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Phnom Penh – Kep – Sihanoukville – Siem Reap

Tour Details

Day 1,Phnom Penh – Arrival

Transfer from Phnom Penh International Airport directly to visit the National Museum, also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1917. The museum contains a collection of Khmer art - notably sculptures - throughout the ages. Visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90 kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. Start your morning visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum. In 1975 Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot's security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21). It soon became the largest such center of detention and torture in the country. More than 17,000 people held at S-21 were taken to the extermination camp at Choeung Ek to be executed; detainees who died during torture were buried in mass graves in the prison ground. Room after room the museum displays photographs of men, women and children covering the walls from floor to ceiling; virtually all the people pictured were later killed. Enjoy a joint Sunset Cruise on the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers. The boat will pass past floating villages, providing great views of the city’s rapidly changing skyline. Accommodation at hotel

Day 2,Phnom Penh - Kep

Breakfast at hotel. Depart from Phnom Penh for Kep. Visit Kompot Pepper Farm. Pepper in Kompot is well known for Geographical Indication certificated. Continues to Kep, formerly known as Kep-sur-Mer. This beautiful coastal area was once the favorite holiday spot for Cambodia’s French-influenced elite. Arrive at hotel and check-in. This afternoon, start your Kep Discovery Tour. From the turn of the century through the 1960s, Kep was Cambodia’s premier beach town, drawing holiday-makers to its breezy shores and numerous Le Corbusier-inspired villas. Today, Kep inspires the more adventurous travelers seeking a rustic and relaxed tropical atmosphere, yet part of its charm lies within the footprints of its privileged past. During this tour you will get a glimpse into Kep’s earlier glory, visiting several abandoned colonial villas, including the former residence of King Father Norodom Sihanouk. Mixing the old with the new, you will also travel along the coastal roads, visit the famous crab shacks, a hillside temple, and the iconic siren of the sea statue overlooking Kep Beach. Late afternoon visit Crab Market to see the local lively crab seller before dinner. Dinner at the Sail Club of Knai Bang Chatt (Recommend menu is Kep Crab with Kompot Pepper) Accommodation at hotel

Day 3,Kep – Rabbit Island - Sihanoukville

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a half-day boat trip to Rabbit Island (Koh Tunsay) and discover the beautiful and pristine scenery. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, drive to Kampot and enjoy a tour of this quiet town which has preserved some nice colonial architecture houses. Stop at the market. Continue along the coast and the Damrei (Elephant) Mountains to Kompong Som (Sihanoukville) (96 km - 2 hours drive). Check-in at hotel. Accommodation at hotel

Day 4,Sihanoukville

Breakfast at hotel Day at leisure with car for own activities – no car/guide included Lunch and dinner at own account. Accommodation at hotel

Day 5,Sihanoukville

Breakfast at hotel Take a full-day boat trip to the beautiful islands offshore of Sihanoukville’s beaches. Embark on a public speedboat and enjoy the sea breeze while discovering islands that offer coral white sandy untouched beaches. Enjoy a seafood BBQ on the beach for lunch. Take the opportunity to swim in the warm crystal clear waters. Late afternoon return back to the mainland and transfer to hotel. Departure depends on weather conditions. Accommodation at hotel

Day 6,Sihanoukville – Siem Reap

Breakfast at hotel Transfer with driver only to Sihanoukville Airport and departure by Cambodia Angkor Air or similar to Siem Reap. Arrive at Siem Reap International Airport, welcome by your local guide and direct transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Sunset at Pre Rup Temple. Accommodation at hotel Free time to visit night market & pub street

Day 7,Siem Reap

Breakfast at hotel Drive to the village of Kompong Khleang near Siem Reap. This permanent community is one of the largest on the Tonle Sap Lake, home to over 20,000 people living in gigantic stilt houses with an economy based on fishing. Enjoy the spectacular site and board a private boat to visit a small island at the centre of the village to see its market, school and brightly painted pagodas. Continue by boat to see the life on the waters of the great Tonle Sap Lake. In the afternoon, hop on Tuk Tuk to visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), Bayon temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), Baphuon (recently re-opened after years of restoration), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Then end your morning visit to visit 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. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled. Accommodation at hotel

Day 8,Siem Reap

Breakfast at hotel Kulen Mountain Range: Morning, drive through the typical Khmer countryside to the holy Kulen Mountain range which provided some of the stones used to build the Angkor temples. With beautiful sceneries to admire on the way up, our vehicle will bring us on a steep dirt road to the top of the mountain. There we first will see the site of the Lingas carved in the riverbed by successive kings of the Angkor period and a walk further will bring us to the site of a huge natural rock with on top a big reclining Buddha carved in the rock. Our walk will also bring us to a waterfall, don’t forget your swimsuits and join the locals! More carvings in the riverbed can be discovered above the waterfall. This is also a very popular place for Khmer people to come and enjoy their weekend with a picnic. In the afternoon, drive to the typical Khmer countryside and visit Banteay Srei temple (10th century), regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer art. In the afternoon drive to Banteay Srei temple, regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer art. Stop at a local village to visit families who are producing palm sugar. Continue to visit Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor due to restoration using the method of “anastylosis”. The name Samre refers to an ethnic group of mountain people, who inhabited the region at the base of Phnom Kulen and were probably related to the Khmers. No inscriptions have been found for this temple, but the style of most of the architecture is of the classic art of the middle period similar to Angkor Wat. The proportions of Banteay Samre are splendid. A unique feature is an interior moat with laterite paving, which when filled with water must have given an ethereal atmosphere to the temple. Dinner with Apsara Dance Show at local restaurant Accommodation at hotel

Day 9,Siem Reap - Departure

Breakfast at hotel Full at leisure for own activities to enjoy the hotel facilities until transfer out – no car/guide included Lunch not included Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight to the next destination. “WE WISH YOU A WONDERFUL HOLIDAYS IN CAMBODIA”

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  • Duration : 9 Days, 8 Nights

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