CAMBODIA DISCOVERY - 10 DAYS 9 NIGHTS

CAMBODIA DISCOVERY - 10 DAYS 9 NIGHTS

CAMBODIA DISCOVERY - 10 DAYS 9 NIGHTS

         Duration 10 days 9 nights
         Location Cambodia
         Transportation Private car and tuk tuk
         Best time to go May to September

 

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Exploring the past and the present of Phnom Penh
  • A cruise for sunset on the Mekong and Tonle Sap River
  • Visiting Phnom Tamao Wildlife
  • Battambang - the past Cambodia.
  • Discovering the variety of Angkor's historical vestiges.
  • Walk and talk tour in Chreav Village for exploring local lifestyle then ended by oxcart. 

 

  ITINERARY 

Day 1. Arrival to Phnom Penh


Flying into Phnom Penh, the city that retains its traditional Khmer and colonial charm. French villas along tree-lined boulevards remind the visitor that the city was once considered the ‘pearl’ of Southeast Asia. Recent political changes have triggered an economic boom, with new hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs springing up across the city. We meet our guide and transfer to hotel for check in.

The balance of the day free for your own times in Phnom Penh.
  • Meals: N/A
  • Accommodation: Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 2. Phnom Penh: past & present


Visit to the Royal Palace compound build in 1866 by the Predecessors of King Norodom, is the most conspicuous feature and also one of impressive colorful Khmer-style Palaces. Nearside the Royal Palace is Silver Pagoda (The Emerald Buddha temple), display plenty of Buddha Statues that were decorated and made by diamond, emerald, gold and silver, continuing visit to National Museum, the distinctive red building with a beautiful Khmer architecture was build since 1917 and contains more than 5000 art objects made of sandstone, bronze, silver, copper, wood and others. Travelers will proceed to visit Independence Monument, which was constructed in 1954 after Cambodian took their country back from French colony.

We continue to Wat Phnom is a Buddhist temple located in center of Phnom Penh City. It was built in 1373, and stands 27 meters above the ground. It is the tallest religious structure in the city.

We will stop at Central Market is located in the heart of the Phnom Penh. The Khmer name of the market is Phsar Thmei, which translates to “new market”. The Central Market was built in 1937 during the French colonial period, in Art Deco style, and is painted bright ochre.

We take Cyclo ride (3 wheels vehicle), we pass through the River Front park whose scenery is much worth shooting, and continue to the only one hill in town with sacred sites called Wat Phnom before walking along Mekong River bank to see the lovely Phnom Penh city at night with breathtaking view along the river. Other best way to take photo is view sunset cruise on the Mekong and Tonle Sap River (1 hour). Situated at the “Four Arms” where the Mekong meets the Tonle Sap River before splitting into tow branches, Phnom Penh offers the ideal location to discover the mighty Mekong. Board a nicely restored wooden boat for a day cruise, enjoy the unspoiled landscapes along each bank and visit the traditional villages with their old pagodas on the islands.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 3. Phnom Tamao & Tonle Bati


We leave Phnom Penh at 8am and head south initially visiting Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre. On the way back, we visit Tonle Bati where you can explore the small yet picturesque Angkorian temple of Ta Prohm. On the banks of the nearby river are lines of bamboo shacks with hammocks, a great place for a relaxing drink.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 4. Phnom Penh – Battambang  


Morning departure in a north-west direction to Battambang, first stop at Kompong Loung to visit the village of goldsmiths along the Tonle Sap, manufacturing souvenir center stopping, and stop at Phnom Udong, the ancient Cambodian capital during the latter stages of the Khmer Empire and crowning site of many past kings. Consisting of a series of stupas atop a large hill, there are outstanding views across the surrounding plains below. Phnom Udong was bombed and desecrated by the Americans and then the Khmer Rouge, but still possesses a beauty that no war has been able to steal from it. Having had time to explore, continue to Kompong Chhnang, taking the time to stop at a pottery village before continuing further north to Pursat Province, famous for its marble stone carvings. Then we drive to Kampong Loeung Floating Village. This is a large floating village on the south side of the Tonle Sap and is beautifully situated between the rice fields and wetlands. Most residents are of Vietnamese origin. The boat ride of about 1 hour going through a network of floating houses, shops, petrol stations and schools.

We continue towards Battambang. Until recently Battambang was very much off the map for visitors as it was a Khmer Rouge stronghold. A riverside town and home to some of the best-preserved Colonial architecture in all Cambodia, Battambang is now making something of a comeback, with improved tourist facilities and roads allowing visitors to explore in comfort.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Overnight in Battambang

Day 5. Battambang  


After breakfast, we drive through the countryside to visit cottage industries like rice paper production, weaving centers and even a fish paste factory. We travel further south you arrive at the well preserved 11th century mountaintop Angkorian temple of Phnom Banan. After climbing the 350+ steps you are treated to a wonderfully peaceful setting with superb views across the surrounding countryside, with small villages dotting the endless rice paddies, punctuated with the characteristic sugar palm trees a wonderful sunset location.

