Cambodia in Style

Cambodia in Style

5 Days / 4 Nights Phnom Penh to Siem Reap or vice versa

Price from$1,534

• Phnom Penh • Siem Reap • Angkor Wat • Lake Tonle Sap

Our Cambodia in Style tour lets you discover the history of this country with visits to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap and history museums in Phnom Penh, headquartered from your hotel. Enjoy the hospitality of a home cooked Khmer dinner by a local family, see the temples and cities by cyclo and tuk tuk, and visit stilted villages on Lake Tonle Sap.

Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh Upon arrival into Phnom Penh, you will be met by your English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel by private car. (The regular check-in time for all hotels is 2.00 pm. Early check-in is not included).

Enjoy a cyclo tour to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, are two of the most striking buildings in the capital and considered as some of the finest examples of Khmer architecture. They were initially constructed in 1866 by the French. The Royal Palace is home to the current King Sihamoni. The neighboring Silver Pagoda stands out in its own distinctive way. The floor consists of 5,329 solid silver tiles to which the building owes its name. The building houses many gold and jeweled Buddha statues including the highly prized 17th century baccarat crystal Buddha. Other important buildings that can be found within the compound include Wat Preah Keo Morokat, where Royal ceremonies are performed, and stupas such as King Ang Doung Stupa - the burial site of former King Norodom. (Open from 8.00am to 10:30am and 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Women should cover their shoulders and both men and women should cover their knees).

Phnom Penh is situated in between two rivers, the Mekong River and the Tonle Sap River. At night when the sunlight fades and the neon lights appear along the river banks, a small cruise boat will take you out onto the river to take in the city from a different perspective. Witness the sunset over the Royal Palace and the Mekong River while enjoying a drink and snack. Enjoy a leisurely cruise while taking in the sights along the river bank including many local Cambodian families and friends socializing. Cruise back to the port and transfer back to your hotel.

Alternatively if the boat cruise is not operating due to low water levels enjoy a market tour and local barbecue.

At 5:00 pm this evening meet Duckie, our Phnom Pend food expert. She will take you around her favorite local market and make you try out some exotic fruits and for the more adventurous, insects and other silk worms. Then head with her to a delicious, traditional Khmer BBQ where you will dine and drink as a local!

Overnight at: 3 1/2 star: White Mansion Hotel - Deluxe Room 4 star: Amanjaya Hotel - Junior Suite (Double only) 5 star: Raffles Hotel Le Royal - State Room

Day 2: Phnom Penh > Siem Reap (B,D) Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Siem Reap. On arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred by private car to the hotel.(The regular check-in time for all hotels is 2.00 pm. Early check-in is not included).

Start exploring the stunning temples by tuk-tuk. Start with a visit to one of the wonders of the modern world, the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat. The temple still displays hundreds of fine carvings of Apsara and Hindu mythology in its bas relief. Stroll around the massive hallways and discover small shrines still in use today by the local people. You will lead by a Cambodian scholar who will help you to get a better understanding of Khmer history, culture, archaeology and civilization. To end this eye-opening first visit to the complex of Angkor we rise 200 meters by a tethered helium balloon (if weather permits) from the plains to witness sunset over the temple and jungle. This evening, enjoy a simple home-cooked dinner with a typical Khmer family - enjoy the well-known Khmer hospitality and interact with family members.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 star: Tara Angkor - Superior Room 4 star: Victoria Angkor Hotel - Superior Room 5 star: Raffles Grand Angkor Hotel - State Room

Day 3: Siem Reap (B) Start the day at sunrise with a transfer to the picturesque Ta Prohm. This beautiful temple is overgrown with fig trees, giving a haunting yet exotic atmosphere. The magnificent roots of the trees have merged over the centuries with the temple's huge stone blocks, emphasizing a 'forgotten city' feeling.

After breakfast on the shores on Sra Srang, continue to Preah Khan temple, which is generally not as crowded as others in the Angkor complex. Built in the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII, it is said that it once housed over 100.000 officials and servants. Explore this magnificent structure in relative peace before moving to the jewel of the Khmer Empire; Angkor Wat. Be amazed by the sheer size of the temple and learn how the Khmer Empire prospered between the 9th and 13th centuries. Stroll through the intricately carved hallways that show hundreds of fine carvings and discover small shrines still in use today by the local people. Lunch will be taken at a Khmer restaurant halfway between Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat - a beautiful location on a lotus pond amidst rice paddies. Next, visit Palilay temple afterwards and start a visit to Angkor Thom, the ancient royal city of Khmer Empire.

