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Best of Cambodia

Best of Cambodia

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The trail from Siem Riep to Phnom Penh blend local life with the nature in a most spectacular and very unique way. From the mysteries and history that are buried in Angkor to the vibrant and elegant city of Phnom Penh, this beautiful experience gives you insight into the realm of Khmer people.

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Tour Plan

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Day 1: Siem Reap Arrival – Angkor Wat
Upon arrival and after clearing immigration and customs, you will meet our guide and they will take you to the hotel in town. After check-in and refreshments, we will take the walk along the Siem Reap Riverside, and spot the fruit eating bats in front of the Residence of King.  Later in the afternoon drive to the biggest religious temple in the world - the magnificent Angkor Wat. Built by Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is considered a masterpiece of Khmer architecture. We will stay there until sunset. Meals: N/A Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
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Day 2: Siem Reap – Banteay Srei – Ta Prohm – Angkor Thom
Rise bright and early for a “Tuk Tuk” ride to discover the jungle-covered temple of Ta Phrom at sunrise then return to the hotel for breakfast. We begin the temple exploration today at Angkor Thom near west gate. From the enigmatic faces of Bayon Temple to the intricate base reliefs ? of the Terrace of the Elephants, Angkor Thom is filled with fabulous monuments. At midday have lunch at local restaurant of your choosing.  After lunch we will drive to Banteay Srei, it is also one of the most beautiful temples; built in 967 AD by Jayavarman V's guru, it showcases the most exquisite, deep and complex carvings in all Khmer architecture, and Preah Khan meaning “Holy Sword” is one of the largest temple compounds in Angkor and is defended by four concentric walls. The main shrine and its adjoining buildings are richly decorated with Buddhist motifs and scenes from Hindu epics. We will return to Siem Reap in the late afternoon so you can enjoy your free time shopping and relaxing. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
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Day 3: Siem Reap – Khmer Village – Beng Mealea – Siem Reap
Today we head out to a Khmer Village, your chance to see what real life is like in Cambodian a village. You can spend time helping a poor village family go about their daily life. This scenic drive takes you through local countryside providing some great photo opportunities. For a few hours you will have rare chance to see inside the life of Cambodian villagers. You may help plant the rice, make a roof or harvest bananas– life revolves around the seasons, so it will vary depending on when you visit. A lunch box will be provided by one of the villagers. Following lunch, drive further to Beng Mealea Temple and explore the abandoned temple (11th century), strangled by the jungle. After all the walking, you will receive a voucher for a 60 minute complimentary foot massage for some relaxation before the drive back to Siem Reap.  This evening is free so you may enjoy evening tea, dinner and walk around on your own. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap
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Day 4: Siem Reap – Floating Village – Fly to Phnom Penh
After breakfast we are taking a break from temples and going on a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap. This is the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We will see a “floating village” – boats that have been converted to look, like houses and the “village” moves from place to place according to the water levels. We continue to one of the city’s lively open markets, Psar Chass, called the “Old Market”, where you can see the locals shopping and going about their lives! Then transfer out for departure to Phnom Penh by plane, on arrival we meet you again and transfer you to a hotel in the center of Phnom Penh city. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh
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Day 5: Phnom Penh – City Tour
Begin your morning with breakfast at hotel then set out to see the capital city of Phnom Penh which was once considered the loveliest city of Indochina. Despite its recent turbulent history, it still maintains considerably charming. A city tour acquaints us with some major sights of Phnom Penh.  The Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the notorious ‘Killing Fields’ of Choeung Ek are not to be missed. A visit to these sights provides a deep insight into the painful bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge. In the afternoon, we will enjoy the cyclo ride to visit Royal Palace, which is now home to the royal family. In the northern section of the palace grounds lies the Silver Pagoda, the most sacred one in the country and The National Museum. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh
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Day 6: Phnom Penh – Departure
After breakfast, you will be free until your transfer to the airport for departure. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: N/A
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Note:
Please be aware that flight times, hotels and all other logistics, services and days of travel are subject to availability. If the listed hotel is fully booked, alternate accommodation will be offered. All hotels are rated according to local standards. All itineraries are flexible and can easily be altered to suit your needs and interests. Please contact one of our travel consultants for more information.
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