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Cambodia Classic Tours

CTC9: Amazing Cambodia 7 days

Destination: Phnompenh - Battambang – Siem reap
Starts in: Phnompenh
Ends in: Siem reap
Duration: 7D-6N
Tour code: CTC9

Amazing Cambodia 7 days

Itinerary in Brief:
 
Day 1: Phnompenh arrival ( D )
Day 2: Phnopenh – Battambang ( B,L,D )
Day 3: Battambang ( B, L)
Day 4: Battambang – Siem reap ( B,L )
Day 5: Siem reap – Angkor tour ( B, L )
Day 6: Siem reap tour ( B, L )
Day 7: Siem reap departure ( B )
 
Itinerary in Details:
 
Day 1: Arrival Phnom Penh ( D)
Arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport and transfer to the hotel (rooms may not be ready until the afternoon).
Phnom Penh city tour: Visit the Victory Monument, and the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90kilos and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. End your afternoon with the visit of the Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh’s namesake. Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.

 
Day 2: Phnom Penh - Battambang (B, L, D)        
Breakfast at hotel.
Depart Phnom Penh for Battambang by overland transfer. Stop in Kompong Chhnang to see the pottery village. Visit the
floating village with private boat at Krar Kor.
Lunch at local restaurant.After lunch, visit the stone carving in Pursat. Arrive in Battambang, and check-in at the hotel. Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at Battambang.
 
Day 3: Battambang (B, L)        
Breakfast at hotel.
Drive along the picturesque Sangker River to Wat Slaket Pagoda, the residence of the provincial Buddhist patriarch. Continue to visit Wat Ek Phnom. Visit a market where Prahoc, the Cambodian fish paste, is made. Lunch at local restaurant.Visit the Provincial Museum (closed on Saturdays/ Sundays) and the local market. Drive to Phnom Banon, with its five sandstone towers on top of a hill and accommodation at Battambang.
 
Day 4: Battambang - Siem Reap (B, L)     
Breakfast at the hotel – drive to Siem Reap via Sisophon province. On the way, we will visit family-made stone carving workshop at Preah Net Preah district. We will also visit the silk farm, a fascinating farm/workshop where you can see the entire silk creation process including growing the food for the silk worms, breeding the worms, silk extraction and refinement, traditional kit dying pattern creation and looming. Retail silk and souvenir shop. We will continue our way to Mechhrey village, where a boat will transport you across the Great Lake of Tonle Sap to visit a fascinating floating village where you will see the daily life of the lake-dwelling Cambodian people. A visit to the lake’s flooded forest rounds off the day, or if you prefer. Here you will have chance to experience ox cart ride in the village.
 
Day 5: Siem Reap (B, L)
After breakfast, we  access Angkor Thom via the Southern Gate to explore the ancient city and then proceed to visit the ruins at Bayon, Baphoun, Phimeanakas, the Royal Palace, the Elephant Terrace and the Leper King Terrace. In the afternoon, a visit to the magnificent Angkor Wat with its extraordinary architecture offers an opportunity to experience a spectacular sunset over the monuments. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize Meru's five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. 

Day 6: Siem Reap (B, L)   
In the morning, visit Prasat Kravan with its unique brick sculptures and Ta Prohm.  One of the area's most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them. Visit as well Takeo, Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Visit Preah Khan temple. Built by the King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulders-hanging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation.  Continue your visits to Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool and representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake and visit the temple of Ta Som and Sunset at Pre Rup.
 
Day 7: Siem Reap – Departure (B) 
Breakfast at hotel.
Morning, Visit Banteay Srei temple (10th c), regarded as the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art. Continue to visit Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor due to restoration using the method of "anastylosis". The name Samre refers to an ethnic group of mountain people, who inhabited the region at the base of Phnom Kulen and were probably related to the Khmers. No inscriptions have been found for this temple, but the style of most of the architecture is of the classic art of the middle period similar to Angkor Wat. The proportions of Banteay Samre are splendid.  A unique feature is an interior moat with laterite paving, which when filled with water must have given an ethereal atmosphere to the temple.Transfer to Siem Reap airport for your departure flight. End of tour.
 
Accommodation Options
 

Location Standard Superior First class Deluxe
Phnompenh Cardamom 3* King grandboutique 3* White Maison 4* Sofitel 5*
Siem reap Casa Angkor 3* Central Boutique 3* Prince D’ Angkor 4* Borei Angkor 5*
Battambang Stung Sangke 3* Stung Sangke 3* Battambang Resort 4* Bambu 4*
 
Tour includes:

  • Tours & transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Private English speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary with local foods (B= breakfast; L=Lunch; D = Dinner)
  • Boat cruise as stated
  • Ox cart ride
  • Entrance fees and permits for all sights visited
  • Mineral Water and towel
  • Government taxes & Service charges
 
Tour excludes:

  • International flight ticket to and from Cambodia
  • Visa in Cambodia (available at the airport at 20 USD)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as Telephone and Laundry bills.
  • Tips and gratuities
 
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