Day 1 – Siem Reap Touring
You can begin this tour with an early morning pick up from Siem Reap International Airport, or at your hotel.
In the early morning meet your guide and embark on a day of touring the Temples of Angkor. The fortified city of Angkor Thom covers an area of 10 square km. It is enclosed by a wall and wide moats, and the city includes many of Angkor’s most popular sights. Enter by the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga. Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings, former spaces for public ceremonies, both adorned with dramatic bas reliefs. Visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple. In this temple, one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor, explore the galleries of beautifully preserved bas reliefs, and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where giant stone faces smiling enigmatically down from every angle. Late this afternoon you can watch the sunset over the Cambodian countryside from the upper terraces of an ancient Angkorian temple.
Day 2 – Siem Reap
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel this morning before meeting your guide for another day of exploring the temples of Angkor. The crown jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best-preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. To approach the temple, first cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades. Upon entering the main structure, ascend through a series of galleries and courtyard before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside. On the way, stop to enjoy the intricate stone carvings that adorn nearly every surface of the temple, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted from the walls. Along with the outer gallery walls, run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. Angkor Wat is stunning at any time of the day, but sunrise and sunset are especially beautiful times to watch the play of light on the stones.After spending several hours exploring Angkor Wat proceed to Ta Prohm Temple. One of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much for the jungle that has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them. Continue the day with a visit to Ta Som. Built in the late 12th century by Jayavarman VII for his teacher, Som. Ta Som means old Som. Our next visit is to Neak Pean Temple. Built by King Jayavarman VII (ruled 1181 to 1201), it is a Buddhist temple consisting of a square pool with four smaller square pools arranged on each axis. In the centre of the large central pool is a circular island encircled by two nagas with intertwined tails. In the late afternoon visit Preah Khan Temple. Built by King Jayavarman VII with towering enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors in a jungle setting. Preah Khan covers a very large area but the temple itself is enclosed within a rectangular wall of around 700 by 800 metres. (B)
Day 3 – Siem Reap
|Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before you meet your guide in the hotel foyer and embark on another day of exploring Siem Reaps amazing temples. Commence the days touring with a visit to Banteay Srei, one of the most romantic temples in Angkor. Built from pink sandstone the walls are covered in exquisitely preserved carvings of unusual delicacy. Proceed to The Roluos Group of monuments, that mark the beginning of Khmer classical art, and they represent some of the earliest great temples built by the Khmer. They served as the capital of Indravarman (who reigned from 877 to 889). Our first visit is to Lolei, built on an islet by Yasovarman I (who ruled from 889 to 910), the founder of the first city of Angkor. The sandstone carvings in the niches of the temples are notable as are the Sanskrit inscriptions on the doorposts. Preah Ko was erected by Indravarman I in the late 9th century in dedication to his defied ancestors in 880. There are inscriptions in Sanskrit on the doorsteps of each temple. Bakong was built and dedicated to Shiva by Indravarman I, and is the largest and most interesting of the Roluos Group of temples and still has an active Buddhist monastery. In the late afternoon visit Pre Rup Temple, built by Rajendravarman II (ruled 944 to 968), it consists of a pyramid-shaped temple with the upper-most of the three tiers carrying five square shrines arranged as a quincunx. The name means turning the body and refers to the traditional method of cremation. At the end of this day, you will be returned to your hotel for the evening at leisure. (B)|
Day 4 – Siem Reap departure
Today enjoy the last few hours at leisure in Siem Reap before you meet your driver who will provide the private vehicle transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for your onward flight. (B)
Day 1 – Arrive in Siem Reap – Welcome to Siem Reap in morning arrival, the charming gateway to the famed Temples of Angkor. You will be greeted by your local English-speaking guide, who will accompany you to your hotel for check-in. Settle in and enjoy some time at leisure to refresh. This afternoon get a first glimpse of Angkor today at the early temples of the Roluos Group. Roluos is the site of an ancient centre of Khmer civilization known as Hariharalaya. It was the first town built by the Angkorian kings in the 8th and 9th century and consists of three main temples: Bakong, Lolei and Preah Ko. The surrounding countryside with its paddy fields and sugar palm trees is very typical for Cambodia – enjoy the natural beauty on a cow cart ride, a fun way to get in touch with rural Cambodia and its friendly people. In the contemporary Roluos Pagoda in the vicinity of the monuments, Buddhist monks will celebrate a private blessing ceremony for you, wishing you health and a safe journey – a very special experience!
