Phnom Penh and Siem Reap Cambodia
You will also visit Siem Reap, where the Angkor Complex is everyone’s top place to see in Cambodia. You will enjoy the spectacular sunset from the temple, as well as elephant cruising and a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake to visit floating villages.
Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh
You will be welcomed on arrival at Phnom Penh Airport and transferred to your hotel. You will have free time before a welcome dinner at a local restaurant and an overnight stay in Phnom Penh.
Day 2: Phnom Penh (B/L)
In the morning you will visit the National Museum, the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, which is located within the palace grounds. Then you will continue your visit to the riverfront for a view of the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers. Next, you will visit Wat Phnom and Yeay Penh’s statue (southwest of the hills) before lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit the Victory Monument (the symbol of Cambodian independence from French colonialism in 1953). Then, you will visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (aka “S21 prison”) and the Cheung Ek Killing Field. You will have time to enjoy shopping at the Russian Market before an overnight stay in Phnom Penh.
Day 3: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (B/D)
Today, you will take a flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, you will visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean), Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. In the afternoon, you will visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor, Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. You will enjoy a wonderful sunset from the Phnom Bakheng Hills. Then it will be time for dinner with a show at a local restaurant before an overnight stay in Seam Reap.
Day 4: Siem Reap (B/L)
Today, you will visit Banteay Srei Temple (10th century), regarded as one of the crown jewels of classical Khmer Art. Then, you will continue your visit to Banteay Samre, which was built in the third quarter of the 12th century. You will then have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit the unique interior brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, then see Srah Srang ("The Royal Baths") which was once used for ritual bathing. Then it’s off to Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Ta Keo (constructed in the late 10th and early 11th century) and Ta Prohm (one of the area’s most beautiful temples). You will have an overnight stay in Seam Reap.
Day 5: Departure (B)
After breakfast, you will take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake to visit floating villages (complete with schools, restaurants, hospitals), and then visit the school known as "Les Artisans d'Angkor." You will then transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for your departing flight