1A complete visit to Cambodia's ancient city of Siem Reap covering the famous world heritage site of Angkor Wat which represents the spiritual and mystical grandeur of the Khmer civilization; Roluos group of temples which include Lolei, Bakong and Preah Ko all built in the pre-Angkor period (850-893) to see the precedents of the great Angkor period temples; Banteay Srei, Ta Prohm as well as Angkor Thom, the great city located next to Angkor Wat; "River of a Thousand Lingas" at Kbal Spean; the little visited Beng Mealea; and the Great Lake.

Route: Siem Reap, Cambodia

 

check16Inclusive:

• 4 nights hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
• Meals of 1 lunch and 1 dinner with show
• Boat fare on the Tonle Sap
• Tours to the Roluos group of temples, Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, Kbal Spean, Beng Mealea and the Tonle Sap
• Entry Pass of 3 Days to the Angkor temple complex
• Use of car/van for 5 days for tours and transfers
• English, Thai, French, Chinese speaking guide
• For Japanese speaking guide add USD 35
• For German & Spanish speaking guides add USD 25

stop16Exclusive:

• Domestic & International Airfares
• Visa upon arrival fee of USD 20
• Drinks at meals other than what is served at table
• Use of hotel mini bar, laundry, phone-call
• Airport tax for both International & Domestic flights.
• International Airport Tax USD 25/ Adult & USD 13/ Child under 12 years. * Domestic Airpot Tax USD 6/ Adult & USD 4/ Child under 12 years.

 

noteItinerary:

Day 1: Siem Reap

Arrive in Siem Reap, meet and transfer to hotel for check-in. Free at leisure.
Overnight in hotel, Siem Reap.

Day 2: Roluos Group of Temples, Angkor Thom & Ta Prohm (Breakfast/Dinner)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at 8.30am, drive to the Roluos temple group of Lolei, Bakong and Preah Ko all built in the pre-Angkor period (850-893) to see the precedents of the great Angkor period temples. Sightseeing of Angkor Thom, the great city located next to Angkor Wat. This was the greatest achievement of King Jayavarman VII, (r.1181-1218). Angkor Thom, built in the late 12th century, extends almost 4 square miles and is enclosed by a wall 26 feet high, 7.5 miles long and surrounded by an originally crocodile-infested moat. This great city contains many unfinished structures, mysterious faces and long terraces decorated with sculptured royal elephants and half-man half-bird figures. The area is surrounded by five monumental gates more than 65 feet high, each dominated by 4 huge carved faces of King Jayavarman VII in the image of the Buddhist Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, facing north, south, east and west. In front of each gate are giant statues of gods on the left, demons on the right. In the centre is the Bayon, a massive cluster of towers carved with 216 faces of the Bodhisattva. More great carvings are found on the 4000 feet of interior walls which are covered with bas-reliefs showing 11,000 figures engaged in battles, ceremonial pageants and everyday life of 12th century Angkor. Visit Phimeanakas, a 10th century temple built by Jayavarman V; Elephants Terrace, a viewing platform from which the kings of Angkor watched military processions and games; Terrace of the Leper King, supposedly named after the founder of Angkor Thom whom legend says died of leprosy. See the Baphuon of the mid-11th century dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva, from a distance as restoration work is still going on here. Visit also Ta Prohm that is unrestored and left to the elements with giant trees embracing its stoneworks, giving Ta Prohm its unique character. Walk up Bakheng Hill at about 5pm to watch the sun set on Angkor Wat and the plain below from the ruins of Bakheng Temple to end the day. (There is a daily quota for the number of persons going up Bakheng Hill.) Dinner with apsara show at the restaurant.
Overnight in hotel, Siem Reap.

Day 3: Tour of Banteay Srei & Kbal Spean - Beng Mealea (Breakfast/Lunch)

Breakfast at the hotel. Pick up at 8.30am to drive to the temple of Banteay Srei, 38km from Siem Reap. It is the only pink sandstone temple exquisitely carved dated before Angkor Wat. Tour to Kbal Spean (in English "River of a Thousand Lingas"), for a unique scene of thousands of phalluses carved into the river bed to honour the Hindu gods. Lunch at Borey Sovann restaurant and continue sightseeing to Beng Mealea. This huge temple, much of it in its ruined state, is not much visited. It is a spectacular sight and is the most mysterious temple at Angkor, and even more jungle-bound than Ta Prohm.
Overnight in hotel, Siem Reap.

Day 4: Angkor Wat (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning tour of Angkor Wat located seven kilometres north of Siem Reap. Angkor Wat represents the spiritual and mystical grandeur of the Khmer civilization. The kingdom was founded in the early 9th century by King Suryavarman II as a microcosm of the mythical world in which he identified himself with the god Vishu. At the heart of the city was a mountain temple, traditional home of the Hindu gods and also the centre of an earthly kingdom in which the king was regarded as sacred. The Temple also served as a mausoleum for the dead kings and was in use until 1431 when the kingdom was eliminated by the Siamese. The lost city was re-discovered by western archaeologists in the late 19th century. The temple complex of Angkor Wat covers 200 acres, enclosed by a massive rectangular-shaped wall and surrounded by a wide moat. The wall contains gates on all four sides, with the main entrance richly decorated with carvings and sculptures. The temple comprised of five distinctive towers with 72 major monuments and an irrigation system which together portrayed the harmonization of Indian roots in a Cambodian context - which was the very foundation of Khmer art and architecture. This place is probably the largest religious monument ever built on earth, and is considered one of the most inspiring. Spend time to look closely at the bas-reliefs along the galleries depicting Hindu myths, wars against the Chams of Champa and other interesting episodes of ancient Khmer life. Return to your hotel and be at leisure for the rest of the day.
Overnight in hotel, Siem Reap.

Day 5: Great Lake - Departure (Breakfast)

Breakfast at hotel. Morning boat trip on the Tonle Sap which is the largest fresh water source in all Southeast Asia - an ecological wonder of the world as the water of the Mekong River reverses itself to flood the lake and re-fertilizes the land, thereby ensuring a food source for the people. See the floating gardens, floating villages and fishing boats at work. On the way visit a village to see rural life in its original setting. See how the villagers do embroidery. Free until time to transfer to airport for your departure flight.

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