Cambodia Classic 10 Days
- ARRIVAL – PHNOM PENH - CITY TOUR ( BL )
- PHNOM PENH – BATTAMBANG ( BL )
- BATTAMBANG – SIEM REAP ( BL )
- SIEM REAP - CITY OF ANGKOR THOM - ANGKOR WAT TEMPLE ( BL )
- SIEM REAP - BENG MEALEA ( BL )
Day 1: ARRIVAL – PHNOM PENH - CITY TOUR ( BL )
Welcome at arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Firstly 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. Travelers will proceed to visit Independence Monument which was constructed in 1954 after Cambodian took their country back from French colony, continuing visit to National Museum, the distinctive red building with a beautiful Khmer architecture was build since 1917 and contains more than 5,000 art objects made of sandstone, bronze, silver, copper, wood and others. We pass through the River Front park whose scenery is much worth shooting, and continue to the only one hill in town with sacred sites called Wat Phnom. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: PHNOM PENH AND SURROUNDING ( BL )
Toul Sleng Museum and Killing Field of Cheong Ek are not to be missed. Then shopping at Toul Tompong Market (called Russian Market), so-named because of the prevalence of items from the Eastern Bloc in past times, the Russian Market today is a treasure trove for tourists, that you will feel a bustling daily life of local people with Cambodian’s special character through local specialties, their houses, their face.
We will enjoy a cruise for view sunset 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 two branches, Phnom Penh offers the ideal location to discover the mighty Mekong. Board a nicely restored wooden boat for a day cruise, enjoy the unspoiled landscapes along each bank and visit the traditional villages with their old pagodas on the islands. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: PHNOM PENH – BATTAMBANG ( BL )
Departure to Battamabng Province (291 km).
Drive to Udong where a picnic lunch will be served. Then, visit the various temples and the three large stupas where the ashes of three former Kings are preserved. Next, visit the most impressive structure of the site, the Vihara of the 18-Cubit Buddha.
Continuation by the same road through the village, the rice field to Kompong Chhnang Province, arrival around 11:30, city tour, visit the fishing village on Tonle Sap, the potteries. Lunch at the local restaurant. Then continue to Battambang via Pursat city with a brief city tour, arrival at Battambang in the late afternoon.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: BATTAMBANG EXPLORATION ( BL )
We explore Battambang’s countryside, a real taste of the natural beauty and traditional lifestyle common in rural Cambodia. Drive through the countryside to visit cottage industries like rice paper production, weaving centers and even a fish paste factory. We visit a local family graph farm, Cambodia’s first vineyard – Prasat Phnom Banan Vineyard – you can pop in if you like, learn about producing wine in the tropics and of course enjoy a spot of wine tasting! A few kilometers further south you arrive at the well preserved 11th Century mountaintop Angkorian temple of Phnom Banan. After climbing the 350 steps you are treated to a wonderfully peaceful setting with superb views across the surrounding countryside, with small villages dotting the endless rice paddies, punctuated with the characteristic sugar palm trees – a wonderful sunset location. We drive to the Bamboo Railway Station. The Bamboo Train has been set up by the villagers to facilitate the transportation of goods and people. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: BATTAMBANG – SIEM REAP ( BL )
You will take a private traditional wooden boat to Siem Reap. First, you will down the Sangker river, on the way you can see the splendid landscapes of the villages on the stilts, the pagodas, the bamboo trees and the family fishing, stop at Bak Prea fishing village, Chheu Khmau Pagoda and arrive at Prek Toal a big fishing floating villagewith crocodile farm, fishpond, floating shop, visit the water hyacinth handicraft. You will have a picnic lunch on boat. The navigation continuous on the great lake of Tonle Sap until Chong Khneas Village, the pier at Siem Reap. You will visit the fishpond, crocodile farm and souvenir shop before taking the car to Siem Reap city along the busy road. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 6: SIEM REAP - ROLUOS GROUP - GRAND CIRCUIT OF ANGKOR ( BL )
Visit Roluos Group include with Lolei, Preah Kô, Bakong - Located in the center of the first large scale baray constructed by a Khmer King, that is an island temple consisting of four brick towers on a double late rite platform.
After that, excursion to Grand Circuit, visit Pre Rup, traditionally believed to be a funerary temple, but in fact the state temple of Rajendravarman II.
Mebon, architecturally and artistically superior temple-mountain. Beautifully carved false doors on upper level as well as an excellent view of the surrounding countryside. Tasom, the most distant temple on the grand circuit.
