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Temples of Angkor

Duration
5 Days
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US$ 820

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$ 820

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Day 1

Welcome to Phnom Penh

As you exit the airport you will be met and transferred to your centrally-located hotel. Tonight meet your fellow travellers over welcome drinks while your Tour Leader (or local guide) briefly explains some important details and logistics of the journey ahead. Please open your welcome pack as it contains details of tonight's activities. After the tour briefing, join your guide and savour some tasty Khmer dishes at a local restaurant, or discover Phnom Penh independently. The choice is yours!

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel and Spa

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    Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel and Spa


    The Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel is centrally located close by to shopping and popular city attractions such as Wat Ounalom, Samdech Sothearos and the National Museum, making this hotel a popular pick for both business and leisure travellers. The hotel is only 15km from the ...

    The Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel is centrally located close by to shopping and popular city attractions such as Wat Ounalom, Samdech Sothearos and the National Museum, making this hotel a popular pick for both business and leisure travellers. The hotel is only 15km from the airport. Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel is a smart choice for travellers to Phnom Penh, offering a relaxed and hassle-free stay.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Art Gallery
    • Bar
    • Internet Access
    • Massage Treatments
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 2

Explore Phnom Penh

During colonial times, Phnom Penh was a stylish city pocketed with cinemas, grand catholic churches and smoky opium dens. After years of war and terror in the 1970s, the capital of Cambodia is now a city reinventing itself. Begin the day's discoveries with a fun cyclo ride through the backstreets of Phnom Penh, giving you a glimpse of local life as well as the city's diverse architectural styles, including the Art Deco Central Market (or Psah Thmei). After the market visit, your private tour bus will take you to the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes (aka S21 Museum) and to The Killing Fields of Choeng Ek. At both sites, you'll gain an insight into the insanity and cruelty of the crimes carried out by the infamous Khmer Rouge army under the commands of dictator Pol Pot. Visits to these sites are sombre, but are an important reminder of Cambodia's turbulent history. The visits also highlight the incredible resilience of the people and how far they've come in a short amount of time.

Return to town for lunch before exploring the Royal Palace and its famous landmark, the Silver Pagoda. Built in 1892 and largely spared sacking by the Khmer Rouge, the Silver Pagoda has a tiled floor that's lined with 5,000 solid silver tablets. It also enshrines a 'Golden Buddha' encrusted with more than 9,000 diamonds and a revered 'Emerald Buddha' - akin to Thailand's Emerald Buddha that resides in Bangkok's Grand Palace. End the day promenading along the breezy riverfront watching locals doing aerobics, playing hackysack, badminton, and a myriad other activities. Enjoy a sunset drink on the terrace of the FCC overlooking the Mekong River.

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Day 3

Siem Reap

Take a short flight to Siem Reap, gateway to UNESCO World-Heritage protected Angkor Archaeological Park, which includes Angkor Wat. On arrival in Siem Reap, travel to the edge of Tonle Sap Lake, the second largest freshwater lake in the world. This beautiful lake is the lifeblood of the country and the primary source of fish and protein for most of the Cambodian population. At the peak of the wet season, an incredible natural event occurs where, the connecting Mekong River gushes into the lake, reversing its current and swelling the lake to more than 12,000 square kilometres (almost a five-fold increase). Take a short boat trip on the lake and see floating houses, schools and local shops which move around the edge of the lake, as water levels rise and fall during the year. Afterwards, continue to Siem Reap town for lunch, and a free afternoon to explore Siem Reap at your own pace. Refer to your Siem Reap City Guide for tips and advice on things to do and see, and recommendations on places to eat. You might like to explore the vibrant old market for souvenirs and old photos, visit the excellent Angkor National Museum, or simply relax by your hotel pool enjoying a few cool drinks.

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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

The temples of Angkor represent six hundred years (802-1432) of Khmer civilisation - one of Asia's greatest empires. You will have the entire day dedicated to exploring the most magnificent and most famous of the Angkorian temples. The adventure begins with a pre-dawn departure from the hotel as you board your tuk-tuk (a scooter-drawn carriage, with a roof and comfortable seating) for the short ride to the most famous temple of them all - Angkor Wat. Enter through the seldom-visited eastern entrance and wander in to the temple in relative darkness and gaze at the gloriously silhouetted central spires. As you walk around to the western side of the temple complex, you'll see hordes of people, poised on the edge of the lotus ponds with camera in hand, ready to capture that iconic photo of sunrise over Angkor Wat. There's still plenty of vantage points from which to watch the sunrise and to capture incredible photos of the temple. So take your time to find your spot and settle in for
the experience. After sunrise, then spend time venturing into the central chambers of the temple, where your local guide will reveal the history, myths and stories depicted on the stone bas reliefs. Your knowledgeable guide will ensure that your visit to Angkor Wat leaves you with a rich understanding of the history and purpose of the great temple, and also of the mighty Angkorian civilisation.
After exploring Angkor Wat, rest your feet while enjoying a freshly cooked local breakfast at a restaurant located just outside the temple. With revitalised energy, we enter the west gate of the walled city of Angkor Thom. Explore the eerie, carved stone heads at Bayon temple and evocative bas-reliefs at the Terrace of the Elephant and Leper King. Escape the heat and return to your hotel for a rest or a refreshing swim. Early afternoon, drive for approximately one hour to visit the intricately carved and well-preserved pink sandstone Banteay Srei Temple, also known as the 'Citadel of Women' and 'Ladies Temple'. The detailed carvings at this smaller sandstone structure are regarded as the finest and most skilfully-crafted in the Angkor kingdom. Banteay Srei temple has only been accessible since the late 1990s after the Khmer Rouge left the area, and is regarded by archaeological experts as the 'jewel in the crown' of the Angkorian temples. Continue to nearby Ta Prohm - aka 'Tomb raider Temple'- one of the most atmospheric of all temples in Angkor. Once home to 2,740 monks, Ta Prohm was 'rediscovered' in the 1850s by French explorer Henri Mouhot, and is a photographer's delight because of the encroaching trees roots that are reclaiming many parts of this ancient monastery buried deep in the jungle. On the way back to Siem Reap, stop at a small street side village, known for producing palm sugar, a key ingredient in South East Asian cooking. Today is a long but fulfilling day, leaving you with a lifetime of memories of one of the world's great wonders. This evening we've included a delicious group dinner at one of our favourite local restaurants, to celebrate the end of a short but memorable holiday in Cambodia. It's a chance to farewell your fellow travellers and the new friends you've made during a memorable trip through this incredible country.

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Day 5

Depart Siem Reap

It's time to say your final goodbyes, but just think of all the wonderful stories you will take home. Your private car will transfer you to the airport for your onward travels.

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DEPARTURES:

Tuesday

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 4 nights' accommodation as indicated or similar
  • Flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
  • Guided touring as per itinerary including entrance fees
  • Western tour leader based on minimum of 7 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

DOCUMENTATION:

Please note that proof of comprehensive travel insurance coverage is required for this tour (not included).

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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18 Dec 2018
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