- Hermann Hesse
Cambodia arts and crafts tour is an example tour, typical of our Cambodia travel itineraries, and should be used as inspiration for your own tailor-made travel itinerary.
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After lunch, an architectural tour of Phnom Penh by cyclo. Guided by Cambodian architects and architectural students, this allows a slower pace at which to see the city. Evening: Sovanna Phum Theatre with performances that include traditional music, dancing, acrobatics and shadow puppetry.
Start at the National Museum for the best Angkorian era art in the world, then move to the neighbouring Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA), where the outdoor studios can be visited, including ceramics, sculpture, wood carving and painting.
After a local lunch, move on to the nearby Reyum Institute, and wander around some of the more interesting stores and workshops of Street 178. We continue to the Russian Market, or the Central Market, housed in its unique art deco building. Finish the day with a sunset cruise - a private boat cruise on the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers.
Morning transfer to your flight to Siem Reap. After lunch travel by road to Banteay Kdei and Srah Srang and then to Ta Prohm. From the Northwest of Ta Prohm we shall walk to the temple of Ta Nei, and then finally enjoy a sunset drink at a special place we know of.
We shall travel by road to see and photograph the sunrise at Angkor Wat - one of life's great experiences. After returning for a leisurely breakfast, a chef will take you on a private trip (by tuk tuk) to the local market, and then proceed to the restaurant to learn the art of Khmer cooking, and to hopefully enjoy your efforts.
After a long morning, relax in the afternoon, perhaps taking the opportunity to visit some of the art galleries around Siem Reap, such as The Diwo Gallery and the McDermott Gallery, or Artisans d'Angkor.
We move on to explore the earliest Angkor capital in the region, Hariharalaya, near the contemporary town of Roluos. The moat of Bakong, in particular, is a very photogenic spot. It is also possible to visit the puppet-making workshop in front of Preah Ko temple, or visit Wat Attvea to enjoy a water blessing by the monks.
Visit Mr Morimoto's Wisdom of the Forest Village, which as he will explain to you, "is the repository of almost everything needed to achieve pastoral village self-sufficiency".
Travel by road to the Victory Gate of Angkor Thom, then walk along the 8m high city wall to the Death Gate. Enjoy a relaxed walk to visit the Elephant Terrace, Preah Palilay, Phimeanakas, and the imposing Baphuon, to finally reach Jayavarman's state temple of Bayon at the centre of the city.
Across ancient reservoirs and through pretty villages and rive paddies, we travel by road to Banteay Srei to see the finest Angkor-period carvings, perhaps visiting fields where wild pitcher plants grow before proceeding to Phnom Kulen, with its linga river carvings, waterfalls and shrines. After enjoying a local lunch, we can continue by road to Beng Mealea, ruined ancient blueprint for Angkor Wat.
Travel across the lake and up the Sangker river, seeing many rural scenes from your private boat.
In the morning we shall have some fun on the infamous bamboo train, and move on to explore the lush surrounding countryside as we visit Wat Ek Phnom and Phnom Banan, perhaps stopping to sample some Cambodian wine. In the evening, the Phare Ponleu Selpak circus troupe offer shows mixing modern and traditional dance, music and acrobatics.
Explore the markets, villages and scenery on the road back to Phnom Penh, with opportunities to stop at Pursat (known for its marble work), Kompong Luong and Udong along the way.
Transfer to your flight home.
Prices are for peak season, based on 2 people sharing, 2010 prices. These prices include internal flights and all activities/tickets. Low season prices may be slightly lower depending on offers available.
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