Affordable Siem Reap
Twin Sharing : S$1250 per pax
- Round trip by Silk Air
- 3 nights accommodation based on Pool-view Room with daily breakfast at Trip Advisor Rank No.1 Siem Reap Best Luxury Romance Hotel Shinta Mani Resort.
- 2-Ways Land Transfer from Siem Reap Airport to Shinta Mani Club.
- Complementary One Fresh Fruit Juice or Fruit Shake and any other drink from restaurants’ drink list for every gourmet meal restaurants.
- Meals as per itinerary
- Tours as per itinerary
Day 1: Singapore / Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake (Dinner, Smile of Angkor Show)
Check in at International Airport for your flight to Siem Reap. Check in hotel (if time permits). Proceed to the floating village by a traditional wooden boat ride on Tonle Sap Lake (The largest Freshwater Lake in Southeast Asia. Approximate 16 times the size of Singapore.). At this floating village you can see floating – school, basketball field, church, houses and vendors selling their products door to door by boat. These floating village people make their living as fishermen. Dinner at one of the best Khmer cuisine restaurant in town and watch Smile of Angkor Show. Tonight free at your own leisure to visit night market or the famous Pub Street.
Day 2: Siem Reap – Banteay Srey, Angkor Wat Temple, Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor Thom, South Gate, Baphuon, Phimeanakas, Elephants Terraces & Leper King Terraces, Bayon, Bakheng Mountain Sunset (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed to the remarkable small temple of Banteay Srey, a little more than 30 km north of Angkor. The name, relatively modern, means “Citadel of the Women” or perhaps “Citadel of Beauty”. Presumably referring to its size and the delicacy of its decoration. Next visit the visually, architecturally and artistically breath-taking Angkor Wat. It is a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five beehive-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level. Angkor Wat is the centrepiece of any visit to the temples of Angkor. The temple itself is 1 km square and consists of three levels surmounted by a central tower. The walls of the temple are covered inside and out with bas-reliefs and carvings. Nearly 2000 distinctively rendered apsara (angel) cravings adorn the walls through the temple and represent some of the finest examples of apsara carving in Angkorian era art.
Then visit the Ta Prohm Temple. This sprawling monastic complex is partially cleared of jungle overgrowth. Intentionally left partially un-restored, massive fig and silk cotton trees grow from the towers and corridors offering some of the best “tree-in temple” photo opportunities.
After lunch at one of the best Khmer cuisine restaurant in town, visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom (Big Angkor) is a 3km Square walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of Angkorian Empire. After Jayavarman VII recaptured the campaign from the Cham invaders in 1181, he began a massive building campaign across the empire, constructing Angkor Thom as his new capital city. He began with existing structures such as Baphuon and Phimeanakas, Elephants Terraces & Leper King Terraces and builds a grand Royal Enclosed City around them, adding the outer wall/moat and some of Angkor’s greatest temples including his state-temple, Bayonfamous with its 54 towers decorated with 216 enormous mysterious smiling faces, set at the center of the city. There are five entrances (gates) to the city, one for each cardinal point and the victory gate leading to the Royal Palace.
Sunset at Bakheng Mountain. Dinner at another one of the best Khmer cuisine restaurant in town. Tonight free at your own leisure to visit night market or the famous Pub Street.
Day 3: Siem Reap – Kulen Mountain, Wat Thmey (Siem Reap Killing Field), Preah Ang Chek Preah Ang Chorm Shrine, Yeay Tep, Royal Palace, Ox Cart (Breakfast / Lunch Box / High Tea / Dinner / 2 Hrs Massage)
Breakfast at hotel. Leave hotel with lunch box for Kulen Mountain or Phnom Kulen is declared as a National Park. It is an isolated mountain massif located in Svay Leu District and some 48km from Siem Reap. Its highest point is 487 meters. This is widely regarded as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire. During the constructional period of the ancient temples in the nineth century, sand stones were brought from this sacred mountain to Angkor. It was here at Phnom Kulen that King Jayavarman II proclaimed independence from Java in 802 A.D. The site is known for its carvings representing fertility and its waters hold special significance to the people of Cambodia. Just a few inches under the surface of the water, over 1000 carvings of Yoni and Linga are etched into the sandstone riverbed. The waters are regarded as holy, given the sacred carvings which also include a stone representation of the Hindu god Vishnu lying on his serpent Ananta, with his wife Lakshmi at his feet. A lotus flower protrudes from Vishnu’s navel bearing the god Brahma. The river then ends with a beautiful waterfall. Phnom Kulen is regarded highly by Cambodian people as a sacred location and has developed into a great tour destination.
