The first leg of this tour starts with sightseeing at the major attractions in Siem Reap. Explore the famous Angkor temples including Angkor Wat, Banteay Samre, Ta Prohm and more, before heading to Phnom Penh. This trip includes a visit to the Royal Grand Palace, the National Museum, and Silver Pagoda. We spend an an evening souvenir shopping at the Central and Russia markets. On the final day, we visit the Choeng Ek Killing Fields.
Day 1 Arrival in Siem Reap (D)
Upon arrival we will be greet by our guide and transfer to the hotel. After that we are heading out for the majestic temples of Angkor. We will visit to the Roulous Group of temples including Preah Ko, Ba Kong and Lo Lei. This afternoon we will visit to the magnificent 12th century Angkor Wat which is believed to be the biggest religious monument ever built in the world and certainly one of the most spectacular. In the end of the day, we will enjoy sunset at the hilltop temple of Phnom Bakheng. Tonight we enjoy our welcome dinner at a fine local restaurant in town. Overnight in Siem Reap
Day 2 Angkor Temple Complex (B/L)
Today, we visit of the amazing temples complex of Angkor. The beginning is to explore the complex of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was built by King Jayavarman VII at the end of the 12th century, a short while after the completion of Angkor Wat. Angkor Thom, which means “Great City”, is surrounded by a massive perimeter wall and a moat with five monumental gates and covers an area of more than ten square kilometers. The most important monuments are located in the center of the city, namely the Bayon, the Baphoun and the Terrace of Elephants. The Bayon is a fascinating piece of architecture and one of the most photographed. It is a bizarre structure, with a total of 54 towers elaborately decorated with 216 enormous and enigmatic smiling faces. The numerous other structures of this fortified city are the Terrace of the Leper King, the Phimeanakas, Preah Palilay, Tepranom, Preah Pithu, North & South Kleang and Prasat Sour Prot. Then, we will visit Ta Prohm. The principal singularity of Ta Phrom is that it has not been cleared from the thick jungle, as the rest of the Angkor Complex has been. It looks nearly the same as in the descriptions of the first French explorers, shrouded in undergrowth and in the huge roots of old Banyan trees. Overnight in the hotel in Siem Reap
Day 3 Siem Reap – Phnom Penh (B) (by plane)
This morning, we visit Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre and then go back to the town for some shopping or relax. Check out time at 12:00, we then transfer to the airport to take flight to Phnom Penh. Welcome up on arrival in Phnom Penh by local tour guide and driver, we transfer to hotel. Free at leisure in the rest of the day. Overnight Phnom Penh
Day 4 Phnom Penh City tour (B, L)
We start our tour at 08:00 today with visiting The Royal Palace Complex includes the Royal Residence (closed to the public), the Throne Hall or Vinichhay Temple (the place where kings are enthroned) and the Chan Chaya Pavillon (where traditional dances took place), which includes Wat Preah Keo, better known as the Silver Pagoda. This amazing place, which floor is covered with 5000 silver plates, houses the Preah Keo or emerald Buddha, made of Baccarat crystal. In front stands a 90 kg golden Buddha studded with 9584 diamonds. After this, we will walk about 10 minutes to the National Museum. Built around a central courtyard, the galleries, arranged chronologically, present a collection of Khmer art, mostly sculptures.
In the early afternoon, we will drive about 16 kilometers to the Choeng Ek killing fields and the Tuol Sleng genocide Museum. This former high school in the suburbs of the capital was converted to a detention and torture centre – known as Toul Sleng or S21 – by the Khmers Rouges when they came to power in 1975. A genocide museum was established at Toul Sleng after 1979 and today it remains as it looked when abandoned by the Khmers Rouges. The pictures of hundreds of faces of those tortured there line the walls inside the old school. Most of the 17’000 people detained at Toul Sleng were eventually transported to Choeung Ek, a mass gravesite known to the locals as the Killing fields after the popular movie of Roland Joffre. Choeung Ek also serves as a memorial to those killed under the Khmers Rouges rule. Overnight in the hotel in Phnom Penh
Day 5 Departure (B)
Today our vehicle will transfer us back to the airport for our flight to home. End of services!