Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
Destination
5 Days
Duration
2-3 People, 4-6 People, 7-10 People
Group Size
Average
Physicality
Year round
Best Travel Month

HIGHLIGHTS:


Spend time getting to know the two intriguing destinations of Siem Reap Angkor and Phnom Penh capital, where the Cambodia’s most interesting Present & Past revealed. Start with Siem Reap, homes to the greatest city of Angkor, once dominated Southeast Asia for nearly 600 years. This journey is crafted to allow you uncover the story of the Khmer Empire as your guide will explain in-depth of its birth, rise and fall. Then set off to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital since French colonization and learn about the kingdom’s tragic recent history under the Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970s. Although not a joyful tour, visiting these monuments unlocks keys to understanding the development of this still developing country. Visit the Cambodia’s glittering Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum, home to the country’s most important collection of ancient Cambodian artefacts, and meandering at local market.


TOUR NOTE:


TOUR NOTE:

  • 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.

Additional information

Travel TypesCulture, Family, Group, History, Package Tour

DAY 1: ARRIVAL INTO SIEM REAP / Angkor Wat until sunset 

Arrive into Siem Reap International Airport #flight to be advised. After clearing all entrance formalities, you are met and greeted by your local English speaking at the exit and thereafter privately transfer to your hotel in town (local bottled water & cold towels are provided). The transfer varies from 20-30 minutes due to traffic. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

Late this afternoon, at 3 pm, start your Angkor adventure with a professional guide at the mightiest Khmer temple and the world’s largest religious monument of Angkor Wat until sunset. Walk its shady cloisters among orange-robed monks and watch the setting sun paint the temple’s lofty prangs (spires) and carved walls gold as dusk falls. Your guide will show you the best spot for Kodak opportunity. This evening enjoy your delicious dinner with Traditional Khmer Dance performance at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Overnight in Siem Reap
Meals: Lunch and Dinner with Apsara Dance Show


DAY 2: SIEM REAP / Angkor Thom – Bayon – Preah Khan – Banteay Srei – Ta Prohm

Today you will discover the ancient fortified city of Angkor Thom, built in the 10th century by the greatest of the Khmer rulers, King Jayavarman VII (1181 – 1201). From Angkor Thom’s southern gateway, continue to visit 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. Then see the nearby Terrace of the Elephant and Terrace of the Leper King to view their detailed stone carvings. Conclude this morning at Preah Khan Temple, built approximately during the same period as Ta Prohm, and originally served both as a religious university and a temple.

After lunch at local restaurant, drive to explore 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. Lastly visit the mysterious Ta Prohm, also known the “Kingdom of the Trees” or “Tomb Raider Temple”. Climb over its crumbling stonework and marvel at the tree roots dripping down the temple’s walls and see weathered Buddha faces appear in bas-relief and giant tree roots seem to flow over stone walls. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Overnight in Siem Reap
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


DAY 3: SIEM REAP / PHNOM PENH (BY AIR)

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. Return to your hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast depart for Tonle Sap Lake, the largest fresh water lake in Southeast Asia. Upon arrival embark a local wooden boat cruising to explore a floating village and catfish farms community on the lake dotting the landscape. 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. It flows into the Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong River in Phnom Penh which creates the most unusual characteristic of the lake, reversing the water flow as the seasons changed and doubling the lakes size between July and October. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon your tour guide will transfer you to Siem Reap Airport for a 40-minute flight to Phnom Penh (#Flight to be advised). Upon arrival you are met and transferred to your hotel (30-50 minutes). This evening enjoy your dinner served on a floating boat cruising along the Mekong Rivers while observing beauty of this charming city at dusk.

Accommodation: Overnight in Phnom Penh
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


DAY 4: PHNOM PENH / Full day Phnom Penh tour

Today is a full day to explore the city’s highlights. Start with 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. Afternoon absorb moving reminders of Cambodia’s troubled recent history at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school turned into the S-21 prison –essentially a torture centre –by the murderous Khmer Rouge regime, and the notorious killing fields of Choeung Ek, where some 17,000 people met their ends. 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 Tuol Tumpong Market “Russian Market”, which sells a vast array of goods.).

Lunch and Dinner will be served at local restaurants.

Accommodation: Overnight in Phnom Penh
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


DAY 5: PHNOM PENH / DEPARTURE

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Free at leisure until transfer to Phnom Penh Airport with your tour guide (#Flight to be advised). Local bottled water & cold towels are provided.

Meals: Breakfast

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