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4N/5D FIRST TIME CAMBODIA TOUR PACKAGE (AHKH01)

5 Days

BRIEFING AND TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Day No. Day Brief
Day 1 Phnom Penh Arrival
Day 2 Phnom Penh Visit
Day 3 Phnom Penh > Fly to Siem Reap
Day 4 Siem Reap Visit
Day 5 Siem Reap Departure

Itinerary

You will meet your guide on arrival, transfer and check-in to your hotel. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Phnom Penh, answer any questions you have, and make arrangements for the following day. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the day.

The riverside capital of Phnom Penh, once known as “The Pearl of Asia” and long considered the most beautiful French-built city of the Orient, is a charming and captivating city. The old French ochre-coloured colonial buildings are now being filled with trendy cafes, boutiques and art galleries and many traditional ornate temples still remain. The bustling squares and frangipani-lined boulevards create an atmosphere that is unlike any other city in South East Asia. Rich in history, Phnom Penh has a number of cultural and historical sites including the National Museum, Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, and offers an insight into its darker past with the haunting Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Museum.

Phnom Penh has many great restaurants and bars including the rooftop bar of the iconic Correspondent’s Club, an ideal spot to sit and watch the sun descending over the Tonle and Mekong rivers. Ask your guide for personal recommendations.

Included meals: None
Accommodation in PHNOM PENH

Set out with your guide to visit the National Museum, designed in traditional Khmer style by a French archaeologist and painter in 1917. The museum houses Khmer art and sculptures from different periods of Cambodian history. Next visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, built in 1866 by the French for King Norodom, two of the most striking buildings in the capital and amongst the finest examples of Khmer architecture. The Royal Palace stands on the site of the former citadel dating back to 1813 and is home to the current King Sihamoni. The Silver Pagoda owes its name to its floor made up of 5,329 solid silver tiles. The building houses many gold and jewelled Buddha statues including the 17th century Baccarat crystal Emerald Buddha. Other important buildings found within the compound include Wat Preah Keo Morokat where Royal ceremonies are performed, and the King Ang Doung Stupa - the burial site of former King Norodom. The palace has been inhabited by kings at all times with the exception of the period when the radical Khmer Rouge party took control in 1975.

Learn about the turbulent years of the Khmer Rouge on your visit to the infamous Tuol Sleng Museum. Tuol Sleng, a high school prior to 1975, became an interrogation prison known as S-21 during the Khmer Rouge era and today it is a genocide museum. It tells the sad story of the thousands of innocent Cambodian people who were tortured on its grounds. Walk the narrow corridors and former classrooms as you read the stories of the victims and witness the torture devices on display. Photographs were taken of each prisoner passing through the prison and hundreds of the black and white photos are now on display in the museum. Although a haunting experience, the museum is a sobering reminder of the Khmer Rouge’s brutality and a testament to their crimes.

Return to your hotel or to one of the riverside cafes or bars to watch the sunset over the Tonle and Mekong rivers.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation in PHNOM PENH

In the morning, you will be transfer to Phnom Penh airport for flight to Siem Reap.

Cambodia Angkor Air: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (Schedule TBA)

Meet your guide on arrival Siem Reap. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Siem Reap and answer any questions you have.
Siem Reap, situated in the north west of the country, is an enchanting town with Chinese-style shop houses, French colonial architecture and tree lined boulevards. It is the gateway to the World Heritage ancient temple ruins of Angkor, eighth wonder of the world and spectacular ancient capital of the powerful Khmer Dynasty. As well as the myriad of awe-inspiring temples and Khmer relics to explore, Siem Reap and its rural outskirts offers craft villages, silk farms, Khmer cuisine cooking classes, traditional Cambodian “apsara” dance performances and the floating villages on the tranquil waters of Tonle Sap Lake.

In the afternoon, drive to Tonle Sap Lake where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonle Sap is South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season. During the dry season it is roughly 2,500 km2, swelling to about 4 times it size in during the wet season: 10,000 km2! We will board a boat and visit the Chong Kneah village where we’ll see floating houses, farms and even a floating hospital.