Visit the Terrace of the Elephants, which served as a platform from where the King could welcome back his victorious army and the Terrace of the Leper King, which holds detailed carvings winding along a narrow passage way that leads to the Baphuon complex. End the day with a visit to the Ancient Royal City's centre piece; the Bayon temple. As you approach, you will notice the enigmatic faces of former King Jayavarman VII looking into every direction. Late afternoon is a perfect time to visit this highlight as crowds flock to Angkor Wat for sunset, leaving the Bayon standing majestically in the beautiful late afternoon sunlight to explore without the crowds. Return to Siem Reap for a well-deserved rest.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 star: Tara Angkor - Superior Room 4 star: Victoria Angkor Hotel - Superior Room 5 star: Raffles Grand Angkor Hotel - State Room

Day 4: Siem Reap > Kampong Khleang > Bantey Srei > Siem Reap (B, L) Drive to the floating village of Kampong Khleang, one of the largest settlements on the Tonle Sap Lake. Living on water is an art the Khmer people have mastered over the course of time. Board a local boat and visit a floating house where a catered lunch is set up for you. Observe the local customs and talk with your hosts about the differences they face living on the water. Continue after lunch exploring the small island, which is home to a bustling market, a pagoda, a school and a health centre before returning to Siem Reap (It is advisable to wear sturdy, walking shoes with a decent grip).

*Note: boats cannot operate near the floating village in Apr-Jul due to water levels. During these months, the transfer will be by car.

In the afternoon, depart for Banteay Srei, the only major temple that was not built by a monarch. It was constructed in the 10th century and was dedicated to the Hindu god - Shiva. Banteay Srei translates to "Citadel of the Women" and is one of Angkor's most significant structures as its walls are decorated with elaborate carvings which have been preserved remarkably well.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 star: Tara Angkor - Superior Room 4 star: Victoria Angkor Hotel - Superior Room 5 star: Raffles Grand Angkor Hotel - State Room

Day 5: Depart Siem Reap (B) Free time at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (The regular check-out time for all hotels is 12.00 pm. Late check-out is not included).

Reverse Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Siem Reap Upon arrival into Siem Reap, you will be met by your English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel by private car. (The regular check-in time for all hotels is 2.00 pm. Early check-in is not included).

Today if time permit, Start exploring the stunning temples by tuk-tuk. Start with a visit to one of the wonders of the modern world, the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat. The temple still displays hundreds of fine carvings of Apsara and Hindu mythology in its bas relief. Stroll around the massive hallways and discover small shrines still in use today by the local people. You will lead by a Cambodian scholar who will help you to get a better understanding of Khmer history, culture, archaeology and civilization. This evening, enjoy a simple home-cooked dinner with a typical Khmer family - enjoy the well-known Khmer hospitality and interact with family members.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 star: Tara Angkor - Superior Room 4 star: Victoria Angkor Hotel - Superior Room 5 star: Raffles Grand Angkor Hotel - State Room

Day 2: Siem Reap (B) In the early morning your guide will pick up you at lobby of hotel and transfer by private vehicle to Ta Prohm for the sunrise. This beautiful temple, built in 1186 as a Buddhist temple dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman VII, is one of Angkor's jewels and is overgrown with fig trees, giving a haunting yet exotic atmosphere. One of the largest temple sites in Angkor it took almost 80,000 people to maintain the temple. Drive a short distance to Ta Keo, which would have been one of the finest temples in Angkor had it been completed. Continue to Angkor Thom, not a temple, but an entire walled city of 9 sq km and the royal Capital from 1181. With a population of 1 million, it was far bigger than any city in Europe at the time. The centre piece is Bayon temple crowned with 216 giant, smiling faces of King Jayavarman VII. Also visit the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, which houses almost perfectly preserved carvings. Return to your hotel to relax and have lunch (on your own). After a leisurely break your exploration continues as you enter the rear gate of Angkor Wat (early 12th century).Surrounded by a 190 metre wide moat 1.5 km by 1.3 km it is claimed to be the largest religious building in the world. The temple, which took 30 years to construct & used the labours of 300,000 workers was built as the earthly representation of the universe with its' central tower symbolizing Mt Meru which, Hindus believe, is at the centre of the Universe. Later, return to your hotel late afternoon.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 star: Tara Angkor - Superior Room 4 star: Victoria Angkor Hotel - Superior Room 5 star: Raffles Grand Angkor Hotel - State Room

Day 3: Siem Reap > Bantey Srei > Siem Reap (B) Depart this morning for Banteay Srei, the only major temple that was not built by a monarch. It was constructed in the 10th century and was dedicated to the Hindu god - Shiva. Banteay Srei translates to "Citadel of the Women" and is one of Angkor's most significant structures as its walls are decorated with elaborate carvings which have been preserved remarkably well. Continue a short drive to Kbal Spean, which translates to "Bridge Head". From the entrance it is an easy 3 km hike up to the hill passing through a nice forest offering beautiful views over the surrounding plains. On top you will find a river with many rocks under the surface holding inscriptions and Hindu statues referred to as lingas which date back to the 11th century. There is also a waterfall on top that drops significant amounts of water during the wet season but dries up entirely during the height of the dry season (March/April). Enjoy a simple picnic lunch before returning back to Siem Reap mid-afternoon. In the rainy season the route may be slippery and good footwear is advised.

