Request for the package: Phnom Penh – Kompong Thom – Siem Reap (6 Days, 5 Nights)






Phnom Penh – Kompong Thom – Siem Reap

Tour Details

Day 1,Phnom Penh – Arrival

Transfer from Phnom Penh International Airport to the hotel (rooms may not be ready until the afternoon). Phnom Penh city tour: start your city tour with Cyclo to visit to Wat Phnom temple, Phnom Penh’s namesake. Founded in 1373, the pagoda was built to house Buddhist relics washed ashore by the river. Then continues 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. Walk to 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. 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 – Kompong Thom

Breakfast at hotel. Start your morning visit to Wat Phnom temple, Phnom Penh’s namesake. Founded in 1373, the pagoda was built to house Buddhist relics washed ashore by the river. Then, continues to 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. End your morning visit to the Russian Market (Psah Tuol Thom Pong), a lively outdoor market where you will find antiquities, silver and gold jewelry, gems, silk, kramas, stone and wood carvings, as well as T-Shirts, CDs and other souvenirs. Depart overland to Kompong Thom passing along typical Cambodian villages. Make a stop in Skuon to taste Cambodia’s more exotic culinary delights, the deep-fried spider. Upon arrival, transfer to check-in at hotel. Accommodation at hotel

Day 3,Kompong Thom - Siem Reap

Breakfast at hotel Continue the visit to Sambor Prei Kuk, located 35km northeast of Kompong Thom. En route, visit traditional villages. Visit the ancient capital of Chenla with its 100 temples dating from the Pre-Angkorian period. Continue to Siem Reap and stop at the ancient Naga Bridge (Spean Pratpo), located 40 km from Siem Reap. Arrive in Siem Reap and transfer to the hotel. This afternoon, hop on Tuk Tuk visit Wat Preah Prum Roth Pagoda and you can chat with the Monks to learn more about Buddhism. A monk will perform a 5-minute cleansing ceremony by pouring bowlfuls of water over you, after which you will feel remarkably calm and cleansed. Then, visit “Les Artisans d’Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles”, this centre is working with young artisans; the team creates, produce and market a unique collection of ornamental sculpture, lacquer ware, silk weaving and silk painting. The company promotes fair, sustainable development in order to provide benefits to the rural communities. Time at leisure at the local market. Accommodation at hotel Free time to visit night market & pub street

Day 4,Siem Reap

Early bird special: Transfer to the archaeological site for sunrise at Angkor Wat. Then 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. Return to the hotel for breakfast for relax and enjoy the pool. In the afternoon, 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, visit Ta Prohm until sunset, 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 upon them. Accommodation at hotel

Day 5,Siem Reap

Breakfast at hotel After breakfast drive to the country side and take an ox-cart ride through the villages and the rice fields. At the end of your ride, have a fresh coconut drink with the family and do not hesitate to talk with the local people to get to know more about their lives. Then take an excursion in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia and visit a floating village. The village moves with the water level and during wet season houses are anchored around an island pagoda. 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. 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 6,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 : 6 Days, 5 Nights

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