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12Days/11Nights in Cambodia Package Tour


12Days/11Nights in Cambodia Package Tour 

Day 01/Arrival – Phnom Penh by flight[-/-/-]

Upon arrival, you will welcome by our guide with driver and then transfer to check in at the hotel.  In the afternoon, we explore the stunning Royal Palace complex, home to the Cambodian royal family and a symbol of the nation. We begin amid the beautiful royal gardens, landscaped with tropical plants and studded with gleaming spires. We enter the Throne Hall where the royal receptions are held and the Cambodian king's coronation took place. We then pass the Napoleon III Pavilion made from iron, a gift from the French emperor in the 19th century.

We continue to the Silver Pagoda, named after the 5000 silver tiles covering the floor, each weighing 1kg. Inside are some of the country's most cherished treasures, including a life-size gold Buddha studded with 9584 diamonds, the largest weighing 25 carats. There is also a delicate emerald Buddha made of baccarat crystal, which gives the temple its Khmer name of Wat Preah Keo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha).

We leave the RoyalPalace and continue to the nearby National Museum, home to the world's finest collection of sculpture from the Angkor period. The exquisite building was completed between 1917 and 1920 and features a lush courtyard garden surrounded by collections from the pre-Angkor, Angkor and post-Angkor periods. We concentrate on the incredible sandstone sculpture from Angkor, as well as the intricate bronzes.

Accommodation at hotel.

Day 02/ Phnom Penh[B/-/-]

If you are keen to see a slice of rural Cambodia and learn how the silk-weavers produce those beautiful sarongs and scarves, then set aside a half-day trip by boat to a nearby island in the Mekong River called Koh Dach, also known as ‘Silk Island’. We travel to a small village where silk weaving is their livelihood and where there is a loom under every house. We can see the weaving techniques first-hand and experience the realities of village life up close and personal.

We travel to the Russian Market, one of the premier shopping destinations in the Cambodian capital. Known as Psar Tuol Tom Pong, it earned its nickname in the 1980s, when Russians were the only tourists in Cambodia. A rambling place, it is bursting with bargains, including handicrafts, carvings, silk and textiles, clothing and footwear, and lots of pirated software, CDs and DVDs, not forgetting enough motorcycle parts to assemble a homemade moped.

After some time here to browse or buy, we travel to the impressive Central Market, one of the city landmarks. Originally completed by the French in 1937, this striking structure is known as Psar Thmei in Khmer or New Market. The huge dome is wonderfully ventilated, a testament to the design, and this market is loaded with anything and everything available in Cambodia. Buy with caution, as this market has a reputation for overcharging or 'shaving your head' as Cambodians like to call it.

We then make for Wat Phnom, a symbol of the city. Located on one of the few hills in this pancake-flat capital, the first pagoda was originally built in 1373 to house Buddha statues discovered in the Mekong by a woman named Penh. This gives us the modern name of the city, Phnom Penh or Hill of Penh. Cambodians come to the shrine to pray for luck in love and life, employment and exams, so there it is always a bustling place.

Day 03/Phnom Penh – Kep (160 Km / Approx. 05hour)[B/-/-]

Breakfast at the hotel.

We leave Phnom Penh and travel south on National Highway 3 towards the south coast. As we leave behind the suburbs of Phnom Penh, the road passes through some beautiful rural areas and there may be some good photo opportunities. We stop for a short break in Angk Tasaom before continuing to the old French-era beach resort of Kep. We check into a comfortable hotel for the night.

Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 04/Kep – Sihanouk Ville, 68 km/ ~1.20 hrs[B/-/-]

Breakfast at hotel 

We head up the jungle road to Bokor Hill Station to take in the incredible views. 

This afternoon we explore the crumbling buildings at Bokor. 

We continue trip to the resort of Sihanouk Ville. 

Accommodation at hotel

Day 05/Sihanouk Ville[B/-/-]

Breakfast at hotel 

We take a small boat to Koh Rong. Enjoy a relaxing morning on the quiet beaches. 

In the afternoon, return to Sihanouk Ville. 

Accommodation at hotel

Day 06/Sihanouk Ville-Phnom Penh by flight[B/-/-]

After breakfast, we will transfer you to airport for departure flight to Siem Reap.  Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to check in at the hotel. 

Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 07/Phnom Penh-Battambang[B/-/-]

We leave Phnom Penh and travel west towards Battambang province, the rice bowl of Cambodia. We leave the city on National Highway 5 and travel through the busy riverside town of Kompong Chhnang. There may also be the opportunity to visit a local pottery village, as Kompong Chhnang is famous for producing undecorated items for the Cambodian home. We come to the small town of Krakor and turn off the main road to visit the incredible floating town of Kompong Luong. The largest floating community on the Tonle Sap Lake, there are almost 10,000 inhabitants living here. Everything floats on water, including the schools, the clinic, the shops and the petrol station. We explore by boat and experience life in a real floating community untouched by mass tourism.

We head to the provincial capital of Pursat for lunch, a pleasant riverside town in central Cambodia. We continue northwest through Pursat province, passing through typical Cambodian landscapes of endless ricefields dotted with sugar palms. We arrive in Battambang late afternoon and check into our hotel. We leave the rest of the day free to soak up the charm of this historic riverside city.

Day 08/Battambang – Siem Reap (173 Km / Approx. 3hours – 04hours)[B/-/-]

Breakfast at the hotel. 

We travel to the mountain temple of Wat Banan. This small, graceful temple offers excellent views of the surrounding countryside. 

We drive directly to Siem Reap for check in. 

Accommodation at hotel 

Day 09/Siem Reap[B/-/-]

Breakfast at hotel         

In the morning, we visit the sites of Angkor Thom, including Victory Gate, the Bayon, Baphuon, Phimean Akas, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.

In the afternoon, we travel to the mighty temple of Preah Khan or 'Sacred Sword', built by King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century. Sistertemple to Ta Prohm, the cruciform corridors here are impressive and there are some wonderful carvings adorning the walls, including the spectacular hall of dancers. Look out for the curious two-storey structure that is almost Grecian in inspiration. This is one of the few temples originally dedicated to Buddhism and Hinduism. The original eastern entrance was for Mahayana Buddhists, while the other cardinal points represented the Hindu trinity of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.

We then continue on to the elegant curves of Neak Poan. This petite temple is the ultimate ornamental fountain, its series of elaborate spouts including the heads of lions and elephants. Originally Neak Poan was on an island at the centre of vast baray (reservoir), known as Jayatataka or reservoir of Jaya.

We finish by experiencing sunset over the rice fields from the royal crematorium of Pre Rup, a classic view of the Cambodian countryside.

Accommodation at hotel 

Day 10/Siem Reap[B/-/-]

Breakfast at hotel 

In the morning, we visit magnificent Angkor Wat to explore its architecture.

In the afternoon, we travel to the large stone temple of Eastern Mebon, originally located on an island in the centre of the now dry Eastern Baray (reservoir). A low pyramid, this temple has large guardian elephants on each corner. This is one of the few temples where we can understand the construction techniques of the ancient Khmers, as there are still large soil ramps on each side of the temple, showing us how they moved these heavy stones into place.

We visit the royal bathing pond of Sra Srang. No bath will ever be quite the same again when you have set eyes on this vast pool, once for the exclusive use of the king and his concubines. Originally lined with sandstone steps, we climb up on to the western terrace and meet friendly local children jumping in the water.

We walk to the first great Buddhist monastery in Cambodia, Banteay Kdei, built in 1186 by Jayavarman VII who was a Mahayana Buddhist. We explore its extensive corridors and elegant sculptures. Although it is in a ruinous state, it often receives far fewer visitors than nearby Ta Prohm, giving it a serene atmosphere.

We then return to Siem Reap via the temple of Kravan. Built entirely from brick and dating from 921, this temple was extensively restored in the 1960s. Inside the small towers are some of the best brick carving found anywhere in the Khmer empire, including a giant Vishnu.

Accommodation at hotel 

Day 11/Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake[B/-/-]

Breakfast at hotel 

We travel to Phnom Krom for a cruise on the Tonle Sap, visiting lifestyle of local people living in floating villages.

This afternoon, we visit Artisans d’Angkor and enjoy shopping at old market. End the tour relaxing as you get pampered with a rejuvenating one hour Khmer Traditional Body Massage.

Accommodation at hotel 

Day 12/Siem Reap – Departure with guide[B/-/-]

Breakfast at the hotel. 

We then transfer you to Siem Reap international airport for catching the departure flight.

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