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Experience the grandeur and beauty of Siem Reap's temples and ancient sites.
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Three nights accommodation, full day Temples of Angkor sightseeing, Tonle Sap half day tour, transfers and transport including local English speaking guide.
01 Jul - 30 Sep '18
Discover the spellbinding sites of Siem Reap in this action packed journey. Over just 4 days, you will get to experience the magnificent temple of Angkor Wat, visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, wander through Ta Prohm and take a boat trip on the Tonle Sap Lake.
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Visit Kompong Phluck, a village where you will see houses on stilts that are submerged when Tonlé Sap Lake extends.
Enjoy your time at leisure - perhaps some last minute souvenir shopping at Siem Reap’s colorful markets.
Explore the magnificent Angkor Wat temple, the biggest religious temple in the world.
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Upon your arrival in Siem Reap, you will be met and transferred (driver only) to your hotel for check in. The remainder Overnight in Siem Reap.
After your breakfast, start Angkorian exploration by ‘remork’ (similar to the Thai tuk tuk). Begin by visiting the biggest religious temple in the world: the magnificent Angkor Wat Temple. Built by Suryavarman II, in early 12th century Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the Mount Merou, home of the gods. Considered as the masterpiece of the Khmer architecture, this Vishnuite temple is the King’s funerary temple. These are the main reasons to explain the West exposure of the temple. Inside the temple the walls are covered by carvings and bas-reliefs depicting the Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II made during his reign.
Return back to Siem Reap for lunch at the Asian Square before this afternoon returning to the Angkor park and visiting 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, 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.
Then continue to Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. Overnight in Siem Reap.
This morning you will embark on an interesting boat trip on the Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. The Tonlé Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and officially designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, covering an area of around 250,000 hectares in the dry season. Due to a unique phenomenon, when the monsoon begins, the swollen waters of the Mekong River force the Tonlé Sap River to reverse its flow northwards, feeding the Great Lake and spreading over the surrounding flood plain.
Board a local boat and visit Kompong Phluck, a village where you will see houses on stilts that are submerged when Tonlé Sap Lake extends. On the way, you will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests, portraying life on the water. (Note: Due to low water levels during the dry season, the boat trip is only possible from June to March. However an alternative floating village at Chong Kneas can be arranged instead). Afternoon at leisure. Alternatively take part in some of the optional activities. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Enjoy this morning free at leisure to relax at the hotel or to do some last minute souvenir shopping at Siem Reap’s colorful markets. Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport (driver only) for your onward departure flight.
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4 Days / 3 Nights
Uncover the magic of Siem Reap and the famous temples of Angkor from the magnificent Angkor Wat to Banteay Srei.
8 Days / 7 Nights
Discover ancient wonders and immerse yourself in traditional Cambodian culture.
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