Kompong Thom Holidays

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Day 1: Phnom Penh

Welcome to Cambodia! 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. Overnight: King Grand Suite Boutique Hotel.

Day 2: Phnom Penh

This morning you will enjoy a visit to the Royal Palace, the National Museum and the majestic Silver Pagoda, which houses intricate Buddha images. Next stop will be at Wat Phnom, which is a hilltop temple that carries the cities name-sake. The afternoon is leisure time. Overnight: King Grand Suite Boutique Hotel.

Day 3: Phnom Penh

After breakfast, visit the Toul Sleng 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. The afternoon is again free time. Overnight: King Grand Suite Boutique Hotel.

Day 4: Phnom Penh

Today, we will visit Ang Chhum Primary School in Kampot province south of Phnom Penh that you will have a chance to do some interaction with local students together with donation such as education material, food, etc. This afternoon we return to Phnom Penh. Overnight: King Grand Suite Boutique Hotel.

Day 5: Phnom Penh - Kompong Thom

Today we travel to Kompong Thom province by private bus giving us opportunities to stop and walk in local villages. We may be lucky enough to witness the setting of cricket traps in the rice fields. This is a favourite way for locals to catch crickets for food – another local culinary delicacy! We stop for lunch in Kompong Thom before driving to Sambor Prei Kuk, another impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments, return to Kompong Thom town. The rest of the day is free for exploration. Overnight in Kompong Thom

A pre Ankorian Sambor Prei Kruk

Day 6: Kompong Thom - Siem Reap

After breakfast, depart to Siem Reap by land transfer spending around 3 hours. Upon arrival, check in hotel and spend the rest of day free at leisure. Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 7: Siem Reap

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. After lunch at a local restaurant, 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. Overnight: Angkor Paradise Hotel

Day 8: Siem Reap

After breakfast, we continue our excursion to visit the fabulous Ta Prohm, undoubtedly the most atmospheric ruin at Angkor. Unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it has been left to be swallowed by the jungle. For all would-be Mouhots and closet Indiana Jones’, Ta Prohm is the perfect ‘lost temple’ in the jungle, where Strangler Figs and Kapok trees have entwined themselves around the ruins. Their roots have burst apart even the thickest of walls, yet their clinging embrace prevents the walls' total collapse. Overnight: Angkor Paradise Hotel

Day 9: Siem Reap

After breakfast, our arrangements come to an end with a departure transfer to the airport.