Cambodia Passion 10 days/ 9 nights
With Cambodia Passion 10 days, you will have wonderful trip to visit Cambodia, start point and finish point in Phnom Penh, which is a veritable oasis compared to the modern nature of other Asian capitals. With wide tree-lined boulevards and low-rise buildings, it still reflects its French colonial past and the Silver Pagoda, National Museum, Royal Palace are essential sightseeing stops in this city. From Phnom Penh, head north to the rural areas of Kampong Cham and Kompong Thom, Situated upon river banks, these two towns receive gloriously few tourists. Pre-Angkorian temples, rice fields, and dense grasslands dominate the scenery of these towns.
Arrival in Siem Reap the base town for exploring the Temples of Angkor. Built between the 9th and 13th century, hundreads of temples lie within the area that once served as the capital for the mighty Khmer empire. As you continue your loop through rural Cambodia, travel toward the country's second biggest city, Battambang. Full of semi-neglected, French colonial buildings and situated on the banks of the Sangker River, the town has a quiet charm about it. But the surrounding countryside is what really makes Battambang shine as it is filled with rice paddies as far as the eye can see, stilted wooden houses, fruit farms, and, of course, temples. From here you will make your way back to Phnom Penh via Kompong Chhnang through the fertile rice fields of the western Cambodia, known as the granary of the country and end your tour where it begans
- Visit Phnom Penh city including several cultural and historical attraction including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Musem, Wat Phnom.
- Trip by road from Phnom Penh to Reap to discover Kampong Cham and also Kompong thom
- Discover Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing.
- Trip to Banteay Srei temple (10th c), the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art.
- Visit the village of Puok on the way to Battmabang, home to the Artisans d’Angkor Silk Farm established to revive the Cambodia's beautiful silk production.
- Visit non tourist area of Battambang, the Cambodia's second-largest city, which was founded in the 11th century. It is the former capital of Monton Kmer and lies in the heart of the Northwest of Cambodia.
- Take a boat trip to the floating village of Kompong Luong. Visit the pottery villages around Kompong Chhnang the “Port of the Pottery”, located at the confluence of Tonle Sap Lake and Tonle Sap River.
Itinerary in brief
Day 1 : Arrival in Phnom Penh
Day 1 Arrival in Phnom Penh
Morning arrival at Phnom Penh airport, transfer and check-in at your hotel. In the afternoon, visit the National Museum with its collection of pre-Angkorian and Angkorian sculptures, the Royal Palace with the Silver Pagoda, and then Wat Phnom, the original name of the Capital of Cambodia. If time allows, stroll through the bustling Central Market, renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 2: Phnom Penh – Kampong Cham – Kampong Thom (B,L)
After breakfast, drive towards Kompong Cham. En route, discover Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei Khmer temples (better known as the Killing Fields during the Khmer Rouge era) before visiting Wat Nokor, a 12th century Angkorian temple housing a contemporary and colorful pagoda. Enjoy a city orientation of Kompong Cham to discover its elegant colonial architecture. Lunch at a local restaurant in Kompong Cham. Continue towards Kompong Thom, stopping on the way at Wat Kohar Nokor, built in the 11th century during the reign of Suryavarman I, and the monastery of the nearby village. We will also visit Phum Prasat to see its pre-Angkorian tower located within the complex of the village’s pagoda. Upon arrival in Kompong Thom, check-in to your hotel. Overnight in Kompong Thom.
