Phnom Penh, the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia is located at the confluence of three rivers: the Mekong, the Bassac and the Tonle Sap. Once considered the loveliest city of Indochina, the colonial city still maintains considerable charm.
Angkor Wat is the most perfect of the Angkor temples. Built in monumental proportions on three levels, its symmetrical five tower layout symbolizes the peaks of Mount Meru and were designed to be a microcosm of the hindu universe. There is not only the grandeur, for every spot in the temple is ornamented with sculptures and bas-reliefs of wonderful detail. Monks from adjacent pagodas still conduct ceremonies in the site and tend to it, contributing to its excellent preservation, the best of any Angkor temples. Angkor is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Day 1: Phnom Penh arrival (/)
On arrival, we will be picked up by a local tour guide. The guide will assist us to check in hotel and accompany us in the afternoon. We will visit the National Museum, the Silver Pagoda containing the Emerald Buddha statue, the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 2: Phnom Penh - Siemreap – Ankgor Wat (B/L/)
In the morning, take boat cruise (No Guide) upstream Mekong River from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (about 5 hours cruising).
On arrival, we will be picked up by a local tour guide. The guide will assist us to check in hotel and accompany us in the afternoon.
We start with an orientation city tour of Siem Reap (the guide will show you the Old Market and the Pub Street, ideal venue for our leisure time in the evening), then drive to Angkor Wat. This is the best preserved example of Khmer architecture in Cambodia and is so grand in design that some rank it among the Seven Wonders of the World.
End the day with a spectacular sunset at the mountain temple of Phnom Bakheng. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 3: Angkor Thom – Rolous Temples (B/L)
In the morning, explore Angkor Thom which includes the Bayon (known for its huge stone faces of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, with one facing outward and keeping watch at each compass point), Baphoun, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terraces and the Leper King Terrace.
Continue to Taprohm Temple, which offers an impressive and nostalgic glimpse of the jungle taking repossession of the site. Have lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit the Roluos temples dating from the 9th and 10 century.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 4: Siem Reap - Departure (B/)
Morning is free at leisure / or shopping at a local market of Siem Reap. Transfer to airport for departure flight. End of tour services.