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Day 01 Phnom Penh Arrival
Day 02 Phnom Penh City Tour
Day 03 Phnom Penh-Kampong Cham
Day 04 Kampong Cham-Kampong Thom-Siem Reap
Day 05 Angkor Tour
Day 06 Angkor Tour
Day 07 Tonle Sap and city tour
Day 08 Siem Reap Departure

DAY 01 PHNOM PENH ARRIVAL
Upon arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, our guide will welcome and transfer to our hotel. Then, we will have an orientation drive around the city and stroll along the river side. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

DAY 02 PHNOM PENH CITY TOUR
After breakfast, our tour will begin with 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. 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. Overnight in Phnom Penh.(B)

DAY 03 PHNOM PENH-KAMPONG CHAM
After breakfast, we will depart Phnom Penh for Kampong Cham, a peaceful provincial capital spread along the banks of the Mekong. After an hour and half drive, we will arrive there and visit the original fusion temple, Wat Nokor. That modern Theravada Buddhist pagoda squeezed into the walls of an 11th century Mahayana Buddhist shrine of sandstone and laterite has incorporated with many of the older building’s archways. Later we will continue to Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei (literally means ‘Men hill and Women hill’). Phnom Pros is a dull peak hill about 30m high and was used as a prison and torture center during the Khmer Rouge regime. About 1,000 meters north of Phnom Pros, Phnom Srei with a sharp-pointed peak is located and we can reach that peak by climbing 308 steps and we will have a beautiful view of that province. In the afternoon, we will head to Han Chey village about 18 km east of the town on the northern part of the Mekong River. Then, we will visit Phnom Han Chey (Phnom Chey Kiri) by climbing 295 steps where we will find South Kuk temple constructed with solid brick made of red clay and built in 7th century during the reign of King Isanavarman I. From the top of the mountain, we will enjoy the panoramic view of the countryside and the Mekong River. Return to the town and wander along the riverside or enjoy pedaling along the pleasant riverbank side. Overnight in Kampong Cham.(B)

DAY 04 KAMPONG CHAM-KAMPONG THOM
After breakfast, we will make a stop at the pier for a while to observe the bustling morning river scene and depart for Kampong Thom province. After a 3-hour drive, we will arrive in Kampong Thom town, a commercial center located midway between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Then, we will head to Sambo Preykuk Temples. Sambo Preykuk is a cultural and historical site situated in Sambo village about 25km northeast of Kampong Thom town. Originally named Isanapura, it was built in the 7th century and a religious center for the worship of Shiva Brahmanism. Built with solid brick, laterite and sandstone and decorated by bas-reliefs, Sambo Preykuk is survived in the jungle, well off the tourist sites and free from crowds. Enjoy a succulent meal prepared by the local community at the temples. In the afternoon, we will continue to a community-run shop which preserves the Khmer traditional crafts made of bamboo and rattan before we depart for Siem Reap. On the way, we will make a stop for the ancient bridge at Kompong Kdei, the longest corbelled stone-arch bridge, with more than twenty narrow arches spanning 285 ft (87m) and one of the few Khmer empire era bridges to have survived to the modern day. On arrival in Siem Reap, we will transfer to the hotel and enjoy your stay in Siem Reap. Overnight in Siem Reap.(B, L)

DAY 05 ANGKOR TOUR
After breakfast, our visit begins with the elegant temple of Banteay Srei built by a Brahman in the 10th century and dedicated to Shiva. The famous pink sandstone structure bears a series of the beautiful sculptures, lintels, pediments and friezes. Continue our visit to Banteay Samre (Samre refers to an ethic group of mountain people whose primary job was to guard the temple.). This temple was built in the middle of the 12th century by King Suryavarman II and its unique feature is an interior moat with laterite paving. Then we visit Ta Prohm temple built in AD 1186 by King Jayavarman VII, dedicating to his mother. Shrouded in jungle, Fig, bayan and kapok trees spread their gigantic roots over, under and in between the stones, probing walls and terraces apart, Ta Prohm temple is ethereal in aspect and conjures up a romantic aura. In the afternoon, we will head to the temple of Preah Khan Temple (literally means the sacred sword) covered 56 hectares served as the nucleus of a group, one of the largest complexes at Angkor. That genuine fusion temple is amazed by its vaulted corridors, fine carvings and lichen-clad stonework. This temple was built in the second half of the 12th century in AD 1191 by King Jayavarman VII and was dedicated to 515 divinities and during the course of a year 18 major festivals took place here. Then, we will visit Neak Pean Temple (Temple of the coiled nagas), the Buddhist temple with a central pool, a replica of Lake Anavatapta in the Himalayas, situated at the top of the universe gives birth to the four great rivers of the earth. In the middle of that pool, a circular ‘island’ encircled by the two nagas intertwined tails give the temple its name. Probably Neak Pean was consecrated to the Buddha coming to the glory of enlightenment. Next stop is at Ta Som temple located east of Neak Pean and its significant feature is the growth of a huge ficus tree on the east gopura which provides a dramatic example of nature and art entwined. Today visit will be concluded at Pre Rup temple built by Rajendravarman II and consisted of a pyramid-shaped temple-mountain with the uppermost of the three tiers carrying five lotus towers and enjoy the magnificent view over the surrounding paddy fields of the Eastern Baray when the sun setting.
Overnight in Siem Reap.(B)

DAY 06 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. 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. Overnight in Siem Reap.(B)

DAY 07 TONLE SAP-SIEM REAP

After breakfast, today we will visit to Kampong Pluk, a cluster of three villages of stilted houses built within the floodplain about 16km southeast of Siem Reap. We will be transferred to the pier of Tonle Sap, the largest lake in Southeast Asia and take an hour and 15-minute boat trip to these villages about 3,000 inhabitants and surrounded by flooded mangrove forest. It is also home to a variety of wildlife including crab-eating macaques and offers a close look at the submerged forest and lakeside village life. Return to the town for lunch. In the afternoon, we will 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. Overnight in Siem Reap.(B)

DAY 08 SIEM REAP DEPARTURE
After breakfast, free at leisure on our own and enjoy your stay in Siem Reap before transferring to the international airport for our departure flight.(B)

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