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Tour Code: CAMCL-02
Tour Route: Siem Reap
Tour Duration: 08 days / 07 nights
Dates: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish.
Starts/Ends: Siem Reap
Tour Type: Landscape, Culture
Activity Level: Regular itinerary
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

BRIEF ITINERARY:
Day 01: Siem Reap arrival
Day 02: Siem Reap Tours
Day 03: Siem Reap
Day 04: Siem Reap
Day 05: Siem Reap
Day 06: Siem Reap
Day 07: Siem Reap
Day 08: Siem Reap departure
DETAIL ITINERARY
DAY 01: SIEM REAP ARRIVAL
Arrive in Siem Reap, a small and charming gateway town to the famous Angkor temple complex. Meet your guide and transfer to the hotel. Start exploring the stunning temples by a fun tuk-tuk ride to the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat, one of the world’s most impressive temple ruins constructed between 9th and 13th centuries. The temple still owns hundreds of fine carvings of Apsara and Hindu mythology. Stroll around the massive hallways and discover small shrines still in use today by the local people. A Khmer scholar who will help you get a better understanding of Khmer history, culture, archeology and civilization leads the trip. See the ancient complex at sunset - it remains enigmatic in twilight. Take the tethered helium balloon, which rises 200 meters for an amazing aerial view of the temple and jungles. This evening, enjoy a simple home-cooked dinner with a typical Khmer family - enjoy the well-known Khmer hospitality and interact with family members for a fun evening. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Meals included: Dinner

