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Siem Reap and Phnom Penh (5D/4N) may be the heavyweights, but to some extent they are a bubble, a world away from the Cambodia of the countryside.
This is the place to experience the rhythm of rural life and timeless landscapes of dazzling rice paddies and swaying sugar palms.
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DAY 01: SIEM REAP ARRIVAL
We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel to check in. We continue to visit the Artisan D’Angkor, the handicraft center for wood and stone carving processes. Continue visit to Wat Thmey or The Killing field, which contains a unique glass-walled stupa containing the bones of victims of the Khmer Rouge.
Early evening, you will be taken by a tuk tuk, a small open-sided taxi common in Cambodia, to cruise around the suburb of Siem Reap and for a blessing ceremony by Buddhist monks for happiness, prosperity and safety for your journey. Dinner on your own. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.
DAY 02: SIEM REAP (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel.
08:00 Visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom, The Bayon Temple, The Royal Enclosure, Phimeanaka, and The Elephant and Leper King terrace. Continue to visit the jungle temple of Ta Prohm.
After lunch, pay a visit to Thommanan, Chaosay Tevoda, and Ta Keo: a small, attractive temple in very good condition, built at the same time as Angkor Wat. Continue to discover the world’s wonder site – Angkor Wat, the magnificent temple that was built in 12th century and it is the largest first Hindu, Buddhist temple complex and the largest religious monument in the world. Continue to visit Bakheng hill: Sunset viewing on the hilltop. Bakheng is the first major temple to be constructed in the Angkor area; this temple-mountain offers extraordinary views of the Tonle Sap and Angkor Wat. At night, enjoy a buffet dinner with a traditional show (optional). After dinner, visit the Night & Pub street. Overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 03: SIEM REAP – PHNOM PENH (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel.
08:00 Visit the floating village and take a ride by a traditional wooden boat on Tonle Sap lake to experience the human occupations at the edges of the lake is similarly distinctive – floating villages, towering stilled houses, huge fish traps, and an economy and way of life deeply intertwined with the lake, the fish, the wildlife and the cycles of rising and falling waters. In the wet season, the Tonle Sap lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia. Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for the departure flight for Phnom Penh. On arrival, you will visit Wat Phnom’s Phnom Penh namesake. After that, visit Chaktoumuk River front on Sisowat Quay. Dinner on your own. Overnight at hotel in Phnompenh.
DAY 04: PHNOM PENH (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel.
08:00 Visit the Royal Palace. The Palace was opened in 1870 under King Norodom, and now contains the Royal Residence, the Throne Hall, the Silver Pagoda, and other buildings. The Silver Pagoda (Wat Preah Keo Morokat) is one of the city’s most visited sites and offers a display of priceless Buddhist and historical objects. The Pagoda draws its name with more than 5,000 silver tiles, which cover the floor in the temple. Then explore the National Museum’s collection of Khmer art, which displays over 5,000 objects including statues and other artifacts from Angkor Wat. Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit the Toul Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek-both grim reminders of Cambodia’s bloody past under Pol Pot. It is almost inconceivable to confront the nature of true evil here in this gentle land, but the Buddhist memorial at Choeung Ek, commemorates the 1.7 million victims of the 1975-79 Pol Pot regime. This excursion may prove distressing for some. It is, however, an important piece of this country’s historical and cultural puzzle. Then we discover Phnom Penh’s Psar Toul Tom Pong, known as the Russian Market, a great place to hunt for souvenirs, curios, and silks. Dinner on your own. Overnight at hotel in Phnompenh.
DAY 05: PHNOM PENH – DEPARTURE (B/-)
Breakfast at hotel. Free at leisure until transfer to the Airport for your departure flight.