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Cambodia Khmer Legacy
 
Holiday Length: 8 days
Start city: Phnom Penh
End city: Siam Reap
Departures: Daily
Type of Holiday: Private Tour
 


Day 1











Phnom Penh

Welcome to Cambodia.  Upon your arrival in Phnom Penh, your guide will welcome you at the airport and then transfer to your hotel for check in. Your hotel room is available from 1.30 pm. 
After short rest, enjoy your half day city tour with a visit at the Royal Palace built in 1866 by King Norodom and comprising different structures grouped together in one enclosure. These house a remarkable collection of Khmer art. Here you'll find the Silver Pagoda whose key works include a golden Buddha encrusted with 9584 diamonds and weighing 90 kgs, and a Buddha featuring emeralds and Baccarat crystal dating from the 17th century. Continue to visit Wat Phnom, a ancient pagoda stand up on the hill, built by a wealthy Khmer woman named Penh 1372 to house the sacred relics. Back to your hotel in the late afternoon and free at your leisure.

              
Day 2













Phnom Penh sightseeing
Discover the Phnom Penh City, capital of Cambodia located at the conjunction of four branches of Mekong River "Chaktomuk", historical capital more than 600 years after Angkor. Start at the National Museum, a fascinating introduction to Angkor and a superb example of Khmer architecture. Officially inaugurated in 1920, the Museum displays a range of sculptures dating from different periods of Cambodia's history. Continue to learn more about the darkest period of Cambodia's history by visiting the genocide museum of Tuol Sleng, an old secondary school which was transformed into a detention centre under the Khmer Rouge. The prison gates carry the name 'S21'. Thousands of prisoners were detained, tortured and killed here.
In the afternoon, tour the central market, a pretty art deco building and do some shopping if you might wish. At the end of the day visit the Romeet Art Gallery where regular exhibitions of paintings and sculptures from local artists will give you further insight into the Cambodian arts scene in the making.
Overnight at the hotel. (B)
Optional extra: Night Apsara show at the National Museum (70 minutes)

 
Day 3






Phnom Penh - Battambang
Leave your hotel in the morning for a transfer to Battambang. You'll see magnificent scenery along the way of rice fields with large sugar palms and many traditional wooden stilt houses. After about two hours, you'll arrive in Kompong Chhnang, a provincial town where you can walk through traditional potting villages and see local artisans at work making braziers for domestic cooking along with many other utensils and decorative pieces for the home. Arrive Battambang in the afternoon and free at your leisure. Overnight at the hotel. (B)

 
Day 4














Battambang
The morning is spent for discovering the charming town of Battambang, you start to visit the provincial museum and White elephant Pagoda - the older pagoda around more then 400 year's old. After that, travel along the picturesque Sangker River to see the elegant colonial French-houses along the river. Continue to visit Wat Ek Phnom - the sand stone temple. After temple visiting take time to visit a market where Prahoc, the Cambodian fish paste is made.
In the afternoon, beginning with a tour to visit the 11th century temple Phnom Banon (28 km south).  On the way you will find the only vineyards in Battambang province. The Phnom Banan Winery produces several thousand bottles of wines, brandy and fresh grape juice per year. You will have a chance to taste some of the produced wines or brandies for free.
Continue to Phnom Banon where we climbed up 358 steep stone steps to the top of the temple with five towers. Many locals believe that Phonon Banon was the inspiration for Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. Once on top the views of the countryside are out of this world.
Back to your hotel in the late afternoon. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. (B)
Optional extra: Half day cycle tour of Battambang



Day 5










Battambang - Siem Reap

Leave by road from Battambang heading for Siem Reap through scenic Cambodian countryside featuring rice fields and traditional wooden houses. The road travels through Sisophon in the province of Banteay Meanchey, 68 km from Battambang. From here, and after about 100kms, arrive in Angkor. (Note: the road is not always in good condition.) On the road you'll observe stone sculptors and silk weavers. At a silk farm about 15 km from Siem Reap, you will be able to see all the steps of traditional silk production, from raising the worms to making the silk and colouring it. Arrive at 13.00 at Siem Reap.
Afternoon, free time. You may decide to visit a pagoda in Siem Reap town, or  the Angkor National Museum or explore Siem Reap's old market - a labyrinthine web of stalls in the heart of Siem Reap where you can find everything from clothing to jewelry. (B)

   
Day 6







Angkor Wat - Banteay Srei - Ta Prohm
Your day starts with a visit to Angkor Wat, a world heritage site with soaring towers and extraordinary bas reliefs. It is one of the most amazing man-made monuments in the world, erected in the 12th century in honour of Vishnu. In the afternoon, leave for Banteay Srei where a most impressive jewel of Khmer art exists. Erected in the 10th century, this small pink sandstone temple is known as the Citadel of Women. On the way back, visit the ancient Ta Prohm Monastery where immense branches have taken root in the stones – hence the nickname of the Jungle Temple. You will find some splendid sculptured Devatas and an atmosphere that is unique. Return to your hotel for overnight. (B)
   
Day 7
















Preah Khan - Neak Pean - Thommanon - Chau Say Tevoda - Angkor Thom

In the morning leave for the northern end of Angkor, beginning the day with Preah Khan Temple, built by Jayavarman VII in 1191 in honour of his father. This monument was both a city and a place for Buddhism studies. Of the same era is Neak Pean, the only island temple of Angkor, and also known as Entwined Nagas. The large central basin is linked with four smaller basins which represent the four great rivers flowing from the earth's four cardinal points. One of the most interesting features of this site is the superb statute of Balaha, representing the legendary saviour of shipwrecked boats. Continue your exploration of Angkor by heading further south to visit the two very beautiful temples – Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda – dating from the 12th century and built during the reign of Suryavarman II. They stand out because of their very beautiful sculptured images honouring Shiva and Vishnu. In the afternoon, visit Angkor Thom (the Great City) beginning by the south gate and the famous Bayon of the 12th and 13th centuries, dedicated to Buddhism and composed of 54 gigantic towers featuring 216 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara. Then, visit the Elephant Terrace, which was used as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king's grand audience hall; and the raised Leper King Terrace, built in the 12th century and which features many beautifully sculptured Apsaras. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. (B)

   
Day 8



Siam Reap departure
Free time for shopping or relaxing until the transfer (without guide) to the airport for your onward flight (B)
Optional extra: Kompong Khleang Village morning tour

INCLUSIONS:




  • Private air conditioned transfers and transport
  • Accommodation in Tourist, First or Deluxe class hotels 
  • Private sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Activities, meals and entrance fees as per itinerary
   

 

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