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Cambodia Module 6-Day Package 6 Days 5 Nights Siem Reap/Phnom Penh (PTC6D-1)

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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.
 

Tour Schedule
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

Note:

  • 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
  • For Terms and Conditions, please go to this webpage

Activities

Angkor Wat

Description : Angkor Wat (or Angkor Vat) is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation-first Hindu, dedicated to Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is the epitome of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors. Angkor Wat combines two basic plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple mountain and the later galleried temple, based on early South Indian architecture, with key features such as the Jagati. It is designed to represent Mount Meru, home of the divas in Hindu mythology: within a moat and an outer wall 3.6 kilometers (2.2 mi) long are three rectangular galleries, each raised above the next. At the centre of the temple stands a quincunx of towers. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat is oriented to the west; scholars are divided as to the significance of this. The temple is admired for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture, its extensive bas-reliefs and for the numerous divatas (guardian spirits) adorning its walls.
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Apsara Dance

Description : Apsara Dance is a popular Khmer classical performance known by various names in English, such as Khmer royal ballet and Cambodian court dance. For most travelllers, no visit to Cambodia is complete without attending Apsara Dance. Traditional Khmer dance generally brings ancient Khmer culture to life through its dancers, singers and instruments. Apsara dance has a grounded, subtle, and feather-light appearance. The dance is exceptionally unique with its elaborate costuming, tight posture, fingers flexed backwards, arched back and feet, codified facial expressions, slow, deliberate but flowing movements. It presents themes, messages and stories inspired primarily by the Reamker or the Ramayana and the Age of Angkor. The countless Apsaras or celestial dancers adorning the walls of Angkorian temples may suggest that this classical dance has been part of Khmer culture for over a millennium, making the source of the tradition impossible to trace. Much of traditional dance is inspired by Angkorian-era art and themes, but the tradition has not been passed unbroken from the age of Angkor. In the past, the Apsara dance was the Royal dance, performed only before Royalty to commemorate their dynastic ancestors and to honor the gods.
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Banteay Samre

Description : Banteay Samre is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia located east of the East Baray. Built under Suryavarman II and Yasovarman II in the early 12th century, it is a Hindu temple in the Angkor Wat style. Named after the Samre, an ancient people of Indochina, the temple uses the same materials as the Banteay Srei.
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Banteay Srei Temple

Description : Banteay Srei is a 10th century Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Located in the area of Angkor in Cambodia, at 13.5989 N, 103.9628 E, it lies near the hill of Phnom Dei, 25 km (15 miles) north-east of the main group of temples that once belonged to the medieval capitals of Yasodharapura and Angkor Thom.[1] Banteay Srei is built largely of red sandstone, a medium that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings which are still observable today. The buildings themselves are miniature in scale, unusually so when measured by the standards of Angkorian construction. These factors have made the temple extremely popular with tourists, and have led to its being widely praised as a "precious gem", or the "jewel of Khmer art."
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Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon

Description : These two small temples, similar in plan and style, are found opposite each other and it doesn't take too long to see them. Both were built under Suryavarman II (1113-ca 1150) in the late 11th and mid-12th centuries. The Thommanon temple was dedicated to Vishnu (the protector) and presents some very nice walled doors and stylized goddesses, while its companion was built to honor Shiva (the destroyer) and sports scenes from the Ramayana. Although the precise dates of these monuments are unknown, they belong to the best period of classic art stylistically and represent two variations of a single theme of composition. Chau Say Tevoda has deteriorated more than Thommanon.
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Chong Khneas

Description : Chong Khneas is the floating village at the edge of the lake closest and most accessible to Siem Reap. If you want a relatively quick and easy look at the Tonle Sap, boat tours of Chong Khneas are available, departing from the Chong Khneas boat docks all day long. Take a motodup or taxi the 11-15km from Siem Reap to the boat docks where there are always boats waiting for passengers. A two-hour boat trip through the floating village runs $6 and the boats may carry as many as 15 other people. The boatman will probably point out the differing Khmer and Vietnamese floating households and the floating markets, clinics, schools and other boatloads of tourists. Chong Khneas, while interesting, is over-touristic and is not as picturesque and 'unspoiled' as floating villages further from Siem Reap. The boat trip usually includes two stops: one at a touristy floating 'fish and bird exhibition' with a souvenir and snack shop, and the other at the very highly recommended Gecko Environment Centre, which offers displays and information introducing the ecology and biodiversity of the lake area.
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Elephant terrace

