8 days Cambodia tour

The 8 Days Cambodia tour takes you to Phnom Penh, Battambang and Siem Reap. You visit all main sightseeing points of Cambodia including the Royal Palace, Tuol Sleng (Killing Fields) and the famous Angkor Archaeological Park. With this Indochina Charm Travel own designed trip, you will also have the opportunity to to experience the “bamboo train” in Battambang, the Ox Cart ride along the typical scenery of rural area in Siem Reap and enjoy the boat trip to Chong Kneas floating village on Tonle Sap as well. Check out all details of Cambodia itinerary 8 days and contact us for best price!

Destinations: Phnom Penh – Udon – Battambang – Siem Reap – Temples of Angkor – Tonle Sap Lake

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8 days Cambodia tour
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DAY 1: ARRIVAL PHNOM PENH

Upon arrival to Phnom Penh airport, you will meet your guide and transfer to check in your hotel. In the afternoon, start your Cambodia tour 8 days by visiting the Central Market of Phnom Penh (locally known as Phsar Thmei in Khmer and a ‘New Market’ in English). We then continue to visit Wat Phnom (or Hill Temple), the most famous temple in the city. A small hill crowned by an active wat (pagoda) marks the legendary founding place of the Phnom Penh.
After that, we take 1 hour sunset cruise on the Tonle Sap & Mekong River, getting the picturesque view of the Royal Palace, National Museum, parks and the floating fishing villages.

Meals: Non
Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

DAY 2: PHNOM PENH CITY TOUR

The 2nd day of Cambodia itinerary 8 days is concentrated in Phnom Penh city tour.

Morning visit Royal Palace, This graceful structure is very much a focus of the city. Standing on the site of the former citadel, it was built for King Norodom in front of the Mekong. Inside its walls are the Throne Hall, the Chan Chaya Pavillion, the Napoleon III Pavillion, and the King’s and Queen’s residential quarters. Today, only the Silver Pagoda is open. The Silver Pagoda is a gilltering chamber of royal treasures, also known as the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha. Inside, its floor is made up of 5,000 silver tiles, each weighing 1kg. Inside are some of the country’s most cherished treasures, including a life-size gold Buddha studded with 9584 diamonds, the largest weighing 25 carats. There is also a delicate emerald Buddha made of baccarat crystal, which gives the temple its Khmer name of Wat Preah Keo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). The walls enclosing the pagoda are covered with ancient frescoes depicting episodes from the Ramayana. Lunch at Khmer Surin restaurant.

Afternoon transfer to 12 Km from Siem Reap to visit Killing Fields. Most of the 17,000 people detained at TuolSleng were eventually transported to Choeung Ek, a mass grave site located 15km outside Phnom Penh. Known to locals as the Killing Fields, Choeung Ek serves as a memorial to those killed under the Khmer Rouge rule. An old Chinese cemetery, Choeung Ek was turned into an extermination camp for political prisoners. The remains of 8985 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. Back to your hotel in Phnom Penh.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Phnom Penh

DAY 3: PHNOM PENH – UDONG – BATTAMBANG

Early in the morning visit to Battambang. On the way from Phom Penh to Battambang, we stop for a visit of Udong. Optional visit to pottery village in Kompong Chnang. Stop en route for lunch at a local restaurant. Late afternoon, arrive at the hotel in Battambang and free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Battambang

DAY 4: BATTAMBANG SIGHTSEEING

In the morning, travel by car to visit two ancient houses (more than 100 years old). Continue to the “Bamboo Train station”. This curious form of transport was “invented” by local people to carry objects and people. It is a platform with 4 wheels attached to a rudimentary and small motor. Passengers sit on the platform and we travel on it 8 Km to arrive to the next railway station. We will cross beautiful scenery of rice fields. Arrive at the next station and we will take the car to go to the restaurant. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the temples of Wat Banan and Phnom Sampeu. Return to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Battambang

DAY 5: BATTAMBANG – SIEM REAP – ANGKOR WAT

In the morning, transfer to the pier to take a private boat. Sailing through the Tonle Sap lake to Phnom Krom. Transfer to hotel in Siem Reap.

In the afternoon, visit Angkor Wat. This temple is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking. It is a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five lotus-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level. Angkor Wat is surrounded by a moat and an exterior wall measuring 1300 meters x 1500 meters. The temple itself is 1 km square and consists of three levels surmounted by a central tower. The walls of the temple are covered inside and out with bas-reliefs and carvings. Nearly 2000 distinctively rendered Apsara carvings adorn the walls throughout the temple and represent some of the finest examples of Apsara carvings in Angkorian era art.
The temple interior is not as densely carved as the first level exterior, but still sports hundreds of fine carvings of Apsaras and scenes from Hindu mythology. At the upper-most of your tour of the temple, the central tower on the third level houses four Buddha images, each facing a different cardinal point, highlighting the fact that though Angkor Wat was constructed as a Hindu temple, it has served as a Buddhist temple since Buddhism became Cambodia’s dominant religion in the 14th century. Some say that it is good luck to pay homage to all four Buddha images before departing Angkor. This is also the best place in Sieam Reap for viewing and enjoy the sunset. Return to Siem Reap.

