Fine Angkorian Sculptures, Boat Rides, Cycling & Markets
Enjoy magnificant architecture and tread lightly upon the 5000 silver floor tiles at the Silver Pagoda, in the Royal Palace. Step back in time at the National Museum, home to the world finest collection of Angkorian sculpture. Check out the Art Deco masterpiece that Psar Thmei, Phnom Penh central market. Enjoy views from Wat Phnom which has changed little in a half century.
Soak up the city by night, with a happy hour cocktail, a fine meal and crawl through the smal quaint selection of city bars for evening fun.
Your Mekong Boat trip cruises the river as the sun sets behind the spires of the Royal Palace. The mother of all temples, Angkor Wat is awe inspiring. Succumb to the enigmatic smiles of the 216 giant faces of the Bayon, Angkor strangest temple. Experience nature running riot at the mysterious ruin of Ta Prohm, the original Tomb Raider temple and marvel at the exquisite carvings adorning the tiny temple of Banteay Srei, the finest seen at Angkor.
Cycling along the roads less travelled, undiscovered by mass tourists for a more peaceful culturly rich experience. Discover the secrets of Bar street in Siem Reap where the action goes on all night and at Angkor Night Market. Enjoy Cambodian smiles and hospitality and relax with a massage or spa; perfect medicine for weary bodies at the conclusion of your tour.
For those travelers thirsting for cultural highlights of Cambodia, No visit to Cambodia is complete without attending at least one traditional Khmer dance performance, often referred to as 'Apsara Dance' after one of the most popular Classical dance pieces. Traditional Khmer dance better described as 'dance-drama' in that the dances are not merely dance but also meant to convey a story or message. This dinner dance is included on Day 3 of this tour.
Tour Itinerary & Map (below)
Fly into Phnom Penh, the city that retains its traditional Khmer and colonial charm. French villas along tree-lined boulevards remind the visitor that the city was once considered the ‘pearl’ of Southeast Asia. Recent political changes have triggered an economic boom, with new hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs springing up across the city.
Visit to the Royal Palace compound build in 1866 by the Predecessors of King Norodom, is the most conspicuous feature and also one of impressive colorful Khmer-style Palaces. Nearside the Royal Palace is Silver Pagoda (The Emerald Buddha temple), display plenty of Buddha Statues that were decorated and made by diamond, emerald, gold and silver, continuing visit to National Museum, the distinctive red building with a beautiful Khmer architecture was build since 1917 and contains more than 5000 art objects made of sandstone, bronze, silver, copper, wood and others. Travelers will proceed to visit Independence Monument, which was constructed in 1954 after Cambodian took their country back from French colony. Visit Tuol Sleng prison (Genocide Museum) was the most secret organ of the Khmer Rouge regime. S-21 stands for "Security Office 21." was Angkar's premier security institution, specifically designed for the interrogation and extermination of anti Angkar elements.
We will board a nicely restored wooden boat and enjoy unspoiled lanscapes along the banks and visti a traditional village adorned with old pagodas on small islands. Photo opportunities aboard sunset cruise on the Mekong and Tonle Sap River (1 hour). Situated at the “Four Arms” where the Mekong meets the Tonle Sap River before splitting into tow branches, Phnom Penh offers the ideal location to discover the mighty Mekong.
Welcome diner at the Romdeng Restaurant, a non-profit restaurant staffed by street kids in training. All proceeds go to the organization Mith Samlanh. And the food is delicious!
After a nice breakfast in your hotel, your guide will pick you up. Today you travel by road from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. On route you will have a chance to stop on the way to take photos and witness the everyday lives of Cambodians as you pass through interesting provincial towns, villages, and delightful scenery. This is not freeway driving, as you will often slow down to let cows and water buffalo wander across the road, pass horse drawn carriages, and school kids walking and cycling to/from school.
We may choose to stop at Skoun for lunch, also known as ‘Spider vile’ due to the deep fried tarantula that is the local delicacy. As this is a private tour, you pay for lunch out of pocket.
We stop at Sambor Prei Kuk, which is dotted with hundred Pre-Angkor styled temples. The site, part of the Chenla Kingdom, includes an area of nearly 1000 acres enclosed by double walls, and hundreds temples and towers; its construction predates Angkor Wat by several centuries. The road conditions are very poor, but spectacular scenery, with a mixture of temples and forest makes the bumpy drive all worthwhile. After seeing this landmark we make our way towards Siem Reap and pass through various Khmer traditional villages.