Description : The terrace of the Elephants in its present form extends in length for over 300 meters - from the Baphuon to the terrace of the Leper King - though the two extremities remain imprecise in their layout and the terrace itself shows evidence of additions and alterations. Along the square it presents five perrons, three of which dominate. The southern of these is framed by motifs, already found on the gates of Angkor Thom, of three elephant heads with trunks forming pillars tugging at lotuses. The same arrangement can be seen on the two secondary stairways which frame the central perron. As the most imposing, this has its side walls - as well as the walls of the terrace itself up to the secondary stairways - sculpted with lions and garudas "as atlantes". Above, the various changes in level are marked with lions sculpted in the round and naga-balustrades on blocks with garudas on their hoods, clearly in the style of the Bayon - except for a few earlier ones that have no garuda. The northern extension has, rather than an axial stairway, two steep symmetrically arranged stairs. Another stairway on the northern facade is, like that on the southern, sculpted partly with garudas and lions "as atlantes", partly in a bas-relief of horizontal bands representing scenes of sport, wrestling, chariot racing and polo - which originated from India. The other panels have been sculpted for their entire length in a high relief of elephants mounted with drivers. Represented in profile and almost full in size, they are depicted with some realism in hunting scenes and surmounted by a naga-balustrade on blocks. The upper terrace - from where one can see the enclosure walls and the eastern gopura below of the earlier Royal Palace - has two levels with a four meter wide border towards the square and an upper platform of 10 meters, with a base sculpted with "Hamsas" (sacred geese). It certainly occupied by light-weight palatial pavilions, whose nature one can only guess at. The remains of some laterite block work lie just in front of the northern end which must have been clad with sandstone bas-reliefs. An excavation undertaken just in front of this block work showed that the layout of this area had been altered. One can see - effectively in a kind of pit - a panel sculpted in high relief that can only have been part of an ancient facade, with expressive craftsmanship showing some remarkable modeling. It represents a horse with five heads - the king's horse sheltered under tiered parasols - surrounded by apsaras and menacing genies armed with sticks that chase some terrified smaller figures. Finot and Goloubew suggest that this was a representation of Lokesvara in the form of the divine horse Balaha. On the second southern stairway of the central group, another excavation has revealed some superb garudas and lions "as atlantes" in perfect preservation and aligned with the front of the main facade. This would seem to prove that this stairway was an addition.
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Mekong River Cruise

Description : The Mekong River is listing the twelfth longest river in the world; it is the longest river in Southeast Asia and the most important river in Cambodia. One of its important uses is that it is navigable for most of its 'run' through the country, as well as the Mekong delta in the South. It rises about 5, 000m in the Tanghla Shan Mountains, on the northeast rim of the great Titetan Plateau. The Mekong flows generally Southeast to the South China Sea, a distance of 4, 200km through or along the borders of six countries. The Mekong crosses Yunnan Province, China and forms the border between Burma (Myanmar) and Laos and most of the border between Laos and Thailand. It then flows across Cambodia and southern Vietnam into a rich delta before emptying into the South China Sea. In the upper course are steep descents and swift rapids, but the river is navigable south of Loung Prabang in Laos. In terms of mean annual discharge, the Mekong ranks sixth in the world. The total drainage basin of 783, 000sq.km includes 160, 000sq.km in China, 12, 000sq.km in Burma, and 611,000sq.km in Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam (the lower Mekong basin). Cambodia is also home to the largest lake in Southeast Asia, the Tonle Sap (Great Lake), which connects with the Mekong River in Phnom Penh. The Tonle Sap enlarges to four times its normal size when the Mekong rises during the monsoon season thus causing the Tonle Sap River to flow northward into the Lake. During the dry season it reverses its flow and goes back into the Mekong River. As a result of this, The Tonle Sap Lake is a great resource for freshwater fish, actually being one of the richest sources in the world. There are two monsoons which make up Cambodia's climate, a cool, dry, north-eastern one that is rather dry and comes from November to March and a south-western one which brings with it heavy rain, high winds and high humidity from May to early October. December and January are considered to be the coolest months and fall in the dry monsoon season. Annually, Cambodia gets about 1,400 mm and the temp averages around 27 degrees C (80 degrees F).
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National Museum

