ESSENTIAL CAMBODIA 05 Days / 04 Nights

ESSENTIAL CAMBODIA 05 Days / 04 Nights

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Duration
: 05 Days / 04 Nights
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: Air-conditioned vehicles
Destination
: Phnompenh - Siem Riep
Code
: HNRT-CA03
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ESSENTIAL CAMBODIA 05 DAYS / 04 NIGHTS

 
Destinations: PHNOM PENH – SIEM REAP
Essential Cambodia 5days is a great way to explore Cambodia. To be getting started from Phnom Penh – Cambodia's capital, then flight to Siem Reap to visit the culture heritage of the world – Angkor Wat Temple complex.
Tour Type: Classic & Culture Tour
 
 
 
Highlights:
Tread lightly upon the 5000 silver floor tiles at the Silver Pagoda, in the Royal Palace
Step back in time at the National Museum, home to the world’s finest collection of Angkorian sculpture
Check out the Art Deco masterpiece that Psar Thmei, Phnom Penh’s central market
Discover a darker side at Toul Sleng Museum, a brutal reminder of the pain of Cambodia’s past
Wat Phnom – on a leafy hill, Wat Phnom affords a view that has changed little in a half century 
Russian Market – Bargain for fine silks, antiques and curious at Phnom Penh’s most enjoyable market
Soak up the city by night, with a happy hour cocktail, a fine meal and crawl through the city’s bars
Stare in awe at the mother of all temples, Angkor Wat
Succumb to the enigmatic smiles of the 216 giant faces of the Bayon, Angkor’s strangest temple
Experience nature running riot at the mysterious ruin of Ta Prohm, the original Tomb Rider temple
Marvel at the exquisite carvings adorning the tiny temple of Banteay Srei, the finest seen at Angkor
Tonle Sap Lake – Take to the water of the largest lake in Southeast Asia to explore floating villages and flooded forest. Tonle Sap acts as natural flood barrier for the Mekong River

Itinerary in brief:

DAY DESTINATION MEAL
Day 1 Arrival – Phnom Penh Lunch + Dinner
Day 2 Phnom Penh – Siem Reap Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Day 3 Ta Prohm & Banteay Srei Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Day 4 Angkor Thom & Angkor Wat Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Day 5 Siem Reap – Departure Breakfast + Lunch

Itinerary in details:
Day 1: Phnom Penh – Arrival, CAMBODIA (Meal: Lunch)
Fly 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.
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 will learn about the dark side of Cambodia – Its more recent turbulent and harrowing history. Initially you visit the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (also known as S21), ironically a former school, located in a quiet Phnom Penh suburb, this was the infamous Khmer Rouge prison / torture centre.
 
Day 2: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap by flight (Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today we go to Siem Reap by short flight. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, we are met our guide and transfer to city.
We travel back in time to one of the earliest capitals in the Angkor area, Hariharilaya, now known as Roluos. We begin with a visit to the brick temple of Lolei, originally set on an island in the centre of the Indratataka baray (reservoir). We continue to Preah Ko (sacred cow), named in honour of Shiva's mount, Nandin. Finally, we encounter Bakong, the earliest of the temple mountains, which later became the signature of Khmer kings. It is a giant pyramid, its cardinal points marked by giant elephants. For those that are interested, we can offer a short diversion to the small country town of Roluos, a world away from Siem Reap. We then head for the market in the small country town of Roluos before heading out into the countryside to visit a working farm to find out more about farming techniques that bring the produce of the land to the dinner table.
 
Dinner with Apsara Dance show at local restaurant.
For those travelers thirsting for cultural highlights of Cambodia, No visit to Cambodia is complete without attending at least one traditional Khmer dance performance, often referred to as 'Apsara Dance' after one of the most popular Classical dance pieces. Traditional Khmer dance better described as 'dance-drama' in that the dances are not merely dance but also meant to convey a story or message.


 
Day 3: Banteay Srei & Ta Prohm (Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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. Continue to 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 visit 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. Ta Keo: built by Jayavarman V who ruled from 968 to 1001, it was the first Angkorian monument built entirely of sandstone and was dedicated to Shiva. The summit of the central tower is 50 meters high and is surrounded by four lower towers. Thommanon: 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. Chau Say Tevoda: built during the second quarter of the 12th century opposite of Thommanon, it was dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu.
 
Day 4: Angkor Thom & Angkor Wat (Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After meeting our tour guide, then we drive to Angkor Thom that was the masterpiece of King Jayavarman VII. Following the occupation of Angkor by the Chams from 1177 to 1181, the new king decided to build an impregnable fortress at the heart of his empire. The scale is simply staggering and we are immediately overwhelmed by the audacity of Jayavarman on arrival at the city’s gates.
 
We begin to visit Bayon Temple. At the exact centre of Angkor Thom, this is an eccentric expression of the creative genius and inflated ego of Cambodia’s most celebrated king. Its 54 towers are each topped off with the four faces of Avalokiteshvara (Buddha of Compassion), which bear more than a passing resemblance to the king himself. These colossal heads stare down from every side, exuding power and control with a hint of compassion, just the mix required to keep a hold on such a vast empire.
 
