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Cambodia Showcase

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 796

With a combination of the amazing complex of Angkor Wat and colourful capital, Phnom Penh with its magnificent Royal Palace, this short itinerary will give an adequate lasting impression.


Cambodia is a comparatively new evolving tourist destination for the Western world but the country has now opened its doors wide to show off its exceptional treasures.  Naturally, number one on anyone’s list will be a visit to exciting Angkor Wat. It can be compared in importance as an archaeological site to Machu Pichhu in Peru or Petra in Jordan. Amazingly enough, although it has existed since the 12th Century AD, it was only rediscovered in the 19th Century.  Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, situated on the banks of the Mekong River, also has its treasures and fascinating sites.

Phnom Penh was once the loveliest French-built city in Indochina in the 1920’s but is now somewhat architecturally faded. The RoyalPalace is made up of four compounds and built in the style of original Khmer architecture. It has been occupied by the Kings of Cambodia since it was built in 1860. The area where the King resides is closed to the public. Visit the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Throne Hall and the Silver Pagoda which contains many national treasures including its gold and jewelled Buddha statues. Also visit the National Museum with the world’s largest collection of Khmer art including ceramics, sculptures and bronzes. There are over 14,000 items housed here.

Fly later to Siem Reap. Sightseeing in the Angkor Wat complex here includes Angkor Thom which was the capital city of the Khmer Empire. Here you will see the Terrace of the Elephants which is 350 metres/1150 feet long and was the stand for public ceremonies and the Terrace of the Leper King - the origin of the name is unknown. Next visit Bayan, a series of temples richly decorated with massive stone faces carved onto the towers.

Later visit Ta Prohm which is an intriguing set of temples left in the way they were rediscovered in the 19th Century and covered by trees which have grown over them and Preah Khan, an extensive area originally built as a monastery and teaching complex.

The next day, a further visit to Angkor Wat. This time, start with Banteay Srei situated 25 kilometrtes/16 miles north east of the main group of temples. The name literally translates as Citadel of Women. This is due to the so called fact that the temples here which have elaborate decorative wall carvings could only have been carved by women. Nearby is Banteay Samre, built with the same materials as Banteay Srei but with the use of special restoration methods is the most complete temple complex. 

Later travel to Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake/river combination in the country. It is unique as the direction of the flow of water reverses itself twice a year. It is also home to ethnic Vietnamese and Cham people who live most often in floating villages earning their existence through fishing. There over 300 different species of fish in the lake.

Your final day here is to take time to visitthe main temple called Angkor Wat, an absolutely magnificent large structure surrounded by a moat.  It is also known as the GrandTemple. 


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 796

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Day 1

Phnom Penh Airport to City Hotel

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Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh

The Sunway Hotel is situated in a quiet pleasant green area of the city within walking distance of the Mekong River and the Wat Phnom Penh. All 140 rooms are spacious and decorated with your comfort in mind. The excellent location of this hotel plus the warm and friendly atmosphere is what makes the Sunway Hotel an exceptional choice of accommodation in Phnom Penh.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh

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    Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh



    The Sunway Hotel is situated in a quiet pleasant green area of the city within walking distance of the Mekong River and the Wat Phnom Penh. All 140 rooms are spacious and decorated with your comfort in mind. The excellent location of this hotel plus ...

    The Sunway Hotel is situated in a quiet pleasant green area of the city within walking distance of the Mekong River and the Wat Phnom Penh. All 140 rooms are spacious and decorated with your comfort in mind. The excellent location of this hotel plus the warm and friendly atmosphere is what makes the Sunway Hotel an exceptional choice of accommodation in Phnom Penh.

    Facilities

    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Newsstand
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 2

Half Day Phnom Penh City Tour incl Royal Palace Silver Pagoda and National Museum

Enjoy a visit to the Royal Palace, built in 1866 by King Norodom, which is actually a number of structures within a pagoda-style compound. The Silver Pagoda, located within the Royal Palace compound was named because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles. Treasures include a solid gold Buddha encrusted with thousands of diamonds, and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. Next, visit the National Museum which houses Khmer art from different periods of Cambodian history, 19th century dance costumes, royal barges, and palanquins. Over 5000 objects are on display including Angkorian era statues, lingas and other artefacts, most notably the legendary status of the leper King. Though the emphasis is on Angkorian artefacts, there is also a good collection of pieces from later periods.

