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CAMBODIA IMPRESSIONS 8DAYS 7NIGHTS
Code: PT-CI8
TRAVEL DESTINATION: <POIPET (Thai Border) Arrival>
POIPET-SIEM REAP-KOMPONG THOM-KOMPONG CHAM-KRATIE-PHNOM PENH
Tour Style: Private 8days 7nights POIPET-SIEM REAP-PHNOM PENH
Day 1: POIPET (Thai Border)-SIEM REAP
Dinner
Meet and assistance at Poipet border (clients should have the Cambodian visa from their country to make the formalities faster). Overland trip to Siem Reap via Sisophon.
Arrive in Siem Reap and check-into hotel.
Lunch (supplement)
In the afternoon, view the unique interior brick sculptures Prasat Kravan; east-facing brick towers containing unique bas-reliefs of Vishnu and Lakshmi rendered in brick – the only example of brick bas-reliefs in the Angkor area. Srah Srang (known as "The Royal Baths" was once used for ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei, it was originally constructed over the site of an earlier temple, and functioned as a Buddhist monastery under Jayavarman VII. Eastern Mebon, a large temple-mountain-like ruin, rising three levels and crowned by five towers. Visit architecturally and artistically superior temple-mountain Pre Rup.
Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel
Day 2: Siem Reap
Breakfast/Dinner
Breakfast at hotel.
In the morning, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat, it is generally the first one seen. Built by Suryavaman II during the first half of the 12th century. Angkor Wat whose artistic and archaeological significance and visual impact put it in a class with the Pyramids, Machu Pichu and the Taj Mahal.
Lunch (supplement)
Visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South Gate, a big gate with an arch and surmounted by a tower, or gopuram, are the access to the city of Jayavarman VII, visit Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers) great city built in the 12th century by Jayavarmant VII which has more than 200 enormous mysterious faces. Return to Phnom Bakheng Mountain for Sunset.
Dinner at local restaurant
Accommodation at hotel
Day 3: Siem Reap
Breakfast/Dinner
Breakfast at hotel
Morning, departure to Banteay Srei temple (10th century) translate to ‘citadel of the women,’ but this is modern appellation that probably refers to the delicate beauty of the carvings. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art. Continue to Ta Prohm, quiet, sprawling monastic complex is only partially cleared of jungle overgrowth. Intentionally left partially un-restored, massive fig and silk-cotton trees grow from the towers and corridors offering some of the best ‘tree-in-temple’ photo opportunities.
Lunch (supplement).
Visit Preah Khan, built by the King Jayavarman VII, It was the centre of a substantial organization, with almost 100,000 officials and servants, visit Neak Pean, a fountain (built in the middle of a pool and representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake) was originally designed for medical purposes, as it is one of the many hospitals that Jayavarman VII built. It is based on the ancient Hindu belief of balance, visit temple of Ta Som , a small, classic Bayon-style monastic complex consisting of a relatively flat enclosure, face tower gopuras and cruciform interior sanctuaries much like a miniature version of Ta Prohm. Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor due to restoration using the method of “anastylosis”.
Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at hotel
Day 4: Siem Reap
Breakfast/Dinner
An early bird special:
Transfer to the archaeological site for sunrise at Angkor Wat, where you will see golden of Angkor Wat.
Return to the hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast visit the floating village of Chhong Khneas on Tonle Sap Lake, the Great Lake of Cambodia, one of the wonders of Asia.
Lunch (supplement)
Visit “Les Artisans d’Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles” of Siem Reap and spend time at leisure at the local market.
Dinner with Apsara Dance Show at local restaurant and overnight at hotel
Day 5: Siem Reap-Kompong Thom-Kompong Cham
Breakfast/Dinner
Breakfast at hotel.
Depart Siem Reap for Kompong Thom (147 km, 2 ½ hours). Stop at the ancient Naga Bridge (Spean Pratpo), located 40 km from Siem Reap.
Arrive in Kompong Thom.
Lunch at local restaurant (supplement)
Afternoon depart Kompong Thom for Sambor Prei Kuk, located 35 km northeast of Kompong Thom. Visit the ancient capital of Chenla with its 100 temples dating from the Pre-Angkorian period.
Proceed to Kompong Cham, arrive in Kompong Cham, transfer to hotel.
Dinner and accommodation at Mekong hotel (2stars best available)
Day 6: Kompong Cham-Kratie-Phnom Penh
Breakfast/Dinner
Breakfast at local restaurant.
Depart for Kratie, Along the road we will stop at Chhup, the biggest rubber plantation in the country, established during the French colonial time by the French tire maker Michelin.
Arrive at Kratie and proceed to view the rare river dolphins.
Lunch at local restaurant (supplement)
After lunch, return to Phnom Penh, along the road enjoy the picturesque view of Cambodian countryside. Visit Wat Nokhor with its ancient temple (12th century) and modern style pagoda then stop at Skun where you will see fried Spiders. Upon arrival transfer to hotel for check in.
Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at hotel
Day 7: Phnom Penh
Breakfast/Dinner
Breakfast at hotel.
During morning; Phnom Penh city tour: Visit the Victory Monument, and the National Museum  dedicated by King Sisowath in 1920. Over 5000 objects are on display including Angkorian era statues, lingas and other artifacts, most notably the legendary statue of the ‘Leper King.’. Visit the Royal Palace, situated on the site of the former Citadel, it was built by King Norodom in 1866 on the banks of the Mekong River and visit Silver Pagoda, also called the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha, it is located in the compound of the Royal Palace. The floor of the palace interior is laid with 5000 silver blocks. End morning tour with a visit to the Wat Phnom, symbol of the Phnom Penh capital which was built in 1434 to house the sacred relics the notorious.
Lunch (supplement)
Depart to visit Killing Fields of Choeung Ek (16 km south of Phnom Penh) many of the dead ended up in various ‘Killing fields’ that can be found scattered across the country. Visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum (S21 prison) this former school was used as a prison by Pol Pot’s security forces and became the largest center for detention and torture during the rule of the Khmer Rouge and visit the Russian Market (Psah Tuol Thom Pong) a lively outdoor market. Enjoy Sunset Cruise  by locally assembled boat on the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers.
Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
Day 8: Phnom Penh Departure
Breakfast

Breakfast at hotel.
Day at leisure for your own activities (no car/guide).
Lunch (supplement)
Transfer to Phnom Penh International Airport for departure flight to the next destination.

END OF ITINERARY
Minor program changes are sometimes necessary, depending on road- and weather conditions, as well as room availability.
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