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Phnom Penh – Kampong Thom – Siem Reap – Battambang – Phnom Penh

Day 1: PHNOM PENH ARRIVAL – CITY TOUR, ROYAL PALACE, MUSUEM, TOUL SLENG MUSUEM 

Meet and greet with our local guide, and transfer to the hotel for check in. After ,start the trip today by visiting the 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 ritual and as a symbol of the Kingdom. Walk to nearby, Silver Pagoda, the name in Khmer is Wat Preah Keo Morokat, which means 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 these sites drive to the nearby monument of the National Museum, which stores a good collection of Khmer sculptures dating from the pre-Angkor period (4th century) to post-Angkor period (14th century). The museum, built of red bricks by the French in 1917 in a pseudo-Khmer style, is built around a courtyard. After that continue to visit Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, formerly Toul Svay Prey High School , then turned into a Security Prison (S21) during Pol Pot Regime. Lastly today take in some shopping at Local and , Russian Market where many of the local handmade articrafts are displayed and souvenirs. Overnight at the hotel in Phnom Penh.

Day 2: PHNOM PENH – KAMPONG THOM, KUHAK NOKOR – SAMBO PREI KUK (B/ –/ –)

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning depart by road to Kampong Thom Province. Along the way see rural areas and then stop by at Skun Market to taste many seasonal fruit and the great spider called APING. After that visit Kuhak Nokor Temple, than continue along the road to visit Sambo Prei Kuk temple, the ancient city where monuments of Sambo Prei Kuk are found today which was dentified as ISANAPURA, the capital of Chenla in the 7th Century. After visiting the complex, continue by road to Siem Reap Province. Evening arrival and check in at hotel . Free at leisure for the balance of the day. Overnight at the hotel in Kampong Thom.

Day 3: KAMPONG THOM – SIEM REAP, CITY TOUR, ANGKOR WAT (B/ –/ –)

Breakfast at the hotel, today depart by road to Siem Reap for about 3 1./2 hours drive. Along the way a stop visit of the ancient bridge Kampong Kdei (Naga Bridge). Arrival in Siem Reap Province and check in at the hotel. After a visit of Angkor Wat temple complex the largest religious monument 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, and popular by more than a million people. The Khmer King constructed vast waterworks, grand temples and the Empire’s military, economic and cultural dominance flourished. In the evening climb the mountain of Bakheng to enjoy spectacular sunset views. Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 4: SIEM REAP – CITY TOUR, KBAL SPEAN & BANTEAY SREY-BANTEAY SAMRE (B/ –/ –)

Breakfast at the hotel/. Today visit to Kbal Spean, the original River of Thousand Lingas which lies 50km northeast of Siem Reap provincial town, or about 18km from Banteay Srey on a quite dirt road. After , visit Banteay Srey Temple this 10th century temple is renowned for its intricate decoration carved in pinkish sandstone that covers the walls like tapestry. The nearby temple is Banteay Samre temple, the temple is worth the extra effort to experience its elaborate architecture, and fine carvings.

Day 5: SIEM REAP – CITY TOUR, SOUTH GATE & PETIT CIRCUIT (B/ –/ –)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today a visit of South Gate of Angkor Thom, which was 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 we will then 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 the Terrace of Elephant, it was used by Angkor’s King Jayavarman VII as a platform from which to view his victorious returning army. The 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. After ,visit the Phimean Akas to end the morning touring.

Continue a visit to 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 the unforgettable and famous in this petit is the Ta Phrom temple, it is covered in part by a big tree but still standing beautifully. Then visit Ta Keo, the imposing state-temple of Jayavarman V which started to be built 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, 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 of the day visit Sras Srong, an ancient manmade lake ( 800m by 400m). Later, this lake was restored and enlarged by King jayavarman VII in the late 12th century. Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 6: SIEM REAP – BEUNG MEALEA (B/ –/ –)

Breakfast at the hotel. Start your full day by visiting Beung Mealea (its name means ‘Lotus Pond’ ) a temple in the Angkor Wat style located 40km east of the main group of temple of Angkor, on the ancient royal highway to Preah Khan Kampong Svay. The history of the temple is unknown and it can be dated only by its architectural style, identical to Angkor Wat, so scholars assumed it was built during the region of King Suryavarman II in the early of 12the century. Back to town to visit the Old Market for handmade product and souvenirs.. Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap

Day 7: SIEM REAP – CITY TOUR, TONLE SAP LAEK – BATTAMBANG BY ROAD (B/ –/ –)

Breakfast at the hotel. After that visit the Tonle Sap Lake floating village and is the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia. More than nine million people live around the bank of the lake and 90% of them earn a living by catching fish and agriculture. After , visit of the 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. Continue the journey to Battambang province about 3hours drive. Evening arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight in Battambang.

Day 8: BATTAMBANG – CITY TOUR, PHNOM BANON-EK PHNOM (B/ –/ –)

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Phnom Banon, located on top of approximately 400meter heighten mountain and 15km from provincial town. At the mountain’s valley, Ku Teuk and two main natural well, named Bit Meas and Chhung or Chhung Achey. Continue to visit Wat Ek Phnom, it adapts the architecture of 11th century and built in 1027 during the region of King Sorayak Varman I (1002-1050). Then back to town to visit Provincial Museum, establish in 1963. It houses a notable pre and Angkorian collection pottery, statues and musical instruments. Visit Wat Slaket Pagoda to understand more of our religion in this old pagoda. Board the Bamboo train (locally called Lorry),( the local vehicle for the villagers). Overnight at the hotel in Battambang.

Day 9: BATTAMBANG – SIEM REAP INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (B/ –/ –)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Siem Reap International airport for the onward flight.