Discover the beauty and magic of Angkor Wat
One of the most overwhelming cultural and architectural sites in the world is the Angkor temple complex. Nothing prepares you for the experience of seeing Angkor Wat for the first time, especially at sunrise or sunset, when soft light bathes the ruins with an otherworldly, haunting radiance. No less spectacular is Angkor Thom, once a city of a million inhabitants. We'll also visit dramatically overgrown Preah Khan and the royal baths of Preah Neak Pean, with its intertwining naga temple surrounded by four bathing ponds.
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Easy cultural touring
- See Angkor Wat at sunrise or sunset, when soft light bathes the ruins with an otherworldly, haunting radiance.
- Visit Angkor Thom, inlcuding the temple of Bayon and its 54 intricately carved towers
- Explore dramatically overgrown Preah Khan and Preah Neak Pean
Duration: 3 days Start Location: Siem Reap End Location: Angkor WatDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Siem Reap
Morning visit of the temple of Prasat Kravan with its unique brick sculptures. We’ll also visit Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Tra Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its original mystery. In the afternoon, we’ll visit overgrown Preah Khan, currently under renovation by the World Monuments Fund. We will also visit the royal baths at Preah Neak Pean in the Eastern Baray (a man-made rectangular lake).
Day 2 : Angkor Wat
We begin our morning with a visit to Banteay Srei temple, noted for its detailed 1,000-year-old carvings. We’ll then visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. Afternoon visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, once home to nearly one million residents. We’ll visit Bayon, situated in the center of the ancient town. This Buddhist shrine boasts 54 towers and huge portraits of the Buddha facing each of the cardinal directions. We’ll also visit Baphuon, The Royal Enclosure, Terrace of the Leper King, and the Terrace of Elephants until sunset.
Day 3 : Angkor Wat
Get up early for one of the highlights of your tour through Cambodia: Visit Angkor Wat by sunrise. Watching the first sunbeams glow over the largest religious edifice in the world will not leave you untouched. We will enjoy breakfast boxes packed from the hotel, before visiting the temple in depth. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the Mount Meru, home of the gods. The divine residence of Vishnu, the King himself was to reside here after his death. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Moreover, Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia’s national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people.
If time permits, we will also visit the temples of the Grand Circuit, beginning with the Preah Khan Temple. This temple originally served both as a religious university and a temple. Continue to Neak Pean, unique because it is not a temple but a sanctuary placed in the center of an artificial lake and connected to four surrounding ponds exactly at cardinal points. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure until transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
DATES: Best time to go: January - February, November - December Departures: Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.
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