Kompong Thom Holidays

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Day 1: Phnom Penh

You will be met by your tour guide and driver before being transferred to your hotel. A sight seeing tour of the city will take in the Royal Palace, the incredible solid silver-floored Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, a treasure chest of Angkorian and pre-Angkorian artifacts before ending our city tour with a visit to Wat Phnom pagoda and shopping at the Russian market.

Day 2: Phnom Penh

After breakfast we travel southwest of Phnom Penh to Choeung Ek. The memorial just outside Phnom Penh was an orchard and 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. This evening, enjoy a boat cruise on the Mekong River and take in the local night life.

Day 3: Phnom Penh - Kompong Thom

After breakfast we leave Phnom Penh and travel to Kompong Thom province. The province is large in size with some 13,814 km2 making it the second biggest province of Cambodia. It is one of the most popular historical and cultural sites to explore due to its pre Angkorian temples. Later visit Sambor Prei Kuk, the most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments in Cambodia.

A pre Ankorian Sambor Prei Kruk

Day 4: Kompong Thom - Siem Reap

Today we continue to Siem Reap to visit the Angkor Wat Temple. This 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, was built between the 9th – 13th century. In the early evening climb to Bakheng Hill to enjoy the superb view as the sun sets over Angkor Wat.

Day 5: Siem Reap

Today is spent further exploring the Angkor Wat complex, entering the South Gate of Angkor Thom Temple marvel at the wonders of the eerie Bayon, the terrace of Elephants and the terrace of the 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 set out for a cruise on the beautiful Tonle Sap Lake passing a typical floating village observing the locals in their daily life .

Day 6: Siem Reap - Battambang

After breakfast at the hotel, we will travel to Banteay Srey, one of the most unusual temples of Angkor, Cambodia. It lies 20 km due north. It is built largely of red sandstone, which is covered with elaborate and deeply carved decoration. Transfer to Battambang and arrive in Battambang at the end of the day. It is an elegant riverside town with wonderful French colonial architecture. Overnight - Battambang Resort

Battambang street life by Greg Headley

Day 7: Battambang

In the morning, enjoy the Bamboo train ride a long the countryside. This afternoon you have at leisure, you can opt to discover the city or rent a bike (not included in cost) and explore the town. Overnight - Battambang Resort

Giant Buddha at Wat Ek Temple in Battambang

Day 8: Battambang - Siem Reap

After breakfast at hotel, you shall be transferred back to Siem Reap. Arrive in Siem Reap in the late morning. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 9: Siem Reap

Today we bid you farewell and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight home.