04-days Siem Reap-Phnom Penh Cambodia Travel
Cambodia is famous for ancient temples and monuments, especially Angkor complex in Siem Reap. The ruins of the ancient city of Angkor, capital of the Khmer kingdom from A.D. 802 until A.D. 1295, are one of the world's greatest marvels.
Siem Reap, not long ago a quiet, dusty town of rutted roads and dark nights, now supports a host of large five-star hotels and resorts, numerous restaurants, and the kind of goods, services, shops, galleries, and spas that make the little city a new island of luxury in parched western Cambodia.
Phnom Penh is the vibrant bustling capital of Cambodia, situated at the confluence of three rivers: the mighty Mekong, the Bassac and the great Tonle Sap, what was once considered the 'Gem' of Indochina. There is an endless choice of places to stay or dine and a host of possible activities awaiting the visitors. At Angkor National Museum, you can see a room displaying 1,000 Buddhas and an Angkor Wat exhibition with a model of the famed temple. It's a good place to see carvings and statue details up close and with decent explanations on hand. Angkor Thom is a next stop- over. The temple name means "the great city" in Khmer and is famed for its fantastic 45m (148-ft.) central temple, Bayon and nearby Baphuon. The vast area of Angkor Thom, over a mile on one side, is dotted with many temples and features; don't miss the elaborate relieves on the Bayon's first floor gallery or of the Terrace of the Leper King and the Terrace of Elephants. It is worth seeing Angkor Wat - the symbol of Cambodia, the five spires of the main temple of Angkor which are known the world over.
It is also a mistake if you are missing the Bayon which is the very centerpiece of the larger Angkor Thom city, and with its classic carved faces is one of the best loved of the Angkor temples. The Bayon is famous for its huge stone faces, usually set in groups of four around a central prang, or tower, and each face indicating an ordinal direction on the compass. The curious smiling faces are done in deep relief at Bayon, and you'll also find them in different forms at the entrance gates to Angkor Thom, at Ta Prom, and Banteay Kdei. You will have a enjoyable time visiting Ta Prohm. The temple was originally built in 1186 by Jayavarman VII as a monastery dedicated to the king's mother and spiritual teacher. There are 39 towers connected by numerous galleries.
There is also a wide rage of destinations for visitors in Phnom Penh. The gilded Royal Palace rises gracefully above flower-strewn gardens. Here the star attraction is the Silver Pagoda, shimmering with 5,000 silver tiles and sheltering diamond- and crystal-encrusted Buddhas. Angkor sculptures are among the Khmer art treasures at the pavilion-style National Museum, centered on four courtyards. With its bare torture chambers and photographs plastering its walls, Tuol Sleng is an emotional journey into the horrific Khmer Rouge years, as is the nearby Killing Fields and Choeung Ek Memorial. Coming to Cambodia, visitors are able to experience unforgettable time learning about its traditional and cultural values.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL SIEM REAP: Artisan D'Angkor, Wat Thmey, War Memorial Monument (L,D)
Meet and greet on arrival, welcome then transfer to check in. Relax at hotel. You will be picked up by tour guide at noon for lunch at local restaurant. After lunch transfer to visit ARTISAN D’ANGKOR The Handicraft center. A short stop at WAT THMEY or Killing Field contains a unique glass-walled stupa containing the bones of victims of the Khmer Rouge. Then, stop at the WAR MEMORIAL MONUMENT, it is dedicated to those who sacrificed their lives in the civil war. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight in Siem Reap
DAY 2: SIEM REAP: Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm , Angkor Wat, Bakheng (B, L, D)
Morning after breakfast, we visit THE SOUTH GATE OF ANGKOR THOM including BAYON TEMPLE. THE ROYAL ENCLOSURE PHIMEANAKAS, BAPOUN TEMPLE, THE ELEPHANT TERRACE and THE TERRACE OF THE LEPER KING. Next visit: THOMMANAN, CHAOSAY TEVODA, TA KEO. We continue fabulous TA PROHM. Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon visit: ANGKOR WAT The “7th Wonders’ of the World”. Sunset viewing on top of BAKHENG HILL. Buffet dinner with traditional show at local restaurant, one hour stop visit NIGHT MARKET & PUB STREET, overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 3: SIEM REAP v PHNOM PENH: Royal Palace, Wat Phnom, Naga Casino (B, L, D)
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Phnom Penh by express coach. Arrival Phnom Penh, meet and greet. Lunch at local restaurant and check in to hotel. After taking little rest, will be accompanied by our tour guide to visit: ROYAL PALACE, SILVER PAGODA and WAT PHNOM. We stop at NAGA CASINO get free Match & Play Coupon US$10 cash chips with purchase and try your best luck. Dinner and overnight in Phnom Penh
DAY 4: PHNOM PENH DEPARTURE (B)
Today bid farewell to Cambodia. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for departure flight. Tour ends here.