Day 1: Arrive – Phnom Penh (D) Warmly welcome at Phnom Penh International Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel. The capital city of Phnom Penh was once considered the loveliest city of Indochina. Despite its recent turbulent history, it still maintains considerable charm. A city tour acquaints us with some major sights of Phnom Penh. The private quarters of the Royal Palace are now home to the royal family and are therefore very close to the public. At the northern area of the palace grounds is Silver Pagoda, the most sacred shrine in the country. We visit both structures as well as the legendary temple of Wat Phnom, which provides an interesting view over the environs. The next stop of our trip is the National Museum, exclusively dedicated to Khmer art and sculpture. The majority of the exhibits are from the Angkor period from 9th to 15th centuries, but some date from as early as the 4th century. Day 2: Phnom Penh – Udong Stupas – Kompong Thom – Siem Reap (B, L) Departure by car A/C by national road No 5 along the Tonle Sap River, on the way visit the mosques, the fishing villages, the handicraft center of silver at Kompong Luong, continue to Phnom Oudong (former capital), climb up to the top of the hill of Phnom Preah Reach Trorp for visiting the ancient temple and the numerous stupas, enjoy the splendid view in surrounding. Travel on Route 6 today to Skuon town for a sampling of sautéed spiders-a local delicacy. Today is a day to discover Kampong Thom – new hot tourism destination in Cambodia: Sambor Prei Kuk, 30 kms north of town, is a jungle-enclosed temple complex that receives very few tourists due to its remote location Pre-Angkorian with the melding of architecture and nature, as the brick structures here blend seamlessly with the nature surrounding them Break our road trip at Kapong Thom town and at a monumental ancient stone bridge in Kampong Kdei, built by the Khmers 1,000 years ago. Arrived in Siem Reap after a long journey, relax at your hotel. Day 3: Siem Reap Tour (B, L) After breakfast we continue to visit: Banteay Srei: nearly everyone's favorite site. The special charm of this temple lies in its compact size, remarkable state of preservation, and the excellence of it decorative carving Banteay Samre: Its rose-colored sandstone walls are decorated with carvings and bas-reliefs, which are among the most accomplished Angkor has to offer. We continue to visit the fabulous Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers Prasat Kravan - with its unique brick sculptures Srah Srang - The Royal Baths" was once used for ritual bathing Banteay Kdei (surrounded by four concentric walls). Day 4: Siem Reap Tour (B, L) We start on our bike and cycle (45 minutes for cycling) to world heritage areas on the roads less travelled. Ride among the jungle passing local village and local shop. It’s a very special and acting day as you will explore some of Angkor’s most beautiful temples. You will visit the West Gate of Angkor Thom – undiscovered by mass tourist. We will visit: The ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century) The South Gate, Bayon Temple- unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara The Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas The Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King The tour start with the visiting to the famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology, visit Bakheng Temple and enjoy a romantic sun set view form Bakheng hill. Enjoy foot massage 1 hour before transfer to your hotel. Day 5: Siem Reap – Departure (B, L) We embark on Ox cart to visiting the Khmer Village and enjoy view of the rice field and a lots of palm trees with great fresh air. We board on boat in Tonle Sap Lake. Here, enjoy a brief cruise past floating villages complete with schools, restaurants, and hospitals. Transfer to Siem Reap airport for departure to next destination. Say goodbye to your Cambodian guide and driver.
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