PHNOM PENH CAPITAL – ANGKOR TEMPLES COMPLEX – TONLE SAP LAKE
TOUR CODE: CAM3
Day 1: Siemreap welcomes you & City Tour
Day 2: Angkor Wat Temple – Siem Reap
Day 3: Siem Reap – Tonlesap Lake – Cambodia Cultural Village
Day 4: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh (Flight)
Day 5: Phnom Penh – Departure
Day 1: Siemreap welcomes you & City Tour (L/D)
Upon you arrive at Siem Reap International airport will welcome by tour guide and transfer to a local restaurant for lunch.
In the afternoon, then visit the Civil War Museum is one of the popular tourist attractions in Siem Reap. Whenever you come to Siem Reap, visit this sightseeing spot to get a better insight into the history of the region. The Civil War Museum has a lot of the weaponry on hand that has been used over these past few decades, during Cambodia’s civil war and the long struggle against the Khmer Rouge that followed. Then visit Les Artisans d’Angkor and see their stone and wood carving workshops where the artisans are taught to use traditional Khmer techniques.
In line with its mission to produce fine Arts & Crafts objects, Artisans d’Angkor has set up a silver plated workshop to demonstrate this know-how and encourage the revival of this Cambodian heritage Wood and stone carving, The art of stone carving goes back to the glorious epoch of the Khmer empire and its monumental constructions that gave rise to the Angkor temples. Like the work of craftsmen from previous centuries, stone carving is done on sandstone. Artisans d’Angkor mainly uses sandstone from Siem Reap province. Dinner will be at a local restaurant & overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 2: Angkor Wat Temple – Siem Reap (B/L/D)
In the morning, we will visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk) the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century) and visit Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King and visit the fabulous Ta Prohm Temple, embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees. Lunch will be at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, Wat Thmei (New Wat) The wat contains a unique glass-walled stupa containing the bones of victims of the Khmer Rouge. Some of the bones were recovered from a nearby well while others are the remains of soldiers who died on a nearby battlefield. 500m west of the road to Angkor about 1.5km north of town. Then continue to visit the 7th World Heritage, Angkor Wat a unique and stunning blend of spirituality and symmetry, an enduring example of man’s devotion to his Gods. It is the largest and undoubtedly the most breathtaking of the monuments of Angkor and it is widely believed that it is the largest religious structure in the world until sunset. Dinner will be at a local restaurant & overnight at the same hotel.
Day 3: Siem Reap – Tonlesap Lake – Cambodia Cultural Village (B/L/D)
We excursion to visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap. Take a traditional wooden boat for a ride on the Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We will explore the differences of Khmer, Muslim and Vietnamese floating households and the floating markets, fisheries, clinics, schools, basketball course, pigsty and other boatloads of tourists. The “village” moves from place to place following water levels and current. Lunch will be at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, to visit “The Cambodian Cultural Village”. This is the best performance of the Khmer culture in Cambodia. Khmer, ethnic and Chinese cultural shows are presented in different beautifully-decorated villages, Various Dance shows, wedding ceremonies Khmer & Chinese circuses are performed by Khmer and Chinese from about 100 to 300 peoples. Return to the town and you will have a short time for exploring shopping at the local market “Old Market” before dinner. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 4: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh (Flight) (B/L/D)
Breakfast will be at the hotel. Then transfer to the airport to take a flight to Phnom Penh.
Upon arrival at Phnom Penh pick up and transfer to a local restaurant for lunch.
Afternoon, we will visit Royal Place, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda, Raung Damrei Museum. The Palace building and Silver Pagoda are located with in the same walled ground. The Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90 kilos and a small 17th-century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. And then move to the National Museum of Fine Arts, next to the Royal Palace was dedicated by King Sisowath in 1920. Over 5000 objects are on display including Angkorian era statues, lingas and other artifacts, most notably the legendary statue of the “Leper King” Though the emphasis is on Angkorian artifacts, there is also a good collection of pieces from later periods, including a special exhibition pf post-Angkorian Buddha figures. Then visit Wat Phnom, a small hill crowned by an active wat (pagoda) marks the legendary founding place of the Phnom Penh.
Dinner will be at a local restaurant & overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh.
Day 5: Phnom Penh – Departure (B)
and then 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. Then transfer to the airport for departure flight.
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