Cambodia

6-day Cambodia Discovery Tour

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 6 Days

tour highlights

Visit the 1866 Royal Palace and the impressive Silver Pagoda
  • Tour the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum
  • Taste an exotic Cambodian delicacy, the deep-fried spider
  • Discover the ancient capital of Chenla
  • Explore the magnificent temples of Siem Reap

tour details

Beginning in Phnom Penh, you’ll visit the National Museum, Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Wat Phnom temple, the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum and the fascinating Russian Market. You’ll then continue to the Independence Monument before exploring Phnom Penh further by cyclo and enjoying a sunset cruise on Tonle Sap Lake & the Mekong River. Further highlights include a visit to the ancient capital of Chenla, tasting Cambodia’s exotic food, exploring the antique capital of Angkor Thom, admiring Bayon Temple’s 200 smiling faces, discovering the Ta Prohm jungle temple and visiting the village of Kompong Khleang. Of course no visit to Cambodia is complete without enjoying a beautiful sunset at Angkor Wat and visiting the Banteay Srei temple, regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer art.

MON Meet upon arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport. Transfer to the hotel (rooms may not be ready until the afternoon).
Lunch at hotel.
Phnom Penh city tour: visit the National Museum, also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1917. The museum contains a collection of Khmer art - notably sculptures - throughout the ages. Visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90 kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. End your afternoon with a visit to Wat Phnom temple, Phnom Penh's namesake. Founded in 1373, the pagoda was built to house Buddhist relics washed ashore by the river.
Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
TUE Breakfast at hotel.
Visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum (S 21 prison). This former school was used as a prison by Pol Pot's security forces and became the largest center for detention and torture during the rule of the Khmer Rouge. Time at leisure at the Russian Market (Psah Tuol Thom Pong).
Lunch at hotel.
Visit the Independence Monument and Wat Langka, one of Phnom Penh's five original wats (pagodas), founded in 1422. First established as a sanctuary for the Holy Writings and a meeting place for Cambodian and Sri Lankan monks, the Wat was named in honour of these meetings.
Wat Langka was used as a storehouse by the Khmer Rouge, so it escaped total destruction. Now fully renovated, this temple still plays an important place in Cambodian Buddhism.
Visit Phnom Penh city by cyclo to discover its beautiful colonial architecture.
Get an idea of Phnom Penh's architectural fusion from colonial to modern post -independence- by relaxing in a cyclo as you are transported through Phnom Penh's central districts. A time travel through the architectural periods.
Enjoy a joint Sunset Cruise on the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers.
Dinner and accommodation at hotel.
WED Breakfast at hotel.
Depart overland to Kompong Thom passing along typical Cambodian villages.
Make a stop in Skuon to taste Cambodia's more exotic culinary delights, the deep-fried spider.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Continue to visit Sambor Prei Kuk, located 35km northeast of Kompong Thom. En route, visit traditional villages. Visit the ancient capital of Chenla with its 100 temples dating from the Pre-Angkorian period.
Continue to Siem Reap and stop at the ancient Naga Bridge (Spean Pratpo), located 40 km from Siem Reap. Arrive in Siem Reap and transfer to the hotel.
Dinner and accommodation at hotel.
THU Breakfast at hotel.
Visit the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12th century): the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, Baphuon (recently re-opened after years of restoration) the Royal Enclosure, the Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, and the Terrace of the Leper King.

Lunch at hotel.
Continue your temples tour at Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool and representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake, and Preah Khan, built by the King Jayavarman VII and, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors. However, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation. Visit Ta Prohm, one of the most beautiful temples in the area, as it has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them.
Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
FRI Breakfast at the hotel.
Drive to the village of Kompong Khleang near Siem Reap. This permanent community is one of the largest on the Tonle Sap Lake, home to over 20,000 people living in gigantic stilt houses with an economy based on fishing. Enjoy the spectacular site and board a private boat to visit a small island at the centre of the village to see its market, school and brightly painted pagodas. Continue by boat to see the life on the waters of the great Tonle Sap Lake.

Note: During the high water season from August to January the water level rises to within one or two meters of the buildings. During this time of year the village becomes a lively place with floating houses scattering in the vicinity of Kompong Khleang on the lake. The dry season reveals a spectacular site as the stilt houses rise up to ten meters into the sky. The floating houses are now on the open lake and can be visited with a scenic boat ride.
We suggest to conduct this tour in the morning as there are more activities to be observed compared to the rather quiet afternoon.

Lunch at hotel
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 Cambodia 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 - the enclosing wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Enjoy the sunset at Angkor Wat.
Dinner with Apsara Dance Show at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
SAT Breakfast at the hotel.
Visit to Banteay Srei temple (10th century), regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer Art. Make a stop at a local village to visit the families who are producing palm sugar.
Then continue your visit to Banteay Samre, built in the third quarter of the 12th century. It consists of a central temple with four wings preceded by a hall and accompanied by two libraries, the southern example remarkably well preserved. Two concentric walls enclose the ensemble.
Lunch at hotel.
Visit "Les Artisans d'Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles", this centre is working with young artisans; the team creates, produce and market a unique collection of ornamental sculpture, lacquer ware, silk weaving and silk painting. The company promotes fair, sustainable development in order to provide benefits to the rural communities. Spend time leisure at local market (If time permits). Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight to the next destination

includes

  • Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
  • Transfers and tours with local English guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements) in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees, boat fees and / or cyclo fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Bottled water and cold towels available on the vehicles

excludes

  • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
  • International airfare to / from Cambodia (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Visa fees
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme

notes

Ideally a tour to the Tonle Sap Lake is only done during the high-water-level months of July to possibly mid of February. When the water is low boats may get stuck and also the distances to the floating villages increase.
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