November – March
In this tour we visit the capital Phnom Penh & the Angkor Temples.
Phnom Penh is the capital and most populous city of Cambodia. Located on the banks of the Tonlé Sap and Mekong River, it has been the national capital since French colonization of Cambodia, and has grown to become the nation’s center of economic and industrial activities, as well as the center of security, politics, cultural heritage, and diplomacy of Cambodia. Founded in 1434, the city is noted for its beautiful and historical architecture and attractions. There are a number of surviving French colonial buildings scattered along the grand boulevards. Once known as the “Pearl of Asia,” it was considered one of the loveliest French-built cities in Indochina.
Angkor was the capital of the Khmer Empire which flourished from 9th – 15th century. The ruins of Angkor are located amid forests and farmland north of the Great Lake (Tonlé Sap) and south of the Kulen Hills, near modern-day Siem Reap city. The temples of the Angkor area number over one thousand, ranging in scale from nondescript piles of brick rubble scattered through rice fields to the Angkor Wat, said to be the world’s largest single religious monument. Many of the temples at Angkor have been restored. The entire expanse, including Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom is collectively protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Soft
Group Size Small Group
- Visit to one of the loveliest French built city Phnom Penh.
- Temples of Angkor
- Angkor Wat – the largest religious structure in the world.
- Type of Tour : Road Trip
- Grade : Soft
- Tour Duration : 06 Nights/07 Days
- Best Season : Nov – Mar.
- Ex-Destination : Start – Phnom Penh; End – Siem Reap
- Accommodation (Nights) : Hotel – 06
- Food Plan : All hotels Bed & Breakfast basis.
- Travel & Transport : Transfer & Sightseeing on seat basis in coach.
- All transfers & sightseeing tours in private AC car.
- Entrance to sites as mentioned in the itinerary.
- English speaking guides during the tour.
- Goods & Service Tax as applicable.
- International Flights.
- Internal Flights
- Visa Fees
- Meals not specified.
- Porterage at hotels.
- Camera fees
- Any Expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry, liquor, etc.
- Any kind of insurance such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation, etc.
- Tips to hotel staff, drivers, guides, etc.
- Any extra costs incurred due to extension/change of the itinerary because of natural calamities, flight delays, road blocks, vehicle breakdown etc. factors beyond the control of “Countryside Adventure Holidays Pvt. Ltd.” and its associates.
- Items not specified in the above in “Cost Includes”.
Arrival in Phnom Penh (Meals: -/-/-)
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our guide and transferred to your hotel for check in. A short trip around the city starts by visiting Royal Palace compound built in 1866 and Silver Pagoda (The Emerald Buddha temple), which houses a great number of Buddha Statues decorated and made by diamond, emerald, gold and silver. Continue the city tour, we enter the National Museum, an impressive red building with beautiful Khmer architecture built in 1917, the Independence Monument constructed in 1954 after Cambodian took their country back from French colony and Wat Phnom which was built by lady Daun Penh in 1372 on top of a hill. Today, Wat Phnom remains the highest point in Phnom Penh and offers fantastic views of the city. Wrap our city tour with a stroll around Phnom Penh Central Market (Psar Thmei) and Russian market to discover the local life. Overnight stay at the hotel in Phnom Penh.
Phnom Penh Visit (Meals: B / L)
Excursion to discover the Tonle Bati Lake – a small lake about 30 km south of Phnom Penh. Close to the lake, there is Ta Prohm, a temple built in 12th century by Jayavarman VII and 20 minutes south of the lake there is another temple called Phnom Chisor, a pre-Angkorian Brahmin temple of Suryagiri (10 – 11th century) that sits on top of the hill (503 steps) and offers fabulous view over the surrounding plains. Back in Phnom Penh and overnight at the hotel.
Phnom Penh – Kampong Thom – Siem Reap (Meals: B/L/-)
After breakfast drive 168km to Kampong Thom- a picturesque town situated on the bank of the Tonle Sap Lake. En route, drop by Skun market-the unique place selling spider in Cambodia. Crossing the beautiful landscape of the Cambodian countryside, we reach Sambor Prei Kuk which was the ancient capital of Chenla built in the early seventh century. Continue drive 147 km to Siem Reap passing quaint villages and lush rice plains. Stop at Kompong Kdei to admire an old bridge dated back more than 1000 years, built under the reign of king Chayravaman VII. Overnight stay in the hotel in Siem Reap.
Siem Reap – Roulous Group – Angkor Wat – Siem Reap (Meals: B/L)
Start our trip by visiting Roluos Group of temples built between 877-889, situated 13 km from Siem Reap. They were constructed when the ancient Khmers created their first settlement in the Angkor region. There are 3 temples:
- Bakong is the most impressive temple, much older than Angkor Wat with beautiful carvings on its lintels that are still in good shape,
- – Preahko temple is close to the main temple Bakong and consists of 6 elegant brick towers with exquisite decoration and statues of Nandi, Shiva’s sacred bull,
- – Lolei temple constructed in 893, is an island temple dedicated to members of the royal family and the Hindu God Shiva.
The afternoon is spent for exploring the amazing World Heritage ”Angkor Wat” – the world’s largest religious building, and Phnom Bakheng (Bakheng hill) the first major temple to be constructed in the Angkor era, marking the move of Khmer empire’s capital from Roluos to Angkor in the late 9th century AD. Overnight stay at the hotel in Siem Reap.
Siem Reap – Banteay Srei – Angkor Thom – Siem Reap (Meals: B/L)
Start our trip by visiting Banteay Srei built at the time when Khmer Empire was gaining significant power and dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. It’s a masterpiece of Khmer Art with small size, sandstone construction and ornate design. We then back to visit Banteay Samre temple in the Angkor Wat style.
Afternoon, transfer to visit South Gate of Angkor Thom, famous Bayon, Baphoun, Terrace of Elephant, Phimean Akas, Terrace of Leper King. Overnight stay at the hotel in Siem Reap.
Siem Reap – Small Circuit – Grand Circuit – Siem Reap (Meals: B/L)
Morning visit to the “Small Circuit” group of temples including: Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees. This is one of Jayavarman VII’s first major temple projects dedicated to his mother, Thommanon built at the same time with Angkor Wat and Chau Say Tevoda temple, Banteay Kdei – surrounded by four concentric walls, Srah Srang – “The Royal Baths” was once used for ritual bathing and Ta Keo known as “ The mountain with golden peaks” dedicated to Hindu God Shiva.
The afternoon spent for visiting the “Grand Circuit” including: Pre Rup- a temple-mountain with beautiful bas reliefs and excellent views of the surrounding countryside, East Mebon- a large temple – mountain dedicated to Shiva in honour of the king’s parents, Tasom- the most distant temple of the Grand Circuit, Neak pean a small island temple originally dedicated to Buddha and the Preah Khan dedicated to Jayavarman VII’s father. Overnight stay at hotel in Siam Reap.
Siem Reap – Tonle Sap – Final Departure (Meals: B/L/-)
In the morning, explore Tonle Sap Lake – the largest natural lake in Indochina, cruising for 1 or 2 hours to visit its floating villages and discover the waterfront life. Disembark and drive back to Siem Reap through the peaceful countryside and quaint villages with lush rice fields and rows of palm. Visit the Artisans d’Angkor established in 1992 with the purpose of training young Cambodians in reestablishing the arts of their ancestral heritage and help increasing job opportunities. Drop by some workshops to know about the process of stone and wood carving. The afternoon spent for visiting the Siem Reap Market & shopping and then transfer to the airport for departure. The room is available until noon only.
End of arrangements…
Accommodation & Food:
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Meals as indicated in the detailed program below (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).