Day 1: Phnom Penh Arrival
Upon arrival to Phnom Penh, you will be welcomed by our tour guide at the airport and transferred to hotel before you begin the tour. Your first tour stop in Phnom Penh will be the Independence Monument built in 1958 for Cambodia’s independence from France in 1953. It stands on the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard in the centre of the city. Next, visit the tallest religious structure in the city – the Wat Phnom. It is a Buddhist temple built in 1373. At 27m above ground, you can enjoy stunning views over the tree-lined avenues of the city. After lunch, proceed to the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town. On the south side of the palace is the Silver Pagoda, which got its name because its floor is made up of 5,000 silver tiles. v Following, head to the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum. In 1975 Tuol Svay Prey High School, the former site of the museum, was taken over by Pol Pot’s security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21). Time for dinner after the city tour before you check in to hotel for the night.
Day 2 Drive to Siem Reap / Home to Angkor Wat
Rise and shine for breakfast before you transfer to Siem Reap – the gateway to the ruins of Angkor, by public coach this morning. Upon arrival, proceed for lunch followed by check in to hotel. First, visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 km south of Siem Reap. v Following, take a traditional wooden boat ride on the Tonle Sap Lake, the Great Lake of Cambodia. Next, visit the Les Artisan D’ Angkor – Chantiers Ecoles, a renowned woodworking, stone carving and polychrome workshop in Siem Reap. Thereafter, proceed to the Angkor Silk Farm to understand the fascinating process of silk-making and buy high-quality silk products. Afterwards, it is free and easy time for you to explore the Local Market. Tonight, you will enjoy dinner with a Khmer Traditional Dance Show. Transfer back to hotel for a well-deserved rest tonight.
Day 3 Angkor Thom & Angkor Wat
Today, you will embark on a tour to discover the spectacular Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat regions. Start the day with a visit to the Angkor Thom area via the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the gateway to the ancient Great City. Inside the walls of this city, you will tour the Bayon Temple, a richly decorated Khmer temple standing in the exact centre of the city of Angkor Thom. Located 200m northwest of the Bayon is the Baphuon, a single sanctuary temple-mountain situated on a high base.
Then, visit the Phimean Akas Temple, built with roughly hewn sandstone blocks and has little decoration. Next, proceed to the Elephants Terrace, built in the late 12th century, dedicated to Buddhist and replica to the Bayon style of art. Afterwards, head to the Leper King Terrace, faced with dramatic bas-reliefs, and carries on the grandeur theme that characterizes the building during Jayavarman VII’s reign. You will also tour the Royal Palace, Woman and Man Pond, enclosed by a literate wall with only the base remaining today. Following, visit the Ta-Prohm Temple.
The photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made the UNESCO World Heritage Site one of Angkor’s most visited temples. After lunch, continue your journey to the largest religious monument in the world – the Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece is one of the seven greatest architectural wonders of the world. Lastly, make a visit to Phnom Bakheng for its beautiful sunset. Transfer back to hotel after dinner for a good night’s rest.
Day 4 Siem Reap departure
End of the trip, our driver will transfer you to the airport well in a head of time.