Siem Reap

On the Trails of The Khmer 4 Days / 3 Nights

Day 1 – Siem Reap – Commence your 4 day tour of Siem reap and the surrounding area at 9.00am. Your first visit today is to Angkor Thom, it covers an area of 10 square km. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats the city includes many of Angkor’s most popular sights, and you enter by the monumental south gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga. Continue to the TERRACE OF THE ELEPHANTS and the TERRACE OF THE LEPER KINGS, former spaces for public ceremonies, both adorned with dramatic bas reliefs. Visit the ruined BAPHUON, ROYAL ENCLOSURE and PHIMEANAKAS before continuing to the mysterious BAYON TEMPLE. In this temple, one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor, explore the galleries of beautifully preserved bas reliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where giant stone faces smiling enigmatically down from every angle. To complete the day you will watch the sun set behind the temples from a wonderful viewing area.

Day 2 – Siem Reap – Enjoy breakfast at your hotel this morning before embarking on a day of sightseeing with your first visit of the day to Angkor Wat. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings.  Upon entering the main structure, ascend through a series of galleries and courtyard before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside. On the way, stop to enjoy the intricate stone carvings that adorn nearly every surface of the temple, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted from the walls. Along the outer gallery walls run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. Angkor Wat is stunning at any time of the day, but sunrise and sunset are especially beautiful times to watch the play of light on the stones. After enjoying the morning exploring Angkor Wat you move on to your next temple, Ta Prohm, one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them. Your final visit of the day is to the seemingly miniature in comparison to the other Angkor temples, Banteay Srei. Built in pink sandstone, the walls are covered in exquisitely preserved carvings of unusual delicacy. Because of its small size, wondrous atmosphere and extraordinary examples of Khmer sculpture, this temple is often a favorite with visitors. (B)

Day 3 – Siem Reap – This morning after enjoying breakfast at your hotel you depart for your final day of sightseeing and visiting the ROLUOS GROUP. These monuments mark the beginning of Khmer classical art, and they represent some of the earliest great temples built by the Khmer, and served as the capital of Indravarman (who reigned from 877 to 889). Your first visit is to Lolei, built on an islet by Yasovarman I (who ruled from 889 to 910), the founder of the first city of Angkor. The sandstone carvings in the niches of the temples are notable as are the Sanskrit inscriptions on the doorposts. Continue onto to Preah Ko, erected by Indravarman I in the late 9th century in dedication to his defied ancestors in 880. There are inscriptions in Sanskrit on the doorsteps of each temple. Finish the morning with a visit to Bakong, built and dedicated to Shiva by Indravarman I, this is the largest and most interesting of the Roluos Group of temples and still has an active Buddhist monastery. After lunch continue the day with a visit to Ta Som, built in the late 12th century by Jayavarman VII for his teacher, Som, Ta Som means old Som. Visit Neak Pean, built by King Jayavarman VII (ruled 1181 to 1201), it is a Buddhist temple consisting of a square pool with four smaller square pools arranged on each axis. In the centre of the large central pool is a circular island encircled by two nagas with intertwined tails. Finish the day with a visit to Preah Khan, a temple built by King Jayavarman VII with towering enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors in a jungle setting. Preah Khan covers a very large area but the temple itself is enclosed within a rectangular wall of around 700 by 800 metres. (B)

Day 4 – Siem Reap departure – Dependent upon your departure flight enjoy breakfast at your hotel and some free time this morning before meeting your guide for the transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Accommodation in a twin / double share basis
  • Local english speaking guide
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Transfers and transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Meals as described in the itinerary – 3 breakfasts
  • Drinking water and cold towels

Seat in Coach Dates

01 Nov 2019 08 Nov 2019 15 Nov 2019 22 Nov 2019 29 Nov 2019
06 Dec 2019 13 Dec 2019 20 Dec 2019 27 Dec 2019 03 Jan 2020
10 Jan 2020 17 Jan 2020 24 Jan 2020 31 Jan 2020 07 Feb 2020
14 Feb 2020 21 Feb 2020 28 Feb 2020 06 Mar 2020 13 Mar 2020
20 Mar 2020 27 Mar 2020 03 Apr 2020 10 Apr 2020 17 Apr 2020
24 Apr 2020 01 May 2020 08 May 2020 15 May 2020 22 May 2020
29 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 12 Jun 2020 19 Jun 2020 26 Jun 2020
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07 Aug 2020 14 Aug 2020 21 Aug 2020 28 Aug 2020 04 Sep 2020
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