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11 days/10 nights in Phnom Penh –Kompong Thom – Preah Vihear-Siem Reap

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11 days/10 nights in Phnom Penh –Kompong Thom – Preah Vihear-Siem Reap

Your will visit our lively capital, Phnom Penh. Then, you will enjoy pre Angkorian temple: Sambo Preikuk. You will continue long journey by car to Preah Vihear, sacred temple on the the Dangrek Mountains, towering hundreds of metres above lowland Cambodia below. After that, we end up the trip in Siem Reap, home of Angkor.

DAY 1

Arrival Phnom Penh

On arrival, your driver will meet you at the airport and transfer to hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is for you at leisure on your own. Stay overnight at Hotel

Overnight in Phnom Penh
DAY 2

Phnom Penh

After breakfast, you will visit the famous Royal Palace, which is the royal residence of the king of Cambodia, and then take a visit to Silver Pagoda, National Museum and Wat Phnom. Have lunch at Bopha Phnom Penh Rest In the afternoon, enjoy your tour to Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, 'Tuol Sleng was earlier a primary school and a lycee (Tuol Svay Prey) and became, during the regime of Pol Pot, a major place of torture and death.  Choeng Ek 'Killing Fields' (late 1970s), A living memorial, Choeng Ek's grassy fields mark the site of the 'Genocidal Center' (or 'Killing Fields' from film) where tens of thousands lost their lives. A number of mass graves have been uncovered, but many have not. Free time, we can visit Central Market for buy some gifts for your friends or family. Stay overnight at Hotel Read more

Overnight in Phnom Penh
DAY 3

Phnom Penh – Tonle Bati-Phnom Penh

Heading south out of Phnom Penh our first stop will be the hill-top fortress temple of Phnom Chisor. The rarely visited temple is in relatively good condition and still has many well preserved carvings. Our next stop will be the Jayarvarman VII period Ta Prom, Tonle Bati – this time a Buddhist temple, but also in good condition with some great carved reliefs. We will have lunch at local restaurant as Picnic. Than continue to Tamao Wildlife Sanctuary, there are a lot of Animal, Bird, and Elephant. In the late afternoon return back to Phnom Penh. Read more

Overnight in Phnom Penh
DAY 4

Phnom Penh- Kompong Cham - Kompong Thom

We leave Phnom Penh and travel northeast to the bustling provincial city of Kompong Cham. En route, there is the chance to pause at Skuon, affectionately known as 'Spiderville', where it is possible to sample the local delicacy of deep fried tarantula. We arrive in Kompong Cham mid-morning and visit the sacred hills of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei (man and woman hill). Later we see the 'fusion' temple of Wat Nokor, an 11th century sandstone temple with a colourful modern wat set in its central courtyard. There are some intricate carvings at this temple and the kitsch contrast between the Hindu past and the Buddhist present is almost unheard of elsewhere in Cambodia. We then enjoy a local lunch in Kompong Cham. Then, we continue to Kompong Thom for overnight. Read more

Overnight in Kompong Thom
DAY 5

Kompong Thom – Preah Vihear

We leave Kompong Thom after breakfast, stopping to explore the impressive pre-Angkorian capital of Isanapura, known today as Sambor Prei Kuk. The first major temple city in South-East Asia, the brick temples of Sambor Prei Kuk are a peaceful contrast to their more illustrious relatives at Angkor. This also offers us a wonderful chronological insight into architectural development over time, as these structures are some of the earliest temples in Cambodia. We explore the main temples here, including Prasat Tao with its elaborately coiffured lions and Prasat Sambor, with its crumbling sanctuaries. We travel north to the provincial capital of Tbeng Meanchey, one of the most remote towns in Cambodia, where we enjoy a local lunch. Here we visit the Weaves of Cambodia project, where from the red earth of Preah Vihear a community of determined landmine survivors is creating a sustainable income through traditional weaving. We can visit the workshop, learn about the silk process and meet some of the weavers. The project is now under the supervision of Carol Cassidy, a renowned textile designer with a famous boutique in Vientiane, Laos. We then journey on towards Preah Vihear. The snaking road up the mountain is very steep in places and we eventually emerge at the second enclosure of this king of the mountain temples. Overnight at hotel, Preah Vihear. Read more

