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Journey into the Heart of Cambodia

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Key Highlights

  • Phnom Penh′s Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are magnificent
  • Can’t be bought at destination
  • The UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Wat temple is an architectural wonder
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Monday

    Duration

    5 Days/4 Nights

    Start time

    Start time: Depends on your flight arrival time
    Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights
    (This tour starts in Phnom Penh and ends in Siem Reap)

    Meeting Point

    There is no airport pick-up. You have to make your own arrangements to reach the Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh. This Deluxe hotel is merely 10 km from Phnom Penh International Airport.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends in Siem Reap

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Cambodia is a country filled with ancient temples, quiet beaches, mighty rivers, and remote forests. Topping the list of places to visit in Cambodia is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor complex of ancient temples in the province of Siem Reap. Here, cultural remnants of the Khmer civilization can be seen dotting more than 400 square kilometres. The most famous of these sites is Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument and truly, one of the architectural wonders of the world.

    Once known as the "Pearl of Asia" in the 1920s, Phnom Penh, along with Siem Reap, is a significant global and domestic tourist destination for Cambodia. Known for its traditional Khmer and French influenced architecture, the Cambodian capital city has some amazing landmarks such as the Silver Pagoda, the Royal Palace,

    On this tour in Cambodia, journey into a land whose rich culture and heritage has withstood the test of time.

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrive in Phnom Penh

    Arrive in Phnom Penh. There is no pick-up and you have to make your own arrangements to reach your hotel. Check into your hotel, the Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh. This Deluxe hotel is merely 10 km from Phnom Penh International Airport, and is located in the heart of the city’s “green belt” – home to the capital’s most exclusive address and famed avenue; and is surrounded by many famous Cambodian landmarks, government offices and embassies that reflect the country’s past, present and future. It is just two minutes from the hotel is the popular Wat Phnom Pagoda, from which Phnom Penh takes its name. . Featured in each room, among other amenities, are telephone, electronic/magnetic key, air conditioning, desk and private safe. The rooms also offer unparalleled views of a beautifully-landscaped boulevard and the city’s historic skyline. The staff is multilingual and the hotel is wheelchair accessible, has morning call, city transfers, boutique, car rental, salon and travel counter.

    Your English-speaking tour guide will meet you at your hotel at the appointed time and you will be taken in an air-conditioned luxury coach for a sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh.

    Cambodia's capital sits at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap rivers. Considered the loveliest of the French-built cities of Indochina, it was founded as a small monastery in 1372 by a rich Khmer woman called Penh, after she found four Buddha statues in a tree trunk on the banks of the Mekong. She set up the monastery on a nearby hill or "phnom" in Cambodian.

    The highlights of the tour include:

    Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda: The Royal Palace stands on the site of the former citadel, Bantey Kev (built in 1813). Visitors are not allowed to some portions of the grounds, as the palace is the official residence of King Norodom Sihamoni. The Silver Pagoda is often called the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Preah Kaeo after the statue housed there. The wooden temple was originally built by King Norodom in 1892 and inside, its floor is comprised of more than 5000 silver blocks which together weigh nearly 6 tons.

    National Museum: This museum was designed by a French archeologist and painter, George Groslier, in Khmer style in 1920 to exhibit works previously scattered throughout the country. It contains a collection of Khmer art including the beautiful 6th century bronze statue of Vishnu.

    Central Market or Russian Market: Visit one of Phnom Penh's two great markets. The Central Market is located in a distinctive domed Art Deco building, and is filled with jewelry, fabrics and all types of souvenirs. The Russian Market is a sprawling labyrinth of stalls selling everything from CDs and DVDs to silks, crafts, jewelry and more. Both are fascinating places to browse.

    Excursion to Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Museum:

    Tuol Sleng Museum (Museum of Genocide): Formerly the Tuol Svay Prey High School, in 1975 it became the Khmer Rouge’s main torture and interrogation center. It was known as Security Prison 21 – or just S-21.

    The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek: People tortured in the S-21 prison (a former school taken over in 1975 by the Khmer Rouge and turned into a torture chamber) were brought here to be executed. Many mass graves were found in this area.

    At the end of the sightseeing tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Phnom Penh.

    Overnight at your hotel in Phnom Penh.

    Day 2 - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

    After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will meet you at your hotel at the appointed time and take you in an air-conditioned luxury coach from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.

    Arrive in Siem Reap in time to watch the sun set over the Cambodian countryside from the upper terraces of an ancient Angkorian temple.