Departure to Phnom Sampeu Mountain. Phnom Sampeou means 'Ship Mountain' because its peculiar shape reminds of a ship. Atop a 100-meter-high mountain stands a pagoda and three natural caves: Pkasla, Lakhaon and Aksopheak. Pkasla cave is full of uprooted stones and is considered important because it is where Phnom Sampeou residents come to celebrate after a marriage. Arrive and start our visitting by climbing up through the old stair, around 500 steps. Take few stops on the way and you will reach a Buddhist Pagoda. Continue on foot to the Lakhaon Cave where Cambodian people were killed and drop down into the cave during Pol Pot regime. Skeletons of their victims still remain in the caves. We continue to visit a giant Buddha statue being meditation with 5 monk statues in front.

We will now start our descent down the mountain, just in time to catch the bats! As darkness falls, we will begin to see thousands of nocturnal bats taking flight from the surrounding caves in a massive formation of dark, black clouds. Be sure to photograph this amazing and staggering sight!

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accomodation: Overnight in Battambang

Day 6. Battambang – Siem Reap


We leave Battambang and drive towards Siem Reap. Stopping at Puok District to visit the National Silk Centre, a fascinating way to learn about Cambodian silk. Here we will spend some time and witness start-to-finish silk creation, growing and harvesting mulberry and the breeding process and the life cycle of the silk worm.

We depart for the Tonlé Sap, driving down the eastern side of the lake. Arrive at Kampong Phluk; a ‘flooded forest’. Accessible only during high water, you’ll pass through the treetops whilst seated in your boat. Nearby is a fishing village where you can also learn more about the traditional methods used for generations.

In the evening prepare for a special treat and visit Phare Ponleu Selpak. Phare is a social center and arts school that started in Battambang. The organization offers Cambodian youth a way out of poverty through arts. One of these projects is the Circus. Transfer at 7:30PM to the circus tent and enjoy a stroll over the terrain to read and learn more about the projects. At 8PM the show starts and will entertain you for an hour with comedy and acrobatic acts performed by the local youth. An entertaining evening is guaranteed and afterwards you can meet and chat with the wonderful young people of the show and learn more about their backgrounds.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accomodation: Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 7. Banteay Srei – Ta Prohm temple


We head further out through rural countryside to the small but beautiful temple of Banteay Srei. This temple is largely built of pink sandstone, a harder rock that can be more elaborately carved and better survives the rigors of time. This is an opportunity to capture some good photographs of the clear and detailed carvings. Stop at a local village to visit families who are producing palm sugar.

Not to be missed is Banteay Samre: Its rose-colored sandstone walls are decorated with carvings and bas-reliefs, which are among the most accomplished Angkor has to offer.

We continue to Ta Prohm "Tomb Raider" fame. Ta Prohm has been abandoned to the elements, a reminder that while empires rise and fall, the riotous power of nature marches on, oblivious to the dramas of human history. Left as it was ‘discovered’ by French explorer Henri Mouhout in 1860, the tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones, man first conquering nature to create, nature later conquering man to destroy.

For the later afternoon we head back into main Angkor Park and journey to Tasom. Tasom offers some beautiful photo spots, especially the rear entrance where tree roots adorn the gateway. We finish by experiencing sunset over the rice fields from the royal crematorium of Pre Rup, a classic view of the Cambodian countryside.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accomodation: Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 8. Angkor Wat – Angkor Thom


After breakfast, we continue to:

  • The ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century)
  • See the South Gate, Bayon Temple – unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara
  • Baphuon temple lying just to the north of Bayon a pyramidal representation of mythical Mont Meru
  • We step to see our old palace as Phimeankas temple in huge complex that was used for our king in the past time.
  • Then Elephant terrace is platform for king and officer viewed show and people meeting.
  • Preah Palilay was is older than Angkor Thom was nearby, deeply in forest and on path back You see monk sprinkle water to people.

We continue to the famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology.

Noted: Enjoy walking at busy pub street where you can find many bars for cool drink or shopping at Angkor Night Market.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accomodation: Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 9. Tuk tuk to local villages


After breakfast, we continue by Tuk Tuk to Chreav Community. We will be warmed welcomed by our local bird ranger/ guide, he/ she will give introduction about briefly bird migration and then start to walk in the rice field to see some species of waterbirds such as; Asian Openbill, black headed ibis, little cormorant, cotton Pygmy-goose, spot billed duck, little grebe, watercock and etc.

Our oxcart driver will pick up you on the way back and heading to village where we see local activities, English Speaking Tour Guide, he/ she will explain about agriculture, free chemical vegetable farm, local activities, typical stilt houses, authentic Cambodian living style, learning about Khmer culture, custom and tradition. The Oxcart tour will end at the local house.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accomodation: Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 10. Departure


Transfer to Siem Reap airport for departure to next destination. It’s time to say goodbye, we thank you for traveling with us and warmly welcome you to come again. 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accomodation: N/A

 

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