|Cambodia is a country of contrasts, home to a vast array of ornate temples along with some of the finest beaches in South East Asia. On this magnificent voyage to what was formerly known as Kampuchea, you will visit some of Cambodia´s most magnificent temples, the fabled Angkor structures, including Angkor Wat, the largest religious structure in the world. Built for King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation—first Hindu, dedicated to Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is the epitome of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. But Cambodia has far more to offer than just temples and so the second half of this tour offers a vehicle and guide at your disposal with a host of suggested activities, from visiting local villages to cruising on the Mekong River, allowing you to tailor your holiday exactly as you would wish. The final part of the tour will allow you to relax in Cambodia´s most famous beach resort.
Day 01: Siem Reap
Arrival in Siem Reap, reception and transfer to your hotel. Siem Reap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer Empire. Start with a visit to the Roluos Group including Preak Ko, Ba Kong and Lo Lei. In the afternoon, depart by Tuk Tuk to visit the magnificent 12th century Angkor Wat. The day ends with a spectacular sunset at Phnom Bakheng. Accommodation at The Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor.
Day 02: Siem Reap (B)
Today there is an early start to catch the sunrise (optional) before returning to the hotel for breakfast. Then depart to visit Angkor Thom's famous South Gate where you will take an elephant ride to the Bayon Temple which depicts intricate scenes of traditional Cambodian life. From the Bayon you continue on foot to the Baphuon, recently re-opened to the public, where you will pass by the wooden Royal Palace. Then continue to the Terrace of the Elephants where a parade used to be held for the king. In the afternoon continue to Srah Srang, Banteay Kdei, Chau Say Tevoda, Tommanon and the fabulous Ta Prohm Temple, embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers.
Day 03: Siem Reap (B)
After breakfast, drive to Banteay Srei, Kbal Spean (River of 1,000 Lingas) and Banteay Samre. These temples are amongst the most intricate in all of Cambodia. In the afternoon, continue to Pre Rup, East Mebon, Neak Poan and Preah Khan. Return to your hotel.
Day 04: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh (B)
After breakfast, and depending on the departure flight, visit the Siem Reap market and/or the workshops of Artisans d'Angkor (wood and stone carving) and/or the Landmine Museum of Mr Aki Ra. Then transfer to Siem Reap Airport for the short flight to Phnom Penh from where you will be escorted to the hotel. Overnight at the Raffles Hotel in Phnom Penh.
Day 05: Phnom Penh (B)
Once known as the "Pearl of Asia in the 1920s, Phnom Penh is known for its traditional Khmer and French influenced architecture. After breakfast, start the morning with a cycle ride to the Silver Pagoda, the Royal Palace and the National Museum. Later in the day you will depart by car to visit Wat Phnom followed by Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the Russian Market and the infamous Choeung Ek 'Killing Fields'. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 06: Phnom Penh (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will have a vehicle and guide at your disposal to choose from any one of the options below:
1.- Rice planting and harvesting in surrounding rice fields.
2.- A visit to the silver workshops at Kompong Luong Village.
3.- Trekking through the nearby forest.
4.- A visit to a local village.
5.- A holy water shower from a local monk.
6.- A sunset boat cruise on the Mekong River.
Day 07: Phnom Penh – Sihanoukville (B)
After breakfast transfer to Cambodia's most famous beach resort, Sihanoukville. Arrival at around midday and transfer to the hotel where you can enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Sokha Beach Resort.
Day 08: Sihanoukville (B)
Free day. There is an optional visit and boat ride to Ream National Park (not included).
Day 09: Sihanoukville (B)
Free day at leisure.
Day 10: Sihanoukville - Phnom Penh (B)
After breakfast you will be free to explore Phnom Penh at your own leisure before transfer to Phnom Penh Airport for our departure flight home.
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