Day 1 Siem Reap
Arrival in Siem
Reap, meeting on arrival at Siem Reap airport, direct transfer to the hotel. Sightseeing in
Overnight in Siem Reap
ROLUOS GROUP: these monuments mark the beginning of classical art, as some of the earliest great temples built by the Khmer. They served as the capital of Indravarman (who reigned from 877 to 889).
LOLEI: built on an islet by Yasovarman I
(who ruled from 889 to 910), the founder of the first city of
PREAH KO: erected by Indravarman I in the late 9th century in dedication to his defied ancestors in 880. There are inscriptions in Sanskrit on the doorsteps of each temple.
BAKONG: the most impressive member of the Roluos Group, sitting at the center of the first Khmer capital of Hariharalaya. Constructed by the third Angkorian-era king as his state-temple, Bakong represents the first application of the temple-mountain architectural formula on a grand scale and set the architectural tone for next 400 years
SRAS SRANG: a basin east of Banteay Kdei measuring 800 by 400 meters with a tiny island in the middle where only the stone base remains of what was once a wooden temple.
TA PROHM: one of the most popular attractions
Day 2 Siem Reap
After breakfast at
the hotel, continue sightseeing in
Overnight in Siem Reap
BAYON: Jayavarman VII's temple mountain
that stands at the center of Angkor Thom. It is one of the most popular of
BAPHUON: the pyramid shape represents the
TERRACE OF ELEPHANTS: this terrace was used for viewing public ceremonies and was a base for the King’s grand audience hall. The famous lines of elephants are at either end of the retaining walls.
TERRACE OF THE LEPER KING: North of the
Terrace of Elephants is a platform named ‘Terrace of the Leper King’. On the
platform is a nude statue – one of
Day 3 Siem Reap
After breakfast at the hotel, discover
BANTEAY SREI: built in the late 10th century, it is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. The temple is square with entrances on the east and west. Of main interest are the three central towers, which are decorated with male and female divinities and beautiful filigree relief work.
BANTEAY SAMRE: built by Suryavarman II. The temple is in a fairly healthy state of preservation due to some extensive renovation work, although its isolation has resulted in some devastating looting over the past two decades. The area consists of a central temple with four wings preceded by a hall and also accompanied by two libraries.
PHNOM KROM: a hill south of Siem Reap with spectacular views over the lake and a temple dating from the 10th century. The three towers on it are dedicated to Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma.
CHONG KNEAS: a floating village on the lake where both Khmer and Vietnamese live.
Day 4 Siem Reap
breakfast at the hotel, continue sightseeing in
PREAH KHAN: a temple built by King Jayavarman VII with towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors. Preah Khan covers a very large area but the temple itself is enclosed within a rectangular wall of around 700 by 800 meters.
NEAK PEAN: built by King Jayavarman VII (ruled 1181 to 1201), it is a Buddhist temple consisting of a square pool with four smaller square pools arranged on each axis. In the center of the large central pool is a circular island encircled by two nagas with intertwined tails.
PRE RUP: built by Rajendravarman II (ruled 944 to 968), it consists of a pyramid shaped temple with the upper-most of the three tiers carrying five square shrines arranged as a quincunx. The name means ‘turning the body’ and refers to the traditional method of cremation.
TA SOM: built in the late 12th century by Jayavarman VII for his teacher ‘Som’. Ta Som means ‘the old Som’.
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