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Cambodia: Angkor Wat (4 - 5 Days)

CambodiaAngkor Wat - undoubtedly one of the most fabulous complexes ever built by mankind.

Nearly 200 temples are scattered across the Siem Reap Province. After many years of closure it is now possible to visit Cambodia and its cultural highlights. Cambodia is one of the fastest growing destinations in Asia.


2017 Departures Dates & Cost

Daily departures from Bangkok based on Private tour with 2 or more persons.
Early booking essential due to high popularity!

4 day Angkor Wat
Per person based on twin from Siem Reap $ 660 USD
Single Supplement $ 150 USD
Based on first class accommodation

Above with airfare from Bangkok or Luang Prabang, Laos $ 966 USD

5 day Classical Cambodia
Per person based on twin $ 840 USD
Single Supplement $ 265 USD/CAD tba
Based on first class accommodation and including domestic flight in Cambodia.
Tour cost including return airfare from Bangkok or Luang Prabang $ 1,340 USD

A Visa is required for entry to Cambodia. This can be obtained on arrival in Phnom Penh. The fee is $ 20 USD. One passport-sized photo is required.

Longer journeys throughout Cambodia and Indo-China combination tours are available on request.


Itinerary: 4 day Angkor WatCambodia

DAY 1 BANGKOK - SIEM REAP (L,D)
Flight to Siem Reap. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Visit the Roluos Group. The monuments of Roluos, which served as the capital of Indravarman I (reigned 877-89), are among the earliest large, permanent temples built by the Khmers and mark the beginning of Khmer classical art. Preah Ko erected by Indravarman I in the late 9th century dedicated by the King to his ancestors in 880. Bakong the largest and most interesting of the Roluos group temples, with his active Buddhist monastery just to the north of the east entrance. Lolei built on an islet in the center of a large reservoir (now rice fields) by Yasovarman I, the founder to the first city at Angkor. Lunch at hotel.

In the afternoon, see the unique interior brick sculptures Prasat Kravan, the Srah Srang reservoir (known as "The Royal Baths" was once used for ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Eastern Mebon (guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation) and the mountain-temple of Pre Rup until sunset. Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.

DAY 2 SIEM REAP (B,L,D)
In the morning, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. 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. Lunch at hotel. Visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Sunset at Angkor Wat. Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.

DAY 3 SIEM REAP (B,L,D)

Early in the morning we will transfer to the archaeological site for sunrise from Phnom Bakheng, one of two hills dominating the plain of Angkor, from where you will have a spectacular view of the Western Baray and Angkor Wat. Or sunrise at Srah Srang. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Morning, transfer to Banteay Srei temple (10th century), regarded as the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art. Continue to 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. Lunch at hotel. In the afternoon, you continue your temple visits to Preah Khan. Built by the King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som and Banteay Samre, built in the third quarter of the 12th century. It consists of a central temple with four wings preceded by a hall and accompanied by two libraries, the southern example remarkably well preserved. Two concentric walls enclose the ensemble. Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.

DAY 4 SIEM REAP DEPARTURE (B,L)
After breakfast enjoy a unique Horse Cart Ride along the picturesque Siem Reap River. Discover the daily life of the local people during this comfortable ride until Wat Athvea and be transferred by vehicle to Tonle Sap Lake. Visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap. Visit the village and take an excursion in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia. Lunch at hotel. Visit to "Les Artisans d'Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles" of Siem Reap and time at leisure at a local market (if time permits). Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight to the next destination.


CambodiaItinerary: 5 day Classical Cambodia

DAY 1 BANGKOK - PHNOM PENH (L,D)
Flight from Bangkok to Phnom Penh. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Lunch at hotel. Phnom Penh city tour: Visit the Victory Monument, and the National Museum, also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1917. The museum contains a collection of Khmer art - notably sculptures - throughout the ages. Visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the grounds of 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 90 kilograms 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, from where you can enjoy views over the tree-lined avenues of Phnom Penh during sunset. Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.

DAY 2 - 5 PHNOM PENH - SIEM REAP (B,L,D)
Flight to Siem Reap and see above Days 1 - 4 for the balance of the program.