On route you may wish to stop off in Kompong Kdei, to look at Spean Pratos – an ancient Angkorian bridge.
Upon arrival in Siem Reap you will check-in to your hotel after which you are free at leisure for the rest of the evening. Dinner is on your own tonight!
Rise early to beat the crowds at the photogenic of Ta Prohm "Tomb Raider" fame. Ta Prohm has been abandoned to the elements, a reminder that while empires rise and fall, the riotous power of nature marches on, oblivious to the dramas of human history. Left as it was ‘discovered’ by French explorer Henri Mouhout in 1860, the tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones, man first conquering nature to create, nature later conquering man to destroy. We visit Ta Prohm early to avoid the masses of crowds and provide a unique visit in this incredible temple.
We head further out through rural countryside to the small but beautiful temple of Banteay Srey. This temple is largely built of pink sandstone, a harder rock that can be more elaborately carved and better survives the rigors of time. This is an opportunity to capture some good photographs of the clear and detailed carvings. On the way back, cycle on the main road to visit Landmine Museum of Mr. Akira. Mr. Ra is dedicated to clearing the Cambodian countryside of landmines laid during the years of conflict and relies entirely on visitors' donation to fund his work.
Banteay Samre: Its rose-colored sandstone walls are decorated with carvings and bas-reliefs, which are among the most accomplished Angkor has to offer.
For the later afternoon we head back into main Angkor Park and journey to Tasom. Tasom offers some beautiful photo spots, especially the rear entrance where tree roots adorn the gateway. We finish by experiencing sunset over the rice fields from the royal crematorium of Pre Rup, a classic view of the Cambodian countryside.
Dinner is included tonight with Apsara Dance show at local restaurant.
We hop on our bikes to world heritage areas on the roads less travelled. Ride among the jungle passing local village and local shop. It’s a very special and active day as you will explore some of Angkors most beautiful temples. You will visit the West Gate of Angkor Thom undiscovered by mass tourist. The ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century) See the South Gate, Bayon Temple – unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara Baphuon temple lying just to the north of Bayon a pyramidal representation of mythical Mont Meru. We step up to see the old palace as Phimeankas temple in huge complex that was used for kings in the past. Then Elephant terrace is a platform for kings. Preah Palilay is is older than Angkor Thom. Nearby, deep in forest and on path back you see monks sprinkling water on people. We continue to the famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, 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.
After today is all said and done, enjoy a relaxing foot massage and then go out to check out the busy pub street where you can find many bars for cool drinks or shopping at Angkor Night Market.
Dinner on your own tonight, probably with friends you meet along the way.
After breakfast, we discover Kampong Khleang, the largest floating village near Siem Reap but only few tourist go there. Depending on the season, the experience will never be the same. During dry season, from January till July you can walk between the stilts on which the houses are built, rising up to 10 meters in the air. In wet season, when the lake is at peak level, the water rises within one or two meters of the building floors.
Transfer to Siem Reap airport for departure to your next destination. It’s time to say goodbye as we conclude the services for this tour. We hope you enjoyed your time!
Good to Know
Hotel Names - When Booking Please Chose
3* - Asia Tune Hotel in Phnom Penh & Angkor Holiday Hotel in Siem Reap
4* - Plantation Hotel in Phnom Penh & Empress Angkor in Siem Reap
5* - Himawari Hotel in Phnom Penh & Sokha Angkor in Siem Reap
All visitors that enter the Kingdom (apart from citizens of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam) are required to purchase a visa upon arrival. A basic tourist visa costs on arrival will cost US$20, while a month-long business visa will set you back US$25. You can try purchasing your visa online at:
Getting to Cambodia
Siem Reap is home to the country's second-largest airport, and is a convenient entry point for visitors to Angkor Archeological Park. Siem Reap Airport offers direct connections with Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam, with a number of low-cost airlines now offering reasonably priced seats. Nok Air, Bangkok Airway, Air Asia all fly into Siem Reap and/or Phnom Penh. Visitors that want to avoid the six-hour bus journey from Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital, to Siem Reap can also catch an internal flight that takes just one hour.
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