DAY 01: Bangkok – Phnom Penh
Upon your arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, you will meet with your local tour guide and driver to transfer to hotel for check-in. Lunch today is not included.
After a rest, we will have a visit to the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town. We will also have a look at the beautiful Silver Pagoda, Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. Then we continue with a visit to the National Museum, known as one of Phnom Penh’s true architectural gems. The museum is instantly recognizable with its warm red terracotta and its gracefully curved roof topped by dozens of guardian nagas. It was designed in Khmer style in 1917 by the famed French architect Georges Groslier & Ecole Des Arts Cambodgiens.
Dinner today is not included. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 02: Phnom Penh City Tour
Breakfast will be served at the hotel.
In the morning, visit the notorious Killing Fields “Choeung Ek” 15 km southwest of Phnom Penh. This is the site of brutal executions of more than 17,000 individuals, most of whom first suffered through interrogations, torture and deprivation in Toul Sleng Prison during the Pol Pot regime (From 1975–1979).
Continue with a visit to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21 prison). This prison was originally a high school, and was used as a prison by Pol Pot’s security forces and became the largest center for detention and torture during the rule of the Khmer Rouge.
(Lunch today is not included.)
After a rest, you will visit the Russian Market (Psah Tuol Thom Pong), a lively outdoor market where you will find antiques, silver and gold jewelry, gems, silk, kramas, stone and wood carvings, as well as t-shirts, CDs and other souvenirs. Then, we end our trip at the Victory Monument.
Dinner is not included. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 03: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap by Speed Boat
Breakfast will be served at the hotel.
We will ransfer to Siem Reap. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, you will meet with your tour guide and driver to transfer to the hotel for check-in. After a rest, visit Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and thus retains much of its mystery. You will see Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain lake), and Ta Som, built in late 12th century C.E. and the most distant temple on the grand circuit; small but classic. Then see Preah Khan temple, built by the King Jayavarman VII. Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation. Tonight you will enjoy a buffet dinner and enjoy an accompanying Khmer Traditional Dance Show at a local restaurant and accommodation at the hotel. Accommodations in Siem Reap.
DAY 04: Siem Reap Tour
Breakfast will be served at the hotel. In the morning, you will visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). We will see the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, the Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. After a rest, we will visit the most famous of all the temples on the Angkor plain: the great Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. After this you will have the opportunity to view a wonderful sunset from the Top of Phnom Bakheng Hill. Accommodations in Siem Reap.
DAY 05: Siem Reap Tour
Breakfast will be served at the hotel. In the morning, we will drive to the Khmer countryside and visit the Banteay Srei temple (10th century), regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer Art. We will then continue on to visit Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor, thanks to restoration using the method of “anastylosis”. Lunch is not included. After a rest, we will visit the unique interior brick sculptures of the Prasat Kravan, the Srah Srang (“The Royal Baths” was once used for ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Ta Keo, constructed in late 10th early 11th century C.E and the first temple to be constructed wholly of sandstone. Accommodations in Siem Reap.
DAY 06: Siem Reap – Bangkok
Breakfast will be served at the hotel. In the morning, we will visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 km south of Siem Reap. You will have the chance to visit the village and take an excursion in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia. Lunch is not included.
Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for your departure flight to your next destination.