• Kayaking around Tonle Sap Lake forests is a great experience while visiting Angkor temples

Highlights of Cambodia: 11 days / 10 nights (agat006)

Highlights of Cambodia: 11 days / 10 nights (agat006)

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 : ARRIVE PHNOM PENH
Arrive to Po Chen Tong Airport, meet and greet with local guide. Then transfer to the hotel for check in and give some more information about your trip in Cambodia.
An afternoon city tour acquaints us with some major sights of Phnom Penh. The private quarters of the Royal Palace are now home to the royal family and are therefore very close to the public. At the northern area of the palace grounds is Silver Pagoda, the most sacred temple in the country. We climb up a small hill to visit the legendary Wat Phnom and catch a fantastic view over the surrounding areas.
Overnight : Hotel
Meal : -

DAY 2 : PHNOM PENH CITY
Today we continue seeing this delightful town with the National Museum. This mansion is exclusively dedicated to Khmer art and sculpture. The majority of the exhibits are from the Angkor period from 9th to 15th century, but some date from as early as the 4th century. The next stop is one of the city’s lively open markets, Psar Toul Tom Pong, all called the "Russian Market".
We enjoy a walk around this bustling trading center and see plenty of local handicrafts and artifacts.
The painful bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge still can be seen at the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the notorious "Killing Fields" of Choeung Ek.
We visit these infamous sites before heading south to explore the complex of Tonle Bati with Ta Prohm and Prasat Yeay Peo Temples.
Overnight : Hotel
Meal : Breakfast

DAY 3 : PHNOM PENH - PHNOM CHISOR - KAMPOT
The journey southwards begins as we depart Phnom Penh and drive past the scenic countryside. The first stop is Phnom Chisor Temple dating back from the 11th century. We climb a 500 step path leading up to the hill top to enjoy fabulous views over the surrounding countryside.
Overnight: Kampot
Meal : Breakfast

DAY 4 : KAMPOT - BOKOR NATIONAL PARK - SIHANOUKVILLE
An early morning start to drive uphill to Bokor National Park. This hill retreat at an elevation of over 1,000 meters was founded by French administrators in the early years of the last century when the heat on plain became unbearable. There are some remains of the French colonial period and many small waterfalls. The road conditions are very poor, but view from the top of the mountain is all worthwhile.
We then travel by roads along the southern coast towards Sihanoukville. These lovely beaches are some of the most unspoiled in all of Southeast Asia despite the fast growing of tourism. There are some 10 km of pristine beach stretching the mainland and dozens of small islands just a short boat ride away. They make for a perfect tropical getaway, with facilities for swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving. The remainder of day is free for your well earned rest on beach or simply lazing on a beach.
Overnight: Sihanoukville
Meal : Breakfast

DAY 5 : SIHANOUKVILLE - PHNOM PENH
The beach vacation gives you a wonderful time in Sihanoukville. You can soak up the sun and sea as much as you want by lazing on the white sandy beach or swimming in the blue clear water. There are also possibilities to rent a boat to explore some nearby coastal islands or visit a national park, which is well known for the mangrove forest and the eco-system. These optional activities are not included, however our guide will be on hand to advise you with valuable information.
By mid afternoon we depart Sihanoukville for Phnom Penh and pass through the spectacular rural landscape. The ideal way to spend your last evening in Phnom Penh is to relax in a cafe by the riverfront.
Overnight: Phnom Penh
Meal : Breakfast

DAY 6: PHNOM PENH - BATTAMBANG
The second largest city in Cambodia is Battambang which is located on both the highway and railroad linking Phnom Penh with Thailand. Apart from the scenic countryside, this lovely town has a vibrant market place and many Angkorian as well as post Angkorian sites, some of which are Wat Ek Banon temples. Today we make our way for 5 hours through the scenic countryside to Battambang Town.
On arrival, we enjoy seeing the bats coming out from the Phnom Sampov cave flying to Tonle Sap Lake to find food every evening during sunset time (5:30 pm) while having coffee drinks from a very nice and clean local coffee shop (We are sure that you will love this evening very much), and back to town to walk around this colonial styled town.
Overnight : Battambang
Meal : Breakfast

DAY 7 :
After breakfast, visit and visit Banon, Eak Phnom, Nori (bamboo train), and local red wine factory, and some outlaying hilltop temples as well as the infamous cave, which used as execution field under the Khmer Rouge rule. There are also some opportunities to catch a drive along tiny winding tracks into some small villages where tourists hardly ever venture (if possible).
Overnight : Battambang
Meal : Breakfast

Day 8:
BATTAMBANG - TONLE SAP LAKE - SIEM REAP / ANGKOR TEMPLES
Upon leaving Battambang Town we set off on scenic trip crossing Tonle Sap Lake to Siem Reap. No express boat so we travel by local boat navigating along a large river system and small canals before arriving on Tonle Sap Lake. The journey is long, but very interesting since we pass by floating villages, friendly children on small boats and fishermen at work.
Once reaching Siem Reap pier you are greeted by our guide and transferred to hotel. This tranquil town is our base for visiting the world famous temples of the ancient city Angkor, which was the capital of the powerful Khmer Empire from 802 AD to 1350 AD. Free and leisure at the hotel until dinner
Overnight : Siem Reap
Meal : (B,D ‘buffet dinner with Apsara dance’)

DAY 9 : ANGKOR TEMPLES
After breakfast, visit We drive towards the archeological area and visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom, famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King The jungles covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man’s creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature. We explore the well known Ta Prohm, and the architectural masterpiece of Angkor Wat.
Overnight : Siem Reap
Meal : (B, L,)

DAY 10 : ANGKOR TEMPLES
Today we drive beyond the Angkor Complex through the Preah Dark village to the intricately carved and well preserved Banteay Srei Temple. We stroll around this beautiful landmark which was designed to leave no space undecorated. The roads begin to deteriorate but it is still fascinating to drive past the rolling mountain scenery towards Kbal Spean. This interesting site locally named the river of 1000 Lingars, has been largely reclaimed by the jungle; however it invovles a walk to catch a view over its riverbed carvings. The next stop is Banteay Samre which is adorned with striking relief depicting the scenes of Vishnu and Krishna legends. Today we also have a chance to explore the ancient Khmer civilization site of Hariharalaya which flourished in the late 9th and earlier 10th centuries. These are the earliest temples in the Angkor area and are referred to the Rolous group.
Overnight : Siem Reap
Meal : Breakfast

DAY 11 : DEPART SIEM REAP
The sightseeing tour also includes Les artisans D’Angkor, a handicraft center located in the center of Siem Reap. This art school was founded in 1992 and aims to revive the ancient art of Khmer workmanship as it gives young people the opportunity to learn the art of stone and wood carving, silk weaving methods and polychromatic technique. If time permits we pay a visit to this school and the market in town, before transfering to Siem Reap International Airport for flight departure.

- Price: USD 1777 per person, based on 2 pax or more

Inclusions:
•    Hotel accommodations standard 3-Star hotel including daily breakfast
•    English speaking tour guide
•    Transportation with A/C
•    Meals (Lunches, buffet dinner with Apsara dance)
•    All transfers-airport/hotel/airport
•    Boat excursions on Tonle Sap Lake from Battambang
•    Cold bottle of water
Exclusions:
•    Temple entrance fee
•    Meals
•    Gratuities for driver and guide…etc

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