Day 1 : Siem Reap – Angkor Temples
Begin tour at Ta Prohm or Tomb Raider temple
Start the morning temple exploration at the most illustrious temple with fewer crowds. First, you will visit Ta Prohm which is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found- overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes the so-called Tomb Raider Temple, as it was used during the filming of the movie, one of the most picturesque and memorable temples of the Angkor complex.
Angkor Thom Complex
Head out to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, enter the city through the ancient Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with elephants and four giant faces. From here, continue to Bayon Temple, found in the centre of the city famed as the enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs.
The main temple: Angkor Wat
Lastly, we travel to the gem of the Angkor complex, Angkor Wat. Following your guide, you will be memorised by the rich history and symbolism of this unique ancient temple. Afterwards, you will return to your hotel.
Day 2: Siem Reap – Banteay Srei, other Angkor temples
After breakfast at hotel we drive to visit Banteay Srei, the beautiful ‘Women’s Citadel’ located 37 kms. From Siem Reap town, this was Cambodia’s last major Khmer temple to be re-discovered, Take rest for lunch at the local restaurant, then return back to visit Banteay Samre temple. Afternoon, explore the grand circle: Preah Khan temple, built by the King Jayavarman VII and Ta Som temple, East Me Bon, is a large temple-mountain-like ruin, rising three levels and crowned by five towers. Jayavarman IV, a usurper to the throne, moved the capital from Angkor to Koh Ker in 928AD. Sixteen years later Rajendravarman II returned the capital to Angkor and shortly thereafter constructed East Mebon on an island in the middle of the now dry Eastern Bary. The temple is dedicated to Shiva in honor of the king’s parents. And Pre Rup temple, built by Rajendravarman II in late 10th century. Architecturally and artistically superior temple-mountain. The Beautiful carved false door on upper level, as well as an excellent view of the surrounding countryside.
Day 3: Siem Reap – Floating village – Artisan Angkor
In the morning, enjoy a boat ride on the Tonle Sap Lake. This is the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South East Asia and flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We will see a fishermen’s “floating village” with floating schools, floating police station, etc. It is same as a big village floating on the lake, and the “village” move from place to place following water levels and currant.
Back to town and visit Artisan Angkor after lunch!
USD230 per tour
Car or Mini Van
1 – 4 persons