MYSTERY OF VISIT KINGDOM OF WONDER CAMBODIA

1 Person $1790
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  • 14 Day/13 NightS


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Tours Package is included -  Accommodation with daily breakfast based on Double or Twin sharing -  Tours with English speaking guide -  Ground transport with air-con vehicle as mentioned itinerary -  All entrance fees for the tour sites as mentioned in the tour itinerary -  Services charge -  Accommodation with daily breakfast based on Double or Twin sharing -  Tours with English speaking guide -  Ground transport with air-con vehicle as mentioned itinerary -  All entrance fees for the tour sites as mentioned in the tour itinerary -  Services charge -  Standard meal as mentioned itinerary -  Every 16pax up gets 1FOC based on Twin sharing room - Drinking water and fresh tower for the whole trips

 

 

Package Exclusions -  Cambodia visa fee currently US$30 / pax payable upon arrival -  Domestic and International Air tickets -  Domestic and International Insurance Surcharge -  International airport tax departure -  Soft drinks - Travel insurance - Personal expenses such as drinks at meals -  All other accounts are not mentioned in the above inclusion. - Compulsory dinner for Xmas Eve on 24 Dec, New Year Eve on 31 Dec & Chinese New Year - Peak Season for 4 star & 5 star hotel.


Schedule

Itinerary: 

 

DAY 1: PHNOM PENH – ARRIVAL BY FLIGHT……….AT…(-/-/D)

Transfer from Phnom Penh International Airport to the hotel (rooms may not be ready until the afternoon). Morning at leisure (no car and no guide provided) Begin your tour of this charming capital with a visit to the city's namesake, Wat Phnom. Founded in 1373, the pagoda was built to house Buddhist relics washed ashore by the river. Late afternoon, enjoy a Mekong Sunset Cruise. Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at Hotel Meals included: Dinner at local restaurant

 

DAY 2 PHNOM PENH- CITY TOUR (B/L/D)

Breakfast hotel Morning, Phnom Penh City tour: Visit the Independence Monument, and the National Museum.  Built in 1917 it is an exceptional example of traditional architecture and is exclusively devoted to preserving and displaying Khmer art and sculptures. Hundreds of pieces are housed here including both pre-and post-Angkorian pieces. Visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the grounds of 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. Lunch at the local restaurant. Drive to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek (16 km south of Phnom Penh). Between 1975 and 1978 about 17,000 men, women, children and infants (including nine westerners) detained and tortured at S-21 prison were transported to the extermination camp of Choeung Ek. They were often bludgeoned to death to avoid wasting precious bullets. Fragments of human bone and bits of cloth are scattered around the disinterred pits. Over 8,000 skulls, arranged by sex and age, are visible behind the clear glass panels of the Memorial Stupa, which was erected in 1988. Return to Phnom Penh.Visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum. In 1975 Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot's security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21). It soon became the largest such center of detention and torture in the country. More than 17,000 people held at S-21 were taken to the extermination camp at Choeung Ek to be executed; detainees who died during torture were buried in mass graves in the prison ground. Room after room the museum displays photographs of men, women and children covering the walls from floor to ceiling; virtually all the people pictured were later killed. Visit the Russian Market (Psah Tuol Thom Pong), a lively outdoor market where you will find antiquities, silver and gold jewelry, gems, silk, kramas, stone and wood carvings, as well as T-Shirts, CDs and other souvenirs. Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at Hotel.

 

DAY 3: PHNOM PENH – PHNOM DA – PHNOM CHISO – TONLE BATI (B/L/D)

Breakfast hotel Depart from Phnom Penh to Takeo. Take a boat from Takeo to Phnom Da (please note that the speedboat does not have a cover or any shade – hat and sun tan cream are essential). Visit Phnom Da temple, a pre-Angkorian laterite tower (6th century) and Asram Maharosei (6th century), an Indian-style sandstone temple constructed in a style unlike any other temple in Cambodia. Lunch at local restaurant.Visit a silk weaving village and continue to Phnom Chisor mountain. Climb the 100-meter hill to enjoy the spectacular view of the surrounding plains and a visit to the 11th century Brahman temple. Stop at Tonle Bati and visit Ta Prohm temple (12th-13th century) and Yeay Peau temple (12th century). Return to Phnom Penh. Dinner local restaurant and accommodation at Hotel