Day 3 : Kompong Thom – Siem Reap (B,L)
After breakfast, discover Sambor Prei Kuk, the ancient capital of Chenla (early 7th century). Originally called Ishanapura, Sambor Prei Kuk shelters the most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments with more than 100 temples scattered throughout the lush forest. Have a picnic lunch on site before continuing to Siem Reap. En route, visit traditional Cambodian villages and stop at Naga Bridge, an ancient Angkorian bridge which is still in use today. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 4 Angkor Thom – Angkor Wat (B,L)
After breakfast, visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom: the South Gate, the Bayon with its 54 towers of enigmatic smiling faces of the compassionate Boddhisattva, the nearby temple-mountain of Baphuon, the Royal Enclosure with the Phimeanakas temple, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. In the afternoon, visit Angkor Wat (early-mid 12th century) dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. This huge temple-mountain, built by King Suryavarman II is considered as the masterpiece of Khmer architecture and art. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 5 : Preah Khan - Neak Pean – Rolus Group (B,L)
After breakfast, explore the monastery of Preah Khan, meaning Sacred Sword, the small island temple of Neak Pean, and then Ta Som. These three temples were built by King Jayavarman VII and illustrate the preeminence of Mahayana Buddhism during his reign. Continue to the Srah Srang holy pond, and then the scenic Ta Prohm monastery, surrounded by the jungle. In the afternoon, visit the Roluos Group: Preah Ko, the temple-mountain of Bakong and Lolei temple set in the middle of an old water reservoir or Baray. The Roluos Group (late 9th century) represents the remains of Hariharalaya, the first major capital of the Angkorian era Khmer empire. Return to Siem Reap. En route, stop at the “Chantiers-Ecole, Les Artisans d’Angkor”, a vocational training center which revives the traditional Cambodian techniques and styles of wood and stone carving and polychrome lacquer. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 6 : Banteay Sey –Kbal Sean – Bantey Samre (B,L)
After breakfast, drive through country side towards the famous temple of Bantey Srey “the Citadel of Women”. This small pink sandstone temple (late 10th century) is considered to be the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer art because of its delicate carvings. Continue the road to Kulen mountain range. In the afternoon, walk through the forest (45 minutes) to Kbal Spean, the “River of a Thousand Lingas”. Here the symbol of the Hindu god Siva has been continually chiseled into the rocky riverbed. It was believed that the linga fertilized the water that irrigated the rice fields underneath. Return to Siem Reap and stop on the way to visit the marvelously restored Bantey Samre temple (mid 12th century). Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 7 : Siem Reap – Battambang (B,L)
After breakfast, drive 120 km towards the northwestern province of Banteay Meanchey. Before reaching Banteay Chhmar, stop on the way to visit the village of Puok, home to the Artisans d’Angkor Silk Farm established to revive the Cambodia's beautiful silk production. Discover every step of the production. Then visit the isolated Banteay Top, a magnificent ancient temple. Arrival at Banteay Chmar in the late morning and discover the temple of Banteay Chhmar, meaning “Narrow Fortress”, dating from the late 12th to the early 13th century . It is thought to have been built by Jayarvarman II and was later rebuilt by Jayarvarman VII as a funerary temple for his sons and four generals who had been killed in a battle repelling a Cham invasion in 1177. In the afternoon, take a tour around the village to discover the daily life of Khmer people, and pass through some beautiful rice paddies before continuing the road to Battambang. Arrive Battambang in the late afternoon. Lunch en route. Overnight in Battambang.
Boat cruise from Battambang to Siem Reap during the high water level season.
Note: From March to June / July, the water level may be too low to navigate and therefore this tour may not be operated.
After breakfast, drive to the fishing village of Chong Kneas and board a traditional wooden riverboat for a 6 to 7-hour cruise towards Battambang. First, cross Tonle Sap Lake to reach the Sangker River and then, sailing upstream discover the Prek Toal Biosphere Reserve, a migratory bird sanctuary, and see the floating villages where traditional fishing methods are still preserved. Have a picnic lunch on board. Upon arrival in Battambang transfer and check-in to your hotel.Overnight in Battambang.
Day 8 : Battambang (B,L)
After breakfast, visit the traditional house at Phum Wat Kor then drive along the Sanker River through the charming country side until Wat Ek Phnom Temple (11th century). On the way back, visit Wat Slaket Pagoda, and Prahok Market (Prahok is the Cambodian fermented fish paste). In the afternoon, experience a 2-hour sightseeing tour aboard a bamboo train, the old means of transportation. Enjoy the beautiful village landscapes, rice fields and then return to Battambang to visit the Provincial Museum and stroll through the town center with your guide and admire its colonial architecture and Chinese shop-houses and colorful temples. Overnight in Battambang.
Day 9 : Battambang – Kompong Chhang – Phnom Penh (B,L)
After breakfast, drive towards Kompong Chhnang through the fertile rice fields of the western Cambodia, known as the granary of the country. En route, take a boat trip to the floating village of Kompong Luong. Visit the pottery villages around Kompong Chhnang the “Port of the Pottery”, located at the confluence of Tonle Sap Lake and Tonle Sap River. Lunch at a local restaurant. Continue towards Phnom Penh. En route, stop at the abandoned royal city of Oudong (early 17th century) and visit the temples and stupas that cover the hills. Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, check-in to your hotel. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 10 Phnom Penh - Departure (B)
After breakfast, visit the Russian Market if time permits before your transfer to Phnom Penh airport for your departure flight. End of our services.
- The English speaking guide during visiting time
- Accommodation based on double/twin sharing with daily breakfast
- Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
- Private boat : Siem Reap – Battambang ( Aug to March )
- All transfers with the air-conditioned private vehicle
- All entrance fees
- Water & cool towels
- Government taxes & service charge
- International Airfares.
- Early check in/ late check out
- Meals not indicated
- Drinks & beverage.
- Cambodia visa stamp fee: ( 20 USD/ per person)
- Personal travel insurance (Compulsory).
- Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills.
- Tips and gratuities
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