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Stunning grace of Cambodia

8/Days  Flexible & Private Tour
 Phnom PenhBattambangSiem Reap
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$1344 $1142
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Including three main destinations with the most exciting experiences and excellent accommodation in Cambodia, the tour Stunning grace of Cambodia will definitely bring the ideal holiday for you to enjoy the magical moment. Starting at Phnom Penh - the capital of Cambodia, you will have chance to learn more about the daily life of the Cambodian before continuing to Battambang to explore ancient temples and enjoy the unique bamboo train. The tour ends at Siem Reap by exploring the world famous heritage sites such as Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat and Banteay Srei.

Highlights

  Visit Royal Palace in Phnom Penh - A breathtaking palace full of grandeur and opulence

  Take a trip to Killing Field & Tuol Sleng Museum to learn about what the country and their people endured under Pol Pot regime

  Enjoy the bamboo trains and the country side along the way you pass - a relaxing activity to spend half the day

  Cycle to the countryside of Battambang to get close with local life and people

  Visit Angkor Wat - UNESCO Heritage Site - An amazing structure, built almost a thousand years ago to know how great the Khmer Empire was

Tour Summary

By Day Transfer Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Phnom Penh Welcome to Phnom Penh, transfer hotel to check-in, free in the evening
Day 2 Phnom Penh Visit Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Tuol Sleng Museum, Killing Fields B, L
Day 3 Phnom Penh, Battambang Explore the local life in Kampong Luong and Phnom Banan Temple on the... B
Day 4 Battambang Explore the surrounding area in Battambang B
Day 5 Battambang, Siem Reap Explore the ancient Banteay Meanchey and head to Siem Reap B
Day 6 Siem Reap Explore the Angkor Templex B, L
Day 7 Siem Reap Visit Siem Reap Countryside, take a boat trip to floating village on... B, L
Day 8 Siem Reap Be transfered to the airport and take departure flight B
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    Welcome to Phnom Penh, transfer hotel to check-in, free in the evening

Welcome to Phnom Penh - The capital city of Cambodia - once considered the loveliest city of Indochina. 
Upon arrival, meet and transfer to hotel for check-in or dropping off your luggage (Early check-in is NOT included & subject to hotel’s availability). 
Overnight in Phnom Penh.

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    Visit Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Tuol Sleng Museum, Killing Fields

Set out on a city tour to visit the Royal Palace built in 1866 by King Norodom; Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles and located within the Royal Palace compound, and visit Tuol Sleng Museum, a reminder of the Khmer Rouge regime. 

The peaceful stretch of green fields of Cheung Ek may not indicate what kinds of horrors have taken place there. Situated 17km from Phnom Penh town, Cheung Ek was made famous by the movie “The Killing Fields”. Nowadays, a large memorial has been built to commemorate the 17,000 victims who died here under the reign of Khmer Rouge leader, Pol Pot. The remnants inside the memorial and the mass graves that dot the area remind you of the suffering of the victims. This journey into Cambodia’s past will provide you with a background on the cruelty of the Khmer Rouge regime. It will also give you an appreciation of the struggle that Cambodian people have faced and their tremendous courage to move on and rebuild their nation.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

A very moving experience at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Tuol Svay Pray High School sits on a dusty road on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In 1976, the Khmer Rouge renamed the high school S-21 and turned it into a torture, interrogation and execution center. Of the 14,000 people known to have entered, only seven survived. Not only did the Khmer Rouge carefully transcribe the prisoners' interrogations; they also carefully photographed the vast majority of the inmates and created an astonishing photographic archive. Each of the almost 6,000 S-21 portraits that have been recovered tells a story shock, resignation, confusion, defiance and horror. Although the most gruesome images to come out of Cambodia were those of the mass graves, the most haunting were the portraits taken by the Khmer Rouge at S-21.Today, S-21 Prison is known as the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide. Inside the gates, it looks like any high school; five buildings face a grass courtyard with pull-up bars, green lawns and lawn-bowling pitches. The ground-floor classrooms in one building have been left to appear as they were in 1977. The spartan interrogation rooms are furnished with only a school desk-and-chair set that faces a steel bed frame with shackles at each end. On the far wall are the grisly photographs of bloated, decomposing bodies chained to bed frames with pools of wet blood underneath. A must see while in Phnom Penh! Horrific but an essential part of a visit to Phnom Penh!

