Phnom Penh and Siem Reap Tour

6 Days / 5 Nights

  Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

6 Days / 5 Nights

Phnom Penh and Siem Reap Tour

  Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

Experience the most spectacular sights of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in this multiday tour of Cambodia. Take in both the beauty and the brutal recent history of Phnom Penh with visits to the Royal Palace and the Killing Fields. Travel to Siem Reap to truly tackle the world-renowned Angkor Complex in a wonderful guided tour. Experience a sunset cruise down the Angkor Thom and an unforgettable boat ride to the secluded, rural village of Kompong Phluk where the inhabitants will talk about their way of life and give visitors the chance to try their hand at local crafts. Experience circus shows, local artisanal markets and much more. This 6-day tour will take in the highlights of this memorable place and, thanks to its social development model, also support economic growth in the community.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the shimmering Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
  • Learn about the brutal recent history under the Khmer Rouge with visits to the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
  • Experience a sunset boat ride around the Angkor Thom moat
  • Spend an entire day at the Angkor complex and see the breath-taking highlights of the world’s largest religious monument
  • Visit a local art workshop, a charity-run circus show and much more on this responsible tour which gives back to the local community

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Transfer and tours by air conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking guide during guided time (1 in Phnom Penh and 1 in Siem Reap)
  • Permissions and sightseeing fees
  • Flight ticket one way from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in Economy Class
    Water during day tour
  • Sunset cruise at Angkor Thom Moat
  • Circus show
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Service charges and government VAT tax

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Arrive Phnom Penh

DAY 1 - Arrive Phnom Penh

Touch down into the chic and exotic Phnom Penh. Be met by a smiling Buffalo Tours guide and taken to the hotel to spend an evening relaxing and acclimatising to life in wonderful Cambodia.

DAY 2

DAY 2 - Phnom Penh

Spend a day taking in the historical and political highlights of the busting Phnom Penh. Visit the shimmering spires and waterside location of the Royal Palace, the official residence of King Sihamoni. This gilded palace dominates the skyline and within its walls find the coronation hall, an open-air theatre for the Royal Dance Troupe, and the King’s private residence. Be sure to take in the extravagant Silver Pagoda (or Temple of the Emerald Buddha), this extraordinary structure is named for its floor which is covered by 5,000 silver tiles each weighing 1 kilogram.

Next, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. This haunting place documents the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge against both their political enemies and many thousands of everyday Cambodians. In 1975 Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot’s security forces and soon became the largest detention and torture centre in the country. The museum does not shy away from its unsettling past, expect photographic and filmic evidence as well as the chance to hear from a survivor. Next, drive to Choeung Ek - the Killing Fields, where the brutal executions of more than 17,000 men, women and children took place.

Take in the brutal recent history that has shaped this beautiful landscape and expect a sobering yet absorbing experience.

DAY 3

DAY 3 - Phnom Penh – Fly – Siem Reap – Sunset Cruise

Leave the history of Phnom Penh and board a flight to the fascinating Siem Reap. A friendly guide will be waiting to escort visitors to their hotel.

After a day of travel, enjoy a sunset cruise along the moat of Angkor Thom. Glide down the tranquil waters and watch a stunning sunset over this fascinating place. Visit Prasat Chrung, an atmospheric sandstone temple constructed in the late 12th century that sees few tourists and is the perfect place for a little reflection. Prasat Chrung boasts views of the majestic ancient Angkor ruins and lush, deep-green foliage. Take along a beer or two for the perfect way to end the day.

DAY 4

DAY 4 - Siem Reap – Angkor Complex Full Day Tour

No visit to Siem Reap could possibly be complete without a visit to the magnificent Angkor complex. This full-day guided tour begins at the South Gate of Angkor Thom where row upon row of statues – the gods of good and evil – greet visitors. There is so much to see and do in this world heritage site but be sure to take in some of its most memorable sights including Bayon, which is known for its towering monuments adorned by 216 smiling faces of the Buddhist figure, Avalokiteshvara.

Next, visit Phimeanakas, a stunning ancient temple with colourful history. Once home to remarkable religious rituals, this scenic spot now serves as a swimming pool for local Khmer kids. Climb to the top of this glorious monument for panoramic views. Afterward, head to the Terrace of the Elephants to witness rows of carved elephants forming a platform from which the King Jayavarman surveyed his army. Make the short trek to the magical Ta Prohm, a crumbling ruin held together by the roots of a tree – this has a magical, other worldly vibe and will not be easily forgotten.

Enjoy a tasty lunch before heading to the world’s largest religious monument, Angkor Wat. This glorious temple rises 65 metres from the ground and is topped with five lotus flowers. This is the country’s most famous monument and is proudly displayed on the national flag. Take the time to climb to the top of Pre Rup Temple and watch the sun set over one of the world’s finest man-made structures.

As night falls visit the modern-day spectacle of Phare Cambodian circus. Run by an NGO, this experience will support Khmer youth as well as provide an excellent night out. Enjoy juggling, theatre arts and music in this fun-filled evening.

DAY 5

DAY 5 - Siem Reap – Local Community Life

Enjoy the chance to be fully immersed in local life with a scenic boat ride from Tonle Sap Lake to the village of Kompong Phluk. This secluded landscape is accessible by a glorious boat ride through a unique ecosystem with a multitude of mangrove trees that are home to all manner of local wildlife (lookout for the cheeky macaque monkeys). Built on steep wooden stilts, these villages are home to around 3,000 locals who fish and farm to make their living.

Next, travel to Chansar village and enjoy an amusing ox-cart ride around the village before hearing from a local family about the process of broom making. Try this procedure out before a guided walking tour to take in the life and culture of this rural way of life – try out fishing and farming as the locals do, too. Proceeds from this tour will go directly to the community to improve the lives of the residents.

Chat to the locals over a simple yet delicious lunch before travelling back to Siem Reap. Have chance to stop off at a local temple en route to the hotel and receive a colourful blessing from a Buddhist monk.

DAY 6

DAY 6 - Siem Reap – Artisan D’Angkor – Departure (B)

Explore the traditional Khmer arts at the wonderful Artisan D’Angkor, a powerful social development model supporting economic growth in surrounding villages. Peruse the stalls and chat to the locals as they discuss the processes behind age-old Khmer arts like stone carving, ornamental sculpture, and polychrome painting. Have chance to pick up a few authentic souvenirs for friends back home and support the livelihoods of rural Khmer communities in the process.

 

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