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Cambodia in depth

Day 1: Siem Reap Arrival

Arrive in Siem Reap, meet your guide and transfer to hotel for check in. Siem Reap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer Empire.

In the afternoon, visit the Great City of Angkor Thom, which was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. You will arrive via the South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and 4 giant faces. From here you continue and enter the city and arrive at the Bayon Temple. This temple lies exactly in the center of the city. The particularity of this monument is the 54 towers representing the 54 provinces of the then Great Khmer Empire. Each tower has 4 faces. Continue to visit the terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 2: Siem Reap - Small Ciruit – Angkor Wat

After breakfast, explore the temples of the Small Circuit. The most famous among these is Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. Your visit will also include Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th Century, and Srah Srang, also known as the “pool of ablutions”. End your tour at the twin towers of Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon.

In the afternoon, visit the biggest religious temple in the world; the magnificent Angkor Wat Temple. Built by Suryavarman II, in early 12th century Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the Mount Merou, home of the gods. Finally, visit the splendid sunset at Angkor.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 3: Excursion Banteay Srei – Big Circuit

After breakfast, drive to the rural outskirts of Siem Reap, about 35km from town, where you will visit Banteay Srey, also known as the Citadel of women. This temple is considered to be the birthplace of Khmer classical style architecture. It is a small temple but its pink sandstone carvings are impressive. You will also visit Banteay Samre, a 12th century temple built by Suryavarman II and decorated with scenes inspired by the Ramayana.

Afternoon, combine your visits between a visit of the "Big circuit" comprising Pre Rup, East Mebon, Neak Poan and Preah Khan.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 4: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, meet your guide and transfer to hotel for check in. Phnom Penh was once considered one of the most beautiful in the Orient, and despite its recent turbulent history it still retains a colonial charm.

In the afternoon, visit Phnom Penh including the Royal Palace complex. This palace dates from 1866 and was the last one built during the French colonial period. The same complex houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze. Continue on to the National Museum, built in 1917.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 5: Phnom Penh – City Tour

After breakfast, visit the Toul Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes. The museum is housed in a former school which was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as a detention and torture centre. You will also visit Cheung Ek, better known as the Killing Fields, located 15 kilometres outside of the city.

In the afternoon, you will also visit the Russian Market, the best place in the city for wooden and stone carvings, old coins, jewellery, and Cambodian and Chinese silk clothes.

Late this afternoon, board a boat for a sunset cruise on the Mekong River. The boat leaves its pier slowly to the front of the Royal Palace where you can view it with the nice towers from the river.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 6: Phnom Penh – Sihanouk Ville

After breakfast, you will take the Road National 4 departure to Sihanoukville with your English guide. The trip is about 4 hours. Mid day arrival in Sihanoukville and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Sihanouk Ville.

Day 7: Sihanouk Ville

Breakfast at hotel. Free at leisure time for swimming and relaxation on the beach without driver and guide.

Overnight in Sihanouk Ville.

Day 8: Sihanouk Ville - Phnom Penh

Breakfast at hotel, free at leisure time for swimming and relaxation on the beach without driver and guide.

After lunch (around 13:00), meet your English guide and drive back to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 9: Leaving Phnom Penh

Free till transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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