6 days

Classic Cambodia

Classic Cambodia

Angkor Thom's stone-carved human faces

Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh's history

Tuol Sleng Prison Museum

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat

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  • Cambodia's Angkor Wat is one of the most prominent attractions in all of South East Asia. Long considered 'lost', the ruins of Angkor were never really lost to the Khmers, who have used the monuments as religious sites throughout their history. The site includes the ancient city area of Angkor Thom, with its many carved-stone faces standing as silent witnesses to former days of glory, and Ta Prohm, a temple complex slowly being reclaimed by the jungle. We fly to vibrant Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, and visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, a sombre reminder of the reign of Pol Pot. The revitalised city is also home to Wat Phnom, as well as the Silver Pagoda, located in the Royal Palace. Its waterfront, located near the confluence of the Tonle Sap and the mighty Mekong River, is a picture of tranquility and a great place to relax.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Siem Reap

    • Upon arrival in Siem Reap, you are met and transferred to our centrally located hotel. You meet your tour leader and the rest of the group. After a pre-trip briefing, we adjourn for a group dinner in town (cost not included).
    Steung Siem Reap Hotel or similar

    Day 2 - Siem Reap

    • Siem Reap is our base for visiting the world-famous temples of the ancient city of Angkor, home to the powerful Khmer Empire that held sway from 802 AD to 1350 AD. We spend a full-day visiting the amazing temples of Angkor on a guided tour. Angkor Thom, the 'Great Royal City', is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone. The impressive Bayon temple is the centrepiece of all this. Angkor Wat is the largest and most complete structure. It is the only one of Angkor's temples with its entrance facing to the west (the others face east), the reason being that it was constructed as a funerary temple for King Suryavarman II and a westerly countenance was seen to represent a sunset. Ta Prohm temple is an incredible sight, with large trees embedding themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man's creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature. We can end the day with a sunset view of Angkor Wat from Phnom Bakheng.
    Steung Siem Reap Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 3 - Siem Reap

    • Our ticket for the Angkor ruins enables us to spend more time exploring this memorable archaeological area. It is an early morning start as we travel out to Banteay Srei, famous for its detailed and intricate stone carvings. It is not a big temple, but has been sometimes referred to as ‘the jewel in the crown of Angkorian art’. Back at the main temple complex, Preah Khan contains a maze of vaulted corridors and is another complex that has been largely reclaimed by the jungle. We include a visit to the Sala Bai Hotel School where underprivileged local youths learn skills which will enable them to find gainful employment in the hospitality industry. We also enjoy a lunch prepared by students at the school.
    Steung Siem Reap Hotel or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 4 - Phnom Penh

    • Drive through Cambodia's picturesque countryside to reach Phnom Penh. You'll notice a change of pace, as you arrive in Cambodia’s capital. During your free time after dinner, you might even choose to have a relaxing drink at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, a great way to spend your evening.
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    Breakfast

    Day 5 - Phnom Penh

    • A full city tour introduces you to the sights of Phnom Penh, a city that lies near the confluence of the Mekong and the Tonle Sap Rivers. The private quarters of the Royal Palace is home to King Sihamoni and is therefore closed to the public; however, we are able to visit the Silver Pagoda which lies in the palace complex, which is the most sacred temple in the country and was previously spared from destruction by the Khmer Rouge. Wat Phnom is the temple which gave rise to the foundation of the city in the 15th Century. The bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge is a painful, but unavoidable, part of Cambodia's recent history and visits to the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek tell the story of this tragic legacy. (Note: These sites are a major part of sightseeing in Phnom Penh; however, if you do not wish to visit either of them, please inform your tour leader.) An ideal way to spend your last evening in Cambodia is to relax in a cafe by the riverfront.
    Ohana Palace Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 6 - Phnom Penh

    • The tour ends after breakfast. A transfer to the airport is not included; however, your tour leader will be on hand to advise you as to the options available.
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Peregrine tour leader, local guides, arrival transfer, transport, sightseeing and entrance fees.

    Not Included

    • International flights, international and domestic departure taxes, visas, insurance, other meals, any optional tours and activities during free time, tips and items of a personal nature.
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  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Classic Cambodia

    Cheryl - Australia, 1 Jan, 1970
    5
    Overall Rating

    Classic Cambodia

    Kelly - Australia, 22 Jan, 2014
    5
    Overall Rating

    Having travelled with Intrepid in the past I was comfortable to travel, as a single female, with this company for the third time. My Leader in India and most recently in Cambodia have made my journeys an absolute joy. I have felt safe and comfortable as I explore foreign cities, countries and cultures. My accommodation and travel companions have superseded all expectation. For anyone anxious about adventure travel I would highly recommend Intrepid. See the world, it's wonderful.

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Trip Code PACC
Group size 6 - 15
Start City: Siem Reap
End City: Phnom Penh , Cambodia

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