Heart of Cambodia 8 Days/ 7 Nights

From Phnom Penh, you can  travel to the Northeast  290km  is Battambang. The city is situated by the  Sangkae River a tranquil, small body of water that winds its way through Battambang City providing its nice picturesque setting.

DESTINATIONS

  • Silver Pagoda (Wat Preah Keo Morokat)
  • Sangker River to Wat Slaket  in Battambang
  • Angkor Wat

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Excursion in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake
  • The Silver Pagoda (Wat Preah Keo Morokat) is display of priceless Buddhist and historical objects
  • See the pottery manufactures in Kompong Chhnang and visit also a fish market
  • exploring the wondrous ancient ruins with the South Gate of Angkor Thom

Day 1: Phnom Penh Arrival (D)

Pick up from the airport and transfer to the hotel check in. The same afternoon, visiting he Royal Palace. The Palace was opened in 1870 under King Norodom, and now contains the Royal Residence, the Throne Hall, the Silver Pagoda, and other buildings. The Silver Pagoda (Wat Preah Keo Morokat) is one of the city’s most visited sites and offers a display of priceless Buddhist and historical objects. The Pagoda draws its name with more than 5,000 silver tiles, which cover a floor in the temple. The building serves less as a functioning shrine, no monks currently reside here, than a repository of cultural treasures such as the famous Emerald Buddha and many other valuable statues and Toulsleng prison museum (also know as S21). Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh.

Day 2: Phnom Penh – Battambang (B,L,D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Pick up at your hotel and depart for Battambang by overland transfer (290 km. 4-5 hrs drive). Stop at the Silversmith village, see the pottery manufactories in Kompong Chhnang and visit also a fish market. Arrive in Battambang, and check-in at the hotel.  Walk through the town to discover its beautiful colonial architecture. Overnight at hotel in Battambang.

Day 3: Battambang (B,L,D)

Breakfast at the hotel: Drive along the picturesque Sangker River to Wat Slaket Pagoda, the residence of the former provincial Buddhist patriarch Continue to visit Wat Ek Phnom. Visit a market where Prahoc, the Cambodian fish paste, is made. 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 enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding plains until sunset. The same afternoon, we are also enjoying bamboo train village with a great experiences of sliding on this funny train. Overnight at hotel in Battambang

Day 4: Battambang – Siem Reap (B,L,D) by speed boat

Breakfast at the hotel. Breakfast at hotel. Travel by speed boat to Siem Reap along the Sangkar River; enjoy unspoiled landscapes and traditional daily-life scenes. Crossing Cheur Khmao Pagoda, “Black Wood Pagoda”, in Bak Prier floating village and cross the Biosphere Reserve and the floating villages of Prek Tuol. Picnic lunch on board. Continue by boat across the Tonle Sap lake to Chhoeung Kneas floating village. Arrive at Siem Reap port and transfer to Siem Reap town. The same afternoon, we use Tuk Tuk as our transportation to take us to visit Les Artisans d’Angkor – Chantiers Ecoles” of Siem Reap. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 5: Siem Reap (B,L,D)

Early morning, we will visit the sunrise at Angkor Area – the idea is to view the reflection of amazing Angkor temple in the morning sun. Return to the hotel for breakfast. After that, we will start our full day visit, firstly with the sightseeing tour of Angkor area we spend a full day exploring the wondrous ancient ruins with the South Gate of Angkor Thom, which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the largest as well as the most complete temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. We stroll around this massive edifice, seeing the many galleries with colums, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 6: Siem Reap (B,L,D)

Breakfast at hotel, Heading out of town we make our way by traveling on a newly paved road to the intricately carved and well preserved temple of Banteay Srei. Along the way we make stopover at the Preah Dark village and we follow these with a visit the Banteay Samre Temple adorned with impressive relief’s depicting scenes of Vishunu as well as Krishna legends. Afternoon, visiting the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm is an incredible sight. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man’s creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature and we also explore the surrounded temples if time permits. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 7: Siem Reap (B,L,D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Roluos Group. The monuments of Roluos, which served as the capital of Indravarman I (reigned 877-89. 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. Afternoon, Continue to visit Beng Mealea temple for visit before continue to Siem Reap, the little explored temple of Beng Mealea (XIth c) is waiting to be rediscovered by the adventurous travelers. The sprawling jungle temple covering over one square kilometer is largely overrun by vegetation. Constructed in a distinctly Angkor Wat style, Beng Melea preceded and may have served as a prototype of sorts for Angkor Wat. Arrive in Siem Reap and transfer to hotel.

Day 8: Siem Reap Departure (B)

Breakfast at the hotel – Free at own leisure until the time met and transfer to the airport for the flight departure.

Trip Included

  • Private tours with English speaking guide for the entire trip except leisure time
  • A/C private transportation & All transfers
  • Entrance fee to any applicable tourist sites
  • Cold water and towel during the trip
  • Meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Bamboo Train
  • Boat ticket Battambang – REP
  • Tuk Tuk ride
  • Boat cruise as mentioned
  • Government tax
  • Service charge
  • Accommodation at the hotel

 

Trip excluded:

  • Visa stamps upon arrival of $20.00 / pax
  • Meals not indicated
  • Tips & gratuities
  • personal expenses
  • Laundry
  • Other not stated above
  • Travel insurance
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