Day 1: Arrival in Siem ReapMeal: None Arrive at the Siem Reap International Airport in the early morning. Meet your guide and driver and transfer to your hotel. Siem Reap was the ancient capital city of the Khmer Empire and it is also the place where you can explore hundreds of mountainous temples. In the afternoon, Explore the most famous Angkor Wat. Known as the Seventh Wonder of the world, this temple was built by King Suryavarman II, in the early 12th century. It is a replica of the universe in stones and represents an early model of the cosmic world. The central tower rises from the center of the monument, symbolizing the mythical Mount Meru which is situated at the center of the universe. Because it faces to the west, this temple was the funerary temple for King Suryavarman II. Inside the temple the walls are covered by carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars King Suryavarman II made during his reign. In addition, Angkor Wat is well-known for the 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. View the sunset at Phnom Ba Kheng before returning to the hotel for an overnight stay in Siem Reap.
Day 2: Siem Reap DAYMeal: Breakfast Start the day with a visit to Angkor Thom. It the last capital of the Khmer Empire, and was a fortified city enclosing residences of priests, officials of the palace and military as well as buildings for administering the kingdom. It was built from the end of the 12th century to the beginning of the 13th century by the famous King Jayavarman VII. The visit to this Great City of Angkor Thom starts from one of the five gateways – the South Gate – where you can see a row of gods on the left and a row of demons on the right. Visit the Bayon Temple. It is one of the more popular temples in the Angkor complex, and is located in the center of the city. Over 200 large faces are carved on the 54 towers which, at that time, represented the 54 provinces of the kingdom. Visit the Terrace of the Elephants and Leper King Stop for lunch (not included). Explore some temples on the Small Circuit, namely: Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei, Srah Srang, Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon, Ta Keo Temple. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay in Siem Reap.
Day 3: Siem ReapMeal: Breakfast Start the day with a visit to Banteay Srei Also known as the Citadel of Women, it is made of hard pink sandstone and is one of the smallest temples, but it is the most charming temple built by King Rajendravarman and King Jayavarman V in the second half of the 10th century. This Brahmin temple is decorated with excellent carvings and bas relief of Khmer architecture. That is why it is a precious gem and a jewel in Khmer art. • Visit Banteay Samre It was built in the middle of the 12th century by King Soryavarman II, and is dedicated to Vishnu Brahmanism. Stop for lunch (not included) Visit the temples on the Grand Circuit, namely: Preah Khan,Neak Pean, Pre Rup Temple, Ta Som View the sunset at Eastern Mebon before returning to the hotel for an overnight stay in Siem Reap.
Day 4: Siem Reap DAY 3Meal: Breakfast Visit Chong Kneas (by car and boat) This is a Floating Village on the Tonle Sap Lake. There is much to learn about life on the lake. Tonle Sap is South-East Asia’s largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season. During the dry season, it is roughly 2,500 square kilometers, but it swells to about four times its size during the wet season – 10,000 square kilometers!There are floating houses, floating farms and even a floating hospital.In the afternoon, transfer to the Siem Reap International Airport for your departure flight.
Contemporary Cambodia is the successor state to the mighty Khmer empire, which, during the Angkorian period, ruled much of what is now Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. The traveller’s first glimpse of Angkor Wat, the ultimate expression of Khmer genius. Just as Angkor is more than its wat, so too is Cambodia more than its temples. The chaotic yet charismatic capital of Phnom Penh is a hub of political intrigue, economic vitality and intellectual debate. Siem Reap and Phnom Penh may be the heavyweights, but to some extent they are a bubble, a world away from the Cambodia of the countryside. This is the place to experience the rhythm of rural life and time-less landscape of dazzling rice paddies and swaying sugar palms. The South Coast is fringed by tropical islands, with just a handful of beach huts in sight. Inland from the coast lie the Cardamom Mountains, part of a vast tropical wilderness that provides a home to elusive wildlife and is the gateway to emerging ecotourism adventures. The mighty Mekong River cuts through the country and is home to some of the region’s last remaining freshwater dolphins. The northeast is a world unto it-self, its wild and mountainous landscapes a home for Cambodia’s ethnic minorities and an abundance of natural attractions. Despite having the eighth wonder of the world in its backyard, Cambodia’s real treasure is its people. No visitor comes away without a measure of admiration and affection for the inhabitants of this enigmatic kingdom.