Cambodia Module 6-Day Package 6 Days 5 Nights Siem Reap/Phnom Penh (PTC6D-1)
The Kingdom of Cambodia is one of the world’s newest and most exciting travel destinations. After years of isolation, Cambodia opened to tourists in the mid-1990s and the number of tourists has increased every year since – last year the country had nearly two million tourists. Cambodia’s primary tourist destinations – Angkor Wat and the other temples of Angkor near Siem Reap, the cultural attractions in the capital Phnom Penh, and the beaches of Sihanoukville – offer plenty of accommodations, restaurants and other tourist services. Other destinations such as the hill tribe areas of Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri, the remote temples of Preah Vihear and Banteay Chhmar, and quaint provincial capitals such as Battambang and Kampot, are just now being discovered by travelers, and all offer unique glimpses of ‘unspoiled’ Cambodia.
Cambodia is a land of superlatives. The ancient temples of Angkor Wat, Bayon and other ruins of the Khmer Empire rank amongst the world’s grandest and most magnificent World Heritage Sites – easily in a class with Machu Picchu, the Pyramids of Egypt and Teotihuacan. But this magnificence stands in shocking contrast to the Killing Fields, Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and other remnants of Cambodia’s more recent history – a time when Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge regime of the late 1970s committed some of the most horrifying atrocities of the 20th century. Yet, the Khmer people, who make up more than 95% of modern Cambodia’s population, impress visitors as some of the friendliest, ‘happiest’ (sabai), and most gentle people they have ever met. The ubiquitous Khmer smile is legendary, as is traditional Khmer hospitality and openness. Cambodia is truly a land of light and dark, of wonder and of tragedy, awe-inspiring, heart wrenching and completely unique.
Gateway to the Temples of Angkor Nestled between rice paddies and stretched along the Siem Reap River, the provincial capital of Siem Reap City serves as the gateway to the millennium-old ruins of the Angkorian-era Khmer Empire. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Angkor Archaeological Park encompasses dozens of temple ruins including Bayon, Ta Prohm and the legendary Angkor Wat whose artistic and archaeological significance and visual impact put it in a class with the Pyramids, Machu Pichu and the Taj Mahal. And though the major temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park are very well frequented these days, it is still possible to get away from the crowds, explore the area and discover the ancient temples of Angkor. Siem Reap Town is where you will probably stay during your visit. The area has been receiving foreign visitors to the temples for over 100 years. The town is actually a cluster of old villages, which originally developed around individual pagodas, and was later overlain with a French colonial-era center. Take note of the colonial style architecture with heavy European style structures and modified “Chinese shophouses” – in the Old French Quarter and around the Old Market. Nowadays, Siem Reap offers a wide range of hotels, including several 4-star and 5-star hotels, dozens of mid-range places as well as an amazing variety of restaurants, lots of shopping opportunities and a vibrant nightlife. Often missed are the many opportunities to experience traditional Cambodia: boat trips on the great Tonle Sap Lake to fishing villages and the Prek Toal bird sanctuary, craft shops and silk farms, and road tours through the rice-paddy countryside to distant temples and beyond.
As the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is fairly young, only assuming the title in 1866, but is still a city steeped in tradition and history, offering several cultural and historical sights. Phnom Penh is a port or a trading village and occasional capital city in the post-Angkorian period. The city came under French colonial control from 1863-1953, flourished in independence in the late 1950s through the 60s, was besieged and then evacuated by the Khmer Rouge in the mid and late 70s, repopulated in the 80s, revitalized in the 90s and is now undergoing rapid change and development. The two main attractions in Phnom Penh are the Royal Palace and the National Museum. Both were built during the French colonial period. Most of the important Angkorian artifacts and rare pieces from the country are displayed in the aforementioned monuments. Phnom Penh is also a gateway to Cambodia, with Siem Reap in the west, Sihanouk Ville along the southern coast, the minority people, jungles and wildlife of the northeast provinces, and a wide-open, unspoiled countryside of rice paddies, villages and lost temples across the country. Phnom Penh can always provide you a way to be there. As the most important travel destination of Cambodia, Phnom Penh also has different hotels and restaurants. Hotels along the river bank allow you to walk and access good restaurants. Phnom Penh’s tourist attractions include the Independence Monument,; Wat Phnom; the National Museum, River Cruises; the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda; Architecture of Phnom Penh; the Genocide Museum; and the Killing Fields.