Duration3 Hours

City Hotel to Phnom Penh Airport

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Phnom Penh Airport to Siem Reap Airport Afternoon Flight

Duration45 Minutes

Siem Reap Airport to Siem Reap City Hotel

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Tara Angkor

Experience all that Siem Reap has to offer in this stylish international hotel. The Tara Angkor Hotel is an ideal base to explore Siem Reap and the magnificent temples steeped in legend and history. Tara Angkor is conveniently located on the road to Angkor only 5km from the entrance, 15 minutes from the airport and a short ride to the centre of town. The Tara Angkor with 213 rooms is also equipped with modern amenities and is elegantly furnished to make your stay luxurious and enjoyable.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Tara Angkor

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    Tara Angkor



    Experience all that Siem Reap has to offer in this stylish international hotel. The Tara Angkor Hotel is an ideal base to explore Siem Reap and the magnificent temples steeped in legend and history. Tara Angkor is conveniently located on the road to Angkor only ...

    Experience all that Siem Reap has to offer in this stylish international hotel. The Tara Angkor Hotel is an ideal base to explore Siem Reap and the magnificent temples steeped in legend and history. Tara Angkor is conveniently located on the road to Angkor only 5km from the entrance, 15 minutes from the airport and a short ride to the centre of town. The Tara Angkor with 213 rooms is also equipped with modern amenities and is elegantly furnished to make your stay luxurious and enjoyable.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 3

Full Day Angkor Temples incl Angkor Thom Bayon Ta Prohm and Preah Khan

This morning, you will visit the monumental magnificence of Angkor Thom, last capital of the Khmers, with its Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the stunning Bayon temple. This 12th century masterpiece lies at the very centre of Angkor Thom and is an archaeological wonder of symmetry and grandeur. The exterior gallery walls have extensive bas-reliefs but the highlight is the 'faces', more than 200 of them, silent but with the famous half-smile playing on their lips. PJ de Beerski wrote of them; godliness in the majesty and the size, mystery in the expression.

This afternoon, you will visit Ta Prohm, the temple that has been left largely in its natural state since its rediscovery by French explorers. Surrounded by jungle, its labyrinth of stone hallways is overgrown with the roots and limbs of massive banyan trees, which envelop the stone like tentacles. It is one of the largest temples at Angkor, dedicated in 1186. Historians have noted its mystical charm. Continue to Preah Khan "The Sacred Sword", an extensive monastic complex covering over 56 hectares built by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a monastery and teaching complex. It is one of a group of temple complexes situated on a small 'Baray'.

Duration10 Hours
Day 4

Full Day Banteay Srei, Banteay Samre and Tonle Sap

This morning, you drive to Banteay Srei; the citadel of women - a tiny, enchanting temple, which is one of the jewels in this remarkable city. Built of red sandstone in the tenth century and dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, the carved male and female figures in the niches are exquisitely executed in both style and proportion. This is the most Indian of all the temples in Angkor and in the words of H.W. Ponder, is a fairy palace in the heart of an immense and mysterious forest. Continue to Banteay Samre, is built under Suryavarman II and Yasovarman II in the early 12th century, it is a Hindu temple in the Angkor Wat style. Named after the Samré, an ancient people of Indochina, the temple uses the same materials as the Banteay Srei. This afternoon, drive to a development project teaching young adults, stone carving, wood carving and lacquer application, Les Artisans d' Angkor is a heart warming reminder that progress in Cambodia can go hand in hand with traditional crafts. Then continue to Ton Le Sap Lake, the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia, is the lifeblood of the Cambodian fishing industry. The Mekong River, from as a far away as Phnom Penh, reverses the direction of the Ton Le Sap river to bring an overflow of water and silt to support both rice growing and the breeding fish of many sizes and varieties. Hopping on board small shaded vessels and moving between the floating homes and small fish farms you will experience close up, daily lake life.

Duration9 Hours
Day 5

Half Day Angkor Temples Morning Tour

This morning, you will visit to Angkor Wat, the largest temple in the world, with a volume of stone equalling that of the Cheops pyramid in Egypt. It is unlike all the other Khmer temples in that it faces west, and is inspired by 12th Century Hinduism. Conceived by Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat took an estimated 30 years to build. It is generally believed to have been a funeral temple for the king. Intricate bas reliefs surround Angkor Wat on four sides. Each tells a story. The most celebrated of these is the Churning of the Ocean of Milk, which is located on the east wing. In it the Naga serpent, is twisted by demons and gods to spurt out the elixir of life.

Duration3 Hours

Siem Reap City Hotel to Siem Reap Airport

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DEPARTURES:

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 4 nights' accommodation as indicated or similar
  • Flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
  • Return transfers
  • Temple pass
  • Private sightseeing
  • Meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
  • Drinks unless specified
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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