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Cambodia Tour > Cambodia Expeditions

11 DAYS PHNOMPENH - KAMPOT - KEP- KOMPONGSOM - SIHANOUKVILLE- SIEMREAP
Private tour (DINA-CEK11)
Daily departure from Phnom Penh with English or French speaking guide




ITINERARY:


Day 1: Arrvival Phnom Penh (D)       

Transfer from Phnom Penh International Airport to the hotel (rooms may not be ready until the afternoon).
Phnom Penh city tour: 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. Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
 

Day 2:Phnom Penh - Tonle Bati - Takeo – Phnom Da – Kampot(B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel.
Depart from Phnom Penh for Kampot.
En route, stop at Tonle Bati and visit Ta Prohm temple (12-13th century) and Yeay Peau temple (12th century). Visit the Prasat Neang Khmao, the temple of the Black Virgin (10th century). Visit a silk weaving village before proceeding to Takeo.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Take a boat from Takeo to Phnom Da (please note that the speedboat does not have a cover or any shade – hat and sun tan cream essential). Visit Phnom Da temple, a pre-Angkorian laterite tower (6th century) and Asram Maharoseil (6th century), an Indian-style sandstone temple constructed in a style unlike any other temple in Cambodia (the climb up is easy as this particular Phnom (hill) is not very high. The path up to the temple is steep, over some big rocks). Return to Takeo by boat and continue to Kampot, panoramic tour of the town and check-in at hotel. Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel in Kampot.
 
Day 3:Kampot - Kep – Rabbit Island - Kompong Som (Sihanoukville)(B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel.
Drive to Kep, formerly known as Kep-sur-Mer. This beautiful coastal area was once the favorite holiday spot for Cambodia’s French-influenced elite. Boat trip to Rabbit Island. Return to Kampot for lunch at local restaurant.
Panoramic tour of Kampot town. Drive along the coats and the Damrei (Elephant) Mountains to Kompong Som (Sihanoukville) (96 km. 2 hours drive). Check-in at Sokha Beach Resort on beautiful Sokha beach. Dinner and accommodation Sokha Beach Resort.
 
Day 4: Kompong Som (Sihanoukville)(B)
Breakfast at hotel.
Day at leisure with car and guide at disposal.
Lunch free at own account. Dinner and accommodation at hotel.
 
Day 5: Kompong Som (Sihanoukville)  - Phnom Penh(B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel.       
Free at leisure to enjoy the beach.
Lunch free.
Return to Phnom Penh in the afternoon with private car and guide. Dinner and accommodation at hotel.
 
Day 6: 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, welcome by your local guide and direct transfer to Angkor Complex. Visit the Roluos Group. The monuments of Roluos, which served as the capital of Indravarman I (reigned 877-89), are among the earliest large, permanent temples built by the Khmers and mark the beginning of Khmer classical art. Preah Ko erected by Indravarman I in the late 9th century dedicated by the King to his ancestors in 880. Bakong the largest and most interesting of the Roluos group temples, with his active Buddhist monastery just to the north of the east entrance. Lolei built on an islet in the center of a large reservoir (now rice fields) by Yasovarman I, the founder to the first city at Angkor. In the afternoon, you will continue your temple visit, including Prasat Kravan with unique brick sculptures, Srah Srang, (“The Pool of Ablutions”) undoubtedly used in the past for ritual bathing, Banteay Kdei, surrounded by four concentric walls, Eastern Mebon, guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation, and Pre Rup, the mountain-temple until sunset. Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
 
Day 7:  Siem Reap(B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel
In the morning, drive to the typical Khmer countryside and visit Banteay Srei temple (10th c), regarded as the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art. Continue to visit Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor due to restoration using the method of “anastylosis”. The name Samre refers to an ethnic group of mountain people, who inhabited the region at the base of Phnom Kulen and were probably related to the Khmers.  No inscriptions have been found for this temple, but the style of most of the architecture is of the classic art of the middle period similar to Angkor Wat. The proportions of Banteay Samre are splendid. A unique feature is an interior moat with laterite paving, which when filled with water must have given an ethereal atmosphere to the temple.
In the afternoon, you will continue your temple visits to Preah Khan. Built by the King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, the temple of Prea Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation. Continue to Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), and Ta Som. Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
 
Day 8:  Siem Reap(B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel.
Moring, 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 enclosing wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond..
Visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Sunset at Angkor Wat. Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
 
Day 9:  Siem Reap(B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel.
Morning, drive to the remote Beng Mealea temple through the typical Khmer countryside (60Kms from Siem Reap).
There is a lot to see in the approximately 2½ hours drive as it takes you through many lively villages and along kilometers of rice paddies. Explore the long abandoned temple (11th C), strangled by the jungle.
Lunch box will be provided at the site.
A further 1 hr drive brings you to Koh Ker, situated in the northeast of Siem Reap. Discover the long abandoned temples in the forests of northern Cambodia.  Also known as Chok Gargyar, it served as the capital of Jayavarman IV (reigned 928-42). His son and successor Harshavarman I moved the capital back to Angkor in 944. There are a remarkable number of religious buildings in the Koh Ker region, considering the short space of time that it was the capital of the empire. There are more than 30 major structures and experts believe there may have been as many as 100 minor sacred buildings in the region. It was also a prolific period for gigantic sculpture and several of the most impressive pieces in the National Museum in Phnom Penh come from Koh Ker, including a huge garuda (half-man, half-bird creature). Return to Siem Reap. Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
 
Day 10: Siem Reap(B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel.
Morning, visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap.  Visit the village and take an excursion in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia, one of the wonders of Asia.
Note: From Feb-July, the visit to the Tonle Sap lake is not recommended because of the low water level. The below visits will be provided instead in the morning:
Visit  “Les Artisans d’Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles” of Siem Reap and spend time at leisure at a local Market. 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.
Afternoon, continue the temples tour: Takeo, Thommanon, Chau Say Tevoda and Ta Prohm, one of the most beautiful temples in the area, as it 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. Dinner and accommodation at hotel.
 
Day 11:  Siem Reap -  Departure (B)
Breakfast at hotel.
In the morning, drive from Siem Reap to the district of Puok. Visit the Silk Farm of Puok.  Learn the different stages of the complex process of producing handmade silk. Before returning to Siem Reap, visit the nearby Western Baray and the temple of Western Mebon. Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departure to the next destination.

HOTEL ADDRESSES:
 
Borey Bokor Hotel 

 

At Kampot Town, Kampot Province 

Tel: (855 33) 932 846, (855 12) 820 826

Sokha Beach Resort Street 2 Thnou, Sangkat 4, Mittapheap District, Sihanoukville 

Tel: (855 34) 935 999, Fax: (855 34) 935 888

 

Trip included
ü Private tours with English speaking guide for the entire trip except leisure time
ü Private transportation
ü Entrance fee to any applicable tourist sites
ü All transfers with our A/C transport
ü Boat cruise as mentioned
ü Domestic flight Phnompenh - Siemreap
ü Meals as indicated
ü Government tax
ü Service charge
ü Accommodations
  
Trip excluded
ü International airport tax of usd 25.00 / pax
ü International flight ticket
ü Visa stamps upon arrival of usd 20.00 / pax
ü Other meals not mentioned
ü Tips & personal expenses
ü Laundry
ü Other not stated above
ü Travel insurance

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