Upon your arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide who will accompany you in a private car to your hotel for check in You have a free day at leisure to relax.
Indulge yourself in a one hour session of Khmer massage to relax and reset your body clock. After this, why not a brief orientation tour of the Capital City Phnom Penh through the Independence Monument and the French colonial quarter?
In the morning, Boarding and Introduction of the crew; you will then start the day with a visit to the Royal Palace where you will discover the Silver Pagoda, located within the walls of the Royal Palace, and where are kept all the treasures of the Crown; admire its floor paved with tiles in pure silver and the Emerald Buddha.
You will afterwards continue to the National Museum with its exhibition of a collection of some of the most beautiful pre-Angkorian and Angkorian sculptures.
Then after lunch, we suggest you to delve into the recent history of Cambodia. This is regime of the Khmer Rouge (1975-1979) where the Khmer people lived an inhumane tragedy that somehow still takes its toll on today’s generation. Your visit to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former high school that served as a prison during this "Dark Years" and also known under the codename S-21, will help you witness the “suffering” of the Cambodian people, and also to understand their “resilience” and spirit of survival of the Khmer people.
Meals will be served on board. Especially in the evening. In the evening you can enjoy the sunset by having your aperitif cocktail before dining on the boat.
Starting before dawn from Phnom Penh with a stop at Koh Chong, a Silk weaving Village: you will have the opportunity to discover the various steps in sericulture. We will then return to the ship to continue our journey and contemplate the landscape along the Mekong and its fishing villages. We will then visit thebAngkor Ban village where you can enjoy the habitats in this village that have been 100% hand-made and without concrete. Continuation of our cruise to Kampong Cham.
Today, we offer a tour of the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. You will take either the motorcycle or walk up the 291 steps to the top where the magnificent views complement the beauty of the temple itself. The temple dates back to the 8th century focusing on the beautiful architecture of the Chenla Empire. If the tide permits, we have also planned a swimming stop for the brave ones in the river of the Mekong!
The boat then continues towards Kampong Cham to visit Wat Nokor, a pagoda built within the ruins of an ancient temple which has a timeless story. On the way back , we will visit an orphanage and the bamboo bridge.
Before the smooth arrival at the end of the day, we approach Kampong Chhnang, one of the provinces located around the Great Tonle Sap Lake. You will witness an impressive show of life on the water with the inhabitants of this province and their particularly stilt houses. You will get on land in this province by taking a small boat , followed by a short bus ride to explore the work and production of clay pottery in the village Aundaung Russey. Also note that the name of the province derives from this activity. We will then return on board for lunch and sail quietly along the Tonle Sap shores. Get ready then for a dance party on the boat in the late evening!
We will disembark at Siem Reap Pier around 9:00 in the morning. If you are an early bird, you can wake up early to discover the landscape along the vast expanse of the largest freshwater lake in Asia, the Great Tonle Sap Lake, while contemplating the Sunrise of this new day! An experience not-to-be missed!
Your cruise reaches its end here and you will be transferred to the hotel for your installation prior to your discovery of the heritage of this historic city of Cambodia. When you're ready, we offer a hiking discovery and experience of the city of Siem Reap, thus allowing you to better understand the 'cradle' of Angkor.
In the evening, attend the breathtaking show of "Phare-The Cambodian Circus" in Siem Reap, Angkor. Reach new heights with the energetic and talented young professional artists of the Battambang-based Phare Ponleu Selpak Association!
Your exploration starts in the morning with the visit of Angkor Thom (the Great Angkor/City) and we start with the monumental Southern Gate lined on both sides with the Gods and the Giants; it is one of the five gates leading to the Bayon Temple and Center of the Khmer Empire, so you can understand the strategic mind of the first Angkorian King from the XIIth century who embraced Mahayana Buddhism as the State religion. Carry on your discovery to the recently restored Baphuon and its huge Reclining Buddha, then stroll within the compound of PhimeanAkas, the ancient Royal Palace to finally reach the Elephant Terrace and then end with the Leper King Terrace.
After lunch, your afternoon will be devoted to an in-depth tour of Angkor Wat, THE masterpiece of Khmer arts at its peak glory. It is the most famous temple and largest religious structure in the world, as well as the most impressive of all the Angkor monuments, which five towers, with a golden rosé color, became the emblem of all the successive regimes of Cambodia. At dusk, the temple will briefly take an orange color depending on the angle of the rays of the setting sun.
On this third day, early in the morning, we will take you to the visit of Kbal Spean and the site of the One-Thousand Linga River that has its source at Phnom Kulen (the Litchi Mountain). Take an approximately 45-minute trek (about 1.50 km) through the forest up to the top and be rewarded by your effort! Assimilated to the Ganges River in India, the very bed of the river is carved on over 200 meters long with 1.054 lingas and sculptures representing the Hindu Gods in the Ninth century. The water feeding the Steung Siem Reap River in the lower part is thus being “sanctified” after rolling and passing over the thousand carved lingas, thus, fertilizing the lower valley and Angkor plain.
Then, visit Banteay Srey Temple, considered as the jewel of the Classic Khmer Arts. Cleared from the creeper plants and trees that invaded it, Banteay Srei - which means “the Citadel of Women” - is indeed of an absolute and rare beauty and fineness. Every single detail of this sculpted pink sandstone temple is a real enchantment to the human eyes.
On the way back, we will take you to visit the Ta Prohm Temple, and be amazed by the “temple in the jungle”! Your end of the afternoon will be devoted to admire this unique work. One of the most extraordinary works of nature is concentrated here in this temple where huge cheese makers extend their roots through stones lifting them, and gradually disrupting the original configuration of this temple. This work, built by under the reign of the great "Angkorian Builder King", is also dedicated to the mother of the King.
In the morning, a road journey to Koh Ker takes you through the Cambodian countryside, and further to the Northeast of the Kulen National Park. A further 85 kms from the small village of Seong, passing through some remote villages and a beautiful forest populated by deer, be amazed by the imposing pyramid temple that dates back to the 9th to 12th century, and is also known by its ancient former name Chok Gargyar. The ensemble consists of five successive brick towers aligned in a single row – a not so common style indeed – with the massive pyramid at the background. The site of this former capital city – and contemporary to Angkor itself – is covered with an impressive 80 known-temples!
On your way back to Siem Reap, the little temple of Boeung Mealea (11th century) is indeed worth a visit! The vast expanse of this “Jungle Temple” covers an approximate 1.20 square kilometers and is being invaded by the forest. Built in the Angkor Wat style, Boeung Mealea must have served as a prototype of sorts for Angkor Wat, and is located at about 60 kms from Siem Reap (about a 2hr30 road journey time). Its solemn beauty is certainly due to its peaceful and out-of-time atmosphere and to the constant fight between Mother Nature and the Mineral Stones!
Depending on your departure flight time, you will be transferred to Siem Reap International Airport for your flight to your next destination.
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