CAMBODIA ESSENCE 5 DAYS

  • Duration:5 days
  • Destinations: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh
514 USD

- Phnom Penh (ភ្នំ ពេញ): the name can’t help but conjure up an image of the exotic. The glimmering spires of the Royal Palace, the fluttering saffron of the monks’ robes and the luscious location on the banks of the mighty Mekong – this is the Asia many daydream about from afar.

Cambodia’s capital can be an assault on the senses. Motorbikes whiz through laneways without a thought for pedestrians; markets exude pungent scents; and all the while the sounds of life – of commerce, of survival – reverberate through the streets. But this is all part of the attraction.

Once the ‘Pearl of Asia’, Phnom Penh’s shine was tarnished by the impact of war and revolution. But the city has since risen from the ashes to take its place among the hip capitals of the region, with an alluring cafe culture, bustling bars and a world-class food scene.

- The life-support system for the temples of Angkor, Siem Reap (see-em ree-ep; សៀមរាប) was always destined for great things. It has reinvented itself as the epicentre of chic Cambodia, with everything from backpacker party pads to hip hotels, world-class wining and dining, and sumptuous spas.

This is good news for the long-suffering Khmers riding the wave, but it can make the town a little bling in places. While it's not exactly authentic, just a short distance away lies Siem Reap Province and the real Cambodia of rural beauty. Explore floating villages and rare-bird sanctuaries or just cycle (or quad bike or pony trek) through the paddies as an antidote to the bustle of town.

Angkor is a place to be savoured, not rushed, and this is the base from which to plan your adventures. Still think three days at the temples is enough? Think again, with Siem Reap on the doorstep.

5 DAYS

ITINERARY

DAY 1: SIEM REAP ARRIVAL

Flight: TBA

Upon arrival in Siem Reap, you will be welcomed by local guide and transferred to the hotel. Your room is available anytime from 14.00. Early check in subject to room availability. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 2: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR WAT - ANGKOR THOM - TAPROHM (B)

Meet your guide this morning to discover the marvelous temple of Angkor Wat, the world heritage site whose soaring tours and extraordinary bas-relief are not to be missed. It is considered one of the most amazing monuments ever conceived by man and was erected in the 12th century (1112-1152) in honor of Vishnu.

In the afternoon, visit the Great City of Angkor Thom, beginning at the southern gate’s famous Bayon temple built in the 12th and 13th centuries and dedicated to Buddhism. Bayon comprises 54 gigantic towers featuring 216 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara. Then visit the 350-meter-long Elephant Terrace, which was used as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and a base for the King’s grand audience hall, and see the raised terrace of the Leper King, built in the 12th century and presenting many of the city’s most admired Apsara sculptures. Continue visiting Ta Prohm, a Buddhist temple of the 12th century, abandoned and alive with vegetation. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 3: SIEM REAP - BANG MELEA - KOMPONG KLEANG FLOATING VILLAGE (B / L)

In the morning, transfer to visit the Temple of Bang Melea in the jungle. Bang Melea was built during the reign of Suryavarman II, in the middle of the twelfth century. Far from the bustle of Angkor Wat, it will give you the impression of being the first explorer to the temple.

Then take a visit to Kompong Khleang, a village 40km from Siem Reap and as yet bypassed by mass tourism. All the houses are on stilts offering an exceptional natural environment with breathtaking views of floodplains, rice fields and water vistas as far as the eye can see. Have a picnic lunch in a villager’s home. Walk through the village meeting the locals and a family who raises crocodiles. Afterwards, travel by boat over the canals to a large lake where Vietnamese people live when they are displaced from their homes because of the seasons. Return to Siem Reap. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Remark: the program could be changed due to the water level of Tonle Sap lake

DAY 4: SIEM REAP - SUNRISE T PHNOM BAKHENG TEMPLE - PHNOM PENH (B)

Leave your hotel early in the morning (at about 5.00 am) to visit and enjoy spectacular sunset at Phnom Bakheng - a temple built on a hill of the same name, where the first city at Angkor was established. This gives its state temple on Phnom Bakheng special significance. Return to the hotel and free at leisure until transfer (without guide) to the airport for your flight to Phom Penh on Flight: TBA. Transfer by local driver to the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 5: PHNOM PENH SIGHTSEEING (B)

Today you will take a city tour of Phnom Penh, 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 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 90kgs, and a Buddha featuring emeralds and Baccarat crystal dating from the 17th century.

Afterwards travel to the south of the city to learn about the darkest period of Cambodia’s history: the regime of the Khmer Rouge. Here, you will visit 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. . Returning to Phnom Penh, visit the Russian Markets (Tuol Tumpoung) where you can stroll among all the stalls and try your hand at bargaining. You’ll find fabrics, jewels, jewellery, home wares and handicrafts among many other items.. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 6: PHNOM PENH - DEPARTURE (B) - NO GUIDE

Free time at leisure before transfer without guide to airport for your flight back home or to next destination. Room is at your disposal until noon time only. Meals on your own.

Departure flight: TBA

Note:

B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner

5 DAYS

ACCOMMODATION

Location

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Siem Reap

Auberge Mont Royal ***

Tara Angkor **** (Superior)

Heritage Suites ***** (Bungalow Suite)

Phnom Penh

Sangkum *** (Superior)

White Mansion Boutique **** (Deluxe)

Sofitel Phnom Penh ***** (Superior)

 

QUOTATIONS (The prices are quoted in US Dollars per person for group 2 – 4 pax, based on 2 pax/ 1 room)

 

Valid from October 1st 2015 to December 31st 2015

Group size

2 pax

4 pax

Single supplement

Price per person – Option 1

US$ 514

US$ 395

US$ 92

Price per person – Option 2

US$ 605

US$ 487

US$ 218

Price per person – Option 3

US$ 1,169

US$ 1081

US$ 762

***Price is not valid from Dec 21st 2015 – Jan 5th 2016***

 

 

Valid from January 1st 2016 till 30th Mar 2016

Group size

2 pax

4 pax

Single supplement

Price per person – Option 1

US$ 527

US$ 407

US$ 95

Price per person – Option 2

US$ 611

US$ 491

US$ 218

Price per person – Option 3

US$ 1,175

US$ 1085

US$ 762

***Price is not valid for Feb 6th – 12th 2016***

 

TOUR INCLUSIONS

Services included

Services excluded

·         Transportation by private vehicle with A/C

·         Private tours with entrance fees and local English speaking guide(s) as mentioned

·         Breakfast and other meals mentioned in the program B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner.

·         All local boat rentals as mentioned in the program.

·         Accommodation in the category chosen or similar

 

·         Drinks during the meals

·         Meals not mentioned

·         Personal insurance

·         Tips and personal expenses

·         Any service not mentioned in the program

·         International flights and airport taxes

·         Visa fee upon arrival to Siem Reap

·         Surcharges for Christmas/ New Year

·         Domestic flight Siem Reap – Phnom Penh in economy class (US$ 116/ person, subject to change)

 

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