In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner at Viroth’s Restaurant. One of the long-time residents of Siem Reap, Viroth’s is famously known as one of the best upscale restaurants in town. Boasting an extensive menu of Khmer and other Asian favourites, and set in a chic, contemporary, intimate and mostly outdoor setting, this restaurant is certainly one to try whilst visiting the temples.
Day 2 – Siem Reap – After breakfast, discover some of the other main Angkor sites on a leisurely bicycle ride about 2-3 hours. First, head to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall drawing a perfect square. You will enter the city from the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path, a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake.
From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact centre of the city. This 12th-century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its dozens of towers with enigmatic faces looking out over the provinces the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs. Stroll through the grounds of the former Royal Palace to discover some small hidden temples that are rarely visited. Return to the hotel for a relaxing break during the midday heat. Spend the early afternoon exploring Siem Reap’s colourful markets. Visit Artisans d’Angkor, established in 1992 to support Cambodian arts and crafts, and to help young people find work in their local villages by continuing the practice of traditional arts. Discover how wood and stone carvings, lacquering, gilding, and silk paintings are created. End your day with a tour by ramork (tuk-tuk) to the temples of Angkor. The most illustrious of these is Ta Prohm, built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it is overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes the ‘Tomb Raider Temple’ one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. Your visit can also include Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th Century, and Srah Srang, also known as the “pool of ablutions”. If you wish, head over to Pre Rup to watch the sunset from atop the temple before returning to the hotel. (B)
Day 3 – Siem Reap – Start early at 4:30 am to catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat – it surely is a memorable experience to see the first sun rays slowly appear over the five iconic towers. After breakfast at Angkor Café right in front of the monument, explore the famous temple in depth. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken more than thirty years of intensive labour. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia’s national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. Next, head north through pastoral countryside to visit Kbal Spean, one of the earliest Hindu pilgrimage sites in Cambodia. A short 3 km trek up the hill through dense jungle will reward you with excellent views over the plains and the Kulen hills. At the top, be surprised about the “River of 1000 Lingas” with some remarkable stone carvings of Hindu gods, animals and other symbols in the riverbed. During the raining season, you can enjoy a refreshing bath in the waterfall, which is extremely popular with the local families. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the waterfall. Please note the trek is fairly easy going but as the walk is uphill and on uneven ground, it is only suitable for clients with a good level of fitness and not suitable for clients with mobility problems. Then, visit the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB), the first nature conservation project established in Cambodia. A knowledgeable staff member will explain the threats to Cambodia’s wildlife and the efforts of ACCB to protect the environment and promote wildlife conservation through education. As you stroll around the compound’s forested grounds, you will see various endangered species, including a squeaky otter, various primates including hooting gibbons, various reptiles such as miniature tortoises, and a beekeeping project, all of which are on site. This afternoon experience the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srey. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” remains the best-preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs. Banteay Srey is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor. On the way back to town, stop at the Cambodian Land Mine Museum, a project established by a former child soldier during the Cambodian civil war who later taught himself how to deactivate mines, before establishing the museum as an educational centre and social enterprise to sponsor children whose lives have been impacted by these destructive weapons of war. Transfer back to Siem Reap in the afternoon for some time at leisure. (B & L)
Day 4 – Siem Reap to Preah Vihear – After breakfast, head north towards the Thai border, stopping along the way at the remote Koh Ker temple complex. The capital city of a breakaway kingdom during a period of upheaval in the Angkor Empire, Koh Ker is best known for its grandiose sculptures and structures which were the result of a large sandstone quarry located nearby. Here you will see various temples from the 10th century, including the massive Prasat Thom, the tallest pyramid built in the Angkor era, Prasat Damrei, the elephant temple, and several smaller temples housing enormous lingas (stone religious phallic symbols). Upon arrival in Preah Vihear province, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and check into your hotel. Later this afternoon, you will visit the incredible Preah Vihear temple. As you arrive at the foot of Preah Vihear it is necessary to transfer into the back of a pick-up truck (operated by the local community) for the climb up the spectacularly steep mountain road. On arrival at Preah Vihear Temple, you will be rewarded with fabulous views over Cambodia’s and Thailand’s fertile plains from the impressive ruins which stretch for 500 meters up. The sanctuary is perched on the edge of the cliffs with amazing views over the seemingly endless Cambodian jungle to the south. The temple is not yet restored but has spectacular carvings and lintels which are almost as splendid as those at Banteay Srei. The temple is known to have been dedicated to the god Shiva and thought to have been constructed in the reign of Suryavarman I (1002-50), with further significant additions by Suryavarman II (1113-50). The spectacular location paired with a unique temple design is the reason UNESCO enlisted Preah Vihear as a World Heritage Site. (B, L & D)
Day 5 – Preah Vihear to Banteay Chhmar – Check-out early today for a transfer to Banteay Chhmar. Accommodation tonight will be at a traditional, local homestay. A memorable and intimate encounter, this will be the perfect means of experiencing daily life and learning the local customs of a typical Khmer village. After reaching the local homestay, enjoy lunch at the community centre where you can learn about one of the most successful Community-Based Tourism initiatives in Cambodia.
