The trip of Smiling Cambodia 9 days goes through Phnom Penh capital city, Kampong Thom, Preah Vihear and Siem Reap Angkor City. The itinerary will help you to enjoy lively atmosphere and culture through its famous attractions in Cambodia, you will see the busiest city in Cambodia with modern lifestyle and wandering around Phnom Penh city to see places as royal palace, national museum, and busy local market and then visit genocide places, take a relax time on river cruises to get fresh air. The journey would take you to experience local foods and communicate with the real smile of Cambodian people, see the stone carving area, go to the fishing village and learn how they live on stilted houses during the flooded season. Explore the famous Hilltop temple Preah Vihear with the gorgeous views around then come to Angkor City to ancient temples and illustrious story with more UNESCO World Heritage cultural sites than any other country in Southeast Asia. Get a chance to stay close to the local living life, communicate with them directly and see their peaceful smiles, going to Siem Reap International Airport for your departure flight.
Day 1: Phnom Penh Tour
Being our visit at Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda is very charming building with lots of different decorations and colourful and there are such many beautiful plants, look the official residence of King Sihamoni and continue to Wat Phnom is the unique hillock in the city, is crowned by at active Buddhist Wat and marks the legendary founding place of Phnom Penh. Drive a bit out of city to visit Oudong temple, the abandoned royal city of Oudong sits amongst the hills west of Phnom Penh. Oudong was the capital city of Cambodia from the 17th century until 1866 when the capital was moved to Phnom Penh. The remnants of the old Oudong include several active temples, stupas, and other structures covering three hills.
Day 2: Phnom Penh Tour
Drive to see the famous Island where many women in the village make their home easy business, weaving. The weaving village is a typical rural Cambodian village by the island up the Mekong river. It’s dedicated almost entirely to silk weaving – people operating hand looms under many of the houses, other dying and spinning silk on spinning wheels made of bicycle parts. City tour to see Central Market, this distinctive building is a city landmarks – a unique Art Deco interpretation of a traditional market. The Russian market became the foreigner’s market in the 1980’s when most of the foreigners in Cambodia were Russians, hence the name. Take river cruise along the riverfront to take fresh-air and watch sunset.
Day 3: Phnom Penh Tour
Visit the National Museum is the most important repository of Khmer artifacts in the country. Over 5000 objects are on display including Angkorian era statues, lingas and other artifacts, most notably the legendary statue of the ‘Leper King’ in Siem Reap and an enormous 11th century bronze Vishnu. Here is also a good collection of pieces from later periods, including an exhibition of post-Angkorian Buddha figures. Toul Sleng genocide museum, calls S-21 prison compound now serves as a museum, a memorial, and a testament to the madness of the regime, Choeung Ek Memorial calls, giant killing field, mass graves, killing areas and a memorial stupa containing thousands of human skulls and bones.
Day 4: Phnom Penh to Kampong Thom
The journey toward to Kampong Thom after breakfast, there are some interesting on the way to visit such as Skun, local people call Spider Village where they cook the freshly deep-fried spiders and taste the local fruits. Stop to visit the Stone Carving Village to get the clue how Khmer Empire workers carved the statues so professional. Sandstone carving is a very ancient tradition in Cambodia. From the 9th to the 13th century, Khmer people were considered as the finest stone carvers in the world.
Day 5: Kampong Thom to Preah Vihear
Drive to visit the famous Sambor Prei Kuk, an ancient city that has about two hundred brick temples is located here in this province. The city was built during the time of King Isanavarman when he successfully united the territories of Chenla Kork and the Khmer water territory of Chenla Toek. Sambo Prei Kuk served as the capital of the Khmer Empire for many centuries. Go toward Sra Aem where you spend over night near Prasat Preah Vihear temple.
Day 6: Preah Vihear to Siem Reap
Visit Preah Vihear temple, it is one of the best Khmer temples, and it’s really hard to imagine how they carried up the heavy stones to build this huge building. You will be rewarded with fabulous views over Cambodia’s and Thailand’s fertile plains from the impressive ruins which stretch for 500 meters up. We explore the temple on foot and continue on wards to the final level, clinging to a cliff face in the Dangrek Mountains, towering hundreds of metres above lowland Cambodia below. The sanctuary is perched on the edge of the cliffs with amazing views over the seemingly endless Cambodian jungle to the south. The temple is known to have been dedicated to the god Shiva and thought to have been constructed in the reign of Suryavarman I (1002-50), with further significant additions by Suryavarman II (1113-50). The spectacular location paired with a unique temple design are the reason UNESCO enlisted Preah Vihear as a World Heritage Site. On the way, visit Anglong Veng, the first and last Khmer Rouge town. For almost a decade this was the ultimate Khmer Rouge stronghold, home to notorious leaders of Democratic Kampuchea, including Pol Pot. Anlong Veng fell to government forces in April 1998 and about the same time Pol Pot died mysteriously nearby.
Day 7: Siem Reap Tour
Visit Roluos group by three temples, Lolei built by Yashovarman I in 889 in memory of his father and his royal ancestors. Preah Ko the temple of “Sacred Bull” built in the late 9th century 880. Bakong, is the official temple mountain of the city of Hariharalaya built by the same king as Preah Ko, Indravarman I in the year 881. Drive to visit a unique red sandstone temple called Banteay Srei well known as lady temple, the best and detail carving built in 2nd half of 10th century, then go to Kbal Spean hike up to see sculptures carved in the river-bed including hundreds of lingas and tiny waterfall. Sunset at Pre-Rup.
Day 8: Siem Reap Tour
Early start to avoid the crowd of tourists to visit a famous jungle temple Ta Prohm, you can see a peaceful temple in the right time of morning light with the lovely climate. Ta Prohm temple (the temple in Tomb Raider film) one of the major temples of Jayavarnman VII built late 12 th century. The following temple Preah Khan, famous centre of learning and was modelled, built in the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII to honour his father, head to Neak Pean, Baksei Chamkrong, Spean Thmor ancient bridge and Sras Srang. Afternoon, visit Angkor Thom, was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. Enter through The Gate of Victory and keep going to Bayon and Terraces of the Elephants, Royal Palace Group. Bayon is the riches decorations Khmer temple with gorgeous smiling face towers
Day 9: Siem Reap Tour
Visit the most famous world’s largest religious monument Angkor Wat temple in the morning. Afternoon, visit Kampong Kleang locates on the largest fresh water lake in Southeast Asia names Tonle Sap Lake, visit stilted houses and flooded/floating village and living life of rural people. Kampong Kleang is the real example of the lifestyle of Cambodian people and fishermen who live in the middle of nowhere during the monsoon. Transfer to Siem Reap international airport for your flight departure.
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