Phnom Penh & Siem Reap – The highlight of Cambodia 5 days

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This excursion will take you to the most “cannot miss” destination for any visitors in Cambodia. Start your journey in Phnom Penh by visiting many historic sites and the Mekong lifestyle and continue to see the world’s tressure Angkor Wat, the beauty of rural life style and nature in Siem Riep, only 5 days with all the highlights!

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Day 1: Hello Phnom Penh (D)

Upon arrival at Phnom Penh Int Airport, process the immigration procedure (visa on arrival is available or obtained in advance via www.evisa.gov.kh), then get your luggage and walk straight to the Exit Gate where our guide & driver are waiting. After self-introduced, you’ll transfer directly around 45mins to the hotel in the city center for check-in (check-in time is 2 pm). Please note that the first day of the tour could be modified to meet your time of arrival and activity preference.

Day 2: Phnom Penh – City tour (B)

After enjoying your delicious breakfast at your hotel, we start our day with a ride via Sihanouk & the Sothearos Blvd passes the main Phnom Penh’s highlight spots including the Independence Monument, Building of Naga World Casino & Chaktomuk Conference Hall before reaching either The Royal Palace or The National Museum (The Royal Palace is closed for renovation and expect to reopen in coming October 2022).

We keep moving and walking to visit nearby Ounalom Pagoda, situated in the Corner Sothearos, which lies in front of the Tonle Sap River. It is one of the most significant pagodas featuring Cambodian Buddhism in comprises of the country’s religious establishment, here also where the top monk of the nation resides. Then heading to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum or also known as prison number “S-21”. From 1975-1979, Formerly a school building, S-21 the site served as an interrogation and extermination center, operated by the regime of “Democratic Kampuchea”, commonly known as the “Khmer Rouge regime. Prisoners were systematically tortured and murdered on site or the killing field of Cheung Ek. At last, we stop Phsar Toul Tom Phuong “Russian Market” where you could find a wide array of souvenirs, clothing & other goods.  At noon, we’ll visit Phsar Thmey, The Central Market, a large market constructed in 1937 in the shape of a dome with four arms branching out into vast hallways with countless stalls of goods. The four wings of this gigantic yellow dome are teeming with stalls that sell goods ranging from gold and silver, antique coins, money exchange, books, flowers, food, fabrics, shoes, souvenirs, seafood, and countless other products. Newt, we head to visit Wat Phnom “Mountain Pagoda” is a Buddhist temple that symbolizes the name of Phnom Penh, located on the hill. According to legend, the first pagoda on this site was erected in 1372 to house four statues of Buddha deposited here by the waters of the Mekong River and discovered by Lady Penh. Wat Phnom is the most popular place for local people to come to play healthy spots or pray for their good luck as well as admire the sundown. Later on (optional), take a private wooden boat riding through Tonle Sap Lake & The Mekong River to view the sunset and see Phnom Penh at night.

Day 3: Farewell Phnom Penh – Hello Siem Reap (B)

After breakfast, our driver will pick you up and transfer you to the bus station for you to catch a public bus to Siem Reap (314km – 6hrs drive). Upon arrival at the bus station in Siem Reap, our driver will wait for you and transfer you directly to check in at the hotel and relax. Please note that, on this day, we can plan more activities for you either in Phnom Penh in the morning or Siem Reap in the afternoon depending on your preference.

Day 4: Angkor Wat discovery (B)

The day will start at around 8:30 after you finish your breakfast at your hotel. Our local English-speaking guide & driver will bring you to Angkor World Heritage Site which covers the most impressive and stunning temples in the country, the Heart & Soul of Cambodia!

Begin a trip to avoid the crow by visiting Ta Prohm – The Ancestor Brama & Jungle Temple, famously known as the Tomb Raider temple. Most of this temple is covered by gigantic trees that have grown over ancient structures for over 600 years. Ta Prohm has been left untouched by archaeologists except for the clearing of a path for visitors and structural strengthening to stave off further deterioration. After Ta Prohm, head on over to Ta Keo, one of the biggest temples built during the Khmer Empire, and it was built a couple of hundred years before Angkor Wat temple. Then visit the ruined Ta Nei temple that’s hidden in the jungle. Continue your trip to the Victory Gate of Angkor Thom where you will be welcomed by the four smiling faces of King Jayavarman VII in the form of Buddha accompanied by gods and demons. Enter through the gates to discover the impressive Angkor Thom temple complex (the Great City of King Jayavarman VII between 1181 – 1220 AD). The area consists of the Elephant Terrace, Leper King, Preah Paleilay, Ancient Royal Palace, Phimean Akas, Baphoun, and Bayon. At noon, we will visit the biggest Buddhist temple in the World. seeing the architectural masterpiece of Angkor Wat and strolling around this massive monument, exploring the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards, and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. If time permits, we go to view the sunset before returning to the hotel.\

Day 5: Tone Sap Lake – Departure (B)

Enjoy your last hearty breakfast at your hotel before starting your last day of exploration. You could either choose to visit a floating village either from Kampong Phluk Village or Chhong Khnease Village.

• Kampong Phluk Floating Village, located 33 km north-south of Siem Reap. The villages are primarily Khmer and have about 3000 inhabitants between them. A flooded mangrove forest surrounds the area and is home to a variety of wildlife including crab-eating macaques. During the dry season when the lake is low (March – July), the buildings in the villages seem to soar atop their 6-meter stilts exposed by the lack of water. At this time of year, many of the villagers move out onto the lake and build temporary houses. In the wet season when the water level rises (Aug – February), the villagers move back to their permanent houses on the floodplain, the stilts now hidden under the water. Kampong Phluk’s economy is, as one might expect, based on fishing, primarily in shrimp harvesting. 

• Chong Khneas Boat Docks, located about 15 kilometers South of Siem Reap town. Arrive at the port, then embark on a traditional wooden boat and start cruising on the Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia’s biggest natural water body, one of the largest fresh water in South Asia, and is home to one of the World’s most diverse ecosystems. You’ll pass by a floating village, shops, schools, restaurants, and a Post office, mostly seeing friendly children in their small boats going to or returning from school and fishermen doing their daily life. You also have a chance to view romantic sunrise or sunset if you come early in the morning or late afternoon.  

If time permits, at end of tours, we can visit “Les Artisans D`Angkor – Chantiers Ecoles” a center that works with young artisans; the team creates, produce and market a unique collection of ornamental sculpture, lacquer, silk weaving, and silk painting. The company promotes fair and sustainable development to provide benefits to rural communities. 

At noon, transfer to Siem Reap Int Airport for connecting flight home or to your next destination!

Inclusions:

  • 5 days itinerary
  • 4 nights in a local homestay
  • All meals on board
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees (if any)
  • English speaking guide
  • Transportations
  • Free wifi
  • Daily complimentary mineral water

Exclusions:

  • Tips (optional) and personal expenses
  • Pick up and drop off at hotels located outside of Hanoi Old Quarter.
  • VAT

Additional information:

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • The itinerary can change due to the weather condition
  • Sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable shoes are recommended
  • We recommend bringing a hat, sunglasses, a raincoat or an umbrella
  • Early/late check-in/out service at hotels (surcharge if requested)  
  • All other services which are not mentioned
  • The service charge for Xmas, New year holiday, Lunar new year

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Diep Van

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