PHNOM PENH-SIEM REAP-COUNTRYSIDE&VILLAGE TOURS.8D

Duration: 8Days/7Nights

Hight Light

    Step to our capital city Phnom Penh and explore its cultural and historical attractions including National Museum, Royal Palace, infamous Killing Field and Toul Sleng prison of the Khmer Rouge.

    Discover the lost city of Angkor begins with the world famous temple of Angkor Wat, a MUST see Angkor Wat, the largest city of the Khmer Angkor Thom and fabulous Bayon temple, the awesome jungle and Tomb Raider ttemple Taprohm and nearby temples.

    Explore the highlight of the Khmer Arts, Bateay Srei temple, and hilltop ancient capital of the Angkor, Phnom Kulen which was the sacred city that gave birth to Khmer empire to see a huge reclining Buddha and hilltop riverbed stone carving Shiva Lingas.

    Hit through Angkor Wat from the back early morning at dawn and spend the whole cool morning to visit entire building by working. Angkor Wat remains best preserved temple among a thousands of temple of Angkor. The most beautiful Bas Relief, motives and statues ever made on earth.

    This morning drive to a less visited (off the beaten track) temple Beng Mealea, the one that has been left in the state it was founded. Drive to Tonle Sap lake to visit the large fresh water lake in Asia to learn about life of fisherman and the water. The lake is the most prominent feature on the map of Cambodia, the water swell to an extensive 12000km2. Here you will also see rare stilted houses and floating villages. And lunch on one of the stilted on the lake in family style.

     

 

Itinerary

DAY1. PHNOM PENH ARRIVAL - TOURS 
 
Upon arrival, you will be met by our guide and car to transfer your hotel. Check in,
You are transferred through the city of Phnom Penh and river bank where you have an opportunity to explore the city.
Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, once known as the "Pearl of Asia," it was considered one of the loveliest French-built cities in Indochina in the 1920s, the significant global and domestic tourist destinations for Cambodia. Founded in 1434, the city is noted for its beautiful and historical architecture and attractions. 
Then the group will be driven and escorted by our guide to your tour at Cambodia’s Royal Palace, which stands majestically in the city center just off the riverfront area. Then continue your next visit to National museum where old-ancient statues and artifacts of Angkor, before and after Angkor period have been kept there for very visitor from all over the globe and it is the center of study for any scholar.  More buildings are open to visitors including the Royal Palace ‘Silver Pagoda’ whose floor is lined with solid silver tiles. Continue to the National Museum. Located in a fabulous old building, the Museum is filled with art and artifacts dating back to the pre-Angkorian era.
Overnight in Siem Reap
 
DAY2. PHNOM PENH - TOURS
 
After breakfast, begin your excursion to the unforgettable memorial museum Cheung Ek Killing Field about 17 km south of Phnom Penh, the site of a former orchard and mass grave of victims of the Khmer Rouge in between 1975 and 1979, it is the best-known of the sites known as The Killing Fields, where the Khmer Rouge regime executed. Many of the dead were former political prisoners who were kept by the Khmer Rouge in their Tuol Sleng detention center. On the way back to city, stop and visit Toul Sleng prison on the way back. City tours.
Overnight in Siem Reap
 
DAY3. PHNOM PENH- SIEM REAP- TOURS 
 
This morning transfer by road or fly to Siem Reap. Check In
Siem Reap, an ancient city of Angkor, now is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor.
 
This afternoon, start your discovery of Angkor with a visit to the Rolous group, known as Hariharalaya city of the Khmer empire, the ancient capital of the 9th century. Here you will explore three main 9th century Hindu temples taking in Preah Ko Bakong and Lolei.
If time permits you guide and driver will send you to the nearby oldest monastery to meet the monk for a private blessing for and safe journey back home and also learn more about Buddhism and it’s in the country.
Overnight in Siem Reap
 
DAY4. SIEM REAP- TOURS
 
After breakfast begin your visit to Ta Prohm, the Tomb Raider movie, there will be an unforgettable experience as the monument has been left largely as it was found, most of the part crumbling down and the shrines are still entwined and wrapped  by vine and jungle.
And visit Angkor Thom city in the following. Angkor Thom was a largest ancient city of the Khmer, built by the famous Cambodia ruler Jayavaraman the VII for the fortress for the Khmer. Then visit Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur. The exterior gallery walls have extensive, superb bas-reliefs, particularly the East and South Galleries. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs.  
Overnight in Siem Reap
 
DAY5. SIEM REAP - TOURS 
 
We will drive to Koulen Mountain where we will find the great reclining Buddha and the Siva lingas carved on the riverbed. Kulen Mountain means "mountain of the lychees”. It is a sacred hilltop site on top of the range.
Phnom Kulen is considered a holy mountain in Cambodia, of special religious significance to Hindus and Buddhists who come to the mountain in pilgrimage. It also has a major symbolic importance for Cambodians as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire, for it was at Phnom Kulen that King Jayavarma II proclaimed independence from Java in 804 CE. Jayavarman II initiated the Devaraja cult of the king, a linga cult, in what is dated as 804 CE and declaring his independence from Java of whom the Khmer had been a vassalage state.
 
Here we will have a picnic lunch before visiting Banteay Srey temple. Banteay Srei is the only one and unique temple of Angkor was built largely of pink sandstone, a medium that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings which are still observable today. The buildings themselves are miniature in scale, unusually so when measured by the standards of Angkorian construction. These factors have made the temple extremely popular with tourists, and have led to its being widely praised as a "precious gem", or the "jewel of Khmer arts. On the way back to city you will stop for a quick village tour and taste some local produce including palm wine, sugar palm, and local fruits ( seasonal) visit  Banteay Samre Temple in the following.
Overnight in Siem Reap
 
DAY6. SIEM REAP- TOURS 
 
Early start for sunrise at Angkor Wat, the teens walk slowly from the back of the ruin, through a quiet path and reach the park when no one else there,  Angkor Wat  today is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. Built in the early 12th century, during the reign of King Suryavarman II; it is constructed as the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the Mount Meru, home of the gods. Angkor Wat was the most impressive architectural design of the Khmer empire and the best quality of stone material, craftwork that the Khmer had never reached before. It is said to have been taken almost forty to build of intensive labor.  Have pack breakfast or back to the hotel for breakfast.
 
In the afternoon we visit the amazing Buddhist temple and university of Angkor in late 12th century Preah Khan. Like the nearby Ta Prohm temple, Preah Khan has been left largely unrestored, with numerous trees and other vegetation growing among the ruins. Built by Jayavarman VII's in 1191 for his father and it was the Buddhist university of Angkor, the construction was on his former military base after the victory over the  Chams army in 1191. Unusually the modern name, meaning "holy sword", is derived from the meaning of the original—Nagara Jayasri.
 
Then continue your nvisit to former Buddhist hospital in late 12th century Prasat Neak Pean.  Neak Pean, the temple that represents Anavatapta, a mythical lake in the Himalayas whose waters are thought to cure all illness. The name is derived from the sculptures of snakes (Nāga) running around the base of the temple structure, Neak being the Khmer rendering of the Sanskrit Naga. "They are Nanda and Upananda, two Nagas traditionally associated with Lake Anavatapta.
 
It is one of the many hospitals that was built by Jayavarman VII and was originally designed for medical purposes (the ancients believed that going into these pools would balance the elements in the bather, thus curing disease. The temple has four connected pools represent Water, Earth, Fire and Wind. Each is connected to the central water source, the main tank, by a stone conduit "presided over by one of Four Great Animals namely Elephant, Bull, Horse, and Lion, corresponding to the north, east, south, and west quarters. The trip to this monument is remarkable as you have never seen such ancient pool that had been used for the entire empire remains in wonderful shape and still use in the modern day for some people in Cambodia.
Overnight in Siem Reap
 
DAY7. SIEM REAP - TOURS 
 
This morning you have a day trip to Beng Mealea temple, and visit to Kopong Kleang village tour and Boat trip on Tole Sap lake to see he floating villages and learn about life on the water.  
 
After breakfast you are picked up from the hotel for your private tour with can and guide to Beng Melea, you will enjoy along drive for almost one hour and a haft, 67km to get there.
 
Beng Mealea is the Hindu temple was made of sandstone and it is the one largely unrestored, overgrown by trees and wrapped by thick wall, towers and courtyards and many of its stones lying in great heaps. For years it was difficult to reach, but a road now is pretty good. Your next amazing trip will be boat trip on Tola Sap Lake at Kompong Kleang.
 
The Tonle Sap Lake, the most prominent feature on the map of Cambodia, a huge dumbbell-shaped body of water stretching across the northwest of the country. In the wet season, the lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia, swelling to an expansive 12,000 km2.
 
Kopong Kleang is one of the floating and stilted house villages on Tonle Sap lake Cambodia, We will board a boat and discover the village and see some of the houses from water level, and to see some of the fishing gears up close...such as 'fish trap and net in which the villager use the most for their fishing life'!
 
The beginning part of the village is stilted houses just in the flooded area leading further towards to the lake, this part just lies along the road leading to the big basin of the lake; the houses disappear and are replaced by mangrove trees and moving water. The next or main part of the village is the floating village where you will see many floating houses on the water, they are floating and mobile houses.
Those are able to move anywhere and times depending on the season and level of water. 
Today you will have picnic lunch on one of the stilted houses on the lake in family style.
Overnight in Siem Reap 
 
DAY8. SIEM REAP - DEPARTURE 
 
Tour ends after breakfast. Free at leisure or city tour until time to transfer to the airport for your departure flight to……

  End of services in Cambodia  

Price Included

TOUR DURATION: 8Days / 7Nights

TOUR OPERATES: Year Round / On Demand

TOUR PRICE: Available upon Request

Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.

