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7-Day Cambodia: From Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

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Day 1 : Arrival

Visiting: Phnom Penh

Upon arrival at the airport you will be greeted by your English-speaking guide and transferred to your hotel.

In the afternoon depart on a cyclo tour of the city's waterfront and French Quarter. In the early evening enjoy a sunset boat trip on the Mekong river. Evening on your own.

  • Meals:
  • Standard Lodging: Cardamon Hotel
  • Luxury Lodging: Sunway Hotel

Day 2 : Phnom Penh City Tour

Visiting: Phnom Penh

In the morning depart on a city tour to discover the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda.

In the afternoon visit Choeng Ek, the infamous "killing fields," and the Tuol Sleng Prison. This excursion is perhaps difficult for some but an important part of Cambodia's history. Alternate excursions can be arranged.

Evening on your own.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Cardamon Hotel
  • Luxury Lodging: Sunway Hotel

Day 3 : Drive to Kampong Thom

Visiting: Phnom Penh - Kampong Thom

Depart early in the morning through the Cambodian countryside for Kampong Thom. On the drive you can stop in Skuon where local sell fried spiders along the road!

In the afternoon you'll arrive at the Sambor Prei Kuk ruins. This pre-Angkorian city was the capital of the Chela Kingdom and part of it date from the 7th century.

You can explore the ruins by foot or by bike. Evening on your own.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Sambo Village Hotel

Day 4 : Drive to Siem Reap, Discover Koh Ker

Visiting: Kampong Thom - Siem Reap

In the morning leave for a three hour drive in the heart of Cambodia. You'll pass by the Angkorean Spean Praptos bridge that dates from the 12th century.

Continue to Beng Mealam, ruins that don't see many visitors. There has been little renovation, so the building are one with the jungle and the roots of kapok trees wind around the carvings.

Continue to Koh Ker, which was a capital of the Angkor kingdom. Here you can climb Prasat Thom, a 100 foot tall structure that provides rewarding views of the jungle.

Continue on to your hotel in Siem Reap. Evening on your own.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Casa Angkor
  • Luxury Lodging: Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa

Day 5 : Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat

Visiting: Siem Reap

In the morning visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom and several temples.

After lunch discover Angkor Wat, the main temple. It was built in the early 12th century, but then disappeared in the jungle after the Khmer kingdom abandoned the temples 2 centuries later. The temples were rediscovered in 1861 and today are one of the greatest ancient cultural sites in the world.

Finish your day with a sunset on top of Bakheng hill where you'll have great views of the entire site.

Evening on your own.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Casa Angkor
  • Luxury Lodging: Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa

Day 6 : Tonle Sap

Visiting: Siem Reap

Tonle Sap is Cambodia's great lake. It's size changes with the yearly rains from 1860 square miles to 4500 square miles!

You'll spend a couple of hours exploring the lake by boat and visit stilted villages including Kampong Khleang.

Return to Siem Reap to visit the Cambodian landmine museum. Afterward return to your hotel.

Evening on your own.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Casa Angkor
  • Luxury Lodging: Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa

Day 7 : Departure

Visiting: Siem Reap

Explore the town if you have time before your flight.

Check out from your hotel and transfer to the airport.

  • Meals: B

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