4A brief introduction tour to Cambodia covering the world wonder of Angkor Wat and other monuments in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.

Route: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Cambodia

 

check16Inclusive:

• 4 nights hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
• 4 lunches and 1 dinner with show
• Airport transfers & transport in air-conditioned vehicles
• Sightseeing and entrance fees to sights
• English speaking guide services
• Cold water and towel during tours

stop16Exclusive:

• Visa fee to Cambodia: USD20
• All airfares/air ticket
• Other measl, drinks, personal expenses
• Tip to guide and driver
• Airport tax for both International & Domestic.
• International Airport Tax USD 25/ Adult & USD 13/ Child under 12 years.
• Domestic Airpot Tax USD 6/ Adult & USD 4/ Child under 12 years.

noteItinerary:

Day 1: Phnom Penh - Arrival (Lunch)

On arrival at Phnom Penh's Pochentong Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel. The capital city of Phnom Penh was once considered the loveliest city of Indochina. Despite its recent turbulent history, it still maintains considerable charm. A buffet lunch at Tonle Bassac restaurant will be catered. A city tour acquaints us with some major sights of Phnom Penh. The private quarters of the Royal Palace are now home to the royal family. At the northern end of the palace grounds is the Silver Pagoda tiled by 5,000 slabs of silver each weighing one kilogram; next to it is the National Museum housing an excellent collection of ancient Khmer artifact and sculpture - the majority of the exhibits are from the Angkor period from 9th to 15th centuries, but some date from as early as the 4th century; Wat Phnom, the most sacred shrine in the country; see the Independence monument and the riverside promenade at Sisowath Quay, and spend some time browsing in the sprawling Central Market.
Overnight in hotel, Phnom Penh.

Day 2: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Breakfast at the hotel. We transfer to the Phnom Penh airport to take the flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport you are met and go on a tour of the Roluos group of temples (Lolei, Bakong and Preah Ko) to see the precedents of the classical Angkor temple architecture of the 9th & 10th century. Lunch at Angkor Mondial Restaurant. As the sun sets walk up Bakheng Hill to its temple ruin and enjoy a mystical experience watching the light fading on Angkor Wat and the plain below. (There is a daily quota for Bakheng Hill.) Dinner with apsara show at Sampheap Restaurant.
Overnight in hotel, Siem Reap.

Day 3: Tour of Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm & Lesser Temples (Breakfast/Lunch)

Breakfasat the hotel. Pick up at 8.30am to drive to Angkor Thom to discover the impressiveness of this big monument built by King Jayavarman VII. See the South Gate of Angkor Thom lined by 54 gods on one side and demons on the other linked together by two gigantic nagas; the Bayon which is the centre-piece of this complex with its 54 towers and 216 carved faces of the king as a bodhisattva; have your guide point out and explain to you the bas-reliefs along the galleries depicting the every day life of the Khmers of 12th century Angkor. See the Baphoun, Terrace of Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King and Phimeanakas. See the mystical Ta Prohm still in the embrace of the jungle with giant buttress roots clasping its stone-work preventing the temple from total collapse. Lunch in a restaurant and rest a while at your hotel untl the fierce afternoon heat has abated. Then your guide will take you to visit the Lesser Temples of Pre-Rup, a multi-storeyed royal crematory temple on a hill; Prasat Kraven with its impressive brick carvings of Vishnu and his consort, Lakshmi, constructed in 921 AD; Banteay Kdei, a massive Buddhist monastery of King Jayavarman VII's; Ta Keo, a very steep sided temple-mountain started by King Jayavarman V (r.968-1001) but never finished; Preah Khan, one of the largest complexes of Angkor with a maze of vaults and dark corridors full of delicate carvings built by none other than the most prolific monument builder Jayavarman VII. Nearby is another of the king's huge monument, Preah Neak Pean, nicely designed with a large central pool once filled with water which flowed into four peripheral pools from sprouts of an elephant head, a horse's head, a lion's and a human head. It was used for ritual purification.
Overnight in hotel, Siem Reap.

Day 4: Banteay Srei, Kbal Spean & Angkor Wat (Breakfast/Lunch)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning excursion to Banteay Srei Temple, 38km out of Siem Reap to see a very charming monument of pink sandstone with the best carvings of apsaras in all Angkor. The special charm of this temple lies in its compact size, remarkable state of preservation, and the excellence of it decorative carvings. Visit nearby Banteay Samre built by King Suryavarman II (r.1112-52), the builder of Angkor Wat. Continue the drive to Kbal Spean, the "River of a Thousand Lingas". Walk 30 minutes through the forest to the top of the hill to reach the riverbed filled with many carvings of the symbolic Shiva phallus. Lunch at Borey Sovann Restaurant. Our final visit of today is to the greatest monument of them all - Angkor Wat. Spend time looking closely at the bas-reliefs all along the four walls of this temple. These tell the fascinating stories of the Hindu creation of the world, the king's victorious battles against the Cham invaders, epics of the Ramayana and Hindu gods. Return to Siem Reap and be at leisure.
Overnight in hotel, Siem Reap.

Day 5: Siem Reap - Departure (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Free until time to transfer to Siem Reap airport for your departure flight.

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