In the early afternoon, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Banteay Chhmar, an exceptional temple which gets very few visitors. The bas reliefs on the outside of the inner sanctuary walls are simply stunning, and every step through the complex provides a fascinating image of stone consumed by nature. A spectacular visit with Bayon-style towers, walls, and enclosures cloaked in vegetation. The main temple at Banteay Chhmar is surrounded by 9 satellite temples, most of which have received very little study and documentation. The day will wrap up towards the Ta Prohm temple, where a memorable night-time picnic will ensue. Enjoy a torch-lit dinner under the stars, accompanied by the gaze of Bayon-style towers. A traditional Khmer music performance played by local villagers will conclude the amazing first night in the serene setting of rural Cambodia. (B)
Day 6 – Banteay Chhmar to Battambang – Heading out from Banteay Chhmar, make two brief stops: the first at a local silk weaving initiative and the second a satellite temple of Banteay Chhmar known as Banteay Torp. Upon arrival in Battambang, check into your hotel and enjoy some rest at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure to explore a little of the old town in Battambang independently. There are several interesting art galleries and shops around town, many of which are housed in old French Colonial Buildings. (B & L)
Day 7 – Battambang – After breakfast, head out for a ride on the Bamboo Train. The Bamboo Train has been set up by the villagers to facilitate the transportation of goods and persons as no regular trains are running any more. The “train” itself is very basic: one bamboo platform on 4-wheels is activated by a small motor. Sitting on the platform (we will provide some cushions for your comfort), you will travel the 8 km to the next station through beautiful landscape and rice paddies (depending on the season of visit). A true rollercoaster ride without loops! Next, make a stop at the nearby Ancient House located in Wat Kor Village, the oldest standing Khmer timber house in Wat Kor Village, where the lady of the house will give you a guided tour, showing you everything from how they mill their rice to demonstrating the after-dinner betel leaf ritual. Continue south through local villages and farms on the way to Wat Banan, an 11-century temple on a mountain top situated between lush paddy fields and beautiful lotus ponds. The climb is a short but tough one, over steps that seem to have all sizes. On top of the mountain, enjoy the views over the beautiful countryside and wander around the ancient temple, which is also home to finely scented flowering trees.
Tonight, a special visit awaits you at Phare Ponleu Selpak. School of Music, Visual & Performing Arts – Phare Ponleu Selpak combines the arts to provide education, support and entertainment to the poor communities. This project is a success story of how humanitarian aid work can turn into a display of zest for life, genuine warmth and creativity, against all odds. A visit to one of their circus shows will leave you with a lasting memory of the wonderful Cambodian people and should not be missed when in Battambang! (NOTE: The circus performance is only performed regularly on each Monday & Thursday. On other days private performances are available on request and for a supplement. Alternatively, they perform daily in Siem Reap). Dinner this evening is at the stylish Jaan Bai (meaning ‘rice bowl’ in Khmer), a social enterprise restaurant established by the Cambodian Children’s Trust to provide training and employment for disadvantaged youths, with all profits going to support the activities of the Trust. The restaurant was set up with the expertise and ongoing support of Asia’s best chef, David Thompson, of Nahm Restaurant in Bangkok, and restaurateur John Fink, owner of Australia’s best restaurant Quay in Sydney. (B, L & D)
Day 8 – Battambang – Spend the morning on a tour that combines walking, a boat ride and then cycling along and across the Sangke River to experience Battambang daily life. The tour includes prayers with monks as well as rich explanations of the city’s design and artistic heritage. Begin the tour at 7.30 a.m. at the offices of Battambang Bike and get fitted for your bicycle (either a mountain bike or sturdy basket bike). Watch a few minutes of film footage which will help you imagine how developed the town was in its heyday. Battambang has passed from Cambodia to Thailand and back again several times in its history and has an excellent collection of early 20th century French colonial architecture that is better preserved and respected than in many other parts of the country. A tour of the main market, Psar Nath includes trying a local coffee. Then walk the few metres to the river and cross a couple of minutes on a local boat to the other side of the Sangke River. Visit Wat Povil temple and take the opportunity to pray with the monks (Note: the monks may observe different rituals according to their calendar though can be seen daily). It is usually possible to accompany the boats back across the river as they begin their morning alms collection. Once back on the other side, it is time to begin the bike tour. The historic 2.5 Street is visited along with a Thai temple before you arrive at a smaller market. Again time for a coffee or a sugar cane juice. Continue a short distance to Wat Kor Village, known for its many old Khmer heritage houses built around a century ago. Visit one of the best-preserved homes. Cycle along the river and cross a suspension bridge where only motorbikes and bicycles can pass. On the way back into town there is another short drink stop before arriving back in the town at approximately 12:45 