Glory of Cambodia
A short visit to Cambodia’s glory – the temples of Siem Reap and the palaces of Phnom Penh – followed by a brief fun under the sun in Sihanoukville, this one-week itinerary is a popular choice for stopover holiday in Southeast Asia.
Arrive in Siem Reap International Airport and be welcomed by our guide. Check in at your hotel.
Kick start the exploration by a trip to Preah Ang Chek Preah Ang Chorm Temple which is located to the south of the Royal Independence Garden. Experience a moment of heart-stopping: thousands of Cambodian flying foxes – or fruit bats – swarm around the shrine. Preah Ang Chek Preah Ang Chorm Shrine, whose name is the namesake of two Buddhas it worships, is thought to be the protection guardian of Siem Reap.
After touring the shrine, take a short drive (around 2 km) to Tonle Sap Lake. Embark on a short boat trip, from where you get the perfect vantage point to observe floating villages and the daily life of their inhabitants.
At dusk, ascend to the nearby Phnom Krom Hill and contemplate the view of sunset over Tonle Sap from the west gate of Prasat Phnom Krom. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.
After breakfast, visit an ancient Khmer civilization site – Hariharalaya City, which enjoyed an era of prosperity during the late 9th and early 10th century. The now defunct city now goes under the name of Rolous and is the host to including the remaining ruins namely Lolei, Preah Koh, and Bakong Temples. Take a look at Preah Koh, a set of six towers built on sandstone. The site takes its name – which means ‘Sacred Bull’ from three bull statues facing the main entrance. Visit Bakong the temple mountain which boasts towering structures over a significant region of nine hundred by seven hundred meters. The striking resemblance of Bakong to Java’s Borobudur – manifested in the form of steep pyramids and decorative details – implies strong trading link between ancient Cambodia and Indonesia. Survey the exterior of Lolei, the most recently-built, whose decorations showcase influence from Hinduism on Cambodian culture.
Afternoon, drive to the rural outskirt to visit Banteay Srei – a miniature (in Cambodian scale) sandstone temple erected in 10th century and dedicated to Shiva. Though miniature in size, the temple is adorned with highly elaborative carvings and bas reliefs and is considered as the birthplace of Khmer classical style architecture. On the way back to the city center, drop by Banteay Samre Temple – an excellently restored temple which exudes an appearance of being built by a very important personnel and expresses a slight nod to Thai architecture.
Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.
In this day, you will visit the highlights of Siem Reap – Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Morning transfer to Ta Prohm, one of the most visited complexes in Cambodia’ Angkor Region. Located approximately 100 km east of Angkor Thom, it’s endowed with oddly haunting yet photogenic jungle surrounding. Huge tree roots crawl precariously among stone blocks of the premise, proclaiming the temple as one of the most photographed sites of Southeast Asia. The temple was also the backdrop to Angelina Jolie’s blockbuster Tomb Raider.
After, visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat – the largest religious monument in the world. The monument demonstrates a combination between Khmer-styled temple-mountains and galleried temples with well-preserved extensive bas reliefs and numerous devatas carved on the walls. Until now, you can still appreciate the fine Apsara carvings dating back to Angkorian era.
Go on to explore the mysterious royal city of Angkor Thom. Be impressed by the city’s silent atmosphere, silent gaze of half-closed eyes which stare from millenniums ago. Visit the most notable structures, including Baphoun, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King and the remaining of the Royal Place area with Preah Khan Temple.
Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.
In the morning, board the flight from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville, a stretch of uninterrupted beaches along the elevated peninsula at the southwestern tip. It was named after the former king Norodom Sihanouk (the suffix ville is a reminder that Cambodia used to be a French colony).
Upon arrival to Sihanoukville, transfer to the jetty then take public share boat to Koh Rong island.
Overnight at hotel in Koh Rong.
Free day at your leisure. Overnight at hotel in Koh Rong.
After breakfast, public share boat to Sihanoukville then leave Sihanoukville for Phnom Penh by car (around 4 hours of transfer). Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, check in your hotel.
IF TIME PERMIT, explore the city and its landmark the Royal Palace – the residence of Cambodia’s royal family for around one century and a half. It’s a giant complex, consists of several buildings, structures and gardens all located within a 500 by 800 meters walled ground overlooking a riverfront park, and is considered as a symbol of the Kingdom. Count the Throne Hall, the luxurious assembly point of the Cambodian government with its exteriors and interiors staying loyal to the elaborate traditional Cambodian style. Muse over the Silver Padoga’s expensive contour: it is inlaid with 5000 silver tiles and bejeweled with Italian marble. Among the pagoda’s treasure, a life-sized golden statue of Maitreya Buddha, decorated with 9584 diamonds, is the most precious.
In the evening, explore the busy Phnom Penh (on your own). Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh.
After breakfast, visit the National Museum which exhibits some 5000 art antiques made from bronze, sandstone, gold, wood, etc built in traditional Khmer style. Drop by the Russian Market to grab last-minute souvenirs. Then, transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Our services end.
|Number of people||6 pax||4 pax||2 pax|
|Price per person||$650||$690||$810|