Day : 1 Angkor Wat Day Tour
You will be picked up in the morning and visit the Angkor Thom complex. Bayon temple, with 54 towers and 216 faces of Budhhistsatva Avalokestesvara, is the highlight of all the temples in the center of Angkor Thom City. Then we continue to visit several other historic sites such as Baphoun, the Ancient Royal Palace, the Elephant terrace and Ta Prohm temple. Ta Prohm temple is the temple where gigantic tree roots have grown that was made famous by the Hollywood film "Tomb Raider" starring Angelina Jolie.
Before we continue to other interesting sites, we will have lunch. After lunch, we will see the temple of Angkor Wat which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage since 1992. Finally we continue to Phnom Bakheng to enjoy watching sunset. After the sunset, we will drive you back to your accommodation.
A bit of history...
Stretching over some 400 square kilometers, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of several capitals of the Khmer Empire of the 9th to the 15th centuries, including the largest pre-industrial city in the world.
Angkor Wat is a temple complex at Angkor, built by Tamil King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation – first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist.
In the late 13th century, Angkor Wat gradually moved from Hindu to Theravada Buddhist use, which continues to the present day. Angkor Wat is unusual among the Angkor temples in that although it was somewhat neglected after the 16th century it was never completely abandoned, its preservation being due in part to the fact that its moat also provided some protection from encroachment by the jungle. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors.
Day : 2 Siem Reap - Phnom Penh
Take a transfer from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by bus to start your journey.
Day : 3 Killing Fields & S21 Prison tour
Today you will visit the S21 Prison (Genocide Museum) in Phnom Penh and the Killing Fields about 15 km from the city center. Wander around the complex and learn about the horrors of the Khmer Rouge genocide through fascinating audio tours. Learn about the history of this horrible tragedy from Cambodia's past.
Get picked up and start your intriguing tour to the S21 Prison and the Killing Fields. Visit the Genocide Museum, also known as Prison S21 under Khmer Rouge regime. An audio-guide will help you learn about some basic insights at this prison. The prison is composed of 4 buildings, and there are different exhibitions on different floors / rooms. Two prison survivors sometimes come to the museum and talk to the visitors.
You will also visit the Killing Fields, about a 40 minute drive away from the Phnom Penh city center. Upon arrival you will receive an Audio Tour with headphones and a control device with numbered buttons. You can follow the map provided and start the Audio Tour. Then we will make the return trip and you will be dropped off at your accommodation. The Killing Fields is the name given to numerous burial sites in Cambodia where huge numbers of people were killed and buried by the infamous Khmer Rouge regime between 1975 and 1979. Over 20,000 mass grave sites have been found across Cambodia, estimates place the number of dead between 2 and 4 million. Many of these deaths were as a result of the Khmer Rouge policies that resulted in the disease and starvation of much of its population.
The S21 Security Prison, also known as Tuol Sleng, is where an estimated 17,000 people were imprisoned between 1975 - 1979. They were repeatedly tortured and coerced into naming family members and close associates, who were in turn arrested, brought to S21, tortured and eventually killed. In 1979, the prison was uncovered by the invading Vietnamese army who toppled the Khmer Rouge and its leader, Pol Pot. In 1980, the prison was reopened by the government of the People's Republic of Kampuchea as a historical museum.
Day : 4 Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
Today you will take a transfer back to Siem Reap.
Day : 5 Siem Reap
Check out of your accommodation in the morning.