DAY 02: SIEM REAP TOUR
After breakfast, stroll around Angkor National Museum, which reveals the glory of the Angkor Civilization - explore the arresting displays using state-of-the-art technology. Afterwards, drive to the stunning royal city Angkor Thom. Enjoy an elephant ride from the South gate to the main complex and back. At first glance, it seems a shapeless mass of stone, but further scrutiny reveals enigmatic faces looking at every direction, with half-closed eyes, all looking content and serene. Continue your exploration by visiting Elephant Terrace served as a platform from which to view his  victorious returning army and the Leper King Terrace with perfect carvings winding along a narrow passage way. In the afternoon, visit the National Center for Khmer Ceramic Revival to see how the artisans are reviving the Khmer tradition of making beautiful ceramics. You can watch the different stages of ceramic production, starting from clay to unique, finished products – why not try your hand at the potter’s wheel? A replica of an ancient 12m3 Khmer kiln is visible on site. Continue your journey with a visit to the picturesque Ta Prom, a jungle-clad temple with overgrown trees, giving a haunting and exotic atmosphere. The magnificent roots of a tree push itself between the temple’s huge stone blocks in an embrace, emphasizing the ‘lost city’ feel. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 03: SIEM REAP TOUR
The ruins of Rolous are among the oldest Khmer monuments, dating to the 9th century reign of Indravarman I. Two key temple sites remain, Bakong and Preah Ko. The former is a five-step brick pyramid with sandstone doorways. The latter consists of six brick towers or prasats, arranged in two rows. The site is bounded by walls, with sandstone lintel decoration. From here, continue south to the village of Rolous, which lent its name to the ruins, to wander around and get close to local life. In the afternoon, visit Preah Khan, the name of the sacred sword that safeguards Cambodia. Originally a Buddhist monastery and school, this was dedicated to Jayavarman VII's father. Now overgrown with giant trees and other vegetation, like its sister Ta Prohm, which was dedicated to Jayavarman VII's mother, it still boasts elaborate carvings and a stunning library with round columns. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 04: SIEM REAP TOUR
Note: Be careful of the slippery moss at these temples, as you'll have to do some clambering and rock hopping. The interior of the temple is a huge pile of rubble.
Embark on a full day trip to Koh Ker and Beng Mealea temples located deep inside Siem Reap countryside. This trip is attractive for those who prefer to go off-the-beaten track. Embark on 3-hours drive to Koh Ker, the capital of Khmer Empire from 928 to 944 AD, with a stopover at Dom Dek rural market. Koh Ker is now overtaken by forests, but there are a number of ruined stone structures scattered in the area, including a huge stepped pyramid with a breathtaking view from the top. After a packed lunch at the temple, visit another spectacular ruin before returning to town. Constructed by Suryavarman II (1113-1150), the builder of Angkor Wat, Beng Mealea is a mirror image of the mighty temple. Largely overrun by vegetation, the beauty of Beng Mealea derives from the merciless struggle of nature against the stones - there are very few carvings or bas-reliefs left. Drive 1.5-hour back to town. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 05: SIEM REAP TOUR
In the morning, drive about 45-minutes to the countryside, stopping en route to visit a local village. Arrive at the quay and board a wooden boat for a 1.5-hour ride on the Tonle Sap Lake (the best times are from July to February), also known as the Great Lake of Cambodia. Find out how communities live and work on the lake; see the floating schools, markets, and police stations, among others; observe their daily lives. Visit a typical floating house to interact with the local families. Another 2-hour boat ride will bring you to the northwest tip of Lake, to Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, home to many species of wild birds. The best time of year for bird watching is the dry season from November to February when flocks of migratory birds congregate here. Enjoy a packed lunch before returning to town. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 06: SIEM REAP TOUR
Note: Phnom Kulen is usually combined with a trip to the pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei.
A 2-hour drive north of Siem Reap will bring you to Phnom Kulen, a holy mountain and picnic destination for Khmer families and home to a series of tiered waterfalls. Hundreds of Brahmin Yonis and Lingas are carved into the sandstone floors along a shady brook. A 10-minute drive up the mountain brings you to a 16th century Buddhist monastery notable for its giant reclining Buddha, Buddhists co-opted Phnom Kulen as a holy site of their own after the Hindu heyday. Trek around the area, and enjoy a packed lunch by the waterfall. On the way back, visit the jewel of Khmer art, Banteay Srei temple. Its red sand-stone walls are decorated with elaborate carvings and in an amazing state of preservation. The final stop is at the Landmine Museum of Mr. Aki Ra, a former child solider who has championed the need to clear mines and now educates the local community on the dangers of landmines. Any form of ‘practical’ donation is appreciated in order to help them continue their work. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 07: SIEM REAP TOUR
If temples are tame to you, get on a horse to ride through rural villages. Pay a visit to Happy Ranch horse farm, home to pure Khmer breeds, where you can saddle up for lessons. Beginners are well catered for and if horseback is not your thing, opt for a cart ride through the spectacular countryside. You might want to stop at a local home, pagoda or vegetable fields to interact with the local people. In the afternoon, embark on 30min drive to Krobey Riel Village, about 15kms south west of Siem Reap. Untouched by tourism, observe and enjoy the simple village life which revolves around work on the land (note: the locals are not very used to visitors) and visit families who are weaving baskets, the school (close on weekends) and local market.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 08: SIEM REAP DEPARTURE
After breakfast, visit the School of Art which trains more than 200 children in various Khmer Arts such as classical dance, folk dance, Pin Peat Music and Yike drama. Interact with the trainers and the children to learn how they preserve the traditional performance arts (no photo allowed here). Any form of donation is welcome. Afterwards, drive haft an hour to the Silk Farm to observe the entire silk creation process - from feeding the silk worms and extracting the silk extraction to dyeing, pattern creation, and looming. Then transfer to the airport for onward flights. End of service.
Meals included: Breakfast
INCLUSION & EXCLUSION
Inclusion
Exclusion
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • All private transfers and transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Private boat
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals as specified (food only, no drinks)
  • Special activities as indicated
  • Cold water + towel
  • Cambodia visa
  • All international flights and airport taxes
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Other services not mentioned in the itinerary
PRICE

Tour cost is upon your request !

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