DAY 1: Phnom Penh – Arrival (D)
Transfer from Phnom Penh International Airport to the hotel.
Afternoon, visit the Victory Monument, and the National Museum, also
called Musee des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and painter, Georges
Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1917. The museum contains a
collection of Khmer art - notably sculptures – from throughout the ages.
Visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the
old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the grounds of the Royal
Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is
made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid
gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90kilograms and a small 17th century
emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha.
End your afternoon with the visit of the Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh's
namesake, from where you can enjoy views over the tree-lined avenues of
the city during sunset.
Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
DAY 2 B: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel,
Transfer to Phnom Penh International Airport and departure by Siem Reap
Airways International or similar to Siem Reap. Arrive at Siem Reap
International Airport and transfer to the hotel (rooms may not ready
until the afternoon).
In the morning, visit Prasat Kravan with its unique brick sculptures and
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. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other
monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle,
looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when
European explorers first stumbled upon them. Visit as well Takeo, Chau
Say Tevoda and Thommanon.
Visit Preah Khan temple. Built by the King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan
is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulders-hanging
corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, Preah Khan is in a reasonable state
of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even
improve this situation. Continue your visits to Neak Pean, a fountain
built in the middle of a pool and representing the paradisiacal
Himalayan mountain-lake and visit the temple of Ta Som as well as Srah
Srang ("The Royal Baths"), undoubtedly used in the past for ritual
bathing. Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
DAY 3: Siem Reap (B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel.
In the morning, 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. Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize
Meru's five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the
edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond.
Visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South
Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk,
the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, the Terrace of
the Leper King and Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with
over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), until sunset. Dinner local
restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
DAY 4: Siem Reap- Departure(B,L)
Breakfast at hotel.
Morning, transfer to Banteay Srei temple (10th c), regarded as the jewel
in the crown of Classical Khmer Art.
Visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south
of Siem Reap. Take a traditional wooden boat for a ride on the
Tonle Sap Lake, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in
Visit "Les Artisans d'Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles" of Siem Reap and time
at leisure at the local market (if time permits). Transfer to Siem Reap
International Airport for departure flight to the next destination.
Visit to the Dance school of Aspeca where you can watch young children
learn the ancient traditional Khmer dances. Visit Wat Inkosei built on
the site of an ancient temple, which still remains. Continue to Wat Bo
pagoda to view its well-preserved paintings. You will also observe monks
making the various moldings, which adorn the pagodas. Visit a workshop
where traditional shadow play puppets are made.
Transfers and tours with local English speaking guides. 1 FOC in single
room based on minimum 15 paying pax.
Domestic air-ticket Phnom Penh - Siem Reap, domestic airport tax,
Accommodation in shared twin rooms at indicated hotels or similar,
Meals as specified in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner),
Entrance fees, service charges, room tax and baggage handling.
International airfare; airport taxes,
Meals not indicated,
Peak season surcharge and compulsory Christmas and New Year's Eve
Lux Riverside Hotel
Inter Continental Hotel
The Quay Hotel
Casa Angkor Hotel
Angkor Riviera Hotel
Prince Dangkor Hotel
Victoria Angkor Hotel
Bopha Angkor Hotel