Be it the ancient incredible temple or Angkor Wat or the Sambor Prei Kuk or Angkor Thom, Angkor era and pre-Angkor era have been just mindblowing in terms of architecture! Cambodia has seen its share of bloodshed, but today it’s a country that holds it’s history close to its heart and is proud of its heritage. Take a stroll through the incredibleness that is Cambodian history and heritage.
On arrival at Phnom Penh, you will be welcomed by your local English speaking guide. After checkin, head to the Royal Palace - Wat Prakeo, that was built in 1866 and the last palace built during the French colonial period. It's also called the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, here, you will find an impressive collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze. Next head to the National Museum, built in traditional Khmer style with over 5,000 historical pieces on display, Evening will bring in a welcome dinner at Bopha Phnom Penh Titanic, a breezy terrace restaurant with sweeping river views. After dinner either head to watch the nightly Apsara dancing or stroll around in the marketplace.
Drive down to Siem Reap today to land of Angkor. On the way, stop at Sambor Prei Kuk, one of the most important pre-Angkorian sites, here the villages around the temple complex still practice the ancient art of craft making, using materials such as bamboo and rattan. We can observe the local production. The community runs the Isanborei Craft Hut next to the temples and sells their products. Relax and explore Siam Reap at your pace on arrival.
Angkor Wat is world renowned, but a must no miss destination is the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. Head to Bayon Temple.This incredible monument has 54 towers with four faces representing the 54 provinces of the then Great Khmer Empire. By noon, embark on an interesting boat trip on the Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonlé Sap is South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake. Board a local boat and visit Kampong Phluck, a village where you will see houses on stilts that are submerged when Tonlé Sap Lake extends. On the way, you will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests, portraying life on the water. It's an interesting insight into how people live in harmony with nature still.
It's country special today with the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srei. On the way back to Siem Reap, stop at the Landmine Museum which promotes mine awareness. And then head to the famous Angkor Wat. Enough said!
Explore Siam Reap at your pace, shop and get souvenirs and then it's time to head back home!
- Hotel accommodation on twin share with daily breakfast
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
- English speaking local guide (one place – one guide)
- Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicles
- Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
- Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
- Service tax
- Vietnam visa stamping fee at airport ($45 plus passport photo required) (Visa is compulsory and must be arranged in advance)
- Approval letter for Indian passports is USD 25/ pax
- Any other meals not mentioned above.
- International flights to/from Vietnam
- Domestic flights(please see airfares table)
- Camera/video entrance fees
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
- Travel insurance including recommended helicopter evacuation for Cambodia
- All other services which are not mentioned in INCLUDING