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Cambodia Heritage and Discovery

Tour Information

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  • Day: 12
  • Night: 11
  • Itinerary: Cambodia

Built by King Suryavarman II, the creator behind Angkor Wat, the temple has been extensively restored. The temple is unique because a lack of available sandstone led to the use of laterite (rock rich in Iron & aluminum) for the roofed corridors. The pediments (triangular section) above the inner doors, include some of the most detailed carving from the Angkor period

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Overview

 

Means & Time Destination Activity Meal
Day 1 Phnom Penh Phnom Penh – Arrival  
Day 2 Killing Field Phom Phenh City & Killing Field B/L
  Day 3 Kompong Cham Phnom Penh - Udong - Kompong Cham B/L
Day 4 Sambor Prei Kuk Kompong Cham - Kompong Thom - Sambor Prei Kuk B/L
Day 5 Siem Reap Kompong Thom - Siem Reap B/L
Day 6 Angkor Thom Temple Siem Reap - Angkor Wat – Angkor Thom Temple B/L
Day 7 Banteay Srei Preah Dark - Banteay Srei B/L
Day 8 Kobal Spien Siem Reap -Banteay Srei - Kobal Spien B/L
Day 9 Battambang Tonle Sap Lake - Floating Villages - Prek Toal – Battambang B/L
Day 10 Battambang Battambang B/L
Day 11 Phnom Penh Battambang - Pursat - Kompong Luong - Kompong Chhnang - Phnom Penh B/L
Day 12 Phnom Penh Phnom Penh – Departure B

Itinerary

Day 1: Phnom Penh – Arrival

Arrival to Phomphenh the driver will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel in Phom Penh Over night in Phomp Penh

Day 2: Phom Phenh city & Killing Field (B/L)

08.00h: The tour guide will pick you up for the city tour

You will visit the Silver Pagoda which is named after the 5000 silver tiles covering the floor. There is also a delicate emerald Buddha made of baccarat crystal which gives the temple its Khmer name of Wat Preah Keo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha in English.

Begin your tour of Cambodia’s charming capital with a visit to Wat Phnom which believed to have been built sometime between 1373 & 1422. The Pagoda was built to house 4 bronze statues of Buddha washed ashore by the river.

Next is a visit to the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum. In 1975 Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot's security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21). It soon became the largest such center of detention and torture in the country. More than 17.000 people held at S-21 were taken to the extermination camp at Choeung Ek to be executed. Visit the Russian Market (Psah Tuol Thom Pong), a lively outdoor market where you will find antiquities, silver and gold jewelry, gems, silk, kramas, stone and wood carvings, as well as T-Shirts, CDs and other souvenirs.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Then travel out of town to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Many prisoners from Tuol Sleng followed this same route to their final fate. The remains of 8,985 people were exhumed from mass graves and are now respectfully enshrined in a memorial.

Note: National Museum, Silver Pagoda and Royal Palace are open every day. However, the Silver Pagoda and the Royal Palace may be closed without prior notice while H.M. the King is in the residence.

17.00h: Arrival back to your hotel.

Overnight in Phnom Phenh

Day 3: Phnom Penh - Udong - Kompong Cham (B/L)

08.00h: After breakfast we will starting with private car and guide through Udong ancient Royal capital of Cambodia, to Kompong Cham. En route discovery of Skun a small village known for culinary specialty, fried spiders. In Kompong Cham, visit the temple Wat Nokor and discovery plantations of rubber trees in Chhup region, some of which trees were planted by Michelin in 1930 and the small factory (dating from 30) make latex processing (closed in July and August).

Overnight in Kompong Cham

Day 4: Kompong Cham - Kompong Thom - Sambor Prei Kuk (B/L)

08.00h: Departure with guide and private vehicle for Kompong Thom and roads lined with Sugar palm. En route visit Wat Kuk Nokor (12th century). Discovery of the ancient city and temples of Sambor Prei Kuk, certainly the finest examples of pre-Angkorian art of the seventh century. Some temples are partially collapsed, kept up by the roots of banyan trees and lianas. Vegetation is fully embedded in the temples.

Night hotel in Kompong Thom.

Day 5: Kompong Thom - Siem Reap (B)

08.00h: The tour guide and private car will pick you up from the hotel and driver to Siem Reap.

12.00h: Arrival to Siem Reap and free time in Siem Reap

Overnigh in Siem Reap

Day 6: Siem Reap - Angkor Wat – Angkor Thom Temple (B/L)

0730h: After breakfast your English speaking guide will meet you at your hotel and you will leave to visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor, Angkor Wat.

The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians, to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize Meru's five peaks and the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world. The surrounding moat is to represent the ocean beyond.

Lunch at local restaurant and in the afternoon and visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara). Dinner is at a local restaurant where you will be entertained with a traditional Khmer folk performance of Apsara.

Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 7: Preah Dark - Banteay Srei (B/L)

0800h: In morning, you will meet with your guide at the hotel and travel through the traditional village of Preah Dark to the 12th century temple of Banteay Samre.

Built by King Suryavarman II, the creator behind Angkor Wat, the temple has been extensively restored. The temple is unique because a lack of available sandstone led to the use of laterite (rock rich in Iron & aluminum) for the roofed corridors. The pediments (triangular section) above the inner doors, include some of the most detailed carving from the Angkor period.

