Journey to the main highlights of Cambodia with the combination of history, culture, architecture, countryside and coastal relaxation provides opportunities to get under the skin of the country. An elegant touch to the heritage of Angkor and spectacular sites on the trail from mystic Siem Reap to the vibrant city of Phnom Penh features a beautiful experience in the realm of Khmer people.
Transfer from Phnom Penh International Airport to the hotel. Phnom Penh city tour: Visit the Victory 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 grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 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. End your afternoon with the visit of the Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh’s namesake, from where you can enjoy views over the tree-lined avenues of Phnom Penh during sunset. Evening free time to enjoy a small boat ride along the illuminated riverside with dozens of restaurants, bars and shops of Chatomuk. Dinner and overnight.
Transfer to Kompong. Stop along the way at Skun, a town famous for its delicacy of deep-fried spiders. Afterwards visit Kohak Nokor (11th century). Arrive in Kompong Thom, check-in at hotel. After lunch, continue to Sambor Prey Kuk. The road through typical countryside, enjoy traditional daily life scenes of rural Cambodia. Visit the ancient capital of the Chenla Empire which dedicated to Lord Shiva. SamBor Prey Kuk temple, built during the reign of the king Ey San Varman I in 7th century, made of solid brick and some late rite stone with sculpture decorated. The temple had been abandoned since 1971 and re-arranged in 1980. Over one hundred and forty temples have been discovered in the forest, many of which are overgrown by lush forest. Return to Kampong Thom. Dinner and overnight.
Transfer to Battambang, meet our guide and drive to La Villa Battambang, a colonial villa. In the afternoon, short tour to view examples of colonial architectures and the provincial Museum. Continue to Phnom Banon, with its five sandstone towers on top of a hill and enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding plains until sunset. Dinner in La Villa and overnight.
After breadfast in hotel. A short transfer to the pier. We embark on a boat trip that will take you on a fascinating journey across Tonle Sap Lake to Siem Reap on a private boat. This provides a unique insight into the lives of people living on the lake. You will pass floating villages and flooded forests, portraying life on this body of water that forms Cambodia’s heart . Short visit at Cheur Khmao pagoda on the way. Packed lunch will be served on board. Continuing by private boat we arrive at Chong Kneas village, northern end of Tonle Sap lake. Dinner and overnight in Siem Reap.
Visit the World Wonder of Angkor Wat temples, representing the spiritual, mystical grandeur of the Khmer civilization and become national symbol. Built by Suryavarman II (1113-1150), the king protect from the sun. This place is probably the largest religious monument ever built on earth and is regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Enjoy sunset view from the top of Phnom Bakheng Hill, watch the setting sun cast different hues on these monuments. Return to hotel and overnight.
After breakfast. In the last morning visit the Southern Gate of Angkor Thom, the entire day is spent visiting the extensive temple complex of soaring towers, elaborate carved murals, colonnades and courtyards that ushered in the soaring towers, elaborate carved murals, colonnades and courtyards that ushered in the classic age of Khmer art architecture. Bayon temple,in the center, rises on three levels with galleries containing bas relieves depicting daily life and historical Khmer battles won and lost. Continue to Baphuon, a pyramidal representation of mythical Mountain Meru. It was constructed by Udayadityavarman II (reigned 1049-65), marked the center of the city that existed before the construction of Angkor Thom. Walk to Phimeanakas is another mountain temple within Angkor Thom gates. This temple, however, is surrounded by its own five-meter high walls. It also has two ponds at the back of the temple that were once used for ritual washings. The Royal Palace was here in the old days and Phimeanakas was the temple where the King worshipped the gods. Heading to The Terrance of the Elephants is a huge platform with walls covered by elephant carvings. It was used as the royal reception pavilion during the reign of Jayavarman VII (1181- 1220). If your flight is in the evening, you will be able to visit Ta Prohm, a Angkor’s jungle temple. Much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as it would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across the temple. End of the tour then transfer to the airport for your departure flight.