The highlight of any visit to Cambodia is exploring the magnificent temples of Angkor. The jewel in the crown is undoubtedly Angkor Wat; the largest and best preserved of the temples, with a beautifully proportioned layout and delicate artistry to its carvings. During this 4-day program explore not only Angkor Wat, but several other of Angkor’s most important temples. Popular favorites and must-sees are The Bayon, with it's distinctive massive stone faces looking down at you, and Ta Prohm; looking very untouched, it is fascinating to see the giant tree roots emerging from the temple's ruins.
Arrive at Siem Reap Airport and transfer to your hotel.
The crown jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat, is the national symbol and highlight of any visit to Cambodia. It is the largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples. Cross the vast moat and enter the main building, ascending through a series of galleries and courtyard before reaching the central sanctuary. Intricate stone-carvings adorn nearly every surface, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted into the walls. Angkor Wat is stunning at any time of day, but sunrise and sunset are especially beautiful times to watch the play of light on the stones. Afterwards continue to Preah Khan, built by King Jayavarman VII; it features towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors in a jungle setting. Also visit Banteay Srei, smaller in comparison to other Angkor temples, but considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer art. Finish the day watching the sun set over the Cambodian countryside from the upper terraces of an ancient Angkorian temple. Meals Breakfast
Today visit Angkor Thom, the fortified "Great City" that was the final capital of the Khmer empire. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats, the city includes many of Angkor's most popular sights. Enter the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, and continue to the Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. Visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeankas before continuing to the Bayon Temple. The Bayon is one of Angkor's most compelling and popular sights, with galleries of beautifully preserved bas reliefs, and where giant stone faces smile enigmatically down at you from every angle. Continue your exploration of Angkor's most beautiful and important temples. Visits include Prasat Kravan, Banteay Kdei, Sras Srang, among others. Also see Ta Prohm; built in the Bayon style, it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them. A most interesting and distinctive feature of Ta Prohm is the twists of tree trunks and roots that emerge from the ruins and soar upward into a lovely shaded canopy. Meals Breakfast
Transfer to Siem Reap Airport for your onward flight. Meals Breakfast Notes: - Extra nights in Siem Reap can be added upon request.
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