Cambodia Temples & the Sea

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  • Tour Code: CATS-9D

Explore the Angkor temples in-depth, cruise on the Tonle Sap Lake passing the charming floating villages, experience traditional Khmer village life, visit the busy capital Phnom Penh and head to the relaxing beaches and islands of Cambodia's south coast.

Experiencing a holiday in Cambodia and you will discover the allure of an unspoilt and little explored country which is irresistible for travelers with a sense of adventure. For anyone who wants to discover the real Cambodia within 9 days, this is the tour you should book! 

Cambodia Temples and the Sea 9D8N

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Angkor Thom and the Small Circuit
On arrival at Siem Reap/ Angkor International Airport you will meet your guide and get transferred to your hotel. After dropping-off your luggage you will collect your Angkor Conservation Area entrance pass and begin you exploration of the Angkor temples, initially visiting the Small Circuit. This tour includes: the huge pyramid of Takeo; the jungle-clad Ta Prohm made famous by the Hollywood blockbuster 'Tomb Raider'; Sras Srang known as the King's bathing pond; Banteay Kdei and Prasat Kravan, an elegant brick temple. After lunch you will explore the impressive Royal City of Angkor Thom, where you will find the Bayon, a temple famed for its many gigantic carved faces smiling beguilingly down at them. You will also visit other important sites in this immense walled city, including the pyramid of Baphuon, Phimeanakas and the royal viewing stands known as the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. If there is time left your guide will take you to an excellent spot for watching a mesmerizing Angkor Wat sunset. This evening you are free at leisure to explore Siem Reap's eclectic mix of restaurants and bars.

Meals included: L

Day 2: Banteay Srei & the Grand Circuit
This morning you head 30 kilometers (19 miles) north to visit the captivating and beautiful temple of Banteay Srei or 'Fortress of the Women'. The journey allows you to experience the beautiful Cambodian countryside as you pass through small typical villages, on-route you will visit Banteay Samre. Banteay Srei is an elaborately decorated temple, embellished with floral motifs and scenes from the Ramayana, all carved from pink sandstone. You will return to town for lunch. Afterwards you carry on your Angkor encounter with a visit to the spectacular temples of the Grand Circuit, beginning with Preah Khanor 'Sacred Sword', one of the largest temples at Angkor. You continue to Neak Pean surrounded by fountains and ponds. Next is Ta Som and its famous strangler fig tree. Finally, you arrive at Pre Rup, a pleasant spot to experience another Angkor sunset. This evening you will enjoy dinner and a fascinating Apsara dance show at a local restaurant.

Meals included: B, D

Day 3: Angkor Wat, Local Crafts & Floating Villages
You may choose to rise early today to catch the sun rising from behind Angkor Wat's five carved towers - after being awed you return to your hotel for breakfast. Then it is time to further discover the magnificent Angkor Wat, the world's largest religious building. You will return to town for lunch, after which you will head south to the Tonle Sap Lake. On the way you will call in at Artisans d'Angkor, an interesting boutique workshop where you can observe young Cambodians learning traditional Khmer handicraft techniques, such as stone & wood carving, and lacquering & gilding. As you get closer to the lake you will see the large hill of Phnom Krom looming closer, you may wish to climb this to see not only the modern day pagoda but also the remains of an Angkorian Temple. Once you arrive at the Tonle Sap Lake, the largest in South-East Asia, you will board a boat and sail through the traditional floating village of Chong Khneas and witness the residents going about their daily life - it is quite a sight seeing a whole bamboo village complete with homes, gas stations, schools, hair dressers and karaoke bars floating on a lake. The boat will then head out into the expanse of the lake and allow you to experience the setting sun disappearing into the lake in silence. You will return to town where you are free at leisure for the rest of the evening.

