This classic 5 day tour Cambodia with visiting to Phnom Penh, the Pearl of Cambodia, houses much sensational colonial architecture and iconic landmarks and Siem Reap, the famous temples of Angkor, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, Banteay Samre, and Pre Rup - all these Khmer-style temples, built between the 10 – 13th centuries, are impressive and certainly not to be missed when in Cambodia.
Day 1. Arrival in Phnom Penh
On arrival in Phnom Penh, warmly welcomed by local tour guide and transfer to hotel for check in. Free at your own leisure. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 2. Phnom Penh City tour (B, L)
Spend the day to explore Phnom Penh, a chaotic, energetic and always fascinating city. Start your tour with an insight into Cambodia’s cultural heritage with a visit to the Royal Palace, still the official residence of King Norodom Sihamoi and the adjacent Silver Pagoda, also known as the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha. Continue to the elegant National Museum, which contains a comprehensive collection of Khmer Art. Finally, explore the modern-day city, visiting one of Phnom Penh’s two great markets, the Central Market, located in a distinctive domed Art Deco building, or the sprawling Russian Market, a labyrinth of stalls selling everything from CDs and DVDs to silks, crafts, jewelry and more.
Visit Tuol Sleng (S-21), learn about a chapter from Cambodia’s more recent, tragic, past at the Tuol Sleng meseum (Museum of Genocide). Formerly the Tuol Svay Prey High School, in 1975, this became the interrogation and torture facility for the Khmer Rouge regime at that time known as Security Prison 21, or simply S-21. Kept largely unchanged, this prison now showcases photographs and exhibits about the thousands of victims that passed through these doors only seven of whom came out alive.
Continue to the Killing Fields, just outside Phnom Penh, in a peaceful rural setting, the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek provide a stark reminder of the atrocities under the Pol Pot regime. Thousands of people were killed here between the years of 1975 and 1978 and buried in mass graves.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 3. Phnom Penh – Kampong Thom – Siem Reap (B, L)
Travel on land to Siem Reap, it takes about 6 hours driving. On the way to visit Sambor Prei Kuk – located outside of Kampong Thom, Sambor Prei Kuk is perhaps the most important grouping of pre-Angkorian monuments in Cambodia. Before the rise of the Angor, this was the capital of Chenla during the sixth century, known as Isanapura; today, over 100 small temple ruins sit peacefully in a forest setting. Explore the main central complex and gain an insight into the early architectural styles of Cambodia.
Visit the Chantiers Ecoles (Artisans d Angkor), Les Chantiers Ecoles: vocational centre trains 650 apprentices a year including 160 in fine arts and crafts trades united in the Artisan d’Angkor production network. Guided tours through the different workshops like stone sculpture, woodcarving, polychromie, and watch the artisan at work. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 4. Siem Reap – Angkor Thom (B, L)
Visit Angkor Thom, the fortified city of Angkor Thom covers an area of 10 square km. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats, the city includes many of Angkor’s most popular sights. Enter by the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga. Continue to the Terrace of The Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings, former spaces for public cermonies, both adorned with dramatic bas reliefs. Visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple. In this temple, one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor, explore the galleries of beautifully preserved bas reliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where you will find giant stone faces smiling enigmatically down at you from every angle.
Visit Ta Prohm, one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them.
Visit Banteay Srei Temple, seemingly miniature in comparison to the other Angkor temples, Banteay Srei is considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer art. Built in pink sandstone, the walls are covered in exquisitely preserved carvings of unusual delicacy. Because of its small size, fairy-like atmosphere and extraordinary examples of Khmer sculpture, this temple is often a favorite with visitors.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 5. Siem Reap – Angkor Wat (B, L)
Visit Angkor Wat, the crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. To approach the temple, first cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades. As you enter the main building, ascend through a series of galleries and courtyard before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside. On the way, stop to enjoy the intricate stonecarvings that adorn nearly every surface, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted into the walls. Along the outer gallery walls run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. Angkor Wat is stunning at any time of the day, but sunrise and sunset are especially beautiful times to watch the play of light on the stones.
Afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight home. End of services.
Private tour Classic Cambodia 5 days 4 nights:
|Hotel class||2 pax||3-5 pax||6-8 pax||9 pax up|
Not fit your requirement? Feel free to contact us to plan this trip and get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.
|Phnom Penh||Pacific Hotel Phnom Penh||The Juliana Hotel||Naga World Hotel|
|Siem Reap||Royal Empire Hotel||Angkor Riviera Hotel||Borie Angkor Resort & Spa|
- Hotel accommodation on twin share basic with breakfast,
- Private transfers for whole program
- All admission fees for the indicated sightseeing
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary,
- English speaking guide (other languages tour guide available with additional charge)
- Complementary mineral water
- Other meals, drinks not mentioned,
- International air tickets,
- Visas arrangement,
- Tips & personal expenses,
- Travel insurances