THE HEART OF CAMBODIA TOUR

Trip Facts

Starts FromPhnom Penh
Ends inSiem Reap
Country Visited Combodia
Best Time Nov-Apr
Price (per person) From $435
Single supplement $85
Internal airfare (per person) N/a

Tour Overview

Famous for its breathtaking temples, fertile plains dotted with rice fields, and a history unlike any other Cambodia is an incredibly beautiful Southeast Asian country.  With their infectious smile Cambodian are one of the friendliest peoples in the world. No visitor comes away without a measure of admiration and affection for the inhabitants of this enigmatic kingdom.

Scheduled departure | Scroll down for dep. dates | Based on double occupancy

Day 1 Phnom Penh

Sightseeing in Phnom Penh

Explore Phnom Penh, a chaotic, energetic and always fascinating city. Graceful tree-lined boulevards and riverfront promenades are reminders of bygone eras; today they teem with life and activity, as motorcycles weave in and out of traffic, vendors hawk their wares, and pedestrians go about their business. Start the tour with an insight into Cambodia’s cultural heritage with a visit to the ROYAL PALACE, still the official residence of King Norodom Sihamoi and the adjacent SILVER PAGODA, also known as the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha. Continue to the elegant NATIONAL MUSEUM, which contains a comprehensive collection of Khmer Art. Finally, explore the modern-day city, visiting one of Phnom Penh’s two great markets, the CENTRAL MARKET, located in a distinctive domed Art Deco building OR the sprawling RUSSIAN MARKET, a labyrinth of stalls selling everything from CDs and DVDs to silks, crafts, jewellery and more.

Excursion to the Killing Fields

Just outside Phnom Penh, in a peaceful rural setting, the KILLING FIELDS OF CHOEUNG EK provide a stark reminder of the atrocities under the Pol Pot regime. Thousands of people were killed here between the years of 1975 and 1978 and buried in mass graves.

Visit Tuol Sleng (S-21)

Learn about a chapter from Cambodia’s more recent, tragic, past at the TUOL SLENG MUSEUM (Museum of Genocide). Formerly the Tuol Svay Prey High School, in 1975, this became the interrogation and torture facility for the Khmer Rouge regime – at that time known as Security Prison 21, or simply S-21. Kept largely unchanged, this prison now showcases photographs and exhibits about the thousands of victims that passed through these doors – only seven of whom came out alive.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 2 Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (Breakfast: Hotel )

By vehicle from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 3 Siem Reap (Breakfast: Hotel )

Sightseeing in Angkor

 

Visit Angkor Wat

The crown jewel of Khmer architecture, ANGKOR WAT is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. To approach the temple, first cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades. Upon entering the main structure, ascend through a series of galleries and courtyard before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside. On the way, stop to enjoy the intricate stone carvings that adorn nearly every surface of the temple, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted from the walls. Along the outer gallery walls run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. Angkor Wat is stunning at any time of the day, but sunrise and sunset are especially beautiful times to watch the play of light on the stones.

Visit Angkor Thom

The fortified city of ANGKOR THOM covers an area of 10 square km. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats; the city includes many of Angkor’s most popular sights. Enter by the monumental SOUTH GATE over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga. Continue to the TERRACE OF THE ELEPHANTS and the TERRACE OF THE LEPER KINGS, former spaces for public ceremonies, both adorned with dramatic bas reliefs. Visit the ruined BAPHUON, ROYAL ENCLOSURE and PHIMEANAKAS before continuing to the mysterious BAYON TEMPLE. In this temple, one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor, explore the galleries of beautifully preserved bas reliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where giant stone faces smiling enigmatically down from every angle.

Visit Ta Prohm

TA PROHM: one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them.

Visit a temple for sunset

Watch the sun set over the Cambodian countryside from the upper terraces of an ancient Angkorian temple.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 4 Siem Reap (Breakfast: Hotel )

Sightseeing in Angkor

Visit Chau Say Tevoda

CHAU SAY TEVODA: built during the second quarter of the 12th century opposite Thommanon, it was dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu.

Visit Thommanon

THOMMANON: a temple which mirrors Chau Say Tevoda (just to the north), as it was built around the same time and has a similar plan. It is also dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu.

Visit Banteay Kdei Temple

A massive Buddhist temple dating from the second half of the 12th century, BANTEAY KDEI is surrounded by four concentric walls, the outer walls measuring 500 by 700 metres.

Visit Sras Srang

SRAS SRANG: a basin opposite of Banteay Kdei measuring 800 by 400 metres with a tiny island in the middle where only the stone base remains of what was once a wooden temple.

Visit Prasat Kravan

PRASAT KRAVAN: the five brick towers were built for Hindu worship in 921 and are notable for the bas-reliefs cut into the bricks on the interior walls.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 5 Siem Reap (Breakfast: Hotel )

Transfer to airport for homeward bound flights.

DayCityHotels
1Phnom PenhMondulkri Boutique Hotel (Superior)
2-4Siem ReapClaremont Angkor Boutique Hotel
(Superior)


  • – Accommodation in hotels as described or similar category

    – Daily breakfast

    – All transfers within the journey, including pick-up at airport

    – All entrance fees

    – English speaking guide

  • – International air tickets (we will be glad to book your international flight)

    – Visa fees

    – Airport taxes

    – Other personal expenses

Fixed Departures