Meals included: B, L

Day 4: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh & Local Lifestyle
Today you travel by road from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh (330 kilometers/ 205 miles, approx. 6 hours). On route you will witness the everyday lives of Cambodians as you pass through interesting provincial towns, bucolic villages, and delightful scenery. On route you may wish to stop off in Kompong Kdei, to look at Spean Pratos and an ancient Angkorian bridge or see the stone carving village of Suntok where massive half finished sculptures line the road. Just beyond the halfway point you will stop off in the village of Baray where you will have lunch as well as taking a pony or ox drawn cart to explore the local village. You will visit traditional wooden stilted homes, accompany the local women weaving, watch traditional handicrafts being made, as well as tasting local sweets – a great insight into the 'real' Cambodia! Closer to Phnom Penh you may choose to stop at Skoun, also known as 'Spiderville' due to the deep fried tarantula that is the local delicacy. Upon arrival in Phnom Penh you will check-in to your hotel after which you are free at leisure for the rest of the evening.

Meals included: B, L

Day 5: Cyclo Tour of Phnom Penh
On your first morning in charming Phnom Penh your guide will introduce you to your cyclo drivers as you are treated to a fun half day cyclo tour, a traditional mode of transport. Your first stop will be the terracotta red National Museum which offers a charming setting for a comprehensive collection of Khmer artefacts. After this you will visit the nearby Royal Palace, on the banks of the Mekong River. You will move onto the neighbouring Silver Pagoda, so named as it is claimed its floor is made up of over 4,000 silver tiles! Your cyclo driver will then take you to a local restaurant for lunch. After which you will be pedaled to explore the ochre-coloured, impressive, art-deco Central Market, an iconic Phnom Penh landmark and a fascinating place to wander around. When you are all 'haggled' out your cyclo driver will take you to the nearby French Quarter and Wat Phnom, the inconspicuous hill after which the city is named. Your cyclo driver will then return you to your hotel where you are free for the rest of the evening.

Meals included: B, L

Day 6: Phnom Penh's Dark Past & Sihanoukville
This morning you learn about the dark side of Cambodia - its more recent turbulent and harrowing history. Initially you visit the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, ironically a former school, located in a quiet Phnom Penh suburb; this was the infamous Khmer Rouge prison / torture centre. Once you have gained an initial insight of the brutality of the Khmer Rouge regime you will be driven 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Phnom Penh to visit the 'Killing Fields'. This is where Toul Sleng prisoners were forcibly marched and then executed; it is now a memorial site located in a beautiful tranquil setting. For lunch you will visit the Lotus Blanc Restaurant, this is managed by the NGO Pour un Sourire d'Enfant (For the Smile of a Child), which works with kids who were dump scavengers and trains them in the hospitality industry. After lunch you head south to the coastal resort town of Sihanoukville (230 kilometers/ 143 miles, approx. 4 hours). On arrival in Sihanoukville you will check-in to your hotel and after freshening up you will be taken to a local restaurant for a tasty dinner of fresh seafood.

Meals included: B, L, D

Day 7: Sihanoukville's Islands
A laid back day as you explore the beautiful beaches and warm sea of some of the nearby islands such as Koh Takieve, Koh Chroloh and Koh Russei. Besides swimming you will have the opportunity to fish and snorkel as well as enjoying a tasty barbeque lunch on one of the islands. Back in Sihanoukville you are free at leisure to discover the beach resorts varied night life.

Meals included: B, L

Day 8: Free Day in Sihanoukville
Today you are fee at leisure to explore and relax on the beaches of Sihanoukville.

Meals included: B

Day 9: Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh
This morning you transfer back to Phnom Penh to connect with your onward flight, leaving Cambodia with many fascinating experiences and wonderful memories!

Meals included: B


Inclusions:
• All sightseeing tour and transfer services as detailed in the above itinerary
• All accommodation based on two sharing a room
• Private air conditioned vehicles
• English speaking local guide
• All entrance fees for attractions included in the above itinerary
• Daily drinking water and cool face towels whilst sightseeing
• All meals as detailed in the above itinerary (B = Breakfast - L = Lunch - D = Dinner)

Exclusions:
• Services not detailed in the above itinerary
• International flights to / from Cambodia
• Cambodian Visa fees
• Accommodation before / after the tour
• Drinks with included meals
• Expenditure of a personal nature
• Discretionary tips
• Travel insurance
• Any payment / money transfer charges 

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