Explore Cambodia - 10 nts

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Explore Cambodia - 10 nts Overview

A 10-night private tour is the best way to see Cambodia. Explore the beautiful beaches of Sihanoukville and the legendary sites of Siem Reap.

Day 1 – Siem Reap

Arrive Siem Reap Airport – after the visa formality you’ll meet the local guide and transfer to your hotel. Siem Reap is a bustling provincial city and will be your base during the trip. Famous for its World Heritage Archaeological Park, Siem Reap offers some of the most beautiful ancient temples and ruins in South East Asia. Siem Reap is a popular tourist destination thanks to its quintessentially French colonial era architecture and charming markets.

The remainder of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 2 – Siem Reap

After breakfast begin your tour of Angkor’s splendid sites. Visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, entering through the stunning South Gate with its imposing statues. Move on to the majestic Bayon¸ built by King Jayavarman VII as a State Temple, and see the beautiful wall carvings that narrate daily life in the Khmer empire. Next, visit the Hindu Temple of Baphuan and the impressive Terrace of Elephants that stands 2.5 metres tall and showcases a 300 metre long wall adorned with intricate carvings Equally beautiful is the Terrace of the Leper King with its complex carvings of mythological creatures such as demons and nagas.

Take an afternoon excursion to the Banteay Srei Temple, the so-called “citadel of the woman”. This small crimson sandstone temple houses intricate and well-preserved works of ancient Khmer Art. The walls are covered with some of the finest examples of temple carvings throughout South East Asia.

On the return journey to Siem Reap visit the Banteay Samre; an imposing temple displaying distinctive Angkor Wat architecture. The Angkor area is an incredible place to view sunset, the best locations being the Pre Rup Temple or the hilltop site of Phnom Bakheng, where you will enjoy splendid views of the Tonle Sap Lake and the distant jungle.

Overnight in Siem Reap.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 – Siem Reap

Continue your temple tour with a trip to the “Small Circuit Temples”. Begin the day with the stunning Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda; the “brother and sister” temples built by King Suryavarman II in the late 11th century in the Angkor Wat style.

One of the largest Angkor temples to see is the Ta Prohm Temple. Built by King Jayavarman VII in AD 1186, the stunning Buddhist temple was constructed to honour his mother. Situated in the heart of the jungle, Ta Prohm Temple is a sight to behold as neighbouring banyan and fig trees have engulfed the ruins giving it a mysterious otherworldly quality.

Visit the Srah Srang; a large man-made lake built in 12th century by King Jaryavarman VII as a dedication to the God of Love, Kama. The vast lake spans over 1000 square metres and features a striking terrace area with ornate sculptures. The Banteay Kdei temple is located on the banks of the lake and features beautiful architecture and carvings.
 
The area’s pièce de résistance is the glorious Angkor Wat Temple. The most well known of the Angkor temples, Angkor Wat is an imposing sight, showcasing a spectacular pyramid and five lotus towers.

Overnight in Siem Reap.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 – Siem Reap, Phnom Penh

Take the pleasant five hour drive to Phnom Penh and encounter provinces along the way such as Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham and Kandal. Take advantage of the great photographic opportunities along the way and ask the driver to stop when you see a stunning vista or charming hamlet. Take a lunch break at the town of Kampong or sample the famous deep-fried Tarantula at Skun Village.

Arrive at the capital city Phnom Penh in the early afternoon, check in your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Phnom Penh is an enchanting place where the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac Rivers converge. A popular tourist hub, Phnom Penh has an array of sights and attractions to explore and is home to over 2 million people. Why not use your free time to discover the National Museum, the Royal Palace or one of the bustling markets.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 – Phnom Penh

Begin your tour of the capital with visit to the city’s Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Once a school, this building was used by the Khmer Rouge regime to torture, imprison and execute thousands of victims. The Killing Fields memorial at Cheung Ek is a sobering sight, where over sixteen thousand Tuol Sleng prisoners were murdered.

On your return journey to the city, stop by at the bustling Russian Market, where you can purchase unique handmade crafts and gifts. Once in the city centre, spend your afternoon visiting famous sites such as the Silver Pagoda in the Royal Palace or the legendary birthplace of Phnom Penh, the hilltop Wat Phnom.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 – Phnom Penh

Your day is at leisure.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 – Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville

After breakfast, you will be driven to the coastal town of Sihanoukville; a stunning area of natural beauty with idyllic beaches and uninhabited islands. The town centre is perched on golden coastline that juts into the Gulf of Thailand. Experience the unhurried and relaxed lifestyle in this laid back provincial town. Laze on the beach under an umbrella, enjoy a refreshing drink under a thatched beach bar or sample fresh seafood whilst looking out onto the ocean.

On your arrival at Sihanoukville you will check into the hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Sihanoukville.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 – Sihanoukville

Your day is at leisure.
Overnight in Sihanoukville.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 – Sihanoukville

Your day is at leisure.
Overnight in Sihanoukville.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 – Sihanoukville

Your day is at leisure.
Overnight in Sihanoukville.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 – Sihanoukville

Morning spent free at leisure until you transfer to Phnom Penh Airport for your flight.
Meals: Breakfast

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