6 Days / 5 Nights - Tour
Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
Kingdom of Cambodia
Day 1 Arrival in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Morning arrival at Phnom Penh Airport. Transfer to your hotel. Lunch
at Chao Pra Ya Restaurant.
This afternoon visit Phnom Penh - situated at the
confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers, Cambodia's capital
city resembles a country town. French colonial influences can still
be seen, with many impressive old buildings restored to their former
glory. We will first climb steps up a small hill to see Wat Phnom
Temple, from where we can enjoy views over the tree lined avenues
of Phnom Penh. According to legend, this temple on a hill (Phnom
in Cambodian language) was built by a lady called Penh - hence the
city name of Phnom Penh. Then we will "board" cyclos (3
wheeled bicycle taxis) and enjoy a ride in this unique mode of transport
along the riverfront to the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda.
The Palace is a magnificent example of Khmer architecture, although
it was built as recently as 1866. We will see the Throne Hall and
the charming Napoleon III Pavilion. The Silver Pagoda is one of
the richest shrines in the world - it has a magnificent floor made
up of over 5,000 solid silver tiles and is home to two priceless
Buddha statues. Please note that in case of bad weather sightseeing
will be done by car only. Late afternoon we will take a walk along
Phnom Penh's riverfront promenade - a popular evening gathering
place for the city's residents and enjoy a refreshing drink at the
Foreign Correspondent Club of Cambodia from where we have a nice
view over the Mekong and Tonle Sap River. Dinner and accommodation
at Hotel, Phnom Penh.
Day 2 Phnom Penh
American breakfast. This morning we will visit the Royal University
of Fine Arts. Revived after the many years of war this is where
the young Cambodians learn the ancient arts of their ancestors.
The most interesting part to visit is the Dance Academy where the
young children practice the graceful movements of the beautiful
national dances. We will then continue to the National Museum, housed
in a traditional red pavilion, which is dedicated exclusively to
Khmer art and sculpture. The majority of the exhibits are from the
Angkor period (9th to 15th Century), but some date from as early
as the 4th Century. Lunch at Bamboo Restaurant.
This afternoon we will visit one of the city's
lively open-air markets - Psar Tuol Tom Pong, the so-called Russian
Market, where we can find an eclectic mix of silks, gems, silver,
antiques, T-shirts etc. Time permitting we will enjoy a cruise on
the Mekong River. This gives us the opportunity to view Phnom Penh
from the river, and to see the little developed countryside on the
opposite river bank. Enjoy watching the sun go down over Phnom Penh.
Dinner at Topaz Restaurant. Accommodation at hotel, Phnom Penh.
Day 3 Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
American breakfast. This morning transfer to Phnom Penh Airport.
Departure with Siem Reap Airways from Phnom Penh. Morning arrival
at Siem Reap Airport. Transfer to your hotel (rooms may not be ready
until the afternoon). Siem Reap is the nearest town to the incomparable
Khmer temple complex of Angkor. From the 9th to 15th Century, Angkor
was both the power base of a mighty military and political force,
and the heart of a rich and sophisticated civilization. We will
see massive stone monuments, wide majestic causeways, imposing gateways
and towers - all in a wonderful jungle setting. Our morning is dedicated
to a visit of the most famous temple - magnificent Angkor Wat. This
architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and
covers an area of about 210 hectares. We will enjoy exploring the
many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and
ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. Intricately
carved bas reliefs extend the length of the outer walls and corridors,
depicting mythological scenes and day to day life at the time of
Angkor's construction. Lunch at Angkor Cafe in front of Angkor Wat.
This afternoon we will visit the "Great City"
of Angkor Thom, which was probably more opulent than most European
cities in the late 12th Century. Visits include the famous Bayon
Temple, Phimeanakas Temple within the Royal Palace enclosure, Baphuon
Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper
King. Dinner at Madame Butterfly Restaurant. Accommodation at Hotel,
Day 4 Siem Reap
American breakfast. This morning we will first visit Bakheng Temple.
This temple is perched on top of a natural hill with spectacular
views over the entire Angkor Complex. We will then visit Thommanon,
Takeo - one of Angkor's great temple mountains, Ta Prohm - a favorite
amongst visitors because it has become part of the jungle, Banteay
Kdei with its very attractive carvings, Srah Srang - a Royal bathing
place, Prasat Kravan with unique brick sculptures. Lunch at Chao
This afternoon we will visit a selection of temples,
including the Royal City of Preah Khan which features fabulous carved
stone lanterns and impressive sculptures, Neak Pean - a shrine built
on a small circular island, Ta Som, East Mebon with attractive decorations
on false doors and lintels. Late afternoon we will enjoy the last
daylight at Preah Rup from where we have a great view over the peaceful
countryside. Dinner and classical dance show at Apsara Theatre,
Angkor Village (if available). Accommodation at Hotel, Siem Reap.
Day 5 Siem Reap
American breakfast. This morning we will drive beyond the main Angkor
complex to visit another favorite temple amongst visitors - the
enchanting Banteay Srei. It appears that the temple was designed
to leave no space undecorated, and the fine carvings in pink sandstone
are quite unique. Our second visit will be to Banteay Samre - featuring
elaborate architecture and exceptional carvings. Time permitting,
visit a local village. Lunch at Bopha Angkor Restaurant.
This afternoon we will take a break from visiting
temples. We will first visit the Center of Khmer Studies an independent,
international institution dedicated to facilitating the study, research,
and teaching of Khmer civilization. A tutor of the center is Professor
Chandler, the writer of the most important recent history books
about Cambodia. A local employee will guide us through the center
and tell us about their current projects in Siem Reap. After that
we will enjoy a boat ride, in a traditional wooden boat, on the
Tonle Sap. This is the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South
East Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in
Phnom Penh. We will see a "floating village" - boats have
been converted to look like houses and the "villages"
move from place to place following water levels. Dinner at New Bayon
Restaurant. Accommodation at Hotel, Siem Reap.
Day 6 Depart Siem Reap, Cambodia
American breakfast. This morning we will visit the ancient Khmer
civilization site of Hariharalaya, which flourished in the late
9th and early 10th Centuries. These are the earliest temples in
the Angkor area and are referred to as the Roluos group. The three
Roluos temples are Bakong Temple Mountain with wonderful carvings
on the false doors and lintels, the funerary temple of Preah Ko,
Lolei Temple with the Roluos group's most exquisite carvings and
inscriptions. Lunch at your hotel and check-out.
This afternoon we will visit Les Chantiers Ecole,
a handicraft center located in the center of Siem Reap. Les Chantiers
Ecole was founded in 1992 in co-operation with the Ministry of Education
and its aim is to revive that ancient art of Khmer workmanships.
We will be able to visit the workshops where the students learn
their skills and at the end of the visit see the finished products
in the shop where they are for sale. Afternoon transfer to Siem
Reap Airport. Departure with international flight.
Sightseeing tour & transfer as detailed in
Tour Guide as described above
Accommodation in specified hotels or hotels of similar category
Full board as specified throughout the whole tour
Domestic flights with Siem Reap Airways as mentioned in the itinerary.
Domestic Airport Tax where applicable
All entrance fees
Boat trips as specified
Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
Services not mentioned in the itinerary
Meals not mentioned
International flight To and From Cambodia
Cambodia visa fees (currently US$20 per person if arranged on arrival)
Expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, souvenir, etc)
International Airport Tax (currently US$15 from Siem Reap and US$20
from Phnom Penh)
Seat In Coach departures are guaranteed with a
minimum booking of two (2) persons.