Highlights: Siem Reap - Angkor Temple - Phnom Penh - Sihanouk Ville Beach
Day 1 : Arrival in Siem Reap - Visiting Angkor in the afternoon
Day 2 : Angkor Temple Complex
Day 3 : Siem Reap - Transfer to Phnom Penh
Day 4 : Phnom Penh Tour
Day 5 : Phnom Penh - Transfer to Sihanouk Ville Beach
Day 6 : Sihanouk Ville relaxing on the beach
Day 7 : Sihanouk Ville - Phnom Penh - Departure
Day 1: Arrival in Siem Reap - Visiting Angkor in the afternoon Upon arrival we will be greet by our guide and transfer to the hotel. After that we are heading out for the majestic temples of Angkor. We will visit to the Roulous Group of temples including Preah Ko, Ba Kong and Lo Lei. This afternoon we will visit to the magnificent 12th century Angkor Wat which is believed to be the biggest religious monument ever built in the world and certainly one of the most spectacular. Tonight we will go to a nice restaurant for our Welcome dinner. Overnight in Siem Reap Today Welcome Dinner included
Day 2: Angkor Temple Complex Today, after breakfast, we will start our visit of the amazing temples complex of Angkor. We will begin to explore the complex of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was built by King Jayavarman VII at the end of the 12th century, a short while after the completion of Angkor Wat. Angkor Thom, which means “Great City”, is surrounded by a massive perimeter wall and a moat with five monumental gates and covers an area of more than ten square kilometers. The most important monuments are located in the centre of the city, namely the Bayon, the Baphoun and the Terrace of Elephants. The Bayon is a fascinating piece of architecture and one of the most photographed. It is a bizarre structure, with a total of 54 towers elaborately decorated with 216 enormous and enigmatic smiling faces. The numerous other structures of this fortified city are the Terrace of the Leper King, the Phimeanakas, Preah Palilay, Tepranom, Preah Pithu, North & South Kleang and Prasat Sour Prot. Then, we will visit Ta Prohm.
The principal singularity of Ta Phrom is that it has not been cleared from the thick jungle, as the rest of the Angkor Complex has been. It looks nearly the same as in the descriptions of the first French explorers, shrouded in undergrowth and in the huge roots of old Banyan trees. This afternoon we will visit Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is located about six kilometers north of Siem Reap, south of Angkor Thom. Angkor Wat was built in the first half of the 12th century (113 – 5BC). It is a largest monument of the Angkor Group and the best preserved and it is an architectural masterpiece. Its perfection in composition, balance, proportions, relief’s and sculpture make it one of the finest monuments in the world. In the end of afternoon, we will enjoy sunset at the hilltop temple of Phnom Bakheng. Overnight in the hotel in Siem Reap. Today Breakfast included
Day 3: Siem Reap - Fly to Phnom Penh Early morning drive to Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre. This afternoon we will visit to the local market before transferring to the airport for the short domestic flight to the Phnom Penh - capital of Cambodia. Arriving in Phnom Penh we check in our hotel. Overnight Phnom Penh. Today Breakfast included
Day 4: Phnom Penh - City tour After breakfast, we will visit The Royal Palace Complex. Besides the oyal Residence (closed to the public), the Throne Hall or Vinichhay Temple (the place where kings are enthroned) and the Chan Chaya Pavillon (where traditional dances took place), it includes Wat Preah Keo, better known as the Silver Pagoda. This amazing place, which floor is covered with 5000 silver plates, houses the Preah Keo or emerald Buddha, made of Baccarat crystal. In front stands a 90 kg golden Buddha studded with 9584 diamonds. After this, we will walk about 10 minutes to the National Museum. Built around a central courtyard, the galleries, arranged chronologically, present a collection of Khmer art, mostly sculptures.
In the early afternoon, we will drive about 16 kilometers to the Choeng Ek killing fields and the Tuol Sleng genocide Museum. This former high school in the suburbs of the capital was converted to a detention and torture centre - known as Toul Sleng or S21 - by the Khmers Rouges when they came to power in 1975. A genocide museum was established at Toul Sleng after 1979 and today it remains as it looked when abandoned by the Khmers Rouges. The pictures of hundreds of faces of those tortured there line the walls inside the old school. Most of the 17'000 people detained at Toul Sleng were eventually transported to Choeung Ek, a mass gravesite known to the locals as the Killing fields after the popular movie of Roland Joffre. Choeung Ek also serves as a memorial to those killed under the Khmers Rouges rule. If we still have time, we will visit the Russian market, too. Overnight in the hotel in Phnompenh. Today Breakfast included
Day 5: Phnom Penh - Transfer to Sihanouk Ville After breakfast at hotel, we transfer to Sihanouk Ville. It is about 226 km far from Phnom Penh but the road is very excellent. It takes us 3,5 hour driving. Arriving Sihanouk Ville we check in hotel. Relax at the beach in the rest of the day. Today Breakfast included
Day 6: Sihanouk Ville Today we have free day at our leisure. Today Breakfast included
Day 7: Sihanouk Ville - Phnom Penh - Departure We transfer back to Phnom Penh today for our departure flight to home. Trip concludes. Today Breakfast included
Tour Price Included English speaking guide Private transfer and transportation with air-conditioning round trip Accommodation based on twin share with daily breakfast Meals as specified in the program (6 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner) Entrance fees
Tour Price Excluded International airfare Airport taxes Visa & visa fees Meals not indicated Personal expenses Tips and gratuitiesNote The entry points to obtain Visa and Application for Visas and Fee At the airports: Phnom Penh International Airport Siem Reap International Airport It is required for the visa applicants to submit passport, application forms, a recent passport-style color photograph, and such other documents as determined by the status of stay. Single entry visa fee for tourist: US$ 20/person Airport Tax From Phnom Penh International Airport: International Departure Tax US$25 per person Domestic US$6 per person From Siem Reap International Airport: International Departure Tax US$25 per person Domestic US$6 per person
Phnom Penh Information
Phnom Penh is the capital and largest city of Cambodia. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Phnom Penh has been the national capital since the French colonized Cambodia, and has grown to become the nation’s center of economic and industrial activities, as well as the center of security, politics, economics, cultural heritage, and diplomacy of Cambodia.Cambodia’s history stretches far back beyond the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. As far as Phnom Penh goes, legend has it that its beginnings stretch back to the late 14th century, when an old woman namedPenh found a tree with a handful of Buddha images lodged in one of its nooks.
Siem Reap information
Siem Reap province is located in northwest Cambodia. It is the major tourist hub in Cambodia, as it is the closest city to the world famous temples of Angkor.
The provincial capital is also called Siem Reap and is located in the South of the province on the shores of the Tonle Sap Lake, the greatest sweet water reserve in whole Southeast Asia. The name of the city literally means Siamese defeated, referring to the victory of the Khmer Empire over the army of the Thai kingdom in the 17th century.
Here in the capital, are many interesting touristy sites. Beside the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, the National Museum, the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, the Choeng Ek Killing Fields and Wat Phnom, there are several market places selling carvings, paintings, silk, silver, gems and even antiques.
It is really worthwhile for you to visit Angkor one time in your life.