Day 1 : Arrive Siem Reap - Angkor Temples
Arrival Siem Reap, you are met by the local guide and transfer to hotel. This tranquil town is our base for visiting the world famous temples of the ancient city Angkor, which was the capital of the powerful Khmer Empire from 802 AD to 1350 AD. Upon leaving Siem Reap Town we set off on a short drive to the archeological area and spend our time to visit the most striking structures. They are 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 . Overnight in Siem Reap. (B)
Day 2 : Siem Reap - Angkor Temples
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. We explore the well known Ta Prohm and some nreaby temples of Banteay Kdei, Sra Srong, Ta Keo, Thommanon, Chau Say Tevado. They almost belong to the small circuit according to the archaeologists division. The architectural masterpiece of Angkor Wat is not to be missed. We stroll around this massive monument, exploring the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. We round off our day with a walk up Phnom Bakheng Hill to admire the spectacular sunset over these sandstone monuments. Overnight in Siem Reap.(B)
Day 3 : Siem Reap - Angkor Temples - Banteay Srei
Heading out of town we drive beyond the Angkor Complex through the Preah Dark village to the intricately carved and well preserved Banteay Srei Temple. We stroll around this beautiful landmark which was designed to leave no space undecorated. The roads begin to deteriorate but it is still fascinating to drive past the rolling mountain scenery towards Kbal Spean. This interesting site locally named the river of 1000 Lingars, has been largely reclaimed by the jungle; however it invovles a walk to catch a view over its riverbed carvings. The next stop is Banteay Samre which is adorned with striking relief depicting the scenes of Vishunu and Krishna legends. Today we also have time seeing various famous temples of the grand circuit such as Preah Khan, Kravan, Neak Pean, Krol Ko, Ta Som, East Mebon and Pre Rup. Overnight in Siem Reap. (B)
Day 4 : Siem Reap - Phnom Penh
Heading out of town we embark an express boat navigating along the Tonle Sap River to Phnom Penh. This river journey takes anything from four to six hour depending on season. No matter how long it will be, it is still an unforgettable experience as we can have close contact with local passengers and see the picturesque scenery changing all along the way. On arrival at Phnom Penh pier, you are met by our guide and transferred to hotel. On arrival at the pier in Phnom Penh, you are met by our guide and transferred to hotel. The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh lies near the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers. This riverside town still maintains considerable charm despite its recent turbulent history. An afternoon city tour acquaints us with some major sights of Phnom Penh. The private quarters of the Royal Palace are now home to the royal family and are therefore very close to the public. At the northern area of the palace grounds is Silver Pagoda, the most sacred temple in the country. We follow it with a walk up to a small hill for an interesting visit to the legendary Wat Phnom and a fantastic view over the surrounding areas. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 5 : Phnom Penh
Today we continue seeing the delightful Phnom Penh City with the National Museum. This mansion is exclusively dedicated to Khmer art and sculpture. The majority of the exhibits are from the Angkor period from 9th to 15th century, but some date from as early as the 4th century. The next stop is one of the city's lively open markets, Psar Toul Tom Pong, all called the Russian Market. We enjoy a walk around this bustling trading center and see plenty of local handicrafts and artifacts. The painful bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge still can be seen at the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the notorious Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. The ideal way of spending your last evening in Cambodia is to relax in a cafe at the riverfront. Overnight in Phnom Penh. (B)
Day 6: Phnom Penh - Sihanoukville by land (3 hour drive)
Drive south to Sihanoukville, a port city situated on the Gulf of Thailand. After checking in to your hotel, the afternoon is free to fill in with activities of your choice including relaxing on the beach, going for a swim in the hotel's pool, or exploring the city at your leisure. A minibus will at your disposal in Sihanoukville and can transfer you anywhere you wish to go during this time. Ovenight in Sihanoukville. (B)
Day 7: Sihanoukville
Today take an excursion to Ream National Park, a great place to explore Cambodia's natural and cultural environments. The first half of the day is a boating tour through the mangroves of the park to observe flora and fauna and the lives of local fishermen. Climb to the top of Ream's viewing tower for excellent views and a quick snack and drink. Then, continue via boat to the deserted island of Koh Sam Pouch for lunch and an afternoon of swimming or snorkeling. As the day comes to a close, transfer back to Sihanoukville for dinner. Overnight in Sihanoukville (B).
Day 8: Sihanoukville - Phnom Penh - Departure
Today is free at leisure until transfer for transfer back to Phnom Penh and direct to Phnom Penh International airport for departure flight. End of service.