p.m. The Battambang Bike Set up by a Canadian national who is a lover of architecture and cycling know as Jam. The long-term goal of Battambang Bike is to pass ownership to a Cambodian to provide a sustainable and well-structured business. Take a break back at your hotel. In the afternoon head to Phnom Sampeau, meaning “Ship Hill” in Khmer, due to its distinctive shape, and one of the few hills standing out in this otherwise pancake-flat plain. From the small temple on the top, you will have a fantastic view of the typical landscape of paddy fields and sugar palm trees. Phnom Sampeau is home to the notorious killing caves, which are cruel reminders of Cambodia’s troubled past. Serenity and inhumanity represented in one place make this an interesting visit…Your visit will last until dusk – a time when millions of bats emerge from a cave and create patterns as they fly in tandem across the sky – a nightly spectacular show of nature! (B)
Day 9 – Battambang to Phnom Penh – Depart early for the transfer from Battambang to Phnom Penh. Your first stop is Kampong Chhnang, known for its traditional pottery, with many kilns at work in this province. Stop in a village near Kampong Chhnang to see the different aspects of pottery making and also experience the production of traditional rice wine. Continue to Oudong, the former royal capital of Cambodia after the fall of Angkor. The drive passes through many rural villages and pagodas, and you will the temple mountain with its dozens of stupas from afar. Upon arrival at Oudong enjoy a traditional Khmer lunch at a picnic hut at the foot of the hill. Then, climb the stairs to the top of Oudong Mountain and enjoy magnificent views over the plains below. Your guide will explain the history of the area and its buildings as well as the religious culture of the Cambodian people. Take your time to soak in the magnificent views over the plains below. Before heading to Phnom Penh stop to take a look at the spectacular Vipassana Dhura Buddhist Meditation Centre, also located in Oudong. Your guide can explain more about the school of Vipassana (Insight Meditation) as you tour the canter. Don’t forget to see the impressive jade Buddha, the mummified monk and the brightly painted walls telling the story of the Ramayana, the epic Sanskrit poem that decorates many pagodas seen around the country. From here, it is not far to Phnom Penh where you will reach in the late afternoon. Check into your hotel. (B)
Day 10 – Phnom Penh – This morning you will be greeted by a driver who will take you on a tour to the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh in a Cyclo, an original Phnom Penh means of transportation and a fun way to explore this lively city. First, visit Wat Phnom, which is situated near the northern boundary of the city. The site contains some good examples of Khmer architecture and statues. Continue along the lively riverfront to the Royal Palace. This palace dates back to 1866 and houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple, you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze. Your next stop is the National Museum, built in traditional Khmer style. It houses the world’s foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Over 5,000 pieces are on display, constituting the repository of the Kingdom’s cultural wealth. Besides the roof space is home to a large bat colony! For lunch, you will be treated to a delicious Khmer meal at Romdeng, run by former street youth in training. Set in a beautiful colonial building, Romdeng serves a great variety of Cambodian food ranging from almost forgotten recipes from the provinces to contemporary creative Cambodian cuisine. Even the deep-fried tarantula is on the menu if you are tempted. (Note: Romdeng closes on Sundays and Public holidays) This afternoon, gain insight into Champey Academy of Arts (CAA) is a non-profit school offering the youth of Phnom Penh free training in Cambodian traditional arts including dance, music, drawing and painting. Champey’s mission is to inspire young people to preserve, protect and promote their nation’s culture. Continue to see Cambodia’s recent dark history on a visit to the remarkable Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, housed in the former school that was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as its main detention and torture centre named ‘S-21’. A grim, but important visit that will allow you to dig below the surface and understand Cambodia better. (B)
Day 11 – Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville – After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Sihanoukville. Upon arrival, transfer to the pier for your ferry boat to Koh Rong. Early afternoon check into your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 12 – Sihanoukville – Enjoy your day at leisure or enjoy with the optional tour. (B)
Day 13 – Sihanoukville – Enjoy your day at leisure or enjoy with the optional tour. (B)
Day 14 – Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh – This afternoon, after the boat ride back to the mainland, you will transfer back with driver only to Phnom Penh (Note: For an early departure time, a supplementary charge for a flight from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh will apply). (B)
Our 11 day Cambodia in Depth tour allows you to uncover the country’s culture and historical artefacts through various outdoor activities. Start in Siem Ream with a bird’s eye view of Angkor Wat on a helium balloon. You will also visit local villages, explore less visited temples, and enjoy a boat ride along the Mekong River. Kick back in the country’s beautiful and unspoiled beach resort in Sihanoukville before returning to Phnom Penh and a relaxed exploration of the capital city.
