Arrive in Phnom Penh International Airport, meet your guide and driver and transfer to your hotel.
Phnom Penh, the capital, is Cambodia’s largest city.It is situated at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap Rivers in the central plain. It was founded in 1434, but was abandoned several times before being re-established in 1865. It is the economic, industrial, commercial, cultural, tourist and historical center of the country.
Start the City Tour with a visit to Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.The Royal Palace was built in 1866, during the reign of King Norodom. The visit will also include the Silver Pagoda or Preah Vihear Preah Keo Morakot.
In the afternoon, visit the National Museum which is located just north of the Royal Palace, off the Street of Artists. The museum houses the world’s foremost collections of ancient Khmer archeological, religious and artistic artifacts.
Then, visit the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum. Toul Sleng was a former high school which, in 1975, was used as a prison and torture center during the Khmer Rouge regime. It is also known as S-21. Thousands of Cambodians and a number of foreigners were housed and tortured here until they were executed.
Continue to visit the colorful Russian/Toul Tom Poung Market. In the late afternoon, visit Wat Phnom in the center of the city before returning to your hotel.
Return to the hotel for an overnight stay in Phnom Penh.
Day 2: Departure Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight to Siem Reap. Arrive at the Siem Reap International Airport in the early morning, meet your guide and driver and transfer to your hotel.
Siem Reap was the ancient capital city of the Khmer Empire and it is also the place where you can explore hundreds of mountainous temples.
Start the visit with the Roluos Group. Rolous is the site of the ancient Khmer civilization known as Hariharalaya where King Jayavarman II moved his capital from Kulen, in AD802. The Rolous Group includes three temples – Preah Kor, Bakong and Lolei.
Preah Kor was built in the 9th century by King Indravarman I, and dedicated to Shiva Brahmanism. It is also a funerary temple built for the King’s parents, maternal grandparents, and a previous king – Jayavarman II – and his wife. Bakong was the center of Hariharalaya city and was probably the state temple of King Indravarman. It was built by the same king in AD881. It is a temple-mountain symbolizing the cosmic Mount-Meru.
Lolei, built in the late 9th century (AD893) by King Yasovarman I in memory of his father, is dedicated to Shiva. Lolei is worth a visit just for its exquisite carvings and inscriptions which some consider to be the finest of the Rolous Group.
Stop for lunch (not included)
Explore the most famous Angkor Wat known as the Seventh Wonder of the world, this temple was built by King Suryavarman II, in the early 12th century. It is a replica of the universe in stones and represents an early model of the cosmic world. The central tower rises from the center of the monument, symbolizing the mythical Mount Meru which is situated at the center of the universe. Because it faces to the west, this temple was the funerary temple for King Suryavarman II. Inside the temple the walls are covered by carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars King Suryavarman II made during his reign. In addition, Angkor Wat is well-known for the 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple.
View the sunset at Phnom Ba Kheng before returning to the hotel for an overnight stay in Siem Reap
Day 3: Siem Reap (B)
Start the day with a visit to Angkor Thom. It the last capital of the Khmer Empire, and was a fortified city enclosing residences of priests, officials of the palace and military as well as buildings for administering the kingdom. It was built from the end of the 12th century to the beginning of the 13th century by the famous King Jayavarman VII. The visit to this Great City of Angkor Thom starts from one of the five gateways – the South Gate – where you can see a row of gods on the left and a row of demons on the right.
Visit the Bayon Temple. It is one of the more popular temples in the Angkor complex, and is located in the center of the city. Over 200 large faces are carved on the 54 towers which, at that time, represented the 54 provinces of the kingdom.
Visit the Terrace of the Elephants and Leper King
Stop for lunch (not included)
Explore some temples on the Small Circuit, namely:Ta ProhmThis is the undisputed capital of the trees and was built in AD1186 by King Jayavarman VII, dedicating it to his mother. Because of the overgrowth of fig, banyan and kapok trees, Ta Prohm has become the most famous temples in the Small Circuit of Temples.
Banteay Kdei. This was built in the later half of the 12th and the early 13th century. It is similar in art and architecture to Ta Prohm, but it is smaller and less complex.
Srah Srang. It is also known as the “pool of ablutions”.
Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon. These two temples are often referred to as the brother-sister temples because of similarities in their plan and form.
Visit the Ta Keo Temple: It was built in the late 10th and the early 12th century, and is dedicated to Shiva Brahmanism
Return to the hotel for an overnight stay in Siem Reap
Day 4: Siem Reap
Visit Beng Mealea. Beng Mealea is the most accessible of Angkor’s lost temples. It was built by King Suryavarman II, the builder of Angkor Wat. It is said that Beng Mealea was constructed as the sample for Angkor Wat. Although a mirror image of the mighty Angkor Wat, it has been totally consumed by the jungle – it is a ruined temple which has been left untouched.
“Two Brothers”, a Universal Studios production, was shot here. Having packed lunch there before continuing to visit Banteay Srei.
Stop for lunch (not included)
Visit to Banteay Srei: Also known as the Citadel of Women, it is made of hard pink sandstone and is one of the smallest temples, but it is the most charming temple built by King Rajendravarman and King Jayavarman V in the second half of the 10th century. This Brahmin temple is decorated with excellent carvings and bas relief of Khmer architecture. That is why it is a precious gem and a jewel in Khmer art.
Visit Banteay Samre: It was built in the middle of the 12th century by King Soryavarman II, and is dedicated to Vishnu Brahmanism.
Return to the hotel for an overnight stay in Siem Reap.
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