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Welcome to the Cambodia! Upon arrival, 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.
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.
Depart Phnom Penh for the journey to Kep. As you travel south, enjoy the spectacular views of the countryside and stop to discover ancient temples, meandering rivers and quaint villages. Just outside of Kep, stop in Kampot for a walking tour of the charming town center and venture to the cascading rapids for a touch of nature. This evening, perhaps dine on delicious seafood on the coast in tranquil Kep.
Early this morning, embark on a boat trip to KohTonsai (Rabbit Island), where you can spend the day at leisure exploring the island's beautiful beaches. Swim, snorkel or take a two hour trek through the island's interior and enjoy lunch on the beach before returning to Kep in the afternoon. This evening we take a bike ride along the beach to a local village to observe local village life.
Today is spent at your leisure. Your guide and driver will be at your disposal if needed.
After breakfast we leave Kep 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. En route, we stop to visit Phnom Santukis a cultural and natural site located in KoKoh village before continuing on to Kampong Thom. Later visit Sambor Prei Kuk, the most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments in Cambodia.
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.
An early start to the morning as we head to Angkor Wat to watch a spectacular sunrise. Return to your hotel for a late breakfast before the day 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.
After breakfast depart for Kulen Mountain a huge plateau on the northeast of Siem Reap. Hundreds of lingas have been carved under the clear water on the mountain, it became a holy river of the Khmer Empire during Angkor. There will be time to swim before moving on to Beng Mealea, a spectacular jungle temple and is one of the "new" highlights of Cambodia having only been cleared of mines at the end of 2003. Approached by four causeways, Beng Mealea appears to be a huge pile of rubble hidden in the trees. Once you get closer the ancient Khmer Architecture reveals itself. Cloaked in vegetation and with few concessions to tourism this temple looks like it would have done when the early French explorers found it.
Your tour with us comes to an end today. We bid you farewell with a transfer to the airport in time for your onward flight.