05-days Siem Reap-Phnom Penh Cambodia Travel
Phnom Penh, once known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’, is the capital and largest city in Cambodia. Now a cultural, commercial, and political center offers a unique blend of traditional charm and urban bustle. For a taste of Cambodian history and royal life, visitors can tour the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda located just next to the palace grounds. A short walk away, the National Museum beckons with room after room of Khmer sculpture, ceramics, bronzes, and ethnographic objects. To get a taste of city life, visitors can walk along Sothearos Boulevard, sampling local foods and patronising a clutch of ‘antique’ shops that sell silver trays, betel boxes, belts, ancient coins, silver or wooden statuettes and famed marble carvings from the province of Pursat.
Visitors may also find it pleasant to take leisurely strolls around Phnom Penh. Boulevards peppered by elegant colonial buildings and a bustling riverfront lined with cafes and restaurants make this a truly beautiful city to see on foot. A sunset cruise down Phnom Penh's Tonle Sap River serves as a perfect, relaxing end to an activity-filled day. Catch the soft river breezes and watch as Cambodia's capital begins to light up and shimmer for the evening.
Siem Reap, located in northwestern Cambodia, is the gateway to the world-famous Angkor temple complex, which includes the magnificent Angkor Wat. The province also contains a vibrant capital city boasting many luxury hotels, beautifully aged colonial buildings, a buzzing Pub Street, silk farms, markets, and much more.
The city of Siem Reap, also the capital of the province, is a ‘must-visit’ destination for all visitors to Cambodia. This is where the glorious 12th Century Angkor Wat temple, the largest religious building in the world, is located. Situated on the northern bank of the Tonle Sap Great Lake, this mesmerizing eighth wonder of the world can be easily accessed by plane, land, and boat.
The ruins of Angkor, located in thick jungle, are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are over one thousand temples ranging in scale from nondescript piles of rubble scattered through rice fields to the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat--the best-preserved temple.
Apart from the legacy of the vast Angkor temple complex, Siem Reap has a lot more to offer to tourists, from the spectacular floating village on the Tonle Sap Lake to the heritage site of the Kulen Mountain, to the recently discovered Koh Ker ruins.
In town, there are a bevy of ethnic craft shops, galleries, cafes, eateries and top-notch restaurants serving every type of cuisine. The famous ‘Pub Street’ and the night markets of Siem Reap are now renowned tour destinations in their own rights. Additionally, siilk farms, rice-paddy countryside, fishing villages and a very rich bird sanctuary near the Tonle Sap Lake make Siem Reap one of the most captivating places in the world.
Source: Ministry of Tourism of Cambodia
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 / Toul Sleng, Killing Field, Russian Market, Independent Monument/ (B, L, D)
After breakfast at the hotel you will be accompanied by our tour guide to visit: TOUL SLENG (S 21) THE GENOCIDE MUSEUM, then continue to THE KILLING FIELD 15 Km from Phnom Penh. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon visit RUSSIAN MARKET, INDEPENDENT MONUMENT for taking photograph. Dinner and overnight in Phnom Penh.
DAY 5: PHNOM PENH DEPARTURE (B)
Today bid farewell to Cambodia. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for departure flight. Tour ends here.