Travel back in time to one of the earliest capitals of Cambodia in the Angkor area, Hariharilaya, now known as Roluos. A visit to the brick temple of Lolei has some well preserved sandstone carvings, then continue to Preah Ko (sacred cow), named in honor of Shiva’s mount, Nandin. Encounter Bakong, the earliest of the temple mountains, which later became the signature of Khmer kings. It is a giant pyramid, its cardinal points marked by giant elephants. Climb to the summit for views over the surrounding countryside. For those who are interested, take a short diversion to the small country town of Roluos, a world away from the circus of Siem Reap which is only 10 minutes from Angkor.
Visit the large stone temple of Eastern Mebon and the royal bathing pond of Sra Srang, the first great Buddhist monastery in Cambodia, Banteay Kdei, built in 1186 by Jayavarman VII who was a Mahayana Buddhist. Journey to the mountain temple of Phnom Bakheng to see the sunset cast its soft light over Angkor Wat.
At Ta Prohmt visit the giant pyramid of Takeo, one of the highest temples in the Angkor area. Visible is the remains of an old Angkorian bridge which once spanned the Siem Reap river. There is also the option to visit the smaller temples of Chau Sey Devada and Thommanon for avid temple enthusiasts. Travel to the mighty temple of Preah Khan or ‘Sacred Sword’, built in the late 12th century and continue on to the elegant curves of Neak Poan.
The lost temple of Beng Mealea – the titanic of temples, a slumbering giant lost for centuries in the forests of Cambodia is the most accessible of Angkor’s lost temples and is a mirror image of Angkor Wat. Enjoy an Indiana Jones experience clambering about the vast ruin. For those who want a more gentle adventure, there is also a sturdy wooden walkway running right into the heart of the temple. It is possible to visit a nearby Angkor-era quarry from where stone was cut to build these massive monuments.
To the west is the Kbal Spean. The original ‘River of a Thousand Lingas’, Kbal Spean is an intricately carved riverbed deep in the foothills of the Cambodian jungle. A trip to Kbal Spean is one of the easiest ways to experience a short jungle trek in the Angkor area, as it is a steady but scenic climb to reach the river carvings. There is a small waterfall below the carved riverbed, perfect for cooling off after the hot climb.
At the mighty Tonle Sap Lake visit the floating village of Chong Kneas which is nestled under the hill of Phnom Krom. This floating community moves location with the waters of the lake. Everything floats on water in this living fishing community. There are floating schools, floating shops, floating petrol stations, even floating karaoke bars. Those who are interested can also make a stop at the Gecko Environment Centre to learn more about the lake, which is like the heartbeat of Cambodia, providing sustenance to millions of Khmers.
At the walled city Angkor Thom, visit at the Terrace of the Leper King and continue along the Terrace of Elephants, originally used as a viewing gallery for the king to preside over parades, performances and traditional sports. At the southern end lies the Baphuon, once of the most beautiful temples at Angkor, dating from the 11th century. The climax is the enigmatic and enchanting temple of the Bayon. At the exact center of Angkor Thom, this is an eccentric expression of the creative genius and inflated ego of Cambodia’s most celebrated king. Its 54 towers are each topped off with the four faces of Avalokiteshvara (Buddha of Compassion), which bear more than a passing resemblance to the king himself.
- Tour Bakong, earliest of the temple mountains.
- Visit the stone temple of Eastern Mebon and the giant pyramid of Takeo in Ta Prohmt.
- Discover the walled city of Angkor Thom
Phnom Penh (L/D)
Met on arrival at Phnom Penh airport and transferred to your hotel. Visit the brick temple of Lolei. Continue to Preah Ko (sacred cow) and Bakong. Climb to the summit for views over the surrounding countryside.
Optional visit: A short diversion to the small country town of Roluos. Afternoon: Continue to the large stone temple of Eastern Mebon. Visit the royal bathing pond of Sra Srang and the first great Buddhist monastery in Cambodia, Banteay Kdei. Return to Siem Reap via the temple of Kravanh. Journey to the mountain temple of Phnom Bakheng to see the sunset cast its soft light over Angkor Wat.
Phnom Penh (B/L/D)
Depart hotel after an early breakfast to travel to Ta Prohmt. Continue to the giant pyramid of Takeo. Visit the remains of an old Angkorian bridge which once spanned the Siem Reap river. Optional visit to the smaller temples of Chau Sey Devada and Thommanon.
Afternoon: Travel to the temple of Preah Khan or ‘Sacred Sword’. Continue on to the elegant curves of Neak Poan.
Phnom Penh (B/L/D)
Travel to the lost temple of Beng Mealea.
Visit a nearby Angkor-era quarry.
Continue west to the Kbal Spean and experience a short jungle trek in the Angkor area.
Phnom Penh (B/L)
Morning: Travel to the Tonle Sap Lake to visit the floating village of Chong Kneas.
Afternoon: Visit the walled city Angkor Thom and the Terrace of the Leper King. Continue along the Terrace of Elephants and finally the enigmatic and enchanting temple of the Bayon.
Transfer to Siem Reap airport for onward flight.
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- Transportation by private car and English speaking guide.
- Accommodation in twin or double sharing room with daily breakfast.
- Sightseeing and entrance fee to sites as program.
- Boat trip as per program.
- Mineral water in car during the sightseeing.
- Lunches and dinners at local restaurants per whole trip, except dinner on the last day.
- Entry visa fee to Cambodia (20 USD/Pax).
- Air ticket for international flight.
- Airport tax for international flight.
- Dinner on the last day.
- Drinks, personal expenses.
- Travel protection.