One week in Cambodia
DAY 01 ARRIVAL - SIEM REAP
Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport, meets and transfers to hotel for check-in. Dinner not included and night at the hotel.
DAY 02 SIEM REAP - ANGKOR WAT TOURS (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12 century): the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Lunch not included. 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. Enjoy wonderful sunset from the top of Pre Rup Temple. Dinner not included and night at the hotel.
DAY 03 SIEM REAP - ANGKOR WAT TOURS (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Banteay Srey, known as Citadel of Women or a Pink Temple, and Banteay Samre Temples. Lunch not included. Visit the unique interior brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, Srah Srang ("The Royal Baths" was once used or 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. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation. Dinner not included and night at the hotel.
DAY 04 SIEM REAP - BOAT TRIP – BATTAMBANG (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, we will enjoy a boat ride on the Tonle Sap Lake at KAMPONG PHLUK VILLAGE. 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 fishermen's "floating village" with floating schools, floating police station, etc. It is the same as a big village floating on the lake, and the "village" move from place to place following water levels and current. Lunch not included. This afternoon, we will drive from Siem Reap to Battambang (4 hours). Check-in at hotel in Battambang and relax at the hotel. Dinner not included and night at the hotel.
DAY 05 BATTAMBANG – TOURS (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, visit some cultural villages around Battambang where we can learn about the production of rice paper, prahoc (the Cambodian fermented fish sauce), grolan (glutinous rice roasted in bamboo joints) and other Cambodian specialties. Lunch not included. In the afternoon, we proceed to Phnom Sampeau where are the caves of the massacre and a small temple; that is, the serenity and the inhumanity exist together in a single place. Continue your tour with a ride on a bamboo train (Note: the train tracks from Battambang to Phnom Penh are currently reconstructed. The long-term future of the bamboo train cannot be guaranteed. So, if this service is not available, we organize the other sightseeing options). Disembark for a visit to Wat Banan, a temple of 'XI century on top of a mountain located between the lush rice fields and lotus ponds beautiful. From the top of the mountain, we have a good view of the beautiful countryside, we can also visit the ancient temple surrounded by trees flowered fragrant. Dinner not included, overnight in Battambang.
DAY 06 BATTAMBANG – KAMPONG CHHNANG – OUDONG – PHNOM PENH (B)
From Battambang to Kampong Chhnang, known for its traditional pottery. We proceed to Oudong, the former royal capital of Cambodia, take a ride on wagon pulled by oxen around the city. Then we climb to the summit of the mountain Oudong enjoy in magnificent views of the valley below while the guide explains the history of the land and its buildings as well as the religious culture of the Cambodians. In the afternoon, the road to Phnom Penh, let us pause to Koh Chen, an island in the Tonle Sap River, known as the "village of silver" because of its production of silver handicrafts. We reach Phnom Penh in mid-afternoon. Dinner not included and night at hotel.
DAY 07 PHNOM PENH – CITY TOURS (B)
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, we start to visit Silver Pagoda, located in the Royal Palace compound where is reserved by Cambodians and appreciated by visitors as one of the most popular cultural spots in Phnom Penh. Spend your next visit to the nearby National Museum, home to art collections, statues all over the period of times on displays. Lunch not included. Afternoon, we visit the harrowing genocide museum at Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields of Choeng Ek, both enduring memorials to the gruesome and brutal rule of the Khmer Rouge. Dinner not included and night at hotel.
DAY 08 PHNOM PENH – FREE - DEPARTURE (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Phnom Penh airport for a flight home.
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