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Introduction

Your starting point in Siem Reap is the gateway to the fabled temples of Angkor. Opulent resorts and sophisticated restaurants, designer bars and exclusive shops are evidence that Siem Reap is very much back on the map. The temples of Angkor are a profound experience, as few sights on earth can match the majesty of Angkor Wat, nature unleashed at Ta Prohm or the mysterious faces of the Bayon. You also travel to the old capital of Koh, visit the sleeping jungle-clad ruin of Beng Mealea, a prototype for Angkor Wat and enjoy a lifestyle visit to the floating villages of the Great Lake.

 

 

In Brief

  • Day 1: Arrive Siem Rea
  • Day 2: Koh Ker and Beng Mealea
  • Day 3: Roluos group and Floating villages
  • Day 4: Banteay Srei. Preah Khan and Remote Temples
  • Day 5: Ta Prohm at Dawn. Afternoon Visit to Walled City of Angkor Thom
  • Day 6: Angkor Wat Sunrise. Departure

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Siem Reap and Free in afternoon {B}

Upon arrival Siem Reap airport, you will be warmly welcome by one of our professional tour guide who will bring you to check in hotel. Free leisure in afternoon. Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 2: Beng Mealea and Koh Ker {B}

We travel to the lost temple of Beng Mealea, the titanic of temples, a slumbering giant lost for centuries in the forests of Cambodia. It is the most accessible of Angkor’s lost temples, a mirror image of Angkor Wat, but utterly consumed by the voracious appetite of nature. Constructed by Suryavarman II (1113-1150), the builder of Angkor Wat, the forest has run riot here and it is hard to get a sense of the monument’s shape amid the daunting ruins. We then head into the bush to the remote Angkor capital of Koh Ker. The history of Cambodia is riven with dynastic spats and political intrigue and one of the most memorable came in the 10th century when Jayavarman IV (928-942) fell out with his family, stormed off to the northwest and established the rival capital of Koh Ker. Although the capital for just 15 years, Jayavarman IV was determined to legitimise his rule through a prolific building programme that left a legacy of 30 major temples and some gargantuan sculpture that is on display in the National Museum in Phnom Penh. Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 3: Visit Roluos Group. Afternoon Exploration of Floating villages {B}

We travel back in time to one of the earliest capitals in the Angkor area, Hariharilaya, now known as Roluos. We begin with a visit to the brick temple of Lolei, originally set on an island in the centre of the Indratataka baray (reservoir). We continue to Preah Ko (sacred cow), named in honour of Shiva’s mount, Nandin. Originally coated in stucco and painted, there is still some of the ancient plaster visible on the rear towers. Finally, we encounter Bakong, the earliest of the Temple Mountains, which later became the signature of Khmer kings. Then, we travel to Kompong Pluk and board small wooden boats for the trip to visit Kompong Pluk. Cruising down a narrow waterway, we enter this medieval floating village, where the houses stand atop stilts as much as seven metres above the water. Everything lives on the water, pigs, dogs, crocodiles and people, all jockeying for space in this incredible floating town. We explore the local wat here, before boarding a bigger boat to take us through the flooded forest and across the Great Lake to Chong Kneas and the holy mountain of Phnom Krom. We climb Phnom Krom for a glorious sunset over the Tonle Sap before heading back to Siem Reap by road. Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 4: Banteay Srei. Preah Khan and Remote Temples {B}

We head to Banteay Srei, Angkor’s ultimate art gallery. This petite pink temple is the jewel in the crown of Angkor-era sculpture. The elaborate carvings here are the finest found in Cambodia and the name translates as ‘Fortress of the Women’, thanks to the intricate detail here, considered too fine for the hands of a man. In the afternoon, we travel to the mighty temple of Preah Khan or 'Sacred Sword', built by King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century. We then continue on to the elegant curves of Neak Poan. This petite temple is the ultimate ornamental fountain, its series of elaborate spouts including the heads of lions and elephants. We finish by experiencing sunset over the rice fields from the royal crematorium of Pre Rup, a classic view of the Cambodian countryside. Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 5: Ta Prohm at Dawn. Afternoon Visit to Walled City of Angkor Thom {B}

We rise early to travel to Ta Prohm in the dawn light. Ta Prohm has been abandoned to the elements, left as it was ‘discovered’ by French explorer Henri Mouhot in 1860, the tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones. After soaking up the unique atmosphere of Ta Prohm, we continue to the giant pyramid of Takeo, one of the highest temples in the Angkor area. Built at the end of the 10th century, it was never completed. In the afternoon, we visit the immense walled city of Angkor Thom that was the masterpiece of King Jayavarman VII. The scale is simply staggering and we are immediately overwhelmed by the audacity of Jayavarman on arrival at the city’s gates. We begin our visit at the Terrace of the Leper King, continue along the Terrace of Elephants, and visit the Baphuon, once of the most beautiful temples at Angkor, dating from the 11th century. It has undergone a massive renovation by the French and is now once again open for viewing. Our climax is the enigmatic and enchanting temple of the Bayon. Its 54 towers are each topped off with the four faces of Avalokiteshvara (Buddha of Compassion), which bear more than a passing resemblance to the king himself. Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 6: Angkor Wat sunrise. Departure {B}

Rising at the crack of dawn, we journey out to the Mother of all temples, Angkor Wat. Believed to be the world's largest religious building, this temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers. Built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II, this is most famous temple at Angkor. We stay at Angkor Wat to enjoy a picnic breakfast. As the crowds return to their hotels, we venture into Angkor Wat to enjoy its magnificence in peace and quiet, beginning at the bas-reliefs that tell of tales from Hindu mythology and of the glories of the Khmer empire. Afternoon is free at leisure until transfer to airport for departure flight.


What’s In:

-  All sightseeing and transfer services as detailed in our itinerary
-  Accommodation in confirmed room category and named hotels
-  Meals: daily breakfast at hotel only or as specified (drinks not included)
-  English-speaking local guides (or the relevant language requested)
-  All entrance fees as detailed in our itinerary
-  Private air-conditioned vehicle with drinking water during sightseeing
-  Boat trips as specified


What’s Not:

-  Tour services not detailed in our itinerary
-  All meals not specified and no drinks except complimentary water
-  International departure taxes
-  Visa fees
-  All International flight tickets
-  Overweight luggage
-  Early Hotel check-in/ Late check-out
-  Expenditure of a personal nature
-  Tips and gratuities
-  Other services not listed in ‘What’s In’
-  Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expense, including repatriation in the event of accident or illness).

 

Hotel ***** **** ***

Siem Reap

Sofitel Angkor Resort

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Angkor Hotel

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New Angkor Land Hotel

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