Continue further north and visit Banteay Srei, a temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. Built largely of red sandstone, the temple has a large number elaborate and decorative wall carving which can still be seen today. The elaborate carvings are said to be the finest found in Cambodia and due to the intricate details, considered too fine for the hands of a man.

Visit the Roluos Group. The monuments of Roluos, named Bakong, Lolei and Preah Ko, are some of the earliest large permanent temples built by the Khmers and mark the beginning of the Khmer classical art period.

Preah Ko was erected by Indravarman the 1st in the late 9th century and dedicated to his ancestors by the King in 880. Bakong is the largest and considered the most interesting of the Roluos group temples and the site measures 900 metres by 700 metres, and consists of three concentric enclosures separated by two moats.

Lolei, is the northernmost temple of the Roluos group and was dedicated it to Shiva and to members of the royal family. It was built on an islet in the center of a large reservoir (now rice fields) by Yasovarman the 1st who was the founder to the first city at Angkor.

Return to your hotel

Day 8: Siem Reap - Banteay Srei - Kobal Spien (B/L)

08.00h: Departure with guide and private will depart to visit the Banteay Srei "the citadel of Women", a jewel of pink sandstone carved entirely, dedicated to Shiva and built in the 10th century by King Jayavarman V. Through the temple of clay bricks Prasat Kravan built in the year 921, followed by the visit of Kobal Spien, "the Thousand Lingas river). (40 minutes walk in jungle to get to the place where the river bed is carved on the most part).

In the afternoon, visit of Baray Oriental sites built by Rajendravarman: Banteay Kdey, Pre Rup, Preasat Khleang, Mebon Oriental.

Overnight Hotel in Siem Reap

Day 9: Tonle Sap Lake - Floating Villages - Prek Toal - Battambang (B/L)

0800h: After meeting your guide at the hotel you will depart to visit the Khmer Village and enjoy the views of rice fields & palm trees while you take in the fresh air.

Next you will take a ride in a boat on Tonle Sap Lake, Known as the "Great Lake" of Cambodia and one of the largest in Asia. During the short cruise you be able to observe life on the water as you pass by floating villages complete with schools, restaurants, and hospitals.

Continue by Shanker river to Battambang. Throughout this journey you will see small villages on the banks, fish farms, residents who bathe, livestock water, Chinese square fishing nets and scenes of agriculture on 2 sides. (During the dry season, road trip, because not enough water in the river Shanker). Upon arrival in Battambang you are expected and transfer to the hotel. Visit Battambang market located in the well-preserved colonial style city, 2nd town of Cambodia.Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in BATTAMBANG

(Notes: From May to July-August, following the dry season, it can happen that the boats can not go to Battambang because there is not enough water in the river Shanker. In this case we will offer you to go to Battambang by private car about 4 hours drive, start early afternoon from Siem Reap)

Day 10: Battambang (B/L)

0800h: After meeting your guide at the hotel you will depart to visit the Wat Kor village with very old traditional houses. Visit the temple of Phnom Sampeou Khmer shrine perched on a hill or there are Buddhist water caves with salted . Departure for the village of Don Teav 12 km from Battambang or there are traditional crafts and farming and manufacturing cakes and rice cakes, pasta, weaving. At 3 km from town visit to the Prahoc market (fermented fish paste, the strong smell often used in Cambodian cooking). Return to Battambang, visit the beautiful pagoda of Wat Sa Damrei built in the early 20th century and has survived at the Red Khmer. The walls are a mixture of lime and resin with beautiful reliefs. Departure by car to reach ODambang 6 km from Battambang, for a stroll in "Bamboo Train". These bamboo trains are built by different families and doing a dozen Kms run on the way from Battambang to Phnom Penh. Transfer to the hotel.

Over night in BATTAMBANG

(The Bamboo trains very slowly, but beware, no insurance cover in case of accident)

Day 11: Battambang - Pursat - Kompong Luong - Kompong Chhnang - Phnom Penh

08.00h: After breakfast,we will starting from Battambang to the small town of Pursat and Phnom Penh. 40 km from Pursat discovery of large floating village of Kompong Luong (12,000 inhabitants the most important of Cambodia) and start private boat tour.

Continue to Phnom Penh via Kompong Chhnang along the Mekong. This small town is famous throughout Cambodia for its manufacture of famous clay pots and small furnaces most use in the Cambodian kitchen in all Cambodia.

Departure from KOMPONG CHHNANG to Phnom Penh

Overnight in Phomphenh

Day 12: Phnom Penh – Departure (B)

Relax until time to transfer to the Phnom Penh airport where your time travelling with Laughing Roo will unfortunately come to a close.

Tour the end

Prices/Booking

Additional Information:

  • All prices are per person in US $ based on double occupancy.
  • Surcharges and / or compulsory gala dinners are applicable between December 23rd and January 2nd and also during the Lunar New Year period.
  • Prices subject to change without notice.

Meals:

  • Should you have any special dietary requirements (vegetarian vegan or food allergy) please advise us in advance.
  • Meals provided are included in the itinerary.

Trip Included:

  • Hotel. Bed & Breakfast accommodation in twin or shared double room.
  • All tours and transfers in air-conditioned private vehicles
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees to sites included in the tour itineraries
  • Tickets for all boat trips included in tour itineraries
  • Cold water and towels during tours

Exclusion:

  • Beverages and other meals do not indicate in the program.
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping/ Gratuities

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