention in program.
  •  All entrance fees
  •   Boat trips on Tonle Sap Lake
  •  Private A/C vehicles
  •  English speaking guide

Exclusion:

  • Visa to Cambodia
  • International and domestic flights
  • Drinks , single room
  • Other meals
  • Travel insurance, Tip, Personal expenses, Any optional tours or activities during time

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