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Enjoy an authentic Cambodian banquet that will take you from sumptuous gala dinners to spirited street food quests, as you glimpse into the country's glorious and tragic history.
Upon arrival Phnom Penh International Airport, your guide will meet you and lead you to your hotel.
Phnom Penh history tour
Learn more about the turbulent years of the Khmer Rouge, start by visiting Tuol Sleng. A high school prior to 1975, an interrogation prison known as S-21 during the Khmer Rouge era that today is a genocide museum. It tells the sad story of the thousands of innocent Cambodian people who were tortured on its grounds. Then head to Cheung Ek (Killing Fields). Situated 17km from Phnom Penh town, Cheung Ek was made famous by the movie The Killing Fields. Nowadays, a large memorial has been built to commemorate the 17,000 victims who died here under the reign of Khmer Rouge leader, Pol Pot. This journey into Cambodia’s past will provide you with a background on the cruelty of the Khmer Rouge regime. It will also give you an appreciation of the struggle that Cambodian people have faced and their tremendous courage to move on and rebuild their nation.
Evening street food tour
After this emotional but fascinating experience, we recommend you relax and go out to enjoy a drink in one of the many coffee shops or bars in town. At 17:00, meet Duckie, our Phnom Penh food expert. She will take you around her favorite local market and make you try out some exotic fruits and for the more adventurous, insects and other silk worms. Then head with her to a delicious, traditional Khmer BBQ where you will dine and drink as a local!
Overnight at the hotel.
Phnom Penh city tour
After breakfast, dive into the past of Phnom Penh and discover the major points of interest in town. Start your day where everything began: Wat Phnom and discover the legend of Lady Penh, then head to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, two of the most striking buildings in the capital and considered as some of the finest examples of Khmer architecture. Other important buildings that can be found within the compound include Wat Preah Keo Morokat, where Royal ceremonies are performed, and stupas such as King Ang Doung Stupa – the burial site of former King Norodom. Continue your visit to the National Museum, designed in Khmer style by a French archaeologist and painter in 1917. The museum houses Khmer art and sculptures from different periods of Cambodian history.
Then, enjoy lunch at local restaurant before transferred to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival Siem Reap International Airport, your guide will meet you and lead you to your hotel.
Dinner with Apsara Dance performance
Tonight we will take you to one of the few places in town where you will savour delicious Khmer cuisine and have the privilege to watch a live Apsara Dance performance by the top Apsara dancers of Siem Reap. Step back in time in the only air conditioned Theatre in town. Dancers, singers and musicians will bring ancient Khmer culture to life in spectacular surroundings while you will enjoy the best of Cambodian Cuisine at Angkor Village Apsara Theatre.
Overnight at the hotel.
|Phnom Penh → Siem Reap||45min|
Private cooking class at Soujourn Villas
After breakfast, enjoy a private hands-on Cambodian cooking experience set in a purpose built bamboo village pavilion. You will learn how to make 3 Khmer dishes after a short walk through the village to learn about local cooking customs, ingredients and food superstitions. After the class, enjoy the fruits of your labours with a lunch or dinner of your personally prepared food.
Visit to Angkor Wat, one of the modern wonders of the world. Be amazed by the sheer size of the temple and learn how the Khmer Empire prospered between the 9th and 13th centuries, around the time when Angkor Wat was built. Stroll through the intricately carved hallways that show hundreds of fine carvings and discover small shrines still in use today by the local people. If time permits, continue to visit other temples in the area. At 18:00 in the evening, sharp, be prepared for the night ride of your life, or at least for a night out not to be forgotten for sure!
Foodie night tour with Vespa Adventures
Explore the local culinary scene on the back seat of a real Italian Vespa. Go from one part of the city to another while avoiding the main tourist area and experience the hustle and bustle of Siem Reap. Its local canteens and grills, its colourful fruits, its natural drinks and unusual foods. From starters to special dessert, be curious, adventurous and ready to try the Cambodian way of life.
Overnight at the hotel.
Full day Angkor highlights by tuk-tuk
After breakfast, depart early by road to the Srah Srang and then Ta Prohm, this beautiful temple is one of Angkor’s jewels and is overgrown with fig trees, giving a haunting yet exotic atmosphere. The magnificent roots of the trees have merged over the centuries with the temple’s huge stone blocks, emphasizing a forgotten city feeling. The temple was built by King Jayavarman VII to commemorate his mother. Take your time to walk through the temple from the West entrance to the East entrance (walk 1–2 km) where your tuk tuk will be waiting for you to continue your ride through the forest to the banks of Srah Srang. There is a good chance of having this beautiful Angkor temple to yourself to explore in the early morning light. End the morning at Ta Keo temple, known as the mountain with bronze peaks, and admire its five-tiered pyramid structure.
Return by road to Siem Reap for lunch at local restaurant. This afternoon, visit the Royal city and former capital of the Khmer Empire; Angkor Thom which consists of several temples. Enter the city through the impressive South Gate and drive towards the Bayon temple. At first glance the temple may seem like a shapeless mass of stone, but further scrutiny reveals enigmatic faces looking into every direction.
Continue your exploration with a visit to the Terrace of the Elephants, which served as a platform from where the King viewed the victorious return of his army. After, visit the Terrace of the Leper King with detailed carvings winding along a narrow passage way that leads to the Baphuon. Slow down the pace mid afternoon and enter the cool Wat Tang Tock to receive a traditional blessing from a monk. Later, visit the picturesque Preah Paliday and Pimeanakas.
End the day with an optional visit to one of grass terraces in front of the five massive towers of Angkor Wat to watch the sunset before transferring back to your hotel. The evening is free at leisure.
Circus performance & dinner at Circle Restaurant
Purely Cambodian and daringly modern Phare - the Cambodian Circus lets you see Cambodian culture from a totally different angle. Enjoy a delicious pre-circus dinner at Circle and then get ready for an evening full of laughter and surprises at the Phare Circus.
Overnight at the hotel.
Monk's blessing at Wat Damnak
After breakfast, we will leave for Wat Damnak, one of the most beautiful pagodas in town with French colonial architecture and a large garden filled with statues. Bring candles and incense sticks to the pagoda and participate in a private good-luck blessing ceremony, performed by local monks who reside at the temple.
Sit on the mat while the monks chant blessings and sprinkle holy water on you –a traditional practice which is believed pass on the good-luck of the gods. Afterwards, a sacred thread will be tied around your wrist. This will protect you from any evil spirits or accidents. Before you continue on your journey, you will receive a small keepsake from the monks to remind you of this special moment.
|Prices per person||2 pax|
|1 Apr 2018 - 30 Sep 2018||$1788|
|1 Oct 2018 - 31 Mar 2019||$2012|
|1 Apr 2019 - 30 Sep 2019||$1832|