We continue to visit Terrace of the Leper King. This intricately carved platform was the royal crematorium and the statue that was originally thought to be the leper king is now believed to be Yama, the god of death. We continue along the Terrace of Elephants, originally used as a viewing gallery for the king to preside over parades, performances and traditional sports. At the southern end lies the Baphuon, once of the most beautiful temples at Angkor, dating from the reign of Uditayavarman 1 in the 11th century. It has undergone a massive renovation by the French and is now once again open for viewing.
 
We go local restaurant for Lunch.
 
We journey out to the Mother of all temples, Angkor Wat. Believed to be the world's largest religious building, this temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers. Built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II, this is most famous temple at Angkor. We venture into Angkor Wat to enjoy its magnificence in peace and quiet. We begin by unraveling the mysteries of the bas-reliefs that tell of tales from Hindu mythology and of the glories of the Khmer empire.
 
Enjoy walking at busy pub street where you can find many bars for cool drink or shopping at Angkor Night Market.



Day 5: Siem Reap – Departure (Meal: Breakfast, Lunch)
We depart Siem Reap 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 tree tops whilst seated in your boat. Nearby is a fishing village where we can also learn more about the traditional methods used for generations. Returning to the mainland, meet your driver and return to Siem Reap.
 
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.



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MONEY : The official currency is the Cambodian Riel (pronounced ‘real’), although US Dollars are accepted everywhere. ATMs distributing US Dollars are found in the main cities and moneychangers throughout the country. As of Aug 12: 1USD = 4,000 Riel

VISAS : Visa on Arrival service is available for most nationalities on international flights arriving in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, as well as most land crossings with Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.

ELECTRICITY Cambodia uses 220V, and a mixture of flat 2-pin, round 2-pin or 3-pin plugs. It is recommended to bring a universal plug adaptor. Power outages are quite common but most hotels have their own generator.

DIALING CODE : +855

GETTING THERE & AWAY : Cambodia celebrates a mix of Buddhist,Chinese and international holidays as well as national events.The main festival periods are Khmer New Year (mid-April),Pchum Ben and the Ploughing Ceremony (mid-September) and Boun Om Touk boat racing (Water festival) (early November).Many restaurants and businesses close during these periods,however tourist attractions are still open and there is very little disruption to travel plans.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS : Cambodia celebrates a mix of Buddhist,Chinese and international holidays as well as national events.The main festival periods are Khmer New Year (mid-April),Pchum Ben and the Ploughing Ceremony (mid-September) and Boun Om Touk boat racing (Water festival) (early November).Many restaurants and businesses close during these periods,however tourist attractions are still open and there is very little disruption to travel plans.

LANGUAGE : Cambodia’s national language is Khmer and unlike the other languages of the region is not a tonal language. As in other former French colonies the educated older generation often speaks very good French while the younger generation prefers English. Outside the major centers of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap most people speak only Khmer, but you will always find somebody who speaks English wherever you go.

- Good Morning - Ah Run Soou Sdei
- Good Afternoon - Ti Via Soou Sdei
- Good Evening - Say Yaon Soou Sdei
- Good Night - Reat Trei Soou Sdei 
- Hello - Joom Reab Soou
- Hi. - Soou Sdei
- How do you do ? - Joom Reap Soou.

WHEN TO GO?



The winter months (October-February), are the best time to travel to Cambodia as the air is cool and the skies clear. However, the dust at this time of year can be irritating and the crowds at the Angkor temples at their highest numbers. 





March to May sees hotter temperatures and dry skies, and the heat continues into June and through August when the monsoon season starts.

The rains however do not usually cause a major problem for travelers as they tend to be short and hard afternoon showers.
Accommodation as below or similar: double/twin shared room:

OPTION CITY HOTEL NAME & ROOM TYPE # NIGHT
OPT 1 PHNOM PENH River Home Hotel (3*) – Superior room
 
1
SIEM REAP City River Hotel (3*) – Superior room
 
3
OPT 2 PHNOM PENH Frangipani Royal Palace (4*) – Deluxe room
 
1
SIEM REAP Angkor Paradise Hotel (4*) – Deluxe room
 
3
OPT 3 PHNOM PENH Himawari Hotel (5*) – Himawari Hotel
 
1
SIEM REAP Sokha Angkor Resort (5*) – Deluxe city view
 
3

















TOUR COST INCLUDES: 
04nights accommodation with daily breakfast
Meal: Full board at local restaurant as mention in program (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch and D: Dinner)
Airport transfers & Transport by air con. vehicles as per program
Sightseeing and entrance fees as specified
Local English speaking guide as per program
Boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake
Flight ticket: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap
Cold water and towel during tours
 
TOUR COST NOT INCLUDES: 
Visa fee: 30$
International air ticket in-out Cambodia
Other meal, drink, personal expenses, tip, Travel insurance
Other thing not mentioned in Included
 

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