Day 1 : Phnom Penh
Arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport and warm welcome by our guide. Phnom Penh sightseeing tour , full of charm , historical capital with wide avenues and beautiful gardens through the Monument of Independence of Angkorian style adorned by beautiful gardens tower to symbolize the day Cambodia achieved independence from French in November 1953 , visit school dances in the development of traditional Khmer dances for small children. Boat ride on the four arms of the Mekong in 1 hour during sunset. Overnight.
Day 2 : Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh sightseeing tour : visit the Royal Palace built in 1866 by King Norodom consisting of different structures grouped in an enclosure with a remarkable architecture of Khmer art , the Silver Pagoda which tile is made of silver (or pagoda emerald ) located inside the Royal Palace brings together masterpieces by such a large gold Buddha weighing 90kg solid gold and encrusted with diamonds 9584 , an emerald Buddha and baccarat crystal, National Museum, super example Khmer architecture was officially inaugurated in 1920 , presentations of arts and sculptures relating to different periods of Khmer art history , Wat Phnom built on a small artificial hill topped by a magnificent pagoda monastery housing sacred relics and a huge stupa of the former king Ponhea Yat founder capital of Phnom Penh. Then, cross the old colonial district , past the Phnom Penh Municipality, Calmette Hospital , the Embassy of France to reach the bridge and Chhruoy Changva and the post. Tuol Sleng Museum visit or S21, under the Khmer Rouge , was the main ” security office .” In the detention center located in the heart of Phnom Penh , nearly 17,000 prisoners were tortured, interrogated and executed between 1975 and 1979. and the Central Market Phsar Thmey , which means “new market” in Khmer : Marking the current city center, this fine example of “Art Deco ” was built by the French between 1935 and 1937 on the site of a large swamp , the ” market BengCentral Dechoe ” which housed a village life squatteurs.Il is a yellow building that evokes a bit of a lunar base with a large central area and four tentacles that extend each side of the city. Dinner in a local restaurant on the river.
Day 3: Phnom Penh- Kompong Chhnang- Battambang
By road to BATTAMBANG of 291 km with visiting on the way artisan workshops in village along the Tonle Sap band , specializing in the work of the silver and copper . Then to KOMPONG Chhnang , famous for ceramics factories and its palm sugar, stroll through the village artisans clay pottery from clay. Continue through the rice fields to the town of PURSAT, stop at Kompong Luong floating village in Krakor district, excursion by motorboat to discover the great Tonle Sap floating village and the activities. Almost never visited the village lives in complete autarky. Floating school , factories to make ice for fish preservation , church, pagoda, service stations, pigsty , stores, boat repair or TV , video club, bar , police station … everything is floating. All trades are represented and everybody from children to grand-parents goes by boat through the network in this floating town. Continue to visit the workshop of sculpture marble at Pursat city . Then drive to Battambang , beautiful town along the river Sangke is well known for its natural resources and its fertile soil and has many buildings dating from the time of the French protectorate house of the governor of the province, the courthouse, the Chinese ex- district and pretty market town center, a fine example of art Deco style . This is strolling along the banks of the River Sangke you enjoy the best the special atmosphere of the city.
Day 4: Battambang
Beautiful town along the river Sangke is well known for its natural resources and fertile soil . City tour rejoicing to the governor house , the court house and the market keeping the French architecture, then passing through the Vietnam and Cham villages, the glutinous rice cake cooked in fresh bamboo tubes , crossing the bridge, visit market ” Phsar prahoc ” ( prahoc is a traditional Khmer food ” , then drive to the Angkor Wat Ek Phnom site and pagoda through the Cambodian village of rice pancake , then to an ancient Cambodian traditional house over a century at Wat Kor village. Continue to the temple of Banon the 11th century perched on a hill that you will join a long staircase over 300 steps . On the way back , you will see at Wat Bay Damram the big bat – hanging from the branches of trees. Finally, enjoy on Bamboo Train , a creative transport of villagers . You will have the opportunity to make a unique experience on a short drive to contemplate the landscape of rice fields and countryside at sunset to the brick factory at the terminus.
Day 5 : Battambang- Siem Reap by road
Road to Siem Reap through the provincial town of Banteay Meanchey. stop at the silk Puork center located in the countryside 16 km from Siem Reap. You will have the opportunity to observe the production in its different stages of silk planting mulberry for silkworms as food, cocoons, spinning, weaving and store finished products that are available for sale. Then transfer to Mechrey village and enjoy a short trip by oxcart through the village and country side.
Overnight at your hotel.
Day 6 : Siem Reap
Depart to visit Rolous Group temples , it is a collection of monuments representing the remains of Hariharalya, the first major capital of the Angkorian era Khmer Empire : Bakong , Preah Ko and Lolei.
