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9 Days
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The amazing complex of Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh, the capital with its magnificent Royal Palace, a veritable resort paradise all combine to give you Cambodia in a nutshell.


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 Picchu 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. Add to this the resort at Kep for a couple of days to relax and you will have experienced the best Cambodia has to offer.

The first entry into the Angkor Wat complex brings you to the main temple called Angkor Wat, an absolutely magnificent large structure surrounded by a moat. It is also known as the Grand Temple. Just behind it is Angkor Thom which was the capital city of the Khmer Empire. Here you will see the Terrace of the Elephants which is 350 meters/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. Other visits are to 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 kilometers/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.

Next travel overland to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia visiting en route two archaeological sites connected to the Khmer Empire era. Phnom Penh is located on the banks of the Mekong River and was once the loveliest French-built city in Indochina in the 1920's, now somewhat faded. The Royal Palace 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 jeweled 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. Next is a visit to the bustling Russian Market where almost anything can be bought and is frequented by the locals.

Later visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a ghoulish but fascinating converted school which served as a prison during the Khmer Rouge regime and the Cambodia civil war. It is said that thousands of prisoners were interred and that only 7 survived. Afterwards head out of the city to the Killing Fields so called due to the number of people who were killed and buried here. It is estimated that there are 20,000 graves containing the bodies of a million plus victims. It is now a serene memorial dedicated to this disastrous era.

Following Phnom Penh, travel by road south west 149 kilometers/93 miles to the coast and the resort town of Kep with its unspoiled beaches and calm atmosphere but with lots of amenities to keep the visitor engaged. Here you will have some free time to relax before returning to Phnom Penh.


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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,104

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Day 1

Siem Reap Airport to Siem Reap City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

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 2

Full Day Angkor Temples incl Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat

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. Continue to visit Thommanon, Ta Keo and Ta Prohm. Ta Prohm, the temple that has been left largely in it's natural state since its 're-discovery' by French explorers. Surrounded by jungle, its labyrinth of stone hallways is overgrown with the roots and limbs of massive banyan trees. This afternoon, 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.

Duration10 Hours
Day 3

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 4

Siem Reap to Phnom Penh with Sambor Prei Kuk

This morning you will depart from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by National Road No. 6. Stands of tree line the road just south of town and then into the countryside, passing over and alongside ancient laterite bridges. You'll traverse over the bridge of Kompong Kdei, built by King Surjavarman who was also noted for building Angkor temple in the 12th century. After that, you will continue to visit Sambor Prei Kuk with temples dating back to the beginning of the 7th century. Continue to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, you will be driven to your hotel to check in.

Duration8 Hours

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
Duration2 Nights
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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 5

Full Day Phnom Penh City Tour

This morning, you will visit the Royal Palace, which was built in 1866 by King Norodom. The Palace is actually a number of structures within a pagoda-style compound. Silver Pagoda located within the Royal Palace compound, the Silver Pagoda is so names because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles. The treasures are a solid gold Buddha encrusted with 9, 584 diamonds and weighing 90kilos and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. Next visit the National Museum, which houses Khmer art especially sculptures, from different periods of Cambodian history, 19th century dance costumes, royal barges and palanquins. Shopping at Russian Market.

This afternoon, you will visit the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, a former high school. In the Pol Pot time they took this school as a prison for detentions and torture of prisoners. After interrogation the prisoners were transferred to Cheung Ek, to be killed. Then continue to visit Cheung Ek, a profoundly moving but depressing experience. During the Khmer Rouge years, thousands of Cambodians were tortured and imprisoned in Toul Sleng. They were then moved to the extermination camps at Choeng Ek where they were bludgeoned to death. They were buried in mass graves and today over 8,000 skulls are displayed behind the glass of a memorial stupa, erected in 1988 to honor those who died.

Duration9 Hours
Day 6

Phnom Penh To Kep Overland Transfer

Depart from Phnom Penh to Kep by overland. Along the way to Kep, you will enjoy the beautiful landscape of countryside, the Khmer local house and life-style. Upon arrival in Kep, transfer direct to your hotel for check in.

Duration3 Hours

Mealea Resort

The Mealea Hotel is a truly delightful, romantic boutique hotel set near Horse Beach and not far away from the busy streets of the Crab Market. Our hotel is a gateway to an adrenaline-filled holiday. With its special central location and affordable rooms Mealea Resort will allow you to make the most of your tropical holiday. Our Bungalow rooms are ideal for singles, couples, and families with children, budget travelers and even business travelers that came to Kep for work. If you're looking for a home on the Kep beach, there's only one Mealea Resort for you.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Mealea Resort

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    Mealea Resort



    The Mealea Hotel is a truly delightful, romantic boutique hotel set near Horse Beach and not far away from the busy streets of the Crab Market. Our hotel is a gateway to an adrenaline-filled holiday. With its special central location and affordable rooms Mealea Resort ...

    The Mealea Hotel is a truly delightful, romantic boutique hotel set near Horse Beach and not far away from the busy streets of the Crab Market. Our hotel is a gateway to an adrenaline-filled holiday. With its special central location and affordable rooms Mealea Resort will allow you to make the most of your tropical holiday. Our Bungalow rooms are ideal for singles, couples, and families with children, budget travelers and even business travelers that came to Kep for work. If you're looking for a home on the Kep beach, there's only one Mealea Resort for you.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Beach Access
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Shuttle Service

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Day 7

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 8

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 9

Kep To Phnom Penh Overland Transfer

Duration3 Hours

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DEPARTURES:

Daily.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Private touring with local guides
  • Private air-conditioned overland transfers from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh and between Phnom Penh and Kep
  • Private airport transfers
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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 inquire.

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