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Stunning grace of Cambodia

9/Days  Flexible & Private Tour
 Phnom PenhBattambangSiem Reap
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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 and 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

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

  Stay in excellent hotels with ideal location and helpful staff

Tour Summary

By Day Transfer Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Phnom Penh Welcome to Phnom Penh, take half day city tour, transfer hotel to...
Day 2 Phnom Penh Visit Killing Field, watch sunset from Mekong River boat trip B, L
Day 3 Phnom Penh, Battambang Explore the local life in Kampong Luong, Kampong Chnang on the way to... B, L
Day 4 Battambang Explore the surrounding area in Battambang B, L
Day 5 Battambang, Siem Reap Explore the ancient Banteay Meanchey and head to Siem Reap B, L
Day 6 Siem Reap Visit Outlying Remote Temples B, L
Day 7 Siem Reap Explore the Angkor Templex B, L
Day 8 Siem Reap Explore the floating life in Tonle Lake B, L
Day 9 Siem Reap Transfer to airport for your flight back home B
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    Welcome to Phnom Penh, take half day city tour, 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. 
At the airport, our guide and driver will welcome you and then take you to the city centre
Despite its recent turbulent history, it still maintains considerable charm. A city tour acquaints us with some major sights of Phnom Penh. The private quarters of the Royal Palace are now home to the royal family and are therefore very close to the public. At the northern area of the palace grounds is Silver Pagoda, the most sacred temple in the country. And visit the National Museum, which is dedicated exclusively to Khmer art and sculpture. The majority of the exhibits are from the Angkor period from 9th to 15th century, but some date from as early as the 4th century.
After the tour, you will be taken to the hotel to check in. Free in the evening. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

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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    Visit Killing Field, watch sunset from Mekong River boat trip

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. We continue to one of the city’s lively open markets, Psar Toul Tom Pong, all called the “Russian Market”, where anything and everything is for sales! In the later afternoon we enjoy the boat cruise 1 hour along the Mekong River to view the sunset.   

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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    Explore the local life in Kampong Luong, Kampong Chnang on the way to Battambang

Start early today for the 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. Continue with a visit to Oudong, which functioned as the former capital of Cambodia between the early 17th century and late 19th century. Nowadays Oudong still holds great significance as the three hills are home to various stupas containing the remains of several former Khmer Kings. The main stairway (over 500 steps) leads to the newest of the temples and is home to a Buddha relic. The views from the summit of the surrounding countryside are impressive and worth the climb. Continue to the small riverside town of Kampong Chhnang, enjoying a picnic lunch en route. It is famous for its beautiful landscape and local villages which produce pottery in the midst of the rice fields. Learn how the community makes pottery 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

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    Explore the surrounding area in Battambang

This morning, visit the striking hilltop pagoda of Phnom Sampeau. This massive limestone outcrop is dissected by a number of caves with some containing unexpected reminders of Cambodia’s turbulent history. Walk around the premises with your guide and continue to the village of Ksach Puoy on the banks of the Sangker River, which is home to many well preserved traditional Khmer wooden stilted homes and tropical fruit farms. This is a great opportunity to taste juicy oranges, sweet pineapples, and many other fruits available in the region. Lunch is taken on the way in a local restaurant. Not far from Ksach Puoy is Cambodia’s first vineyard. If wine is what you are after, pop in and learn about producing wine in the tropics and a tasting if you are interested. Continue to the well preserved 11th century Prasat Phnom Banan, located on top of 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. Small villages are dotted in and around the endless rice paddies, punctuated with the characteristic sugar palm trees – a wonderful location to catch the sunset on the Bamboo Train before returning to Battambang town. 

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    Explore the ancient Banteay Meanchey and head to Siem Reap

Pay a visit to the Battambang Museum, which house some interesting lintels and artifacts from the region. Bid farewell to Battambang and drive 2.5 hours further northwest to the seldom visited north western 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 archaeologist 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 you to visit the temple explaining its history. Continue your transfer to Siem Reap arriving mid afternoon (lunch en route).

Continue to the well preserved 11th century Prasat Phnom Banan, located on top of 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. Small villages are dotted in and around the endless rice paddies, punctuated with the characteristic sugar palm trees – a wonderful location to catch the sunset on the Bamboo Train before heading to Siem Reap.

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    Visit Outlying Remote Temples

07.00 AM: After breakfast, we will drive to the rural outskirt 35km from Angkor area to visit the smallest, but magnificent, Banteay Srei built in the 10th Century and dedicated to Shiva. The temple was the birthplace of Khmer classical style architecture and the bas-relief work is the best example of Khmer classical art remaining. The pink sandstone structure bears a series of striking and beautiful sculptures, lintels, pediments and friezes. Khmers say the temple must have been carved by women for the details are too fine for the hands of a man. Continue to the ancient Khmer civilization site of Hariharalaya which flourished in the late 9th and earlier 10th centuries. These are the earliest temples in the Angkor area and are referred to the Rolous group we visit the main one called Bakhong templeLunch is hosted at the local family, a great chance to chat with the survivor former village chief during Khmer Rouge regime.

Diving deep into ancient ruins in Outlying Highlighted Temples

Located in the outskirt from Angkor Complex (Siem Reap), the outlying temples is delightfully secluded: a 35km ride to the rural area. In spite of the modest size, the outlying temples will amuse those wanders by the impressive details and fantastic carvings and ancient ruins from Hindu mythology, including the widely known Banteay Srei, Hariharalaya, Bakhong Temple. A must see sightseeings for all tourists.

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    Explore the Angkor Templex

05.30 AM: In early morning, transfer to enjoy sunrise in front of Angkor Temple and then come back to hotel for breakfast

08.00 AM: After breakfast, transfer to 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 exploring the mysterious Royal City Angkor Thom City & 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 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 to the surroundings of the complex including the Baphoun, Elephant Terraces, Leper King Terrace and Royal Enclosure area and visit one more ruin in Angkor Area of Preah Khan temple, built in 12th century by King Jayavarman VII and it is the same style to Ta Prom Temple.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we 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.

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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    Explore the floating life in Tonle Lake

After breakfast at hotel, we drive for about 1 hour to Kampong Phluk Floating Village. Kampong Phluk is a permanent settlement on the Tonle Sap Lake with a small land based village attached to it. Its remarkable mangrove forest which is unique in the Siem Reap area. You will board a local boat and cruise the waterways observing the authentic and diverse lifestyle of the local floating community. Disembark at a traditional house on stilts where a catered lunch is set up for you. Admire the simple, yet fascinating lifestyle and interact with your host to learn more about living on the water. Transfer back your hotel with remainder of day free at your leisure. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel 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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