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Code MVT-009: CAMBODIAN EXCURSION - PHNOM PENH-KOMPONG THOM-SAMBO PREI KUH-SIEM REAP / ** 8DAYS / 7NIGHTS

DAY 1: ARRIVE - PHNOM PENH  (-/L/D)
Arrival in the capital of Cambodia and the beginning of sightseeing, with numerous pagodas, temples and markets. Located at the intersection of three rivers, Tonle Sap, Mekong and Bassac, Phnom Penh Angkor replaced in his role since the fifteenth century Khmer capital. The National Museum houses exquisite examples of Khmer art statuary, as well as findings of the kingdoms of Funan and Chenla preangkoriani. For a large commercial development, there followed a period of conquest and the city was the center of disputes and looting by Thai and Vietnamese, which ceased with the arrival of the French in 1863. The long colonial period, which ended with the declaration of independence in 1954, and the subsequent reign of King Sinhanouk few traces remain, delete the violent history written by the Khmer Rouge in the years '75-'79. The purges of Pol Pot, whose madness is reflected in the dramatic Tuol Sleng Museum, the Royal Palace survived the throne room and the hall where dances were held at court and, nearby, the Silver Pagoda. The pagoda, also called the Temple of Emerald Buddha, owes its name to its riches: the floor covered with over 5000 pieces of silver statues of solid gold, silver and crystal, the Emerald Buddha studded with diamonds, precious masks used in court dances and other treasures. Pranzoin restaurant. In the afternoon visit the famous Russian Market, where you can find every kind of product, and waterfront promenade that comes alive when the waters of the Mekong and Tonle Sap stain the warm colors of sunset. Hotel accommodation and dinner.

DAY 2: Phnom Penh - Kompong Thom  (B/L/D)
Departure to Kompong Thom, along a route of 190 miles, passing through small villages and plantations. With a brief detour in the countryside to reach Wat Kuk Nokor This Buddhist temple, facing east, was built in the style of the Bayon at the end of the twelfth century, in full time angkoriana. Visit the Suntok Phnom Pagoda, atop a hill called by the Khmer "Holy Mountain". The first building was built in 1561 and in a period of time after they were carved Buddha lying, large and particular invoice. A staircase of 980 steps leads to the top of the mountain, which offers a spectacular view. Arrive in Kompong Thom and hotel accommodation. Full board.

DAY 3: Kompong Thom - Siem Reap (B/L/D)

In the morning visit the archaeological site of Sambor Prei Kuk, the ancient city of Isanapura which was capital of the kingdom of Chenla in the seventh century. This vast archeological area is still little visited, the complex includes three buildings: the central group of Prasat Tor is surrounded by two walls with four gates at the cardinal points, each guarded by two stone lions, the group south of Prasat Yeay Poan, erected in honor of Shiva, is a central tower surrounded by four smaller temples, and finally the group in the North, built in the early seventh century, consists of four temples. All other temples are scattered around children. It 's the most important complex of brick torrisantuario the Preclassic period and anticipates all the themes and architectural styles of religious monuments of Angkor. Continue to Siem Reap along the route of the "Royal Route" which passes still on a massive laterite and sandstone bridge built by Jayavarman VII around eight centuries ago. Arrival at Siem Reap (147 km) in the late afternoon and hotel accommodation. Full board with packed lunches.

DAY 4: Siem Reap - Angkor Temples (B/L/D)
Situated near the Tonle Sap, the largest lake in all of South East Asia, between the intricate and tangled vegetation of virgin forest on an area of 400 square kilometers, Angkor was the beautiful capital of the Khmer kingdom from the ninth to fourteenth century . Rediscovery by the French in the second half of 1800, has now become World Heritage of UNESCO. In the morning visit the fortified city of Angkor Thom, built by King Jayavarman VII who reigned from 1181 to 1201. It is accessed through the southern gate surmounted by four huge faces of Bodhisattva and preceded by huge statues of demons and deities. After about a mile to get the most impressive building of Angkor Thom: the Bayon, with the mysterious stone faces that seem to scrutinize who watches them. The entire area (1200 m) of this huge Buddhist temple is decorated with exquisite bas-reliefs that tell of the battles, defeats and victories of the Khmer against the Cham of Vietnam, alternating with scenes of everyday life time. Visit Ta Prohm, mysterious temple enveloped by a tangle of roots and deliberately not restored to highlight the close symbiosis between art and nature. The visit continues with the Angkor Wat, the Khmer undisputed masterpiece of architecture and art, spectacular funerary temple in honor of Vishnu built between 1112 and 1152. The temple, which reproduces in miniature the universe is full of symbolic meanings, has magnificent bas-reliefs depicting scenes from Hindu epics, battles and divine gifts, heaven and hell, the famous butter scene processing into the ocean of milk. Its architecture is the perfect union between symmetry and spiritual essence and its bas-reliefs of the Khmer art here reaches heights of formal perfection. Full board.

DAY 5: Siem Reap - Angkor Temples (B/L/D)
Visit to the most ancient temples of Angkor: Pre Rup, a beautiful temple pyramid-shaped mountain, and Mebon, a small Hindu temple which stands on an island. On the northern side of the basin is a curious Buddhist temple of the late twelfth century, Neak Pean, consisting of a square pool at the center of the circular island is in turn surrounded by two snakes Naga, the central pool, the 'flowing water in four tanks through small side channels that ended with zoomorphic and anthropomorphic heads. Not far away is the temple of the sacred sword ", the Prasat Preah Khan, the structure of particular interest for its remote location, away from the beaten track. Visit of the Prasat Kravan, an ancient Hindu temple for his valuable reliefs of Banteay Kdey, the citadel of cells dedicated to the Buddha Lokeshvara, and Srah Srang, the pool of ablutions dating from the twelfth century. Full board.

DAY 6: Siem Reap - Angkor Temples  (B/L/D)
The morning excursion to Kbal Spien, 30 kilometers from Angkor, a natural stone bridge over the river in whose bed have been carved Buddhist images and some one thousand lingam. It is reached by a walk of about half an hour in the forest and, depending on the time when you visit, the scenery is very different: there is little water in the dry season and are fully visible sculptures, in season The sculptures can be glimpsed just rain water of the river forms beautiful waterfalls. In the afternoon visit to Banteay Srey, the "citadel of women", a jewel of angkoriana, and Banteay Samr with interesting bas-reliefs representing scenes from mythology. Full board with packed lunches.

DAY 7: SIEM REAP - Trip to Lake Tonle 'SAP  (B/L/D)
Today, we take a boat trip to explore Tonle Sap, the biggest fresh-water lake in South East Asia. Enjoy the bustling life of local people in floating villages with floating schools, floating restaurants, and even floating hospitals. We will visit Puok, the real and original place of the Artisans d’Angkor silk, where you will see the full process of silk producing, from the silk worms munch on the Mulberry leaves to spin their cocoons which used to make silk warp. You of course will see the weaving work and purchase the high quality silk products as a beautiful Cambodia souvenir. We would have dinner with Apsara, the traditional Khmer dance - drama performance, which are not merely dance but also telling a story. Overnight in Siemreap

DAY 8: SIEM REAP - BANGKOK (B)
Free morning. In the afternoon transfer to airport and departure flight to Bangkok. End of Services

Tour fee quoted in usd/pax:

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