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3 Nights / 4 Days Siem Reap | Angkor Wat | Angkor Thom | Great Lake Of Tonle Sap | Grand Circuit
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Arrival in Siem Reap. Warmly welcome to everybody, a moment of courtesy meeting then self-introduce with our Cambodian tour guide in the meeting point's Siem Reap airport.
Siem Reap - The Cradle of Angkor Civilization - Where Cambodian were Born, this is also a famous Archaeological City, as named as one of the seven greatest architectural wonders of the World. Covering approx 600 sq km, it contains more than 100 fabulous ancient monuments and over dozen major compound Temples, which were built during the most splendid Era of the Khmer Dynasty between the 9th - 13th century and were the ancient capital of the Khmer Empire.
Transfer to hotel for check-in and then take your time to have a rest before enjoy a half day tour in the afternoon.
Afternoon, it is time to visit the wonderful Angkor Wat - one of the seven greatest architectural wonders of the world, as a temple and mausoleum for King Suryavarman II at the peak of the Khmer empire in the first half of 12th, Angkor Wat is probably the best-preserved of the Angkorean temples, with a central tower surrounded by four smaller towers. The central monument represents the mythical Mount Meru, the holy mountain at the centre of the universe, which was home to the Hindu God Vishnu.
Finally, in the late afternoon, coming to the Phnom Bakheng temple, is the first temple in Angkor region build by the YacovarmanI King in the first of 9th century, located on a slope gently hill where thousands tourist are grouping on the hilltop to catch a memorable time of life when viewing the marvellous sunset.
Evening is the time of an exclusive Cultural Show-Dinner on buffet.We would strongly recommend a Cultural Show-Dinner on buffet, with the most traditional surrounds accompanied with the best of regional Cambodian cuisine in a local restaurant. Your clients will enjoy able the tradition Royal musical instruments of Cambodia. A traditional music band will sow in your mind the most memorable moments of lifetime thru the folk-music, folk-singers, folk-songs and folk-dances of Apsara dancers during dinner. (see supplement)
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Today, let's experience a fullday tour to discover Siem Reap.
Morning, continuing visit to the Angkor Thom (Big Angkor) on late 12th - early 13th century C.E., is a 3km2 walled and moated royal cities and was the last capital of the Angkorian empire. There are five entrances (gates) to the city, one for each cardinal point, and the victory gate leading to the Royal Palace area. Each gate is crowned with 4 giant faces; first stop for visiting is The South Gate, then Bayon - the Angkor's greatest temple. The giant stone faces of Bayon have become one of the most recognizable images connected to classic Khmer art and architecture. There are 37 standing towers; the best of Bayon are the bas-reliefs on the exterior walls of the lower level and on the upper level where the stone faces reside. Proceeding to visit a double terrace wall are the Terrace of the Leper King and the Terrace of the Elephants, the walls display some particularly fine sculpture including the five headed horse and scenes of warriors and dancers, with deeply carved nagas, demons and other mythological beings.
Afternoon, visit Thommanon, small, attractive temple in very good condition, built at the same time as Angkor Wat. It's Angkor Wat style is most easily seen in the style of the carved apsaras and the shape of the tower, Chaosay Tevoda, it seems to stand in partnership with Thommanon but actually was built much later in Suryavarman II's rule than Thommanon, Banteay Kdei, Srash Srong. Then visit Kravan
After breakfast, a continuing fullday tour for Angkor complex. Morning, excursion to Grand Circuit, visit Pre Rup, traditionally believed to be a funerary temple, but in fact the state temple of Rajendravarman II. Mebon, architecturally and artistically superior temple--mountain. Beautifully carved false doors on upper level as well as an excellent view of the surrounding countryside. Tasom, the most distant temple on the grand circuit. Small but classic Jayavarman VII temple, Neak Pean, which means 'coiled serpents', from the encoiled nagas that encircled the temple. The temple is faced by a statue of the horse, Balaha, saving drowning sailors and Preah Khan, 'Preah Khan' means 'sacred sword'. In harmony with Ta Prohm, which was dedicated to Jayavarman VII's mother, Preah Khan is dedicated to his father.
Afternoon, you enjoy the boat cruise on the Great Lake of Tonle Sap, its extraordinary bio-diversity and hydrology make it an ecological wonder of the world, offer visitors an insight into the old tradition of riparian life and natural splendour of Cambodia. On the way back, stop to have a look at the fishing villages which dot the semi-submerged forest that lines the flood plane rim of the lake, offering an excellent place to see lakeside rural Cambodia. Finally, visit and do shopping at the handicraft of the sculpture center << les Artisans d'Angkor >>, the finest authentic Khmer arts and crafts, stone
After breakfast inside your hotel, free time for your own activities until check-out and transfer to Siem Reap airport for your flight back home. Have a safe trip!
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