Day 01 Siem Reap Arrival
Day 02 Beyond Angkor Complex
Day 03 Angkor Complex
Day 04 Phnom Krom and Siem Reap Departure
DAY 01 SIEM REAP ARRIVAL
Upon arrival at Siem Reap International airport, our guide will greet and transfer to our hotel for check-in. On the way, we make a stop at The House of Peace Association where we explore the creation of leather Sbei Tuoi (Shadow Puppets), a traditional Khmer art form, and buy the figures as a memorable souvenir.
In the afternoon, we head to Les Chantier Ecoles, a school specializing in teaching wood- and stone-carving techniques to impoverished youngsters. On this premises there is a beautiful shop called Artisans d’Angkor which sells everything from stone and wood reproductions of Angkorian-era statues to household furnishings. Continue to Psar Chas (Old Market) where a range of artifacts and tourist junk are sold and then walk along the Pub Street till Night Market. Overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 02 ANGKOR TOUR
After breakfast, our visit begins with the elegant temple of Banteay Srei built by a Brahman in the 10th century and dedicated to Shiva. The famous pink sandstone structure bears a series of the beautiful sculptures, lintels, pediments and friezes. Continue our visit to Banteay Samre (Samre refers to an ethic group of mountain people whose primary job was to guard the temple.). This temple was built in the middle of the 12th century by King Suryavarman II and its unique feature is an interior moat with laterite paving. Then we visit Ta Prohm temple built in AD 1186 by King Jayavarman VII, dedicating to his mother. Shrouded in jungle, Fig, bayan and kapok trees spread their gigantic roots over, under and in between the stones, probing walls and terraces apart, Ta Prohm temple is ethereal in aspect and conjures up a romantic aura. In the afternoon, we will head to the temple of Preah Khan Temple (literally means the sacred sword) covered 56 hectares served as the nucleus of a group, one of the largest complexes at Angkor. That genuine fusion temple is amazed by its vaulted corridors, fine carvings and lichen-clad stonework. This temple was built in the second half of the 12th century in AD 1191 by King Jayavarman VII and was dedicated to 515 divinities and during the course of a year 18 major festivals took place here. Then, we will visit Neak Pean Temple (Temple of the coiled nagas), the Buddhist temple with a central pool, a replica of Lake Anavatapta in the Himalayas, situated at the top of the universe gives birth to the four great rivers of the earth. In the middle of that pool, a circular ‘island’ encircled by the two nagas intertwined tails give the temple its name. Probably Neak Pean was consecrated to the Buddha coming to the glory of enlightenment. Next stop is at Ta Som temple located east of Neak Pean and its significant feature is the growth of a huge ficus tree on the east gopura which provides a dramatic example of nature and art entwined. Today visit will be concluded at Pre Rup temple built by Rajendravarman II and consisted of a pyramid-shaped temple-mountain with the uppermost of the three tiers carrying five lotus towers and enjoy the magnificent view over the surrounding paddy fields of the Eastern Baray when the sun setting. Overnight in Siem Reap.(B)
DAY 03 ANGKOR COMPLEX
After breakfast, we visit magnificent Angkor Wat to view its architecture and bas reliefs. This temple is the largest religious buildings ever constructed and is truly one of the wonders of the world. Believed to have been undertaken 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 the best-preserved of the Angkorian temples. We visit the sites of Angkor Thom. This Royal city was first built under the reign of Udayadityavarman II in the 11th Century. It was destroyed when the Chams from Vietnam rose up against the Khmers and invaded, sacking the city, and was subsequently renovated by King Jayavarman VII at the end of the 12th Century. Its vast walls, some 6m wide, 8m high and 13km in length contain many monuments. We begin by visiting the South Gate, flanked by demons and gods engaged in a tug of war to obtain the elixir of immortality. We continue to the Bayon, a temple mountain built by Jayavarman VII. It is situated in the center 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 Avalokiteshvara but with the features of Jayavarman VII. We also visit other important sites in this immense walled city, including the pyramid of Baphuon, Phimean Akas, and the royal viewing stands known as the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. Overnight in Siem Reap.(B)
DAY 04 PHNOM KROM-SIEM REAP DEPARTURE
After having an early breakfast, we head to Phnom Krom (a small mountain) located 12km south of Siem Reap and visit the temple of Phnom Krom. Then enjoy the magnificent scenery overlooking Tonle Sap Lake, the largest lake in Southeast Asia. After that, transfer to the international airport for our departure flight.(B)
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