Mystery Of Angkor (Siem Reap: 5Days 4Nights)
- Sacred Phnom Kulen and Angkor temples including temples of Rolous Group, Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ta Prohm, and Banteay Srei
- Sunset or sunrise at Angkor Wat and Bakheng hill temples
- Enjoy a boat cruise on Tonle Sap great lake to visit the floating village of Chong Knies.
- Explore local market at Phar Chas (old market) and arts gallery.
Day 1: Arrival / Siem Reap – Temples Of Rolous Group, Preah Khan, Neak Poan, Pre Rup.
In the morning, arrive in Siem Reap airport, meet & transfer to hotel, check-in & option to relax at hotel or begin exploration the kingdom of Angkor by visiting the Rulous Group from the early Angkor period dating from the 9th & 10th centuries. The three temples of Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei represent the first application of the temple-mountain architectural formula on a grand scale and set the architectural stone for the next 400 years.
In the afternoon, visit Preah Khan, the “Sacred Sword,” was built in 1191 by Jayavarman VII for his father. It covers a very large area, 700 by 800 meters, elaborated lintels and panels are richly decorated with bas-reliefs depicting Buddhist motifs and Hindu epics. The temple is under the protection of the World Monument Fund. We then continue to Neak Poan, It was built by Jayavarman VII and was used for ritual purification. Four smaller square pools arranged on each axis. In the center of the main one is a circular island encircled by 2 nagas, and continue to the three-tiered temple-hill of Pre Rup and Lake of Sras Srang, ritual bathing by royals. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 2: Siem Reap – Sacred Phnom Kulen, Banteay Srei. B, L
In the morning, we travel to Phnom Kulen “means: mountain of the lychees” located 50 km north-east of Siem Reap town. It is considered as a holy mountain in Cambodia, popular place of pilgrimage, also very popular place for Cambodian people to come for picnic and enjoy the waterfalls during the holiday, weekend and festival.
Phnom Kulen is a birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire, that King Jayavarma II proclaimed independence from Java in 802 AD. Name the city Mahendraparvata (the mountain of Great Indra). We visit the large reclining Buddha carved into a sandstone boulder and beautiful views across the jungle. The carvings of Yoni and Linga are etched into the sandstone riverbed. A good chance to enjoy the nice waterfalls and the option to take a motorbike adventure to see the ruined brick temples of Prasat Kok Chen (the first mountain temple), Prasat Damrei Krab and Sras Damrei (Elephant pond) etc.
In the afternoon, we explore the most dedicated beauty of the Khnmer temple carvings of Bantey Srei in the 11th century, and continue to visit Banteay Samre. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 3: Siem Reap – Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei. Afternoon, Angkor Thom By Motored Remorque. B
In the morning, exploration to Ta Keo, Chau Say Tevada, Thommanon and the impressive Ta Prohm temple, where the famous film Tomb Raider was shot and brought the Angkor Wonders to the world, and also visit Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist temple in Angkor built in middle of the 12th century to the beginning of the 13th century by king Jayavarman II.
In the afternoon, by motored-remorque (similar as Tuk Tuk in Thailand) we will explore to the kingdom of Angkor by visiting the last capital of Angkorian Empire, Angkor Thom via the South Gate, the giant stone faces city temple of Bayon, Baphoun, Phimeanakas, the Royal Palace, the Elephant Terrace and the Lepper King Terrace. End of the day, enjoy the sunset view over Angkor Wat from the top of Phnom Bakheng Hill. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 4: Siem Reap – Floating Village Of Chong Knies & Angkor Wat. B
After breakfast, we travel to take the boat cruise on Tonle Sap great lake to visit the floating village of Chong Knies, on the way we stop and take a unique experience of riding on the ox-cart, a traditional transport for Cambodian people for centuries. We visit to Pour Krom Village, walking through this lovely local village to experience how local people live, and visit to a morning local market before transferring to Chong Knies village to enjoy a boat trip on Tonle Sap Great Lake. Returning back to hotel, option to relax at hotel or continue to visit the Artisans d’Angkor (stone and wood carvings) workshops to redevelop traditional Cambodian artisan skills, or explore local market at Phar Chas (old market) and arts gallery.
In the afternoon, we are continuing to visit the epic centerpiece of Angkor Wat temple with its extraordinary architecture and bas-reliefs. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 5: Siem Reap – Departure. B
Breakfast at hotel and free time at leisure.
Transfer to airport for departure flight.
- Hotel accommodation by twin share basis with daily breakfast
- Ground transportation by private, air-cond vehicle
- Regional ENGLISH speaking guide (other language surcharge may apply)
- Sightseeing with admission fees
- Meals as indicated for B-breakfast, L-lunch, d-dinner
- Mineral water and cold tissues on tours
- Int’l flight re-confirmation
- Visa on arrival to Cambodia (US$ 30 per person)
- International airfares arrival to and departure from Cambodia
- All other meals & beverages that NOT indicated in the itinerary
- Personal expenses and Tips to guides & drivers