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Temples of Angkor

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5 Days
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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$ 1,078

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Day 1

Arrive Phnom Penh

Upon arrival in Phnom Penh you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight meet your tour leader (or local guide) for welcome drinks and a tour briefing.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

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

Phnom Penh

In colonial times, Phnom Penh was pocketed with cinemas, grand Catholic churches and smoky opium dens. After years of war and terror in the 1970s, Phnom Penh is in the midst of reinventing itself. Discover the city’s charm as well as its dark history with your guide today, starting with a cyclo ride through the charming backstreets. Visit the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes and The Killing Fields of Choeng Ek. After lunch, stop at the art deco Psah Thmei, or "Central Market". Later, explore the Royal Palace and its famous landmark, the Silver Pagoda. At the end of the day, board a boat for a short cruise on the Tonle Sap River.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Phnom Penh To Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for your short flight to Siem Reap, home to the temples of Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage site. On arrival, 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. Take a short boat tour and observe floating houses, schools and local shops which move throughout the year as water levels rise and fall. Afterwards, transfer the short distance to Siem Reap town and the remainder of the day is at leisure. You might like to explore the vibrant old market, visit the excellent Angkor National Museum, or simply relax by your hotel pool with a cocktail.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

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

Siem Reap

The temples of Angkor represent six hundred years of Khmer civilization, one of Asia's greatest empires. The day's adventure begins with a pre-dawn departure from your hotel as you board a tuk-tuk for the short ride to Angkor Wat. Enter through the little-visited eastern side of Angkor and gaze in awe at the silhouetted main spires. Cross to the temple's west side, to the edge of one of the ancient library pools, and watch the sun rise from this prime vantage point. Spend the next two hours venturing deep into the central chambers of Angkor, then enjoy a freshly cooked local breakfast outside the temple. Later, enter the west gate of the walled city of Angkor Thom and marvel at the Bayon temple and the Terraces of the Elephant and Leper King. Return to your hotel to rest, then drive to the intricately carved and well-preserved Banteay Srei Temple. Stop at a small local village, known for producing palm sugar and wine, before visiting the jungle-enveloped Ta Prohm, perhaps the most atmospheric of all the temples in Angkor. Tonight, enjoy a group dinner of delicious, traditional Cambodian food.

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Day 5

Depart Siem Reap

This morning, transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

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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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