Spend time getting to know the two intriguing destinations of Phnom Penh capital and Siem Reap Angkor, where the Cambodia’s most interesting Present & Past revealed. Begin in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital since French colonization. You will learn about the kingdom’s tragic recent history under the Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970s and appreciate its fine architectures. Then set off to Siem Reap, homes to the greatest city of Angkor, once dominated Southeast Asia for nearly 600 years. This journey allows you uncover the story of the Khmer Empire as your guide will explain in-depth of its birth, rise and fall as you discover the ruins of the mystical ancient Angkor Kingdom including the citadel ruins Angkor Wat; the giant smiling faces of Bayon, the “jungle temple” Ta Prohm, the pink Banteay Srei (the Citadel of Women) and the spectacular Khmer countryside and floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. Experience this hidden civilization “Khmer”, you will be astonished into this enchanting history.
- Best time to go: November to January | Ask for quotation
- Best value time to go: April – September (Low Season) | Ask for quotation
- The Royal palace can be totally/partly closed without prior notice for some royal ceremonies.
- Dress code: Women are suggested to dress modestly – no see through clothes, bare shoulders and must be skirts below knee length during the visits to the Royal Palace and Angkor temples
- Comfortable lightweight clothing and soft-soled walking shoes with low or no heels are suitable.
- For protection from sun, it is suggested you carry a sunhat and sunglasses.
|Group Size||Min. 2 People|
|Travel Types||Culture, Family, Group, History, Package Tour|
Day 1 – Phnom Penh Arrival
Overnight in Phnom Penh (1 night)
Meals included: Dinner
Landing in Phnom Penh International Airport and transfer to your hotel in the town. Spend this afternoon exploring the city’s highlights include the glittering Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, admiring the over 5,000 silver tiles covering the floor and the collection of shiny golden Buddhas. Then walk to visit the National Museum, home to the country’s most important collection of ancient Cambodian artefacts. This evening enjoy dinner served on the floating boat in the Mekong Rivers while observing beauty of this charming city at dusk.
Day 2 – Phnom Penh / Siem Reap
Overnight in Siem Reap (3 nights)
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
This morning, visit the interrogation centre of Tuol Sleng (S-21) and the Chhoeung Ek Killing Fields Memorial. The tour is for an insight into the horrors suffered by the Cambodian people during that dark period. Although not a joyful tour, visiting these monuments unlocks keys to understanding the development of this still developing country. (Note: if you do not want to see the Killing Fields, you spend this time meandering around the famous Central Market or Tuol Tumpong Market “Russian Market”, which sells a vast array of goods.).
Later this afternoon you are transferred to the airport for your short flight to Siem Reap (the flight time is around 45 minutes). Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel in town. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Day 3 – Siem Reap
Overnight in Siem Reap
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with Apsara Dance Show
Today rise early to catch the spectacular sunrise over the wonderful ruins of Angkor Wat, regarded by many as the quintessential Angkor experience. Enter through the eastern gate and exit at the west gate avoiding the crowds. Discover the masterpiece of the Khmer empire, walking amid moss-covered, pathways and intricately carved bas-reliefs. Then enjoy your packed breakfast from the hotel before continuing to visit the mysterious Ta Prohm, entangled in the surrounding jungle foliage. Climb over its crumbling stonework and marvel at the tree roots dripping down the temple’s walls. See weathered Buddha faces appear in bas-relief and giant tree roots seem to flow over stone walls. Then visit Neak Pean temple “the coiled serpents” before returning to your hotel to enjoy the hotel’s facilities and relax. Lunch served at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, you will discover the ancient fortified city of Angkor Thom with its stunning Bayon Temple. The structure of the giant faces of Bayon temple is staggering in its construction and most Angkor specialists agree that it is one of the finest examples of classic Khmer architecture. Continue to Baphuon temple and then see the Terrace of the Elephant and Terrace of the Leper King to view their detailed stone carvings. Lastly, visit Preah Khan temple “Sacred Sword” or you may return to Angkor Wat for Kodak opportunity to catch this beautiful temple at sunset. This evening enjoy your delicious dinner with Traditional Khmer Dance performance at a local restaurant.
Day 4 – Siem Reap
Overnight in Siem Reap
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
This morning set sail on Tonle Sap Lake, the largest fresh water lake in Southeast Asia to see the floating villages and catfish farms dotting the landscape at Kampong Phluk. Cambodia’s Tonle Sap, or Great Lake, is one of the unique geographical wonders, as it offers visitors insights into the centuries-old traditions of riparian life and the natural splendour of the country.
Enjoy your lunch severing in a local house. Take some rest after lunch before departing to visit Banteay Srei temple “the Citadel of Women”, a pink sandstone temple with beautiful ornate stone carvings which is seen nowhere else in Angkor. Stop at a local village along the way to meet local people and see how they produce their local commodities such as sugar palm.
This evening your dinner will be at Pharé Café & restaurant and followed by the lively “Cambodian Circus Show” by Phare’s artists (2nd class seat).
Day 5 – Siem Reap / Departure
Meals included: Breakfast
Free at leisure and transfer to the airport for your departure home or next destination.
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PRICES , TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Prices are varied upon hotel choice, season & number of people traveling together. Get a right quotation please send your inquiry.
- 4 nights hotel accommodation as mentioned on sharing room basis
- Transportation by a private air-conditioned vehicles
- Private English speaking tour guides
- Meals as indicated
- Admission fees for listed tourist attractions
- Local bottled water while sightseeing
- All government taxes and service charge
- Tips for guides & drivers
- Air tickets
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurances
- Drinks during meals not specified
- International airfares and airport tax
- Surcharge & compulsory meals during Chinese New Year, Christmas & New Year Eve (if any)
- More than 30 days – No penalty charge
- From 29 day to 15 days – 30% of full excursion price penalty charge
- From 14 day to 07 days – 60% of full excursion price penalty charge
- Less than 07 days – subject to a forfeiture of the entire tour price