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Day 1 – Siem Reap Touring
You can begin this tour with an early morning pick up from Siem Reap International Airport, or at your hotel.
In the early morning meet your guide and embark on a day of touring the Temples of Angkor. The fortified city of Angkor Thom covers an area of 10 square km. It is enclosed by a wall and wide moats, and the city includes many of Angkor’s most popular sights. 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. Late this afternoon you can watch the sunset over the Cambodian countryside from the upper terraces of an ancient Angkorian temple.
Day 2 – Siem Reap
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel this morning before meeting your guide for another day of exploring the temples of Angkor. The crown jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. 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. To approach the temple, first cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades. 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 with 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 spending several hours exploring Angkor Wat proceed to Ta Prohm Temple. One of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much for the jungle that 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. 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. Our next visit is to Neak Pean Temple. 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. In the late afternoon visit Preah Khan 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 3 – Siem Reap
|Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before you meet your guide in the hotel foyer and embark on another day of exploring Siem Reaps amazing temples. Commence the days touring with a visit to Banteay Srei, one of the most romantic temples in Angkor. Built from pink sandstone the walls are covered in exquisitely preserved carvings of unusual delicacy. Proceed to The Roluos Group of monuments, that mark the beginning of Khmer classical art, and they represent some of the earliest great temples built by the Khmer. They served as the capital of Indravarman (who reigned from 877 to 889). Our 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. Preah Ko was 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. Bakong was built and dedicated to Shiva by Indravarman I, and is the largest and most interesting of the Roluos Group of temples and still has an active Buddhist monastery. In the late afternoon visit Pre Rup Temple, built by Rajendravarman II (ruled 944 to 968), it consists of a pyramid-shaped temple with the upper-most of the three tiers carrying five square shrines arranged as a quincunx. The name means turning the body and refers to the traditional method of cremation. At the end of this day, you will be returned to your hotel for the evening at leisure. (B)|
Day 4 – Siem Reap departure
Today enjoy the last few hours at leisure in Siem Reap before you meet your driver who will provide the private vehicle transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for your onward flight. (B)
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