Experience the best of Cambodia with this 12days/11nights tour covering the Phnom Penh,Plae Pakaa, Silversmith Village,Oudong Mountain,Floating Village, Battambang,Banteay Chhmar,Siem Reap,Angkor,Banteay Srei,Banteay Samre ,Angkor Wat, Beng Mealea,Koh Ker,Preah Vihea,Preah Vihear Temple and Kg. Thom.
Experience Cambodia in this 12Days/11Nights Journey!
Upon your arrival in Phnom Penh International Airport, transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit some of the capital’s most impressive sites including the National Museum, the Silver Pagoda containing the Emerald Buddha statue, the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh’s oldest shrine. In the evening, you will have a rejuvenating traditional Khmer traditional massage at La Rose Spa, which, after a long flight, can be just what the doctor ordered. Massage for health and relaxation is a time-honoured tradition throughout Southeast Asia with Cambodia offering its own distinctive traditions in massage therapy. Indulge yourself with a delicious Khmer welcome dinner there. Overnight in Phnom Penh. [Dinner]
In the morning, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the notorious Khmer Rouge Killing Fields. The exhibits at these sites are graphic, and may not be suitable for all visitors. On the way back, stop and witness the PSE (Pour Un Sourire d’Enfant), which provides support for underprivileged children living in Cambodia. Thousands of children living in and around the streets of Stung Meanchey garbage dump in Phnom Penh have been provided with food, health care, accommodation and education through this program. We will have lunch at Le Lotus Blanc, the centre’s training restaurant, where you can support the training of these children by being their guest before starting a short sightseeing tour to experience and understand PSE’s programs and how they contribute to society and interact with teachers and students in the centre. NOTICE: The NGO is open for visits Monday through Friday and Saturday in the morning only. In the afternoon, continue the visit to Apsara Arts Association to support their efforts in providing needy children and orphans access to education and art performance training in dance, music and theatre. Learn how these youngsters emulate traditional theatrical gestures and familiarize themselves with ancient forms of music. In the evening, you will have an opportunity to see a regular cultural attraction in Phnom Penh, while also creating long-term work opportunities for emerging and established arts professionals. Plae Pakaa, which translates literally as “coming to fruition”, is the brainchild of Cambodian Living Arts, a non-profit organization based in Cambodia that focuses on Cambodian arts. As a springboard for emerging arts professionals, Plae Pakaa plays an integral role in CLA’s program. The shows will alternate: Children of Bassac folk and classical dance show on Monday and Thursday, while Tuesday and Friday will see artists perform Yike or Cambodian opera and there will be Passage of Life theatre on Wednesday and Saturday. This program will run through the high tourist season, offering guests the chance to see the country’s best emerging talents demonstrate their abilities on stage. We highly recommend visitors sample this insight into Khmer culture. Overnight in Phnom Penh. [Breakfast, Lunch]
This morning, you will have the opportunity to have a half day cooking class. La Rose offers its customers the opportunity to learn how to cook real Khmer cuisine in a traditional Khmer setting, with a skilled and friendly chef with 18 years of experience who can impart the secrets of Khmer cooking to you. Visit the market and interact with the stall holders and purchase fresh ingredients for the day’s meals. After completing the shopping, return back to La Rose. The chef will demonstrate how to prepare a variety of Khmer dishes; you will boost your cooking skills and knowledge under the Chef’s guidance. At the end of class, you will be delighted by your own prepared meal which will be served.
In the afternoon, we will cycle from your hotel to the ferry crossing near Naga World. Cross on a ferry to ArreiKsat for an exciting excursion along the Mekong River to visit a traditional Khmer weaving village. See how the villagers produce their own dyes and weave silk on old looms. Learn about the local way of life as you walk through the village. This is a chance to meet local people, learn about their lives and interact in a respectful and meaningful way. Your guide will show you about the way of life for the local people and answer any questions that you have. Return back to the hotel. Overnight in Phnom Penh. [Breakfast, Lunch]
Today, we will drive a long national road No. 5 to Battambang while stopping en-route to visit the silver craftsmen and Oudong Mountain, Cambodia’s former capital, to see royal tombs situated on the Royal Fortune Hill. Then proceed to Pursat Province where Klieng Moeung and the floating village of Kampong Leung display glimpses of authentic rural life - one of the largest floating villages with the beautiful backdrop of Tonle Sap and is an entire commune of 5 floating villages in the Pursat province. Kompong Luong is habited by about 1,200 families, bringing the total population to about 7,000 people. The villages are therefore equipped with the services you would find anywhere, such as petrol stations, schools, shops, markets, hospitals, garages, restaurants, etc. Upon arrival, we will take a memorable boat cruise to get a glimpse of the everyday life of the local people who dwell in floating shacks. Continue the drive to Battambang. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. Overnight in Battambang. [Breakfast]
After breakfast, transfer to the Bamboo Train Station. The Bamboo train was set up by the villagers to facilitate the transportation of both goods and passengers. The train’s very basic technology is comprised of a platform on 4 wheels which is activated by a small motor. For your comfort, Vidotour provides some cushions for the 8km journey through beautiful landscapes and rice paddies to the next station. Leave the train and start your discovery of local country life by visiting a village. Stop at a workshop that specializes in wooden sculpture and afterwards visit a local NGO named “La Maison de Coco” and the downtown area populated with its beautiful houses dating from colonial time. On the weekdays, for groups with more than 10 participants, we offer a visit to Phare Ponleu Selpak instead of “La Maison de Coco.” This is a local NGO that gives circus, drawing and music classes to children from poor families. The visit is followed by a circus performance by the students. In the afternoon, you will visit the provincial museum before driving along the picturesque Sangker River to the 11th century Wat Ek Phnom. The day ends with a visit to Phnom Banon which boasts five hilltop sandstone towers and a magnificent view over the plains below.
