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Introduction

For this six-day peek into the heart of the Kingdom we start in its vibrant renaissance capital, Phnom Penh, where culture-vultures will enjoy the elegant Royal Palace and National Museum, as well as an insight into the hell under the Khmer Rouge regime at the moving Tuol Sleng and Choeung Ek killing fields. A night in Kompong Thom will introduce you to the early temple city of Sambor Prei Kuk, a pre-cursor to the temples of Angkor, which come next. Swish Siem Reap is a perfect gateway to the fabled temples, where you’ll encounter the ruined Ta Prohm and the famed majesty of Angkor Wat in the first light of the day, as well as the intricate carvings of Banteay Srei and the mysterious faces of the Bayon. We also include a lifestyle visit to the floating villages of the Tonle Sap for good measure.

 

 

In Brief

  • Day 1: Arrival Phnom Penh and Royal Palace and National Museum
  • Day 2: Tuol Sleng and Killing Fields. Travel to Kompong Thom
  • Day 3: Sambor Prei Kuk. Travel to Siem Reap and visit Floating Village of Chong Kneas
  • Day 4: Roluos group. Preah Khan and Remote Temples
  • Day 5: Ta Prohm Dawn. Banteay Srei.
  • Day 6: Angkor Wat sunrise. Angkor Thom and the Bayon

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Phnom Penh. Royal Palace and National Museum {B}

Upon arrival Siem Reap airport, you will be warmly welcome by one of our professional tour guide who will bring you to check in hotel. In the afternoon, we explore the stunning Royal Palace complex, home to the Cambodian royal family. We begin at the Throne Hall and Napoleon III Pavilion, a gift from the French emperor in the 19th century. We continue to the Silver Pagoda, named after the 5000 silver tiles covering the floor, each weighing 1kg. Inside is a delicate emerald Buddha made of baccarat crystal, which gives the temple its Khmer name of Wat Preah Keo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). We leave the Royal Palace and continue to the nearby National Museum, home to the world's finest collection of sculpture from the Angkor period. The exquisite building was completed in 1920 and features collections from the pre-Angkor, Angkor and post-Angkor periods. We concentrate on the incredible sandstone sculpture from Angkor, as well as the intricate bronzes. Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 2: Tuol Sleng and Killing Fields. Travel to Kompong Thom {B}

We come face to face with the horrific crimes of the Khmer Rouge. Tuol Sleng was a former high school that the Khmer Rouge turned into a centre for interrogation, torture and death. Today it is a museum of torture and serves to remind visitors of the terrible atrocities that came to pass in Cambodia. 17,000 people passed through the gates of this prison and only seven lived to tell the tale. We then travel out of town to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Prisoners from Tuol Sleng followed this same route to their fate. An old Chinese cemetery, Choeung Ek was turned into an extermination camp for political prisoners. The remains of 8985 people were exhumed from mass graves and are kept in a memorial stupa here. In the afternoon, we leave Phnom Penh and travel northeast to Kompong Thom. En route, there is the chance to pause at Skuon, affectionately known as 'Spiderville', where it is possible to sample the local delicacy of deep fried tarantula. We continue the journey west to the provincial capital of Kompong Thom. Overnight in Kompong Thom

Day 3: Sambor Prei Kuk. Travel to Siem Reap. Floating Village of Chong Kneas {B}