The “Multiple Khmer Splendors” Tour will lead you from the Capital City Phnom Penh, considered as the "Pearl of Asia", to the ancient pre-Angkorian Capital of Isanapuri, and from discoveries into discoveries, from encounters into friendly meetings, discover and explore the majestic Angkor, and realize your dream of a Cambodia that will remain for a long time in your very hearts! You will return Angkor and Encore!
This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.
Upon arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide who will accompany you in a private car to your hotel for installation. Lunch on own account.
Afternoon, start your Phnom Penh tour passing by the Independence Monument and the French colonial quarter. We will then suggest you to set onto an alluring evening with an hour Sunset Cruise on the Tonlé Chatomuk with the upper and lower Mekong River to Tonlé Sap and Tonlé Bassac to have another perspective of the Capital City Phnom Penh, also known as “The Pearl of Asia” and contemplate the magnificent sunset if time permits. Dinner on own account. Accommodation at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, we invite you to visit the Throne Hall and the Silver Pagoda, located within the compound of the manucured gardens of Royal Palace where are kept all the Treasures of the Crown: admire its floor paved with tiles in pure silver and the Emerald Buddha. Then, admire the thousand-year old artifacts from the pre-Angkor and Angkor periods at the National Museum, one of the richest museums in the region in term of ancient sculptures, and relive the Glorious Age of the Khmer Empire through the contemplation of these artifacts. Lunch on own account.
After your lunch break, continue your City Tour for the visit of Wat Phnom, the City landmark and a man-made hill and be told by your accompanying guide of the Legend of Dame Daun Penh whom the capital City took its name from! It is here that, according to the legend, Lady Penh recovered four bronze Buddha images along with a statue of Preah Noreay (Vishnu), found in a tree trunk floating on the water, following a severe flooding.
We suggest you then to delve into the recent history of Cambodia. This is the regime of the Khmer Rouge (1975-1979) where the Khmer people lived an inhumane tragedy that somehow still takes its toll on today’s generation. Your visit to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former high school that served as a prison during this "Dark Years" and also known under the codename S-21, will help you witness the “suffering” of the Cambodian people, and also to understand their very “resilience” and spirit of survival of the Khmer people and young generations. Dinner on own account. Accommodation at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Departure by road to Hanchey (150 km and approx. a 3h30 hour drive), and on the way, enjoy a short stop at the picturesque crossroad town of Skun to discover a local culinary “delicatessen” for those adventurous enough to venture into new tastes: the “Deep-fried Spiders”! Then, visit the temple of Wat Nokor Bachey built under King Jayavarman VII, the Great Khmer Builder King at the end of the 12th century. Pass over the Kizuna Bridge and stop at Chup rubber plantation. Lunch on own account.
Continue by road to Kampong Thom and get a brief stop at the Angkorian shrine of Wat Kuhear Nokor (11th century). Arrive in Kampong Thom and transfer to hotel. Dinner on own account.. Accommodation at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Sambor Prey Kuk Temples nestled in the orest, location of the Pre-Angkorian Capital City, Isanapura (Isarn Borei). Lunch on own account. Then, carry your journey onward to Siem Reap with another short visit of the famous Naga Bridge, a testimony to the ingenuity of the Ancient Angkorian Bridge builders, on this “Royal Trail” built by the Great Khmer Kings, linking Angkor to Wat Phu in Southern Laos and to the Champa Kingdom in present Central Viet Nam! Upon arrival and checking-in at hotel, enjoy a free time at leisure to discover the City and its many eatery places and venues at your very own pace! Dinner on own account. Accommodation at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, departure for the Apopo Center which is at the beginning of the painters' road to Angkor Wat. It is both a museum around demining, and also a demonstration site of rats used for mine clearance. The museum wants to show that Cambodia is in progress in demining. We invite you to start your Journey back to the Angkor Times with the visit of the pre-Angkorian Roluos Group, site of the first Angkor King, Jayavarman II’s Capital City, Hariharalaya consisting of three major temples: Preah Ko, Bakong and Lolei. You will better apprehend the evolving architectural styles from day to day. Lunch on own account.
