Cambodia: Colonial Architecture Tour BU02

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This guided tour takes you to all the main sites in Cambodia with an emphasis on the days of the French colonial empire and especially the architecture they left behind.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Private Tour
Start Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
End Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Accommodation: Hotels
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travellers

About The Operator

Accreditations: Member of CATA (Cambodia Association of Travel Agency)
Years In Business: 1

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
-Airport transfers,
-transportation listed in the program,
-A/C vehicle and private chauffeur,
-professional English speaking guide,
-hotels according to the category of your choice,
-all breakfasts except the day of your arrival,
-entrance to sites and museums,
-boat trips on the program,
-1 FOC for every 20 full fare pax.
-All prices are net per person, inclusive of VAT, service charge

Excludes
-International flights,
-lunches and dinners except those listed in the program, -activities not included in the program,
-tips, cleaning services and extra drinks,
-visa fees, departure tax, airport insurance.
-some activities not included in our service can be suggested in the program.

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. PHNOM PENH Arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport. Meet your private English speaking guide and transfer with private A/C vehicle to your hotel. Overnight in Phnom Penh. (-/-/-)
Day 02. PHNOM PENH After breakfast, visit the historical Tuol Sleng Museum (S 21 Prison). This former school was used as a prison by Pol Pot’s security forces and became the largest center for detention and torture during the rule of the sadly notorious Khmer Rouge. At noon you are invited to a typical and friendly lunch nearby the striking Mekong River. In the afternoon, visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 and the Silver Pagoda, made up of 5,000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha weighing 90 kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. End your afternoon with a visit to Wat Phnom, founded in 1373, built to house Buddhist relics washed ashore by the river. At sunset, embark upon and enjoy a private Sunset Cruise on the Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers. Overnight in Phnom Penh. (B/L/-)
Day 03. PHNOM PENH - SIEM REAP Early morning breakfast at the hotel and departure to Siem Reap. On the way, pause at Skun, a small village well-known for its unique culinary art of fried spiders. Approaching Siem Reap, you admire Spean Praptos, the longest and one of the last 12th century corbeled stone-arch bridges. You arrive in Siem Reap and embark upon a fascinating panoramic cruise on lake Tonle Sap with a visit to Chong Khneas Floating Village where you can meet local fishermen. The boat takes you through the flooded forest and its unique landscape. Visit a small, authentic and family owned crocodile farm where the most adventurous can hold the baby crocs! Back to town, wander in Siem Reap and visit its colorful market, its small restaurants, local craft shops or even have a massage*. In the evening, enjoy a wonderful dinner with an Apsara dance show and a huge buffet of Cambodian specialties. Afterwards, return to your hotel in a tuk-tuk. Overnight in Siem Reap. (B/-/D)
Day 04. SIEM REAP Today, after breakfast, you explore the most fascinating spots of Angkor site. You come across traditional rural life whilst your chauffeur drives you trough the countryside to Banteay Srei, the
Day 05. SIEM REAP Breakfast at the hotel. The day is devoted to the most amazing temples of the site. Discover the fortified ‘Great City’ of Angkor Thom, dating from 9th to the 13th century. Enter by the monumental south gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant Naga. Visit the enigmatic and famous Bayon, one of the most compelling temples in Angkor, explore the galleries of beautifully preserved bas-reliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where you will find giant stone faces smiling enigmatically down at you from every angle. Visit the ruined Baphuon and the Royal Enclosure. Continue with the Terrace of The Leper King and the Terrace of The Elephants, former spaces for public ceremonies both adorned with dramatic bas reliefs. Then, discover Thommanon, Ta Keo and Ta Prohm, lost temples in lush vegetation, and smaller temples Neak Pean and Preah Khan, not to mention the Great Baray. Later, according to availability –and your inspiration- visit the workshops of Artisans d’Angkor and discover the practice of silk weaving which was introduced to Cambodia back in the 13th century thanks to the Silk Road. You are also shown the traditional art of wood and stone carving. Back to Siem Reap and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Siem Reap. (B/-/-)
Day 06. SIEM REAP After breakfast at your hotel you discover the stunning Banteay Kdey, Pre Rup, Preasat Khleang and the Oriental Mebon temples. Then you make your way to the famous Group Of Roluos which served as the capital of Indravarman I, among the earliest large, permanent temples built by the Khmers: Bakong, Preah Ko and Lolei. Back to Siem Reap and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Siem Reap. (B/-/-)
Day 07. SIEM REAP – BATTAMBANG Subject to the season, the area of Lake Tonle Sap varies from 2,500 to 14,000 km². Typically, the height of the water is very low in the dry season from February to May. -If the high-water permits, you board a boat and go up the Sangker River to Battambang. It’s a very pleasant journey of 8 hours, crossing the flooded forest, passing the reserve of Prek Toal bird sanctuary; the boat traverses through a floating village where one can meet local fishermen. -If the water is too shallow, embark for a small cruise on Lake Tonle Sap between stilt houses of Kompong Pluk village. You enjoy calm and beautiful scenery. In the afternoon, depart by road to Battambang. Overnight in Battambang. (B/-/-)
Day 08. BATTAMBANG This is the Cambodian town where the colonial architecture is the most preserved. Enjoy an excursion up the Sangker River amidst lush greenery to Prasat Banon, a beautiful temple perched on top of a hill with 368 steps to climb. Transfer to the
Day 09. BATTAMBANG – PURSAT – KAMPONG CHNANG – PHNOM PENH Today is a day filled with a range of memorable sights and experiences with the visit to Kompong Luong in a small motorboat. This amazing floating city moves along the lake. You continue your journey through Kompong Chnang, famous for its pottery. You visit Oudong, Ancient Royal Capital until 1866 and a village of silversmiths. Overnight in Phnom Penh. (B/-/-)
Day 10. PHNOM PENH Breakfast at the hotel. You discover Wat Phnom, founded in 1373, built to house Buddhist relics washed ashore by the river, where you can burn an incense stick. You visit the National Museum, also called Musée des Beaux-Arts. A French archaeologist and painter, Georges Groslier, designed it in Khmer style in 1917. The museum contains a stunning collection of Khmer art throughout the ages. At lunch time, you visit Friends, an association devoted to street children. You can even support them by having lunch at their restaurant that provides a good cuisine. Transfer to your hotel, then to Phnom Penh International Airport for your departure flight. (B/-/-). End of our services.