Explore Cambodia

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.

At a GlanceCambodia view of the Silver Pagoda at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
Day 1   Arrive Phnon Phenh. City tour
Day 2  Phnom Penh – Architecture Tour & fly to Siem Reap
Day 3  Angkor Highlighted Temples tour
Day 4  Siem Reap – Floating Village tour
Day 5  Highlights of the trip: visit the Beng Mealea Temple
Day 6  Morning Cooking class & transfer to Siem Reap APT

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.

Angkor Wat

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.

Siem Reap

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.

Phnom Penh

In the south, Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, may not be the most sophisticated metropolis. It is a charming, bustling town, with a good selection of early 20th-century modernist architecture. There is 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. These provide a welcome contrast to the unavoidable reminders of Khmer Rouge atrocities.

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Hotel Rating3 Star, 4 Star, 5 Star
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Day 1

Phnom Penh – Arrival (D):
* You will be met by our representative who will assist you through immigration; transfer to your hotel; and check-in and to drop off your luggage (Early check-in is NOT included & subject to hotel’s availability).
* We then set out on a city tour to visit the Royal Place built in 1866 by King Norodom; the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor; which is made up of 5;000 silver tiles and located within the Royal Palace compound.
* We also visit the National Museum and the Tuol Sleng Museum; a reminder of the Khmer Rouge regime.
* A small cruise boat will take you out onto the river for a different perspective.
* Witness the sun set over the Royal Palace and the Mekong River whilst enjoying a leisurely cruise with soft drinks; local beer and a BBQ dinner.
* Take 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.
* Overnight at your hotel in Phnom Penh.
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Day 2

Phnom Penh – Architecture Tour – Siem Reap by Flight (B):
* After breakfast; at 8 am we set out for our Phnom Penh Architecture Tour by cyclo; we start from your hotel and cycle for three hours through the streets of Phnom Penh to admire the mix of Khmer and French colonial architecture.
* A local professional escort will explain the history; structure and style of the buildings such as the Old Post Office; the Railway Station and the Central Market.
* In some of the buildings you are able to enter and explore the interior in more depth while others can only be observed from the outside.
* Cambodia’s most famous architect; H.E. Vann Molyvann had a big hand in developing many of the structures you admire today.
* Lunch on your own.
* Transfer to airport for departure to Siem Reap; on arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in.
* Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.
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Day 3

Siem Reap – Angkor Highlighted Temples (B):
* Beat the crowd with an early morning 7 am visit to the picturesque Ta Prohm that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown; an oddly haunting and exotic scene.
* The magnificent roots of a tree; pushing between the huge stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace; evoke feelings that you may remember forever.
* Continue on to visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat – one of the world’s most impressive ruins. The temple still has fine Apsara carvings in Angkorian era art.
* Lunch is for your own account.
* In the afternoon; explore the mysterious Royal Angkor Thom City & Bayon. Its 54-tower temple is an awesome sight. At first glance it seems a shapeless mass of stone; but further scrutiny reveals a face; and then another and another until suddenly you are engulfed by the silent; heavy; enigmatic and silent gaze through half-closed eyes; staring out from a primitive and remote time.
* Further; visit the surroundings of the complex including the Baphou; the Elephant Terraces; the Lepper King Terrace and the Royal Place area.
* Also visit one more ruin in the Angkor Area; Preah Khan temple; built in 12th century by King Jayavarman VII and it is the same style to Ta Prom Temple.
* Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap
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Day 4

Siem Reap – Floating Village (B/L):
* In the morning we transfer out of Siem Reap town to a beautiful village in the countryside.
* You will start with a walk through the village houses; witness the different activities of the locals in their daily life; some examples are how the locals wash vehicles; selling gasoline in whiskey bottles or the small shops where the locals sell food on the side of small streets.
* On the way; you can pick some fruit from the plants; enjoy a view of this wonderful area and interact with the very kind people in the village.
* You will take a 30-minute ride on an ox-cart through the rice paddies to reach a local house to see how this family does their daily work; such as making rice wine and handicrafts.
* Meanwhile a member of the family will offer you a fresh coconut and some man made rice wine to taste.
* Afterwards hop into your van for our drive onward to the next destination; a floating community; Mechrey village.
* Here you will take a Kayak and paddle through houses; schools and even shops all bobbing on the water – though not in the dry season – as locals paddle around in traditional wooden boats. (Recommended from October to February).
* Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.

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Day 5

Siem Reap – Beng Melea Temple (B):
* After breakfast at your hotel; today is one of the highlights of the trip with a visit to the famous temple built by King Soryavarman II in the early of 12th century; it is well hidden in the jungle and in ruins; called Beng Melea.
* Return to Siem Reap town.
* Wat Damnak is one of the most beautiful pagodas in town with French colonial architecture reflecting its history and a large garden filled with statues.
* Bring candles and incense sticks to the pagoda and participate in a private good luck blessing ceremony; performed by local monks who reside at the temple.
* Sit on the mat while the monks chant blessings and sprinkle holy water on you – a tradition which is believed pass on the good luck of the gods.
* Afterwards; a sacred thread will be tied around your wrist. This will protect you from any evil spirits or accidents.
* Before you continue on your journey; you will receive a small keepsake from the monks to remind you of this special moment.
* Afterwards; visit the jewel of Khmer art; the Banteay Srei temple. Its red sand-stone walls are decorated with elaborate carvings and it is in an amazing state of preservation.
* Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.
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Day 6

Siem Reap – Cooking Class & Departure (B/L):
* Breakfast at the hotel
* Experience a hands on Cambodian Cooking Class instructed by a chef.
* First visit the local market to choose the ingredients for the cooking class. The chef will explain the many varieties of ingredients and vegetables used in Khmer cooking.
* Learn to make three Cambodian dishes with instruction and demonstration by the chef and enjoy your creation following the class.
* Free time in the afternoon for relaxation in the pool or walking around the old market.
* In the afternoon we depart for the airport.
* On arrival at the airport you will board your flight for your onward destination.
* Services end at the airport.
* Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Cambodia experience. We thank you for your patronage and look forward to serving you again in the near future.

* Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
* Excellent English speaking guide
* Private air-conditioned transportation
* Accommodation shared in double room as mentioned with daily breakfast
* Meals as mentioned
* All entrance fees
* Water & tissue during the tour
* No extra charge after services confirmation
* 24/7 hotline support guaranteed

* Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
* Travel insurance
* Visa fee to Cambodia of USD 30 per person
* Tipping
* Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any
* Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year if any

* The above rate is LAND ONLY, and EXCLUDES ALL INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
* Seasonal Supplements MAY apply
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, airlines and supplier rate changes and fuel levies.

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Rates valid for travel between 01 August to 30 September 2017.
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Cambodia temple at Angkor Wat
Cambodia vegetable used in cooking class
Cambodia view of the Banteay Srei Temple
Cambodia Mechrey floating village with houses on the water
Cambodia temple at Angkor Wat
Cambodia aerial view of the Phnom Penh central market
Cambodia view of the Silver Pagoda at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh