Glimpse of Cambodia

  • Destination: Cambodia
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Price: $715

Combining historical temple visits, with cultural immersion and urban exploration, A Glimpse of Cambodia, is a perfect blend of Cambodia’s finest elements. Experience the country’s natural beauty along with the subtleties of Khmer culture on this journey from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.

Day 1

Phnom Penh Arrival – City Tour

Welcome to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s vibrant and bustling capital city. Despite its recent turbulent history, Phnom Penh’s wide tree-lined boulevards and faded colonial mansions hold an undeniable charm. Upon arrival, your guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant then set out on a city tour to acquaint yourself with Phnom Penh’s major sites. Enjoy some free time to rest and freshen up before driving to the dock to catch an evening boat cruise along the Mekong River. Savor a welcome dinner on board as you watch the sunset over the shimmering lights of Phnom Penh. Meals: Dinner.

Accommodation: Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh or similar, Raffles Hotel Le Royal or similar

Day 2

Phnom Penh – Drive to Siem Reap – Floating Village – Sunset

After breakfast our driver will meet you at your hotel and take you on the 5 hour drive from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. The journey offers an excellent opportunity to observe rural Cambodia up-close. Stop along the way and visit a market, where every assortment of street food is available, including the Khmer favorite: fried spiders! Once you arrive in Siem Reap, head out of town and embark on a short cruise along Tonle Sap Lake to visit the local floating villages. The experience is wonderful as we pass by floating villages, friendly children in small boats and fishermen at work.  Enjoy sunset on the lake or in the rice field, your choice.  Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Angkor Paradise Hotel or similar, Lotus Resort by Borei Angkor or similar

Day 3

Siem Reap – Tuk tuk to Ta Prohm – Angkor Wat – Angkor Thom

Enjoy an entire day dedicated to discovering the mysterious Angkor temples. Wake before dawn and take a “tuk-tuk” ride to visit the jungle-entwined temple, Ta Prohm, at sunrise. Dawn is one of the most beautiful and haunting times to visit the temples, whose ancient sandstone blocks are gilded gold by the early morning rays. Return to the hotel for breakfast then set back out on a full day temple tour. Starting with the magnificent Angkor Wat – the largest Khmer temple and finest example of Angkorian art and architecture, we proceed to Angkor Thom’s imposing South Gate, topped with the four serenely smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara. Next, visit Bayon temple, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.  In the evening, enjoy the dinner and Apsara Dance Performance at Kulen II restaurant.  Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

Accommodation: Angkor Paradise Hotel or similar, Lotus Resort by Borei Angkor or similar

Day 4

Rolous Group – BanteaySrei – Preah Khan – Sunset at Pre Rup

Today we take an hour drive out of town to the ancient capital of King Indravarman I (877-889), now referred to as the Rolous Group and known as the birthplace of classical Khmer art and architecture.  In the afternoon, visit Preah Khan (Sacred Sword): one of Angkor’s largest temples, constructed in the 12th century by Jayavarman VII. Then drive 35km to Banteay Srei temple, the birthplace of classical Khmer architecture. Next explore Banteay Samre. On the way back to town, you will watch the sunset in Pre Rup, considered as Mini Angkor Wat.
Return to town in the late afternoon, you are free to explore the PsarChass, also known as the “Old Market” for shopping.  Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Angkor Paradise Hotel or similar, Lotus Resort by Borei Angkor or similar

Day 5

Siem Reap Departure

Today is free for last minute shopping or sight-seeing before your driver takes you to Siem Reap International Airport to catch your flight home. Safe journey home.

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Inclusions
• Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
• Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
• Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
• Service of English speaking guides in every location
• Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited