Cambodia is a Southeast Asian nation whose landscape spans low-lying plains, the Mekong Delta, mountains and Gulf of Thailand coastline. Its busy capital, Phnom Penh, is home to the art deco Central Market, glittering Royal Palace and the National Museum's historical and archaeological exhibits. In the country's northwest lie ruins of Angkor Wat, a massive stone temple complex built during the Khmer Empire.
FACTS & FIGURES:
Capital: Phnom Penh
Dialing code: +855
Currency: Cambodian riel
Official language: Khmer
Neighboring countries: Vietnam, Laos, Thailand
Total Area: Approx. 69,900 sq. miles (181,035 sq. km.). This is slightly smaller than the state of Oklahoma.
Location: Southeast Asia; bordered by Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and the Gulf of Thailand.
Largest Cities: Phnom Penh, Battambang, Sihanoukville (Kompong Som), Siem Reap, Kompong Cham, Kompong Thom
Largest Lake: Tonle Sap
Major Waterway: Mekong River
Mountain Ranges: Cardamom, Dangrek
Highest Point: Phnom Aoral, 5,948 feet
Climate: Tropical, with two seasons, Rainy (May through October) and Dry (October through May). Temperature rarely falls below 80 degrees Farenheit.
Routing: Siem Reap – Angkor Wat – Angkor Thom – Phnom Penh DAY 1: ARRIVAL SIEM REAP (NO MEAL)
Arrive at Siem Reap International Airport, please go to custom desk as your first point of entry to get visa-on-arrival into the country and pay stamping fees directly by cash to custom office there Transfer to hotel with a private vehicle and your guide. The driving distance is approximately 30 minutes. Afternoon, your guide & driver transfer you to Tonle Sap Lake - the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia and is the heart of the Cambodian fishing industry and the lifeblood for millions of Khmers living on and around it. You will embark a comfortable boat to see the true way of life in one of the floating villages of the Tonle Sap. Here you can see how Khmers and Vietnamese live and work side by side years later. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap
DAY 2: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR THOM - ANGKOR WAT (B)
Today, visit to the antique capital of Angkor Thom, built in the 12th century: the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. After a short your rest, you will visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag. This masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. End of day take a relaxing stopover at Prasat Chrung visiting Tadev Hole and temple with the best Sunset. Return to your hotel and end of the tour. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap
DAY 3: SIEM REAP – PHNOM PENH AND CITY TOUR (B)
Morning, transfer to airport for flight to Phnom Penh ( Airfare not inclusive). Upon arrive Phnom Penh, check in hotel Begin a half morning city tour with a visit to the Victory Monument, and the National Museum (called as Musee des Beaux-Arts). Next, you’ll visit a French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1917. The museum contains a collection of Khmer art - notably sculptures – from throughout the ages. You’ll also discover the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda, located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside includes a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90 kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. End of day stop at the Central market and in right time to views over the tree-lined avenues of the city during sunset. Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh
DAY 4: PHNOM PENH DEPARTURE (B)
Morning, you’re free at leisure for individual sightseeing and shopping at Russian Market or Central market. Afternoon, transfer to the airport for departure flight.
- Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast
- Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast/ L=Lunch/ D=Dinner)
- Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers.
- Experienced English-speaking guide during all tours and transfers
- Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
- Mineral water is available as complementary
- International & Domestic flight tickets
- Meals, if not specified in the itinerary
- Tipping for guides, drivers, hotel staff, restaurant staff, boat people, trishaw men etc.
- Visa stamping fee at the airport (30US$ for single visa to Cambodia, paid by cash at the airport)
- Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.
- All other services not specified in the itinerary
- Travel insurance (we highly recommend that you purchase adequate insurance).
- Surcharge for Tet Lunar New year holidays, Xmas and New year’s Eve