ANCIENT ANGKOR: THE ESSENTIALS

See the essential Angkor on this 3 day tour: Angkor Wat after the crowds have gone, Ta Phrom’s crumbling masonry and vines; and the last capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom.

TOUR INTRODUCTION

3 Days, 2 Nights     FROM US$ 269 PER PERSON

See the essential Angkor. Take a tuk tuk to Angkor Wat after the crowds have gone and witness its spectacular sunset. Feel like an explorer of old amongst Ta Phrom’s crumbling masonry, vines, trees and roots; and head to the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire, the ancient city of Angkor Thom.

Head to Siem Reap, the perfect base from which to explore the temples of Angkor. Hop into a tuk tuk and head to the magnificent Angkor Wat, said to symbolise the soul of the Khmer people. Sunset is a great time to be at Angkor Wat, as the crowds are gone and the Apsaras are illuminated by the setting sun. Afterwards, return to your hotel where the rest of your evening is free at leisure.

Next day, look around the ’Small Circuit’ of temples, starting with Ta Phrom. This iconic temple is twined with incredible tree-roots as nature has slowly reclaimed it over the centuries; the crumbling masonry and overgrowth of vines, trees and roots conveying the romance of a lost civilization. Nearby are the 12th century Buddhist monastery of Banteay Kdei, and the old bathing pond of Sra Srang; a tranquil, scenic area where Khmer Royalty used to bathe. Now head to the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire; the ancient city of Angkor Thom.

Bayon temple sits exactly in the centre of the city, a magnificent masterpiece of 12th century Khmer craftsmanship, with 54 towers representing the 54 provinces of the Khmer empire.

 

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See Angkor Wat after the crowds have gone, as the Apsaras are illuminated by the setting sun.
Visit the ’Tomb Raider Temple’ Ta Prohm, and feel like an explorer of old.
Explore the glorious city of Angkor Thom with the iconic Bayon stone faces.



Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

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  • Day 1: Siem Reap/Angkor Wat

    Upon arrival you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Siem Reap is the perfect base from which to explore the temples of Angkor; a town with plenty of charm and facilities only a short drive away from the temple sites. Take some time to refresh and relax at the hotel before hopping into a tuk tuk and heading to your first temple; the magnificent Angkor Wat.

    Said to symbolise the soul of the Khmer people, the temple was built in the early 12th century during the reign of King Suryavaman II; and some of the wars he fought are depicted in the bas-reliefs and stone carvings which cover the walls. Hindu mythology also features heavily in the designs, along with the beautiful forms of nearly 2,000 Apsara dancers; representations of feminine grace and beauty. The crowds disperse before sunset; and this is a great time to be at Angkor Wat, as the Apsaras are illuminated by the setting sun’s golden rays.

    Afterwards, return to your hotel where the rest of your evening is free at leisure.

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    Meals included on this day: None

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  • Day 2: Angkor Wat

    In the afternoon, look around the ‘Small Circuit’ of temples. Start with Ta Phrom. This iconic temple is twined with incredible tree-roots as nature has slowly reclaimed it over the centuries. Originally constructed as a Mahayana buddhist temple in the late 12th century by Jayavarman VII, it apparently took 80,000 people to look after it, and has been left as it was found in the 19th century. Though well-known, it can still make the visitor feel like an explorer of old; the crumbling masonry and overgrowth of vines, trees and roots conveying the romance of a true lost civilization. Also near here are the 12th century Buddhist monastery of Banteay Kdei, and the old bathing pond of Sra Srang; a tranquil, scenic area where Khmer Royalty used to bathe.

    After this, head to the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire; the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Enter through the South Gate, carved with four giant faces and wander around this perfectly-square, ancient walled-city.

    Bayon temple sits exactly in the centre of the city, a magnificent masterpiece of 12th century Khmer craftsmanship. Its 54 towers represent the 54 provinces of the Khmer empire and the temple also has amazing, detailed bas-reliefs at The Terrace of The Leper King and The Terrace of The Elephants. Return to Siem Reap in the afternoon.

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

    Angkor Thom, Cambodia – A traveler goes by a tuk-tuk, visiting the ancient city of Angkor Thombuddha-statue-at-bayon-temple-ankor-wat-cambodiasiemreap-ta-prohm-cambodia1000x600Bas-Reliefs at the Outer Walls of The Bayon, Angkor Thom, Cambodia
  • Day 3: Siem Reap

    Your day is free at leisure until you transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

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Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
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Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)

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