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Our 10-day tour of Siem Reap and Southern Coast will offer you the main sights of Cambodia. In this tour you will have opportunity to explore the magnificent Angkorian temples, visit historical and cultural sites, get a deeper understanding of Cambodia’s dark past. You also visit coastal city of Kep and picturesque town of Kampot and their peaceful countryside - two main tourist destinations in Southern Cambodia. Relax at paradise beach city of Sihanoukville which is known as the best beach in Cambodia.
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Day 01: Siem Reap Arrival
Welcome to Siem Reap City, the provincial capital and gateway for the temples of UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Complex. Upon arrival in Siem Reap International Airport, you will be welcomed by our local guide and driver then transferred to the hotel for check in. Depend on your actual arrival time, some soft sightseeing for an orientation tour is suggested.
Free at leisure for the rest of day. You could walk around downtown of Siem Reap and explore Siem Reap’s Old Market on your own.
In the evening, have a welcomed dinner at riverside Chanrey Tree Restaurant which is one of top recommended restaurants on Tripadvisor and Lonely Planet in Siem Reap.
This morning, wake up early and be transferred by a “tuk tuk” to watch the stunning sunrise over the mysterious Angkor Temples. Our guide and driver will come to pick up at your hotel then take you to Angkor Wat Complex around 5:30 AM. It is worthy to watch the first sunlight shines over the largest archaeological site in the world. Have your breakfast at a local restaurant near the complex.
After breakfast, begin our exploration with a visit to Angkor Wat which was built in the early 12th century by the Khmer King Suryavarman II and was originally constructed as a Hindu temple to dedicate to god Vishnu. It was constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the Mount Meru, home of the gods. At the end of the 12th century, it was transformed into a Buddhist temple. Inside the temple, we will see the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology, the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign and more than 2000 images of Apsaras and Devatas decorating the temple.
From the Angkor Wat, drive to Angkor Silk Farm which is 17 km far from Angkor Wat. Witness the process from the mulberry bushes cultivation to the production of silk fabrics and life cycle of the silkworm. After the visit, drive back to your hotel to avoid the midday heat.
In the afternoon, we will head out the town to a pier of Tonle Sap Lake, the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South Asia. Embark on a traditional wooden boat and take a 2-hour cruising tour on this giant lake where you will have the opportunity to learn about local life. Visit a “floating village” where houses, police station, community centre, school are built on water. Enjoy the beautiful sunset over the lake before returning to your hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap.
Siddharta Boutique Hotel
Day 03: Angkor Thom – Ta Prohm – Banteay Srei
After breakfast at hotel, our guide will come to pick up and take you to visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital and most enduring of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII.
Pass through the imposing South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with elephants and four giant faces. Our first destination is the inspirational Bayon Temple which locates at the heart of Angkor Thom. This 12th century is well known for its impressive giant faces carvings and wonderful wall carvings telling the story of historical battles.
Then we continue visiting the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper Kings. It would be great experience to keep walking through the maze and observing their wonderful, fabulous, intricate sculptures.
From Angkor Thom, we proceed to jungle-entwined temple of Ta Prohm, built about late 12th century to early 13th century by the King Jayavarman VII. After that, we head back to the town for lunch and refreshment.
In the afternoon, you will be driven to the “jewel of Khmer art” the beautiful temple of Banteay Srei which is 25 km north-east of the Angkor main group temples. It was built in 967 AD and is a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Banteay Srei means “Citadel of the Women”, it is the finest examples of classical Khmer art with wonderfully well preserved wall carvings and towers which are decorated with male and female divinities and beautiful filigree relief work.
If time permits we would visit the Phnom Bakheng, a Hindu and Buddhist temple which is dedicated to Shiva. And enjoy the beautiful sunset before heading back to your hotel.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Siddharta Boutique Hotel
Day 04: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh City Tour
Today, you will catch a domestic flight to the capital of Phnom Penh which was founded in the 14th century. Phnom Penh locates at the confluence of three rivers, the mighty Mekong river, Bassac river and Tonle Sap river. For a long time, it has been a vital trading hub for whole Cambodia and region. On arrival in Phnom Penh airport, you will be welcomed by our guide and transferred to the hotel for check in.
We begin our sightseeing tour by visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum which is a former high school, used as the torture, interrogation and execution center named “S-21” by the Khmer Rouge from 1975 to its fall in 1979. Here, you will learn about the Khmer Rouge and Cambodia’s dark past. Our cultural tour continues as we visit the Wat Phnom (a Buddhist temple) which is the oldest religious structure in Phnom Penh. It was built in 1373 and stand 27m above the ground in city’s center.
