(Phnom Penh, Siem Reap)
Begin your tour in the charming capital of Pnomh Penh with a visit the Wat Phnom, the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, the National Museum and Wat Ounalom. Visit the "Khmer Rouge" prison Tuol Sleng and the Killing Field of Choeung Ek where you will witness Cambodia's horrible recent past. Continue on to Siem Reap by private car and enjoy a guided exploration of Angkor Wat. One of the world's wonders, Angkor will amaze you with hundreds sculptures and buildings throughout a sprawling ancient metropolis.
You will be picked up by a private car with an English speaking guide and transferred between the airport and your hotel.
Raffles Hotel Le Royal is the premier hotel in Phnom Penh, a hotel with those rare attributes of history and style. First established in 1929 and later reopened in 1997. After a careful restoration and refurbishment program by Raffles International, Raffles Hotel Le Royal is Phnom Penh’s premier hotel with historical style and charm. The grand hotel fulfils all the requirements of a modern world-class hotel with its facilities and amenities, but imparts an old-world charm through its style and decor, which is elegant yet comfortable, classic yet casual. Ideally located, it is within easy access of the city's attractions such as the Royal Palace, Central Market, Russian Market and the National Artifacts Museum. Come experience this magnificent hotel in the vibrant city of Phnom Penh.
Today, you will tour Phnom Penh, visiting all of the major historical and cultural city sites, as well as delving into Cambodia's darker history, learning more about the Khmer Rouge, and the effect this had on the country. Start your morning, stopping off at the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum and Wat Phnom. After seeing the ancient side of Cambodia, and seeing Phonm Penh's interesting museums, take a break for lunch at a local Khmer restaurant. In the afternoon you will travel outside of town to the Killing Fields museum, pass by Independence Monument, and finish up at the moving Toul Sleng Musem, where prisoners of war were once kept. If there is time at the end of the day, you can spend a bit of time shopping at the Russian or Central markets.
Transfer by road to Siem Reap in a private car and your English speaking guide (approximately 5 hours).
Shinta Mani Siem Reap, is an upscale boutique hotel created by acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, showcasing 39 contemporary designed rooms and public spaces in a Khmer inspired design. This exceptional Angkor hotel enjoys a tranquil and leafy setting within the city of Siem Reap – just a 15 minute tuktuk ride from the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat.
Meet your private guide at your hotel and set off for a day of memorable Cambodian sightseeing. Visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the Bayon temple complex, as well as Takeo and Ta Prohm temples. Travel from the South Gate of Angkor Thom to Bayon temple by elephant.The walled and moated city of Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Angkorian empire. It was built to protect against invaders in the 12th century. The Bayon is a state temple, erected in the center of the city. In the afternoon enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Continue with a visit to Angkor Wat temple complex and watch the sunset from Phnom Bakheng. Afterwards you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Deep in the jungle, a visit to Kbal Spean, known as the river of the Thousand Lingas, is highly recommended. The rocks in the river were carved between the 11th and 13th Century, which gives it a magical touch. You will walk 45 minutes through the forest to the top of the hill to reach Kbal Spean, the Thousand Linga River : discover the 10th – 12 th century sculptures chiseled from the rocky riverbed, the royal Bath and the waterfall. After lunch you will visit the Banteay Srey Temple that is located in the Cambodian jungle.
Transfer between the airport and your hotel by private vehicle with an English-speaking guide.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Cambodia for the most up to date visa information.
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