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THE SMILE OF CAMBODIA 7DAYS 6NIGHTS
Code: PT-SC7
TRAVEL DESTINATION: <PHNOM PENH Arrival>
PHNOM PENH 1day-BATTAMBANG 2days-SIEM REAP 4days
Tour Style: Private 7days 6nights PHNOM PENH-BATTAMBANG-SIEM REAP Angkor
Day 1: PHNOM PENH Arrival
Dinner
Transfer from Phnom Penh International Airport, meet with our guide and transfer to hotel (room may not be ready until afternoon).
Lunch (supplement)
Afternoon, Phnom Penh city tour: Visit the Victory Monument, and the National Museum, was 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. Floor of the palace interior is laid with 5000 silver blocks. End your afternoon with the visit of the Wat Phnom Temple, symbol of the Phnom Penh capital which was built in 1434 to house the sacred relics the notorious.
Dinner and accommodation at hotel
Day 2: PHNOM PENH-BATTAMBANG
Breakfast/Dinner
Breakfast at hotel.
Depart Phnom Penh for Battambang by overland transfer (290 km, 4-5 hours drive). Visit small rural village Ban Chkol, famous for its pottery and the floating village with private boat at Krar Kor.
Lunch at local restaurant (supplement).
After lunch, visit the stone carving in Pursat. Arrive in Battambang, and check-in at the hotel.
Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
Day 3: BATTAMBANG
Breakfast/Dinner
Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer by Tuk Tuk to the Bamboo Train station. The Bamboo train has been set up by the villagers to facilitate the transportation of goods and persons. The train in itself is very basic. One platform on 4 wheels activated by a small motor. Sitting on the platform you will travel the 8 km to the next station through beautiful landscape and rice fields. On arrival, visit the village and discover the daily life of the Cambodian countryside. Stop at a workshop specialized in wooden sculpture. Continue to the local NGO (non governmental organization) “La Maison de Coco” and to the city center with its beautiful houses dating from the colonial time.
Lunch at local restaurant (supplement)
Drive to Phnom Bannon Hill. Climb the 337 steps to reach Prasat Bannon temple dating back to the 12th century and relish the breathtaking view over the surrounding plains.
Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel
Day 4: BATTAMBANG-SIEM REAP
Breakfast/Dinner
Breakfast at hotel.
Option 1 – From mid July to mid January
Travel by private boat to Siem Reap along the Sangker River. Stop at Cheur Khmao pagoda, “Black Wood Pagoda”, cross the floating village of Prek Tuol.
Picnic lunch on board (supplement).
Continue by boat across the Tonle Sap Lake to Chhong Khneas floating village. On arrival transfer to Siem Reap and check-in at hotel.
Dinner and accommodation at hotel.

Option 2 – From mid January to mid July

Depart from Battambang to Siem Reap via Sisophon by overland. Visit the Khmer silk village of Phnom Srok or “the little hill”.
Lunch at local restaurant (supplement)
Continue to Siem Reap. Arrive in Siem Reap town and transfer to hotel for check in.
In the afternoon relax at the hotel.
Dinner and accommodation at hotel.
Day 5: SIEM REAP Angkor
Breakfast/Dinner
Breakfast at hotel.
Visit 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. Visit 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. Also visit Takeo (Constructed under three kings, begun by Jayavarman V as his state-temple and continued under Jayaviravarman and Suryavarman I), Chau Say Tevoda (a small temple of similar design and floor plan to that of Thomanon) and Thommanon (attractive temple in very good condition, built at the same time as Angkor Wat).
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. 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. Visit Srah Srang ("The Royal Baths").
Dinner  at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.
Day 6: SIEM REAP Angkor
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’s artistic and archaeological significance and visual impact puts 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 for Sunset.
Dinner with Apsara Dance Show at local restaurant
Accommodation at hotel.
Day 7: SIEM REAP Departure
Breakfast
Breakfast at hotel.
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. Then visit Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor due to restoration using the method of “anastylosis”. Drive back to Siem Reap.
Lunch (supplement)
Visit “Les Artisans d’Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles” of Siem Reap and time at leisure at the local market (if time permits). Transfer to Siem Reap 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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