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Phnom Penh – Kampong Thom – Siem Reap
Meet and greet by our local guide, then transfer to the hotel for check in. After , begin the trip today by visit of Royal Palace, constructed over a century ago to serve as the residence of the King of Cambodia, his family and foreign dignitaries, as a venue for the performance of court ceremony and rituals and as a symbol of the Kingdom. Walk to the nearby Silver Pagoda, the name in Khmer is Wat Preah Keo Morokat, meaning the temple of the Emerald Buddha but has received the common moniker of the ‘Silver Pagoda’ after the solid silver floor tiles that adorn the temple building. After visiting this site drive to the nearby monument to visit the National Museum that houses a good collection of Khmer sculptures dating from the pre-Angkor period (4th century) to post-Angkor period (14th century). The museum was built in red bricks by the French in 1917 in a pseudo-Khmer style , surrounded by a courtyard. Continue to visit Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, formerly the Tulal Svay Prey High School , which was then turned into a Security Prison (S21) during Pol Pot Regime. Lastly to end the day shopping at the Local and Russian Markets with many handmade articrafts and souvenirs.
Overnight at the hotel in Phnom Penh
Breakfast at hotel. After depart by car to the Kampong Thom Province. Along the way view the wonderful rural areas . En route stop by at Skun Market to taste many local seasonal fruits and the great spider called APING. Continue along the road to visit Sambo Prei Kuk temple, the ancient city where monuments of Sambo Prei Kuk are found today. Identified as ISANAPURA, the capital of Chenla in the 7th Century. After visiting the complex, continue by car to the Siem Reap Province. Evening arrival and check in at the hotel . Evening free to relax . Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap
Breakfast at the hotel make a visit to the Banteay Srey Temple which is about 35km from town. This 10th century temple is renowned for its intricate decoration carved in pinkish sandstone covering the walls like tapestry. The nearby temple is Banteay Samre temple, worthwhile the extra effort to experience and view the elaborate architecture, and fine carvings. Then back to visit the Petit Circuit (Small Circuit) including Thommanon, built in the early of 12th century and dedicated to Vishnu. It seem to stand in conjunction with Chay Say Tevda across the street, but was built decades earlier. After that visit proceed to the unforgettable and famous Ta Phrom temple, which is partially covered in part by a big tree but still standing beautifully. Then a visit to Ta Keo, the imposing state-temple of Jayavarman V which building begun around 975 but never finished. Legend has it that construction was abandoned after the temple was struck by lightning, an unlucky omen. Visit Banteay Kdei, sprawling and largely unrestored, monastic complex in much the same style as Ta Prohm. It was originally constructed over the site of an earlier temple, and functioned as a Buddhist monastery under Jayavarman VII. Lastly today visit Sras Srong, an ancient manmade lake which is 800m by 400m. Later, this lake was restored and enlarged by King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century.
Return and overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap
Breakfast at the hotel. Today a visit to South Gate of Angkor Thom, the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer Empire. It was established in the late 9th century by the King Jayavarman VII. After passing the South Gate explore more of the Bayon Temple, the smiling face stone carving on many towers from the upper terrace and cluster around the central peak. After that ,visit Terrace of Elephant, which was used by Angkor’s King Jayavarman VII as a platform from which to view his victorious returning army. Terrace of Leper King, was built in Bayon Style in 15th century and located in the northwest corner of the Royal Square of Angkor Thom. Then visit Phimean Akas to end the morning touring.
Afternoon start the trip by visit one of the wonders of the world , Angkor Wat temple complex and the largest religious monuments in the world. The temple was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. The age of Angkor was a time of wealth and power for the Khmer Empire, popular by more than a million people, Khmer King constructed vast waterworks and grand temples and the Empire’s military, economic and cultural dominance flourished. In the evening climb the mountain of Bakheng to enjoy a spectacular sunset view. Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.
Breakfast at the hotel. After a visit of the Tonle Sap Lake , a floating village is the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia. More than three million people live around the bank of the lake and 90% of them earn their living by catching fish and agricultures. After that, a visit to Artisan d’ Angkor, created in 1999 to help young people find work in their home village and allowing them to practice their crafts while providing them with a vocation. Transfer to the Old Market for viewing and shopping of local product as souvenir if time permits it. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.