7
DAY

Battambang -Siem Reap Explorer

Tour Code: BTB7D006

Introduction

  • Experience Battambang, Cambodia Countryside, Visit 12th Century Prasat Banan Temple
  • Visit the vineyard for wine tasting, learn about the weaving skills, visit the National Silk Centre
  • Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei
  • Experience boat trip to Tonle Sap-Prek Toal " floating mangrove forests" bird watching 

Day 1: Phnom Penh - Battambang [-L-D]


Welcome to Cambodia! Upon arrival in Cambodia airport with the morning flight you will clear customs and immigration, getting your visa on arrival; you will be met by our English-speaking local guide, holding a sign with your name on it

We depart to Battambang, Cambodia’s second largest city. Situated on the banks of the Stung Sangke River, Battambang possesses some of the grandest and best preserved colonial architecture and scenic countryside. Upon arrival in Battambang, enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure.

Day 2: Battambang visit Phnom Banan, Wat Kor,Khmer houses and riding the Bamboo Train[-L-D]

This morning we drive to Phnom Banan and walk to the top to reach the 12th Century Prasat Banan Temple to enjoy the breathtaking view over the surrounding plains. Return to town and stop at the vineyard for wine tasting; Battambang is home to the only vineyards in Cambodia. Continue with a walk through the village of Wat Kor, giving you an insight to traditional Khmer life, and visit one the Khmer houses which date back to the 1900’s and riding the Bamboo Train.

After lunch continue to the non-governmental organization, ‘La Maison de Coco’. Meet with a representative of the organization and learn more about the weaving skills that the NGO teaches to its students. We will also learn how rice paper is made when walking through the village.

Day 3: Battambang – Siem Reap via Puok District to visit the National Silk Centre [-L-D]


We leave Battambang for Siem Reap, stopping at Puok District to visit the National Silk Centre, a fascinating way to learn about Cambodian silk. Here we will witness silk creation and the growing and harvesting of mulberries.

Day 4: Full Day at Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom [-L-D]


Start the day with a transfer to Angkor Wat, one of the modern wonders of the world. Be amazed by the sheer size of the temple and learn how the Khmer Empire prospered between the 9th and 13th centuries, around the time when Angkor Wat was built. Stroll through the intricately carved hallways that show hundreds of fine carvings and discover small shrines still in use today by the local people. Head back to Siem Reap to rest and to enjoy lunch on your own before continuing to Angkor Thom, the ancient royal city of Khmer Empire with its centre piece; the Bayon temple. As you approach, you will notice the enigmatic faces of former King Jayavarman VII looking into every direction. Your guide will take you to the Terrace of the Elephants, which served as a platform from where the King could welcome back his victorious army and the Terrace of the Leper King, which holds detailed carvings winding along a narrow passage way that leads to the Baphuon complex. In the late afternoon, visit Artisans d’Angkor, an organization focusing on training unschooled rural youth in traditional handicraft skills. Ancient techniques are still practiced here such as wood and stone carving, lacquering, gilding and silk painting. Bid farewell to the artisans and return to your hotel.

Day 5: Full Day at Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei Temple [-L-D]


The day is started with a visit to the picturesque Ta Prohm. This temple is considered to be Angkor’s most beautiful structure and is overgrown with fig trees, giving a haunting yet exotic atmosphere. The magnificent roots of the trees have merged itself over the centuries with the temple’s huge stone blocks, emphasizing a ‘forgotten city’ feeling. Return to Siem Reap and visit L’Artisans d’Angkor, an organization focusing on training unschooled rural youth in traditional handicraft skills. Here you can discover traditional Cambodian handicraft skills and observe the artisans at work. Enjoy a rest and depart in the afternoon for the jewel of Khmer art, Banteay Srei temple. Translating to “The Citadel of the Women”, this red sand-stone temple is one of Angkor’s most significant structures as its walls are decorated with elaborate carvings and in an amazing state of preservation. Much of the Angkor civilization can be learned here by studying the remarkable carvings.

Day 6: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap tour [-L-D]


Prek Toal is located on the northwest corner of the great Tonle Sap Lake – often referred to by many specialists as a natural wonder of the world as it expands nearly five times its normal size during the wet season. This morning you will board a private boat and cross the entire width of the lake. Transfer first to Chhong Kneas floating village and tour the village before setting off to admire the “floating mangrove forests”. Upon arrival at the bird sanctuary, witness large flocks of different birds as far as the eye can see. Prek Toal is Southeast Asia’s single most important breeding ground for globally threatened large water birds. Upon arrival you will join local biodiversity experts and enjoy a guided trip around the village and bird sanctuary. A picnic lunch is served at a local house on the lake. There is a possibility to visit the local floating school or community centre and take a look into the daily lives of Prek Toal’s children. If you have any study items to donate, please feel free to bring these on your trip and hand them over to the school or centre. Return to Siem Reap late afternoon. (Suggested visit period is between September and early February to see the most bird life but sill interesting year round).

*Note: Not operate from mid of March to August due of low water level

Day 7: Siem Reap Departure [B--]

After breakfast at the hotel, take your own free at leisure till time flight back home.

Day 1: Phnom Penh - Battambang

Day 2: Battambang visit Phnom Banan, Wat Kor,Khmer houses and riding the Bamboo Train

Day 3: Battambang – Siem Reap via Puok District to visit the National Silk Centre

Day 4: Full Day at Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom

Day 5: Full Day at Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei Temple

Day 6: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap tour

Day 7: Siem Reap Departure

Inclusions:
- All transfers and transport as per the program:
1pax -2pax: comfortable car 4 seats with air-conditioning
3pax -6pax: comfortable Van 15 seats with air-conditioning
- All accommodation as per program (based on double/Twin sharing room)
- All meals as mentioned (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- English speaking station guide as mention on the itinerary.
- All Entrance fee mentioned in itinerary
- Fresh water & Tissue

Exclusions:
- Air tickets both domestic and international
- Insurance
- Personal expenses
- All drinks
- Visa fees and/or visa authorization
- Tips
- Early Check in/Late Check Out
- Other expenses that not mentioned on the itinerary
- Any peak season surcharge (normally New Year period)

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