Arrive in Siem Reap where you will be greeted by an English speaking guide to take you to your hotel to check in. You’ll then embark on a boat trip on the Tonle Sap Lake to the stilted village of Kampong Kleang; sailing between the homes of the local fishermen and their familes. You’ll also see local life at close quarters when you break for lunch, which is provided by your hotel. On the return to Siem Reap, time is yours at leisure to do as you wish.
- Somadevi Angkor Hotel (L)
Take a ride in a remork – similar to the Thai tuk tuk – to explore the temples around Siem Reap, starting with the most famous of all; Angkor Wat. Dating back to the 12th Century, the temple is home to a wide range of stone carvings and is decorated with more than 2,000 Aspara dancers. After that, you’ll head for Angkor Thom, an ancient city surrounded by an eight metre high wall that is home to the Bayon Temple; a majestic building featuring 54 towers to represent the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. After a break for lunch (own cost), you’ll head for the temples of the Grand Circuit before the day ends at Ta Prohm, built between the 12th and 13th centuries and now sitting overgrown with trees and vines within the jungle.
- Somadevi Angkor Hotel (B)
Following breakfast, it’s time to hit the road as you head through the stunning countyside to Beng Mealea, a temple which – like Ta Prohm – is somewhat overgrown and ideal for those who prefer to explore. After lunch, you’ll head for the stunning temple of Banteay Srei, constructed from pink sandstone, and also have chance to visit Banteay Samre before heading back to your hotel.
- Somadevi Angkor Hotel (B,L)
Rise early to leave Siem Reap and make the trip to Banteay Chhmar, where, you’ll enjoy lunch at the community centre on arrival. You’ll then spend time exploring the large temple with its Bayon style towers and walls that are becoming cloaked by the surrounding vegetation. In the evening, you’ll ride on a local form of transport called a kuyon – similar to a tractor – to the Banteay Top temple for dinner and the chance to take in impressive views of your surroundings.
- Homestay accommodation (B,L,D)
After breakfast, you’ll head for the market and have chance to experience village life before hitting the road again for Battambang. Following check-in at your hotel, you’ll have an orientation tour of the town before a ride through the surrounding landscapes and rice paddies on the Bamboo Train; set up by villagers to help move goods and people and made up of a bamboo platform on four wheels powered by a small motor.
From Battambang you’ll head for Phnom Penh, making a number of stops en-route as you travel across country. The first of those comes at Kampong Chhnang, where you can marvel at local pottery making and see the production of traditional rice wine, before continuing onwards to Oudong for a traditional Khmer lunch in the former Cambodian capital. You’ll then climb to the top of Oudong Mountain to take in views of the surrounding region and will learn more about the history of the area before arriving in Phnom Penh in later afternoon. The remainder of the day is yours to spend at leisure.
- Frangpani Royal Palace (B,L)
Your final full day starts with a trip to the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda – so called because of the fact that the floor is made up of more than 5,000 large silver tiles. From there, it’s onwards to the National Museum to view the huge selection of Khmer artefacts before exploring the work of the Child Safe Centre when it comes to caring for youngsters in Phnom Penh and beyond. A visit to the Central Market concludes the morning activities before a break back at your hotel. The afternoon is set aside for exploring the darker side of Cambodia’s recent history, with the first port of call being the remarkable Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Housed in a former school, the museum was once the main detention and torture centre for the Khmer Rouge where thousands of Cambodian people lost their lives. Harrowing but informative stories from survivors and liberators of the camp are then shared on an audio headset guide when you travel to the nearby Killing Fields of Choeung Ek.
An optional traditional dance performance by Cambodian Living Arts is available on selected days.
- Frangpani Royal Palace (B)
After a morning at leisure, you’ll then transfer to the airport for your departing flight.
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