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Experience a classic journey through Cambodia, visiting the capital Phnom Penh before heading towards Siem Reap to marvel at the magnificent temples of Angkor. Then travel south to the coast at Sihanoukville to sample some of Cambodia's pristine beaches and offshore islands.
Depart London Heathrow or your regional airport on flights to Phnom Penh.
Arrive in Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital. Met on arrival and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon visit Was Phnom, the temple from which the city derives its name, and the Toul Sleng Museum of the Genocide where a high school was converted into a detention and torture centre during the years of Khmer Rouge rule in the 1970s. It is a powerful and emotional place. (L,D)
A city tour of Phnom Penh. Visit the Independence Monument, followed by the impressively ornate Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, filled with riches. Then sample the National Museum, containing a treasure trove of Khmer art from the golden age of the Khmer empire. After lunch at a local restaurant drive to Siem Reap (about 6-hour journey). On arrival check-in at your hotel and enjoy dinner. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, start your tour of the world renowned temples of Angkor. Start at the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the great walled city dating from the 12th century, followed by the Bayon temple with its famous giant faces, and the Baphoun, terraces of the Elephants and the Leper King. Then Ta Prohm, still engulfed in jungle. After lunch visit the great temple of Angkor Wat with its impressive architecture and sculptured bas-reliefs before climbing the Bakheng temple hill in the evening for a sunset view over Angkor. (B, L, D)
Transfer to airport for the short flight to Sihanoukville, on Cambodia's southern coast. Transfer to your hotel and rest of the day free. (B)
After breakfast, join a boat trip departing for some of the many unspoilt islands that lie offshore. Head towards Koh Thas for snorkelling or fishing, before travelling on to the idyllic island of Koh Rong Samleom for a buffet lunch. Enjoy swimming at the beautiful beach or trek inland to a waterfall. Depart about 3pm to arrive Sihanoukville about two hours later. (B, L, D)
After breakfast at hotel transfer to the island of Koh Rong. and to the Koh Rong Diving Centre, located in the picturesque village of Koh Touch. The centre offers a full range of PADI diver training classes so you can explore the colourful underwater wildlife around the island. Return to Sihanoukville for overnight stay (B, L, D)
Depart Sihanoukville for overland journey by road to Phnom Penh to airport for your flights home to UK, arriving morning of Day 9. (B)
PLEASE NOTE: B = Buffet Breakfast at Hotel, L/D = lunch/dinner at local restaurants
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