Day 1: Phnom Penh Arrival (D)
Upon arrival at Phnom Penh port, our tour guide & driver will pick up and transfer you to the hotel for check in. The same afternoon, we start to visit 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 90 kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha.
We will also visit Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh’s namesake, from where you can enjoy views over the tree-lined avenues of Phnom Penh during sunset. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 2: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B/L/-) by bus / flight
Breakfast at hotel: Heading out of town we visit the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the notorious ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek, which will give us a deep insight into the painful bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge. We have time this afternoon, exploring Psar Toul Tom Pong, also called the “Russian Market”, where anything and everything is for sales. Transfer to Siem Reap with 2 options:
1. By flight takes 45 minutes
2. By Local bus takes 6 hours
Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to the hotel check in. Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 3: Siem Reap (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel: Start your sightseeing tour of Angkor area, we spend a full day exploring the wondrous ancient ruins with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the largest as well as the most complete temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares.
We stroll around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple and the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man’s creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature.
Early this evening, we will take the Tuk Tuk (the most common taxi in Cambodia) to cruise around Siem Reap town and for a blessing ceremony by Buddhist monks for happiness, prosperity and safety for your journey. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 4: Siem Reap (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap. We take a boat trip in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia.
We spend the rest of time visiting the “Chantiers Ecoles – Les Artisans d’Angkor” which provides training to young Cambodians in an effort to revive the ancient Khmer traditions of stone carving and wood sculpting.
We will drive to the Pouk district about 15 Km in the West of Siem Reap town you visit the silk farm, a fascinating farm/workshop where you can see the entire silk creation process including growing the food for the silk worms, breeding the worms, silk extraction and refinement, traditional kit dying pattern creation and looming. Retail silk and souvenir shop.
On the way back, visit the Western Baray (Baray Occidental) measuring 8 km by 2.3 km which provided water for the intensive cultivation of lands around Angkor. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 5: Siem Reap – Sihanoukvill (B)
Morning – free – Transfer to the airport for flight to Sinanoukvill. Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to the hotel check in. Free and relax in Sihanoukvill. Overnight in Sihanoukvile.
Day 6: Sihanoukvill (B)
Free and relax in Sihanoukvill.
Day 7: Sihanoukvill (B)
Free and relax in Sihanoukvill.
Day 8: Sihanoukvill – Phnom Penh Airport Departure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel – Free and transfer to Phnom Penh international airport for the flight departure.