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Highlights of Cambodia

Highlights of Cambodia
Trip length:5 days
Trip style:Cambodia Comfort Tours
Trip themes:Heritages, Local life & Culture
Physical rating:*****
Start / End cities:Siam Reap / Phnompenh
Price from:USD $488
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Day 01: Siem Reap Arrival
 
 
 
siam reap
Welcome to Siam Reap, the gateway to wonder of Angkor.
Upon arrival at Siem Reap International Airport, met and greeted by our guide and take a short transfer to the hotel for check-in.
The remainder of the day is free at your leisure to relax or wander around laidback Siam Reap.
Welcome diner with in a local restaurant and overnight in hotel in Siam Reap.
Day 02: Siem Reap - Angkor Discovery
 
 
 
angkor temple carving
Breakfast at the hotel and start our day with visit to the Angkor Thom city, the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire under the reign of King Jayavarman VII in the late twelfth century. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces.
Continue to the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and of course, the largest as well as the most complete temple of the complex: Angkor Wat.
This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people.
We stroll around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with colums, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple.
Back to the hotel and enjoy some time to rest before dinner.
Overnight in hotel in Siam Reap.
Day 03: Angkor – Tonle Sap Lake
 
 
 
on the tonle sap
Breakfast at hotel and today we will discover further magnificent Angkor Park.
Visit to the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm, one of the most popular temples in the area of Angko because of the beautiful combinations of wood and stone. It is also the place where pop culture fans may recognize a few scenes from Angelina Jolie's Tomb Raider. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man's creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature.
Also we will explore some of the surrounding temples including Banteay Kdei, Thommanon Sra Srong, Ta Keo and Chau Say, Tevado.
In the afternoon we drive to Choueng Kneas village, where you will take the boat for sightseeing of local life floating on the water of one of the greatest lake in the World: Tonle Sap,
Overnight in hotel in Siem Reap
Day 04: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh
 
 
 
Phnom Penh
Breakfast at the hotel and get transferred toward the countryside on the newly paved road to the temple of Banteay Srei, the “gem” of the Angkor area, which remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia displaying some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art of carving.
Along the way we make stops to visit to local village of Preah Dark village and the Banteay Samre Temple that is adorned with impressive bas-relief’s depicting scenes of Vishunu as well as Krishna legends.
This afternoon we will catch a short flight to Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia.
In the same afternoon, after checking in hotel, we will take a visit to Wat Phnom, the birth place of the city, then enjoy a cruise on Mekong River for spectacular sunset view.
Dinner at local restaurant and overnight in hotel in Phnom Penh.
Day 05: Phnom Penh  discovery - Departure (B/)
 
 
 
at toul sleng
Breakfast at the hotel and start our day with a visit to the Royal Palace that contains the Royal Residence, the Throne Hall, the Silver Pagoda, and other buildings.
Built in the 1860s under the reign of King Norodom, this massive complex is the jade of Phnom Penh and bears a typical traditional Cambodian style.
Of those special architectures, the Silver Pagoda (Wat Preah Keo Morokat) is one of the city's most visited sites and has its name from more than 5,000 silver tiles, which cover a floor in the temple. The building serves less as a functioning shrine than a repository of cultural treasures such as the famous Emerald Buddha and many other valuable statues.
Continue to the Toul Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek – the two places that remind the the sorrowful past of Cambodia under the rule of Pol Pot regime - Khmer Rouge from 1975 to 1979. It is almost inconceivable to confront the nature of true evil here in this gentle land and this excursion may prove distressing for some but it is important visit that will allow you to dig below the surface and understand better this country’s historical and cultural puzzle.
Transfer to the airport for the flight to onward destination. Safe travel!