Note: If the water levels of the Tonle Sap Lake do not allow sailing(normally from February to July), the transfer to Siam Reap will be by road. Customers will be informed of this change at the time of booking.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 6: SIEM REAP – ANGKOR THOM – BANTEAY SREI

In the morning, we will visit Angkor Thom (Big Angkor), is a 3 km2 walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian empire. After Jayavarman VII recaptured the Angkorian capital from the Cham invaders in 1181, he began a massive building campaign across the empire, constructing Angkor Thom as his new capital city. There are five entrances (gates) to the city, one for each cardinal point, and the victory gate leading to the Royal Palace area. Each gate is crowned with 4 giant faces. The South Gate is often the first stop on a tour.
After visiting Bayon, stop to have the quick visit of Terrace of the Elephants – an impressive, two and a half-meter tall, 300 meter long terrace wall adorned with carved elephants and garudas spanning the front of Baphuon, Phimeanakas and the Royal Palace area at the heart of Angkor Thom. Then transfer to visit Ta Prohm – the jungle temple. Intentionally left partially unrestored, massive fig and silk-cotton trees grow from the towers and corridors offering some of the best ‘tree-in-temple’ photo opportunities at Angkor. Flocks of noisy parrots flit from tree to tree adding to the jungle atmosphere. Ta Prohm is well worth an extended exploration of its dark corridors and open plazas. The temple was originally constructed as a Buddhist monastery and was enormously wealthy in its time, boasting of control over 3000 villages, thousands of support staff and vast stores of jewels and gold. This is also the place where the movie Tomb raider had been filmed. Enjoy lunch at have Cafe Angkor restaurant.

In the afternoon we will take the beautiful drive along then beautiful scenery of rural area in Siem Reap with green rice field and sugar palm trees to visit Banteay Srei. Banteay Srey loosely translates to ‘citadel of the women, but this is a modern appellation that probably refers to the delicate beauty of the carvings. The walls are densely covered with some of the most beautiful, deep and intricate carvings of any Angkorian temple. The temple’s relatively small size, pink sandstone construction and ornate design give it a fairyland ambiance. The colors are best before 10:30 AM and after 2:00 PM, but there are fewer tourists in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 7: SIEM REAP – RULOUS GROUP – RURAL TOUR

In the morning, we explore the kingdom of Angkor by visiting the Rulous Group from the early Angkor period dating from the 9th & 10th centuries. The three temples of Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei represent the first application of the temple-mountain architectural formula on a grand scale and set the architectural stone for the next 400 years. We experience ox-cart ride from Bakong Pagoda to Roulous Primary School (about 2km). Later, we return back to Siemreap for lunch at local restaurant.

Option for Tonle Sap trip, if Low water of the lake, we will drive from Battambang to Siem Reap and will make a morning boat trip to Chong Knies village, the floating village on Tonle Sap. On the way you can stop to experience the Ox Cart ride along the typical scenery of rural area in Siem Reap along rice field and local villages. The highlight of the tour will be the villages, the enjoyable off road track, the people and the wonderful smile of the children. Drive to boat station then take the boat trip along the canal leading too Tonle Sap – the biggest fresh water lake in South East Asia. Enjoy the rural scenery as well as activities of local people along the ride before getting to the floating village of Chong Knies. In here, people living in the floating house that can be moved based on the water level of the lake, so the village is much closer in the rainy season then the dry season. You also can see the local school, Buddhist Monastery and fishing boat along your boat ride. The boat also will stop at the local crocodile farm for you to visit before getting back to Siem Reap for lunch at local restaurant.

In the afternoon, our guide will take you for the walk in the central of Siem Reap by well-known Pub Street and authentic Old Market of the town that selling all the interesting local food and products as well as some souvenir shops. Then visit the National Museum, they can provide you great outline and summary about history, religion as well as Angkor Temples at the end of your Cambodia one week trip.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Siem Reap

DAY 8: SIEM REAP – DEPARTURE

Morning is free at leisure till your departure to the airport for the flight home. End of Cambodia itinerary 8 days.

Meals: Breakfast

End of Services

Services included:

• Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver;
• Accommodation in hotels (shared twin room);
• Meals as indicated;
• Boat trip;
• English speaking guide;
• Entrance fee to indicated sights;

Services excluded:

• Entry visa to Cambodia
• Air travel from and to Cambodia.
• Travel Insurance.
• Generally everything that comprises not specifically detailed in “Included Services.”
• Tipping and personal expenses
• Single supplements.

Remarks:

• The tour prices are subject to change during Christmas and New Year Eve (24 and 30 Dec)

Cambodia tour 8 days – Price per person in US$
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Phnom Penh
Ohana 3-star Hotel

Located next to the colourful Kandal Market, beside Phnom Penh’s trendy riverside area, the 3-star Ohana Hotel features 50 rooms. All rooms are tastefully appointed with art deco and traditional Khmer furnishings. Some hotel facilities such as roof top terrace and restaurant, swimming pool, poolside bar are remarkable.

Battambang
Delux Villa

Located 300 metres from Psar Nat , Delux Villa boasts an outdoor pool and views of the pool. The pet-friendly accommodation is air conditioned and has a sauna. All rooms are equiped with king siz bed, satellite flat-screen TV and laptop, refrigerator, kettle, free WiFi…

Siem Reap
Treasure Oasis 4-star hotel

Located in the proximity of Siem Reap city, Treasure Oasis 4-star Hotel is close to the incredible World heritage site, shopping center and offers easy access to many other popular attractions in Siem Reap. Treasure Oasis Hotel has been design, decor and furnishings truly show the Khmer architecture with beautifully designed furniture, fittings and antiques.

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