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Introduction

This original journey through Cambodia captures the essence of the Kingdom’s heart, beginning in the lively riverside capital of Phnom Penh, a beguiling blend of Asia past and present. We see the highlights of the city once known as the “Pearl of Asia’ before he head north and call in at the largest floating village on the Great Lake at Kompong Luong, en route for sleepy Battambang. We take a closer look at life in Cambodia’s ‘rice bowl’ and then discover the lost face temples at the sprawling fortress of Banteay Chhmar. Onto Siem Reap and a waiting you at Angkor is the rising sun above the pineapple towers of Angkor Wat, all alone in Ta Prohm at dawn and a face to face meeting with the eccentric images of Jayavarman VII at the Bayon. A wonderful way to end your unique adventure.

 

 

In Brief

  • Day 1: Arrival Phnom Penh. Royal Palace and National Museum
  • Day 2: Tuol Sleng, Killing Fields, Lunch at PSE and Wat Phnom
  • Day 3: Phnom Penh to Battambang via Kompong Luong
  • Day 4: Battambang lifestyle
  • Day 5: Battambang to Siem Reap via Artisans d’Angkor
  • Day 6: Roluos group. Preah Khan and Remote Temples
  • Day 7: Kbal Spean, Banteay Srei, Landmine Museum
  • Day 8: Ta Prohm dawn. Walled City of Angkor Thom
  • Day 9: Angkor Wat sunrise and free leisure in afternoon
  • Day 10: Departure

Itinerary

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

Upon arrival Phnom Penh 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 and a symbol of the nation. We enter the Throne Hall where the royal receptions are held, see the Napoleon III Pavilion made from iron, a gift from the French emperor in the 19th century and continue to the Silver Pagoda, named after the 5000 silver tiles covering the floor, each weighing 1kg. Inside are some of the country's most cherished treasures, including a life-size gold Buddha studded with 9584 diamonds, the largest weighing 25 carats. There is also 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. Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 2: Tuol Sleng, Killing Fields, Lunch at PSE and Wat Phnom {B/L}

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. We have lunch in the capital at PSE (a French NGO supporting children from the garbage dump) where their Lotus Blanc restaurant serves excellent international and Asian cuisine. The clients can then take a tour of the PSE facilities where both schooling and work/life skills are available to the children and youths as a way of escaping the poverty of their lives spent on the city’s main garbage dump. We then make for Wat Phnom, a symbol of the city. Located on one of the few hills in this pancake-flat capital, the first pagoda was originally built in 1373 to house Buddha statues discovered in the Mekong by a woman named Penh. Overnight in Phnom Penh

Day 3: Phnom Penh to Battambang via Kompong Luong {B}