Overnight at Preah Vihear
DAY 6

Preah Vihear - Siem Reap

We climp up the mountain by 4x4 drive car. Then, we explore the temple on foot. Some tourists cross over from the Thai side each day, but most have long gone and we have this incredible complex to ourselves. We continue onwards to the final level, clinging to a cliff face in the Dangrek Mountains, towering hundreds of metres above lowland Cambodia below. The views from this most mountainous of temple mountains are breathtaking, the foundation stones of the temple stretching to the edge of the cliff as it plunges precipitously away to the plains of Preah Vihear province below. We then leave this sacred mountain and continue our journey deeper into northern Cambodia. We break for lunch at Anlong Veng, a former Khmer Rouge stronghold until the end of the civil war in 1998. Now a boomtown, there is also the option to visit the former house of military strongman Ta Mok. We then continue south towards Siem Reap, gateway to the temples of Angkor. We leave some free time to relax and recuperated after a real adventure on Cambodia's backroads to the lost jungle temples of the north. Read more

Overnight in Siem Reap
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DAY 7

Siem Reap

Rising at the crack of dawn, we journey out to the Mother of all temples, Angkor Wat. Believed to be the world's largest religious building, this temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers. Built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II, this is most famous temple at Angkor. We stay at Angkor Wat to enjoy a picnic breakfast. As the crowds return to their hotels, we venture into Angkor Wat to enjoy its magnificence in peace and quiet. We begin by unraveling the mysteries of the bas-reliefs that tell of tales from Hindu mythology and of the glories of the Khmer empire. Stretching for almost one kilometre, these intricate carvings are a candidate for the world’s longest unbroken piece of art. Following in the footsteps of the devout and the destructive before us, we then continue to the upper levels of the inner sanctuary. The final steps to the upper terrace of Angkor are the steepest of all, as pilgrims of old were to stoop on their pilgrimage to encounter the Gods. Finally the pinnacle, the sacred heart of Angkor Wat, a blend of spirituality and symmetry so perfect that few moments will measure up. In the afternoon, we visit the immense walled city Angkor Thom that was the masterpiece of King Jayavarman VII. Following the occupation of Angkor by the Chams from 1177 to 1181, the new king decided to build an impregnable fortress at the heart of his empire. The scale is simply staggering and we are immediately overwhelmed by the audacity of Jayavarman on arrival at the city’s gates. The causeway is lined by an intricate bridge depicting the Churning of the Ocean of Milk from Hindu mythology in which the devas (gods) and asuras (devils) play tug of war with a naga (seven-headed serpent) to obtain the elixir of immortality. We begin our visit at the Terrace of the Leper King. This intricately carved platform was the royal crematorium and the statue that was originally thought to be the leper king is now believed to be Yama, the god of death. We continue along the Terrace of Elephants, originally used as a viewing gallery for the king to preside over parades, performances and traditional sports. At the southern end lies the Baphuon, once of the most beautiful temples at Angkor, dating from the reign of Uditayavarman 1 in the 11th century. It has undergone a massive renovation by the French and is now once again open for viewing. Our climax is the enigmatic and enchanting temple of the Bayon. At the exact centre of Angkor Thom, this is an eccentric expression of the creative genius and inflated ego of Cambodia’s most celebrated king. Its 54 towers are each topped off with the four faces of Avalokiteshvara (Buddha of Compassion), which bear more than a passing resemblance to the king himself. These colossal heads stare down from every side, exuding power and control with a hint of compassion, just the mix required to keep a hold on such a vast empire. Before clambering upwards, we unravel the mysteries of the bas-reliefs, with their intricate scenes of ancient battles against the Chams and their snapshot of daily life during the Angkor period. Read more

