Capital: Phnom Penh
Official Language: Khmer language
Population:14,952,665 as of 2013
Calling Code: 855
Climate:Cambodia's climate, like that of the rest of Southeast Asia, is dominated by monsoons, which are known as tropical wet and dry because of the distinctly marked seasonal differences.
Religion:Theravada Buddhism is the official religion of Cambodia, which is practiced by more than 95 percent of the population. The Theravada Buddhist tradition is widespread and strong in all provinces, with an estimated 4,392 monastery temples throughout the country.
Siem Reap (literally “Siam Defeated”) is undoubtedly Cambodia’s fastest growing city and serves as a small charming gateway town to the world famous destination of the Angkor temples. Thanks to those Cambodia attractions, Siem Reap has transformed itself into a major tourist hub. It is laid-back and a pleasant place to stay while touring the temples. Siem Reap offers a wide range of hotels, ranging from several 5-star hotels to hundreds of budget guesthouses while a large selection of restaurants offer many kinds of food.
Located within the Royal Palace compound in Phnom Penh, the Silver Pagoda houses many national treasures such as gold and jeweled Buddha statues. Most notable is a small 17th century baccarat crystal Buddha (the Emerald Buddha of Cambodia) and a life-sized gold Maitreya Buddha decorated with 9584 diamonds. The internal wall of the Silver Pagoda courtyard is decorated with a richly colored and detailed mural of the Ramayana myth, painted in 1903–04 by 40 Khmer artists.
Kratie is a small town located on the banks of the Mekong River and is dominated by a central marketplace surrounded by old, French colonial buildings. There’s no large scale tourism, but plenty of backpackers pour through here during the peak season. It is the place in Cambodia to see the rare Irrawaddy dolphins, which live in the Mekong River in ever-diminishing numbers. It is estimated that there are between 66 and 86 dolphins left in the upper Cambodian Mekong area.
Koh Ker was the capital of the Khmer empire for a very brief period from the year 928 to 944 AD. In this short time some very spectacular buildings and immense sculptures were constructed. The site is dominated by Prasat Thom, a 30 meter (98 ft) tall temple pyramid rising high above the surrounding jungle. A giant Garuda (mythical half-man, half-bird creature), carved into the stone blocks, still guard the very top, although its partially covered now. Left to the jungle for nearly a millennium, Koh Ker was one of Cambodia’s most remote and inaccessible temple destinations. This has now changed thanks to recent de-mining and the opening of a new toll road.
The greatest attraction in Cambodia and one of the most spectacular ancient sites on earth, Angkor is a vast temple complex featuring the remains of several capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century AD. These include the famous Angkor Wat temple, the world’s largest single religious monument, the Bayon temple (at Angkor Thom) with its multitude of massive stone faces and Ta Prohm, a Buddhist temple ruin entwined with towering trees.
Useful Tips: Don't use your feet to point at someone. Don't touch a Cambodian person on the head. Don't begin eating if you are a guest at a dinner and the host has yet to take a bite. Women should never touch male monks or hand something directly to them. Keep public displays of affection to a respectful minimum.
Tipping: In Cambodia, there is no fixed amount; tipping is all up to the individual. No one will frown even if you don’t leave anything on the tray. However, although it is not necessary to tip, a dollar or two is the norm and this applies to any form of service rendered across the board.
06DAYS 05NIGHTS - SIAM REAP + PHNOM PENH
Day 01: Arrival – SIEM REAP (D)
Meet and greeting with our local friendly and experience guide upon arrival at Siem Reap International Airport then transfer to hotel for check-in. Dinner will be served at local restaurant. Overnight stays at hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 02: SIEM REAP (B, L, D)
Morning program: after breakfast at hotel, then transfer to visit the lost city of Khmer empire: South Gate of Angkor Thom, Giant faces of famous Bayon and Baphoun Temples, Elephant and Leper King Terraces, Phimean Akas Temple and unforgettable jungle temple of Ta Prohm. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. Afternoon program: visit to the World Heritage of Angkor Wat Temple. Study both splendid architecture and bas-relief and then late evening climb up the Bakheng Hill to enjoy sunset scenery view over Angkor Wat and the surrounding areas. Dinner will be served at local restaurant. Overnight stays at hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 03: SIEM REAP (B, L, D)
Morning program: breakfast at hotel, visit Western Baray, which was the water reservoir built since Angkorian era and still in used for agriculture today and near here visit Artisans D’ Angkor of silk worm breeding and raising center where young people are in the processing of learning these skills and then back to town for lunch will be served at local restaurant. Afternoon: visit floating and fishing villages in Tonle Sap Great Lake, which one of the world’s most productive bodies of fresh water. Each year, millions of fish come to spawn in the seasonally flooded forest surrounding the lake, attracting myriad water birds as well as people, who have settled in villages along the shores and who live with the rhythms of the water. Back to town to visit Artisans D’ Angkor (wood and stone carving) where you will discover the traditional Khmer techniques used for stone and wood carving and leisure for shopping at local market/souvenir shop. Dinner will be served at local restaurant with classical dance show. Overnight stays at hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 04: SIEM REAP – PHNOM PENH (B/L/D)
Morning: breakfast at hotel, transfer to Phnom Penh by Bus. Arrival late afternoon, spend time free at leisure. Dinner at restaurant. Overnight.
Day 05: PHNOM PENH (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel, proceed with tour visiting Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and National Museum of Fine Arts, Independence Monument and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Lunch and dinner at local restaurant.
Day 06: PHNOM PENH – DEPARTURE (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for departure.
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