8A visit to Phnom Penh, the capital city of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and Siem Reap, the gateway of the ancient Angkor temples and floating villages on the Tonle Sap (Great Lake).

Route: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Cambodia

 

check16Inclusive:

• 5 nights hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
• Meals of 3 lunches & 1 dinner with show
• Tours to the Roluos group of temples, Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Banteay Srei, Kbal Spean, Ta Prohm, etc.,
• Entrance fees in Phnom Penh & the Angkor temple complex in Siem Reap
• Ferry ticket for Phnom Penh-Siem Reap and use of car/van with driver for tours and transfers
• English speaking guide services in PNH and REP

stop16Exclusive:

• Airfares & airport taxes (at PNH US$25 for adult or child)
• Visa fee on arrival US$20
• Drinks at meals other than what is served at table
• Use of hotel mini bar, laundry, phone-calls.

noteItinerary:

Day 1: Phnom Penh - Arrival

Arrive in Phnom Penh airport, meet and transfer to hotel for check in.
Overnight in hotel, Phnom Penh.

Day 2: Phnom Penh (Breakfast/Lunch)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning pick up in the hotel lobby at 8.30am for a tour of the city to include the National Museum, Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Wat Phnom. The museum, in a graceful traditional design, houses magnificent Angkorian artefacts (10th-14th century) culled from the fields and recovered from thieves who had pillaged the ruins in Siem Reap as well as wonderful pieces of pottery and bronzes of the Funan and Chenla periods (4th-9th century). It comprises four courtyards around a garden. The original statue of the greatest Angkor king, Jayavarman VII (reigned 1181-1218), sits here smiling faintly in a meditative pose. The grandeur of the royal palace has faded away after the Khmer Rouge ransacked and destroyed much of it. It is closed to the public since King Sihanouk resided in it. Visitors are allowed to move about in the adjacent Silver Pagoda, so called because of the 5000 silver tiles each weighing 1kg that paves the floor. An emerald Buddha sits on a high pedestal. A 90kg golden Buddha encrusted with 9584 diamonds up to 25 carats in weight stands before the dais. To the left is an 80kg bronze Buddha and to the right a silver Buddha. And there is a marble Buddha from Burma behind the dais. Solid gold figurines alongside a wall tell the story of the Buddha. There are many fine works of Khmer art among many of the other exhibits. A place well worth visiting to get an insight into the splendour of Cambodia before the destruction of the Khmer Rouge caused much losses to the country's national treasures. Buffet lunch at Tonle Bassac Restaurant. Afternoon continue sightseeing of the city, Independence Monument, Wat Ounalom where the Buddhist Patriarch lives, and Wat Phnom on a man-made hill, including the huge Central Market.
Overnight in hotel, Phnom Penh.

Day 3: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (Breakfast/ Dinner)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning transfer at 7am to the jetty for the ferry to Siem Reap, a cruise of about 5 hours. At Siem Reap jetty, meet and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Have an orientation tour of the town visiting the well known school of stone carving and other Khmer handicraft at Les Chantiers Ecoles Artisans d'Angkor and the Old Market beside the Siem Reap River. Dinner at Kulen II Restaurant with apsara show. Return to hotel.
Overnight in hotel, Siem Reap.

Day 4: Roluos Temples & Angkor Thom & Ta Prohm (Breakfast/ Lunch)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning pick up at 8.30am to visit the Roluos group temples of Lolei, Bakong and Preah Ko all built in the pre-Angkor period (850-893) to see the precedents of the great Angkor period temples for an idea of the chronological development of temple architecture and construction of this great Angkor civilization. Lunch at Angkor Mondial Restaurant. Afternoon tour of Angkor Thom, the grand edifice built by the greatest Khmer king, Jayavarman VII (r.1181-1218). See the monumental Bayon with its 216 huge faces of stone carved on 54 towers, representing the Great King as a boddhisatva. See the Baphuon in restoration, Phimeanakas, Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. Visit also Ta Prohm which is unrestored and left to the elements with giant trees embracing its stoneworks, giving Ta Prohm its unique character. If time permits, visit Ta Keo, an 11th century sandstone temple dedicated to Shiva, Banteay Kdei in the image of Ta Prohm used as a monastery, Prasat Kravan..
Overnight in hotel, Siem Reap.

Day 5: Banteay Srei, Kbal Spean & Angkor Wat (Breakfast/ Lunch)

Breakfast at the hotel. Pick up at 8.30am to drive to the temple of Banteay Srei, 38 km from Siem Reap. It is the only pink sandstone temple exquisitely carved with nymph-like apsaras dated before Angkor Wat. See the "River of a Thousand Lingas" in Kbal Spean where some pre-Angkorian temples and images of Hindu gods are scattered around the area. Lunch at Borey Sovann restaurant. In the afternoon tour Angkor Wat, the spiritual and mystical grandeur of the Khmer civilization. The temple also served as a mausoleum for the dead king and was in use until 1431 when the kingdom was eliminated by the Siamese. This place is probably the largest religious monument ever built on earth, and is considered one of the most inspiring. Drive to Bakheng Hill to climb up to the Bakheng Temple ruins to watch the sun set on Angkor Wat, Tonle Sap and plain below.
Overnight in hotel, Siem Reap.

Day 6: Siem Reap - Tonle Sap - Departure (Breakfast)

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

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