Overnight at Siem Reap
DAY 8

Siem Reap

We travel to Ta Prohm which has been abandoned to the elements, a reminder that while empires rise and fall, the riotous power of nature marches on, oblivious to the dramas of human history. Left as it was ‘discovered’ by French explorer Henri Mouhout in 1860, the tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones, man first conquering nature to create, nature later conquering man to destroy. After soaking up the unique atmosphere of Ta Prohm, we continue to the giant pyramid of Takeo, one of the highest temples in the Angkor area. Built at the end of the 10th century, it was never completed. Some scholars contend this was due to an inauspicious lightning strike during construction. Others have suggested the high quality sandstone was simply too hard to carve in detail. This morning we also visit the remains of an old Angkorian bridge which once spanned the Siem Reap river. Like the Romans before them, the Khmer kings built long, straight roads connecting the outposts of their empire and these included many magnificent bridges. There is also the option to visit the smaller temples of Chau Sey Devada and Thommanon for avid temple enthusiasts. In the afternoon, we travel through the traditional village of Preah Dak to the 12th century temple of Banteay Samre. Built by King Suryavarman II, the genius behind Angkor Wat, this temple has been extensively restored. The temple is unique in that over-quarrying of sandstone led to the use of laterite for the roofed corridors. The pediments above the inner doors here include some of the most accomplished carving from the Angkor period. We continue further north to Banteay Srei, Angkor’s ultimate art gallery. This petite pink temple is the jewel in the crown of Angkor-era sculpture. The elaborate carvings here are the finest found in Cambodia and the name translates as ‘Fortress of the Women’, thanks to the intricate detail here, considered too fine for the hands of a man. Originally believed to date from the latter part of the Angkor period, inscriptions at the site suggest it was built by a Brahman in 967. However, some architectural historians have suggested that the inscriptions may date from an earlier structure on this site and the temple is in fact later, marking a high-water mark in Khmer sculpture. We finish by experiencing sunset over the rice fields from the royal crematorium of Pre Rup, a classic view of the Cambodian countryside. Read more

Overnight in Siem Reap
DAY 9

Kulen Mountain

This morning we travel to Phnom Kulen, the sacred mountain that was the birthplace of the Khmer empire. It was here that Jayavarman II proclaimed independence from Java in 802, setting the stage for the glories of the Angkor-era that was to follow. This mountain plateau was the capital of the Khmer empire before it relocated south to Hariharalaya, known today as Roluos. Wat Pre Ang Thom is a focus of pilgrimage for Khmers during religious festivals and the large reclining Buddha carved into a huge sandstone boulder here offers spectacular views across the lush jungle. Nearby are impressive riverbed rock carvings, including innumerable lingas and representations of Shiva and Vishnu. There is a classic waterfall further downstream which is the perfect place to cool off after exploring and nearby is a small, jungle-clad temple called Prasat Krau Romeas. We enjoy a picnic lunch before descending from the plateau. Read more

Overnight in Siem Reap
DAY 10

Siem Reap

We transfer through the outskirts of Siem Reap to the Tonle Sap Lake. Board your boat and cruise through Tonle Sap, observing life on the lake as you travel past floating fishing villages that have their own schools, shops, hospitals and even crocodile farms! The lake is home to rare and endangered water birds and is unique for its flow of water, which changes direction twice a year. With the change in seasons, the lake has the ability to expand and shrink dramatically. At the height of the wet season, the lake can be more than 7,400 square miles (12,000 square kilometers) and provides half of the fish supply for Cambodia. On the return journey to Siem Reap, take the back roads into town and get a glimpse of daily rural activities, such as rice planting and harvesting, duck farming, and making the popular but smelly fish paste. Stop at a local Buddhist temple, chat with the villagers and try the local snacks. Have lunch at Madam Butterfly Restaurant Before transfer to Airport, if time limit we can visit Old market for some gifts to your friends and family. Afternoon we travel out of Siem Reap to the rural district of Puok, home to the Artisans d' Angkor silk weaving project. We visit a working silk farm where it is possible to learn about all aspects of the production process. We start by learning about the cultivation of mulberry trees and the diet of the silk worm. We then see them form cocoons where they produce the silk. Artisans d'Angkor was established to revitalise the Cambodian handicraft industry, drawing on the rich foundations of the Angkor empire. The project offer skills training and employment opportunities for young disadvantaged Cambodians and is part-owned by the artisans themselves. Read more

Overnight in Siem Reap
DAY 11

Siem Reap - departure

Free until drive pickup and then transfer to airport for your flight back home .

ACCOMMODATIONS

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Day 4
Location Kompong Thom
Day 5
Location Pheah Vihear
Day 6
Location Siem Reap
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Location Phnom Penh
Day 4
Location Kompong Thom
Day 5
Location Preah Vihear
Day 6
Location Siem Reap
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Hotel
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Day 4
Location Kompong Thom
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Location Preah Vihear
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Location Siem Reap

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • English speaking local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa fee or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

REVIEWS

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Ramakrishnan Vaikunt , India

The tour in Siem Reap was overall very good. The guide and driver was punctual. The guide and driver maintained friendly disposition and were family.

Carlo Genovez, Brazil

Very good. We learned a lot and have much fun. Guide has deep knowledge, very good attitude and energy.

Alain Nolet, Canada

Very good quality of service. Guide was friendly and knowledgeable. He was willing and able to answer all our questions. Great driver. We felt very safe while he brought us to our locations. Great Tour :)

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