Tour Code: IGT-CAM-LUX-03
Duration: 5Days/ 4Nights
Price: From US$ 355 – 725/ Pax
- Day 1: Phnom Penh arrival – city tour (D)
- Day 2: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B)
- Day 3: Angkor Complex (B,L)
- Day 4: Kban Spean – Banteay Srei (B,L)
- Day 5: Tonle Sap Lake – Departure (B)
Land price per person for private tour (in USD):
|Group||2-3 pax||4-7 pax||8-10 pax||11-15 pax||>15 pax||Single sup|
Flight tickets one way: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap: According to publish of Airline at the time request
- Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services.
- All private transfer and transportation
- Accommodation shared in Twin/Double room with daily breakfast
- Experienced English/French speaking guide.
- Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
- All sightseeing tickets.
- Seasonal fruits, tissues and water on coach.
- Services charges and government tax.
- No extra charge after confirmation
- Traditional gift
- All international
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
- Cambodia visa fee
- Single room supplement
- Payment fee
- Drinks, tips, and personal expenses
- Others not mentioned above
DAY 1: PHNOM PENH ARRIVAL – CITY TOUR (D)
AM: Meet you at the airport or boat port then transfer to the hotel for check in and leisure time before afternoon visit:
PM: Start with Tuol Sleng, or S21, was initially a school in the centre of Phnom Penh which was later used by Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge to enslave, torture and kill all those suspected of treason or non-conformity to their ideology. Now it’s a museum which depicts this distressing period of history, where the cells, beds, torture equipment and photos that were used are still present today. We will finish the day at the Russian Market, named after the Russian influence over this market in the 1980s, with its endless selection of traditional and modern goods on sale.
Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Phnom Penh
DAY 2: PHNOM PENH – SIEM REAP (B)
AM: After breakfast, visit to the Royal Palace. On the banks of the Mekong River, the Royal Palace was constructed in the 19th century when the capital moved from Oudong to Phnom Penh, and has been the home for the Kings of Cambodia since 1866. The palace is a testament to Khmer architectural and aesthetic proficiency so prevalent in their royal and religious monuments. Within the royal palace is the Silver Pagoda, where Wat Preah Ko Royal Temple is located, housing Cambodia’s most revered national treasures such as gold Buddhas, a baccarat emerald Buddha, and even one Buddha statue decorated with a modest 9,584 diamonds. Then transfer to the airport to go to Siem Reap City.
Arrive in Siem Reap, a modern day city which is a perfect complement to the ancient World Heritage city of Angkor Wat on its doorstep. Our car and guide will pick you up in Siem Reap before transferring you to your hotel for check in.
Free time to relax and explore.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 3: ANGKOR HISTORY PARK (B,L)
AM: We will start the day with the infamous and treasured legacy of Angkor Wat. The masterpiece and holy grail of the temples of Angkor, Angkor Wat is the world’s largest religious building and an insurmountable legacy left by Suryavarman II. Believed to be the world’s largest religious building, there is almost one kilometer of exquisitely detailed carvings which depict the intricacies of the Khmer empire through dramatic and humorous stories of love, life, war, religion and mythology, before accessing the inner complex to experience the powerful energy that this sublime temple inspires. Marvel at the quincunx of towers, admire the carvings and architectural detail of the complex as a whole, as it seemingly defies with its beauty and symmetry the fact that it’s a man-made creation almost 1000 years old.
We shall continue our visit Ta Prohm. Of Tombraider fame, Ta Prohm is an Angkorian treasure, and it’s going to stay that way. One of the most fascinating things about Ta Prohm (except for its size, beauty and pleasantly eerie atmosphere) is that today it can be appreciated perfectly as it would have been in its day, a mere 900 years ago, as it has been ‘left as it was found’ by the French explorers who discovered it in the 19th century. Ta Prohm is a sight to behold, a veritable maze with gigantic golden trees strangling the stone foundations at every juncture, fine carvings, prominent galleries and a layout that will bring out the explorer in you.
