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Angkor & Siem Reap
Cambodia 02-Angkor Wat (Siem Reap) - 3 Days / 2 Nights

 

Day 1 : Siem Reap ( L/D )
After arrival at Siem Reap Airport, transfer to the hotel for check in. Afterwards we start our visit in Siem Reap by paying a visit the complex of Roluos, about 10 km from Siem Reap. This is one of the first Khmer capitals built by Jayavarman II, then called Hariharalaya. Today we can visit three remaining Hindu sanctuaries: Preah Ko, Bakong and Lolei. All three temples were built of brick and though they are not as spectacular as the other temples of Angkor, they are well preserved and very interesting. Lunch at the hotel. After lunch This afternoon we will visit one of the most famous temple in the Angkor Wat.There are few places anywhere on earth to match the splendour of Angkor Wat. The temple is one of the largest monuments to religion ever built and is truly one of the wonders of the world. Believed to have been constructed as a temple and mausoleum for King Suryavarman II at the peak of the Khmer empire in the first half of the 12th century, Angkor Wat is probably the best-preserved of the Angkorean temples.

 

We also make a stop at Phnom Bakheng which sits atop a hill and is interesting mostly for the view it offers of the valley and the Tonle Sap. The temple is in a very poor state, but its ruins are worth visiting. We recommend a late afternoon visit to enjoy the landscape and refreshing winds. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 2 : Siem Reap ( B/L/D )
After breakfast its time for visiting the Banteay Srey. Built by a Brahman in the 10th Century, this temple was dedicated to Shiva. The famous pink sandstone structure bears a series of beautiful sculptures, lintels, pediments and friezes. While not a particularly large temple complex, the beauty of Banteay Srey is found not in the scale but the detail. Some say the bas relief work is the best example of Khmer classical art remaining. Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we will make a stop at the South Gate of Angkor Thom. Inside its walls there are many monuments: The Bayon. This temple mountain built by Jayavarman VII is situated in the centre of the city of Angkor Thom. It is a three-tiered pyramid with its entrance facing to the East. The central shrine is surrounded by 54 towers all crowned by gigantic faces, representing Lokiteshvara but with the features of Jayavarman VII. They gaze out to the North, South, East and West, and wherever you are in the temple, you are surrounded by these enigmatic faces, smiling at you all the time. This sets The Bayon apart from many other Angkorean monuments. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 3 : Siem Reap ( B/L )
After breakfast its time for visiting Pre Rup. This temple was built in the 10th Century by Rajendravarman. Its proportions are perfect, a truly beautiful piece of work. In its construction we can see the first appearance of the long halls which are very common in the construction of temples with continuous galleries. Pre Rup means turning the body and the Khmer people believe this temple was a funeral monument. We continue to Neak Pean. Built by Jayavaraman VII, this temple is the perfect representation on earth of the cosmic world. It has been said that this monument was consecrated to Buddha who reached perfection in Nirvana, and the ornamental lakes surrounding it were meant as places where pilgrims could wash and purify themselves before reaching the supreme perfection. In the centre of these ornamental lakes there is a small temple surrounded by two nagas, whose heads allow a passage on the West side. This temple is one of the beauties of Khmer art. Ta Keo is the next temple we will visit. King Suryavaraman I commissioned this temple in the 10th Century but it was never completed. It is a pyramid on 5 levels whose total height is 22 metres. It is dedicated to Shiva. We end this morning tour to Ta Prohm. This temple was a monastery built by Jayavaraman VII as a residence for his mother. Ta Prohm has been controversially left to the destructive power of the jungle by French archeologists to show how nature can destroy man’s work. It has been largely overgrown by the jungle and as you climb through the dilapidated stone structures you see many giant trees growing out of the top of the temple itself. It's the sort of place where you'd expect to see Indiana Jones step out from behind a fallen pillar. As such, it is one of the most regularly visited temples, with visitors often arriving during the warmer hours of the middle of the day to take advantage of the protective canopy the forest spreads above the temple. Ta Prohm looks as many of the monuments did when European explorers first laid eyes on them. Lunch at a local restaurant or at the hotel. Some time for shopping in the local market before transfer to the airport.

 

Tour Includes : Hotel in sharing Twin room basis ( Hotel category Deluxe Class ), Meals ( 2B3L2D ), All ground transfers, Sightseeing & Entrance fees as per itinerary and English, French, Japanese or Thai Speaking Guide.

 

The tour does not include : Cambodia entry Visa, Airport departure tax, Air ticket, any beverages and Personal expenses.

 

Cambodia 02-Angkor Wat (Siem Reap) - 3 Days / 2 Nights

 

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