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A somber and emotional visit to Killing Field

Get a great educational and historical experience when in Killing Field - a deeply moving insight into Pol Pot's regime.The excursion will put a lot of things in perspective and why the Cambodian people just want peace after awful era with thousands of impact which is greater and longer lasting. The experience is like time has stopped when you quietly walk through the fields, seeing bones and items still left in the place where the massacre took place.  Visiting this places will absolutly move you and give you a mixture of emotions. 

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Enjoyable tour around Phnom Penh's attractions

Welcome to phnom Penh - the capital of Cambodia. Once considered the loveliest city of Indochina, in spite of the recent turbulent history, Phnom Penh still maintains considerable charm. A city tour acquaints us with some major sights of Phnom Penh and help us to know a great deal about the sites, Khmer history and culture both imperial and recent when visiting Royal Palace - home to the royal family, Silver Pagoda - the most sacred temple in the country and National Museum - dedicated exclusively to Khmer art and sculpture. 

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    Breakfast, Lunch

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    Explore the local life in Kampong Luong and Phnom Banan Temple on the way to Battambang

Today we have nearly five hour drive to Battambang. Leave the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh behind as you head north to Kampong Luong which is a silversmith village. Observe silversmiths creating ornate and fashionable silver objects. Learn how the community makes pottery in the traditional way and observe how sugar is collected from the sugar palm trees. Let your guide assist you with translating if you are interested to learn more about village life. 

Transfer onwards to Battambang and check into your hotel upon arrival late afternoon. Lunch on your own. 

Visit to the well preserved 11th century Angkorian temple of Prasat Phnom Banan, located atop a hill bearing the same name. After climbing the 350+ steps you are treated to a peaceful setting with superb views across the surrounding countryside.

Taken to experience the best element of Battamang, enjoy bamboo train ride viewing the real countryside landscape and observe the daily activities of the indigenous people.

Overnight in Battambang.


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    Explore the surrounding area in Battambang

Spend your day exploring the countryside around Battambang opt on a bicycle visiting Cambodian families who produce traditional products (such as fermented fish paste, rice paper, dried bananas, bamboo sticky rice, and rice wine), made in the same way they have been for generations. You will learn first-hand about everyday life in rural communities which make up over 70% of Cambodia’s population.  
Lunch is in town (own arrangement).

End of the day with a visit to Phnom Sampeau, which is a massive limestone outcrop that is dissected by a number of caves some of which are more accessible than others. Some caves contain unexpected reminders of Cambodia’s turbulent history. Every evening at nightfall, thousands of bats make their way out of caves in the hillside to feed before returning at dawn. This natural phenomenon really is a "must see" for the visitor.
Tonight you are recommended to visit Lotus Bar and Gallery or Bric a Brac for a glass of wine following by the dinner at Jaan Bai restaurant (own account). The menu was created by a Michelin Star chef who resides in Bangkok, Thailand.
Overnight in Battambang.

Get insight into local life cycling to the countryside of Battambang

Ride a bike to the surrounding of Battambang to get insight into the local way of life and it will be really nice to try lots of Cambodian items. You will see how they make fermented fish paste, pastedried banana, rice paper, bamboo sticky rice, rice wine and visit the market, etc. The best thing is that we take you to non-touristic places, so you will really feel that what you are visiting is actually real and authentic. Your tour guide will be really happy to answer all our questions and more. Riding through the quiet rural areas might be your favourite part of the tour. See things that you might not have seen on your own. 

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    Explore the ancient Banteay Meanchey and head to Siem Reap

Bid farewell to Battambang and drive 2.5 hours further northwest to the seldom visited province of Banteay Meanchey. This province is home to the ancient temple of Banteay Chhmar, which is also referred to as the “Fortress of the Cat”. This large temple is rarely visited by tourists due to its remoteness, thus it makes a refreshing change from the crowds at Angkor Wat. Severe looting has prevented archaeologists from understanding the temple and its function in detail, leaving its use to speculation. A low key community tourism project has recently been established in the village to help the poor people taking care of the temple to supplement their incomes.  