Our services include:

Hotel accommodation in half-twin/double shared room with daily breakfast

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)

English speaking local guide (for other languages supplements apply)

Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle unless stated otherwise

Entrance fees for mentioned visits

Daily drinking water and cold towels

Our services do not include:

Visa for Cambodia (Visa issued on arrival, USD20/pax, please bring 1 passport photo)

Any surcharge/extra fees for visit of the Angkor Historical site imposed by the Apsara Authorities in Siem Reap which are subject to change without prior notice

International and domestic flights
Meals other than mentioned above
Camera/video entrance fees

Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc…….)

Travel insurance including helicopter evacuation for Cambodia)

Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above

 
 

  

Travel Information

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all participants of our Exploration Tours.

A travel insurance policy to cover illness and injury, cancellation and curtailment of your journey, theft, loss of personal items like baggage and tickets, etc. is a necessity.

The insurance policy should also cover ambulance rides, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation of a body.

Some insurance policies exclude "dangerous" activities which can include motorcycling, scuba diving, rock climbing, or any extreme adventure etc. If you are planning to do any of these "dangerous" activities while traveling, check the small print to see if you are covered.

Make sure that family or friends at home know the address and telephone number of your insurance company and your insurance policy number.

Find out in advance if your insurance policy will make payments to the providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenses. If you have to make a claim, you should keep all receipts (in English if possible) for medicines and medical treatment.

If you have anything stolen and you want to make an insurance claim you must obtain an official statement from the police.

For more information and to purchase travel insurance contacts a travel agent of travel insurer. Online information and purchase.

Health Advice

Drink lots of water. Never drink tap water purified, bottled water is available everywhere.

Use an insect repellent against mosquitoes. It is the only way to be sure of protection against mosquito borne diseases. Since Cambodia has a hot and humid tropical climate, casual and light-weight clothing is best. Clothing made from natural fibers is the best option. A jacket might be needed on cool winter evenings or in hotels and restaurants using excessive air-conditioning. A hat and high-factor sun block is advisable as protection against the hot sun when sightseeing.

When visiting temples or pagodas, including those of Angkor Wat, shorts and T-shirts (shoulder covered) are acceptable. Shoes are generally removed at the entrance to pagodas. For visits to the Silver Pagoda, which is within the Royal Palace grounds, visitors are asked to dress more formally. Gentlemen are required to wear long trousers and ladies should wear long trousers or long skirts.

Standard film, (such as Kodak, FUJI or Konica 100, ), slide and digital camera memory are widely available. Photos are inexpensive to process in the country. Any specialized photo equipment should be brought with you. Photography in airports, railway stations and near any military installations is forbidden and discretion should be used when photographing people, particularly monks.

Health Requirements

Although no vaccinations are officially required for entry to Cambodia, they are highly encouraged. Visitors are advised to check with their doctor or a travel immunization clinic regarding protection against malaria, typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A and B. Any essential medications should be brought with you as there is no guarantee they will be available in Cambodia.

What to bring

A. Before you travel, Adventurous Asia gives you more scenes of understanding once you just search for information on its pages. Because many countries do not have waste collection services, try to pack as little as possible. When buying toiletries,  use only biodegradable products.  Asian countries have modest dress codes. Local woman and men cover a great part of their body. Revealing too much "flesh" is considered very rude and offensive in many cultures. And prevent you from real contact with local people. Leave high cut shorts, sleeveless tops and revealing swimming suits at home. Instead pack loose clothes that cover your arms and legs. This way you will be more readily accepted by local people, and also be protected against the sun and insects. Modest dress will also minimize the risk of sexual harassment; local men won't assume that you are "available". Leave expensive jewelry, watches and unimportant  items at home. You do not need them while traveling and there is no need to show off your wealth to local people. We are rich in the west, but there is no need to remind the local people of our wealth.

 B. What to Bring and How Long to Stay in Siem Reap Angkor

Passes are sold at the Check point Counter, on the way to the Angkor Archaeological Park.  Free photos taken are provided at the main entrance. Tickets bought are safely kept during your visit to Angkor, and carefully- strictly checked at every monument entrance gate.

Visiting hours are 5:00AM - 6:00PM. Angkor Wat closes at 5h.30PM, Banteay Srey closes at 5:00PM and Kbal Spean at 3:00PM. For further visit, Beng Mealea, Koh Ker and Phnom Kulen are required to have the new passes.

Weather

Due to the weather condition in Cambodia, hot and dry and rain sometime in the rainy season, wear light, airy, covering clothing to protect yourself from the sun and mosquitoes. The sun can be intense so bring a hat, sunglasses and perhaps sunscreen. Consider buying a traditional Khmer scarf (krama) to keep the sun off your neck. Carry a raincoat during the wet season, though you will probably only need it in the afternoon. You should have mosquito repellent for sunrise and sunset hours. Wear practical shoes for climbing narrow steps and walking on uneven surfaces. For serious temple explorers, a flashlight, notebook and compass can come in handy. Books, refreshments, trinkets, postcards and film are available from small vendors throughout the temple complex.  

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