|1||Siem Reap Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport, our guide and vehicle will transfer you to the hotel for check-in. In the evening, transfer to a traditional restaurant for enjoying Apsara dance. Overnight in Siem Reap.|
|2||Siem Reap – Temple Tour [B/ L/D] In the morning, visit Prasat Kravan and see its unique brick sculptures and 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. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the way most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them. Visit as well Takeo, Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon. Lunch at a local restaurant. Visit Preah Khan temple. Built by the King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulders-hanging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve the situation. Continue your visit to Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool and representing the paradisical Himalayan mountain-lake and to the temple of Ta Som and Sunset at Pre Rup. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Siem Reap.|
|3||Siem Reap – Angkor Wat Tour [B/D] 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. Visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara). Have dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy a PUPPET SHOW. Overnight in Siem Reap.|
|4||Siem Reap – Angkor Wat Tour / Phnom Penh [B/D] Morning, visit Banteay Srei temple (10th c), regarded as the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art. Continue to visit Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor due to restoration using the method of|
|5||Phnom Penh Tour [B/L/D] After breakfast at 08:30 meet our tour guide in the hotel lobby. Start your visit to 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 and 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. From there, take Cyclo to Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh’s namesake, from where you can enjoy views over the tree-lined avenues of Phnom Penh and enjoy a one-hour boat cruise along Mekong River at sunset. Overnight in Phnom Penh.|
|6||Depart Phnom Penh / Return to LAX [B] This morning we will continue our visit to the Toul Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek-both grim reminders of Cambodia’s bloody past under Pol Pot. It is almost inconceivable to confront the nature of evil here in this gentle land, but the Buddhist memorial at Choeung Ek, commemorates the 1.7 million victims of the 1975-79 Pol Pot regime. This excursion may prove distressing for some. It is, however, an important piece of this country’s historical and cultural puzzle as well as the Independence Monument. Then we discover Phnom Penh’s Psar Toul Tom Pong, known as the Russian Market, a great place to hunt for souvenirs, curios, and silks. Free at leisure until the transfer to Phnom Penh International Airport 2 hours before flight departure.|
The price includes
- Boat cruises as stated in the itinerary
- Hotels with Standard Twin Shared Rooms Inclusive of Breakfast, Tax & Surcharge
- 4-Star Hotel Option: Siem Reap - Angkor Century Hotel or similar for 3 nights. Phnom Penh - Sunway Hotel or similar for 2 nights
- 5-Star Hotel Option: Siem Reap - La residence D'Angkor Hotel or similar for 3 nights. Phnom Penh - Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh or similar for 2 nights
- Private English-speaking tour guide for the entire trip except during leisure time
- Private airport transfers and ground transportation as stated in the itinerary
- Entrance fees to sightseeing sites as stated in the itinerary
- Boat cruises as stated in the itinerary
- Meals as stated in the itinerary
- B = Breakfast in hotel
- L = Lunch outside of hotel at designated local restaurant
- D = Dinner outside of hotel at designated local restaurant
- Economy airfare (Economy Class): Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
The price excludes
- Gratuities for the Guides and Drivers
- Incidentals in hotel such as dry cleaning, phone, mini bar, personal expenses, etc.
- Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Travel insurance
- Cambodia Visa
- Hotels used may be changed prior to tour but will be replaced with similar category of hotels
- Price and availability subject to change without notice until deposit is received
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