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Cambodia Highlights 12D

CAMBODIA HIGHLIGHTS 12 DAYS

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Siem Reap Arrival

Day 2: Angkor Wat Tours – Angkor Thom (B)

Day 3: Big Circuit – Kulen Mountain (B)

Day 4: Beng MeaLea – Kbal Spean / BanTeay Srey Temple (B)

Day 5: Siem Reap – K. Thom – Kcham (B)

Day 6: K. Cham – Phnom Penh (B)

Day 7: Phnom Phenh Tours (B)

Day 8: Phnom Penh – Sihanouk Ville (B)

Day 9: Sihanouk Ville  (B, L)

Day 10: Sihanouk Ville (B)

Day 11: Sihanouk Ville – Phnom Penh (B)

Day 12: Phnom Penh Departure (B)

Day 1: Siem Reap Arrival

Upon arrival Siem Reap, you will be welcome at airport by professional tour guide and transferred to hotel for check in.

Afternoon, visit an amazing view of Ta prohm Temple which has been deliberately left as it was discovered. In Ta Prohm kapok trees clasp the sanctuaries in their mighty roots; and Ta Keo – an unfinished state temple for unknown reason. Ta Keo temple was built in early 11th century by King Jayavarman V and dedicated to god Shiva.

Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 2: Angkor Wat Tours – Angkor Thom (B)

Visit south gate of Angkor Thom with two rows of its huge statues of demons and gods depicting the churning of the ocean of milk arranged on both sides of stone bridge  and Bayon temple, a forest of heads, built in late of 12th century by king Jayavarman VI as a Buddhist state temple. Then, visit terrace of elephant, which used to be a base for the king’s grand audience hall; Terrace of Leper king supposed that it was a terrace housed the royal crematory.

Afternoon, visit Angkor wat, the most balanced, the most harmonious, and the most perfect Khmer temple. It shows Khmer art, which reached the height of it glory in the 12th century. The temple is a temple-mountain and was built by king Suryavrman II.

Climb Bakheng hill to have bird’s-eye view of sunset, Angkor Wat and western Baray.

Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 3: Big Circuit – Kulen Mountain (B)

Visit Banteay Kdei, and a Buddhist monastic complex built in 12th century, Srah Srang (royal bath). Then, we drive you our off town to visit Kulen Mountain about 60 km northeast of Siem Reap. Where the 500-year long Age of Angkor began. Kulen Mountain is the mountain with waterfall on which Jayavarman II initiated a royal (god of the king) linga cult in 802AD, declaring a unified and independent Cambodia under a single ruler. Soon after, he moved his capital from Kulen to Roluos where it was to remain for almost a century before moving to Angkor area.

Afternoon, return back from Kulen Mountain and visit Neak Pean, a unique ancient hospital built in the reign of king Jayavarman VI (1181-1220) which has been seen as a representation of Anavatapta, a miraculous lake in Himalayas that cures all illnesses; and Preah Khan, a large temple built on the site of battle that ended in Angkor’s downfall at the land of the Cham. Preah Khan was also really a kind of university, housing a number of masters and students.

Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 4: Beng MeaLea – Kbal Spean / BanTeay Srey Temple (B)

Visit remote Beng Mealea temple through the typical Khmer countryside (60Kms from Siem Reap). There is a lot to see in the approximately 2½ hours drive as it takes you through many lively villages and along kilometers of rice paddies. Explore the long abandoned temple (11th century), strangled by the jungle.Then, drive to Kbal Spean for walking up the Kbal Spean hill about 1800 m along a passage through the jungle you will get a river and see many lingas elaborately caved on the riverbed. So the river is also known as a “River of a Thousand Lingas”. Following the river down, there are some carvings of Vishnu and Shiva with his wife Uma and five-meter high Waterfall.

On the way back from Kbal Spean, visit Banteay Srei temple, a tiny temple complex consider by many visitors to be the highest achievement in art and architecture of the Classic Angkor civilization. The glory of Banteay Srei is the beauty of its sculpture and decoration. The pink sandstone used in its buildings makes this temple more beautiful.

Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 5: Siem Reap – K. Thom – Kcham (B)

Depart by private transport to Kg. Thom,  driving through Cambodia country side then a short stop at Kampong Khdey Bridge (built during Khmer Empire period), and a short stop at Stoung to visit some colonial houses and Khmer houses. On arrival in Kampong Thom, we tour to Sambor Prei Kuk located 30 Km from Kampong Thom town, a pre Angkorian site dating from the 7th century which presents among the most ancient surviving examples of Khmer architecture.

Afternoon, we will depart to Kampong Cham. At arrival in Kampong Cham we will continue the tour Phnom Proh and Phnom Srey and you have the opportunity to feed some monkeys.

Overnight in Kampong cham tow

Day 6: K. Cham – Phnom Penh (B)

This morning we visit to Wat Nokor, This temple was built in the 13th century with stones out of sand and still remains in a good condition. After visit the temple, we leaving for Phnom Penh city.

Upon arrival Phnom Penh, transfer to hotel for check-in and relaxing

Free at your leisure.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 7: Phnom Phenh Tours (B)

ou will visit to Wat Phnom hill, the symbol of Phnom Penh and Independence monument. Then, visit the National Museum, in which there is an attractive collection of ancient Khmer art: The sandstone sculptures dating from both the Angkorean and pre-Angkorean eras.

Afternoon, Start a city tour of some major sights of Phnom Penh. You will also visit Royal Palace, the sacred Silver Pagoda, which is well known for its 5000 silver tiled floor. Evening enjoy 1 hour boat trip on Mekong River along the front view of Royal Palace for sunset.

Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 8: Phnom Penh – Sihanouk Ville (B)

After breakfast, depart by private vehicle from Phnom Penh directly to along national road number 4 to Sihanouk Ville (230km=4hours).

Upon arrival Sihanouk Ville, you will be transferred to hotel for check-in and relaxing.

Overnight in Sihanouk Ville

Day 9: Sihanouk Ville (B, L)

This morning after your breakfast at the hotel, tour guide and driver well pick up you from the hotel for islands trip. Today you will see colorful coral and fish at the Chrolos Island and Tres Island.

BBQ Lunch will be provided at the Russei Island (Bamboo Island). Enjoy the Relaxation period and Swimming on a long white sandy beach with reef and coral.

Overnight in Sihanouk Ville

Day 10: Sihanouk Ville (B)

Free at own leisure

Overnight in Sihanouk Ville

Day 11: Sihanouk Ville – Phnom Penh (B)

Morning depart by private car back from Sihanouk Ville to Phnom Penh (230km=4 hours).

Upon arrival Phnom Penh, transfer to hotel for check-in.Free time in afternoon

Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 12: Phnom Penh Departure (B)

Free at leisure till transfer to Phnom Penh airport for your onward flight.End of Services.