The Explore Cambodia 6 days 5 nights tour gives an in-depth look at the various sites of Cambodia. After arriving in the capital Phnom Penh, visit some ancient sites. And some that have a history of only 30 years. Transfer to Siem Reap, the home of the Temples of Angkor. The amazing temples are jaw-dropping, and while here, enjoy a boat trip along Tonle Sap Lake to see daily life of local people.
At a glance
|Day 1||Arrive Phnom Phenh. City tour|
|Day 2||Phnom Penh – Architecture Tour & fly to Siem Reap|
|Day 3||Angkor Highlighted Temples tour|
|Day 4||Siem Reap – Floating Village tour|
|Day 5||Highlights of the trip: visit the Beng Mealea Temple|
|Day 6||Morning Cooking class & transfer to Siem Reap APT|
Cambodia is perhaps the most fascinating of all the countries of South-east Asia. Long associated with the brutal Khmer Rouge, it has risen above its blood-tinted history. It now takes its place as one of the region’s pre-eminent tourist destinations.
Cambodia is home to a truly rich mix of travel experiences. From ancient monuments and powdery beaches to remote ethnic minority villages and city life. The country never fails to excite the senses. In addition, for most visitors, Cambodia’s tranquil and timeless way of life is its greatest appeal.
Ancient Cambodia produced one of the world’s greatest civilizations at Angkor. Renowned Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. It is merely one temple lying at the heart of a thousand others.
An enormous and elaborately detailed complex. This ancient temple city has remained the heart and soul of Cambodia for almost two millennia. Despite its popularity with ever-growing throngs of visitors, it remains a historical site that exceeds expectation.
Included in the gargantuan complex lie legions of magical temples that attest to the ability of bygone artisans. From the intricate Banteay Srei, with its detailed carvings to the beaming faces of the Bayon.
Visitors also flock to the jungle-clad Ta Prohm where tentacle-like foliage are entwined around the temple. This site provides an understanding of how it must have looked when Western adventurers first explored it in the 19th century.
The town of Siem Reap has graduated from being Angkor’s service center to become an international hotspot. Teeming with modern restaurants and upmarket hotels.
Fortunately, the settlement retains much of its original charm. With old colonial shop fronts, misty lamp-lit streets and a bustling market area. It also offers access to the floating villages on the Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in South-east Asia.
In the south, Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, may not be the most sophisticated metropolis. It is a charming, bustling town, with a good selection of early 20th-century modernist architecture. There is a strong sense of history and delightful restaurants and bars.
What’s more, it offers the sort of cityscape most travelers dream of. A skyline punctuated by royal and religious spires, turrets and pinnacles rather than by office blocks.
The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are the highlights of the capital. These provide a welcome contrast to the unavoidable reminders of Khmer Rouge atrocities.
Phnom Penh – Arrival (D)
- You will be met by our representative who will assist you through immigration; transfer to your hotel; and check-in and to drop off your luggage (Early check-in is NOT included & subject to hotel’s availability).
- We then set out on a city tour to visit the Royal Place built in 1866 by King Norodom; the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor; which is made up of 5;000 silver tiles and located within the Royal Palace compound.
- We also visit the National Museum and the Tuol Sleng Museum; a reminder of the Khmer Rouge regime.
- A small cruise boat will take you out onto the river for a different perspective.
- Witness the sunset over the Royal Palace and the Mekong River whilst enjoying a leisurely cruise with soft drinks; local beer and a BBQ dinner.
- Take in the sights along the river bank including many local Cambodian families and friends socializing.
- Cruise back to the port and transfer back to your hotel.
- Overnight at your hotel in Phnom Penh.
Phnom Penh – Architecture Tour – Siem Reap by Flight (B)
- After breakfast; at 8 am we set out for our Phnom Penh Architecture Tour by cyclo; we start from your hotel and cycle for three hours through the streets of Phnom Penh to admire the mix of Khmer and French colonial architecture.
- A local professional escort will explain the history; structure and style of the buildings such as the Old Post Office; the Railway Station and the Central Market.
- In some of the buildings you are able to enter and explore the interior in more depth while others can only be observed from the outside.
- Cambodia’s most famous architect; H.E. Vann Molyvann had a big hand in developing many of the structures you admire today.
- Lunch on your own.
- Transfer to airport for departure to Siem Reap; on arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in.
- Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.
Siem Reap – Angkor Highlighted Temples (B):
- Beat the crowd with an early morning 7 am visit to the picturesque Ta Prohm that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown; an oddly haunting and exotic scene.
- The magnificent roots of a tree; pushing between the huge stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace; evoke feelings that you may remember forever.
- Continue on to visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat – one of the world’s most impressive ruins. The temple still has fine Apsara carvings in Angkorian era art.
- Lunch is for your own account.
- In the afternoon; explore the mysterious Royal Angkor Thom City & Bayon. Its 54-tower temple is an awesome sight. At first glance it seems a shapeless mass of stone; but further scrutiny reveals a face; and then another and another until suddenly you are engulfed by the silent; heavy; enigmatic and silent gaze through half-closed eyes; staring out from a primitive and remote time.
- Further; visit the surroundings of the complex including the Baphou; the Elephant Terraces; the Lepper King Terrace and the Royal Place area.
- Also visit one more ruin in the Angkor Area; Preah Khan temple; built in 12th century by King Jayavarman VII and it is the same style to Ta Prom Temple.
- Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and intercity transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Domestic Airfares (subject to conditions)
- 5 Nights’ Accommodation (3*- 4* - 5*) in a double room sharing
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English speaking Guide
- Entrance fees
- International flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Cambodia Visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 01 MAY and 30 SEP 2018
- Seasonal supplements may be applicable