The world famous temples of ancient city Angkor, which was the capital of the powerful Khmer Empire from 802AD to 1350AD. How do you believe that such great ancient temples and vast were built about 1202 years ago, while was no such current technology to help them built. Let’s your 3 days tour encode the ancient Khmer people built this mystery city.
Day 1: Arrival – Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to hotel. Phnom Penh was once considered the loveliest city of Indochina. Despite its recent turbulent history, it still maintains considerable charm. A city tour acquaints us with some major sights of Phnom Penh. We visit the National Museum for an appreciation of the splendour of Khmer history before continuing to the Royal Palace and the sacred monument of Silver Pagoda, which is well known for its 5000 silver tiled floor. Heading out of this area, we follow our trip to Wat Phnom, topped with a huge stupa and the vibrant Central Market. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 2: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap. Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Phnom Penh's Pochentong airport for domestic flight to Siem Reap. Arrival in Siem Reap airport and direct transfer to the Angkor temples complex. Visit the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12th century): the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 220 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Royal Enclosure, the Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. In the afternoon, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize Meru's five peaks - the enclosing wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Sunset from Phnom Bakheng, one of the two hills dominating the plain of Angkor, from where you will have a spectacular view of the Western Baray and Angkor Wat. Over night in Siem Reap. Includes: (B)
Day 3: Siem Reap – Departure. Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, you will continue your temple visits, including Prasat Kravan with unique brick sculptures, Pre Rup, the mountain-temple, Ta Som, Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool and representing the paradisaical Himalayan mountain-lake, Eastern Mebon, guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation and Preah Khan, built by the King Jayavarman VII and, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation. In the afternoon, transfer to the archaeological site and continue the temples tour. Visit Ta Prohm, one of the most beautiful temples in the area, as it has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it has been left to be swallowed by the jungle, and looks very much the way most of the monuments of Angkor appeared when European explorer first stumbled upon them. Then, visit Takeo, Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda temples. Transfer to Siem Reap airport for departure flight to the next destination. Includes: (B)
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