Across Cambodia (8n/9d)

Banteay Srey

Banteay Srey

Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh (L,D)
Phnom Penh / Arrival at Pochentong International Airport. Welcome at the airport and transfer to your hotel. City tour to visit the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. Lunch at hotel. Visit the Central and Russian Markets and the Wat Phnom, the oldest monument in the city from which Phnom Penh derived its name. Dinner at hotel and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Phnom Penh / Kampong Cham (B,L,D)
After breakfast in Phnom Penh depart for Kampong Cham, also called “The Garden City” and the main town in the province of that name. After check-in at your hotel, we will visit a rubber plantation and a rubber factory by car.    Return to Kampong Cham for lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, visit Phnom Pros (the hill of men) and Phnom Srei (the hill of women) from which you can admire the landscape. We will then visit some very interesting temples in the area. These temples date from the 12th and 13th centuries.    Return  for dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Kampong Cham / Kampong Thom (B,L,D)
After breakfast in Kampong Cham depart for Kampong Thom. Upon arrival in Kampong check in at the hotel and then leave for Sambor Prei Kuk, the capital of the once powerful empire of Chenla which pre-dates the Khmer Angkor period. Enroute we will stop at points of interest and intermingle with the local people. Lunch at local restaurant. According to inscriptions found in the area, Sambor Prei Kuk was the capital of Icanavarman (616 AD – 635 AD) and residence of the King who had conquered the Empire of Funan. Afterwards, we will return to Kampong Thom where we will have free time to explore the city. You will notice the small horse-drawn carts in Kampong Thom. The horses are descended from those the French Army brought to Indo-China in the 19th century. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Kampong Thom / Phnom Penh: (B,L,D)
After breakfast we will return to Phnom Penh. Enroute we will visit a monastery where you will learn some of the important aspects of current day religious practices in Cambodia. Lunch at hotel will be taken in Phnom Penh and the afternoon will be free for you to explore the capital city. Dinner at hotel. O/N in PNH.

Day 5: Phnom Penh / Siem Reap (B,L,D).
After breakfast, immediate transfer to the boat harbour to catch the express motor craft from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap up the Tonle Sap River and across the Tonle Sap Lake. Before arriving in Siem Reap we will pass by a floating village where the people move their houses depending on the dry or rainy season, low or high water. They have everything needed to make a good living by fishing and they have grocery shops as well as a school. Welcome and transfer to Siem Reap for check-in at the hotel and for lunch at hotel. In the afternoon, visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom: the Bayon temple, the Baphuan, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. View the sunset at Angkor Wat. Dinner dance at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Siem Reap (B,L,D).
After breakfast, visit the Ta Prohm temple which is a wonderful combination of human genius and natural beauty. Giant trees have grown there for centuries. Ta keo “Jewel of  Crystal” is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva and was erected at the end of the 10th century. The Ta keo is one of the rare temples where there are almost no statues or bas-reliefs. Continue to visit the Thommanon, the Chau Say temples and the natural lake of Sras Srang. Lunch at hotel. Visit Angkor Wat: The founder was Suryavarman II who reigned  Cambodia from 1113 to 1152 and built the five towers in the 12th century and dedicated them to the Hindu God Vishnu. The plan of the pyramidal conception of the temple combined with spaces, alleys ditches is an ancient masterpiece of architectural design and construction. Dinner at hotel and overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Siem Reap / Preak Toal / Siem Reap (B,L,D)
After breakfast, enjoy an excursion by a boat, an outboard motor powered sampan, to Preak Toal. There we will explore a wild bird sanctuary, the flooded forest and the floating villages. During the boat trip we have the opportunity to observe the different fishing methods on the river and see how local people live and earn their livelihood on the river. Lunch at local restaurant.  Return to Siem Reap for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Siem Reap / Banteay Srey / Siem Reap (B,L,D).
After breakfast, spend the entire morning in one of the jewels of Angkor, the Banteay Srey Temple which means “Citadel of Women”. This temple is built of pink sandstone and presents the most graceful carvings in stone you might ever see in your life. The temple is dedicated to the god Shiva. After lunch at local restaurant, continue to Kbal Spean, the river of thousand Lingas, the phallic symbol of the God Shiva.  Arrival near the site, walk for an hour through the forest to arrive at Kbal Spean. Return to Siem Reap for dinner at hotel and your last night there.

Day 9: Siem Reap / Departure or flight to Phnom Penh (B)
After breakfast, the time before departure is on your own, transfer to the airport for your flight either to Phnom Penh or international destination (see option below). Assistance for formalities.  Option 1 : After breakfast, free time until transfer out from Siem Reap to your international destination.  Option 2 : After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, the cost of which is included in the tour prices for this option. Transfer to your international flight connection in Phnom Penh.

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