After that, visit Artisans d’Angkor. Artisans d’Angkor was established in 1992 in order to support Cambodian arts and crafts, and to help young people find work in their local villages by continuing the practice of traditional arts. Among the workshops available for visit are wood and stone carving, wood and stone lacquering, gilding, and silk processing.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation in SIEM REAP

After breakfast at hotel, accompanied by your guide start exploring the stunning temples this afternoon by tuk-tuk. Visit Angkor Thom, the ancient fortified royal city and former capital of the Khmer Empire. The city has five monumental gates and consists of several temples including the Bayon, Baphuon, Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. Enter Angkor Thom through the impressive South Gate and drive towards the centre piece, the Bayon Temple. At first glance the temple may seem like a shapeless mass of stone, but further scrutiny reveals the enigmatic faces of former King Jayavarman VII looking in every direction. There are over 200 huge carved faces that stare down from fifty four gothic towers. Continue your exploration with a visit to the 350 metre (1155 feet) long Terrace of the Elephants, which served as a platform from where the King viewed the victorious return of his army. Then visit the Terrace of the Leper King with detailed carvings winding along a narrow passage that leads to the Baphuon, a pyramidal representation of mythical Mt Meru.

In the afternoon, explore temples of the World Heritage Angkor complex with your guide. Start with a visit to the picturesque and atmospheric Ta Prohm, built in 1186. This fascinating jungle-clad temple is one of Angkor’s most impressive and most beautiful structures. Over centuries the fig tree roots have engulfed the temple’s huge stone blocks, crumbling towers and walls. The living jungle is reclaiming this Buddhist temple, shrouding the courtyards and corridors in dappled sunlight, and creating a haunting and exotic atmosphere.

After that, visit one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites, the iconic temple of Angkor Wat. The largest and most breathtaking of Angkor’s monuments, this vast temple was constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries and is the largest Hindu structure in the world. Angkor Wat is orientated towards the west, symbolically the direction of death. It is home to hundreds of beautiful carvings of Apsara and Hindu mythology and boasts some of the most well preserved carvings in the region. As you stroll the massive hallways you discover small shrines still in use today by the local people. Return to one of the grass terraces in front of the five massive towers of Angkor Wat to watch the sun setting over the temple complex. Afterwards, return to your hotel in Siem Reap.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation in SIEM REAP

Breakfast at hotel. Free at leisure.

Your guide and private car will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.

Please note that hotel check-out time is by noon 1200. Luggage can be deposited at hotel after check-out. Hotel late check-out is subject to hotel availability and with extra fee.

Included meals: Breakfast

  • • All accommodations as mentioned with daily breakfast
  • • All meals as noted in the itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • • Airport transfers and ground transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with skillful & experienced Drivers
  • • Bottled water on vehicle for included transfer & sightseeing
  • • All entrance fees, boat rides, service charges, and taxes as mentioned in tour program
  • • Services of English-speaking local Guide (one place – one guide)
  • • Domestic/ Internal flights as mentioned:
  • o Phnom Penh – Siem Reap / Economy class

Exclusions:

  • • Visa Fees
  • • International airfares to start & from finish locations.
  • • Other domestic/ internal air transportation
  • • Other meals not noted in the itinerary
  • • Camera/video entrance fees
  • • Items of a personal nature such as liquor, laundry and phone calls
  • • Excess baggage charges
  • • Tips & gratuities (suggestion for local services as restaurants, boat ride, driver and tour guide)
  • • Trip cancellation, travel delay or baggage insurance.
  • • Travel insurance (***)
  • • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of our tour companies
  • • All other services which are not mentioned in INCLUSIONS
Notices

- This proposed itinerary is subject to availability. We will only proceed with all reservations upon receiving your written confirmation. We recommend your confirmation as early as possible. - The regular check-in time for all hotels is 14:.00. Early check-in is subject to availability. - The regular check-out time for all hotels is 12:00. Late check-out is subject to availability. *** It is recommended for travelers to our destinations to have a travel insurance covering also the cost of a medical evacuation flight.  A travel insurance is best purchased in your country of origin/residence and cannot be purchased on arrival.

GENERAL REMARK:

- There will be surcharge for period of National Holidays and New Year as well as TET (Lunar New Year). Please double check case by case for update quotation when clients travelling over these following period. o 20 December – 10 January o Compulsory gala dinner on 24 Dec & 31 Dec at some hotels. o Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year): last week or January – first week of February

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