Cambodia - 5 Days

Cambodia
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The Kingdom of Cambodia is an independent country with a population of more than 7 million people. With a surface area of 181,035 sq. km and once a French colony, is the least known Indochinese country. Cambodia has a distinct geographical personality: it is a wide basin surrounded by highlands. In this basin the farmer has created a simple life – an original civilization and philosophy of mildness. Cambodia is divided into 20 provinces and rich in resources, forests, rubber, gems, fish and has a big potential in tourism.

Khmers have called their country Kampuchea (usually rendered Kambuja), since the l6th century. The name is derived from the word kambu-ja, meaning those born of Kambu (a figure of Indian mythology), which was first used to refer to the people of Cambodia in the 10th century. The Portuguese Cambodia and French Cambodge from which the English name Cambodia is derived, are adaptations of ” Kampuja”.

Cambodia lies in a tropical zone between 10 and 14 degree of latitude north the equator. The temperature is fairly uniform throughout the year and averages 25 degree centigrade (77 degree fahrenheit). The relative humidity is higher at night and usually in excess of 90 percent, during the day the average humidity is 80 percent.

The majority of the people of Cambodia are followers of Thervada and Hinayana school of Buddhism which was introduced to Cambodia between the 13th and 14 centuries and was the state religion until 1975.

The country's capital Phnom Penh is renowned for its beauty, particularly the area surrounding the Royal Palace where magificent Khmer towers share the boulevard with coloured French villas overlooking the banks of the Tonle Sap river. The glorious and world-famous Angkor Wat situates in Siemreap Province and is just a few kilometers from the town. Temples of Angkor were built between 7th and 11th century when Khmer civilazation was at its height of its extraordinary creativity. Angkor Wat is the cultural home of the Khmer people and one of the ancient wonders of the world. Its magnificent architecture was the evidence of the Khmer's strong belief in religions - Hinduism and Buddhism. First discovered by Western archeologists in the late 19th century, the lost city of Angkor is just re-opening to the exploration to the modern civilization. The fortified city of Angkor Thom, some 10 sq km in extent, was built in its present form by Angkor's greatest builder, Jayavarman 7 (reigned 1181 to 1201), who came to power just after the disastrous sacking by the Chams of the previous Khmer capital, is enclosed by a square wall eight metres high and 12 km in length and encircled by a moat 100 meters wide, said to have been inhabited by fierce crocodiles. The city has five monumental gates, one in the north, west and south walls and two in the east wall. The gates, which are 20 metres in height, are decorated on either side of the passageway with stone elephant trunks and crowned by four gargantuan faces of the bodhisatva Avalokitesvara.

Day 1
Arrival in Phnom Penh

Upon arriving in Phnom Penh, you will be warmly welcomed by our friendly tour guide who will take you to your hotel for check in for refreshment.

During afternoon's Phnom Penh Orientation Tours, you will drive around the city to see some French colonial building including, Building of Unesco Office, Post Telecommunication, Phnom Penh City Hall and then enjoy fresh air at Chaktomouk River Bank before go for dinner at New Maharaja Restaurant.

Overnight at hotel

Day 2
Phnom Penh Tour

Breakfast at hotel

After breakfast at Hotel, visit Wat Phnom, a small hill crowned by an active Wat (Pagoda) marks the legendary founding place of the Phnom v Penh. The National Museum is one of Phnom Penh's true architectural gems. It was designed in Khmer style in 1917 by famed French architect Georges Groslier & Ecole Des Arts Cambodgiens. Then proceed to The Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda, located within the grounds of the Royal Palace. The Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles.

Lunch at Indian Kitchen Restaurant

Afternoon, visit Central Market (PhsarThmei) a large market constructed in 1937 in the shape of a dome with four arms branching out into vast hallways with countless stalls of goods. The four wings of this gigantic yellow dome are teeming with stalls that sell goods ranging from gold and silver, antique coins, money exchange, men's and women's apparel, clocks, books, flowers, food, fabrics, shoes, souvenirs, fish, seafood, dessert, luggage, and countless other products. Dinner at Flavors of India Restaurant,

Overnight at your hotel in Phnom Penh

Day 3
Phnom Penh – Siem Reap Tour

After breakfast –Departure to Siem Reap (314 km – 6 hrs drives)

Upon Arrival at Siem Reap bus station, meet your guide and transfer to hotel for check in for refreshment and followed by lunch at Curry Walla Restaurant

Remain of the day is free or explore the town at your own.

Dinner at Taj Mahal Restaurant

Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap

Day 4
Siem Reap – World Heritage Sites

After Breakfast at hotel, you will drive to visit the World Heritage Site;

At first stop visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom which is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Also, visit to Ta Prohm Temple, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. The temple of Ta Prohm was once used as a location in the famous Hollywood film Tomb Raider.

KHMER LUNCH AT NEARY KHMER Restaurant

Then continue to seeing the architectural masterpiece of Angkor Wat. We stroll around this massive monument, exploring the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple.

Evening - Dinner at The Indian Restaurant,

Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap

Day 5
Siem Reap– Tonle Sap Lake - Departure

After your wholesome breakfast at the Hotel, this morning drive to village of Chong Khneas and board on boat to Tonle Sap Lake. This is the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South East Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh.

We will see a fishermen's "floating village" with floating schools, floating police station, etc. If time permitted, scroll around Old Market, 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.

Transfer to Siem Reap airport for flight to next destination, or back home with lovely memories.

Package price Includes

  • Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services.
  • Private tour with English speaking tours guide.
  • Accommodation shared in Double room
  • All Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bus ticket PNH REP
  • Cold mineral water & Tissues on coach
  • Service charges & Govt. Tax

Services Excluded

  • Cambodia visa fee 30$
  • International flights & departure taxes if any
  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverage

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