Upon arrival, the local community will welcome you and members will join us to visit the temple explaining its history. Continue your transfer to Siem Reap arriving midafternoon.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

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    Explore the Angkor Templex

Beat the crowd early morning by 7 am; visit the picturesque Ta Prohm that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown, an oddly haunting and exotic scene. The magnificent roots of a tree, pushing between the huge stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace, evoke feelings that you may remember forever. And continue to visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat - one of the world’s most impressive ruins.  The temple still owns fine Apsara carvings in Angkorian era art. 
Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon, explore the mysterious Royal city Angkor Thom & Bayon. Its 54-tower temple is an awesome sight. At first glance it seems a shapeless mass of stone, but further scrutiny reveals a face, and then another and another one, until suddenly you are engulfed by the silent, heavy, enigmatic and silent gaze through half-closed eyes, staring out from a primitive and remote time. Further, visit the surroundings of the complex including the Baphuon, Elephant Terrace, Lepper King Terrace and Royal Place area. 
Overnight in Siem Reap.

Splendor Trip to Religious Angkor Wat

Regarded as the largest religious structure in the world, Angkor Wat (Siem Reap, Cambodia) steals travelers’ heart by the astonishing vast and amazing landscape. A wonderful experience to watch the mesmerizing sunrise and to explore the site needs tackling whilst you visit Siem Reap. Don’t forget to take water, hat, sunscreen and proper attire to maintain your energetic exploration.

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    Visit Siem Reap Countryside, take a boat trip to floating village on Tonle Sap lake

Morning transfer out of the Siem Reap town to a beautiful village in the countryside, you will start to walk through the village houses, witnessing very nice and different activities from the locals for their daily life. Just as some examples: how the locals wash vehicles, selling gasoline in whiskey bottles or the small shops where the locals sell food on the side of small streets. 

Enjoy a view of this wonderful area and interact with very kindly people in the village. Leisurely walk through the rice paddies and see how this family doing daily work such as making rice wine, handicraft works meanwhile a member of the family will offer you a fresh coconut and some homemade rice wine to taste. 

Hop in your van for driving onward to the next destination, a floating community, arrive at the quay for embarking on a motorized boat to visit floating houses village offering an incredible natural phenomenon of making their lives from the lake in a respectful and meaningful way. This is a great chance to witness one of Cambodia and the world’s most amazing natural wonders. Drive back to Siem Reap. 

(Note: floating community is recommended from September to February)

At your choice, Kayaking is available on request on Tonle Sap Lake at additional cost.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Relaxing in the floating experience in Tonle Sap lake

Siem Reap – one of the most popular destination of Cambodia has no shortage of unique charms — from Khmer classical ruins temples to a UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Wat— and it has been luring curious travelers more by the unique floating life in Tonle Sap Lake. Besides the quaint local boat experience, you will be welcomed by warming smiles from the humble Cambodian people and have a chance to see the real-life of local people and see how they make for a living in this fantastic lake

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    Breakfast, Lunch

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    Be transfered to the airport and take departure flight

Breakfast at hotel, meet the driver and transfer to airport (without guide) for your departure flight. With the sincere thanks for your travel to  Cambodia, hope that you have enjoyed your trip and look forward to see you again!

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Inclusions

Meals
7 Breakfasts 3 Lunches
Accommodation
Hotel (7 nights),
Transport
Car, Bikking
Included Services
  •   Daily western-style breakfast
  •   Private transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  •   Domestic airport & government taxes
  •   Local English-speaking guides
  •   Water on coach
  •   Entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions

Exclusions

  •   International flights to/from Cambodia
  •   Travel insurance
  •   Visa stamp fees
  •   Early check-in & late check-out surcharge
  •   Personal expenses
  •   Meals not mentioned
  •   Drinks not mentioned
  •   Tips & gratuities for guides and drivers