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5 Days / 4 Nights - Tour
Siem Reap - Temples of Angkor
Kingdom of Cambodia

Day 1 Arrival in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Morning arrival at Siem Reap Airport. Transfer to your hotel (rooms may not be ready until the afternoon). Siem Reap is the nearest town to the incomparable Khmer temple complex of Angkor. From the 9th to 15th Century, Angkor was both the power base of a mighty military and political force, and the heart of a rich and sophisticated civilization. We will see massive stone monuments, wide majestic causeways, imposing gateways and towers - all in a wonderful jungle setting. Our morning is dedicated to a visit of the most famous temple - magnificent Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 210 hectares. We will enjoy exploring the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. Intricately carved bas reliefs extend the length of the outer walls and corridors, depicting mythological scenes and day to day life at the time of Angkor's construction. Lunch at Angkor Cafe in front of Angkor Wat.

This afternoon we will visit the "Great City" of Angkor Thom, which was probably more opulent than most European cities in the late 12th Century. Visits include the famous Bayon Temple, Phimeanakas Temple within the Royal Palace enclosure, Baphuon Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. Dinner and accommodation at Hotel, Siem Reap.

Day 2 Siem Reap
American breakfast. This morning we will first visit Bakheng Temple. This temple is perched on top of a natural hill with spectacular views over the entire Angkor Complex. We will then visit Thommanon, Takeo - one of Angkor's great temple mountains, Ta Prohm - a favorite amongst visitors because it has become part of the jungle, Banteay Kdei with its very attractive carvings, Srah Srang - a Royal bathing place, Prasat Kravan with unique brick sculptures. Lunch at Chao Praya Restaurant.

This afternoon we will visit a selection of temples, including the Royal City of Preah Khan which features fabulous carved stone lanterns and impressive sculptures, Neak Pean - a shrine built on a small circular island, Ta Som, East Mebon with attractive decorations on false doors and lintels. Late afternoon we will enjoy the last daylight at Preah Rup from where we have a great view over the peaceful countryside. Dinner and classical dance show at Apsara Theatre, Angkor Village (if available). Accommodation at Hotel, Siem Reap.

Day 3 Siem Reap
American breakfast. This morning we will drive beyond the main Angkor complex to visit another favorite temple amongst visitors - the enchanting Banteay Srei. It appears that the temple was designed to leave no space undecorated, and the fine carvings in pink sandstone are quite unique. Our second visit will be to Banteay Samre - featuring elaborate architecture and exceptional carvings. Time permitting, visit a local village. Lunch at Bopha Angkor Restaurant.

This afternoon we will take a break from visiting temples. We will first visit the Center of Khmer Studies an independent, international institution dedicated to facilitating the study, research, and teaching of Khmer civilization. A tutor of the center is Professor Chandler, the writer of the most important recent history books about Cambodia. A local employee will guide us through the center and tell us about their current projects in Siem Reap. After that we will enjoy a boat ride, in a traditional wooden boat, on the Tonle Sap. 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 "floating village" - boats have been converted to look like houses and the "villages" move from place to place following water levels. Dinner at New Bayon Restaurant. Accommodation at Hotel, Siem Reap.

Day 4 Siem Reap
American breakfast. This morning we will drive out of Siem Reap town into the countryside and visit Puok Silk Farm, which has been established by a French non-governmental organization to revive Cambodia's beautiful silk production. We can visit sheds to see every step of silk production - from cultivation of mulberry bushes, to the silk worms, to cocoons, to spinning, to weaving, to the finished products which are on sale. Then take a bumpy road to visit Ak Yum Hindu Temple, the earliest site at Angkor, located on the West Baray. It is historically important but sadly there are only a few stones remaining at the site. Continue along the banks of West Baray, the largest man-made pond (or reservoir) at Angkor. Lunch at Samapheap Restaurant.

Afternoon at leisure (Car and guide at your disposal). Dinner at Madame Butterfly Restaurant. Accommodation at Hotel, Siem Reap.

Day 5 Depart Siem Reap, Cambodia
American breakfast. This morning we will visit the ancient Khmer civilization site of Hariharalaya, which flourished in the late 9th and early 10th Centuries. These are the earliest temples in the Angkor area and are referred to as the Roluos group. The three Roluos temples are Bakong Temple Mountain with wonderful carvings on the false doors and lintels, the funerary temple of Preah Ko, Lolei Temple with the Roluos group's most exquisite carvings and inscriptions. Lunch at your hotel and check-out.

This afternoon we will visit Les Chantiers Ecole, a handicraft center located in the center of Siem Reap. Les Chantiers Ecole was founded in 1992 in co-operation with the Ministry of Tourism and its aim is to revive that ancient art of Khmer workmanships. We will be able to visit the workshops where the students learn their skills and at the end of the visit see the finished products at the shop where they are for sales. Afternoon transfer to Siem Reap Airport. Departure with international flight.

Included

Sightseeing tour & transfer as detailed in the itineraries
Tour Guide as described above
Accommodation in specified hotels or hotels of similar category
Full board as specified throughout the whole tour
Domestic flights with Siem Reap Airways as mentioned in the itinerary.
Domestic Airport Tax where applicable
All entrance fees
Boat trips as specified
Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle

Not Included

Services not mentioned in the itinerary
Meals not mentioned
International flight To and From Cambodia
Cambodia visa fees (currently US$20 per person if arranged on arrival)
Expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, souvenir, etc)
International Airport Tax (currently US$15 from Siem Reap and US$20 from Phnom Penh)

Note

Seat In Coach departures are guaranteed with a minimum booking of two (2) persons.

 

 
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