Culture and Boutique Experience

Bangkok – Siem Reap – Phnom Penh – Koh Kong – Bangkok

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Name Culture and Boutique Experience
Code THCMRT001E
Validity
Duration 12 Days/11 Nights
Tour Type Private round trip
Tour Start Daily
Destinations Bangkok - Siem Reap – Phnom Penh – Koh Kong – Bangkok

Highlights

  1. Explore the temples of Bangkok – Wat Trimitr, Wat Po and Wat Phra Kaew
  2. Discover Angkor Wat by Tuk Tuk
  3. Enjoy dinner at the Apsara Theatre and witness traditional dances are performed

Day 1: Bangkok

Arrive in Bangkok and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a Thai snack and cocktail on the rooftop terrace of the hotel as a welcome to this fabulous city.

Overnight in Bangkok Hotel.

Day 2: Bangkok (B)

Today you will visit the most important Temples of Bangkok – Wat Trimitr, Wat Po and Wat Phra Kaew as well as the Grand Palace. Afterwards enjoy a Klong Tour through the Canals of Bangkok.

Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 3: Bangok – Ayutthaya – Bangkok (B/L)

Today you will enjoy an excursion to Ayutthaya. You will be picked up from the Hotel and head to Siphraya; from here you will be brought by bus to Bang Pa. There you will visit the Summer Palace of Rama V.Afterwards you will drive to Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand and visit some of the most important temples in Thailand.

In the afternoon you will take the boat “Grand Pearl” back Bangkok, after arriving at around 16:00 you will be brought to your hotel.

Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 4: Bangkok – Siem Reap (B)

After breakfast we will drive from Bangkok to Poipet on the Cambodian border. There you will be picked up by your Cambodian tour guide who will escort you overland Siem Reap.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 5: Siem Reap (B/D)

Today you will visit Angkor Wat by Tuk Tuk, Cambodia’s unique mode of transportation. The crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is a national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia.

The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, visitors are always impressed by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. To approach the temple you must first cross the vast moat and continue along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades. As you enter the main building, you ascend through a series of galleries and courtyard before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside. On the way, stop to enjoy the intricate stone carvings that adorn nearly every surface, with some 1,700 Apsaras sculpted into the walls. Along the outer gallery walls run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous ‘Churning of the Ocean of Milk’.

After this we will enter Angkor Thom by the monumental south gate, crossing over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga. Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings, former spaces for public ceremonies, both adorned with dramatic and beautiful bas-reliefs.

We will also visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple. In this temple, one of the most popular and compelling 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. Finally we will exploreTa Prohm, one of the most popular attractions of Angkor. Much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them.

In the evening enjoy dinner at the Apsara Theatre, where traditional dances are performed.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 6: Siem Reap (B) 

After breakfast we will visit Banteay Srei, Angkor’s ultimate art gallery. This petite pink temple is the jewel in the crown of Angkor-era sculpture. The elaborate carvings here are the finest found in Cambodia and the name translates as ‘Fortress of the Women’.

On the way back to Siem Reap, we will visit the Cambodia Landmine Museum to learn more about the scourge of landmines and the shadow they cast over rural communities in Cambodia. Before heading back to Siem Reap for overnight we will stop at the Butterfly Garden, an interactive butterfly exhibit located. The exhibit consists of a netted tropical garden with hundreds of free-flying butterflies, all of which are native to Cambodia, providing residents and tourists with an interactive and visual environment to learn more about butterflies and see butterflies feeding and flying very close at hand.

Overnight in Siem Reap.

Tag 7: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh (B) 

Today you will transfer to Siem Reap airport and fly to Phnom Penh. In Phnom Penh you will be picked up by an English-speaking guide and transfer to your hotel to check in.

In the afternoon you will enjoy a half-day city tour exploring Phnom Penh by cyclo. We begin with the National Museum, the country’s leading historical and archaeological museum. Officially inaugurated by King Sisowat in 1920, the buildings are inspired by Khmer temple architecture and house more than 14,000 items.

The Royal Palace is a complex of buildings, even though it is generally understood to be the royal abode of the King of Cambodia. The compound was the citadel of King Ponhea Yat (1393-1463) and rebuilt to its present state in 1886, when King Norodom (1834-1904) relocated the royal capital from Oudong to Phnom Penh. These buildings, with their beautiful towering spires, are one of the finest examples of classic Khmer architecture found in Cambodia today. While tourists cannot enter the area of the royal abode, visitors can gain entry to the Throne Hall (Preah Tineang Tevea Vinichhay) where coronations and official ceremonies take place, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Preah Keo Morakot), Stupas (Chedei), a Royal Dining Hall, the Chan Chhaya Pavilion and a French-style building that was a gift from Napoleon III.

The Silver Pagoda lies within the grounds of the Royal Palace, which is situated near the banks of the mighty Mekong River. Originally a wooden structure, the palace was first constructed in 1892 during the reign of King Norodom, but rebuilt to its present grandeur by King Norodom Sihanouk in 1962. The King spared no effort to make this a true embodiment of brilliant Khmer art. More than 5300 silver tiles are used to cover the floor of the Silver Pagoda collectively weighing over six tons.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Tag 8: Phnom Penh (B)

After breakfast we travel out of town to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Prisoners from Tuol Sleng followed this same route to their fate. An old Chinese cemetery, Choeung Ek was turned into an extermination camp for political prisoners. The remains of 8,985 people were exhumed from mass graves and are kept in a memorial stupa here. Despite the horrors of the past, it is a peaceful place to go and a tranquil spot to reflect on the tragic events that engulfed Cambodia and its people.

In the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21) you will learn more about the chapter from Cambodia’s more recent tragic past. Formerly the Tuol Svay Prey High School, in 1975, this became the interrogation and torture facility for the Khmer Rouge regime at that time known as Security Prison 21, or simply S-21. Kept largely unchanged, this prison now showcases photographs and exhibits about the thousands of victims that passed through these doors only seven of whom came out alive.

After lunch we board a boat for a look at rural Cambodia on the nearby island in the Mekong River called Koh Dach, also known as Silk Island. The island has no cars to disturb the idyllic scene, where silk weaving is a key element of village life. Walking across the island, we’ll pass by fruit orchards and vegetable farms on our way. We then return along the island to reunite with our boat.

Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Tag 9: Phnom Penh – Koh Kong (B)

Today we will drive to Koh Kong Province to the 4River Lodge, a very peaceful and secluded place with luxury and high end facilities. The 4River Lodge is an environment friendly resort set up in an unspoilt virgin forest, with rare orchids and fragrant frangipani, the startling colours and calls of birds of paradise, secretive jungle creatures and a perfumed air of peace and solitude.

Overnight at the 4River Lodge.

Day 10-11 : Koh Kong (B)

Free days at leisure.  Please ask for recommendations!

Overnight in Koh Kong.

Day 12: Koh Kong –  Cham Yam Grenze-Bangkok (B)

After breakfast, overland transfer to the border Cham Yam/Hat Lek. Your Thai guide will welcome you at the border and transfer you to Bangkok.

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