DAY 4 PHNOM PENH - BATTAMBANG (B/L/D)

Breakfast at hotel. Depart Phnom Penh for Battambang by overland transfer (290 km, 4-5 hours drive). On the way, stop at Udong. Visit the various temples and the three large stupas where the ashes of three former kings are preserved. Next, visit the most impressive structure of the site, the "Vihara of the 18-Cubit Buddha". Stop in Kompong Chhnang to see the pottery village. Visit the floating village with private boat at Kompong Chnang. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, visit the stone carving in Pursat. Arrive in Battambang, the second largest city in Cambodia. it is located on a rich and fertile plain, which provides much of the rice and other important crops for the country. The Sangker River cuts through the town center, which is filled with colonial and shop house architecture. Visit the local market Psar Nat, itself an architectural monument, the four-faced tower is worth a glance. Enjoy Battambang’s truly unique form of local transportation and take a ride on the Bamboo Train through the picturesque countryside. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at Hotel

        

DAY 5 BATTAMBANG - TOUR  (B/L/D)

Breakfast at hotel. Visit Phare Ponleu Selpak, this centre supports around 30 orphans and trafficking victims and is schooling more than 1,200 pupils, over 400 of who study visual arts, music, circus, drama and dance for leisure or vocational training. Visit a Khmer Ancient House and make a stop to see the production of rice paper used for making spring rolls. Then drive along the picturesque Sangker River to visit Wat Ek Phnom (11th century – Suryavarman I).  Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, visit Phnom Banon, with its five sandstone towers on top of a hill and enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding plains. Return to Battambang for a walk through the town to discover its beautiful colonial architecture and the local market. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at Classy Hotel & Spa

 

DAY 6: BATTAMBANG – SIEM REAP (BY BOAT) (B/L/D)

Breakfast at hotel. Option 1 (This option is available between mid July to mid January only, when water levels are sufficiently high to navigate the Sangker River and Tonle Sap!)Travel by private boat to Siem Reap along the Sangker River: enjoy unspoiled landscapes and traditional daily-life scenes. Stop at Cheur Khmao pagoda, “Black Wood Pagoda”, in Bak Prier floating village and cross the floating village of Prek Tuol. Picnic lunch on board. Continue by boat across the Tonle Sap Lake to either Mey Chrey or Chhong Khneas floating village. On arrival transfer to Siem Reap and check-in at hotel. Dinner at the local restaurant.  Overnight at Hotel in Siem Reap   

 

DAY 7: SIEM REAP – TEMPLE TOUR (B/L/D)

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, transfer by Tuk Tuk and enjoy the Angkor  Balloon Ride.  Continue to visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century) by Tuk Tuk. See the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, 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 Elephants Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon temples. Lunch at the local restaurant. In the afternoon continue by Tuk Tuk to visit Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm 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. Then 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 Cambodian 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 enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Sunset at Angkor Wat. Dinner at the local restaurant and overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

 

DAY 8: SIEM REAP – TEMPLE TOUR (B/L/D)

Breakfast at hotel

Morning, visit a local market (Psa Leu) and enjoy fruit tasting at a local farm.

Then, transfer to Banteay Srei temple (10th century) regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer art. Stop at a local village to visit families who are producing palm sugar. Then visit Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor due to restoration using the method of “anastylosis”. The name Samre refers to an ethnic group of mountain people, who inhabited the region at the base of Phnom Kulen and were probably related to the Khmers. No inscriptions have been found for this temple, but the style of most of the architecture is of the classic art of the middle period similar to Angkor Wat.  The proportions of Banteay Samre are splendid.  A unique feature is an interior moat with laterite paving, which when filled with water must have given an ethereal atmosphere to the temple. Drive back to Siem Reap.

