ITINERARY BY DAY
Day 1: Arrival in Phnom Penh
Upon arrival, meet with the guide and transfer to the hotel to check in and then free at leisure.
Day 2: Phnom Penh City Tour
Be guided through this bustling, vibrant city and see main sights including the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, the National Museum and the Wat Phnom. In the afternoon, a visit to the sobering and poignant Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum documents past struggles of the Khmer people, followed by modern day trade and livelihoods at the Central Market.
Day 3: Phnom Penh Boat Trip and Introduction to Buddhism
In the morning, climb aboard a boat trip down the Mekong River to a nearby island, renowned for its silk weaving. Take time to stroll through the village, purchase handicrafts and visit the local pagoda. Here the guide provides a short introduction to Buddhism:
Introduction to Buddhism: focus on Buddhist concepts
After lunch, the group visits Choeung Ek, the “Killing Fields”, where over 17,000 people were murdered and buried in mass graves by the Khmer Rouge.
Day 4: Phnom Penh – Sambor Prei Kuk – Siem Reap (6 hours drive)
In the morning, the group drives to Siem Reap (6 hours). Stop mid-way for a picnic lunch and to visit the former Khmer capital of Sambor Prei Kuk, the earliest example of Khmer temple architecture. The temple complex, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, has dozens of structures built from brick and laterite stone in the 7th century. The temples were abandoned, rediscovered in 1980 and restored though only parts of the jungle have been cleared. Here, the guide provides a short introduction to Hinduism, which has strongly influenced pre-Angkorian and Angkorian civilizations, as well as much of the region.
Continue the drive onto Siem Reap and the hotel for check in.
Day 5: Siem Reap Angkor Complex
The day begins at the South Gate of Angkor Thom to explore the centerpiece of this ancient city, the Bayon. The Bayon encloses 54 towers decorated with more than 200 enigmatic, smiling stone faces. The morning tour also visits the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of Leper Kings, as well as Ta Prohm Temple.
Afterwards, enjoy a relaxed lunch in Siem Reap before visiting the famous Angkor Wat - best preserved of all the Angkor temples. Time is allowed for a thorough exploration of this huge architectural wonder before heading to see the sunset at Pre Rup temple.
Day 6: Siem Reap Banteay Srey & Monastery
After breakfast, the tour heads to the exquisite Banteay Srey, “Citadel of the Woman”, home to some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art, followed by a tour of Banteay Samre. After lunch, the tour visits a local monastery to meet with the monks who live here. Today, the course focuses on Buddhist philosophy and monastic life. Stay overnight in the monastery.
Course on Buddhism: focus on Buddhist philosophy, monastic life and nirvana. Discussion with a monk.
Note: Monks have their last meal at 11AM in the morning. No dinner is planned for the evening. Buffalo Tours will however prepare snacks and fruits.
Day 7: Monastery - Siem Reap Depature
Rise in the early morning to the sound of the drums (monks wake up at around 4 AM). After breakfast, you will be introduced to meditation, followed by a half day practice in the monastery. Introduction to Buddhist meditation (including half day practice).
Day 8: Depart Siem Reap
This day is free to explore Siem Reap, its restaurants activities and temples, until transfers to the airport.
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