Cambodia’s Angkor Wat is one of the most prominent attractions in all of South East Asia. Long considered ‘lost’, the ruins of Angkor were never really lost to the Khmers, who have used the monuments as religious sites throughout their history. The site includes the ancient city area of Angkor Thom, with its many carved-stone faces standing as silent witnesses to former days of glory, and Ta Prohm, a temple complex slowly being reclaimed by the jungle. We fly to vibrant Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, and visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, a sombre reminder of the reign of Pol Pot. The revitalised city is also home to Wat Phnom, as well as the Silver Pagoda, located in the Royal Palace. Its waterfront, located near the confluence of the Tonle Sap and the mighty Mekong River, is a picture of tranquility and a great place to relax.
Day 1 – Phnom Penh
Sua s’dei! Welcome to Cambodia. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1.
Day 2 – Phnom Penh
Sitting on a major junction of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers. Phnom Penh is famous for its French-inspired architecture. Guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and sobering visit to the Choeung Ek Memorial. Then it’s onto the Royal Palace and silver Pagoda. Don’t forget to sample the goods at a local bakery.
Days 3/4 – Siem Reap – Angkor
Fly to Siem reap and spend the following day exploring the temples of Angkor (Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat) for yourself.
Days 5/6 – Siem Reap
Visit the red sandstone Banteay Srei temple and the 12th century Preah Khan complex. Lunch at Sala Bai Hotel School and free time to explore Siem Reap. The tour ends on the morning of Day 6.
Ref: TPE – PACC 2017