Day 1 – Arrive in Siem Reap – You will be greeted by your guide, who will accompany you to your hotel for check in. Get a first glimpse of Angkor today at the early temples of the Roluos Group. Roluos is the site of an ancient centre of Khmer civilization known as Hariharalaya. Enjoy a traditional Khmer Welcome dinner at The Sugar Palm, set on the terrace of a typical wooden house. (D)
Day 2 – Siem Reap – After breakfast, discover some main Angkor sites on a leisurely bicycle ride. First head to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, then proceed to Bayon Temple in the exact centre of the city. Stroll through the grounds of the former Royal Palace to discover small hidden temples that are rarely visited. Spend the early afternoon exploring Siem Reap’s colourful markets, and end your day with a tour to the temples of the Small Circuit by local ‘remork’ (similar to the Thai tuk tuk). (B)
Day 3 – Siem Reap – Start early to catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat, then, travel to the countryside to see pretty temple
of Banteay Srey. Continue north to Kbal Spean, one of the earliest Hindu pilgrimage sites in Cambodia, on return to Siem Reap stop at the Landmine Museum and then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B, L)
Day 4 – Siem Reap to Battambang – After an early breakfast, embark on a private boat that will take you on a fascinating journey across Tonlé Sap Lake to Battambang. This afternoon, explore some of the many cultural villages around
Battambang before enjoying dinner at Pomme d’Amour mixing French and Khmer cuisine. (B, L, D)
Day 5 – Battambang – Spend the morning on a tour that combines walking, a boat ride and then cycling along and across the Sangke River to experience Battambang daily life. In the afternoon head to the Bamboo Train station you will travel the 8 km to the next station through beautiful landscape and rice paddies (depending on season of visit). After head towards Phnom Sampeau Sampeau is home to the notorious killing caves, which are cruel reminders of Cambodia’s troubled past. (B)
Day 6 – Battambang to Phnom Penh – Depart Battambang early for the 5 1/2 hour drive to Phnom Penh. During the journey enjoy visits to Kampong Chhnang, and Oudong, the former royal capital of Cambodia, before a late afternoon arrival in Phnom Penh. (B, L)
Day 7 – Phnom Penh – This morning visit the sights of Phnom Penh in a Cyclo, first, head to the Royal Palace, next stop is the National Museum. For lunch you will be treated to a delicious Khmer meal at Le Lotus Blanc restaurant. After lunch pay a visit to the fascinating Russian Market before finishing the afternoon at Wat Phnom. Enjoy dinner at the renowned Foreign Correspondents’ Club and the menu is à la carte with a good selection of both Western and Asian dishes. (B, L, D)
Day 8 – Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville – After breakfast transfer to the beach resort of Sihanoukville (duration 4 hours). Arrive around midday and check into your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 9 – Sihanoukville – Enjoy your day at leisure or enjoy with the optional tour. (B)
Day 10 – Sihanoukville – Enjoy your day at leisure or enjoy an optional tour. (B)
Day 11 – Sihanoukville return to Phnom Penh – This afternoon you will transfer back with driver only to Phnom Penh. (B)
The Essential Angkor Cambodia package tour provides you with three days of unforgettable site seeing experience in one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. Bear witness to the magnificent Angkor Wat and numerous other temple and architectural marvels set amongst the Cambodian horizon.