Description : The distinctive rust-red National Museum next to the Royal Palace was dedicated by King Sisowath in 1920. Over 5000 objects are on display including Angkorian era statues, lingas and other artifacts, most notably the legendary statue of the Leper King. Though the emphasis is on Angkorian artifacts, there is also a good collection of pieces from later periods, including a special exhibition of post-Angkorian Buddha figures. Visiting the museum after rather than before a trip to the Angkor in Siem Reap helps lend context to the Angkorian artifacts. Multi-lingual tour guides are available. Souvenirs and books available including guide-book to the artifacts in the museum.
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Neak Pean

Description : Neak Pean is located east of Preah Khan temple and about 300 meters off the road. The temple is in the centre of the Jayatataka or Northern Baray and is placed on the same axis as Preah Khan. It was built in the 12th century by king Jayavarman VII (1181-1219). It is dedicated to the Buddha, attaining the state of nirvana. It is composed of a large central pond surrounded by four smaller ponds. The central pond is a replica of Lake Anavatapta in the Himalayas, situated at the top of the universe. The lake gives birth to the four great rivers of the earth. These rivers are represented at Neak Pean by sculptured gargoyles at the four cardinal points. Lake Anavatapta was fed by hot springs and venerated in India for the curative powers of its waters. The orientation of the ponds at Neak Pean ensured that the water was always fresh because the ponds received only reflected light.
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Phimeanakas

Description : Numerous kings were involved in the construction of the sandstone and laterite 'Celestial Palace', located at the Royal Palace's center and formerly crowned with a gold spire. Each night in the top chamber, the King had Naguy, the snake-queen. The welfare of the Kingdom depended on this union. Although poorly preserved, Tcheou Ta Kouan indicates that it was once completely gold-plated. Excellent views from the summit.
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Phnom Kulen

Description : Phnom Kulen is a sacred hilltop site 30km from Angkor Wat in Cambodia and a national park of Cambodia. Phnom Kulen is widely regarded as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire and is located some 48km from Siem Reap. Of special religious meaning to Hindus and Buddhists, it was at Phnom Kulen that King Jayavarma II proclaimed independence from Java in 802 A.D.
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Prah Khan

Description : Prah Khan, is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built in the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII. It is located northeast of Angkor Thom and just west of the Jayatataka baray, with which it was associated. It was the centre of a substantial organization, with almost 100,000 officials and servants. The temple is flat in design, with a basic plan of successive rectangular galleries around a Buddhist sanctuary complicated by Hindu satellite temples and numerous later additions. Like the nearby Ta Prohm, Preah Khan has been left largely unrestored, with numerous trees and other vegetation growing among the ruins.
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Prasat Kravan

Description : Prasat Kravan is a small 10th century temple consisting of five reddish brick towers on a common terrace, located at Angkor, Cambodia south of the artificial lake or baray called Srah Srang. Its original Sanskrit name is unknown. The modern name in Khmer, "Prasat Kravan", means cardamom temple. The temple was dedicated to Vishnu in 921 CE, according to inscription on door jambs.
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Royal Palace

Description : The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh was constructed over a century ago to serve as the residence of the King of Cambodia, his family and foreign dignitaries, as a venue for the performance of court ceremony and ritual and as a symbol of the Kingdom. It serves to this day as the Cambodian home of King Norodom Sihamoni and former King Norodom Sihanouk. The Royal Palace complex and attached 'Silver Pagoda' compound consist of several buildings, structures and gardens all located within 500x800 meter walled grounds overlooking a riverfront park. Marking the approach to the Palace, the high sculpted wall and golden spired Chanchhaya Pavilion stands distinctively against the riverfront skyline. Inside the Palace grounds, street sounds are silenced by the high walls and the various Royal buildings sit like ornate islands rising from the tranquil, manicured tropical gardens. Except for the area of the actual Royal residence, the Khemarin Palace, most of the Palace grounds and Silver Pagoda are open to the public.
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Russian Market (Phsar Toul Tom Poung)

