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Siem Reap – Preah Sihanouk – Phnom Penh 

Day 1: ARRIVAL SIEM REAP – CITY TOUR, TONLE SAP LAEK 

Meet and greet with our local guide, then transfer to the hotel for check in. After that visit the Tonle Sap Lake floating village , 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 a living by catching fish and simple agricultures. After , visit of the Artisan d’ Angkor. Created in 1999 to help young people find work in their home village, it allows them to practice their crafts while providing them with a vocation. Transfer to the Old Market for some local product to purchase as souvenir if time permits it. Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap

Day 2: SIEM REAP – CITY TOUR, SOUTH GATE & ANGKOR WAT (B/ –/ –)

Breakfast at the hotel. It’s then time to visit South Gate of Angkor Thom, which was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer Empire. It was established in the late of 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, which 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. Continue the visit of Phimean Akas to end the morning touring.

Afternoon start the trip by visiting 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, and was 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 spectacular sunset views. Return to the hotel and overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 3: SIEM REAP – CITY TOUR, PETIT CIRCUIT & GRAND CIRCUIT (B/ –/ –)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we make 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 visit the unforgettable and famous Ta Phrom temple, covered by a big tree , still stands beautifully. Continue to visit Ta Keo, the imposing state-temple of Jayavarman V which building started around 975 but was 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 ( 800m by 400m). This lake was restored and enlarged by King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century. Afternoon visit Grand Circuit which includes the Prea Khan Temple. The temple was built in the second half of the 12th century in AD 1191 by King Jayavarman VII, dedicating it to his father Dharanindravarman. The Buddhist complex covers 56 hectares served as the nucleus of a group that includes Neak Pean and Ta Som included in the visit today. Finish the day by visiting the Pre Rub Temple, a superb temple built in fine balance, scale and proportion. It is the last real ‘ temple-mountain’ and was called the ‘ City of the East’ . It’s best to see it in the early morning or at sunset . Return to the hotel and overnight in Siem Reap

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

Breakfast at the hotel. Today visit the Kbal Spean, an 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. Then visit Banteay Srey Temple a 10th century temple was 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 due to its elaborate architecture, and fine carvings.

Day 5: SIEM REAP – PREAH SIHANOUK (B/ –/ –)

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast transfer to the airport for a domestic flight from Siem Reap to Preah Sihanouk . Upon arrival transfer to the hotel and check in. Balance of the day at leisure to enjoy the beautiful baches of the area. This bay is known to be one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Overnight at the hotel in Preah Sihanouk.

Day 6: PREAH SIHANOUK – FREE LIESURE (B/ –/ –)

Breakfast at the hotel. Balance of the day at leisure to rest and relax by the beach . Overnight at the hotel in Preah Sihanouk.

Day 7: PREAH SIHANOUK – PHNOM PENH, CITY TOUR (B/ –/ –)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today transfer by overland along smooth road from Preah Sihanouk to Phnom Penh which takes around 4hours. Upon arrival a visit of 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 the Silver Pagoda which name in Khmer “Wat Preah Keo Morokat” , means the “temple of the Emerald Buddha” but has received the common moniker of ‘Silver Pagoda’ after the solid silver floor tiles that adorns the temple building. After this site drive to another nearby monument to visit National Museum, which has 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 continue to visit Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, formerly was the Toul Svay Prey High School , then turned into a Security Prison (S21) during Pol Pot Regime. Lastly time to do some shopping at the Local and Russian Market with many handmade articrafts and souvenirs. Return to the hotel and overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 8: PHNOM PENH – DEPARTURE (B/ –/ –)

Breakfast at the hotel and free time until it is time to transfer to the airport for the onward flight.