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Trip Code :
CMB-SIC-03
Departure date :
Daily
Duration :
7 days

 
Trip Code :  CMB-SIC-03
Destination :  CAMBODIA ( Kampong Cham , Kampong Thom , Phnom Penh , Siem Reap )
Price :  515.00 US Dollar
Duration :  7 Days
 
Trip Description

The Royal Palace, located between 184th Street and 240th Street, was built in 1866 by the French. The entry is at the Samdech Sothearos Boulevard, formerly Lenin Boulevard, not far from the banks of the Tonle Sap river.Among various buildings within the walls the Throne Hall ranks as most important. This Khmer-style building was erected only in 1917. It is used only on special occasions. Attached to the Throne Hall is a tower, 59 metres high. South of the Throne Hall are the Royal Treasury and the villa of Napoleon III. This villa was built in 1866, not in Cambodia, but rather in Egypt. There it served the French Empress Eugenie as accommodation on occasion of the opening of the Suez Canal. One year later Napoleon III gave the villa to the Cambodian king as a present.

  


HotelVar. AVar. BVar. C
Phnom Penh Princess Hotel Phnom Penh
Standard
New York Hotel
Standard
The Juliana Hotel
Superior
Holiday Villa Hotel
Standard
Inter Continental Hotel
Deluxe
Kampong Thom Stung Sen Royal Garden Hotel
Standard
Stung Sen Royal Garden Hotel
Standard
Stung Sen Royal Garden Hotel
Standard
Siem Reap Angkor Saphir Hotel
Standard
Nokor Phnom Hotel
Standard
Lotus Angkor Hotel
Deluxe
Borei Angkor Hotel
Deluxe
Khemara Angkor Hotel
ROH
Goldiana Angkor Hotel
Deluxe
Le Meridien Angkor Hotel
Superior
Angkor Palace Resort & Spa
Deluxe
 
Itinerary
Day 1

Phnom Penh
Arrival in Phnom Penh
Transfer
Sightseeing in Phnom Penh
Cambodia's capital sits at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap rivers. Considered the loveliest of the French-built cities of Indochina, it was founded as a small monastery in 1372 by a rich Khmer woman called Penh, after she found four Buddha statues in a tree trunk on the banks of the Mekong. She set up the monastery on a nearby hill – or 'phnom' in Cambodian.
WAT PHNOM: temple and location of the first pagoda built in 1372 by 'Penh' to house the four Buddha statues found on the banks of the Mekong. It is the only hill (27 meters) in the capital.
ROYAL PALACE AND SILVER PAGODA: the royal palace stands on the site of the former citadel, Bantey Kev (built in 1813). Visitors are not allowed to some portions of the grounds, as the palace is the official residence of King Norodom Sihamoni. The silver pagoda is often called the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Preah Kaeo after the statue housed there. The wooden temple was originally built by King Norodom in 1892 and inside, its floor is comprised of more than 5000 silver blocks which together weigh nearly 6 tons.
NATIONAL MUSEUM: designed by a French archeologist and painter, George Groslier, in Khmer style in 1920 to exhibit works previously scattered throughout the country. It contains a collection of Khmer art including the beautiful 6th century bronze statue of Vishnu.
CENTRAL MARKET: a covered market distinguished by its central dome (built in 1937). It is filled with shops selling jewelry, fabrics and all kinds of souvenirs. A great place for browsing. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 2

Phnom Penh
Excursion to Angkor Borei
Excursion southwest to the province of Takeo.
TONLE BATI: a lake south of Phnom Penh, with a beach and the impressive laterite temple of Ta Prohm. Visit Chisor by speed boat, Phnom Da and the Museum Angkor Borei.
TA PROHM: a temple built by King Jayavarman VII (who ruled from 1181 to 1201) on the site of a 6th century Khmer shrine. Inside the north gate is a statue of the Hindu god Preah Noreay.
PHNOM CHISOR: the main temple on this hill is constructed of laterite and brick with carved lintels of sandstone. The inscriptions found here date back to the 11th century and the wooden doors to the sanctuary are decorated with interesting carvings.
ANGKOR BOREI: a 6th century monument, built in laterite by King Rudravarman of Funan. His patron deity was Vishnu and many Hindu statues survive from this site. It is one of the few remaining sites with traces of the Kingdom of Funan (a kingdom influenced by India and thought to have spread as far as southern Burma and Indonesia).
PHNOM DA: a hill south of Angkor Borei with four artificial caves built as shrines. At the top of the hill is a square laterite tower. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 3

Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham - Kampong Thom
By vehicle from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham
Journey north through the Mekong River basin. If time permits, visit the spider merchants at Skoun.Sightseeing in Kampong Cham
Kampong Cham is a lively port on the banks of the Mekong River with some good examples of colonial-era architecture.
PHNOM PROS and PHNOM SREI: these two hills, each with a temple, translate as 'Man hill' and 'Woman hill' respectively. The hills offer beautiful views of this central part of Cambodia.
WAT NOKOR: a Buddhist Mahayana temple, made from sandstone and laterite, that was built in the 11th century.
RUBBER PLANTATION: visit a rubber plantation at Chhup.
LOCAL MARKET: an interesting place to see the local produce and to meet the local people.
WAT NOKOR BAYON: located 2 kilometers from the river, this is an 11th century Mahayana Buddhist shrine made of sandstone and laterite with a large reclining Buddha and numerous alcoves containing Buddha images.By vehicle from Kampong Cham to Kampong Thom
Journey northwest through the Tonle Sap basin, a low-lying alluvial plain where the vast majority of Cambodians live and grow rice. The rich sediment deposited during the Mekong's annual wet season flooding has made for very fertile agricultural land. Travel through Skun, Phnum Tet Srei, Kampong Thonor and Trapeang Veng. Overnight in Kampong Thom.

