Day 01 Siem Reap Arrival
Day 02 Angkor Complex
Day 03 Phnom Krom and depart to Phnom Penh
Day 04 Phnom Penh
Day 05 Phnom Penh Departure
DAY 01 SIEM REAP ARRIVAL
Upon arrival at Siem Reap International airport, our guide will greet and transfer to our hotel for check-in. On the way, we make a stop at The House of Peace Association where we explore the creation of leather Sbei Tuoi (Shadow Puppets), a traditional Khmer art form, and buy the figures as a memorable souvenir.
Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we head to Les Chantier Ecoles, a school specializing in teaching wood- and stone-carving techniques to impoverished youngsters. On this premises there is a beautiful shop called Artisans d’Angkor which sells everything from stone and wood reproductions of Angkorian-era statues to household furnishings. Continue to Psar Chas (Old Market) where a range of artifacts and tourist junk are sold and then walk along the Pub Street till Night Market.
Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Siem Reap.(L, D)
DAY 02 ANGKOR COMPLEX
After breakfast, we visit magnificent Angkor Wat to view its architecture and bas reliefs. This temple is the largest religious buildings ever constructed and is truly one of the wonders of the world. Believed to have been undertaken as a temple and mausoleum for King Suryavarman II at the peak of the Khmer empire in the first half of the 12th century, Angkor Wat is the best-preserved of the Angkorian temples. Lunch at a local restaurant. We visit the sites of Angkor Thom. This Royal city was first built under the reign of Udayadityavarman II in the 11th Century. It was destroyed when the Chams from Vietnam rose up against the Khmers and invaded, sacking the city, and was subsequently renovated by King Jayavarman VII at the end of the 12th Century. Its vast walls, some 6m wide, 8m high and 13km in length contain many monuments. We begin by visiting the South Gate, flanked by demons and gods engaged in a tug of war to obtain the elixir of immortality. We continue to the Bayon, a temple mountain built by Jayavarman VII. It is situated in the center of the city of Angkor Thom. It is a three-tiered pyramid with its entrance facing east. The central shrine is surrounded by 54 towers all crowned by gigantic faces, representing Avalokiteshvara but with the features of Jayavarman VII. We also visit other important sites in this immense walled city, including the pyramid of Baphuon, Phimean Akas, and the royal viewing stands known as the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Siem Reap.(B, L, D)
DAY 03 PHNOM KROM-SIEM REAP-PHNOM PENH
After having an early breakfast, we head to Phnom Krom (a small mountain) located 12km south of Siem Reap and visit the temple of Phnom Krom. Then enjoy the magnificent scenery overlooking Tonle Sap Lake, the largest lake in Southeast Asia. After that, transfer to the Express Bus Station for our next destination to Phnom Penh. It will take about 06 hours to get Phnom Penh. Lunch at a local restaurant. On arrival in Phnom Penh, check in to our hotel and after refreshment, we dine out.
Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Phnom Penh.(B, L, D)
DAY 04 PHNOM PENH CITY TOUR
After breakfast at the hotel, we will begin our tour to the Royal Palace with its classic Khmer roofs and ornate gilding. It dominates the diminutive skyline of the capital and is a striking structure near the riverfront. Hidden away behind protective walls and beneath shadows of soaring ceremonial buildings, it’s an oasis of calm with lush gardens and leafy havens. Being the official residence of King Sihamoni, parts of the massive compound are closed to the public. Then, in the same compound, visit Silver pagoda named in honour of the floor which is covered with more than 5000 silver tiles weighing 1kg each and its surrounding compound. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the National Museum located just north of the Royal Palace and housed in a graceful terracotta structure of traditional design with an inviting courtyard garden and it is home to the world’s finest collection of Khmer sculpture. Continue to Psar Thmei (Central Market), a landmark building in the capital. The huge domed hall resembles a Babylonian ziggurat and some claim it ranks as one of the 10 largest domes in the world and it has four wings filled with stalls selling gold and silver jewelry, antique coins, dodgy watches, clothing and other such items. As the sun begins to set, visit the hilltop pagoda of Wat Phnom. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Phnom Penh.(B, L, D)
DAY 05 PHNOM PENH DEPARTURE
After breakfast, we have a glance city drive and make a stop at some remarkable sights to take a memorable photos. Continue to Psar Tuol Tom Pong (known as the Russian Market), the best place in town for souvenir and clothes shopping. It has a large range of handicrafts and antiquities including miniature Buddhas, woodcarvings, betel-nut boxes, silks, silver jewelry and musical instruments. After that, we will transfer to the airport for our outward flight.(B)
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