PM: After lunch we commence our exploration of Angkor Thom. Known as the ‘Great City’, Angkor Thom was Jayavarman VII’s ultimate creation, his true expression of design excellence. Angkor Thom was an entire city built in the 12th century which at one point was believed to house up to 150,000 people across an area of nine square kilometers and which thrived upon a complex system of agriculture and waterways. 5 magnificent gates which stand 23 metres high and are spiritually guarded by faces reminiscent of the Bayon, and we will enter through the Victory Gate, complete with a causeway with two emanating rows of Devas and Asuras, both of which are wrestling a powerful Naga. From here we will converge upon the centre of this extraordinary city, and begin to explore its elements, starting with the Elephant Terrace, a royal platform used as a viewing gallery for grandiose royal spectacles, decorated wonderfully with statues of elephants and perfect carvings. Adjacently sits the Terrace of the Leper King, decorated in much the same way but unique for possessing the statue of Yama (the Leper King), god of Death. From here we will proceed through the forest to Preah Palilay. Guarded by a large Buddha this is a small but beautiful temple from the 13th century. Afterwards we will proceed to Phimeanakas, a 10th century largely uncarved but beautifully constructed pyramid temple affording terrific views, before Baphuon, an imposing 50 metre tall temple dedicated to Shiva which houses one of the world’s largest reclining Buddhas. And finally to Bayon, arguably the most stunning of all the Temples of Angkor, adorned with 37 towers decorated with wonderful giant stone faces and beautifully decorated carvings throughout.
Finally we will proceed to Bakheng Hill, an iconic temple setting where we will admire the sun set over this ancient land, with views across the great Tonle Sap Lake, the West Baray, and of course, Angkor Wat.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 4: KBAL SPEAN – BANTEY SREI (B,L)
AM: Breakfast at the hotel, then travel 45km to Kbal Spean, or valley of the 1000 lingas; a remarkable place where natural meets man-made phenomenon – 1000 hand carved lingas lie on the bed of the Kbal Spean River downstream from the stunning waterfall, placed there to fertilize the river during ancient times. Lunch at a local restaurant.
PM: After lunch we will continue to Banteay Srei; 30km from Siem Reap, Banteay Srei is a unique and exquisite temple, glowing red and in perfect symmetrical detail, which possesses a truly unrivalled beauty all of its own. The carvings here are undoubtedly the most detailed of any of those in Angkor, and the perfection and attention to detail are remarkable. Then on to Banteay Samre, or Citadel of the Samre, a smaller temple located in the jungle in the style of Angkor Wat. On our return we will also stop at Srah Srang – a vast and beautiful man-made lake where the Royals of Angkor would bathe, relax and unwind with sun set view before returning to Siem Reap.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 5: TONLE SAP LAE – DEPARTURE (B)
AM: Visit to the Great Tonle Sap Lake – Kompong Pluk, the largest lake in Southeast Asia. After travelling through beautiful countryside to reach the water’s edge, we will transfer to our boat and proceed to sail through mangroves, visit floating and stilted villages, and experience a fascinating, traditional and unique way of life. This lake with an area of 16000 square kilometers during the height of the wet season is an astonishing place, so significant to Cambodia and Southeast Asia as a whole, and it’s home to great number of rare species of wildlife and some of the most resourceful communities on this earth. On the way back stop at local temple where you will know how our monks are living.
Afterwards we’ll visit Chantier Ecole-Artisan d’Angkor, a museum and vocational centre dedicated to the revival of Khmer art. Founded on the idea that Cambodia must endeavour to keep its heritage of skilled craftsmanship alive despite the loss of a large body of expertise during Cambodia’s recent history, Artisans d’Angkor was set up by CEFP (Chantiers-Ecoles de Formation Professionnelle) to provide instruction and employment to some of the poorest members of the community in such art. Visitors can observe modern day professionals employing ancient techniques in the production of metalwork, stonework, lacquer and silk.
PM : Visit the Old Market and Siem town before transfer to the airport for onward flight.
End of services.
Overnight at hotel as below or similar:
|Siem Reap||Tara Angkor Hotel||Sofitel Royal Angkor Resort|
|Phnom Penh||Hotel Cambodiana||Sofitel Phnom Penh|