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This morning you begin to explore Phnom Penh, a chaotic, energetic, fascinating city. Graceful tree-lined boulevards and riverfront promenades are reminders of bygone eras, today they teem with life and activity, as motorcycles weave in and out of traffic, vendors hawk their wares, and pedestrians go about their business.
Day 1 – Phnom Penh – Start the tour with an insight into Cambodia’s cultural heritage with a visit to the Royal Palace, still the official residence of King Norodom Sihamoi and the adjacent Silver Pagoda, also known as the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha. Continue to the elegant National Museum, which contains a comprehensive collection of Khmer Art. Finally, explore the modern-day city, visiting one of Phnom Penh’s two great markets, the Central Market, located in a distinctive domed Art Deco building OR the sprawling Russian Market, a labyrinth of stalls selling everything from CDs and DVDs to silks, crafts, jewellery and more. Just outside Phnom Penh, in a peaceful rural setting, the Killing Fields provide a stark reminder of the atrocities under the Pol Pot regime. Continuing this theme learn about a chapter from Cambodia’s more recent, tragic, past at your next stop, the Tuol Sleng Museum (Museum of Genocide). Formerly the Tuol Svay Prey High School, in 1975, this became the interrogation and torture facility for the Khmer Rouge regime. Kept largely unchanged, this prison now showcases photographs and exhibits about the thousands of victims that passed through these doors – only seven of whom came out alive.
Day 2 – Phnom Penh to Siem Reap – Enjoy an early breakfast at your hotel this morning before embarking on the journey by road from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Along the way enjoy the stop for lunch, and arrive into Siem Reap mid afternoon. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day 3 – Siem Reap – After an early breakfast at your hotel embark on a day of sightseeing of Siem Reap. The 1st visit is to the crown jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. Upon entering the main structure, ascend through a series of galleries and courtyard before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside. On the way, stop to enjoy the intricate stone carvings that adorn nearly every surface of the temple, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted from the walls. Along the outer gallery walls run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. Angkor Wat is stunning at any time of the day, but sunrise and sunset are especially beautiful times to watch the play of light on the stones. Your next visit is to the fortified city of Angkor Thom covering an area of 10 square km. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats the city includes many of Angkor’s most popular sights. Enter by the monumental south gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga. Continue to the terrace of the elephants and the terrace of the leper kings. Visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple. In this temple, one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor, explore the galleries of beautifully preserved bas reliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where giant stone faces smiling enigmatically down from every angle. The final visit of the day is to Ta Prohm, one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them. (B)
Day 4 – Siem Reap – After enjoying breakfast at your hotel you again set out for a day of sightseeing. The first visit today is to Chau Say Tevoda, built during the second quarter of the 12th century opposite Thommanon, it was dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu. Continue on to Thommanon, a temple which mirrors Chau Say Tevoda (just to the north), as it was built around the same time and has a similar plan. It is also dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu. Your next visit is to Banteay Kdei Temple, a massive Buddhist temple dating from the second half of the 12th century, and surrounded by four concentric walls, with the outer walls measuring 500 by 700 metres. After a short break for lunch your next visit is to Sras Srang, a basin opposite of Banteay Kdei measuring 800 by 400 metres with a tiny island in the middle where only the stone base remains of what was once a wooden temple, before continuing on to visit Prasat Kravan, the five brick towers were built for Hindu worship in 921 and are notable for the bas-reliefs cut into the bricks on the interior walls. (B)
Day 5 – Departure Day – After enjoying one last breakfast at your hotel the day is your until you meet you transfer guide for the drive to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
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