Phnom Penh to Angkor Wat 7 Days
Day 1 : ARRIVAL in PHNOM PENH
Morning arrival at Phnom Penh Airport. Transfer to your hotel (room may not be ready until begining afternoon). With your professional guide and prived car we start to visit Phnom Penh . Situated at the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers, the Cambodia’s capital city look like a big village- town where French colonial influences can still be seen in old buildings restored. We will first go to see Wat Phnom Temple.
Then we will visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda . The Palace is a magnificent example of Khmer architecture, it was built in 1866. You will see the Throne Hall and the Napoleon III Pavilion. Silver Pagoda is one of the richest shrines in the world . The floor is made of 5.000 silver tiles. We will then continue to the National Museum, housed in a traditional red pavilion, which is dedicated exclusively to Khmer art and sculpture. The majority of the exhibits are from the Angkor period (9th to 15th Century), but some date from as early as the 4th Century. Then we will enjoy a boat cruise on the Mekong River to see Phnom Penh from the river, and watching the sunset over Phnom Penh. overnight in hotel
Day 2 : PHNOM PENH /SIEM REAP
Transfer to the the harbour at 6 AM transfer to the speed boat to Siem Reap-Angkor. (about 5 hours boat) . Landscape and scenic views of the Cambodian rural life along the riverbank (optional by air, extra 45 dollars). at arrival in Siem reap , transfer to your hotel . Siem Reap is the nearest town to the famous complex of Angkor.From the 9th to 15th century, Angkor was the heart of a sophisticated civilisation. We will see massive stone monuments. We will start visit with professional guide and private car by Angkor Wat. Afternoon dedicated to visit the most famous temple magnificent Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. Beautifull carved bas- reliefs on the outer walls and corridors, depicting mythological scenes of Ramayana and day to day life at the time of Angkor’s building. late afternoon we will visit Bakheng Temple on the top of a hill with spectacular views over Angkor Wat and watch sunset on all Angkor site. overnight in hotel (optional Phnom Penh to Siem Reap by air, private car or bus, see below)
Day 3 : ANGKOR (Siem Reap)
We start by visit with professional guide and private car, the “Great City” of Angkor ThomVisits include the famous Bayon Temple, Phimeanakas Temple within the Royal Palace enclosure , Baphuon Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Afternoon will include the visits of Thommanon, Takeo, one of Angkor’s great mountains temple, Ta Prohm who become part of the jungle, Banteay Kdei with attractive carvings, Srah Srang, Prasat Kravan unique brick sculptures. We will visit Les Chantiers Ecole, a handicraft center located in the center of Siem Reap. Les Chantiers Ecole was founded in 1992 and its aim is to revive that ancient Khmer art. This organization gives young people the opportunity to learn the art of stone and wood carving, and silk weaving .
Day 4: VISIT BANTEAY SREI / KOBAL SPIEN / ROLUOS
Morning we will visit the enchanting Banteay Srei. It appears that the temple was designed to leave no space undecorated, and the fine carvings in pink sandstone are quite unique. We will continue after by car to a place named Kbal Spien and continue our journey on foot, following a white sand path through the beautiful forest. several narrow and steep passages , after approximately 40 minutes walk, we will hear the sound of a waterfall . the riverbed and the rocks around, are covered with carvings representing the gods of the Brahma religion dating back as far as the 11th century, its the “thousand Lingas Rivers” The water runs over the sculptures of Vishnu, Lakshmi, Hanuman, Rama and many Lingas, which were carved in stone in the past to sanctify the water and to thank the gods .The next visit will be to Banteay Samre, with elaborate architecture and exceptional carvings, and we will visit a local village. Afternoon, we will visit the earliest temples of Angkor area a the Roluos group. The three Roluos temples have been in years 877 to 889. They are the Bakong Temple Mountain with beautiful carvings on the false doors and lintels, the funerary temple of Preah Ko, and Lolei Temple.
Day 5 : BOAT RIDE TONLE SAP LAKE/ FISHERMANS VILLAGE/ SILK FARM
This morning we will enjoy a boat ride on the Tonle Sap lake. This is the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South East Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We will see a fishermen’s “floating village” with floatting schools, floatting police station, etc. It is same as a big village floatting on the lake, and the “village” move from place to place following water levels and curant.
we will visit Siem Reap central market and the Silk Farm in Puok, established by a French NGO to revive Cambodia’s beautiful silk production. We can see every step of silk production and visit of Les Chantiers Ecole, a handicraft center located in the center of Siem Reap founded in 1992 to revive ancient art of Khmer.
Day 6: BENG MEALEA/ PHNOM KOULEN
Today we will visit Beng Melea Temple very romantic temple which is still lost in the jungle. You will be same as the discoverer one century ago….A rather bumpy 2-3 hours drive through the beautiful countryside takes us there. Beng Melea is almost the size of Angkor Wat and is one of the largest ensembles build during the Khmer Kingdom. It is enclosed by a huge moat of 1200m x 900m and the temple presents in places a veritable chaos of fallen debris beside areas that remain absolutely intact – but everywhere vegetation reigns as master. During our visit we will have to walk over ruins and climb over stones and scultures to fully explore this site. The decoration of Beng Malea is simple and animated in certain areas but you can find several bas-reliefs showing scenes from the Khmer Mythology. Early afternoon we will drive on a logging highway along Phnom Koulen important holy place for bouddhist Khmers. Late afternoon return to Siem Reap
Day 7: SIEM REAP (ANGKOR) / DEPARTURE
Free at your own (or additional sightseeing on demand) until your transfer for departure flight