Cambodia is a different world, filled with the mystique of ancient history and the majesty of unique culture. During your custom tailored luxury travel, you will find yourself exploring 12th century temples hidden in the shadows of the jungle. Graceful French architecture lines wide avenues and reminds locals and visitors of a colonial past. Forceful trees emerge from crumbling stone edifices and wrap their roots around ruins. From the Royal Palace to the...
Siem Reap - The Welcoming Light
Arrive in Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor, and a city filled with both vibrant life and quiet pockets of cultural charm. The city boasts modern luxuries but maintains a connection to the tradition, especially with its vibrant night market that fills Psar Chaa with the aromas of fresh noodles and simmering onions. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and takes you to your hotel. A tuk tuk arrives at the hotel to guide you through the exceptional expanse of the Angkor complex, beginning with the iconic symbol of Cambodia, Angkor Wat. En route you notice the vibrant forest trees and can make out the outline of the Siem Reap River floating by.
When you come to the entrance at the west gate you feel both excitement and intimidation. The stone brick bridge carries you over the vast moat. Lions stand guard on either side of the pathway. Their mouths are open in a rocky snarl and their eyes are wide. On the other side of the gate you come to a grassy plaza. The temple is reflected in a large pond. Lilies float on the water’s surface. The 12th century temple was constructed with five towers to represent the five peaks of Mount Meru, home to the gods in Hindu mythology.
The late afternoon sun continues to drift across the sky. The scent of sandalwood incense emanates from the temple interior. Enter the magnificent edifice and find the elegant reliefs that tell the ancient stories of Hinduism. Above the central gallery you can see the tower that rises 213 feet from floor to tip. The cavernous halls connect each gateway to the main shrine. You find a silent niche in the grand space of the temple. The sunset brings a depth of saffron and ochre to the sky. The light shines over the reliefs and you see an endless row of Apsaras, the female spirit of clouds and water.
Siem Reap - The Capital Difference
Siem Reap - Culture Beyond
Battambang - The Rural Life for You
Battambang - A Step Beyond the French
Battambang - View of the Tracks
Phnom Penh - Modern Capital, Regal Past
Phnom Penh - The Difference at Home
- Visit the fabulous ancient Angkor complex, home to celebrated Angkor Wat
- Witness the unparalleled strength and beauty of nature as it overtakes the temple Angkor Prohm
- Experience the local markets of Siem Reap, where the specific unique culture of vendors and food continues to thrive
- Journey alongside the remarkable French Colonial architecture of Battambang, Cambodia’s second largest city
- Travel through the countryside on the distinctive Bamboo Train
- Explore the tumultuous history of the Khmer Rouge with a tour of the S-21 Prison Museum
Cambodia vacations will show you the exceptional wonders of the country, whether it is your first or fifth time visiting this amazing country . On this 8-day journey you will explore the cities and countryside in comfort, each step taking you somewhere new and exciting. Whether watching the apsaras dance on the walls of Angkor Wat or joining the professional fishermen as they cast their nets on Tonle Sap Lake, you will discover the enthusiasm of the local people, from their culture to their history. The paddy fields glow verdantly and the forest hides ancient cities.
You are ready to experience Cambodia’s wonderful difference as you touch down in Siem Reap. After you settle in you will be escorted to Angkor Wat to visit the stunning temple. The following morning you will tour the ancient Khmer capital of Angkor Thom and the 10th century temples of Banteay Srei. In the evening you will visit the Landmine Museum to learn about the unfortunate repercussions of the Khmer Rouge regime. The next day you will visit the “Grand Circuit,” a collection of temples that date back to the 8th century. Enjoy lunch at Sala Bai before visiting Ta Phrom, which was featured in the Angelina Jolie movie, Tomb Raider.
Enjoy the most scenic boat ride in the country which takes you from Siem Reap to Battambang. In the evening you will enjoy an artistic performance by the Phare Ponleu Selpak project. The following morning you will tour the city to see the exceptional French Architecture that continues to line the charming wide boulevards. The Bamboo Train will take you on a one of a kind ride through the lush countryside before you make your way to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Tour through the city to witness both the opulent imperial past and the tumultuous contemporary history of the Khmer Rouge. In the morning you will have a private transfer to the airport where you will climb aboard your flight home.
$1,435 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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