Cambodia Classic Tour
Phnom Penh – Siem Reap – Angkor Wat – 4Days
This classic tour includes a sightseeing excursion around Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital of leafy
boulevards and old French colonial houses.
Visit the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda and the Central market before departing for Siem Reap and
Visit some of the most beautiful temples in Cambodia including Angkor Thom, the Bayon, the
Elephent terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
The sight of Angkor Wat at sunset is simply stunning.
Day 1 – Phnom Penh
*Arrive to Phnom Penh
*Sightseeing in Phnom Penh
Cambodia’s capital sits at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap rivers. Considered the
loveliest of the French built cities of Indochina, it was founded as a small monastery in 1372 by a rich
Khmer woman called Penh, after she found four Buddha statues in a tree trunk on the banks of the
Mekong. She set up the monastery on a nearby hill – or “phnom” in Cambodian.
*Wat Phnom: temple and location of the first pagoda built in 1372 by “Penh” to house the four
Buddha statues found on the banks of the Mekong. It is the only hill(27 meters) in the capital.
*Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda: the Royal Palace stands on the site of the former (citadel, Bantey
Kev( built in 1813). Visitors are not allowed to some portions of the grounds, as the palace is the
official residence of King Sihanouk. The Silver Pagoda is often called the Pagoda of the Emerald
Buddha or Wat Preah Kaeo after statue housed there. The wooden temple was originally by King
Norodom in 1892 and inside, its floor is comprised of more than 5000 silver blocks which together
weigh nearly 6 tons.
*National Museum: designed by a French archaeologist and painter , George Groslier, in Khmer style
in 1920 to exhibit works previously scattered throughout the country. It contains a collection of
Khmer art including the beautiful 6th century bronze statue of Vishnu.
*Central Market: a covered market distinguished by its central doom(built in 1937). It is filled with
shops selling jewelry, fabrics and all kinds of souvenirs. A great place for browsing.
*Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 2 – Phnom Penh – Siem Reap
*Breakfast at hotel
*Flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
*Visit Angkor Wat
a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu by King Suryyavaman II, who reigned between 1131 and
1150. It was constructed over a period of 30 year and its world famous for its beauty and splendour.
Angkor Wat features the longest continuous has relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery
walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. In 1992 the UNESCO declared the monument and
the whole city of Angkor a World Heritage site.
*Visit temple for sunset
Watch the sun set over the Cambodia countryside from the upper terraces of an ancient Angkorian
*Overnight in Siem Reap
Day 3 – Siem Reap
*Visit Angkor Thom
A fortified Royal city (10 square kilometres) built by King Jayavarman VII, who ruled from 1181 to
1201. The city has five monumental gates and is encircled by a moat 100 meters wide. In the center of
the walled city are the city’s most important monuments including Bayon, Baphuon, the Terrace of
Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and Phimeanakas with Royal Enclosure
*Bayon: Jayavarman VII’s temple mountain that stands at the center of Angkor Thom. It is one of the
most popular of Angkor’s monuments and a place of narrow corridors, steep flights of stairs and an
amazing collection of towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces.
*Baphuon: the pyramid shape represents the mythical Mount Meru and marks the center of the city
that was here before Angkor Thom.
*Phimeanakas: near the center of what was once the royal palace within Angkor Thom. Phimeanakas
means “ Celestial Palace”, though today there is not much to indicate its former splendour.
*Former Royal Palace: nothing remains today except two pools that were used by royalty for
*Terrace of the Elephants: This Terrace was used for viewing public ceremonies and was a base for
the King’s grand audience hall. The famous lines of Elephants are at either end of retaining walls.
*Terrace of the Lepper King: North of the Terrace of Elephants is a platform named “Terrace of the
Leper King”. On the platform is a nude statue – one of Angkor’s mysteries. Visit Ta Prohm
*Ta Prohm: One of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared
and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European
explorers first stumbled across them. Visit Banteay Srei Temple.
*Banteay Srei: Built in the late 10th century, it is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. This temple is
square with entrances on the east and west. Of main interest are the three central towers which are
decorated with male and female divinities and beautiful fillgree relief work.
*Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 4 – Siem Reap
Breakfast at the Hotel.
Tonle Sap Tour.
Transfer to airport flight back to Australia.