Upon arrival in Siem Reap International Airport, meet up with our friendly English Speaking guide, transfer to hotel for your checking. Free at your own leisure. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Breakfast at hotel, Initially you will explore the Small Circuit. This tour includes the huge pyramid of Takeo, and the jungle-clad Ta Prohm, made famous by the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Tomb Raider’. You continue to visit Sras Srang, known as the King’s bathing pond, and Banteay Kdei, before exploring Prasat Kravan, an elegant brick temple. After lunch you explore the impressive Royal City of Angkor Thom, where you will find the Bayon, a temple famed for its many gigantic carved faces smiling beguilingly down at you. You will also visit other important sites in this immense walled city, including the pyramid of Baphuon, Phimeanakas, and the royal viewing stands known as the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. If you have the time your guide will take you to an excellent spot for watching a mesmerizing Angkor Wat sunset., This evening you will enjoy dinner and a fascinating Apsara dance show at a local restaurant. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Breakfast at hotel. This morning you head 30km north to visit the captivating and beautiful temple of Banteay Srei or ‘Fortress of the Women’. The journey allows you to experience the beautiful Cambodian countryside as you pass through small typical villages, on-route you will visit Banteay Samre. Banteay Samre is an elaborately decorated temple, embellished with floral motifs and scenes from the Ramayana, all carved from pink sandstone. It is said the carvings must have been done by women as the detail is too fine for the hands of a man. After lunch you continue your Angkor encounter with a visit to the spectacular temples of the Grand Circuit, beginning with Preah Khan or ‘Sacred Sword’, one of the largest temples at Angkor. You continue to Neak Pean surrounded by fountains and ponds. Next is Ta Som and its famous strangler fig tree. Finally, you arrive at Pre Rup, a pleasant spot to experience another Angkor sunset if you wish. Return to hotel and overnight.
Sunrise at Angkor WatYou may choose to rise early today to catch the sun rising from behind Angkor Wat’s five carved towers – after being awed you return to your hotel for breakfast. After breakfast it is time to further discover the magnificent Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious building. After lunch you take a short 15km drive to Phnom Krom the large hill that looms closer, and enjoy a relaxing cruise on the on the Tonle Sap lake, the largest lake in South East Asia. You will see the traditional floating village of Chong Kneas and witness the residents going about their daily life – it is quite a sight seeing a whole bamboo village complete with homes, gas stations, schools, hair dressers, and even karaoke bars floating on a lake. On the way back to Siem Reap you will call in at Artisans d’Angkor, an interesting boutique workshop where you can observe young Cambodians learning traditional Khmer handicraft techniques, such as stone & wood carving, and lacquering & gilding – a great opportunity for last minute quality souvenirs.
Breakfast at hotel, free at your own leisure until time transfer to airport for your domestic flight to Sihanouk Ville. Upon arrival in Sihanouk Ville airport, you will be transferred to hotel by our driver.
Breakfast at hotel, free at your own leisure.
Breakfast at hotel, free at your own leisure.
Breakfast at hotel, Transfer to Phnom Penh by Private car. Upon arrival, check in your hotel and free at your own leisure.
Breakfast at hotel, Breakfast at hotel, this morning you will learn about the dark side of Cambodia – its more recent turbulent and harrowing history. Initially you visit the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (also known as S21), ironically a former school, located in a quiet Phnom Penh suburb, this was the infamous Khmer Rouge prison / torture centre. Once you have gained an initial insight of the brutality of the Khmer Rouge regime you will be driven 15km from Phnom Penh to visit the ‘Killing Fields’. This is where Toul Sleng prisoners were forcibly marched and then executed; it is now a memorial site located in a beautiful tranquil setting. You will return to Phnom Penh for lunch. Afternoon, visit Wat Phnom Hill, the historical site of Phnom Penh city, founded in 1372. Independent Monument, inaugurated in 1958 to celebrate Cambodia’s independence from French rule and commemorate the soul of combatants who laid down their lives for freedom of the country. Royal Palace & Silver Pagodia (Royal Palace built in 1866 on the site of the former citadel, a crowning example of Cambodian architecture because it is the official residence of Khmer’s King. Silver Pagoda was named because of the 5000 silver tiles (each weighing 1kg) in the floor of the temple and displayed the holiest Buddha image in Cambodia, Preah Keo (the Emerald Buddha). Keep moving on to strolling along Chatomuk River bank, visit Preah AngChek Preah Ang Chom Buddhist Shrine, where the famous place for local people to pray, and believed that their wishes will become true by praying there. Back to hotel and overnight.
Breakfast at hotel, Free at your own leisure until time transfer to airport for your departure flight.