There are few buildings that arouse such passion that nations begin wars purely to take possession of them. Angkor Wat, in north central Cambodia, is one of them. In August 1863 the French invaded neighbouring Siam (Thailand) to get their hands on the Angkor area. Built in the 12th century as a capital for Khmer King Suryavarman II, many of its outer buildings have succumbed to the ages and surrounding jungle but what remains will stay with you for life.
Exceptional Experiences: • Learn about Buddhist philosophy in a monastery and be part of an alms offering to local monks • See the amazing temples of Angkor from a different angle, while enjoying a helicopter flight • Meet one of the survivors of the tragic and grim Khmer Rouge regime • Enjoy a small, private gondola ride along the moat of Angkor Thom city
Itinerary: Day 01: Phnom Penh On arrival you are met by your tour leader and transferred to your room at the Raffles Le Royal Hotel. Unwind at the Elephant Bar, relax by the pool or enjoy a spa treatment before your welcome dinner tonight. Overnight at Raffles Le Royal Hotel
Day 02: Phnom Penh Explore the city on a cyclo (tricycle rickshaw), an original Phnom Penh mode of transportation. Visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, hear about Cambodia’s connection with France and Vietnam at the Independence Monument and explore the Central Market before an afternoon and evening of leisure. Overnight at Raffles Le Royal Hotel
Day 03: Phnom Penh Start your day at Preah Ang Dong Ker, a shrine on the riverfront. Learn about the recent history of Cambodia from a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime and join them on a private tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choueng Ek Memorial. Share a traditional Cambodian lunch together afterwards. Overnight at Raffles Le Royal Hotel
Day 04: Phnom Penh ~ Siem Reap Fly to Siem Reap and check into your intimate hotel, situated just six kilometres from the temples of Angkor. Spend the afternoon at leisure before a sunset gondola cruise along a temple moat. Overnight at Heritage Suites Hotel
Day 05: Siem Reap A morning helicopter flight allows you to see the temples of Angkor from a new perspective. Discover the temples on foot then share a picnic lunch at Sras Srang Reservoir (Borei Angkor). The evening is yours to enjoy as you please. Overnight at Heritage Suites Hotel
Day 06: Siem Reap Learn about Buddhist philosophy and monastery life at a local pagoda before seeing the stone carvings of Banteay Srei. There is an optional visit to the Landmine Museum founded by Aki Ra, an orphan trained as a soldier for the Khmer Rouge army who has dedicated his life to removing landmines from the Cambodian countryside. Overnight at Heritage Suites Hotel
Day 07: Siem Reap Watch life unfold on the banks of Tonle Sap Lake during a morning boat ride. Enjoy free time before you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight. What's included in the cost: • Domestic economy class flights, with airport assistance, as indicated in the itinerary. • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 3 dinners. • Private sightseeing (including all entrance fees) as outlined in the itinerary. • Comfortable private transportation with driver. Other modes of transportation include cyclo, private gondola helicopter & private boat. • Snacks and refreshments along the way. • Tipping & porterage taken care of by tour leader along the way. • Airport meet and greet service. • Departure transfer.
Not included in the cost: • International flights • Visas • Airport taxes • Laundry • Gratuities
Inclusions: All accommodation, private transportation, the services of an exceptional local leader & local guides at some sites, are included in the price of tours. Please see below for all other inclusions relevant to this itinerary. Visit the Contact us page for help with booking flights and extra accommodation, or organising visas, transfers and insurance.
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