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Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Museum & Killing Fields It's the seventh day of your Cambodia holiday and today your Phnom Penh travel experience will take you further out of the city with your guide, to the Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields. In 1975 the Red Khmer invaded the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh and Pol Pot became prime minister of Cambodia and made a very gruesome attempt to turn Cambodia into a communist agricultural state.
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The Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Fields are quite impressive and can confront visitors quite directly with Cambodia's brutal past; however, a promising future for Cambodia is evident with a visit to the Apsara Foundation, which aims to educate poor Cambodian children to become professional dancers and musicians, and simultaneously conserve Cambodian arts and culture. The rest of the day is free in order to give you the opportunity to explore some of the main sights, such as the Independence Monument, the Silver Pagoda and National Museum. At the end of this moving day, you'll spend the night in a small-scale hotel in town

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Day 1

Arrival in Siem Reap You will begin your Cambodia holiday with a pre-arranged transfer to your hotel upon arrival. Your hotel is in the centre of town where air conditioned rooms and friendly staff will be waiting for you. On the first day of your Angkor Wat visit, you will probably take it easy after your travels. Have a nice Khmer dish at the hotel or walk into the town and visit a traditional restaurant. Siem Reap is a relatively small town, but quite charming with little streets and small cafes. Afterwards you can visit the night market. It's popular with tourists, but if you have a good look around, you can find some nice souvenirs. Cambodia holiday - Day one in Siem Reap Cambodia holiday - Explore Angkor Wat

Day 2

Angkor Wat - Excursion with Guide It's the second day of your Cambodia holiday and today you'll visit Angkor Wat with your guide. In order to see the entire complex, you would need to spend several days here since the dozens of temples are spread out over an area of about 25 kilometres. Wander endlessly through the statues, temples and historic reliefs, but be sure to stay on the defined and marked paths, as there are still mines in some of the unchartered areas

Day 3

Siem Reap - Free Time or Optional Countryside Tour On the third day fo your Cmabodia holiday you'll have some free time to visit Angkor Wat's Temple Complex independently if you wish. For centuries the temples were covered by jungle until a French expedition discovered the ruins early in the 1900's. Several of the temples have since been restored. Several others still show how the jungle swallowed the temples from sight. The Ta Prohm temple has not yet been completely restored. It's quite interesting to see how towering trees have taken the temple prisoner. The tops of the trees shoot up into the sky, far beyond the temple roof and the roots of the trees have wrapped themselves around the walls of the temple... truly an impressive sight. This Cambodia holiday is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. If you'd like us to book this trip for you during your free day in Siem Reap, just let us know on the quote request form or ask your Travel Specialist. Click here to find our more about these Cambodia Charity Projects.

Day 4

Siem Reap - Kampong Thom After breakfast you’ll be picked up at your hotel in Siem Reap at about 7am to continue to the next destination on your Cambodia holiday. You'll journey by minibus towards your Cambodian homestay in Kampong Thom; a peaceful village tucked away in the countryside a couple of hours east of Phnom Penh. On the way you'll visit the hidden jungle temple of Beng Mealea and a stone bridge pre-dating Angkor Wat. When you arrive at Kampong Thom you’ll exchange your minibus for a tuk-tuk for the final leg of your journey towards your home away from home. On arrival you'll be welcomed by your hosts. For the next few days of your cultural Cambodia experience, you can enjoy being part of the village community. There’s nothing planned for this afternoon, so you can spend the rest of the day exploring the area. Challenge the village children to a game of football and get to know the locals. The Cambodians are known for their hospitality and will do their best to make you feel at home. You’ll stay in a basic, traditional Cambodian home

Day 5

Kampong Thom - Sambor Prei Kuk After breakfast on day two of your cultural Cambodia homestay, you’ll head out by bicycle with the rest of your group and a local guide to the ancient temple complex Sambor Prei Kuk. Soak up the mystical atmosphere as you wander through the historic temples like Prasat Sambor and Prasat Tor. The temples are overgrown and derelict in places, but still give you an impressive idea of their former grandeur. Some of the temples are older than the temples at Angkor Wat, dating back to the 1st Century AD. In the afternoon you can help out with the daily work in the village for a real taste of cultural Cambodia. There’s plenty to do, so depending on the season, you can help planting or harvesting the rice, weaving silk cloths or try your hand at woodcarving. Later on you could go on another cycling trip through the countryside. In the evening, round off the day back at the homestay with a traditional Cambodian meal prepared by your host.

Day 6

Kampong Thom - Phnom Penh Even though you’ve spent the last few nights of your Cambodia holiday in basic accommodation without electricity, hot water or air-conditioning, it might be difficult to say goodbye to your new friends! This unique experience will give you a deeper understanding of the authentic Cambodian way of life which you won’t get to see in the cities or beach resorts.

Day 7

Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Museum & Killing Fields It's the seventh day of your Cambodia holiday and today your Phnom Penh travel experience will take you further out of the city with your guide, to the Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields. In 1975 the Red Khmer invaded the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh and Pol Pot became prime minister of Cambodia and made a very gruesome attempt to turn Cambodia into a communist agricultural state. The Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Fields are quite impressive and can confront visitors quite directly with Cambodia's brutal past; however, a promising future for Cambodia is evident with a visit to the Apsara Foundation, which aims to educate poor Cambodian children to become professional dancers and musicians, and simultaneously conserve Cambodian arts and culture. The rest of the day is free in order to give you the opportunity to explore some of the main sights, such as the Independence Monument, the Silver Pagoda and National Museum. At the end of this moving day, you'll spend the night in a small-scale hotel in town.

Day 8

Phnom Penh - UK Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and today your Cambodia holiday must draw to a close. Depending on what time your flight home departs, you can spend the last day of your trip taking one last look around Phnom Penh. Finally, you'll make your own way to the airport and catch your flight back to the UK.

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