Afternoon we will visit Wat Thmey. It is a small active Pagoda, with a not-very-inspiring statue of Buddha. The hall it’s in is quite nicely rated and deco you could spend a good couple of minutes there looking around. Outside there are the homes for the monks, and a teaching hall, as well as a small gift shop selling tourist tack. Wat Thmey is home to Siem Reap’s Killing Fields’ memorial. Anyone who comes to Cambodia and knows anything about it’s past, will know that since the 1400s it has been a trouble country. 1st the Thais sacked Angkor in 1432. Then in 1863, at the request of the King in Exile, the French took over. In the 1960s and 70s, Cambodia was subject to violent protests, and civil war. Finally in 1975, the Khmer Rouge took power. They renamed the country Democratic Kampuchea and started clearing people from towns. In a matter of hours, the entire population of Phnom Penh was ordered to leave. Many people died on the road. Everywhere people were put to work. People were killed for the slightest reason – for being too clever, for refusing to work. Many more died through starvation, illness and the brutality that followed. Most were buried in mass graves, or simply thrown into hastily dug trenches. It is estimated that 2,000,000 people were killed – about a third of the population at the time. The regime was largely ousted in 1979 but Cambodia was in a state of limbo and run by the Vietnamese until 1993 when the King was restored and power returned to an elected government. Cambodia as a modern country is only 20 years old. No wonder people look to the future, even though their greatest monuments are from the past. Pol Pot had great ideals, great motives, but the plan went awry. In Phnom Penh there are reminders of this at Chao Ponhea Yat High School (the notorious Tuol Sleng or S21 prison camp) and the Killing Fields. In Siem Reap, the memorial is a small building at Wat Thmey with glass windows housing the skulls and bones of some of those who perished. There are also a couple of boards with fading photos showing life in the dark days.
Then go for High Tea at FCC Restaurant in town, followed by Preah Ang Chek Preah Ang Chorm Shrine in the Royal Independence Gardens in Siem Reap. There was a band with traditional Khmer instruments set on the shrine floor playing traditional Khmer music. Few monks were seated on the side to give people blessings and take offerings of food and clothes from devoted Buddhists. Inside a small room, there were two statues of Buddha and people were hanging flower rings on them, touching their hands or just leaving other offerings at their feet. Hundreds upon hundreds of incense sticks were being lit up and burned in a large ashtray. The smoke from these could be smelled and seen half a mile away. Devotees also prey before the Buddha images with their palms joined together for a prayer while burning incense sticks are held between the palms. Preah Ang Chek Preah Ang Chorm Shrine is a small, but nicely located and beautifully built shrine that enjoys vast popularity among people of Siem Reap. In the evening you will see thousands of bats flying of the tree searching for food, Ya Tep in the middle of the road is a huge tree. Right by this is a small shrine to Ya Tep. Now “he” is a Neak-Ta or spirit that is connected to this particular area. This particular Neak-Ta brings protection and predicts lottery ticket winners for believers.
Take the Ox Cart which provides you with the opportunity to get a glimpse of the traditional way of life in Cambodia, learn about their culture and enjoy the company of friendly local villagers. The traditional ox cart has been an important feature in Cambodian culture for hundreds of years. Dinner at one of the best Khmer cuisine restaurant in town.
Next, enjoy two hours massage at the best massage in town. Tonight free at your own leisure to visit night market or the famous Pub Street.
Day 4: Siem Reap – Airport (Breakfast / Lunch)
Breakfast at hotel. Free and easy until transfer to airport for your flight back home.