The Explore Cambodia 6 days 5 nights tour gives an in-depth look at the various sites of Cambodia. After arriving in the capital Phnom Penh, visit some ancient sites and some that have a history of only 30 years. Transfer to Siem Reap, the home of the Temples of Angkor. The amazing temples are jaw dropping, and while here, enjoy a boat trip along Tonle Sap Lake to see daily life of local people.
Cambodia is perhaps the most fascinating of all the countries of South-east Asia. Long associated with the brutal Khmer Rouge, it has risen above its blood-tinted history. It now takes its place as one of the region’s pre-eminent tourist destinations.
Cambodia is home to a truly rich mix of travel experiences. From ancient monuments and powdery beaches to remote ethnic minority villages and city life. The country never fails to excite the senses. In addition, for most visitors, Cambodia’s tranquil and timeless way of life is its greatest appeal.
Ancient Cambodia produced one of world’s greatest civilizations at Angkor. Renowned Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. It is merely one temple lying at the heart of a thousand others.
An enormous and elaborately detailed complex. This ancient temple city has remained the heart and soul of Cambodia for almost two millennia. Despite its popularity with ever-growing throngs of visitors, it remains a historical site that exceeds expectation.
Included in the gargantuan complex lie legions of magical temples that attest to the ability of bygone artisans. From the intricate Banteay Srei, with its detailed carvings to the beaming faces of the Bayon.
Visitors also flock to the jungle-clad Ta Prohm where tentacle-like foliage are entwined around the temple. This sight provides an understanding of how it must have looked when Western adventurers first explored it in the 19th century.
The town of Siem Reap has graduated from being Angkor’s service centre to become an international hotspot. Teeming with modern restaurants and upmarket hotels.
Fortunately, the settlement retains much of its original charm, with old colonial shop fronts, misty lamp-lit streets and a bustling market area. It also offers access to the floating villages on the Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in South-east Asia.
In the south, Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, may not be the most sophisticated metropolis, but it is a charming, bustling town, with a good selection of early 20th-century modernist architecture, a strong sense of history and delightful restaurants and bars.
What’s more, it offers the sort of cityscape most travellers dream of: a skyline punctuated by royal and religious spires, turrets and pinnacles rather than by office blocks.
The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are the highlights of the capital and provide a welcome counterpoint to unavoidable reminders of Khmer Rouge atrocities.