HTS Tour Cambodia 5 days 4 nights
Day 01: Arrival in Phnom Penh (L)
On arrival in Phnom Penh International airport, meet with your tour guide and driver and transfer to your hotel for check in.
After a rest, visit to the Royal Palace, built 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 5000 silver tiles. Then continue your visit at the National Museum, this is one of Phnom Penh’s true architectural gems. The Museum is recognizable by its warm red terracotta façade and its gracefully cured roof topped by dozens of guardian nagas. It was designed in Khmer style in 1917 by famed French architect Georges Groslier & Ecole Des Arts Cambodgiens.
Overnight at your hotel in Phnom Penh.
Day 02: Phnom Penh Tour (B,L)
In the morning, visit the notorious Killing Fields ” Choeung Ek” 15km southwest of Phnom Penh. This is the site of brutal executions of more than 17,000 Cambodians, most of whom first suffered through interrogations, torture and deprivation in Toul Sleng Prison during the time of the Pol Pot regime. Continue your visit to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21 prison), this prison was once a high school, but was used as a prison by Pol Pot’s security forces and became the largest center for detention and torture during the rule of the Khmer Rouge.
After your rest, visit 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 and trinkets. We end our day trip at the Victory Monument, before returning to your accommodation.
Overnight at your hotel in Phnom Penh.
Day 03: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B,L,D)
Transfer to Siem Reap by options (please select options). Arrive in Siem Reap, meet with our HTS Tour guide and driver who will transfer you to your hotel for check in.
After a rest, visit Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing a Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som, built in late 12th century and the most distant temple on the grand circuit is small but classic and Preah Khan temple, built by the King Jayavarman VII. Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and small corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and the ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation.
Enjoy a buffet dinner and a Khmer Traditional Dance Show at a local restaurant. Accommodation at your hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 04: Siem Reap Tour (B,L)
In the morning, visit to the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12 century): the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk; the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara; the Phimeanakas; the Royal Enclosure; the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
After a rest, visit to the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Continue on, to view a wonderful sunset from the Top of Phnom Bakhen Hill.
Overnight at Siem Reap hotel.
Day 05: Siem Reap Tour – Departure (B,L)
In the morning, visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south from Siem Reap. Visit the village and take an excursion in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia.
In the afternoon continue your travels, transfer to Siem Reap international airport for your onward flight, where our tour ends.