Angkor & Siem Reap
Cambodia 03-Angkor Wat (Siem Reap) 4 Days / 3 Nights
Daily departure from Siem Reap, but only as a private tour.
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 we continue our visit to the Terrace of elephants and the terrace of leper king. At the North of the Baphuon lies the Royal city, of which very little remains except these two Terraces. The first owes its name to the outstanding depiction of elephants, while the second gets its name from the magnificent sculpture of King Yasovarman, popularly known as the Leper King.
The original of this statue is now in the National Museum in Phnom Penh. We also pay a visit to The Baphoun. This temple built by Udayadityarvarman II was the most poorly constructed of all the temples in Angkor. From the remaining ruins, it is possible to see how imposing it was. This temple hill was dedicated to Shiva, but in its reliefs many motives from the Vishnu epic can be seen. Restoration work continues to be carried out on the Baphuon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 Siem Reap ( B/L/D )
Afterwards breakfast we start the sightseeing. 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 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. 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 3 Siem Reap ( B/L/D )
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we will pay a visitto Kobal Spien. More commonly known to foreigners as the River of a Thousand Lingas, this is an area of riverbed carvings similar to Phnom Kulen, but more peaceful. Kobal Spien is about a half-hour walk up a pleasant path shaded by jungle to where the carvings begin. The river eventually appears on your left and the first carvings include a large image of Vishnu. As you continue on, you come to an area with several good images of Rama, Lachsme and Hanuman, and further up some lingas. On the way back down there is a path which follows the river and along this stretch are hundreds of lingas, hence the name the River of a Thousand Lingas. These eventually lead to a waterfall with a pool below. Kobal Spien is about 30km north-east of the Bayon and about 9km beyond the temple of Banteay Srei along a good dirt road. Picnic lunch. After lunch 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. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 4 Siem Reap ( B/L )
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we will drive to the Tole Sap Great Lake. This is perhaps one of the most ecological wonders in the world, Tonle Sap is located in the middle of Cambodia. It is the Tonle Sap Lake that feeds the people of Cambodia with tons of fresh water fish, carps, mussels, and herrings all year round. To a wide array of birds and fish-eating waterfowls, Tonle Sap provides them the fruitful aquatic habitats. During the dry season, the depth of the lake is only 1 metre, but in the wet season, marvelous natural phenomenal takes place when the Tonle Sap River reverses its direction and floods the lake, enlarging its size, then Tonle Sap Lake becomes one of the largest lake in Southeast Asia. With its biological diversity, the Tonle Sap Lake has naturally established bird sanctuary around Prek Toal where rare breeds, the milky stork and the spot-billed pelican can be seen. These days, number of visitors who add famous bird-watching spot of Prek Toal into their Siem Reap’s trip is increasing, particular from December to May. We will take about trip on the lake to see the floating village. 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 Standard ), Meals ( 3B4L3D ), 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, Beverages and Personal expenses.
Cambodia 03-Angkor Wat (Siem Reap) 4 Days / 3 Nights