Itinerary

DAY 1


Siem Reap

Welcome to Cambodia, proceed to your hotel for check in and gear up for an eventful day

Start with a walk along the quiet Old French Quarter lined by lush green trees. The mix of traditional khmer culture along with modern boutiques and bars makes this a worthwhile visit. You could also peep into the McDermott Gallery that houses contemporary art and photography. Architecture here is predominantly Chinese or French, so a good insight into both kinds can be expected

Overnight in Siem Reap

DAY 2


Siem Reap

Finally the day arrives when you get to visit the largest temple in the world, the Angkor Wat. Built in the 12th century by the Kings Suryavarman II and King Jayavarman VII, this temple was dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Unlike most temples, this one is oriented to the West and built with sandstone instead of bricks. Everything from the moat to the galleries to the 5 towers that dominate the centre of the temple will be a treat for just about anyone.

The temple holds great significance in its architecture for the proportions, size and design. A big tick off your list then!

A kilometer away is the Angkor Thom, which was the capital city of the empire. Covering an area of 9 square kilometers it has 4 entrances across the moat lined by the naga-carrying figures. At the centre of the area lies another famous temple, the Bayon dominated by the numerous serene faces that jut out of the towers. Heading beyond the Bayon, we come across several temples of varying sizes and distinct architecture in the complex. Some of the notable ones being the Baphuon and the Phimeanakas. We proceed eastwards to one other temple whose trees growing through the building make it one of the most visited places in the country. Ta Prohm is a marvel of preservation that continues to attract many.

Overnight in Siem Reap

 

DAY 3


Siem Reap

We head further beyond the Angkor Thom area today to explore the lesser-known yet spectacular temples of Beng Maelea and Koh Ker. The former under the process of restoration currently can be seen strewn with large stones piled on top of each other with thick trees and bush. This makes for an adventurous and quiet exploration.

The latter is a temple whose resemblance to the South American pyramids can be immediately recognized. Once the capital of the empire, this region today is sparsely populated and houses a cluster of temples. The seven tiered 36 metre high pyramid was dedicated to Lord Shiva and was said to have served as the state temple

Next is the Bakong, which was the first temple, constructed out of sandstone built in the 9th century. The striking similarity of the Bakong and Borobudur temple in Java, going into architectural details such as the gateways and stairs to the upper terraces, suggests strongly that Borobudur was served as the prototype of Bakong. In addition, one will note the influence which the temple may have had in the Angkor Wat

Overnight in Siem Reap

 

DAY 4

Phnom Penh

Check out and head to the capital, Phnom Penh

Cambodia, known for its ancient and modern history, can be experienced through two major cities, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. We begin with a tour to a place that was used by the notorious Khmer Rouge to persecute and kill many innocent citizens. The Choeung Ek killing fields is a place that instilled fear into many back in the 70s and till date stands testimony to one of the worst horrors in the history of mankind.

Very close to the Tuol Sleng prison is a bustling Russian market that sells just about every artifact you would want to buy. Walk through the colours and smells of this quintessential khmer market as you let your wallet loose

Overnight in Phnom Penh

DAY 5

Phnom Penh

From the Khmer’s bloody history, we come to the architectural development through the 50s and 60s largely credited to the architect Vann Molyvann.

We begin with the 100 Houses, a project commissioned by the National Bank of Cambodia for its staff. With its influence of khmer tradition, the houses blend a good deal of modern architecture in it.

Next is the Chaktomuk hall built by the same architect as the 100 Houses. Standing on the banks of the Tonle Sap river, it resembles an unfolded hand-held fan and is used for cultural events today.

Following the conference hall is the National Sports Complex, built in the early 60s for the GANEFO games and receiving international dignitaries. The stadium seats over 80,000 people and is used for major sporting events in the country today.

On the Russian Boulevard lie the buildings of the Royal University of Phnom Penh. The most famous division, Institute of Foreign Languages built in the 70s by Molyvann accompanies the Institute of Technology built by the Soviets and the Royal University Building built by Leroy and Mondet, which was influenced by traditional khmer temples

We proceed to the area of Front du Bassac, intended to be a cultural centre during its construction. The area comprises the Grey Building and the White Building. The former, designed as an Olympic village for the Southeast Asian Games compliments the latter designed for public housing.

 

Overnight in Phnom Penh

DAY 6

Depart

Check out of the hotel as we head to the airport for our flight back home

» Please note that the itinerary is tentative and all inclusions are subject to availability at the time of booking
» All workshops and factory visits are subject to being operated and availability
» Meals will be provided as applicable in all the tours