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Fascinating Phnom Penh & Siem Reap 6days 5nights

CODE GCCPR6D5NC
DESTINATION Cambodia
CATEGORY Classic
DURATION 6 days 5 nights
TOUR DETAILS

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Cambodia’s turbulent recent history means that this country, perhaps more than many, can benefit greatly from sustainable tourism. Discover the rich heritage of Cambodian culture and the delights of art. Take a fascinating walking tour of the city with Khmer architecture in colonial style. Hop in a cyclo to further see the city and head to the lively riverfront area for a sunset cruise. Visit the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire; the ancient city of Angkor Thom and other well-known temples in Siem Reap. See the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, which swells to four times its normal size during the rainy season and provides a living for many communities. Take a boat out to the lake village of Kampong Phluck to see its stilt-houses and learn how people adapt to life on this body of water. Explore the countryside further with a trip to the Western Baray area.


Day 1: Arrival Phnom Penh

Upon arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, you will be welcomed by your local English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel in the heart of the city.

Phnom Penh was once considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient, and despite its recent turbulent history, it still retains a colonial charm. Cambodia’s capital is a bustling city, majestically located at the confluence of the mighty rivers of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap. Wide tree-lined boulevards and many colonial-era buildings reflect the glorious days and add to the allure of the city, where Asian and Western traditions meet in a fascinating way. 

Overnight in Phnom Penh
Meal included on this day: None

 

Day 2: Royal Palace, National Museum, Wat Phn

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, head to the National Museum, which 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. In addition, the roof space is home to a large bat colony. This palace dates back to 1866 and was the last palace built during the French colonial period.

The same complex 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 Buddha in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze. 

Overnight in Phnom Penh
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

 

Day 3: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap - Angkor Wat

Mid-morning, you will be transferred overland to Siem Reap (transfer time 5-6 hours), the gateway to the majestic temples of Angkor and a charming little city. Your local English speaking guide will welcome you and accompany you to your hotel for check in.

Enjoy lunch at restaurant before embarking on a sightseeing tour. After lunch, you will visit the famous Angkor Wat by local bike. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, it is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the Mount Meru, 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.

Moreover, 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 labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. Enjoy the spectacular view from above as you depart on a tethered Helium Balloon ride that will lead you 200 meters straight up for an amazing aerial view of Angkor Wat, Phnom Bakheng, West Baray and other ruins amongst the surrounding jungle and rice paddies glimmering in the best evening light.  

Overnight in Siem Reap.
Meal included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Angkor Thom, Small Circuit Temple

After breakfast, start your visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom in an eco-friendly electric vehicle. 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. Elephant Ride from Bayon to Preah Pitou, for your children fun and experiences. Now you are ready for a very special encounter with an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces – a truly unforgettable moment. On each side of the entrance path a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred naga snake.

This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of 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. Continue to explore the temples of the Small Circuit.

Start your tour with a visit to Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples.

Your visit will also include BanteayKdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th Century, and SrahSrang, also known as the “pool of ablutions”. This afternoon is free at your leisure for personal shopping at the markets with TukTuk and driver or to simply relax at your hotel. If you like some more adventure, you can join one of our optional visits: Return to Siem Reap for dinner with a traditional Khmer dance performance at Apsara Theatre this evening.  

Overnight in Siem Reap.
Meal included on this day: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 5: Tonle Sap & Banteay Srei

After breakfast, you will embark on an interesting boat trip on the Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the 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 4 times its size in during the wet season. Board a local boat and visit Kampong Phluck, a village where we’ll see houses on stilts that are submerged when Tonlé Sap Lake extends. You will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests, portraying life on the water.

Enjoy a picnic lunch on one of the local houses. From there, travel by private vehicle to the countryside of Siem Reap Province to see the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of BanteaySrey, which is best viewed in the warm afternoon light. 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. BanteaySrey is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor. On the way back enjoy an unforgettable experience as you will ride a quad bike especially designed for off road terrain through the beautiful countryside of Siem Reap Province.

The guided tour will take you to local villages, where you can learn about the way of life in rural Cambodia and have the chance to meet and chat with the wonderful and friendly people. The highlight of the tour is the sunset in the rice fields. Enjoy a rural sunset over the paddy fields and the beautiful countryside from the pyramidal Pre Rup temple.  

Overnight in Siem Reap.
Meal included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 6: Siem Reap – Departure

This morning, head to the countryside around the Western Baray, where you can spot water buffalos in swampy ponds, kids in school uniforms on their bicycles and oxcarts transporting today’s harvest.

Visit the Angkor Silk Farm 15 km west of Siem Reap, where you can witness the entire process of silk creation from growing and harvesting mulberry as food for the silk worms, the breeding process and life cycle of the silk worm to the spinning of the silk, the dying process and the creation of beautiful silk weavings on wooden hand looms. Free and easy on your own leisure until time to transfer to airport for your departure home  

Meal included on this day: Breakfast

 

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

  •  Accommodation based on a shared Double/Twin room including breakfast.
  •  Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  •  Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles.
  •  Transfers from and to airport.
  •  Local English speaking guide (for other languages supplements apply).
  •  All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary + 3 day Angkor Pass.
  •  Cyclo City tour in Phnom Penh.
  •  Tethered Helium balloon ride at Angkor.
  •  Elephant ride at Angkor Thom
  •  Boat trip to Kompong Phluck.
  •  Excursion to BanteaySrei.
  •  Excursion to Angkor Silk Farm.

OUR SERVICES DO NOT INCLUDE:

  •  Visa for Cambodia (Visa issued on arrival, USD20/pax, please bring 1 passport photo)
  •  All international and domestic air tickets
  •  Meals not indicated in the itinerary.
  •  Alcoholic drinks & drinks at mealtime + Optional visits + Personal expenses (Telephone, laundry...).
  •  Personal travel insurance (must include helicopter evacuation for Cambodia).
  •  Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels’ porters.
  •  Camera/video entrance fees.
  •  Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusion above.

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