A NEW SEVEN WONDER OF THE WORLD: ANGKOR TEMPLES COMPLEX
TOUR CODE: CAM2
The name of “Angkor Wat” means “Temple City” in the Khmer language. “Angkor” refers to the city of Cambodia and “Wat” is for temple ground.
Constructed in the 12th century, Angkor Wat is one of the most religious monuments in the world. It has become a must-see monument in Cambodia even in Asia. Surely, Angkor Wat annually welcomes millions of tourists and locals to visit this ancient monastery and be amazed by its archaic beauty. The temple is part of the Angkor World Heritage Site. It is considered as one of the seven wonders of the world.
Day 1: Siem Reap welcomes you – Roluos Group
Day 2: Siem Reap – Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom Temples
Day 3: Siem Reap – Banteay Srey Temple
Day 4: Siem Reap – Angkor National Museum – Departure
Day 1: Siem Reap welcomes you - Roluos Group (L,D)
Arrive at Siem Reap International airport where you will be met by your tour guide and then transfer to your hotel for check-in. Lunch will be at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we drive to visit the Roluos group of temples. These 3 monuments served as the capital during the reign of King Indravaraman I (877-89), are among the earliest large and permanent temples of the Khmer classical art period. Preah Ko, erected by Indavaraman I in the late 9th century was dedicated by the King to his ancestors. Bakhong is the largest and the most interesting of the Roluos group temples with its active Buddhist monastery. Lastly Lolei, who’s four brick towers are replicas of the ones at Preah Ko, it was built on an islet in the center of a large reservoir by Yasovarman I – the founder of the first city of Angkor.
In the evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and some time to enjoy the nightlife of Siem Reap.
Day 2: Siem Reap – Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom Temples (B,L,D)
Breakfast will be at the hotel.
In the morning, we will visit Wat Thmei (New Wat) The wat contains a unique glass-walled Stupa containing the bones of victims of the Khmer Rouge. Some of the bones were recovered from a nearby well while others are the remains of soldiers who died on a nearby battlefield. 500m west of the road to Angkor about 1.5 km north of town. Then continue to visit the 7th world heritage, Angkor Wat a unique and stunning blend of spirituality and symmetry, an enduring example of man’s devotion to his Gods. It is the largest and undoubtedly the most breathtaking of the monuments of Angkor and it is widely believed that it is the largest religious structure in the world. Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk) the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century) and visit Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, impressive laterite and sandstone pyramid. The lack of surviving carving leases it practically uninteresting, but it is the tallest scalable temple in Angkor Thom, providing a nice view from the top. The Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King and visit the fabulous Ta Prohm Temple, embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees.
In the evening, enjoy a buffet-style dinner at the local restaurant where you can sample many Cambodian and South East Asian dishes whilst watching a dance show made up of traditional Cambodian dances including the classic Apsara Dance.
Day 3: Siem Reap – Banteay Srey Temple (B,L,D)
In the afternoon, explorer to grand circle: Preah Khan temple, built by the King Jayavarman VII and, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors. Ta Som temple, East Me Bon, is a large temple-mountain-like ruin, rising three levels and crowned by five towers. Jayavarman IV, a usurper to the throne, moved the capital from Angkor to Kh Ke in 928AD. Sixteen years later Rajendravarman II returned the capital to Angkor and shortly thereafter constructed East Mebon on an island in the middle of the now dry Eastern Bary. The temple is dedicated to Shiva in honor of the king’s parents. Then move to the major Pre Rup temple, built by Rajendravarman II in the late 10th century.
In the evening enjoy dinner at a local restaurant & overnight the same hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 4: Siem Reap – Angkor National Museum – Departure (B)
And visit Les Artisans d’Angkor and see their stone and wood carving workshops where the artisans are taught to use traditional Khmer techniques. You can also do some last-minute shopping here. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
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