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LEGACY OF KHMER EMPIRE

15 DAY(S) Top Selling Tours

Siemreap - Kompong Thom - Kompong Cham - Kratie - Ratanakiri - PhnomPenh - Kep - Sihanouk Ville

Description

Explore the magnificient cities of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and get close to the Angkor complex with its worldwide resounding reputation.

Highlights

  • 5000 silver floor tiles at the Silver Pagoda, in the Royal Palace
  • Discover a dark side at Toul Sleng Museum, a reminder of the brutality and pain of Cambodia’s past
  • The enigmatic smiles of the 216 giant faces of the Bayon, Angkor’s strangest temple
  • Experience nature running riot at the mysterious ruin of Ta Prohm, the original temple where famous film Tomb Rider with Angelina Jolie acted
  • Enjoy beach relax in Sihanouk Ville

Itinerary

Upon arrival, welcome by tour guide in Siem Reap, transfer to check in hotel. Then visit Floating Villages, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap! Take a ride in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia and the largest in Asia. Here you’ll see plenty of examples of the Khmer way of life on the Tonle Sap. Then visit Wat Bo founded in the 18th century, a highly respected pagoda contains very unique wall paintings of the Reamker (Ramayana) that are said to be late 19th century. We continue to one of the city’s lively open markets, Psar Chars, also called the “Old Market”, where anything and everything is for sale. Overnight in Siem Reap!

Breakfast at hotel, explore South Gate of Angkor Thom known as Big Angkor, 3km2 walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian Empire, The famous Bayon Temple was an architectural muddle, in part because it was constructed in a somewhat piecemeal fashion for over a century. Terrace of the Elephants is an impressive, two and a half meter tall, 300 meter long terrace wall adorned with carved elephants and gradual that spans the heart of Angkor Thom in front of Baphuon - huge temple mountain in the heart of Angkor Thom, Royal Palace Area and Phimeanakas - impressive rite and sandstone pyramid. Terrace of the Leper King is at the north end of the Terrace of the Elephants, a double terrace wall with deeply carved nag as, demons and other mythological beings.
Afternoon visit Angkor Wat temple, the founder of the temple was Suryavarman II who reigned Cambodia from 1113 to 1152 and built the five towers in the 12th century to dedicate to the Hindu God Vishnu. The plan of the pyramidal conception of the temple combined with spaces, alleys, ditches is an ancient masterpiece of architectural design and construction. Overnight in Siem Reap!

After breakfast, we visit Small Circuit including: visit Ta Prohm temple which is a wonderful combination of human genius and natural beauty! Giant trees have grown here for centuries and Prasat Kravan was originally constructed by noblemen rather than a king. Banteay Kdei was built in sandstone, which has deteriorated quite badly. However, there remain some very beautiful lintels and pediments. Srah Srang is a royal pool was the King's bathing pond, where he washed with his many concubines each day.  Takeo - King Suryavarman I commissioned this temple in the 10th Century, but it was never completed so has no elaborate decoration like its contemporaries. It is a pyramid on 5 levels and is dedicated to Shiva. Thommanon - small attractive temple in very good condition, built at the same time as Angkor Wat. Chau Say Tevoda built during the second quarter of the 12th century opposite of Thommanon, it was dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu.
Afternoon overland trip to visit the highlights of the Grand Circuit including: Preah Khan - meaning The Sacred Sword, this temple was also built by Jayawarman VII and is famous for its immensely long cruciform corridors and delicate carvings. Neak Pean - This temple is a delicate highlight of Khmer art. Built by Jayavarman VII, this temple is the perfect representation of the heavens on earth. Ta Som was a small classic Bayon style monastic complex consisting of a relatively flat enclosure. East Mebon was built in the 10th Century by Rajendravarman; this temple was situated on a small island in the middle of the Oriental, or Eastern, Baray. Last visit Pre Rup was built in the 10th Century by Rajendravarman and view lovely sunset there. Overnight in Siem Reap!

Today your tour includes visit Kbal Spean temple – there are also carving of Buddha and Buddhist images in the rock that date from a later period than the lingas. The original River of Thousand Lingams, Kbal Spean is an intricately carved riverbed deep in the foothills of the Cambodian jungle. Lingams are phallic representations sacred to Brahmanism as symbols of fertility, and hundreds of them are carved into the rock here, as are several carvings of gods and animals above the small waterfall. 
Afternoon visit Banteay Srei, loosely translates to “citadel of the women, but this is a modern appellation that probably refers to the delicate beauty of the carvings. On the way we will visit people doing palm sugar before continue to visit Banteay Samre - large, comparatively flat temple displaying distinctively Angkor style architecture and artistry. Overnight in Siem Reap!

After breakfast, departure by overland to Phnom Penh with taking around 4 hours to reach there. On the way we will visit the archaeological sight of Sambor Prei Kuk by national Road#6. Road condition from Siem Reap to Kampong Thom is very good now. Only the road from National road to the temple is a bit rough. Then continue to Kampong Cham, also called "The Garden City" and the main town in the province of that name. It take around 4 hours to reach there. Upon arrival lunch and check in hotel, then we will sightseeing Wat Hanchey, 25km North of Kampong Cham, a beautifully located hill top pagoda that was an important religious centre during the Chenla period. Then Wat Nokor, a modern Theravada Buddhist pagoda squeezed into the walls of an 11th-century Mahayana Buddhist shrine of sandstone and laterite. Last visit local villager to learn how they make their living. Overnight in Kampong Cham!
 

