Day 01: Arrival Phnom Penh (Lunch included)
Arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport and transfer to the hotel (rooms may not be ready until the afternoon). Lunch at hotel. Phnom Penh city tour: Visit the Independence Monument, and the National Museum, also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1917. The museum contains a collection of Khmer art - notably sculptures - throughout the ages. Visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda.
Located within the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90 kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. Accommodation at hotel.
Day 02: Phnom Penh – Battambang (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
Breakfast at hotel. Depart Phnom Penh for Battambang by overland transfer (290 km, 4-5 hours drive). Stop in Kompong Chhnang to see the pottery village. Visit the floating village with private boat at Kompong Chhnang. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, visit the stone carving in Pursat. Enjoy Battambang’s truly unique form of local transportation and take a ride on the Bamboo Train through the picturesque countryside. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
Day 03: Battambang (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
After breakfast at hotel. Drive along the picturesque Sangker River to Wat Slaket pagoda, the residence of the provincial Buddhist patriarch. Visit a Khmer Ancient House and make a stop to see the production of rice paper used for making spring rolls. Continue to visit Wat Ek Phnom. Visit a market where Prahoc, the Cambodian fish paste, is made. Lunch at local restaurant. Visit Phare Ponleu Selpak, this centre supports around 30 orphans and trafficking victims and is schooling more than 1,200 pupils, over 400 of who study visual arts, music, circus,drama and dance for leisure or vocational training. Drive to Phnom Banon, with its five sandstone towers on top of a hill and enjoy the magnificent view. Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
Day 04: Battambang – Siem Reap (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
Breakfast at hotel. Depart from Battambang to Siem Reap via Sisophon by overland. Visit the Khmer silk village of Phnom Srok or “the little hill” and discover the whole process of transformation in the silk production – from the mulberry tree leaf to scintillating silk. Cambodia has several centuries of a strong silk tradition. Huge rice paddy fields and a beautiful ornithological sanctuary border this islet of a few kilometers square. There, you will discover the skills of women who today are vigorously reviving these activities. Walking through “the trails of the golden silk” the visitor will encounter a quiet rural lifestyle, the beautiful traditional dwellings, the rice warehouses, the children’s curiosity and laughter, the smiles of the adults. Lunch at local restaurant in Sisophon. Continue to Siem Reap. Arrive in Siem Reap town and transfer to hotel.Dinner at accommodation at hotel.
Day 05: Siem Reap (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit the Roluos Group: The monuments of Roluos, which served as the capital of Indravarman I (reigned 877-89), are among the earliest large, permanent temples built by the Khmers and mark the beginning of Khmer classical art. Preah Ko erected by Indravarman I in the late 9th century dedicated by the King to his ancestors in 880. Bakong the largest and most interesting of the Roluos group temples, with his active Buddhist monastery just to the north of the east entrance. Lolei built on an islet in the center of a large reservoir (now rice fields) by Yasovarman I, the founder to the first city at Angkor. In the afternoon, see the unique interior brick sculptures Prasat Kravan, the Srah Srang reservoir, Banteay Kdei , Eastern Mebon and the mountain-temple of Pre Rup until sunset. Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
Day 06: Siem Reap (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.
Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. After lunch visit the South Gate,Bayon temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Sunset at Angkor Wat. Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
Day 07: Siem Reap (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
An early bird special: Transfer to the archaeological site for sunrise from Phnom Bakheng, one of two hills dominating the plain of Angkor, from where you will have a spectacular view of the Western Baray and Angkor Wat. Or sunrise at Srah Srang. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Morning, transfer to Banteay Srei temple (10th century), regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer Art. Continue to Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Lunch at hotel. In the afternoon, you continue your temple visits to Preah Khan. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som and Banteay Samre, built in the third quarter of the 12th century. It consists of a central temple with four wings preceded by a hall and accompanied by two libraries, the southern example remarkably well preserved. Two concentric walls enclose the ensemble. Dinner with Apsara Dance Show and accommodation at hotel.
Day 08: Siem Reap – Departure (Breakfast/Lunch included)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit the Angkor National Museum, the first museum in Siem Reap presenting a unique collection of invaluable art objects from the ancient Khmer Kingdom, to have a deeper understanding of customs, traditions and different beliefs of the ancient empire. Then continue to Wat Inkosei built on the site of an ancient temple, which still remains and to Wat Bo pagoda to view its well-preserved paintings. You will also observe monks making the various moldings, which adorn the pagodas. Lunch at hotel. Visit to “Les Artisans d’Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles” of Siem Reap and time at leisure at a local market (if time permits). Transfer to Siem Reap airport for departure flight to the next destination.
Tour Package inclusive:
ü Private transfers and tours with local English speaking guides
ü Accommodation in deluxe hotels
ü Meals as specified in the program
ü Entrance fees, service charges, room tax and baggage handling.
Tour Package Excludes:
ü Visa stamping fee
ü Christmas and New Year's Eve Dinners
ü Travel assurance
ü Tips and gratuities
ü Meals and drinks not mentioned in the program
ü International air tickets and airport departure taxes
ü Personal expenses & other services which are not mentioned in the program.