Lunch at the local restaurant. In the afternoon, continue your temple tour.  See the unique interior brick sculptures Prasat Kravan, and make a small hiking tour on the trail of the south side of the Srah Srang reservoir (known as "The Royal Baths" was once used for ritual bathing) to see nice traditional wooden houses.  Continue your temple visits to Preah Khan. Built by the King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation, Eastern Mebon (guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation). Dinner at the local restaurant. Accommodation at hotel in Siem Reap

               

DAY 9 SIEM REAP- TEMPLE TOUR ( B/L/D)

Breakfast at hotel Visit the Roluos Group. The monuments of Roluos, which served as the capital of Indravarman I (reigned 877-89), are among the earliest large, permanent temples built by the Khmers and mark the beginning of Khmer classical art. Preah Ko erected by Indravarman I in the late 9th century dedicated by the King to his ancestors in 880. Bakong the largest and most interesting of the Roluos group temples, with his active Buddhist monastery just to the north of the east entrance. Lolei built on an islet in the center of a large reservoir (now rice fields) by Yasovarman I, the founder to the first city at Angkor. Lunch at the local restaurant Visit the Angkor National Museum, the first museum in Siem Reap presenting a unique collection of invaluable art objects from the ancient Khmer Kingdom to have a deeper understanding of customs, traditions and different beliefs of the ancient empire. 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. Time at leisure at the local market. Dinner at the local restaurant and accommodation at Hotel

DAY 10: SIEM REAP – KOH KER TOUR  (B/L/D)

Breakfast at hotel. Morning, drive to the remote Beng Mealea temple through the typical Khmer countryside (60 km from Siem Reap). Explore the long abandoned temple (11th century), strangled by the jungle. Lunch box will be provided at the site. A further 1-hour drive brings you to Koh Ker, situated in the northeast of Siem Reap. Discover the long abandoned temples in the forests of northern Cambodia. Also known as Chok Gargyar, it served as the capital of Jayavarman IV (reigned 928-42). His son and successor Harshavarman I moved the capital back to Angkor in 944. There are a remarkable number of religious buildings in the Koh Ker region, considering the short space of time that it was the capital of the empire. There are more than 30 major structures and experts believe there may have been as many as 100 minor sacred buildings in the region. It was also a prolific period for gigantic sculpture and several of the most impressive pieces in the National Museum in Phnom Penh come from Koh Ker, including a huge garuda (half-man, half-bird creature). Return to Siem Reap. Dinner at the local restaurant. Accommodation at Hotel

 

DAY 11 SIEM REAP – KOMPONG THOM (B/L/D)

Breakfast at hotel. Driver to Kompong Thom. En route, visit traditional villages and stop at the ancient Naga Bridge (Spean Pratpo), located 40 km from Siem Reap. Continue to visit Sambor Prei Kuk, located 35km northeast of Kompong Thom. Visit the ancient capital of Chenla with its 100 temples dating from the Pre-Angkorian period. Lunch at local restaurant Continue to visit Phnom Santuk. Dinner and accommodation at hotel

         

DAY 12 KOMPONG THOM - KRATIE (B/L/D)

Breakfast at hotel. Depart Kompong Thom for Kratie. En route, visit of the Wat Kohear Nokor temple (11th century). You will also visit the nearby village and its pagoda where you can observe the daily life of the monks. Stop at Skun to see the famous spider market. Lunch at local restaurant in Kompong Cham On the way to Kratie stop at Chhlong, a small and peaceful village on the Mekong River Bank with both Khmer and Colonial architecture Arrive in Kratie and proceed north to the best riverside vantage point from which to view the rare freshwater Irrawady dolphins which can be best seen late afternoon. Then, drive back to Kratie. Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at Hotel.

 

DAY 13: KRATIE – PHNOM PENH (B/L/D)

Breakfast at hotel. This morning visit Wat Phom Sambok to see the Buddhist monasteries and to enjoy the magnificent views of the surrounding countryside from the hilltop. Start your return trip Phnom Penh. Along the way stop at the Chup Plantation, the biggest rubber plantation in the country, established during the French colonial time by the French tire Maker Michelin. Lunch at local restaurant in Kompong Cham. Brief tour of Kompong Cham to view examples of colonial architecture. Continue to Wat Nokor pagoda with its ancient temple and modern style pagoda (12th century).Continue to drive to Phnom Penh. Dinner and accommodation at Hotel

 

DAY 14: PHNOM PENH - DEPARTURE (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel Transfer to Phnom Penh International Airport for departure flight to the next destination.

 

 


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