Description : This market became the foreigner's market during the 1980's when most of the foreigners in Cambodia were Russians, hence the name 'Russian Market.' It is of far less architectural interest than the Central Market but has a larger, more varied selection of souvenirs, curios and silks. Like the Central Market, there are several jewelers and gold-sellers, but it also carries huge selection of curios, silks and carvings, it is one of the best markets in town to buy fabric, and it offers the largest selection of VCDs, DVDs and CDs of the traditional markets. Most of the DVD vendors are located on the south side near the southeast corner of the market. Most of what the visitor might want is in the same general area on the south side but the rest of the market is well worth exploring. Food and drink stands in the middle of the market for hygienically adventurous visitors.
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Silver Pagoda

Description : The 'Silver Pagoda' sits next to the Royal Palace, separated by a walled walkway, but within the same larger walled compound. The Silver Pagoda's proper name is Wat Preah Keo Morokat, which means 'The Temple of the Emerald Buddha,' but has received the common moniker 'Silver Pagoda' after the solid silver floor tiles that adorn the temple building. The pagoda compound as a whole contains several structures and gardens, the primary building being the temple Wat Preah Keo Morokat and other structures including a library, various stupas, shrines, monuments, minor buildings and the galleries of the ReamkerThe walls enclosing the pagoda are covered with frescoes depicting episodes from the Khmer version of the Ramayana.
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Ta Prohm

Description : Ta Prohm is the modern name of a temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and originally called Rajavihara Located approximately one kilometer east of Angkor Thom and on the southern edge of the East Baray near Tonle Bati, it was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm has been left in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors.
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Terrace of the Leper King

Description : The terrace of the Leper King, just north of the Terrace of Elephants, is a platform 7m high. On top of the platform stands a nude, though sexless, statue. It is another of Angkor mysteries. The original of the statue is in Phnom Penh's National Museum, and various theories have been advanced to explain its meaning Legend has it that at least two of the Angkor kings had leprosy, and the statue may represent one of them. A more likely explanation is that the statue is of Yama, the god of death, and that the terrace of the Leper King housed the royal crematorium. The front retaining walls of the terrace are decorated with at least five tiers of meticulously executed carvings of seated Apsara; other figures include kings wearing pointed diadems, armed with short double - edged swords and accompanied by the court and princesses, who are adorned with beautiful rows of pearls. The terrace, built in the late 12th century, between the construction of Angkor Wat and the Bayon, once supported a pavilion made of lightweight materials. On the southern side of the Leper King (facing the terrace of Elephant), there is access to the front walls of a hidden terrace that was covered up when the outer structure was built - a terrace within a terrace. The four tiers of apsara and other figures, including naga, look as fresh as if they had been carved yesterday and some of the figures carry fearsome expressions.
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The Cheoung Ek Museum

Description : Cheoung Ek Museum in Phnom Penh is actually a memorial now. The place had become really popular after the mass killings of the Cambodian population in the years between 1975 and1979. The bodies were found at Choeung Ek during the Khmer regime and most of the dead were known to each other as they had stayed together at the Tuol Sleng prisons. The mass graves contained almost 8,895 bodies and the place has been associated with gruesome past of Cambodia. Attractions of the Cheoung Ek Museum in Phnom Penh The Cheoung Ek Museum in Phnom Penh houses many important attractions. The Cheoung Ek Museum in Phnom Penh is actually a memorial which has become the resting place for the numerous souls who have perished here after the Khmer Regime. The museum cum Genocide center is a very attractive tourist destination as the center houses as many as 5,000 skulls and other remains of the human body. The place stands as a horrifying remainder of the atrocities inflicted on the innocent. However most of the human remains have been shattered and destroyed as they were too gruesome for human viewing. In order to reach the Cheoung Ek Museum in Phnom Penh Cambodia one would find access to the museum very easily available. Tourists can travel to the center either by buses and cars. One can afford to miss the Cheoung Ek Museum in Phnom Penh as it happens to be one of the historic and best Museums in Phnom Penh.
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The Toul Sleng Genocide Museum

Description : The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is a museum in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. The site is a former high school which was used as the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge regime from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979. Tuol Sleng in Khmer; means "Hill of the Poisonous Trees" or "Strychnine Hill".
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Tonle Sap Lake

