The astounding temples of Angkor are a must-see, monumental experience. On this short journey, enter via the lesser used gate and watch the sun come up over the majestic temples. Further afield, uncover the ruins of tree-enveloped Ta Prohm and the imposing Bayon, as well as the highlights of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh.
Days 1-2: Phnom Penh
On arrival in Phnom Penh, transfer to your hotel. Get to know your travelling companions and tour leader at welcome drinks and a tour briefing on the evening you arrive. Phnom Penh offers up an array of adventures. Discover Phnom Penh’s rich French colonial past from the unique front-seat perspective of a traditional cyclo ride and explore its majestic royal character at the Royal Palace and the ornate Silver Pagoda before visiting the National Museum. Reflect on the Khmer Rouge legacy at Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields, and gain fascinating insights into Cambodia’s confronting past. Visit the colourful Central Market observing the lives of locals.
Hotel: Sunway hotel
Sitting next to Wat Phnom, this modest hotel is situated in a leafy enclave bordered by historic, colonial buildings. Each spacious room is tastefully decorated with modern trimmings. Dine in the restaurant which serves Mediterranean dishes and then head to the health club and spa to burn off any extra calories.
Days 3-5: Siem Reap
A short flight brings you to Siem Reap, the gateway to the incredible temples of Angkor. On arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Wake up early the next day and creep through the jungle, your path illuminated only by torchlight. Enter the little-used eastern gate of Angkor Wat to watch the sun’s first light shining down on the magnificent temple – an experience you will never forget. Then, enjoy a local breakfast at an Angkor cafe. A tuk-tuk ride proves an entertaining way to travel between temples, ideal for taking photos. Later, the magnificent stone heads of Bayon temple will amaze. In the afternoon, enjoy a drive through rural Cambodia before you amble through Banteay Srei and the atmospheric ruins of tree-covered Ta Prohm. Share your experience with fellow group members at a farewell dinner in the evening. On your last day, enjoy free time until your departure transfer.
Hotel: Somadevi Angkor Hotel and Spa
Located right in the heart of Siem Reap, this property is just steps away from great restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Spacious public areas are decorated with Khmer themes, while guestrooms are airy and modern, fitted with a range of conveniences. Each is simple yet elegantly designed, with a private balcony overlooking either the city or the lush landscaped gardens and pool.