Day 4

Kampong Thom - Siem Reap
Sightseeing Kampong Thom
Kompong Thom town is situated on the Stoeng Sen River and is a good base from which to visit the important archaeological sites at Sambor Prei Kup, 35 kilometers from town.
SAMBOR PREI KUK: also known as Isanapure, it is an ancient Chenla capital dating from the 6th century and the reign of King Isanavarman. It is believed to be the most impressive group of pre-9th century monuments in Cambodia.
PHNOM SANTUK: has 809 steps and an eclectic collection of shrines, carved Buddha, great views of the surrounding countryside and an active monastery.
WAT ANDRI: near Route 6 on the way to Siem Reap, the highest ranked Buddhist monk in Kampong Thom province lives here. It is home to 50 monks and 20 nuns.By vehicle from Kampong Thom to Siem Reap
Journey northwest across the provinces of Kampong Thom and Siem Reap passing through Stoung, Kompong Kdei and Dam Deik. Many streams and rivers flowing south into the Tonle Sap basin are crossed. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 5

Siem Reap
Sightseeing Angkor
Visit Angkor Wat
ANGKOR WAT: a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu by King Suryavarman II, who reigned between 1131 and 1150. It was constructed over a period of 30 years and is world famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. In 1992 the UNESCO declared the monument and the whole city of Angkor a World Heritage Site.Visit Angkor Thom
ANGKOR THOM: a fortified Royal City (10 square kilometers) built by King Jayavarman VII, who ruled from 1181 to 1201. The city has five monumental gates and is encircled by a moat 100 meters wide. In the center of the walled city are the city's most important monuments including Bayon, Baphuon, the Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and Phimeanakas with Royal Enclosure.
BAYON: Jayavarman VII's temple mountain that stands at the center of Angkor Thom. It is one of the most popular of Angkor's monuments and a place of narrow corridors, steep flights of stairs and an amazing collection of towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces.
BAPHUON: the pyramid shape represents the mythical Mount Meru and marks the center of the city that was here before Angkor Thom.
PHIMEANAKAS: near the center of what was once the royal palace within Angkor Thom. Phimeanakas means 'Celestial Palace', though today there is not much left to indicate its former splendour.
FORMER ROYAL PALACE: nothing remains today except two pools that were used by royalty for washing.
TERRACE OF ELEPHANTS: this terrace was used for viewing public ceremonies and was a base for the King's grand audience hall. The famous lines of elephants are at either end of the retaining walls.
TERRACE OF THE LEPER KING: North of the Terrace of Elephants is a platform named 'Terrace of the Leper King'. On the platform is a nude statue – one of Angkor's mysteries. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 6

Siem Reap
Sightseeing Angkor
Visit Banteay Srei Temple
BANTEAY SREI: built in the late 10th century, it is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. The temple is square with entrances on the east and west. Of main interest are the three central towers which are decorated with male and female divinities and beautiful filigree relief work.Visit Banteay Samre
BANTEAY SAMRE: built in the middle of the 12th century under Suryavarman II, and dedicated to the god Vishnu.Boat trip on the Tonle Sap Lake
Journey up the Tonle Sap River, which links the Tonle Sap Lake to the Mekong River, and onto the Tonle Sap Lake.
TONLE SAP (Great Lake): this lake takes up much of the center of Cambodia and changes in size depending on the season. During the dry season in February it shrinks to a tenth of its original size and is then one of the richest fishing grounds in the world. The boat trip explores the lake's fishing villages.
PHNOM KROM: a hill south of Siem Reap with spectacular views over the lake and a temple dating from the 10th century. The three towers on it are dedicated to Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma.
CHONG KNEAS: a floating village on the lake where both Khmer and Vietnamese live. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 7

Siem Reap
Sightseeing Angkor
Visit Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Pre Rup, Ta Som and East Mebon
PREAH KHAN: a temple built by King Jayavarman VII with towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors. Preah Khan covers a very large area but the temple itself is enclosed within a rectangular wall of around 700 by 800 meters.
NEAK PEAN: built by King Jayavarman VII (ruled 1181 to 1201), it is a Buddhist temple consisting of a square pool with four smaller square pools arranged on each axis. In the center of the large central pool is a circular island encircled by two nagas with intertwined tails.
PRE RUP: built by Rajendravarman II (ruled 944 to 968), it consists of a pyramid shaped temple with the uppermost of the three tiers carrying five square shrines arranged as a quincunx. The name means 'turning the body' and refers to the traditional method of cremation.
TA SOM: built in the late 12th century by Jayavarman VII for his teacher 'Som'. Ta Som means 'the old Som'.
EASTERN MEBON: temple erected by Rajendravarman (ruled from 944 to 968), it is located on a former islet in the centre of the Eastern Baray. The base of the temple is guarded at its corners by stone figures of harnessed elephantsTransfer



Meal : B = Breakfast / L = lunch / D = Dinner
 
Departure Date
Daily
 
Price
Valid :  01/01/2007 - 31/10/2007 , Rate per person based on Sharing Twin in US Dollar
 
Joint tour
US$ p.p. 2+ Pax
Var. A 515.00
Var. B 568.00
Var. C 739.00
 
 
Inclusion
Accommodation and meals as described (please note that some hotels provide only CBF)
All transfers within the journey, including pick-up at airport
Economy class flights
All entrance fees
English, French or German speaking guides (other languages available upon request)
Visa-approval letter for Vietnam
 
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Visa fees
Airport taxes
 


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