After that, we continue with the National Museum of Cambodia which is house of the world’s finest collection of Khmer sculpture. Here, you will have a glimpse into Cambodian history dating back from the 4th century to modern time. After that, we take a visit Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda which are the most popular tourist attractions in Cambodia. Inside Royal Palace complex, we will watch the collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.
In the late afternoon, we will take a sunset river cruise along the Mekong river, observing daily life of local and enjoying the sunset view on the river while tasting a delicious fruit juice or soft drink. Return to your hotel after that.
After breakfast, our guide will come to pick up you at hotel then take you to visit Choeung EK, also known as the “killing fields” where thousands of Cambodian were killed and buried in mass graves. A grim, but important visit that will allow you to dig below the surface and understand Cambodia better.
Afterwards, we depart Phnom Penh and make our first stop at Phnom Chisor Mountain which lies about 62km south of Phnom Penh. From the mountain’s foot, climb up 412 steps to the top where we can enjoy spectacular view of the surrounding countryside of Takeo Province. We also take a visit to the beautiful Phnom Chisor Temple which is located on the top mountain.
Afterwards, we drive through peaceful town of Takeo province before reaching Angkor Borei Town, one of the birthplaces of Khmer civilisation. It was ancient capital of Funanese kingdom from fourth to sixth centuries. Upon arrival the town, we will take a visit to a small museum has been set up to display several reproductions of sculptures from the nearby ruins and few artifacts dating as far back as the 4th century.
We continue driving to Phnom Da Hill which is about 5km from the Angkor Borei Town. Here, we will visit the pre-Angkorian temple of Phnom Da which locates on the top of hill and the nearby Asram Moha Russei Temple.
Afterwards, we proceed to Kep which takes approximately 3 hours. Upon arrival, check in your hotel and free at leisure.
Kep is a coastal province in southern Cambodia. It is founded as a seaside retreat for the French elite since early 20th century and was Cambodia’s prestigious seaside resort during the 1960s. Nowadays, Kep is one of most popular destinations for the domestic and international tourists who choose Kep as their vacation destination in Cambodia.
This morning, we will take a soft trek to the famous Kep Crab Market. You could buy crab, grilled fish, squid and prawns directly in the market. After that, we embark on a short boat trip (25 mins) to scenic island of Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island). Upon arrival island, you will be free at leisure on this remote picturesque island. Lie on white sand, beautiful beach, snorkel around the rocks to find starfish and sea urchins or walk around on this two square kilometres island.
For the lunch, you could bring the seafood which are bought in crab market to a restaurant and ask them prepare for you. In the late afternoon, you will be transferred back to Kep.
Overnightl in Kep.
Day 07: Kep – Kampot – Sihanoukville
We head to the nearby riverside, coastal town of Kampot, pass through peaceful, small villages, traditional wooden house, delightful scenery of rice paddies, pepper plantations and karst limestone outcrops. En route, we will visit the beautiful cave of Phnom Chhnork, was built in the 7th century from Funan brick and is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva.
We also stop at a family-run pepper plantation to observe the work of local community living there and learn about the differences between white, black, green and red peppers. Nowadays, Kampot pepper is well known over the world for its high quality and aromatic.
After that, continue driving to Kampot. Upon arrival, take a short rest and have lunch at a restaurant in town. After lunch, explore the beautiful Kampot Town and with its colonial architecture.
Later this day, we drive along the coastal and mountains of Ream National Park, pass through fishing villages to Sihanoukville. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.
Sihanoukville is a seaside town which is known as the best beach in Cambodia. The town is surrounded by coastline of white-sand beaches, crystal sea water and tropical paradise islands. Enjoy your day at leisure. Relax on a beach or take some water sports activities like kayaking, windsurfing or kitesurfing.
Overnight at hotel in Sihanoukville.
Tamu Hotel Ren Resort Sok San Beach Resort
Day 10: Sihanoukville – Phnom Penh Departure
Free at leisure until our driver pick you up at your hotel then provide transfer to Phnom Penh International Airport for your departure flight home.
Private Tour (for 02 pax, cheaper if more)
Tour Price Includes
09 hotel night accommodation.
Local English speaking guides.
Meals as mentioned.
01 domestic flight Siem Reap - Phnom Penh.
Boat in Tonle Sap Lake (Siem Reap), Rabbit island (Kep).
All sightseeing as specified and entrance fees included.
Bottled drinking water per touring days.
Tour Price Excludes
Visas if required.
Other meals not mentioned in the program.
Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, etc.
Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).
Any camera or video fees at any sites.
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