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Cambodia is under recovery from the brutal years of Khmer Rouge rule. The years of fear and loathing are over. Peace has come back to this beautiful yet blighted land after three decades of war. Tourism is taking off and a journey to this little kingdom is still one of Asia’s genuine adventures.
Highlights
Phnom Penh
In 1430s Angkor was abandoned and Phnom Penh was chosen as the site of new Cambodian capital. Phnom Penh sits at the confluence of the Mekong, Tonle Bassac and Tonle Sap rivers.
The Silver Pagoda, so named because the floor is covered with over 5000 silver tiles weighing 1kg each, is also known as Wat Preah Keo(Pagoda of Emerald Buddha) It was constructed of wood in 1892 during the rule of King Norodom, who was apparently inspired by Bangkok’s Wat Phra Keo, and was rebuilt in 1962.
The National Museum of Cambodia is home to the world’s finest collection of Khmer sculpture housed in a graceful terracotta structure of traditional built in 1917-20. Some highlights include the eight-armed statue of Vishnu from the 6th or 7th century AD, the statue of Shiva(c866-77) and the sublime statue of Jayavarman VII seated(c1181-218).
The Central Market is filled with shops and souvenirs to bring back home.
Siem Reap
It is the gateway to Cambodia’s spiritual and cultural heartbeat, the temples of Angkor. Siem Reap is just north of the western extent of Tonle Sap Lake, with old French shop-houses, shady tree-lined boulevards and a gentle winding river are remnants of the past.

The temples of Angkor are the heart and soul of the kingdom of Cambodia, a source of inspiration and national pride to all Khmers as they struggle to rebuild their lives after years of terror and trauma. Angkor Wat and those in and around the walled city of Angkor Thom- were built during the classical age.
Angkor Wat , the city (which became a ) pagoda, was not only the grandest and most sublime of all the Khmer temples, but also a city in its own right. It was built during the reign of Suryavarman II, in the first half of the 12th century, both as the capital and the State Temple dedicated to Vishnu.
ANGKOR THOM, One of the largest of all Khamer cities, was founded by Jayavarman VII and probably remained the capital until the 17th centuary. The first sight of this monumental construction is the magnificent S Gate, which is always attracted by the tourists, with its towers with four faces pointing in each of the cardinal directions and elephants, preceded by the no less impressive avenue of Gods and Asuras lining the bridge across the moat.
The Bayon , , the state Temple of Jayavarman VII and his immediate successors, also know and the Temple mountain, is one of the most enigmatic and powerful religious constructions in the world. The temple is extremely complex both in terms of its structure and meaning,, having passed through different religious phases from Pantheon of the Gods, Hindu worship and Buddhism.
Ta Prohm of late 12th to 13th centuries is one of the major temples of Jayaraman VII. The complexity of its layout is increased by its partly collapsed state, with trees interlaced among the ruins, is also known as the Jungle Temple.
Elephant Terrace of late 12th century with its long terrace at the heart of Angkor Thom, looking our over the Royal square, was used for viewing public ceremonies and was the base for the King’s grand audience hall with lines of elephants on either end of the retaining walls.
Excursions
Discover Angkor 2Nights/3Days (Tour Code REP01)
Day1 Tour start from arrival in Siam Reap, transfer to the city center for half-day sightseeing in the Angkor complex. In Angkor Thom Temple you will visit 6 different temples in the area. The Angkor Thom is fortified Royal city was built by King Jayavarman VII. In the centre of the city are the most important monuments namely, Bayon, Baphun, the Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and Phimeanakas with Royal enclosure.
The last stop of the days is Angkorian Temple to watch the sunset over Cambodian countryside and return to the hotel.
Day 2. Today we will visit Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, and Banteay Srei Temples. Angkor Wat temple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu, the UNESCO has declared the whole city of Angkor a world Heritage site.
Ta Prohm temple also known as ‘Jungle Temple” is the most popular attraction of Angkor Wat. Banteay Srei temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built in the late 10th century.
Overnight at the hotel
Day3 Transfer back to hotel for the next destination
 
Wonders of Cambodia 4Nights/5Days (Tour Code REP 02)
Day1. (Phnom Penh) Transfer from airport for half day sightseeing tour in Phnom Penh. We will visit Royal Palace, which stands on the former citadel known as Bantey Kev and some of the grounds are restricted to the visitors. Then we move to National Museum. The last stop will be in the Central Market. Check-in the hotel for the rest of the evening.
Day2. (Phnim Penh-Siem Reap) Transfer to airport for flight to Siem Reap. Meet up on arrival at Siem Reap and transfer to Angkor Complex. Angkor Thom Temple you will visit 6 different temples in the area. The Angkor Thom is fortified Royal city was built by King Jayavarman VII. In the centre of the city are the most important monuments namely, Bayon, Baphun, the Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and Phimeanakas with Royal enclosure.
Return to hotel and overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 3. Tour start in the morning with a visit Banteay Srei Temple, which has three central towers decorated with male and female divinities and beautiful filigree relief work. Then to Ta Prohm temple and to Ta Keo temple, the first Angkorian monument built on sand stone. Return back to hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 4. Continue sight seeing Angkor complex with visits to the Chau Say Tevoda, Thommanon, Banteay Kdei, Sras Srang and Prasat Kravan temple.
Transfer to airport for flight back to Phnom Penh and over night in Phnom Penh.
Day 5 Day Excursion to the Killing fields of Choeung Ek, where the prisoners were being tortured in S-21 prison and brought here to be executed. It was built in 1372.
Transfer to airport for the next destination.
 
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