Cambodia in a Nutshell
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- 233 GBP /person
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- 5 days
- Location Start:
- Phnom Penh
- Location Finish:
- Siem Reap, Angkor
- Start time:
- 10.00 am
- End time:
- 05.00 pm
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Last updated: 09/18/2006
You havent got long, but in just five days youll get a very good idea of what makes this country tick. This whistle-stop tour takes in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and the amazing Angkor
Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Once you have had time to relax and freshen up (and eat if you are on a morning flight), there is a visit to the National Museum, the Silver Pagoda, the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom Hill, the founding place of the city. All are within easy walking distance of each other and are a great introduction to this laid-back city. Phnom Penh was once considered one of the most beautiful in the Orient and, despite its recent turbulent history, it still retains a Colonial charm. Dinner is at a local restaurant : your first opportunity to sample the delicious Khmer cuisine.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.
After breakfast, it's a short drive through Phnom Penh to the city port, on the banks of the River Mekong. From here you will take a speed boat up the Tonlé Sap lake to Siem Reap, arriving in perfect time for lunch.
Siem Reap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire. Angkor is an outstanding site that easily lives up to its status as being one of the seven wonders of the forgotten world. After transferring to your hotel and lunch you'll set off on an afternoon visit to the 12th-century Angkor Wat. After just a few hours of climbing through the magnificent temple, you'll feel like you could spend a lifetime there.
Before returning to your hotel you will have just enough time to watch the sunset over Angkor Wat from the highest point of Phnom Bakheng, which, despite the crowds, still holds a magical allure. For those with tired legs, there is often an elephant or two willing to help you up the small hill.
We've left the late afternoon and the evening free for you to explore Siem Reap. The city is expanding at a phenomenal rate, with another hotel seemingly opening every month. However, it's a lovely place to enjoy an evening at one of the many great restaurants or bars sampling some authentic Cambodian cuisine.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
A morning tour of the temples takes you to the south gate of Angkor Thom, the famous Bayon, the Terrace of Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.
After a break in the shade and an opportunity to buy some lunch and refreshments, continue on to the equally wonderful Srah Srang, Banteay Kdei and the fabulous Ta Prohm Temple, reclaimed by nature - the tree roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers can be seen breaking through the walls and stone carvings. Every corner you turn reveals another ruin as outstanding as the last, which can, at times, be quite overwhelming.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
After breakfast you will visit Banteay Srei, the unique riverbed carvings at Kbal Spean (River of 1,000 Lingas) and Banteay Samre before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant.
While some of the temples are impressive because of their sheer size, Banteay Srei - dedicated to the hindu deity Brahma - stands alone in the quality of its construction and its carvings. The pink sandstone walls are decorated with what some consider the best carvings in the whole of Angkor, and fortunately it is an amazingly well-preserved site, especially if you consider it was built in AD 967.
In the afternoon, continue with your visits to the big circuit temples': Pre Rup, East Mebon, Neak Poan and Preah Khan. Unlike some archaeological site visits, you never seem to lose the wow factor' whilst exploring Angkor. Every site is as outstanding as the last, and it will be with a mixture of regret and excitement that you'll get back into your air-conditioned transport to visit the next site.
Supper is at the Aspara Theatre, where you will be entertained by a traditional Khmer dance show. You will have seen evidence of Apsaras, or celestial dancers, adorning the walls of many of the Angkorian temples.
These traditional dances have been passed down through the generations. The show is an absolute must for any visitor to Cambodia and a great way to mark your last night in Siem Reap.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Departure day. Depending on your flight time or onward travel details, you may have time for a visit to the market in Siem Reap to pick up a few last-minute souvenirs. Other options include:
* The workshops of Artisans d'Angkor (wood and stone carving)
* A boat trip on the Tonle Sap lake (best from July to February)
* Visit the Landmine Museum of Mr. Aki Ra
Transfer to Siem Reap Airport for your onward flight.
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- Extras -
* All accommodation
* Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
* English speaking local guide
* All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
* All meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: lunch, D: Dinner)
* International flight tickets reconfirmation
* Flights to/from Asia. Flights information - click here
* Cambodian Visa
* International airport tax
* Any other meals not mentioned in itinerary
* Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
* Travel insurance
* All other services which are not mentioned in 'inclusive'
Please note: All prices are correct when published, however they are liable to change and can only be confirmed once an enquiry is submitted.
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