You’ll be truly relish in Angkor Wat and see other favorites such as the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Baphoun, Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. See the legendary temples of Angkor. With Siem Reap as your base you’ll explore the ancient temples and cities of the Khmer empire. . Discover the beauty of Angkor’s temples; while at the same time visiting people and organizations which are making a difference to the lives of ordinary Cambodian people.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL SIEM REAP
Upon your arrival Siem Reap, you will be welcomed by your English speaking local guide and transferred to your hotel for check in.
Siem Reap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire. The rest of the time at leisure. Lunch and Dinner independence.
Overnight at Siem Reap.
Meal included on this day: None
DAY 02: ANGKOR THOM, ANGKOR WAT
After a short relaxing break, visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII.
This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall, with each side of the city being 4 km long, drawing a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake. From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city.
The particularity of this monument is the 54 towers with four faces representing the 54 provinces of the then 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. Return to the hotel, where you can enjoy the evening at leisure.
The afternoon, you will finally visit the famous Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, it 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. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people.
Fabulous dinner with Khmer traditional dance show at restaurant . Lunch at local restaurant and dinner at local restaurant.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Meal included on this day: Breakfast
DAY 03: SIEM REAP-DEPARTURE
Breakfast at hotel, free and easy on your own leisure until time to transfer to Siem Reap international airport for departure flight.
Meal included on this day: Breakfast
OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:
- Accommodation based on family or connecting Room with breakfast.
- Transfers by private A/C vehicles.
- Airport transfers from and to airport.
- Meals as indicated in itinerary only breakfast.
- Service with English Speaking Guide.
- All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary + 1day Angkor Pass.
OUR SERVICES DO NTO INCLUDE:
- Alcoholic drinks & drinks at mealtime + Optional visits + Personal expenses (Telephone, laundry...).
- Visa on Arrival for Cambodia (USD20).
- Personal travel insurance (must include helicopter evacuation for Cambodia).
- Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels’ porters.
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary.
- Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusion above.
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