In the afternoon, drive about 45-minutes to the countryside, stopping en route to visit a local village. Arrive at the quay and board a local boat for a 1.5-hour ride on the Tonle Sap Lake (the best times are from July to February), also known as the Great Lake of Cambodia. Find out how communities live and work on the lake; see the floating schools, markets, and police stations, among others; observe their daily lives. Drive back to Siem Reap.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 star: Tara Angkor - Superior Room 4 star: Victoria Angkor Hotel - Superior Room 5 star: Raffles Grand Angkor Hotel - State Room

Day 4: Siem Reap > Phnom Penh (B) Transfer to the airport for your flight to Phnom Pehn. On arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred by private car to the hotel.(The regular check-in time for all hotels is 2.00 pm. Early check-in is not included).

Enjoy a cyclo tour to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, are two of the most striking buildings in the capital and considered as some of the finest examples of Khmer architecture. They were initially constructed in 1866 by the French. The Royal Palace is home to the current King Sihamoni. The neighboring Silver Pagoda stands out in its own distinctive way. The floor consists of 5,329 solid silver tiles to which the building owes its name. The building houses many gold and jeweled Buddha statues including the highly prized 17th century baccarat crystal Buddha. Other important buildings that can be found within the compound include Wat Preah Keo Morokat, where Royal ceremonies are performed, and stupas such as King Ang Doung Stupa - the burial site of former King Norodom. (Open from 8.00am to 10:30am and 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Women should cover their shoulders and both men and women should cover their knees).

Phnom Penh is situated in between two rivers, the Mekong River and the Tonle Sap River. At night when the sunlight fades and the neon lights appear along the river banks, a small cruise boat will take you out onto the river to take in the city from a different perspective. Witness the sunset over the Royal Palace and the Mekong River while enjoying a drink and snack. Enjoy a leisurely cruise while taking in the sights along the river bank including many local Cambodian families and friends socializing. Cruise back to the port and transfer back to your hotel.

Alternatively if the boat cruise is not operating due to low water levels enjoy a market tour and local barbecue.

At 5:00 pm this evening meet Duckie, our Phnom Pend food expert. She will take you around her favorite local market and make you try out some exotic fruits and for the more adventurous, insects and other silk worms. Then head with her to a delicious, traditional Khmer BBQ where you will dine and drink as a local!

Overnight at: 3 1/2 star: White Mansion Hotel - Deluxe Room 4 star: Amanjaya Hotel - Junior Suite (Double only) 5 star: Raffles Hotel Le Royal - State Room

Day 5: Depart Phnom Penh (B) Free time at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (The regular check-out time for all hotels is 12.00 pm. Late check-out is not included).

• Tailor-made journey with local English speaking guides • 4 nights' in your selected category of accommodation • Economy class airfare Phnom Penh > Siem Reap including airport tax • Transfers and transport • Sightseeing and entrance fees • 4 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches, 1 Dinners

Pricing (per person) $NZD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2017

3 1/2 star

1 Jan - 31 March

1 Apr - 30 Sep

4 star

1 Jan - 31 March

1 Apr - 30 Sep

5 star

1 Jan - 31 March

1 Apr - 30 Sep

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-

$1,590

$1,534

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$1,974

$1,842

-

$2,784

$2,520

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-

$2,528

$2,414

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$3,274

$3,010

-

$4,918

$4,386

Departs

2016 Daily 2017 Daily

Booking conditions

• Surcharges apply during Chaul Chnam Thmey, the Cambodian New Year 13-15 Apr 2017 • Surcharges apply for 1 - 30 Nov; 23 - 31 Dec 2016; 1 - 4 Jan; 26 - 31 Jan; 1 - 5 Feb 2017 • Compulsory Gala Dinner 24, 31 Dec 2016

If travelling during Chaul Chnam Thmey, the Cambodian New Year. In Cambodia, many shops, restaurants & businesses are closed during this period or may operate on a limited schedule. Departing Phnom Penh or Siem Reap by road may be difficult during this period since many locals will travel over the holiday as well. Flying between cities should be fine, although please allow for some delays and more traffic than usual. Local attractions in the countryside and around Phnom Penh will be crowded with domestic visitors, who usually travel with their entire family. It is recommended that during the Khmer New Year period, smaller local attractions like streams, waterfalls and parks are avoided as they will be very overcrowded with locals on holiday.

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

Cambodia visa