Afternoon, visit the temples in the big circuit : Preah Khan ( Sacred Sword ) temple built by King Jayavarman VII , dedicated to his father, Neak Pean ( naga hugging himself ) stands on a round base carved petals lotus and contained in the folds of two nagas , Ta Som dated from the time of Preah Khan was destroyed by vegetation, East Mebon stands in the center of an ancient artificial lake built in Yashovarman was built at the beginning of the reign of the tenth century Rajendravarman II and Prasat Pre Rup , funerary temple, built in the 10th century is undoubtedly a Hindu until sunset . Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 7 : Siem Reap
Tuk Tuk ( motorized cart ) ride towards Angkor Thom (Great City ) starting from the South Gate , then the famous Bayon Temple built by Jayavarman VII in the late twelfth century and dedicated to Buddhism , composed of 54 gigantic towers 216 faces of Avalokitesvara , pyramidal Baphuon temple XIth century representing Mount Meru dedicated to brahamanisme , Phimean Akas (Celestial Palace ) pyramid with three levels representing Mount Meru, the Terrace of Elephants measuring 350m long welcomed the splendor of royal audiences and public ceremonies, the leper king terrace platform has several admirable figures carved apsaras . In the afternoon, visit Ta Phrom Temple, was a monastery built by Jayavarman VII as a residence for his mother. Ta Prohm has been controversially left to the destructive power of the jungle by French archeologists to show how nature can destroy man’s work. It has been largely overgrown by the jungle and as you climb through the dilapidated stone structures you see many giant trees growing out of the top of the temple itself. Ta Prohm looks as many of the monuments did when European explorers first laid eyes on them. Finally, in late afternoon , you climb to the top of Phnom Bakheng Hill and discover the first temple in the Angkor region built in the early 9th century . You admire the beautiful sunset on the Western Baray and the surrounding sites. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 8 – Siem Reap
Transfer to discover Banteay Srei ( Citadel of Women) , a temple built during the reign of King Jayavarman V , dedicated to Shiva whose architecture and its pink sandstone sculptures have a masterpiece of Khmer art . Then visit Banteay Samre ( Samrès fortress ) built in the XII century this temple in the Angkor style , this monument placed on a low base was probably a funerary temple. You will have the opportunity to walk in the village and contact people on their daily activities , particularly the production of sugar palm from the juice of sugar palm tree. Afternoon, visit Angkor Wat , World Heritage with its soaring towers and magnificent bas-reliefs. This is a most extraordinary monument ever conceived by the human mind , built in the twelfth century (1112-1152) in honor of Vishnu.
Dinner show with Khmer traditional dances. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 9 – SIEM REAP–Kompong Thom-Kompong Cham
Road to Kompong Cham province via Kompong Thom . On the way , stop at Kralan cake village , at the antique Naga bridge at Kompong Kdei, then by laterite road of 35 km to reach Sambo Prey Kuk , a group of pre-Angkorian temples scattered in the forest , the capital before Angkor for several centuries. It was founded during the reign of King Içanavarman who reunited the mainland Khmer ( Chenla Kuok ) and the coastal territory Khmer ( Chenla Toek ). Continuous road to Kompong Cham. Overnight in Kompong Cham.
Day 10 : Kompong Cham-Phnom Penh Kompong Cham is one of the most populated provinces located on the bank of Mekong River with keeping its market and some nice buildings keeping French style. Road along the river to join Wat Hanchey with some temple before Angkor . Return road to Phnom Penh , stop at Skun only market that you can see the vendor of spider and cricket. Arrive in Phnom Penh in late afternoon. Overnight
Day 11- Phnom Penh – Tonlé Bati – Takeo – Kep
Today, drive to Takeo province city at 82km in the sough of Phnom Penh where the Funan Kingdom was established in the 1st century AD. , take a speed boat during 40mn to visit Angkor Borei served as a capital of “Water Chenla “in the 3rd century . Actually, it is a small town with its small museum housing a descent collection of Chenla era artifact. Then visit two interesting temples : Phnom Da a hill sough of Angkor Borei and Asram Moha Russei temple. Return to Takeo and drive to Kep city with visiting the peper plantation at Phnom Vor.
Overnight at Kep.
Day 12 – Kep – kampot- Bokor
Kep city was the first seaside resort of Cambodia, founded by the French in 1908, a popular destination for tourists. Visit the Crab Market where you will have the opportunity to meet vendors in the market, sellers crabs fresh rising water beside their small boats and its surroundings and the people selling fruit brought from their village.
Road to Bokor station through the salt marshes and Kampot city keeping many houses of French style .
Bokor hill was built as a resort by the French settlers to offer an escape from the heat, humidity and general unsanitary Phnom Penh.
The centerpiece of the resort was the grand Bokor Palace Hotel & Casino ( recently repaired retaining its old style) , a post office (now demolished) , a church and the royal apartments . It is also an important cultural site , showing how the settlers spent their free time.
Bokor Hill was abandoned by the French in late 1940, during the First War of Indochina .
There is also a very ancient pagoda and a mild temperature of fresh air with splendid panoramic view over the sea and the countryside.
Currently , you can easily reach this site by a beautiful wide paved road and install a beautiful hotel ” Thansur Bokor ” ( Bokor Paradise) .
Overnight at Bokor .
Day 13 : Bokor – Sihanoukville
Visit ancient pagoda Wat Sampeou Pram (5 sampans Pagoda) and it stupa built since 1924, the former Casino hotel, the former cathedral and also the old palace Royal demolished. During the rainy season (July to October) you can also visit the site Popok Vill (Clouds rotating) and also the waterfall.
Then drive to Sihanoukville with several beautiful white sand and clear water through beautiful villages along the road. Arrival and accommodation in the rooms. Night.
Day 14 : Sihanoukville
Free day at your leisure
Day 15 : Sihanoukville- Phnom Penh airport
Transfer to Phnom Penh airport for departure.
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