A revealing discovery of Cambodia’s culture and heritage from the Angkor Temples and communities of Siem Reap through historic Battambang and the capital and former grand city of Phnom Penh.
Arrive Siem Reap where you will be meet for the transfer to your hotel. This afternoon you will have your first taste of the Angkor Temples – explore Banteay Kdei. Enjoy sunset drinks with a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom
Tour of the Forest Temples. Travel by road to Srah Srang and then the famous Ta Prohm, walk through the forest to the seldom visited temple of Ta Nei. Then end the morning at Ta Keo temple, where a climb to the top is rewarded by an expansive view over the surrounding forest. This afternoon visit Angkor Thom then en route to the Terrace of the Leper King. Begin again with a walk approximately (1 km) to Preah Palilay through the shaded parkland behind the terraces, pass Phimeanakas with its beautiful lakes, and the imposing Baphuon to finally reach King Jayavarman’s state temple of Bayon.
Travel by road 45km to the east of Siem Reap to explore the floating villages of Kompong Khleang or Kampong Pluk. Enjoy a picnic lunch before continuing on to explore the mysterious Beng Mealea temple, thought to be a blueprint for Angkor Wat.
A sunrise tour to witness breath-taking views of Angkor Wat. Explore the central complex and bas-reliefs of Angkor Wat before returning to your hotel for a late breakfast. Depart Siem Reap later this morning and transfer in a private air conditioned vehicle to Battambang. Explore the villages, markets and rural scenery stopping along the way – a popular choice is Preah Netpreah to learn more about stone carving.
Explore Battambang town with its French colonial buildings including Psa Nath in the centre of town, where you can get an insider’s view into local life, followed by a ride on the fabulous bamboo train. This afternoon travel southwest to explore Phnom Sampeau. Also visit Phnom Banan an Angkorian ruin, located on the top of a mountain overlooking the countryside and rural villages. On the way back to the town, visit Cambodia’s first winery.
Depart Battambang this morning and transfer in a private air conditioned vehicle to Phnom Penh. Stopping enroute to learn more about Khmer crafts in Kompong Chhnang Province.
Start your day with with a visit to the notorious Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields located on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. This afternoon visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda with a floor covered with over 5,000 silver tiles. We then head to the National Museum, which houses the world’s foremost collection of Khmer art. This evening a private sunset boat cruise on the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers.
The morning is at leisure until your departure transfer to Phnom Penh airport for your onward journey.
8 Days ex Siem Reap
Private tour – Departures daily
All accommodation as stated including daily breakfast, all sightseeing including entrance fees, all transport in air-conditioned vehicles, local English Speaking guide and pre-departure information.
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