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The temples of Angkor, are unmatched in scale and grandeur in Southeast Asia. The traveller’s first glimpse of Angkor Wat, the ultimate expression of Khmer genius, is sublime and awe-inspiring. Phnom Penh, the capital, is popular for its splendid riverside setting, cultural renaissance, and world-class wining-and-dining scene. Siem Reap, boasts of multiple cafes and a diverse nightlife.
The rhythm of rural life and landscapes of dazzling rice paddies and swaying sugar palms in Cambodia's countryside is soothing.
The people of Combodia are it’s real wealth – full of optimism and unbreakable spirit. One cannot return from Cambodia without a measure of admiration and affection for the people of this enigmatic kingdom.
Meals: on your own
Welcome to Siem Reap! You will be warmly welcomed by our English-Speaking Guide at Siem Reap International Airport and taken to your hotel. (Standard check – in time )
In the afternoon you will visit the unique interior brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, Srah Srang ("The Royal Baths" were once used for ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake) and Preah Khan temple, Built by the King Jayavarman VII. Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder hugging corridors. Then move to the major Pre Rup-temple, built by Rajendravarman II in the late 10th century. Beautiful carved false door on upper level, as well as an excellent view of the surrounding countryside, has richly detailed well-preserved carvings, particularly on the lintels.
Overnight stay at selected hotel in Siem Reap.
After breakfast, enjoy a full day excursion to discover Angkor Thom and Temples. Inside Ankor Thom are some of the most impressive temples of the Angkorian period. To enter the city, one has to pass through one of the five huge entrance gates. There is a gate at each of the four points of the compass (north, east, south and west), plus the so called Victory Gate, which leads to the Royal Palace area. Each gate is topped by four giant faces, and the bridges leading to the gates are lined with statues of Gods and Spirits. Angkor Thom contains the famous temple of Bayon, and other important sites.
Afternoon, visit the magnificent Angkor Wat Temples – one of the greatest architectural wonders of the world, as a temple and mausoleum for King Suryavarman II at the peak of the Khmer empire in the 12th century, Angkor Wat is probably the best-preserved of the Angkorean temples, with a central tower surrounded by four smaller towers. The central monument represents the mythical Mount Meru, the holy mountain at the centre of the universe, which was home to the Hindu God Vishnu. The whole complex covers 81 hectares, a rectangular wall measuring 1025 meters by 800 meters borders the inner edge of the moat, and temple's greatest sculptural treasure is its 2 km-long bas-reliefs around the walls. Later, visit Phnom Bakheng temple, the first temple in Angkor region build by the Yacovarman I King in the 9th century, located on a gentle slope.
Evening is free to enjoy the busy pub street or shopping at Angkor Night Market.
Overnight at Siem Reap.
In the morning, we travel through the traditional village of Preah Dark to the 12th century temple of Banteay Samre. Built by King Suryavarman II, the genius behind Angkor Wat, this temple has been extensively restored. The temple is unique, as over-quarrying of sandstone led to the use of laterite for the roofed corridors. The pediments above the inner doors here include some of the most accomplished carving from the Angkor period. We continue further north to Banteay Srei, Angkor’s ultimate art gallery. This petite pink temple is the jewel in the crown of Angkor-era sculpture. The elaborate carvings here are the finest found in Cambodia and the name translates as ‘Fortress of the Women’, thanks to the intricate detail here, considered too fine for the hands of a man. Originally believed to date from the latter part of the Angkor period, inscriptions at the site suggest it was built by a Brahman in 967.
Afternoon continue to Kampong Phluk, a commune and village in Siem Reap Province in northern-central Cambodia. It is a floating village on the Tonle Sap. The villages are primarily Khmer and have about 3000 inhabitants between them, most of who live in stilted houses. The people depend largely on fishing and tourism for their incomes. We embark on the traditional wooden boat through the flooded forests of the Great Tonle Sap Lake, habitat for many bird species. This amazing floating village is built on 8m to 10m high stilts. We visit an island pagoda, a school and traditional stilt houses to interact with the local families.
Evening explore the Artisan D’ Angkor, home of handicrafts or Old Market for buying souvenirs.
Overnight at Siem Reap
After breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Phnom Penh. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.
You will visit the impressive colorful Khmer-style Royal Palace complex built in 1866 by the Predecessors of King Norodom. Nearby is Silver pagoda (the emerald Buddha temple), where contain plenty of Buddha Statues decorated and made by gold, diamond, gemstone and silver. We will stop at Independence monument and explore the National museum; a beautiful Khmer building containing more than 5000 art antiques made by bronze, wood, gold, silver, copper, sandstone and others. We pass through the river-front park where 4 rivers meet at a junction including the mystical Mekong. We visit the Royal University of Fine Arts, the most interesting is the Dance Academy. Here, many young children practice the graceful movements of the beautiful national dances. Walk up to sacred hill Phnom Daun Penh – also the name of a pagoda and name of the capital. Then we stop at Central Market, a large market constructed in 1937 in the shape of a dome with four arms branching out into vast hallways with countless stalls of goods.
Overnight at Phnom Penh
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
In the morning we visit Choeung Ek Museum, where between 1975 and 1978 about 17,000 men, women, children and infants detained and tortured at S-21 were transported for extermination. We continue to Tuol Sleng prison, now a Genocide Museum, the most secret part of the Khmer Rouge regime. It’s also called S-21 (abbreviated for Security Office 21), a Khmer Rouge's premier security camp, specifically designed for the interrogation and extermination of anti-Angkor elements.
Today we will have lunch at local restaurant before going shopping at the Russian market, enjoy the bustling activities of the locals. Last, we will take a cruise to see the sunset on the Mekong and Tonle Sap River in the “Four Arms” section where the Mekong meets the Tonle Sap River before splitting into two branches.
Overnight at Phnom Penh
After breakfast at the hotel, you will then be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.