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ROUTE: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
DURATION: 5 Days
- Visit to historical sites/monuments
- Sightseeing in Phnom Penh with a visit to the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda
- Sightseeing in the fortified city of Angkor Thom
- Watch the sun set at an ancient Angkorian temple
- Visit to Angkor Wat
- Sightseeing in Siem Reap visiting several temples
- Excursion to the Kampong Kleang with boat trip
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Day 1 Arrive Phnom Penh
Upon arrival at airport in Cambodia, you will be warmly met by a representative, who will provide assistance and transfer to your accommodation to check-in.
- Sightseeing in Phnom Penh, explore a chaotic, energetic and always fascinating city. Graceful tree-lined boulevards and riverfront promenades are reminders of bygone eras;
- Start your tour with an insight into Cambodia’s cultural heritage with a visit to the Royal Palace and the adjacent Silver Pagoda, also known as the Pagoda of the emerald Buddha.
- Continue to the elegant National Museum, which contains a comprehensive collection of Khmer Art.
- Finally, explore the modern-day city, visiting one of Phnom Penh’s two great markets, the central market, located in a distinctive domed Art Deco building OR the sprawling Russian Market, a labyrinth of stalls selling everything from CDs and DVDs to silks, crafts, jewelry and more.
Overnight: Phnom Penh
Day 2 Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
- Transfer to the airport for Flight from Phnom Penh to Siem reap.
- Sightseeing in Angkor (2.5 Hours): Visit Angkor Thom, the fortified city of Angkor Thom covers an area of 10 square km. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats, 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 cermonies, 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 in Angkor, explore the galleries of beautifully preserved bas reliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary.
- Visit Preah Khan (1 Hour), a temple built by King Jayavarman VII with towered 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 meters.
- Visit a temple for sunset (90Mins), watch the sun set over the Cambodian countryside from the upper terraces of an ancient Angkorian temple.
Overnight: Siem Reap – (B)
Day 3 Siem Reap
- Sightseeing in Angkor Visit Angkor Wat (2 Hours), the crowning 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. To approach the temple, first cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades. As you enter the main building, 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, with dome 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted into the walls. Along the outer gallery walls run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology. Angkor Wat is stunning at any time of the day, but sunrise and sunset are especially beautiful.
- Visit Banteay Samre (30 Minutes); a mid-12th century temple dedicated to the god Vishnu.
- Visit Banteay Srei Temple (90 Minutes): Seemingly miniature in comparison to the other Angkor temples, Banteay Srei is considered to be the jewel of classical khmer art. Built in pink sandstone, the walls are covered in exquisitely preserved carvings of unusual delicacy.
Overnight: Siem Reap – (B)
Day 4 Siem Reap
- Sightseeing in Siem Reap (15 kms); Visit Prasat Kravan (30 Minutes); the five brick towers were built for Hindu worship in 921 and are notable for the bas-reliefs cut into the bricks on the interior walls.
- Visit Banteay Kdei Temple (45 Minutes); A massive Buddhist temple dating from the second half of the 12th century, Banteay Kdei is surrounded by four concentric walls, the outer walls measuring 500 by 700 metres.
- Visit Sras Srang (30 Minutes); a basin opposite of Banteay Kdei measuring 800 by 400 metres with a tiny island in the middle where only the stone base remains of what was once a wooden temple.
- Visit Ta Prohm (80 Minutes); one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle 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.
- Visit Ta Keo (30 Minutes); built by Jayavarman V who ruled from 968 to 1001, it was the first Angkorian monument built entirely of sandstone and was dedicated to Shiva. The summit of the central tower is 50 metres high and is surrounded by four lower towers.
- Visit Thommanon; a temple which mirrors Chau Say Tevoda (just to the north), as it was built around the same time and has a similar plan. It is also dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu.
- Excursion to the Kampong Kleang with boat trip (5 Hours); is located about 50 km from Siem Reap town. The place is situated on the northeast shore on the edge of the ecologically important Tonle Sap Lake. The road to the site is good but rather narrow. This boat trip will explore the floating fishing villages that live at the edges of the lake, passing submerged forests and fishing farms.
Overnight: Siem Reap – (B)
Day 5 Siem Reap
Departure: Transfer to the airport for the onward flight home. (B)
Meals as per itinerary: (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)