Cambodia: Then and Now - 10 Days & 9 Nights

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Day 1: Siem Reap arrival

You will be greeted with a traditional and warm welcoming to Siem Reap upon your arrival, to the airport, where you will meet our local team that will take care of all of your needs for the duration of your time in Cambodia! Siem Reap is home of over 1000 ancient ruins including the breathtaking Angkor Wat, one of the 7 Wonders of the World with its mightiness and impressiveness greater than that of the Pyramids, and an artistic distinctiveness as fine as that of the Taj Mahal.

Day 2: Angkor Wat

After breakfast in the hotel, you will transfer to the temple complex to experience stepping back in time to the Angkor complex. It is the Khmers’ national symbol, the epicentre of their civilization and a source of their national pride. Is is also home to the world’s largest religious building. Now, it’s your time to experience the Angkor Wat temple folowed by Ta Prohm temple, also knows as the jungle temple! Whatever you may call it, you will be enamored and feel like are running through the set from Alice in Wonderland or walking through an enchanted forest!

In the afternoon, we will transfer back to hotel for swimming or a massage – a perfect way to relax after a long morning of climing the steps to the top of the temples!

Day 3: Angkor Thom

Today is another day for you to see how amazing the Angkor temples are by visiting Angkor Thom – an immense complex that is home to the enigmatic Bayon, Baphuon – the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle, the Elephant Terrace – the base for the king’s grand audience hall, and The Terrace of Leper King – royal crematorium.

The day won’t be complete without a traditional Khmer dinner with Apsara dance show!

Day 4: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake

We will say goodbye to the ancient Khmer temples and take a side trip today Tonle Sap – the largest frest water lake in South East Asia. We will take a boat trip to the floating village that is home to many ethnic Vietnamese and numerous Cham communities living around the lake.

This afternoon is your free time to wander around the old Siem Reap charming town with rural qualities like old French shophouses, shady tree-lined boulevards and a gentle winding river, once used to transport the stones of the temples!

Day 5: Siem Reap – Phnom Kulen

After breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer to Phnom Kulen. We will stop at a reclining Buddha, down the river from 1000 lingas waterfall. Phnom Kulen is not only the most sacred mountain in Cambodia, but also a popular place of pilgrimage during weekends and festivals. While enjoying the spectacular views, a picnic lunch will be served. In the afternoon, let’s explore the surrounding jungles!

Day 6: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh

A morning flight will bring you to the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Phnom Penh is the crossrods of Asia’s past and present, a city of extreme poverty and excess, of charm and chaos, but one that never fails to captivate.

In the afternoon, it’s time to check out Phnom Penh’s highlight sights – the contrast of Cambodia. The stunning legacy of the Angkorian god-kings at the National Museum and grandeur of the Royal Palace stand in stark contrast to the history of Toul Sleng, finish the day by an hour boat trip on the Tonle Sap River for a sunset stroll.

Day 7: Phnom Penh

This day would be an unforfettable day in your trip. When wandering through the peaceful, shady former orchard of the Killing Field of Choeung Ek, it is too hard to imagine the brutality that unfolded here.

In the afternoon, we will keep exploring the city with a visit to the Russian Market for shopping, Wat Phnom and the Independent Monument,  and try your luck at Naga Casino Resort! Dinner is on your own to surf the street through local restaurants for a snack or enjoy the refined surrounds of a designer restaurant. Whatever your flavor, no matter your taste, it’s all here. You can even get a fish pedicure along the sidewalk!

Day 8: Phnom Penh – Kep - Bokor

We are heading south today. First stop for lunch and a short visit to Kep, famed for its spectacular sunsets and splendid seafood with a premier beach. It was founded as a colonial retreat for the French elite in 1908.

After lunch,we will transfer to Bokor Mountain, it will be a long drive, but..when you make it to the top, you will see it’s all worth it!

Day 9: Bokor Mountain

This is a good free day to relax, before your departure tomorrow,  in Bokor Mountain with a visit the French buildings Bokor Hill Station, Bokor Palace, Catholic Church, and the post office, and enjoy the cool fresh air.

Day 10: Phnom Penh departure

Drive back to Phnom Penh for your departure flight. We do hope you had a memorable trip, and come back home to share your experience in Cambodia: ascend to the realm of the gods at Angkor Wat, a spectacular fusion of spirituality, symbolism, symmetry and descend into the darkness of Toul Sleng to witness the crimes of the Khmer Rouge. See how Cambodia has had such a rich ancient and tragic recent history, but the people remain so wonderful and kind and hospitable to all!