Description : Tonle Sap is South East Asia's largest natural fresh water lake and has been the essence of Cambodia's existence for millennia. This shallow lake flows into the Tonle Sap River which joins the Mekong River in Phnom Penh. Take a morning boat trip and cruise across the massive Tonle Sap Lake is a fantastic way to experience floating villages with centuries-old lifestyle of the inhabitants at slow pace. The large floodplain, rich biodiversity, and high annual sediment from the Mekong makes the Tonle Sap one of the world's most productive fisheries, supporting over 3 million people. The Tonle Sap boasts unique geograpical characteristics. Firstly, its flow changes direction twice a year and secondly, the part that forms the lake expands and shrinks dramatically with the seasons. During the dry season from November to May, the Tonle Sap drains into the Mekong River at Phnom Penh. However, in June, the beginning of monsoon, the Tonle Sap backs up to form a gigantic lake. Discover local life style, friendly children in small boats and fishermen pulling in morning catch.
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Wat Phnom

Description : A small hill crowned by an active wat marks the legendary founding place of Phnom Penh. The hill is the site of constant activity, with a steady stream of the faithful trekking to the vihear, shrines and fortune tellers on top and a constellation of vendors, visitors and motodups at the bottom. Elephant rides available. The legend of the founding of Wat Phnom is tied to the beginnings of Phnom Penh. Legend has it that in 1372 Lady Penh fished a floating Koki tree out of the river. Inside the tree were four Buddha statues. She built a hill (Phnom means hill) and a small temple ( wat means temple) at what is now the site known as Wat Phnom. Later, the surrounding area became known after the hill and its creator, hence the name of the city "Phnom Penh". The large stupa contains the remains of King Ponhea Yat who moved the Khmer capital from Angkor to Phnom Penh the early 15th century. Look for the altar of Lady Penh between the large stupa and the vihear. She is said to be of particular help to women.
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Hotels

Ankor Century Hotel

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Description : Angkor Century Resort & Spa, a 4-star plus premier resort-hotel property set within lush tropical gardens covering an area of 8-acres. Its interiors are a tasteful blend of contemporary western conveniences and artistic, elegant Khmer design. Guests may select from 190 stylishly appointed rooms which suits and reflect the individual needs of both business and traveler alike. Angkor Century Resort & Spa provides with all comforts and amenities of a first-class international hotel. The relaxed atmosphere and the rich colors of an 8-acre tropical garden will complement your trip to Angkor Temples and will create memories that will last a lifetime. The hotel has 169 rooms
Amenities: Swimming pool In-house clinic / doctor Courier service Hair dressing salon Full laundry/dry cleaning service Business center Fitness center Souvenir shops Individual climate control room Suitable for wheelchairs Fire prevention and detection system Voicemail International direct dialing (IDD) Data port Cable TV TV with global satellite channels Mini bar Hair dryer Tailor shop Fire alarm detector
Restaurant: At Angkor Century Resort & Spa recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a sauna. The hotel also features a restaurant on site and a bar/lounge. 24-hour room service is available.
Guest Rooms: Angkor Century Resort & Spa has 169 guestrooms. Televisions are equipped with satellite channels. Guestrooms provide voice mail. All guestrooms provide sofa beds and desks. Guestrooms feature coffee/tea makers and complimentary bottled water. Bathrooms offer phones, bathrobes, makeup/shaving mirrors, and hair dryers. Additional amenities include mini bars, welcome amenities, and slippers. In addition, amenities available on request include irons/ironing boards and wake-up calls.
Location: Komay Road, Svay Dangkhum Siem Reap, Cambodia
Location Description: Angkor Century Resort & Spa is located in Komay Road, Svay Dangkhum Siem Reap, Cambodia, A mere 15-minutes drive from the Airport and the Angkor Temples, it is located within the heart of the Siem Reap City. This spa hotel is close to Psar Chaa Market. Nearby attractions also include Angkor Wat and Phnom Bakheng.
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La Residence D'Angkor Hotel

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Description : Featuring Khmer architecture, this luxurious boutique hotel is located on the shores of Siem Reap River and is ideal for nature lovers. La Residence d'Angkor is a stone's throw away from the busy local Psah Leu Market and ten minutes away from one of the world's wonders, Angkor Wat. Surrounded by majestic trees, this intimate Khmer-style hotel is set within a leafy walled garden. The hotel is an ideal base for leisure and business travelers who want to live in a lap of luxury in Siem Reap. The hotel has 62 rooms
Amenities: Air conditioned Satellite TV Telephone Restaurants Lounge/bar Gift shop Beauty salon Banquet and conference Business center Library Laundry service Internet connection Mini bar Hair dryer Swimming pool Fitness center Babysitting service
Restaurant: La Residence D Angkor has 2 restaurants serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner and also features a bar/lounge and a poolside bar. Room service during limited hours is available.
Guest Rooms: Guest rooms are exquisitely appointed with natural materials and furnishings and open to balconies with river, garden or pool views and feature flat-panel televisions with cable channels and complimentary wireless Internet access.
Location: La Residence D'Angkor, River Road, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
Location Description: Situated in the city center, this luxury hotel is close to Psar Chaa Market. Nearby attractions also include Angkor Wat and Phnom Bakheng.
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Raffles Hotel Le Royal Phnom Penh

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Description : Raffles Hotel Le Royal is the premier hotel in Phnom Penh, a hotel with rare attributes of history and style. It was first established in 1929, and in its early days, had a diverse international clientele comprising of backpackers, writers, journalists and distinguished royalty. After under- going a meticulous restoration and refurbishment program by Raffles International, this grand historic hotel now fulfills all the requirements of a modern world-class hotel, yet exudes an old-world charm through its distinctive style with an elegant yet comfortable, classic yet casual feel. The hotel has 208 rooms
Amenities: Banquet facilities Bar and lounge Restaurants Business center Coffee shop Sauna/spa Conference facilities Fitness center Laundry Data port In room fax Room safe Foreign exchange Shopping arcade Swimming pool Satellite TV Telephone Air conditioning Room service Mini bar
Restaurant: Treat yourself to the finest French & Khmer cuisine in one of Indochina's most elegant restaurants. The Chef's Degustation menu allows you to try a myriad of dishes in a single meal. Restaurant Le Royal offers a wide selection of modern French and Royal Cambodian cuisine in a refined and elegant atmosphere and is patronized by the who's who of Phnom Penh. Private rooms are available on request.
Guest Rooms: The rooms are decorated with memorabilia and artifacts reminiscent of the Golden Age of Travel. In the room televisions come with premium satellite channels. Guestrooms also feature balconies, kitchenettes, and microwaves.
Location: 92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh, off Monivong Boulevard Sangkat Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia
Location Description: Located in the heart of Phnom Penh, Raffles Hotel Le Royal is only 20 minutes' drive from Phnom Penh International Airport and is within easy access of the city's attractions such as the Royal Palace, Central Market, Russian Market and the National Artifacts Museum.
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Sunway Hotel Phonm Penh

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Description : The Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh, Cambodia is right in the heart of Phnom Penh, surrounded by renowned landmarks, government offices and embassies. Just two minutes away from the hotel is the popular Wat Phnom Pagoda, from which Phnom Penh takes its name. The train station and the Central Market are located a short driving distance. Specially designed for discerning guests seeking international standards of comforts during their business or leisure travels, the Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh offers qualified personalized service and traditional hospitality. Hotel has 138 rooms
Amenities: Spa club Mediterranean restaurant Mini bar Lobby lounge 24 hour room service Baanquet room Doctor on call IDD telephone Conference room Laundry and dry cleaning Meeting room Business center Air conditioned Safety box Satellite TV Coffee / tea facility Working desk Facsimile hook up line
Restaurant: The Mediterranean restaurant with the distinctive ambience of the region, presents authentic cuisine a la carte or buffet style, for breakfast lunch or dinner. The outlet features an innovative open kitchen concept. Lobby Lounge room service is available 24 hours. The multi-function area includes a ballroom, divisible into 3 sections, and can accommodate up to 300 persons in a comfortable banquet seating.
Guest Rooms: Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh's well-appointed guestrooms and suites combine modern facilities and amenities on top of offering unparalleled views that encapsulate the Hotel's pride of place amidst a beautifully landscaped boulevard and the city's historic skyline.
Location: No. 1, Street 92, Sangkat Wat Phnom, P.O. Box 633, Phnom Penh 12202, Kingdom of Cambodia
Location Description: Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh sits within the city's "green belt" - an upscale district of prestigious addresses, affording our guests an unparalleled view of the city. The hotel is only 20mns drive from Phnom Penh International Airport.
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