Small but classic Jayavarman VII temple, Neak Pean, which means ‘coiled serpents’, from the encoiled nagas that encircled the temple. The temple is faced by a statue of the horse, Balaha, saving drowning sailors and Preah Khan, ‘Preah Khan' means 'sacred sword'. In harmony with Ta Prohm, which was dedicated to Jayavarman VII's mother, Preah Khan is dedicated to his father. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 7: SIEM REAP - CITY OF ANGKOR THOM - ANGKOR WAT TEMPLE ( BL )
After breakfast, let’s experience a full day tour to discover Siem Reap.
Firstly, visit the South Gate, Angkor Thom, This Royal city was first built under the reign of Udayadityavarman II in the 11th Century, the famous Bayon Temple – this temple mountain built by Jayavarman VII is situated in the centre of the city of Angkor Thom.
Baphuon - this temple built by Udayadityarvarman II was the most poorly constructed of all the temples in Angkor.
Phimean Akas – this temple constructed late 10th – early 11th Century by Jayavarman V.
Elephants and Leper King Terraces.
Afternoon, continuing visit Angkor Wat – one of the seven greatest architectural wonders of the world, as a temple and mausoleum for King Suryavarman II at the peak of the Khmer empire in the first half of 12th, Angkor Wat is probably the best-preserved of the Angkorean temples, with a central tower surrounded by four smaller towers. The central monument represents the mythical Mount Meru, the holy mountain at the centre of the universe, which was home to the Hindu God Vishnu. The whole complex covers 81 hectares, a rectangular wall measuring 1025 metres by 800 metres borders the inner edge of the moat, and temple's greatest sculptural treasure is its 2 km-long bas-reliefs around the walls... Finally, in the late afternoon, coming to the Phnom Bakheng temple, is the first temple in Angkor region build by the Yacovarman I King in the first of 9th Century, located on a slope gently hill where thousands tourist are grouping on the hilltop to catch a memorable time of life when viewing the marvellous sunset. Back to hotel. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 8: SIEM REAP - KBAL SPEAN - BANTEAY SREY ( BL )
Full day excursion to the river of the Tousand Lingas is known as “Kbal Spean”- the head of the bridge. To get there, after traveling by car, it should take about 45 minutes walking through the jungle before you reach the river that contribute to the irrigation of Angkor. The bed of the river is lavishly sculpted. Numerous lingas lay there, caressed by the crystal-clear waters. Bas-reliefs depict scenes from the Brahman pantheon such as Vishnu lying, or Brahama born out of a lotus.
On the way back, visit the famous Banteay Srey (Citadel of Women) a magnificent jewel of a temple of pink sand stone and it very finely sculpted with a luxuriance of details, Sras Srang artificial lake used for ceremonies and royal baths, Banteay kdei (Citadel of the Cells) used to be a religious monastery and Ta Prohm temple invaded by the roots of giant banyan. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 9: SIEM REAP - BENG MEALEA ( BL )
Today we have a long journey west to the Beng Melea district. Beng Mealea lies at the foot of the southern cliff of Phnom Kulen, 40 kms east of Angkor, on the road to the great Preah Khan. It was the starting point of canal which led to the great lake, “Tonle Sap Lake”, which probably used to float the sandstone blocks from nearby quarries downstream to build many of the Angkorian monuments. On the way we stop motorbike about twenty-minute ride into the bamboo forest from the village is a series of Angkorian reliefs carved into the southern cliff of Phnom Kulen, the quality of the work and their preservation is remarkable and the danger of inevitable of the site makes them all the more precious. It is undiscovered tourist site in Angkor areas. We continue to visit Beng Mealea temple, this 12th Century temple is enclosed by a moat that is nearly the size of Angkor Wat, but utterly subsumed by jungle. Many of the carvings have recently been plundered due to the temple’s isolation, but that doesn’t detract from the atmosphere. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 10: SIEM REAP – DEPARTURE ( BL )
Today you will visitat Artisans d’Angkor, an interesting boutique workshop where you can observe young Cambodians learning traditional Khmer handicraft techniques, such as stone & wood carving, and lacquering & gilding – a great opportunity for last minute quality souvenirs and visit local market. Transfer for you flight back.
- 09 nights hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
- Meal: as mention in program ( 10 L at local restaurant )
- Airport transfers & Transport by air con. vehicles as per program
- Sightseeing and entrance fees as specified
- Local English speaking guide as per program
- Cold water and towel during tours
- 1 FOC in ½ twin for 15 paying pax
TOUR COST NOT INCLUDES:
- Visa fee to Cambodia: 30$
- Non mentionened meal
- Drink during meal
- Travel Insurance
- International air ticket
- Tip to guide and driver, personal expenses