Day 1: Arrival to Phnom Penh
Upon arrival to Phnom Penh, you will be welcomed by our tour guide at the airport and brought on the tour. First, visit the Independence Monument inaugurated in 1958 for Cambodia’s independence from France in 1953. Now, it also serves to pay
tribute to those who died in the Cambodian Civil War. In the afternoon, try your luck at the well-known NAGA Casino & Resort.
Thereafter, enjoy a 1-hour sunset cruise along the Mekong river.
Day 2 Phnom Penh tour
After breakfast, you will visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town. On the south side of the palace is the Silver Pagoda, which got its name because its floor is made up of 5,000 silver tiles. Next, visit the tallest religious structure in the city – the Wat Phnom. It is a Buddhist temple built in 1373. At 27m above ground, you can enjoy stunning views over the tree-lined avenues of the city. Thereafter, head to the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum. In 1975 Tuol Svay Prey High School, the former site of the museum, was taken over by Pol Pot’s security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21).
Following, you will tour the Central Market (Psah Thom Thmey), a lively outdoor market where you will find a large selection of antiques, silver and gold jewelry, gems, silk, and many other things of interest to visitors. Transfer back to hotel for an overngiht stay
Day 3 Battambang
This morning, we will drive to Battambang in northwestern Cambodia. Upon arrival, check in to hotel and proceed for lunch before you begin your tour in the main rice-producing province of Cambodia. Visit Wat Ek Phnom pagoda and Wat Ek Phnom temple, surrounded by the remains of a literate wall and an ancient baray dating back to the 11th century. Next, proceed to Phnom Banan, where an Angkor-era mountaintop temple located 400m above ground can be found. Also pay a visit to Phnom Sampeou where you can see the Wat Sampeou pagoda and 3 natural caves. Learn about the cruel Khmer Rouge regime as you visit some caves used by the Khmer Rouges as killing caves with the skeletons of their victims remaining inside. Enjoy spectacular landscape views here.
Day 4 Drive to Siem Reap
Transfer to Siem Reap after breakfast to continue your tour. First, visit West Barray, the largest manmade lake in Angkor built in the 11th century. Next, proceed to the Angkor Silk Farm where you can understand the fascinating process of silk-making and buy high-quality silk products. Head to the Les Artisan D’ Angkor – Chantiers Ecoles in the afternoon. It houses 13 unique villages, each featuring different cultural heritages and traditions of Cambodia.
Following, head to the Killing Field of Wat Thmei, a war memorial located about 3 km from the center of Siem Reap. Tonight, you will enjoy dinner with an Aspara Dance Performance before returning to hotel.
Day 5 Angkor Wat Complex
Today, you will embark on a tour to discover the spectacular Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat regions. Start the day with a visit to the Angkor Thom area via the South Gate of Angkor Thom. Inside the walls of this city, you will tour Bayon, standing in the exact center of Angkor Thom. Located 200m northwest of the Bayon is the Baphuon, a single sanctuary temple-mountain situated on a high base. Then, visit the Phimean Akas Temple, enclosed by the walls of the Royal Palace. The temple is built of roughly hewn sandstone blocks and has little decoration. Next, proceed to the Elephants Terrace, dedicated to Buddhist and replica to the Bayon style of art. Afterwards, head to the Leper King Terrace, faced with dramatic bas-reliefs, and carries on the grandeur theme that characterizes the building during Jayavarman VII’s reign. You will also tour the Royal Palace, Woman and Man Pond, enclosed by a laterite wall with only the base remaining today.
Next, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Ta-Prohm Temple. The photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made the site one of Angkor’s most visited temples. After lunch, continue your journey to the largest religious monument in the world – the Angkor Wat. Built in the early 12th century, this
architectural masterpiece is one of the seven greatest architectural wonders of the world. Lastly, make a visit to Phnom Bakheng for its beautiful sunset. Overnight Siem Reap
Day 6 Siem Reap departure
End of the trip, transfer to the airport for departure flight