THE NORTHERN OF CAMBODIA
Route: SIEM REAP – KOMPONG CHAM – PHNOM PENH
Tour code: CAM006
Duration: 7 days 6 nights
Day 1: Arrive – Siem Reap (L/D)
Upon arrival at Siem Reap International airport you will meet your local tour guide, pick up and transfer to a local restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the 7th world heritage, Angkor Wat is considered the largest and the most breathe taking temple in Angkor and then view sunset on top of Phnom Bakheng. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant & overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 2: Siem Reap (B/L/D)
Visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk) the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century) and then visit Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Drive back to town for lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, explore the grand circle: Preah Khan temple, built by the King Jayavarman VII and, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors. Ta Som temple, East Me Bon , is a large temple-mountain-like ruin, rising three levels and crowned by five towers. Jayavarman IV, a usurper to the throne, moved the capital from Angkor to Kh Ke in 928AD. Sixteen years later Rajendravarman II returned the capital to Angkor and shortly thereafter constructed East Mebon on an island in the middle of the now dry Eastern Bary. The temple is dedicated to Shiva in honor of the king’s parents. And Pre Rup temple, built by Rajendravarman II in late 10th century. Architecturally and artistically superior temple-mountain. Beautiful carved false door on upper level, as well as an excellent view of the surrounding countryside. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant & overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 3: Siem Reap – Phnom Kulen – Siem Reap (B/L/D)
Morning trip to Phnom Kulen where the river of 1000 lingas features thousand of carvings engraved into the sandstone rocks under the water. We also visit the Rock temple with a large reclining Buddha. Picnic lunch will be served by the waterfall. And in the afternoon, depart Phnom Kulen to the oldest temple in Angkor, Banteay Srei. This temple has the best engravings among all the ruins and then move to visit the fabulous Ta Prohm Temple which is embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees. Dinner will be at a local restaurant & overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 4: Siem Reap – Sambor Preikuk – Kompong Cham (B/L/D)
We drive to Kompong Thom Province. Along the way, you will enjoy the great view of the country side and you will cross an ancient bridge called “Spean Kompong Kdei ” it was built in the 13th century and it is 87 meters long. The balustrades are carved to look like the bodies of giant snakes. On each end it curves up like a giant multi headed cobra. And continue to the famous Sambor Prei Kuk, visit the ancient capital of Chenla with its 100 temples dating back to the Pre-Angkorian period. It is located 31 kilometer northeast of Kampong Thom. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. After lunch, drive to Kompong Cham and visit Phum Prasat, Wat Kohear Nokor (11th C.). You will also visit a local village and its pagoda where you can observe the daily life of the monks. Arrive in Kompong Cham province and transfer to the hotel for check in. Dinner will be served at Kampong Cham guest house.
Day 5: Kompong Cham – Phnom Penh (B/L/D)
In the morning, visit to Wat Nokor Pagoda with its ancient temple and modern style pagoda (12th century). Then Phnom Pros Phnom Srey located at Kro La Commune, Kampong Siem District. It is Seven- kilometers away from the provincial town of Kampong Cham. The pagoda of Phnom Pros has official name called “What Sovan Kiri Rotanak Phnom Pros”; in 1000 Meters to the North, there is another mountain, which has pointed peak called “Phnom Srey”. North of the Phnom Srey, there are ranks of mountains such as mountains of Dang Rek, Ba Ley and Chhuk. In addition, at the top of Pros Mountain we can view the beautiful scene of Kampong Cham province. From 1975-1979, the mountain of Pros was used by the Khmer Rouge as a detention place for torturing Cambodian people living in Kampong Cham province. The mountain of Srey has pointed peak and can be climbed up by 308 Stair steps.
After lunch at a local restaurant, we drive to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital with a short stop at Skun “Spider Village”. ArrivePhnom Penh and transfer to hotel for check in. Afternoon, visit Wat Phnom, a small hill crowned by an active wat (pagoda) marks the legendary founding place of the Phnom Penh. Independence Monument was inaugurated in November 9, 1962 to celebrateCambodia’s independence from foreign rule. And continue to the National Garden Park before driving to a local restaurant for dinner.Dinner will be served at a local restaurant & overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 6: Phnom Penh (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel and depart to visit Royal Place, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda, Raung Damrei Museum. The Palace building and Silver Pagoda are located with in the same walled ground. The Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90 kilos and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. And then move to National Museum of Fine Arts, next to the Royal Palce was dedicated by king Sisowath in 1920. Over 5000 objects are on display including Angkorian era statues, lingas and other artifacts, most notabley the legentary statue of the “Leper King” Though the emphasis is on Angkorian artifacts, there is also a good collection of pieces from later periods, including a special exhibition pf post-Angkorian Buddha figures. Visit the Central Market, another landmark of the city of Phnom Penh.
and then the Russian Market (Psah Tuol Thom Pong), a lively outdoor market where you will find antiquities, silver and gold jewelry, gems, silk, kramas, stone and wood carvings, as well as T-Shirts, CDs and other souvenirs. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. After lunch, continue to visit Toul Sleng Museum of Genocide and Cheung-Ek Killing Fields. In the late afternoon, take a boat cruiseto see the sunset on the Mekong River. Dinner will be at a local restaurant & overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 7: Phnom Penh – Departure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel and free at leisure until time for transfer to airport for your onward flight.