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Welcome to Phnom Penh! Upon arrival, you will be met and transfer to your Phnom Penh hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure. Phnom Penh is the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia. With its wide boulevards and a pleasant blend of oriental and colonial architecture, it retains much charm. It is built around four river arms formed by a sharp curve in the Mekong, near its junctions with the Bassac and the Tonle Sap tributaries. Phnom Penh is 300km from the sea so the Mekong remains an important link and cargo ships still dock at the wharf there.
This morning you will visit the ToulSleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes and the Killing Fields of ChoeungEk which both provide an insight into the insanity of the Pol Pot era. If you do not wish to visit these sites you can have some free time at the markets. This afternoon, enjoy a visit to the Royal Palace, the National Museum and the majestic Silver Pagoda, which houses intricate Buddha images and enjoy a boat cruise on the mighty Mekong River and enjoy the sunset.
After breakfast, take Luxury Public Bus to Siem Reap spending around 7.5 hours. Check into your hotel and spend the rest of day free at leisure.
Enjoy an unforgettable experience of the sunrise at Angkor Wat. This morning you will visit the fortified city of Angkor Thom with its 2,000 enormous mysterious faces, starting at the Southern Gate, flanked by a row of 54 stone figures on each side. Next,you will visit the Bayon and its beautifully crafted central towers. The Bayon is decorated with extraordinary bas-reliefs incorporating over 11,000 figures. From here you visit Baphoun, Phimeanakas and the Elephant Terrace, used as a giant viewing stand for public ceremonies and the Terrace of the Leper King. Visit the magnificent Angkor Wat. Built in the 12th Century, the temple took 30 years to build and represents the Khmer civilisation at its grandest.
You will be transferred to Kompong Kleang floating village, a settlement of over 20,000 people, mostly fisherman and traders. Floating over the canals, houses tower up to ten meters above the water, and you will constantly see waving hands of the friendly locals. Take your time and make the best of this opportunity to glimpse Cambodia’s countryside culture and family lifestyle, a contrast to the constant bartering you'll find in the cities. From KompongKleang, you head out to the hidden jungle temple of BengMealea. A short walk through dense jungle brings you to the wonders of this overgrown temple which lay undiscovered for centuries.
After an early breakfast and check-out, you will go by public boat to Battambang. The first part takes you on the Tonle Sap Lake, the final part on the Sanker River. Upon arrival in Battambang, pick up and transfer to hotel.
Visit Phnom Sampeau, once home to notorious killing caves, but now a tranquil place for viewing the surrounding landscapes. Continue through fruit plantations to the hilltop temple of Wat Banan, an 11th century temple. Climb up the top of the hill to enjoy the view over the beautiful countryside and ancient temple. We return to town and stop at a vineyard for wine tasting; Battambang is home to the only vineyards in Cambodia. We then continue with a walk through the village of Wat Kor, giving you an insight to traditional Khmer life, and visit one the 1900's Khmer houses. In the afternoon, you will be taken to some of the many cultural villages around Battambang and learn how the locals produce Cambodian treats.
After breakfast and check-out, drive to Phnom Penh. Stop en route in KompongChhnang to visit pottery manufactories. Visit Oudong, the former royal capital of Cambodia. Enjoy a traditional cow cart ride through the rice fields and visit a local family producing palm sugar. Climb the stairs to the top of Oudong Mountain and enjoy magnificent views over the plains. Arrive in Phnom Penh check in at hotel.
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