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Signature Tour Day 2

Signature Tour Day 2 Packages
Country: Cambodia
City: Siem Reap
Duration: 1 Day(s) - 0 Night(s)
Tour Category: Adventure

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DAY 2. (EARLY START RECOMMENDED START TIME 06:00 WITH PACKED BREAKFAST)

Dawn at jungle-clad Ta Prohm. This temple was a monastery built by Jayavarman VII as a residence for his mother. Ta Prohm has been controversially left to the destructive power of the jungle by French archaeologists to demonstrate the awesome power of nature. It has been largely consumed 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.

We head north to visit the elegant temple of Banteay Srei 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. It is said they must have been carved by women as the detail is too fine for the hands of a man. This gives us the origin of the Khmer name, Fortress of the Women. (It may take approx. 40 minutes drive).

We can also make a detour to view Banteay Samre, a splendid temple built by Suryavarman 11. The style of the towers and balustrades bear a strong resemblance to those at Angkor Wat, and even more so to the temples of Phimai in Thailand. Many of its carvings are in excellent condition.

On your return to Siem Reap, we stop at Land Mine Museum.

Return to your hotel for lunch or rest at your swimming pool.

In the afternoon, we start to 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.

Continue to visit Victory Gate, the Bayon, this temple-mountain, built by Jayavarman VII, 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. Later, we return back to your hotel.

Explore More About Siem Reap:

Siem Reap is thriving. This town is Cambodia's number one tourism destination, thanks to the grand temples of the Angkorian period sitting right on its doorstep. Everyone who arrives is here to see Angkor Wat, but the town's burgeoning popularity with travelers has led to a whole host of other attractions and activities opening up, providing some downtime from temple-hopping.

Siem Reap itself isn't the prettiest town, but it has a lively café and restaurant scene that is beginning to compete with Phnom Penh for cosmopolitan flair, and the central city area is home to some of the best souvenir shopping you'll find in the country, with both market stalls for great bargains and a whole host of plush boutiques for special gifts.

Angkor Archaeological Park

Siem Reap's energetic and forever expanding tourist industry is all down to the fact that one of the world's most incredible tourist attractions sits next door.

The vast ancient city that sprawls across Angkor Archaeological Park (more commonly called after its major temple complex, Angkor Wat, by visitors) was built by a succession of kings between the 9th and 15th centuries, contains hundreds of temples, and is so vast that even after multiple visits, you'll still feel like you've only scratched the surface.

Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre

This is Southeast Asia's largest butterfly enclosure, home to thousands of endemic butterfly species that fly freely around a huge, enclosed tropical garden brimming with lush foliage and a variety of tropical flowers. A visit here provides an interesting natural diversion from all the temple-hopping, particularly for families with young budding botanists in tow.

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