    Check into your hotel in Siam Reap, the Lotus Angkor Hotel. Check into your hotel. The Lotus Angkor Hotel is a four-star property that offers convenience and luxury, all close to downtown and only 7 km from the international airport. All 108 rooms at the hotel are well-appointed with in-room amenities like a baby crib, hair dryer, bathrobes, telephone, and TV. The hotel also has an airport shuttle service, mail service, catering service, boutique, city shuttle service, car hire, dry cleaning and laundry on-site. The Lotus Blanc Restaurant serves both European and Asian food, in a refreshingly decorated restaurant overlooking the charming garden and swimming pool.

    Overnight in your hotel in Siem Reap.

    Day 3 - Siem Reap

    After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will meet you at the appointed time at the hotel. You will then be taken in an air-conditioned luxury coach for a sightseeing tour of Angkor.

    The highlights of the tour include:

    Angkor Wat: This world-renowned temple was dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu by King Suryavarman II, who reigned between 1131 and 1150. It was constructed over a period of 30 years and is world famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. In 1992, the UNESCO declared the monument and the whole city of Angkor a World Heritage Site.

    Angkor Thom: A fortified Royal City (10 square kilometers), it was built by King Jayavarman VII, who ruled from 1181 to 1201. The city has five monumental gates and is encircled by a moat 100 meters wide. In the center of the walled city are the city’s most important monuments including Bayon, Baphuon, the Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and Phimeanakas with Royal Enclosure.

    Bayon: Jayavarman VII's temple mountain that stands at the center of Angkor Thom. It is one of the most popular of Angkor's monuments and a place of narrow corridors, steep flights of stairs and an amazing collection of towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces.

    Baphuon: The pyramid shape represents the mythical Mount Meru and marks the center of the city that was here before Angkor Thom.

    Phimeanakas: This is near the center of what was once the royal palace within Angkor Thom. Phimeanakas means ‘Celestial Palace’, though toDay there is not much left to indicate its former splendour.

    Former Royal Palace: Nothing remains today except two pools that were used by royalty for washing.

    Terrace of Elephants: This terrace was used for viewing public ceremonies and was a base for the King’s grand audience hall. The famous lines of elephants are at either end of the retaining walls.

    Terrace of the Leper King: North of the Terrace of Elephants is a platform named ‘Terrace of the Leper King’. On the platform is a nude statue – one of Angkor’s mysteries.

    Return to your hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.

    Day 4 - Siem Reap

    After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will meet you at the appointed time at the hotel. You will then be taken in an air-conditioned luxury coach for some more sightseeing tour of Angkor.

    The highlights of the tour include:

    Chau Say Tevoda: Built during the second quarter of the 12th century opposite of Thommanon, this temple was dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu.

    Thommanon: This is the temple which mirrors Chau Say Tevoda (just to the north), as it was built around the same time and has a similar plan. It is also dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu.

    Banteay Kdei Temple: This is a massive Buddhist temple dating from the second half of the 12th century. It is surrounded by four concentric walls, the outer walls measuring 500 by 700 meters.

    Sras Srang: A a basin opposite of Banteay Kdei measuring 800 by 400 metres with a tiny island in the middle where only the stone base remains of what was once a wooden temple.

    Prasat Kravan: The five brick towers were built for Hindu worship in 921 and are notable for the bas-reliefs cut into the bricks on the interior walls.

    Return to your hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.

    Day 5 – Depart Siem Reap

    After breakfast, you are at leisure to spend your last day in Siem Reap.

    Your tour ends after you check out of your hotel.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • English-speaking guide
    • Accommodation as mentioned above or equivalent
    • Breakfast
    • Ground transportation in an air-conditioned luxury coach (complimentary cold towels and drinking water)
    • Entrance fees

    Exclusions

    • Airport pick-up and drop-off
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.

    Based on twin-sharing in double rooms.

    Please carry your valid travel documents.

    Hotels (Phnom Penh):
    Pacific Hotel Phnom Penh (Deluxe)
    Princes Hotel Phnom Penh (Superior)

    Hotels (Siem Reap):
    Casa Angkor Hotel (Standard)
    Angkor Holiday Hotel (Superior)
    Royal Empire Hotel (Superior)

    Compulsory gala dinners and peak season surcharges may apply during peak periods surrounding the public holidays of Christmas and New Year - these surcharges will be confirmed at the time of booking.

    Additional info

    You will be met at the hotel by your tour guide on the first day at the appointed time and begin sightseeing. Your transport will arrive and your guide will take you on the tour & return you back to your hotel at the end of the day. You will always be with a guide who will brief you with all pick up times necessary. Meals not listed in the itinerary will be up to you to but your guide will assist in the restaurant selection. Accommodation is subject to availability. If the listed accommodation is fully booked, alternate accommodation will be offered. The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.