Kompong Thom Holidays

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Day 1: Phnom Penh

Welcome to the Kingdom of Wonder! Upon arrival, you will meet our tour guide and driver & transfer to check in hotel store luggage. Today visitors find a bustling, multicultural city at the confluence of the historic Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac Rivers. Phnom Penh has many places of exceptional interest for those with time enough to appreciate the city's attractions. Spend the rest of your day free at leisure.

Day 2: Phnom Penh

After breakfast at hotel,we will visit the Royal Palace facing the Mekong River and its adjoining Silver Pagoda built in 1962 famous for its lavish decorations of silver paved floor and several Buddha statues made from precious metals & stones, including the incredible solid silver-floored Silver Pagoda. Just across the road to visit the National Museum, a treasure chest of Angkorian and pre-Angkorian artifacts. National Museum: also called Musee des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1920. The museum contains a collection of Khmer art - notably sculptures - throughout the ages (although some periods are not represented). We end our city tour with visit to Wat Phnom pagoda before shopping at the Russian market.

Day 3: Phnom Penh

Today we travel about 15km toward southwest of Phnom Penh and arrive at Choeung Ek. The memorial at Choeung Ek just outside Phnom Penh was an orchard & a Chinese cemetery prior to 1975. During the Khmer Rouge regime, it became one of the killing fields. The site of the brutal executions of more than 17,000 individuals, most of who first suffered through torture and deprivation in Toul Sleng Prison. Choeung Ek is now a group of mass graves and a memorial stupa containing thousands of skulls. The afternoon is free at leisure for shopping at the Russian Market for local products from provincials surrounding Phnom Penh. In the evening, enjoy 01 hour boat cruise on Mekong River to explore the night life of local area.

Day 4: Phnom Penh - Kompong Thom

After breakfast, we leave Phnom Penh to Kompong Thom province. This province is very large in size with some 13,814 km2 making it the second biggest province of Cambodia. It is known as the historical and cultural site to explore with the presence of the pre-Angkorian temples. Depending on arrival time, we may check in hotel first or directly to visit Sambor Prei Kuk, the most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments in Cambodia. It is known as the historical and cultural site to explore with the presence of the pre-Angkorian temples.

A pre Ankorian Sambor Prei Kruk

Day 5: Kompong Thom - Siem Reap

We will continue our trip to Siem Reap spending around 03 hours and upon arrival check in hotel to store luggage. We will then visit the Angkor Wat Temple. The architectural master piece was built in the 12th century, took 30 years to complete and represents the Khmer civilization at its grandest. Covering 81 hectares, it is one of the largest religious monuments ever built. Angkor Wat (the biggest Hindu temple in the world and one of the largest religious monuments in the world, built in between the 9th – 13th century, its general view are five ancients towers’ figure that embroidered or printed to the Kingdom of Cambodia’s Flag now. Enjoy the superb view of the sunset from Phnom Bakheng hill.

Day 6: Siem Reap

After breakfast at hotel, we will spend full day discovering the famous Angkor Complex. We enter the South Gate of Angkor Thom Temple and marvel the wonders of the eerie Bayon, the terrace of Elephants and terrace of Leper King. Afterwards, we continue to visit Ta Prohm temple, shrouded in jungle and left just it was founded by French explorers in 1850s. This afternoon, we will set out for a cruise on beautiful Tonle Sap Lake, passing a floating village and seeing the daily life of local people there. Floating village at Tonle Sap Lake (The Great Lake): place where people is living on the lake, have school, market, and the child sale fruit along the lake.

Day 7: Siem Reap

You will visit Banteay Srey, one of the most unusual temples of Angkor. It is built largely of red sandstone, which is covered with elaborate and deeply carved decoration. On the way back, stop to visit Phnom Bok, with a prasat (temple) of the same name built on it. Then, Banteay Samre: built in the third quarter of the 12th century. It consists of a central temple with four wings preceded by a hall and accompanied by two libraries, the southern most of which is remarkably well preserved. Two concentric walls enclosed the ensemble.The Banteay Kdei Temple a massive Buddhist monastery from the latter part of the 12th century is surrounded by for concentric walls. Ta Keo an incomplete temple in the Khleang style built as the state temple of Jayavarman V. Thommanon one of a pair Hindu temple built in the end of the 11th century.

Day 8: Siem Reap

Continue to visit Phnom Kulen- a huge plateau on the northeast of Siem Reap town. It was one of the most important sites during the Angkor period. History of Angkor era had been started here when the King Jayavarman II proclaimed, in AD 802, independence from Java, and settled his capital city in this site. This mountain is the resource place for hundred of Khmer temple constructions, in the Golden Angkor Period, where one can find many secret and amazing histories behind it. After lunch, head to Beng Mealea, a spectacular jungle temple. It is one of the "new "highlights of Cambodia.

Day 9: Siem Reap

After breakfast enjoy the day at leisure.

Day 10: Siem Reap

After breakfast at hotel, relax until we transfer you to the airport for your flight back home, wishing you bon voyage and hoping that you enjoyed every minute of your trip!