Raw Cambodia 18 days
- Arrival Siem Reap
- Siem Reap
- Siem Reap
- Siem Reap - Banteay Chhmar- Battambang
- Battambang - Phbnom Penh
Day 1: Arrival Siem Reap
Arrival at Siem Reap airport in the afternoon, warm welcome by tour guide. Free time. Overnight.
Day 2: Siem Reap
Transfer to floating village of the Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap. Take a traditional wooden boat for a ride on the Tonle Sap rivers, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia and the largest in Asia, its extraordinary bio-diversity and hydrology make it an ecological wonder of the world, offer visitors an insight into the old tradition of riparian life and natural splendour of Cambodia return to city, visit workshop of artisan d'Angkor in sculpture on stone, wood carving .
Afternoon, visit Angkor National Museum and old market.Overnight.
Day 3: Siem Reap
Enjoy Tuk Tuk ( moto-remork ) ride towards Angkor Thom (Great Ciy ) starting visits by the South Gate and 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 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.
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 4: Siem Reap
A continuing full day tour for Angkor complex. Visit Thommanon, small, attractive temple in very good condition, built at the same time as Angkor Wat. It’s Angkor Wat style is most easily seen in the style of the carved Apsaras and the shape of the tower, Chaosay Tevoda, it seems to stand in partnership with Thommanon but actually was built much later in Suryavarman II’s rule than Thommanon, Banteay Kdei, Srash Srong.
Then visit Kravan & especially 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.
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.
Day 5: Siem Reap
Excursion to Kbal Spean or Thousand Lingas located about 35km north of Angkor. After traveling by car through the villages , you will walk around 45 minutes more through the forest to reach the river contributes to the irrigation of Angkor. You will find first lingas ( phallic symbols ) as a pad that gave its name to the site ” River of a Thousand Lingas “. Then on the rocks, you will find figures of deities : Vishnu sleeping on a snake , bull, Shiva and Urma . By flowing these mythological scenes , the water was sanctified.
Back 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 ( Samre 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.
Dinner show with Khmer traditional dances.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 6: Siem Reap - Phnom Koulen
Phnom Koulen is a sacred Mountain situated 50 km from Siem Reap on which stands up a small temple sheltering a big lying Buddha. It is a highly symbolic place for the Cambodians since it is here that in 802 Jayavarman II proclaimed the independence of kingdom and that started the long dynasty of the gods-kings of Angkor. There are river of thousand lingas and waterfall.
Return to Boeng Mealea in the jungle, most of temples are covered by vegetation. It is easy to imagine what it must have been like for early explorers discovering these temples for the first time.
Day 7: Siem Reap - Banteay Chhmar- Battambang
Road to Banteay Chhmar, through Sisophon city.
Banteay Chhmar Temple is one of Cambodia’s most important and least understood temples from the Angkorian period. The temple complex, its moat, baray (reservoir) and surrounding unspoilt environment comprises a unique archaeological site and a vital link in Cambodia’s cultural heritage.
It is the 4th largest temple dating from the Angkorian period after Preah Khan (in Kampong Svay), Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat being the largest temple.
Road to Battambang via Sisophon city.
Overnight in Battambang.
Day 8: Battambang
Battambang was a big city after Phnom Penh, well known for its natural resources you can impress the houses keeping their colonial style along the Sangker river and also it market.
Drive along the river passing through the Vietnamese and Cham villages to visit the ancient pagoda Samrong Khnong and manufacture of glutinous rice cake cooked in fresh bamboo tubes , then crossed the bridge , visit Prahok market ” Phsar prahoc ” ( prahoc is a traditional Khmer food).
Continuation through beautiful villages of rice cakes to the 11th century temple of Ek Phnom. On the way back , stop in the village of rice pancake that you could see the activities and contact people .
Return Wat Kor village and visit a very old traditional house over a century . Then transfer to the bamboo train station , creative transport by villagers . You will have the opportunity to make a unique experience on a short drive for 6 km to contemplate the landscape of rice fields and countryside at sunset and the brick factory at the terminus.
Overnight in Battambang.
Day 9: Battambang - Phbnom Penh
Early departure to Phnom Penh of 291 km; visit on the way : at Pursat , making fresh noodles from rice paste and workshop of marbre sculpture well known in Cambodia , Kompong Chhnang , one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap. It also raising fish . The area is particularly famous for its archaic pottery supply the entire country and palm sugar that abound this area producing sugar and palm wine .
You discover floating villages of fishermen and the famous village at the foot of the mountain to its particularly archaic pottery , visit the handicraft work from clay, continue to the workshops of the artisans in village along the Tonle Sap whose inhabitants specialize in silver work and copper and where objects are shaped ornaments used in traditional ceremonies at the pagoda or for marriages . Arrive in Phnom Penh in the early evening .
Day 10: Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh city , full of charm , historical capital with wide avenues and beautiful gardens . Visit the Monument of Independence of Angkorian style adorned by beautiful gardens tower to symbolize the day Cambodia achieved independence from French in November 1953 and Wat Phnom built on a small artificial hill topped by a magnificent pagoda monastery for housing sacred relics and a huge stupa of the former king Ponhea Yat founder of the Phnom Penh capital.
You will pass the colonial district that has preserved its many houses of French style , passing the national library , the Municipality of Phnom Penh , Calmette Hospital , the Embassy of France and Chhruoy Changva bridge over the Tonle Sap and the post quater.
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 emerald pagoda ) 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 .
The afternoon , visit the National Museum stunning example of Khmer architecture which was officially inaugurated in 1920 in which are exhibited artworks and sculptures relating to different periods of the history of art Khmer.
Day 11: Phnom Penh
Walk in the market Tuol Toumpoung known Russian market , ideal center for antiques and souvenirs , visit S- 21 or Tuol Sleng ( Genocide Museum ), which was the most secret organ system Khmer Rouge. S-21 represents the ” Security Office 21″, was the establishment of security minister Angkar specifically designed for querying and anti Angkar elements of extermination.
In the afternoon , you will have the opportunity to visit the school dance, you might see the basis training the gestures of dance and central market
Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 12: Phnom Phen - Angkor Borei - 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 13: KEP
Kep city was the first seaside resort of Cambodia, founded by the French in 1908, a popular destination for tourists.
Take a motor boat to Koh Tonsay a memorable quite natural island with cleanest beach clair water for swimming .Picnic lunch. Return to Kep and overnight.
Day 14: Kep- Kampot - Bokor
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. Then transfer through the the salt marshes and Kampot city keeping many houses of French style.
Arrive at Bokor.
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) .
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.
Overnight at Bokor
Day 15: Bokor Sihanouk Ville
Transfer throught the spendid villages and Veasring market to Sihanoukville.
Day 16: Sihanoukville
Free day (optional tour to Islands)
Day 17: Sihanoukville
Day 18: Sihanoukville-Phnom Penh
Transfer to Phnom Penh airport for departure.