Two of the most famous areas of Cambodia, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, offer a glimpse into the country’s deep-rooted culture and traditions. We’ll first explore Phnom Penh, and its Independence Monument, the National Museum and the Royal Palace grounds. We’ll also see the city’s namesake, Wat Phnom, built to house Buddhist relics washed ashore by the river. Next, we’ll head to Siem Reap and visit the ancient temples that pepper the area, including the magnificent Ta Prohm. You’ll see Neak Pean, a fountain in the center of a pool, representing a Himalayan mountain-lake. You’ll also visit the famous, Angkor Wat, where you’ll watch the sunset behind the temple complex. In the ancient capital of Angkor Thom, you’ll see unique temples before relaxing for an hour with a reflexology massage.

REFERENCE
Tour name: Cambodia Classic Tour 4 Days
Tour Code: ABT-C027
DEPARTURE
7:00am Hotel Pick Up
8:00am Departs Daily for Kampong Phluk
INCLUDED
Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
Transfers and tours with local English guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements) in private air-conditioned vehicles
All entrance fees, boat fees and / or cyclo fees as mentioned in the programme
Bottled water and cold towels available on the vehicles
NOT INCLUDED
Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
International airfare to / from Cambodia (quoted separately, if requested)
Personal travel insurance
Surcharges for other language guides
Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme

 

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Day 1: PHNOM PENH - ARRIVAL (-/-/D)

  • Meet upon arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport and transfer to the hotel (rooms may not be ready until the afternoon).
    Lunch at own account.
    Phnom Penh city tour: Visit the Independence Monument, and the National Museum, also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1917. The museum contains a collection of Khmer art – notably sculptures – throughout the ages. Visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles. The treasures include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90 kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. End your afternoon with a visit to the city’s namesake, Wat Phnom. Founded in 1373, the pagoda was built to house Buddhist relics washed ashore by the river.
    Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
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Day 2: PHNOM PENH - SIEM REAP (B/L/-)

  • Breakfast at hotel. Transfer from hotel to Phnom Penh International airport. Departure to Siem Reap by Cambodia Angkor Air or similar airline. Upon arrival at Siem Reap International airport, meet and transfer to hotel (rooms may not be ready until the afternoon).
    Morning, visit the temples of Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda, Takeo and Ta Prohm. The latter is one of the most beautiful temples in the area. It has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungles, looking very much the way most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them. Continue your tour at Banteay Kdei, surrounded by four concentric walls, Srah Srang, (“the Pool of ablutions”) undoubtedly used in the past for ritual bathing and Prasat Kravan temple with its unique brick sculptures.
    Lunch at hotel.
    Afternoon, visit the most famous of all temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat.
    The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodia flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks – the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat symbolizes the ocean beyond. Enjoy the sunset at Angkor Wat.
    Dinner at own account and accommodation at hotel.
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Day 3: SIEM REAP (B/L/-)

  • For early birds: Sunrise from Phnom Bakheng, one of the two hills dominating the plain of Angkor, from where you will have a spectacular view of the Western Baray and the surrounding plain.
    Or sunrise at Angkor Wat. (We recommend to bring a torch)
    Return to the hotel for breakfast.
    In the morning, visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Royal Enclosure, the Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, and the Terrace of the Leper King.
    Enjoy a relaxing 1 hour Reflexology Massage by Body Tune.
    Lunch at hotel.
    Visit Preah Khan temple, built by the King Jayavarman VII and, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors. However, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation. Visit Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool and representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake, Ta Som, Mebon Oriental, guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation, and the “Mountain Temple” of Pre Rup until sunset.
    Dinner at own account and accommodation at hotel.
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Day 4: SIEM REAP - DEPARTURE (B/-/-)

  • Breakfast at hotel.
    Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for flight to the next destination. End of Tour Service!