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On The Trails of The Khmer - Siem Reap

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Key facts

Where: Siem Reap , Cambodia Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights

Highlights

  • Can’t be bought at destination
  • Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world
  • See Khmer architectural marvels spanning four centuries

Overview

Siem Reap is the gateway to the temples of Angkor, Cambodia's spiritual and cultural heartbeat. A sleepy backwater until a few years ago, The world-renowned temples of Angkor are situated in the nor-western province of Siem Reap. Within an area of approximately 600 square kilometers, over 100 temples have been discovered. All were built between the 9th and the 13th centuries.

Angkor Wat (Angkor temple) is the central feature of the Angkor UNESCO World Heritage Site containing the magnificent remains of the Khmer civilization. Angkor Wat's rising series of five towers culminates in an impressive central tower that symbolizes mythical Mount Meru. Thousands of feet of wall space are covered with intricate carving depicting scenes from Hindu mythology. There are few places anywhere on earth to match the splendour of Angkor Wat. The temple is one of the largest monuments to religion ever built and is truly one the wonders of the world.

Angkor Thom is the magnificent inner royal city that was built by the end of the 12th century and is renowned for its temple grounds and towering southern gate.

Trace the history of the ancient Khmer empire through four centuries of monuments on this fascinating tour.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Siem Reap

Arrive in Siem Reap. There is no airport pick-up and you have to make your own arrangements to reach your hotel, the Lotus Angkor Hotel. Check into your hotel. The Lotus Angkor Hotel is a four-star property that offers convenience and luxury, all close to downtown and only 7 km from the international airport. All 108 rooms at the hotel are well-appointed with in-room amenities like a baby crib, hair dryer, bathrobes, telephone, and TV. The hotel also has an airport shuttle service, mail service, catering service, boutique, city shuttle service, car hire, dry cleaning and laundry on-site. The Lotus Blanc Restaurant serves both European and Asian food, in a refreshingly decorated restaurant overlooking the charming garden and swimming pool.

Your English-speaking tour guide will meet you at your hotel at the appointed time and you will be taken in an air-conditioned luxury coach for a sightseeing tour of Angkor.

The highlights of the tour are:

Angkor Thom: This is a fortified Royal City, built by King Jayavarman VII, who ruled from 1181 to 1201. The city has five monumental gates and is encircled by a moat 100 meters wide. In the center of the walled city are the city’s most important monuments including Bayon, Baphuon, the Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and Phimeanakas with Royal Enclosure.

Bayon: Jayavarman VII's temple mountain that stands at the center of Angkor Thom. It is one of the most popular of Angkor's monuments and a place of narrow corridors, steep flights of stairs and an amazing collection of towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces.

Baphuon: The pyramid shape represents the mythical Mount Meru and marks the center of the city that was here before Angkor Thom.

Phimeanakas: Near the center of what was once the royal palace within Angkor Thom. Phimeanakas means ‘Celestial Palace’, though today there is not much left to indicate its former splendour.

Former Royal Palace: Nothing remains today except two pools that were used by royalty for washing.

Terrace of Elephants: This terrace was used for viewing public ceremonies and was a base for the King’s grand audience hall. The famous lines of elephants are at either end of the retaining walls.

Terrace of the Leper King: North of the Terrace of Elephants is a platform named ‘Terrace of the Leper King’. On the platform is a nude statue – one of Angkor’s mysteries.

Visit the Angkor temple for sunset: Watch the sun set over the Cambodian countryside from the upper terraces of an ancient Angkorian temple.

Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 2 - Siem Reap – Angkor – Siem Reap

After breakfast, your English-speaking tour guide will meet you at your hotel at the appointed time and you will be taken in an air-conditioned luxury coach for a some more sightseeing of Angkor.

The highlights of the tour are:

Angkor Wat: This famous temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu by King Suryavarman II, who reigned between 1131 and 1150. It was constructed over a period of 30 years and is world famous for its beauty and splendour. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. In 1992, the UNESCO declared the monument and the whole city of Angkor a World Heritage Site.

Ta Prohm: One of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared, it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them.

Banteay Srei Temple: Built in the late 10th century, it is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. The temple is square with entrances on the east and west. Of main interest are the three central towers which are decorated with male and female divinities and beautiful filigree relief work.

Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 3 - Siem Reap

After breakfast, your English-speaking tour guide will meet you at your hotel at the appointed time and you will be taken in an air-conditioned luxury coach for a some more sightseeing of Angkor.

The highlights of the tour are:

Roluos Group Temples: These monuments mark the beginning of classical art, as some of the earliest great temples built by the Khmer. They served as the capital of Indravarman (who reigned from 877 to 889).

Lolei: Built on an islet by Yasovarman I (who ruled from 889 to 910), the founder of the first city of Angkor.

Preah Ko: Erected by Indravarman I in the late 9th century in dedication to his defied ancestors in 880. There are inscriptions in Sanskrit on the doorsteps of each temple.

Bakong: Built and dedicated to Shiva by Indravarman I, this is the largest and most interesting of the Roluos Group of temples and still has an active Buddhist monastery.

Visit Ta Som: his was built in the late 12th century by Jayavarman VII for his teacher ‘Som’.

Neak Pean Temple: This was built by King Jayavarman VII (ruled 1181 to 1201). It is a Buddhist temple consisting of a square pool with four smaller square pools arranged on each axis. In the centre of the large central pool is a circular island encircled by two nagas with intertwined tails.

Preah Khan: This is a temple built by King Jayavarman VII with towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors in a jungle setting. Preah Khan covers a very large area but the temple itself is enclosed within a rectangular wall of around 700 by 800 meters.

Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.

Day 4 – Depart Siem Reap

After breakfast at your hotel, you are at leisure to spend the day and explore the city of Siem Reap.

Your tour ends after you check out of your hotel.

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Fridays

Duration

4 Days/3 Nights

Start time

Start time: Depends on your flight arrival time
Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights

Meeting point

There is no airport pick-up. You have to make your own arrangements to reach the the Lotus Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap. This hotel is only 7 km from the international airport.

Ending point

The tour ends in Siem Reap

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Inclusions

  • English-speaking guide
  • Accommodation as mentioned above or equivalent.
  • Breakfast
  • Ground transportation in an air-conditioned luxury coach (complimentary cold towels and drinking water)
  • Entrance fees

Exclusions

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Do/Dont's

You can wear shoes when wandering around the compound of temples; but it’s obligatory to walk on bare feet inside the chapels. And make sure that the bottoms of your feet do not point towards other people or anything sacred, especially Buddha figures, regardless their conditions: large or small, ruined or intact. Drink plenty of bottled water and bring large amount of it. Don’t wear singlets, shorts, skirts or dresses, or revealing clothes to temples or pagodas. When you meet Buddhist monks, try to keep your head lower than theirs.

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Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.

Please carry your valid travel documents.

Var. A:
Casa Angkor Hotel (Standard)
Angkor Holiday Hotel (Superior)
Royal Empire Hotel (Superior)

Compulsory gala dinners and peak season surcharges may apply during peak periods surrounding the public holidays of Christmas and New Year - these surcharges will be confirmed at the time of booking.

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Additional info

  • You will be met at the hotel by your tour guide on the first day at the appointed time and begin sightseeing. Your transport will arrive and your guide will take you on the tour and return you back to your hotel at the end of the day. You will always be with a guide who will brief you with all pick up times necessary. Meals not listed in the itinerary will be up to you to but your guide will assist in the restaurant selection.
  • Accommodation is subject to availability. If the listed accommodation is fully booked, alternate accommodation will be offered.
  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
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