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Angkor Discovery- 4 Days Siem Reap Tour

Angkor Discovery- 4 Days Siem Reap Tour Packages
Country: Cambodia
City: Siem Reap
Duration: 4 Day(s) - 3 Night(s)
Tour Category: Classic Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

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Angkor Discovery Tour

Siem Reap - Angkor
4 Days / 3 Nights

Exploring magnificent temples at Angkor, the largest religious buildings reportedly ever constricted in the world. A truly memorable experience of touching the culture of the great Khmer empire. The Tour program includes a visit to all main sights that make up the face of the Kingdom of Cambodia as a country of unique religious temples and fascinating architecture.

Day 1: Arrival Siem Reap (D)

Welcome to Cambodia! upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport and complete Cambodian Visa custom on arrival; meet your private guide and driver transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, we head north to visit the elegant temple of Banteay Sreibuilt 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. Return to town for your dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 2: Siem Reap –Angkor Tour (B/L/D)

After breakfast at the hotel; we start visiting some of the most beautiful temples on the small circuit, including the huge pyramid of Takeo, built in the 10th century. We continue to 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 continue to visit Sras Srang, the royal pool situated opposite the East Gate of Banteay Kdei. It is known as the King's bathing pond. Then we take in Prasat Kravan, an elegant brick temple from the 10th century with some fine brick carvings in the interior.

We return to town for having lunch at a local restaurant.

We continue our Angkor encounter with a visit to the spectacular temples of the grand circuit. We first explore Preah Khan or Sacred Sword, one of the largest temples at Angkor with huge corridors extending in every direction. Built by Jayavarman VII in the 12th century, this is a highlight of Angkor.

We continue to Neak Poan, a delicate temple set in a square pool and surrounded on all sides by fountains and ponds. Next are Ta Som and its famous strangler fig tree smothering the eastern gate. We wind up at Pre Rup, built in the 10th Century by Rajendravarman. Pre Rup means turning the body and the Khmer people believe this temple was used for cremations. This is the perfect place for sunset over the beautiful Cambodian rice fields. Dinner will be at local restaurant.

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Day 3: Angkor Complex (B/L/D)

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 Angkorean temples. Lunch will be at nice local restaurant.

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. Enjoy dinner with Apsara dance show at local restaurant.

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Day 4: Tonle Sap Lake – Departure (B)

Hotel check out time is 12:00 noon. Enjoy an excursion tour to Phnom Krom where you can take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake to visit Floating villages. Later, we return to town and transfer to Airport for your return flight time (tbc)


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