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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, 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.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure, relaxing or exploring Siem Reap. Siem Reap is the gateway to Cambodia’s vast and spectacular Angkor Temple Complex, which is undoubtedly one of the world's greatest archaeological sites. The town itself is a popular tourist destination which is easily navigated on foot, with colourful and bustling markets, lots of bars and restaurants.
In the evening, you could have a first dinner in Cambodia at the 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.
After breakfast at hotel, our guide will take you to visit Angkor Thom, a monumental fortified city which is encircled by a 100m wide moat and is famed for the huge statue heads that glare down from every angle. In Angkor Thom, you will see the fabulous Bayon Temple with its metre-high, stone-carved faces of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara.
From the Angkor Thom, proceed to jungle-entwined temple of Ta Prohm, built about late 12th century to early 13th century by the King Jayavarman VII. After that, head back to the town for lunch and refreshment.
In the afternoon, you will be driven to Banteay Srei, one of the most unusual temples of Angkor. It lies 23km north east of Angkor Wat and is built largely of red sandstone, which is covered with elaborate and intricate carvings. If time permits, 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.
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.
Begin our sightseeing tour in Phnom Penh by a visit to 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. Then 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, 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. From here, move to 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, embark on 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, a transfer is provided 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, depart for Phnom Chisor Mountain which lies about 62km south of Phnom Penh. From the mountain’s foot, climb up 412 steps to the top where you can enjoy spectacular view of the surrounding countryside of Takeo Province. Nearby, visit to the beautiful Phnom Chisor Temple which is located on the top mountain.
Later, 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, head 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. Continue driving to Phnom Da Hill which is about 5km from the Angkor Borei Town then see the pre-Angkorian temple of Phnom Da which locates on the top of hill and the nearby Asram Moha Russei Temple.
Afterwards, proceed to KEP which takes approximately 3 hours. Here, we find a fusion of faded French Indo-China and a real seaside atmosphere, set beside a tropical sea. 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, stroll to attend to the busy Kep Crab Market. You could buy crab, grilled fish, squid and prawns directly in the market. After that, take a 30 minute boat ride to Koh Tonsay, aka Rabbit Island, where we can enjoy some well deserved R&R on the 250 metre stretch of palm fringed beach. 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.
This morning, 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, visit the beautiful Phnom Chhnork Cave, built in the 7th century from Funan brick and is now a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva.
Then 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. Explore the beautiful Kampot Town and with its colonial architecture.
Later this day, drive along the coastal and mountains of Ream National Park, passing 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.