Day 1: ARRIVAL
SIEM REAP/ ANGKOR VISIT
arrival at Siem Reap airport. Transfer to your hotel .
Siem Reap is the nearest town to the temple complex of Angkor.
From the 9th to 13th century, Angkor was the heart of a rich
and sophisticated civilization. You will see massive stone monuments,
wide majestic causeways, imposing gateways and towers, all in
a wonderful jungle setting.
Morning you will visit with your prived professional guide, the
"Great City" of Angkor Thom, 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.
Afternoon dedicated to visit the most famous & magnificent
Angkor Vat temple.
This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century
and covers an area of about 210 hectares.With many galleries
with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full
of water, carved low-reliefs about Ramayana Story and day-to-day
life at the time of Angkor's construction.
At the end of afternoon, following the season, since the Mountain
Bakend, the sunset on all the temples, with spectacular
views over Angkor Vat.
Day 2: ANGKOR
visit of a selection of temples, including the Royal City of
Preah Khan with impressive sculptures, Neak Pean
built on a small circular island, Ta Som, East Mebon,
Afternoon we will continue our visits by Thommanon temple
, Ta keo , one of Angkor's great temple mountains, Ta
Prohm with a part of the jungle, Banteay Kdei, Srah
Srang a Royal bathing place, Prasat Kravan with unique
brick sculptures. We will visit Les Chantiers Ecole, a
handicraft center located in the center of Siem Reap. Les Chantiers
Ecole was founded in 1992 and its aim is to revive that ancient
Khmer art. This organization gives young people the opportunity
to learn the art of stone, wood carving, and silk weaving .
Day 3: VISIT
BANTEAY SREI / KBAL SPIEN
we will visit the enchanting Banteay Srei. It appears
that the temple was designed to leave no space undecorated, and
the fine carvings in pink sandstone are unique. We will continue
after by car to a little chain
of hills. After one hour, we will arrive in a place near Kbal
Spien and continue our journey on foot, After approximately
40 minutes walk, we will hear the sound of a waterfall . We will
discover that the riverbed and the rocks around us are covered
with carvings representing the gods of the Brahma religion dating
back as far as the 11th century, its the "thousand Lingas
Rivers". The water runs over the sculptures of Vishnu,
Lakshmi, Hanuman, Rama and many Lingas, which were carved in
stone in the past to sanctify the water and to thank the gods
for their gift.
The sound of a small waterfall temps
to follow the river further through the small gorge. Using bamboo
stairs to pass a few escarped passages we finally discover the
beautiful waterfall. Pick-nick lunch at the foot of the hill
or lunch at local restaurant.
After this visit, we will go to Banteay Samre, with elaborate
architecture and exceptional carvings, and we will visit of a
local village. and visit of Baray Oriental sites, built by Rajendravarman
: Banteay Kdey, Pré Rup, Preasat Khleang, Mébon
Day 4: BOAT RIDE
on TONLE SAP LAKE / SILK CENTER.
we will enjoy a boat ride on the Tonle Sap lake.
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 fishermen's "floating village"
with floatting schools, floatting police station, etc. It is
same as a big village floatting on the lake, and the "village"
move from place to place following water levels and curant.
afternoon, we will visit Siem Reap central market and
the Silk Farm in Puok, established by a French NGO to
revive Cambodia's beautiful silk production. We can see every
step of silk production .
Day 5: BENG MEALEA
and PHNOM KHULEN.
Today we will visit Beng
Melea Temple which is still lost in the jungle. A rather
bumpy 2-3 hours drive through the beautiful countryside takes
us there. Beng Melea is almost the size of Angkor Wat and is
one of the largest ensembles build during the Khmer Kingdom.
It is enclosed by a huge moat of 1200m x 900m and the temple
presents in places a veritable chaos of fallen debris beside
areas that remain absolutely intact - but everywhere vegetation
reigns as master. During our visit we will have to walk over
ruins and climb over trees to fully explore this site. The decoration
of Beng Malea is simple and animated only in certain areas but
you can find several bas-reliefs' showing scenes from the Khmer
Mythology. During our visit will we enjoy our pick-nick lunch
in midst this fantastic setting. Early afternoon we will drive
on a logging highway along Phnom Koulen towards Siem Reap. Late
afternoon return to Siem Reap
6: ROLUOS GROUP of TEMPLES
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 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. .
Afternoon transfer to Siem Reap Airport. 2 hours before
yours departure with international flight.