Day 1 – Arrival in Siem Reap – Upon your arrival in Siem Reap, you be welcomed by your guide and transferred to your hotel for check in. This afternoon, depart on a very special sightseeing tour of the famous Angkor Wat. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labour.
Day 2 – Siem Reap –Start your day with a tour to the temples of the Small Circuit, the most famous among these is Ta Prohm. . Your visit will also include Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th Century, and Srah Srang, also known as the “pool of ablutions”. Return to the hotel for a break during the midday heat. Later today, visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom by ‘remork’ (similar to the Thai ‘tuk tuk’) and return to you hotel late in the afternoon. (B)
Day 3 – Siem Reap – This morning, you will embark on an interesting boat trip on the Tonlé Sap Lake. Tonle Sap is South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season, as it is swelling to about four times its size during the wet season. Board a local boat and visit Kampong Phluck, a village where you will see houses on stilts that are submerged when Tonlé Sap Lake extends. On the way, you will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests, portraying life on the water. Return to your hotel for a break before the transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)
Explore the marvels of Cambodia, with a resounding beachside relaxation experience in between. After witnessing Angkor’s temples, enjoy some of Cambodia’s best seaside sceneries before concluding at the historic capital Phnom Penh.
Day 1 – Arrival in Siem Reap – On arrival you are met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon visit Angkor Wat by Tuk Tuk, before enjoying a welcome dinner at Sugar Palm. (D)
Day 2 – Siem Reap – This morning visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, from here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact centre of the city then continue to Ta Prohm which is unique as it has largely been left in the condition it was found .Enjoy lunch at Viroth’s Restaurant. In the afternoon embark on an interesting boat trip on the Tonlé Sap Lake. Board a local boat and visit Kampong Phluck, a village where you will see houses on stilts that are submerged when Tonlé Sap Lake extends. On the way, you will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests, portraying life on the water. (B, L)
Day 3 – Siem Reap – Enjoy the morning free at leisure, this afternoon travel to the countryside to see temple of Banteay Srey. Banteay Srey is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor. After these magnificent temples and intensive visits we transfer back to Siem Reap for a well-deserved dinner with traditional Khmer dance show. (B, D)
Day 4 – Siem Reap to Sihanoukville – Free time after breakfast before a transfer to the airport for the flight to Sihanoukville (Monday/Wednesday/Friday only). Upon arrival, you will transfer to your hotel for check in and enjoy the remainder of the day free at leisure for swimming and relaxation on the beach. (B)
Day 5 – Sihanoukville – Enjoy your day at leisure or enjoy with an optional tour. (B)
Day 6 – Sihanoukville – Enjoy your day at leisure or enjoy with an optional tour. (B)
Day 7 – Sihanoukville to Kep – This morning you will transfer to Kep, Cambodia’s prestigious seaside resort. A fascinating mix of a small calm beach, reminders of the past and a growing choice of activities. Enjoy the afternoon free at leisure to relax or to explore Kep on your own. Don’t miss out on the popular crab market for some crabs with Kampot Pepper. (B)
Day 8 – Kep – Early this morning, embark on a short boat trip (25 mins) to scenic Koh Tonsai, also called Rabbit Island. Spend the morning at leisure exploring the island and relaxing on the island’s beautiful tropical beach. A seafood barbecue lunch will be prepared for you on the island. Mid-afternoon, return to Kep and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B, L)
Day 9 – Kep to Phnom Penh – This morning, your guide will take you on a tour to Kep’s heritage and to the countryside . Explore typical local villages on the way to Kampong Trach which is set amidst beautiful limestone rock formations. Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant. Make a stop at a pepper plantation for which the nearby town of Kampot has a worldwide reputation before a brief stop at Phnom Voar, one of the last strongholds of the Khmer Rouge. Continue your journey to Phnom Penh to arrive in the late afternoon. (B, L)
Day 10 – Phnom Penh – In the morning, discover the secrets of authentic Khmer cuisine in the course of a half-day cooking class at Frizz restaurant and at the end of your course, indulge in a lunch of your own prepared meals. This afternoon, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you on a tour to the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh in a cyclo. First, visit Wat Phnom, then continue along the lively riverfront to the Royal Palace, before your next stop at the National Museum. In the afternoon return to your hotel. (B, L)
Day 11 – Phnom Penh departure – Enjoy some time at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)
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