Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, the perfect highlights for a luxurious visit to Cambodia.
Upon arrival at Siem Reap international airport, you will be welcomed by escort tour guide (with name sign) and then transferred directly to your hotel for check in.
This evening, 6:00pm transfer to elegant Malis restaurant then enjoy delicious Khmer set menu dinner before visiting Phare Cambodia circus at 8:00pm, Phare Circus is an amazing blend of traditional and modern theater, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion beautifully choreographed and performed around stories about Cambodian lives, customs, and society. The purpose of Phare Circus is to improve the development of local communities by providing education as well as encouraging the practice of art.
We depart hotel at 8.30am to unlock the famous 7th Wonders of the World – the legendary Angkor Wat Temple. This incredible complex was built by Suryavarman II in the middle of the 12th century and was considered to be the spiritual, political and geographical heart of the Great Khmer Empire. In addition, the exterior walls of the lower level display the most extraordinary bas-reliefs, depicting stories and characters from Hindu mythology, and the historical wars of Suryavarman II.
Return to have a delicious lunch at boutique style restaurant.
Afternoon, we continue to the South gate of Angkor Thom, the capital of Jayavarman VII. We visit Bayon temple consisting of more than 200 smiling faces and within the walls. Continue to visit other interesting temples such as the terrace of elephants, the terrace of the leper King, Baphuon and Phimeanakas.
Breakfast is at hotel. After having breakfast, we leave the hotel at 8.00am to witness the intertwined Ta Prohm jungle temple while the crowds are gathering at Angkor Wat temple. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm has been left in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors. We resume the journey to reveal the exquisite pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srey – considered to be a Jewel of Khmer art which features elaborate decorations and fine detail. Banteay Srey is a 10th century Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, and when translated it means “Citadel of the Women”, or “Citadel of Beauty”. On our way back, we’ll stop to visit a local village that specializes in making palm sugar, palm leaf products, and other various local handicraft souvenirs. Enjoy lunch at Khmer wooden house restaurant.
Return hotel and relax. We depart again at 4.30pm to have an hour massage of foot reflexology or Aromatherapy at our selected spa partner.
Breakfast is at hotel. After having breakfast, we journey out to have a guided orientation at Le artisan d’Angkor wood and stone carving center and shopping at old market. Return hotel and relax by the swimming pool at the hotel until departure time. Our tour guide and driver will transfer you to Siem Reap domestic terminal for your flight to Phnom Penh City, Cambodia. The flight just takes only 45mins directly to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival at Phnom Penh airport you will be welcomed by our tour guide and then transfer directly to hotel for check in.
This evening at 4.30pm, we depart hotel for sightseeing along the riverfront to the boat port where we’re going to embark on a private boat to have a beautiful view of the Mekong River, The Royal Palace and visit sunset while you enjoy soft drinks and Angkor beer while the sun is setting down. Transfer to famous Topaz restaurant for dinner.
Breakfast is at hotel. After having breakfast, we will experience some highlights of Phnom Penh city by an ironic cyclo ride passing the independent monument and take some photos. We continue the ride along the riverfront to visit The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda which were both built in 1866 under King Norodom. The Royal Palace is a complex of buildings which serves as the royal residence of the King of Cambodia. The 'Silver Pagoda' sits next to the Royal Palace, separated by a walled walkway, but within the same larger walled compound. Continue to National Museum. Simply put, this museum houses the world’s most important collection of Khmer sculpture and carvings. Inaugurated in 1920 during the heyday of French colonial rule, its architect and first curator, George Groslier, was determined to collect and preserve Cambodia’s rich past.
Enjoy lunch at Romdeng restaurant, Romdeng is one of Friend’s non-profit training restaurants in Cambodia as well as a local organization working with marginalized children/youth, their families and their communities to build their futures and to develop creative projects that effectively support the children to become independent and productive members of the community.
Afternoon, we will visit Wat Phnom with interesting legendary founding place of Phnom Penh, which nowadays is known as active Buddhist monastery Wat Phnom and resume to witness Tuol Sleng museum that is the site of a former high school that was used as the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge regime from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979. Continue to Russian market for strolling around and shopping.
This evening, we depart hotel at 6.30pm to enjoy welcome classic Khmer-style set menu dinner at the well renowned Bopha Titanic restaurant located right on Phnom Penh’s lovely riverside quay. Transfer back to the hotel.
Breakfast is at hotel. It’s free day until departure time then our guide transfers you directly to Phnom Penh international airport for your flight to the next destination.