Angkor's finest

Angkor's finest

Angkor Historical Park - Tonle Sap Great Lake

Stunning sunset of Bakheng Hill, treasured legacy of Angkor Wat, peaceful ride on the largest lake of Asia – Tonle Sap - through beautiful mangroves to floating villages… those are some of the great visits that we selected for you. You’ll dig the secrets of Angkor with an additional exploration to Angkor National Museum and discover the Khmer art in its real features.  

This voyage takes you close to the local life as you wander around the Old market and discover the different handicrafts. Pierce through the heartland of Siem Reap with the different treasures of Angkor. 

Day 1: Arrival in Siem Reap

On arrival in Siem Reap you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening get to know the destination with a welcome dinner.​

Day 2: Angkor Historical Park

This morning adventure yourself in the infamous and treasured legacy of Angkor Wat. The masterpiece and holy grail of the temples of Angkor, Angkor Wat is the world’s largest religious building and an insurmountable legacy left by Suryavarman II. Believed to be the world’s largest religious building, there is almost one kilometer of exquisitely detailed carvings which depict the intricacies of the Khmer empire through dramatic and humorous stories of love, life, war, religion and mythology, before accessing the inner complex to experience the powerful energy that this sublime temple inspires. Marvel at the quincunx of towers, admire the carvings and architectural detail of the complex as a whole, as it seemingly defies with its beauty and symmetry the fact that it’s a man-made creation almost 1000 years old. 

Continue on your visit with Ta Prohm. Of Tombraider fame, Ta Prohm is an Angkorian treasure. One of the most fascinating things about Ta Prohm (except for its size, beauty and pleasantly eerie atmosphere) is that today it can be appreciated perfectly as it would have been in its day, a mere 900 years ago, as it has been ‘left as it was found’ by the French explorers who discovered it in the 19th century. Ta Prohm is a sight to behold, a veritable maze with gigantic golden trees strangling the stone foundations at every juncture, fine carvings, prominent galleries and a layout that will bring out the explorer in you.

After lunch on your own, commence your exploration of Angkor Thom. Known as the ‘Great City’, Angkor Thom was Jayavarman VII’s ultimate creation, his true expression of design excellence. Angkor Thom was an entire city built in the 12th century which at one point was believed to house up to 150,000 people across an area of nine square kilometers and which thrived upon a complex system of agriculture and waterways. 5 magnificent gates which stand 23 metres high and are spiritually guarded by faces reminiscent of the Bayon, and you will enter through the Victory Gate, complete with a causeway with two emanating rows of Devas and Asuras, both of which are wrestling a powerful Naga. 

From here you will converge upon the centre of this extraordinary city, and begin to explore its elements, starting with the Elephant Terrace, a royal platform used as a viewing gallery for grandiose royal spectacles, decorated wonderfully with statues of elephants and perfect carvings. Adjacently sits the Terrace of the Leper King, decorated in much the same way but unique for possessing the statue of Yama (the Leper King), god of Death. 

From here you will proceed through the forest to Preah Palilay. Guarded by a large Buddha this is a small but beautiful temple from the 13th century. 

Afterwards you will proceed to Phimeanakas, a 10th century largely uncarved but beautifully constructed pyramid temple affording terrific views, before Baphuon, an imposing 50-metre tall temple dedicated to Shiva which houses one of the world’s largest reclining Buddhas. And finally to Bayon, arguably the most stunning of all the Temples of Angkor, adorned with 37 towers decorated with wonderful giant stone faces and beautifully decorated carvings throughout.

Finally you will proceed to Bakheng Hill, an iconic temple setting where you will admire the sunset over this ancient land, with views across the great Tonle Sap Lake, the West Baray, and of course, Angkor Wat.

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Day 3: Tonle Sap Great Lake - Departure from Siem Reap

Today, visit the Great Tonle Sap Lake, the largest lake in Southeast Asia. After travelling through the beautiful countryside to reach the water’s edge, you will transfer to our boat and proceed to sail through mangroves, visit floating and stilted villages, and experience a fascinating, traditional and unique way of life. This lake with an area of 16000 square kilometers during the height of the wet season is an astonishing place, so significant to Cambodia and Southeast Asia as a whole, and it’s home to great number of rare species of wildlife and some of the most resourceful communities on this earth. 

On the way back stop at very nice Local Temple Wat Artvea where you will know how Cambodia monks are living. 

Afterwards you’ll visit Chantier Ecole-Artisan d’Angkor, a museum and vocational centre dedicated to the revival of Khmer art. Founded on the idea that Cambodia must endeavor to keep its heritage of skilled craftsmanship alive despite the loss of a large body of expertise during Cambodia’s recent history, Artisans d’Angkor was set up by CEFP (Chantiers-Ecoles de Formation Professionnelle) to provide instruction and employment to some of the poorest members of the community in such art. Visitors can observe modern day professionals employing ancient techniques in the production of metalwork, stonework, lacquer and silk.  

In the afternoon, visit the Old market and Siem Reap town before getting transferred to the airport for your onward flight. 

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