|DEPARTURE TIME||Day 1, 19:10-22:15|
|RETURN TIME||Day 4, 23:10-04:30|
|WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING|
Flight Shanghai – Siem Riep 19:10-22:15
Pickup and transfer to the hotel to have a rest.
Relaxing morning:take a good rest and relax near the swimming pool.
In the afternoon, you will drive to Kampong Kleang village. Imagine wooden houses on 10 meter tall stilts, surrounded by water in the wet season and on the flood plains of the lake in the dry season. We will catch a wooden boat to the Tonle Sap Lake. Both sides of the river are lined by floating houses that look amazing nestled on the great lake. From here you have a picturesque view of the floating house and local people’s way of life and take as many photos as you want. We include a few soft drinks and local beers on the boat so you can enjoy some sundowners before heading back to Siem Reap.
Siem Reap – Highlights of Angkor
Meals: B L
Depart in the morning at your leisure for a full day of temple touring.
The Angkor Archeological Park is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking and one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia, if not the world. Stretching over 400 km2 including forested area, the park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century.You could spend weeks exploring the ruins, but on this day tour you will have a chance to see all the highlights.
You will start to visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom where you can take a quietly optional 1 km walk along the wall to a hidden temple. Then visit the temples of Bayon, Baphoun and Terrace of Elephants, The Leper King and Preah Khan. After local lunch you will visit the fabulous jungle temple of Ta Phrom and the whole late afternoon is set aside for a visit to the main temple, Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is one of mankind’s greatest achievements, and the intricate carvings at the temple of Angkor Wat demonstrate the skills of the Khmer builders. It was constructed in the early 12th century, then – two centuries later – was mysteriously abandoned by the Khmer civilization. Now Angkor Wat is the main reason tourists visit Cambodia. Finish the tour with an unforgettable sunset on the quiet east side of Angkor Wat.
Optional activity: Phare PonleuS elpak, USD25 per person (Seat section C)
Transfer from your hotel at 7.30 pm by Remok (tuktuk) to the Phare circus tent, located just outside of town.
This evening you can enjoy a show at the Cambodian Circus.The show starts at 8:00 PM and lasts about an hour. Phare Ponleu Selpak means “Brightness of the Arts”. This is a circus like no other and it’s very different to a Western style circus. Phare is a Cambodian non-profit art organization founded in 1994 by eight young Cambodians returning from refugee camps along the Thai border. The purpose is to improve the development of local communities by providing education and professional artistic training. The circus performers are very talented, passionate and have traveled all over the world giving performances. The shows are constantly rotating depending on the time you visit. All of their shows are fantastic and focus on both traditional and contemporary themes. Some people credit Phare with the rebirth of Cambodian dance and culture.
Siem Reap – Phnom Kulen National Park – Departure
Meals: B L
After breakfast, you will be taken on a journey through the stunning countryside for a visit to the mysterious waterfall at Phnom Kulen.
Phnom Kulen (or Kulen Mountain) translates as “Mountain of Lychees”. It is located in Svay Leu District 48km North of Siem Reap. Phnom Kulen is an isolated chain of small mountain plateau of moderate height and appears as a long silhouette on the horizon. Geologically Phnom Kulen is formed of sandstone and it was important as a quarry in Angkorian times. Kulen is now a protected area and as of 1992 has acquired World Heritage status from UNESCO. The infamous Khmer Rouge used the location as a finalstronghold as their regime came to an end in 1979. Phnom Kulen is widely regarded as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire. During the constructional period of the ancient temples in the ninth century, sand stones were brought from this sacred mountain to Angkor. The site is known for its carvings representing fertility and its waters hold special significance to the people of Cambodia. Just a few inches under the surface of the water, over 1000 carvings of Yoni and Linga are etched into the sandstone riverbed. The waters are regarded as holy, given the sacred carvings which also include a stone representation of the Hindu god Vishnu lying on his serpent Ananta, with his wife Lakshmi at his feet. We will also visit Preah Ang Thom that houses a large statue of Buddha. It was built in the 16th century and is 8 meters high. We will also visit the Terrace of Sdach Kum Ling has a small brick-built ruined temple in its centre. It was covered by lava for hundreds of years. The river then ends with a beautiful waterfall. After a cool refreshing swim in the waterfall you will have a local Khmer lunch and relax a little.
Afterwards on the return to Siem Reap we’ll take a scenic drive to Banteay Srei, translated as “Citadel of Women.” It houses some of the finest and best-preserved examples of classical Khmerbas-relief. The temple’s relatively small size, pink sandstone construction and ornate design give it a fairyland ambiance. Continue to the Cambodia Land Mine Museum. A child soldier named Aki Ra was forced by the Khmer Rouge to lay thousands of mines as a child, and has now devoted his life to clearing the mand has so far removed over 50,000. The facility he runs is part museum, but also an orphanage, school and clinic to victims.
Today you will finish your day tour with the sunset at Pre Rup Temple, The beautiful rusty-red hue of the laterite stone and brick used to build Pre Rup is accentuated during sunset and stands in brilliant contrast to the lush green of the jungle in the distance.
Then, transfer to Siem Reap Airport for your departure flight at 11:00PM
Return flight: 18.06 Siem Riep -Shanghai 23:10-04:30 MU514