SIEM REAP-PHNOM PENH- 8D

Duration: 8D/7N

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Itinerary

DAY1. SIEM REAP ARRIVAL

Up on arrival at Siem Reap International Airport you are welcomed by local guide and driver and transferred to hotel for check in.
Siem Reap, the gateway city and ancient capital of Angkor, Cambodia and the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor. It is housed to thousands of monuments of Angkor. After Check In free at leisure

Overnight Stay in Siem Reap

DAY2. SIEM REAP ANGKOR TEMPLES- SUNRISE &CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

Rise early in the morning, you are picked up from the hotel at 5.00AM to catch the beautiful sunrise at Angkor Wat. Begin your short trek from the back of this monument across the tropical jungle, slowly but surely, you see the magnificent ruin with its shrines emerge from the green forest as you imagine, it is only secrete building rises in the mid of comic world. The most famous and best-preserved of all temples within the Angkor complex. Constructed in early 12th century as a model of temple Mountain and it is said to have taken nearly 40years to build and huge numbers of entire labor. You are amazed with its beautiful Bas Relief (carvings) on the smooth wall, the best architectural design during the golden age of the Khmer empire dating from 9th-15th. Today Angkor is a symbol of the Kingdom Cambodia and its towers appeared on the national flags of the country. Back to hotel for breakfast and chill out by the pool

Afternoon you will experience an incredible tour to learn about life in a typical village, be warmly welcomed by the locals, meet local communities and find out about village customs and cultures.
You will be picked up from your hotel by your local guide and driven to Krabei Riel Village, 25 minutes out of town. On arrival you will take an Ox cart ride through the village and even learn how to drive! You will then meet the host family who will be looking after you for the day and take part in whatever seasonal activity is happening at that time, including rice planting, weaving thatch roofs, planting or harvesting vegetable crops, making box and rice basket etc. Each tour will be different and the activity will depend on the time of the year, the family and the needs of the local village. You will also help plant a fruit tree for your local family. Then the next unforgettable activities are cultural dance and show performed by young girls where they have been trained in the region since they were young, you will also watch martial arts ( Lboka Tor performed by young boys from the poor community and. And enjoy your dinner, Khmer food option served by the host at the private house in the village which you will then sit down and eat with them. You might take your time to learn and take part in preparing a delicious Khmer food from fresh ingredients. Back to city
Overnight stay at your hotel

DAY3. SIEM REAP ANGKOR TEMPLES – ELEPHANT RIDE – CIRCUS

This morning your tour starts at the South Gate of Angkor Thom where you stop at the Southgate of this city to excurse the beautiful 54 statues of Gods and Demons flanked each side of walk way leading to the entry gate, and nice shots at the impressive faces of Buddhistatva Lokesvara ( future of Buddha). From here take an elephant ride to Bayon temple for your next visit, the most attractive among the ruins in Angkor Thom containing 54 gigantic smiling faces of Buddha and the builder, King Jayavaraman the 7th, here your unique travel experience is seeing amazing base relief around the Bayon temple, then tour to the ruin of Baphoun, a temple mountain with remarkably steep stairway to its peak, continue to the nearby Royal Palace, Phimean Akas, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. The remarkable temples and complexes offer a startling insight into the beauty and power of the Angkorian era.
Afternoon, begin your discovery to the fabulous jewel in the jungle Ta Prohm temple. Erected in the late twelve century by the Buddhist king in the dedication to Buddha and memorial of his mother, Ta Prohm was also used as the Buddhist University, school of Art. The fabulous Ta prom gives an upscale value to foreign visitors as well as Cambodian citizens and especially the intellectuals. It is one of the most impressive temples in Angkor because of the overgrown trees with their entwined roots that make this ruin one of the most attractive in the orient. This awesome site was chosen to be filmed named Tomb Raider, performed by Angelina Jolie in 2000, just before she became a Good Will Ambassador of the United Nations to Cambodia.
This evening you are transferred to Phare, the Cambodian circus to attend a performance. Starting at 8pm, professional artists of Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS) will perform an inspiring show suitable for people of all ages. Founded by young returnee Cambodians from the refugee camps who learned about using art as a means of coping with trauma, PPS has played an influential role in promoting and developing Khmer culture over the years after the Khmer Rouge genocide. The hour long show mixes traditional and modern theater, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion performed in a story about Cambodian lives and society. Student performances can still be seen twice weekly!
Overnight your hotel

