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City Of Gods Phnom Penh / Siem Reap Tour

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City of Gods Tour Phnom Penh/Siem Reap 4 days / 3 nights Two main cities of the Kingdom of Cambodia are known for the number of ancient great temples and monuments for Gods. Theravada Buddhism spread in the . .
Country: Cambodia
City: Phnom Penh
Duration: 4 Day(s) - 3 Night(s)
Tour Category: Classic Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
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City of Gods Tour

Phnom Penh/Siem Reap
4 days / 3 nights

Two main cities of the Kingdom of Cambodia are known for the number of ancient great temples and monuments for Gods. Theravada Buddhism spread in the later years of the Khmer Empire and has a big influence on many different parts of society and the development of the country as a whole till nowadays. Attend to the spiritual side of ancient Cambodia by visiting the main places in two cities of Gods: Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

Day 1: Arrival in Phnom Penh (D)

Welcome to Cambodia! Upon arrival, Phnom Penh airport completes Cambodian custom visa processing then meet our guide and driver transfer to visit the Royal Palace, located on the shores of the Mekong. Inside its walls are the Throne Hall, the Chan Chaya Pavilion, used for performances of classical dance, the Napoleon III Pavilion, and the King and Queen's residential quarters.

The next stop will be the Silver Pagoda, home to a glittering array of Buddhist statuary. The Silver Pagoda is also called the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha, it is located on the walls of the Royal Palace. Inside, its floor is made up of 5,000 silver blocks. In the center of the pagoda, there is a magnificent 17th-century emerald Buddha statue made of baccarat crystal. The walls enclosing the pagoda are covered with frescoes depicting episodes from the Khmer version of the Ramayana. Check in to the hotel.

In the afternoon, we visit the National Museum, home to the world’s leading collection of Khmer sculptures. Situated near the Royal Palace, Cambodia's National Museum offers a charming setting for the stunning collection of Khmer art. Predominantly worked in stone, the sculptures date from both the Angkorean and pre-Angkorean eras, complimented by more recent examples of Cambodian art.

The museum is housed in a terracotta-roofed structure of traditional Cambodian design, which was built between 1917 and 1920. We then visited the Russian Market and Central Market. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 2: Fly Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B/L/D)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Siem Reap (TBC). Upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport meet your private guide and driver to 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.

Finally, we take in Prasat Kravan, an elegant brick temple from the 10th century with some fine brick carvings in the interior. Enjoy 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 a local restaurant.

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

In the morning, we visit magnificent Angkor Wat to view its architecture and basreliefs. This temple is the largest religious building 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 a nice local restaurant.

We visited 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 the Apsara dance show at a local restaurant.

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Day 4: Tonle Sap Lake – Departure (B)

The hotel check-out time is 12:00 noon. Today you will have an excursion trip 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 the Airport for your return flight (TBC).


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