(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.
Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
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 from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap with a private vehicle and English speaking guide. The transfer is approximately 5 hours.
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.
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.
Situated nearby the renowned 12th century ruins of Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Park Hyatt Siem Reap replaced one of Cambodia’s top-rated hotels, Hotel De La Paix Siem Reap. Park Hyatt features 109 spacious and elegantly-appointed guestrooms and suites that showcase fine Khmer style and custom-made furniture. The hotel also features two restaurants, a bar and retail bakery that serves both Khmer and International cuisines. Guests can spend time at the spa, fitness centre or the swimming pools where they can lounge and relax after a long day of business or exploring the Angkor.
Olive Ramchand ,
June 03, 2014
"I have to admit, this was the BEST vacation I ever had. The tour was nothing less than Fantastic! The hotels were great, the guides were great, the transportation was great, the places were great, the people were great, the food was great and last but not least China, itself was out of this world. I'm so glad I booked this tour and would recommend this to anyone. Thanks so much for all your help, your interest and your recommendations. Steve in China was so attentive, he called constantly to make sure everything was fine. We really had a fabulous time and even my jaded husband who normally only seems to care about where the nearest golf course is, was impressed and had a wonderful time.
Thanks again, and unto the next vacation (although I don't know how we would top this one!!)
Jeanne Tarvin ,
April 21, 2014
"The tour was absolutely fabulous. It all started with the planning. Kathryn graciously accommodated our tight schedule and multiple needs, including a mid-trip change in plans. The tour guides and drivers were all great and extremely knowledgeable. The accommodations and meals were fantastic. I was apprehensive about going to China not knowing the language but it worked out great!"
January 15, 2014
"We just returned on Monday from our wonderful trip to South Korea, Bangkok and Phuket. I wanted to thank you for all of your hard work in planning our tours and adventures. Everything was spot on, from our arrivals at the airports, to the guides and the tours. I would not hesitate to recommend you and your company. It was truly a wonderful vacation. Thank you again.
Bob Feldman ,
November 19, 2013
"I wanted to let you know that our trip to China was great! Everybody enjoyed themselves. When planning a trip I am always concerned about the itinerary, the vehicles and the guides. All 3 of these were great. The guides were particularly good and in this case really made the trip a pleasure. Overall a great trip. Thanks for all you did."
Gloria DeWeese ,
October 10, 2013
"A wonderful trip and everything went like clockwork. Thank you so very much for all your assistance. I hope I will have a chance to work with you again."
Wayne Gavioli ,
September 04, 2013
"We just returned from our thailand/cambodia trip. It was fantastic. You did a great job. The guides were excellent as was the drivers. We loved the Victoria Hotel you selected in Siem. Wish we had more time. Thailand met our expectations but our expectations for Cambodia were low and they exceeded them. Loved the places selected for the included lunches. Certainly would use Kensington again"
Santo Filice ,
August 30, 2013
"Thank you for arranging our guided trip to Thailand - Vietnam. It was a memorable, and pleasant trip - a 1st for us with Kensington tours and a most enjoyable one. We found that we were able to maximize our visit of the the area without the concern of booking hotels, airline, finding parking and understanding the local language. "
Tim Mesarch ,
August 02, 2013
"Alexis helped us fit in all of the sites we wanted to see on our trip to Thailand and Cambodia, and suggested some more. It was valuable talking with someone who had been there and done that. The planning went pretty smoothly, and so did the trip. The local guides were all top-notch! "
July 25, 2013
"I highly recommend Kesington Tours. The planning of our trip to Cambodia was outstanding. Our advisor Alexis Mayer was unbelievably patient, knowledgeable and responsive. We planned the trip in every possible detail and Alexis was extraordinary during the whole process. Once we were in Cambodia, we had a tiny issue with the car. I was able to get in contact with Alexis right away and the problem was instantly solved. The trip itself was fantastic. Everything was very well planned and perfectly organized. The local guides and drivers were great. The hotels were very well chosen.
Great trip. I would definitely travel again with Kensington Tours."
Pennie Quintana ,
August 07, 2013
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