DAY 1 WED : Siem Reap – Arrival (D)
Arrive at Siem Reap International Airport and transfer to the hotel
Visit the Roluos Group. The monuments of Roluos, which served as the
capital of Indravarman I (reigned 877-89), are among the earliest
large, permanent temples built by the Khmers and mark the beginning
of Khmer classical art. Preah Ko erected by Indravarman I in the
late 9th century dedicated by the King to his ancestors in 880.
Bakong the largest and most interesting of the Roluos group temples,
with his active Buddhist monastery just to the north of the east
entrance. Lolei built on an islet in the center of a large reservoir
(now rice fields) by Yasovarman I, the founder to the first city at
.Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 2 THU Siem
Breakfast at hotel.
In the morning, visit the most famous of all the temples on the
plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares
and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its
distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the
12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the
prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat’s
five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks - the enclosed wall
represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the
surrounding moat, the ocean beyond.
Visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning
of the ocean of milk), the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th
century), Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over
200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure,
Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper
King. Sunset at Angkor Wat. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 3 FRI: Siem
Morning, transfer to
Banteay Srei temple (10th c), regarded as the jewel in the crown of
Classical Khmer Art. Continue to Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most
beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it
was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Lunch at hotel. In
the afternoon, you continue your temple visits to Preah Khan. Built
by the King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of
towered enclosures and shoulder hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm,
however, the temple of Prea Khan is in a reasonable state of
preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and
even improve this situation. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the
middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan
mountain-lake), Ta Som and Banteay Samre, built in the third quarter
of the 12th century. It consists of a central temple with four wings
preceded by a hall and accompanied by two libraries, the southern
example remarkably well preserved. Two concentric walls enclose the
ensemble. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 4 SAT: Siem Reap
– Departure (B)
Breakfast at hotel.
Visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers
south of Siem Reap. Visit the village and take an excursion in
a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of
Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia.
Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight to
the next destination.
transfers and tours with
local English or French speaking guides.1 FOC based on 15 paying pax
minimum. Accommodation in shared twin rooms at indicated hotels or
similar, meals as specified in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch,
D=Dinner), entrance fees, service charges, room tax and baggage
International airfare; airport taxes, Visa, meals not indicated,
personal expenses Christmas and New Year's Eve Dinners.
Transfers and tours with local English speaking guides.1 FOC based on 15
paying pax minimum.
Accommodation in shared twin rooms at indicated hotels or similar
Meals as specified in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner),
Entrance fees, service charges, room tax and baggage handling.
International airfare; airport taxes,
Meals not indicated
Peak season surcharge and compulsory Christmas and New Year's Eve
Casa Angkor Hotel
Angkor Riviera Hotel
Prince Dangkor Hotel
Victoria Angkor Hotel
Bopha Angkor Hotel