Overnight in Battambang [Breakfast]
Drive northwest to Banteay Mean Chey Province (Sisophon) and Banteay Chhmar Temple, one of the capitals of Jayavarman II. It was rebuilt by Jayavarman VII in honour of his sons and four generals who were killed in a battle repelling a Cham invasion in 1177. The 11th century sandstone structure was also dedicated to the god Avalokiteshvara and unfortunately suffered significant damages during repeated Thai invasions. Fortunately, many of its huge bas-reliefs, which are said to be comparable to those of Bayon and Angkor Wat, remain to this day. A picnic lunch will be arranged. Later in the day, you will visit Banteay Torp Temple before arriving in Siem Reap.
Enter Angkor Thom via the Southern Gate and explore the ancient city. Then proceed to visit the ruins at Bayon, Baphoun, Phimeanakas, the Royal Palace, the Elephant Terrace and the Leper King Terrace. In the afternoon, visit the Bantey Kdei with its rarely seen sculpted female deities, the Lake of Srah Srang and the impressive Ta Prohm Temple mystically enveloped by the jungle. Visit the Ta Keo, Chau Say Tevada and Thommanon Temples before returning to the hotel. This evening, you will enjoy the buffet dinner with Khmer traditional Apsara dances shows at local restaurant. Overnight in Siem Reap. [Breakfast, Dinner]
After breakfast, visit the graceful 11th century Temple of Shiva – Banteay Srei – and the Banteay Samre Temple. In the afternoon, visit the magnificent Angkor Wat. Explore its extraordinary architecture for an opportunity to experience a spectacular sunset over the monuments. Overnight in Siem Reap. [Breakfast]
Depart early for Tbeng Meanchey, the provincial capital of Preah Vihear. Enjoy the Khmer countryside before you reach the remote Beng Mealea Temple (60km away), which has been long left in oblivion and partially reclaimed by the jungle. Proceed to the capital of King Jayavarman IV at Koh Ker Temple. Here, the statues and reliefs were built on a large scale 30 metre-high pyramid, thus
conveying a sense of power and grandeur which is rarely found in Khmer art. The “temple-mountain” rises to considerable heights along with long halls (originally, the structure would have had timber roofs). A picnic lunch will be available on site before you proceed onto Saem in Preah Vihea province for overnight.
Overnight In Preah Vihear Boutique Hotel. [Breakfast, Lunch]
After breakfast, we will drive to the northern hilltop temple of Preah Vihear. From here, the Dangrek Mountains, which form a natural border between Cambodia and Thailand, may be seen. A picnic lunch will be arranged on site. Afterwards, return to the hotel.
Overnight In Preah Vihear Boutique Hotel. [Breakfast, Lunch]
We will depart from the hotel very early to the small town of Stung for our adventure to a jungle temple of Preah Khan of Kampong Svay or Prasat Bakan. This Buddhist temple, originally constructed by Suriyavarman I, yet added to and modified by later kings, is a massive monastic complex enclosing near five square kilometres including Prasat Preah Stung, Prasat Preah Thkol and Prasat Preah Damrei. Most of the carvings have been looted or removed including a bust of Jayavarman VII which has become an iconic image and widely reproduced. Preah Khan Temple is located about 100km East of Beng Mealea and is difficult to reach by road, which require the better part of the day to get there. Along the way, we will drive past some remote villages in one of the most isolated parts of Cambodia. Upon arrival, we will explore the most important temples there including the four faces Bayon-style of Prasat Preah Stung and the central temple which was one of the biggest enclosures built during the Angkor period. It is thought this may have been a very important provincial city during the Khmer Empire. Boxed lunches and cold mineral water have to be prepared in advance and we will have lunch on site before we drive back to overnight in Kg.Thom - if time permits, we stop en-route to visit the 7th century Sambor Prei Kuk temple. Along the way, observe everyday life of rural Cambodia. Visit the ancient capital of Chenla with its 100 temples dating from the pre-Angkor period. The complex at Ishanapura is composed of four groups of temples that are among the most ancient surviving examples of Khmer architecture. Overnight in Kg. Thom. [Breakfast, Lunch]
After breakfast, we will drive to Phnom Penh by stop en-route to visit the 11th century Wat Kohear Nokor to meet local monks and villagers. Arrive in Phnom Penh international airport for your departure flight onward. [Breakfast]
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