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Temples of Angkor

Duration
5 Days
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US$ 710

Phnom Penh has its fascinating Killing Fields and attractive Royal Palace. Angkor Wat has its archaeologically fascinating ancient buildings and temples. Cambodia’s highlights are revealed.


Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, situated on the banks of the MekongRiver, also has its treasures. On arriving in Phnom Penh, transfer to your hotel and meet your tour leader for welcome drinks and a tour briefing.

The next day, start your sightseeing with the RoyalPalace, a complex of buildings most of which are open to the visitor. The architecture with its gold leafed roofs is stunning with perhaps the beautiful Silver Pagoda being the highlight. Also take time to wander around the well maintained gardens. Also visit the NationalMuseum and the Childsafe Centre. Perhaps macabre but absolutely worth it, is the visit to the TuolSlengMuseum, a former prison in which thousands of Cambodians were placed prior to being killed by the Khmer rouge regime. Then visit the infamous Killing Fields just outside of the city. The two venues bring to life the history of the country during these times.

The following morning, fly to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor Wat. Start today with a visit 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.

The next day is dedicated to amazing Angkor Wat. Originally covered by undergrowth, archaeologists unearthed it to find some spectacular sites. It was originally a city of over 1 million inhabitants but was abandoned many centuries ago. This 400 square kilometer/154 square mile Hindu temple complex is vast and is situated 6 kilometres/4 miles north of the town of Siem Reap. Angkor Wat literally means Temple City and was in fact a city built by the Khmer King Suryavarman the Second in the 12th Century.  Today it contains scores of temples, bas-reliefs and sculptures and is the largest Hindu temple complex in the world. It needs time to really take in all that is on offer here.

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 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. 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 Banteay Srei, situated 25 kilometres/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.

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 710

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Day 1

Welcome to Phnom Penh

On arrival in Phnom Penh, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing. Stay the next two nights at Sunway Hotel

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.

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    • 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

Explore Phnom Penh

Discover Phnom Penh's main attractions during a city tour. Begin your day with a fun cyclo ride through the backstreets of the city, an exciting experience. Located within an Art Deco style building, spend time exploring the Central Market which has everything from clothing and household items to food and jewellery for sale. Learn about Cambodia's chilling history at Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields memorial at Choeng Ek before returning to town. In the afternoon, see the beautiful architecture of the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Known to be a meeting place for travellers across the world, enjoy sunset drinks at the iconic Foreign Correspondence Club as you get to know your group.

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Day 3

Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Drive to Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and main provider of fish for the country. Explore the lake by boat and gain a fascinating insight into the lives of the fishing communities that call the lake home. Cruise past floating villages with schools, restaurants and even a hospital. Return to Siem Reap for the afternoon and spend time exploring independently. Stay the next two nights at Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa

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Duration2 Nights
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Somadevi Angkor Hotel and Spa

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    Somadevi Angkor Hotel and Spa



    Somadevi Angkor Hotel and Spa is indeed a resort of class and character which you should not miss while you are visiting the mystical land - Siem Reap Angkor. The Resort has been designed to guarantee you a most pleasant and memorable stay as they ...

    Somadevi Angkor Hotel and Spa is indeed a resort of class and character which you should not miss while you are visiting the mystical land - Siem Reap Angkor. The Resort has been designed to guarantee you a most pleasant and memorable stay as they aim to deliver products and services that consistently meet and exceed your travel needs and wants. This resort is conveniently located in the heart of Siem Reap Town within walking distance of restaurants, shopping, museums, and entertainment centres.

    Facilities

    • Babysitting Services
    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 4

The Temples of Angkor

Rise early and travel by tuk-tuk to Angkor Wat's seldom-used East Gate entrance. Marvel at the silhouetted central spires and explore the temple grounds away from the crowds. After a memorable sunrise over Angkor Wat, enjoy a local Khmer breakfast before travelling to the little visited West Gate of the Angkor Thom complex. Spend time at Bayon temple, famous for its stone head sculptures and see the Terraces of the Elephant and Leper King. Return to town for free timebefore exploring Banteay Srei temple and its intricate pink sandstone carvings in the afternoon. Visit a palm sugar village and continue to jungle-covered Ta Prohm temple, with encroaching tree roots which are reclaiming many parts of this ancient monastery. This evening, enjoy a farewell group dinner.

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Day 5

Depart Siem Reap

Enjoy breakfast before transferring to the airport for your onward journey.

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DEPARTURES:

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 4 nights' accommodation as indicated or similar
  • Flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
  • Guided touring as per itinerary including entrance fees
  • National tour leader added with a minimum of 10 travellers
  • Meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Gratuities unless otherwise stated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional excursions
  • Beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Park fees unless stated
  • Travel insurance
  • 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.

Selected departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 guests, please check with our Asia experts on the relevant dates. It is compulsory to have comprehensive travel insurance to participate on this trip. 

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