DAY4. SIEM REAP ANGKOR TEMPLE – A BRIEFT ABOUT LIFE OF CHILDREN& KID LABOR

This morning you travel to the countryside to explore the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srey Srei. The remarkable temple so-called “Citadel of the Women” remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. This ruin is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor.
On the way back to Siem Reap, we’ll have a chance to stop at communities where our guide will help us all interact with the locals to learn about their way of life. Seize the opportunity to taste palm wine, palm sugar and other popular local produce
Back to city and lunch
Lunch will is served at the Morum restaurant where many poor and street kids are working. The restaurant run by Friends’ International Non-Profit Organization support local children in different courses including hair dressing, sewing, hair cut training etc… the Friends’ has its own orphanage centers for hundreds of poor and street kids coming from orphan families and difficult economic background. Here will hear very story about Friends’, child labor, human trafficking, sex trade by a Friends’ technical assistant Anna Jolly.
From here continue your visit to the local monastery to see the monks. This is a unique life time experience to see the monk and all also learn about Buddhism and its philosophy and its work and involvement in education of Cambodia. (Q and A )

DAY5. SIEM REAP DEPARTURE – PHNOM PENH

Up on arrival at Phnom Penh international airport you meet with your tour guide and driver then you are transferred through the city of Phnom Penh and river bank where you have an opportunity to explore the city before you arrive at hotel for check in.
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.
Afternoon begin your excursion to the unforgettable memorial museum Choeung 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 at Russian Market (if needed). Overnight in Phnom Penh

DAY6. PHNOM PENH –CYCLO TOUR

This morning you will be greeted by a driver who will take you on a tour to the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh in a Cyclo, an original Phnom Penh means of transportation and a fun way to explore this lively city. First, visit Wat Phnom, which is situated near the northern boundary of the city. The site contains some good examples of Khmer architecture and statues. Continue along the lively riverfront to the Royal Palace. This palace dates back to 1866 and houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.
Continue to Bloom café, an incredible cake art gallery and a not-for-profit training organization that empowers and skills young disadvantaged Cambodian women, providing them with a profession. Here you will try some of their incredible creations and cupcakes before being dropped back by your hotel.

DAY7. PHNOM PENH – WILDLIFE TOURS

Early this morning, travel by private vehicle to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre, located an hour’s drive from Phnom Penh, and the world’s largest sanctuary for sun bears and has educated hundreds of thousands of Cambodians about the threats facing their wild bear populations.
On arrival meet the staff at Free The Bears, located within Phnom Tamao. Free The Bears is a registered charity that was set up by an Australian lady, Mary Hutton to protect, preserve and enrich the lives of bears throughout the world. The 100+ bears that you will see at Phnom Tamao may have faced death or a torturous life in order to provide medicinal benefits or exotic food to the Asian market. Twenty one forested enclosures have been built over 7 hectares to house a mixture of Sun bears and Asiatic black bears of different ages and personalities.
After visiting the various different bear houses take part in a fun activity of preparing enrichment toys. There will also be time to visit some of the other endangered species kept at Phnom Tamao. Lunch will be taken at a simple local picnic hut ‘Khmer style’. In the afternoon it is time to hide the food in the bear’s forest enclosures and watch them enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Leaving Phnom Tamao drive the short distance to visit Tonle Bati Temple, an Angkorian-style temple which remains largely intact and the pretty garden enhances the atmosphere. Whilst being very small in size the temple is one of the best preserved and picturesque you can visit in Cambodia.

DAY8. PHNOM PENH- DEPARTURE

Breakfast at hotel, free at leisure until time to transfer to the airport for departure flight to……..

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