Afternoon: you will now get into an in-depth tour of Angkor Wat, The masterpiece of Khmer arts at its peak glory. It is the most famous temple and largest religious structure in the world, as well as the most impressive of all the Angkor monuments, which five towers, with a golden rosé color, became the emblem of all the successive regimes of Cambodia. Dinner on own account. Accommodation at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Your exploration starts in the morning with the visit of Angkor Thom (the Great Angkor/City) and to get started with the monumental Southern Gate lined on both sides with the Gods and the Giants; it is one of the five gates leading to the Bayon Temple and Center of the Khmer Empire, so you may understand the strategic structure of the first Angkorian King from the XIIth century who embraced Mahayana Buddhism as the State religion. Carry on your discovery to the recently restored Baphuon and its huge Reclining Buddha, then stroll within the compound of Phimean Akas, the ancient Royal Palace to finally reach the Elephant Terrace and then end with the Leper King Terrace. Lunch on own account.
Then visit of the temple of Preah Khan, a Buddhist monastic complex named Jayaçri (“Glorious Victory” in sanskrit) in honor of the victory over the Chams by King Jayavarman VII who erected it in 1191. The site also served as the temporary Capital City during the construction of Angkor Thom and the monastery was finished after Jayavarman VII the Builder King was installed in his new Palace (1190). It is dedicated to Dharanindravarman Varman II, the father of the Builder King who is idealized here in the form of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara. Finally, your day will end with the exploration of Neak Pean, with its four basins being used for religious purifying rites built during the reign of the greatest Cambodian King, Jayavaraman VII, and located right in the Middle Northern Baray also named Jayatatâka. Dinner on own account. Accommodation at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, visit Banteay Srey Temple, considered as the jewel of the Classic Khmer Arts. Cleared from the creeper plants and trees that invaded it, Banteay Srei - which means “the Citadel of Women” - is indeed of an absolute and rare beauty and fineness. Every single detail of this sculpted pink sandstone temple is a real enchantment to the human eyes! On your way back, have a short stop at a traditional village for a demo about the collect of the sugar palm juice and the making of the palm sugar (October to April for the collecting season), and to finally stop by Prasat Kravan, the sole monument in the Angkor Archaeological Park with beautiful carvings on the brick walls dating back from the tenth century, and famous for its unique and sophisticated sculpture on brick of the Hindu Gods. Lunch on own account.
Early in the afternoon, embark on a traditional wooden boat for a mini-cruise to immerse yourself in the way of life by the floating villages on the Great Tonlé Sap Lake, and where traditional fishing techniques are still being used. It is effectively a unique biosphere world, slightly out of time that you will discover! Dinner on own account. Accommodation at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, start an Architectural Walking Tour of Siem Reap that will take you from some fine Old Wats and Pagodas along the river to the Old Market where colonial buildings stand as a testimonial to the French presence during the Protectorate, and to make you discover the daily life of the inhabitants of Siem Reap. Then, visit Cambolac, the Cambodian Lacquer Association. This social enterprise, with its production of boxes in lacquer, manages to involve poor communities to the development of tourism in Siem Reap. This activity helps disadvantaged people to have a perennial activity and regain their pride in manufacturing objects, thus safeguarding and developing the art of antique lacquer. Visit of "Artisans d’Angkor", a place of preservation of the Khmer identity in the domains of wood and stone carving and silk weaving. Lunch on own account. Transfer with guide to the airport for your departure flight.
The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.
|2 Pax||4 Pax||6 Pax||Single Supplement|
|Price per person (1st April to 30th Sept 2019 and 1st April to 30th Spet 2020)||$1,190||$890||$770||$260|
|Price per person (1st Oct 2019 to 31st march 2020)||$1,230||$930||$810||$300|
|Price per person (1st April 2020 to 30th Spet 2020)||$1,200||$900||$780||$270|