Breakfast at hotel; overland to Kratie with taking around 2.5 hours. On the way we will visit Rubber Plantation and a Rubber Factory by crossing Kizona Bridge. Upon arrival at noon time lunch and check in hotel, take your short relaxing time. Mid-afternoon visit Kampi Resort, a great natural resort where is home to Dolphins. Having an excursion to Sambok district for explore the Dolphin preserved area on Mekong River. Then visit Phnom Sam Bok, a cultural and main tourist resort of Kratie province. Return to hotel for your relaxing. Overnight in Kratie!

After breakfast, transfer to Rattanakiri province with taking around 5 hours to reach there. Upon arrival, transfer to have your lunch and check in hotel!
Afternoon visit Yeak Laom Lake, a lake in the middle of a mountain, it was formed many centuries ago from a volcano. The lake is about 800 meters in diameter and 48 meters deep during the dry season. The water is clear and suitable for swimming. Return back with dropping at Local Market, and then transfer to your hotel for relaxing. Overnight in Ratanakiri!

After breakfast, we will depart to Voen Sai, located in the banks of San River. Voen Sai is the pleasant little community of Chinese, Laos, and ethnic minority village. The site of Voen Sai is about 35km northwest of Ban Lung city. Returning sometimes around midday, then process to Ka Chanh Waterfall – the waterfall was given its name by the ethnic minority in Ka Chanh village. There are a number of scenic rubber plantations along the canal leading to the waterfall. The base of the waterfall which is a lovely place for picnics can be reached by climbing down a 72 steps wooden staircase. Elephant rides to the site are also available. We change to look at Ka Tieng Waterfall instead, located in the middle of lush forest, gets its name from the Kreung hill tribe in Ka Tieng village. The waterfall is about 10 meters high. There is no access to the bottom, because it is too steep. Overnight in Ratanakiri!

Breakfast at hotel, morning overland to Phnom Penh with taking around 8 hours. 
Welcome to Phnom Penh – the city retains its traditional Khmer and colonial styles with French villas and large tree-line sidewalk. Upon arrival check in hotel, take your relaxing time after a long transfer. Overnight in Phnom Penh!

Breakfast at hotel, in the morning you will visit the impressive colorful Khmer-style royal palace complex build in 1866 by the Predecessors of King Norodom. Nearby is Silver pagoda (the emerald Buddha temple), where contain plenty of Buddha Statues decorated and made by gold, diamond, gemstone and silver. We will stop at Independence monument and we pass through the river-front park where 4 rivers met at a junction include mystical Mekong. Walk up to sacred hill Phnom Daun Penh – also the name of a pagoda and name of the capital nowadays. We continue to Tuol Sleng prison now is Genocide Museum, the most secret part of the Khmer Rouge regime. It’s also called S-21 (abbreviated for Security Office 21), a Khmer Rouge's premier security camp, specifically designed for the interrogation and extermination of anti-Angkor elements. Leave the relics of the bad history of Cambodia we will have lunch before going shopping around Russian market, enjoy the bustling daily activities of the locals.
Afternoon we will visit Choeung Ek museum, where between 1975 and 1978 about 17,000 men, women, children and infants detained and tortured at S-21 were transported for the extermination. Last we will take a cruise to see the sunset on the Mekong and Tonle Sap River in the “Four Arms” section where the Mekong meets the Tonle Sap River before splitting into two branches. Overnight in Phnom Penh!

After breakfast, We departure to Kep, the southern part and costal area that take about 3 hour drives through scenic rural countryside and green color along the way. Kep is a seaside tourist city located 173 Kilometers south west of Phnom Pen and it’s a big seafood market. En-route, you make visit Phnom Kampong Trach Cave, a rocky mountain with few plants. The site includes a cave at the foot of the mountain, as well a number of small mountain wells that local people of Cambodian, Chinese and Vietnamese descent use for worship. One of mountain wells is 30 meters in diameter, and its soil is seven different colors. Several smaller wells have artistic stones that look like animals and other objects. From this large well, there is a cave way to Veal Srey Mouy Roy and Thea Dos wells, which were used by filmmakers in the 1970s. After finished the tour, we drive straight to Crab Market where you will have lunch (your own account) with seafood before go to check in at hotel. The vendors will present you with live crabs, fresh prawns, squid and fish from which to choose. 
After lunch, we go to check in at hotel and refresh your energy at the pool. Overnight in Kep.

After breakfast, we departure for Ream National Park, where we will pick up Ranger at his office before embark on a boat traveling through mangrove forests and beside a small lake in order to see the park’s wildlife. There is a chance that guests will see spot-billed pelicans or the rare freshwater dolphins (November-May). The ranger boat will drop off guests at a small fishing village, offering an insight into local life. Late afternoon return to the port and continue to check in at Otres Beach. Overnight in Sihanoukville!

Breakfast at hotel, free at leisure and overnight at hotel in Sihanouk Ville!

We will have full day relax in Sihanoukville beach with beer, seafood and enjoy the sunrise before heading back to Phnompenh for overnight. On the way you could have some stops to see the cultivation of villager in the rural area. Overnight in Phnom Penh!

Breakfast at hotel, free leisure until time transfer to airport for flight onward! END THE SERVICES
 

Inclusion

  • 14 nights accommodation with twins share
  • Meals mentioned in program (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch and D: Dinner).
  • Air-conditioned transfers.
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Boat trip as mentioned in program
  • English speaking guide
  • Bottles of drinking water every day

Exclusion

  • Airfare (international and domestic) and airport tax
  • Visa services (Visa approval letter/Visa stamp fee/ Visa fast track)
  • Early check-in/late check-out/ room upgrade surcharge
  • Other meals, drinks, and personal expenses (phone call, laundry, tipping etc.)
  • Any services not mentioned in the program
  • Optional tours.
 

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