CMB - T 08: OVERLAND FROM THAILAND, 4 days (L)                                       

Overland Poipet – Siem Reap


Day 1              Bangkok - Poipet - Siem Reap


07.00 a.m.            Pick up from major hotel in Bangkok, departure Bangkok for Poipet. 

Arrival in Poipet (border Cambodia / Thailand), by vehicle from Poipet to Siem Reap - journey east and north of the great Tonle Sap Lake and passing through Phum Kop, Sisophon, Kralanh and Phnum Prey Chruk. 

Overnight in Siem Reap


Poipet is on the Thai-Cambodian border and is the main link between Bangkok, Phnom Penh, and the temples of Angkor. 


Day 2              Siem Reap


After breakfast at the hotel, sightseeing Angkor Wat one of the greatest religious monuments in the world, visit Ta Prohm

Afternoon proceed to visit Banteay Srei Temple

Overnight in Siem Reap


ANGKOR WAT: a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu by King Suryavarman II, who reigned between 1131 and 1150. It was constructed over a period of 30 years and is world famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. In 1992 the UNESCO declared the monument and the whole city of Angkor a World Heritage Site. 


TA PROHM: one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them. 


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. 


Day 3              Siem Reap


After breakfast at the hotel, sightseeing in Angkor complex: visit Angkor Thom, Bayon, Baphuon, Phimeanakas, Former Royal Palace, and Terrace of Elephants, Terrace of The Leper King and visit the Roluos Group Temples.

Overnight in Siem Reap


ANGKOR THOM: a fortified Royal City (10 square kilometers) built by King Jayavarman VII, who ruled from 1181 to 1201. The city has five monumental gates and is encircled by a moat 100 meters wide. In the center of the walled city are the city’s most important monuments including Bayon, Baphuon, the Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and Phimeanakas with Royal Enclosure.


BAYON: Jayavarman VII's temple mountain that stands at the center of Angkor Thom. It is one of the most popular of Angkor's monuments and a place of narrow corridors, steep flights of stairs and an amazing collection of towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces.


BAPHUON: the pyramid shape represents the mythical Mount Meru and marks the center of the city that was here before Angkor Thom.


PHIMEANAKAS: near the center of what was once the royal palace within Angkor Thom. Phimeanakas means ‘Celestial Palace’, though today there is not much left to indicate its former splendor.


FORMER ROYAL PALACE: nothing remains today except two pools that were used by royalty for washing.


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 Angkor’s mysteries. 


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 Angkor. The sandstone carvings in the niches of the temples are notable as are the Sanskrit inscriptions on the doorposts.


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


Day 4              Siem Reap


After breakfast at the hotel, by vehicle from Siem Reap to Poipet (border Cambodia / Thailand) proceed visa and accord border to Aranyaprathed and continue travel to Bangkok.


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