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Angkor Wat In-Depth

Duration
4 Days
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The truly amazing treasures of Angkor Wat deserve several days to reveal their fascinating story. Many unique sites of this ancient city are spread out over the surrounding countryside.


Naturally, number one on anyone’s list will be a visit to exciting Angkor Wat. It can be compared in importance as an archaeological site to Machu Pichhu in Peru or Petra in Jordan. Amazingly enough, although it has existed since the 12th Century AD, it was only rediscovered in the 19th Century. Originally covered by undergrowth, archaeologists unearthed it to find some spectacular sites. Angkor Wat was originally a city of over 1 million inhabitants but was abandoned many centuries ago. This 400 square kilometer/154 square mile Hindu temple complex is vast and is situated 6 kilometres/4 miles north of the town of Siem Reap. Angkor Wat literally means Temple City and was in fact a city built by the Khmer King Suryavarman the Second in the 12th Century.  Today it contains scores of temples, bas-reliefs and sculptures and is the largest Hindu temple complex in the world. It needs time to really take in all that is on offer here.

The first entry into the Angkor Wat complex brings you to the main temple called Angkor Wat, an absolutely magnificent large structure surrounded by a moat.  It is also known as the GrandTemple. Just behind it is Angkor Thom which was the capital city of the Khmer Empire. Here you will see the Terrace of the Elephants which is 350 metres/1150 feet long and was the stand for public ceremonies and the Terrace of the Leper King - the origin of the name is unknown.

Next visit Bayan, a series of temples richly decorated with massive stone faces carved onto the towers. Other visits are to Ta Prohm which is an intriguing set of temples left in the way they were rediscovered in the 19th Century and covered by trees which have grown over them, Thommanon, a pair of Hindu temples, small but elegant in design and Preah Khan, an extensive area originally built as a monastery and teaching complex..

If all this seems a lot to cover in one day, then time allowing, consider extending your stay.

The next day, a further visit to Angkor Wat. This time, start with Banteay Srei situated 25 kilometrtes/16 miles north east of the main group of temples. The name literally translates as Citadel of Women. This is due to the so called fact that the temples here which have elaborate decorative wall carvings could only have been carved by women. Nearby is Banteay Samre, built with the same materials as Banteay Srei but with the use of special restoration methods is the most complete temple complex.  Later travel to Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake/river combination in the country. It is unique as the direction of the flow of water reverses itself twice a year. It is also home to ethnic Vietnamese and Cham people who live most often in floating villages earning their existence through fishing. There over 300 different species of fish in the lake.


 

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Accommodation in Siem Reap

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    Borei Angkor Resort & Spa



    Borei Angkor Resort & Spa is well situated in the centre of Siem Reap, the town which is close to the Angkor Wat sites. It is only a 15 minute drive to the nearest site. Although not a large hotel, it is an attractive establishment ...

    Borei Angkor Resort & Spa is well situated in the centre of Siem Reap, the town which is close to the Angkor Wat sites. It is only a 15 minute drive to the nearest site. Although not a large hotel, it is an attractive establishment located in a tropical garden. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, bar and lounge, coffee shop and restaurant.

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    Tara Angkor



    Experience all that Siem Reap has to offer in this stylish international hotel. The Tara Angkor Hotel is an ideal base to explore Siem Reap and the magnificent temples steeped in legend and history. Tara Angkor is conveniently located on the road to Angkor only ...

    Experience all that Siem Reap has to offer in this stylish international hotel. The Tara Angkor Hotel is an ideal base to explore Siem Reap and the magnificent temples steeped in legend and history. Tara Angkor is conveniently located on the road to Angkor only 5km from the entrance, 15 minutes from the airport and a short ride to the centre of town. The Tara Angkor with 213 rooms is also equipped with modern amenities and is elegantly furnished to make your stay luxurious and enjoyable.

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    Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa



    Within the Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa enjoy the comfort, elegance and superb refinement of the French Art de Vivre in the heart of Siem Reap. The building's graceful colonial architecture of the 1930's provides a sense of peaceful tranquillity. The hotel has been designed ...

    Within the Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa enjoy the comfort, elegance and superb refinement of the French Art de Vivre in the heart of Siem Reap. The building's graceful colonial architecture of the 1930's provides a sense of peaceful tranquillity. The hotel has been designed to be in total harmony with its natural surroundings and is enchantingly situated in the heart of Siem Reap, opposite the Royal Park. The Hotel is located within close proximity to World Heritage listed Angkor Temples, the quaint old market town of Siem Reap and only 7km from the International airport.

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    Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor Golf and Spa Resort



    Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor is set among tranquil landscaped gardens on tree lined Charles de Gaulle Avenue and is the closest hotel to the ruins of Angkor Wat. The resort is near traditional markets, local tourist attractions and only 15 min drive from the airport. ...

    Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor is set among tranquil landscaped gardens on tree lined Charles de Gaulle Avenue and is the closest hotel to the ruins of Angkor Wat. The resort is near traditional markets, local tourist attractions and only 15 min drive from the airport.
    Combining French and Khmer architecture to provide elegant accommodation, the hotel features 238 rooms with balconies.

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    Sokha Angkor Resort



    Sokha Angkor Resort is strategically located in the heart of Siem Reap. The hotel is walking distance to the Old Market Place, which is popular for local handicrafts, a 10 minute drive to the Airport and 15 minutes to the world famous Angkor Wat Temples. ...

    Sokha Angkor Resort is strategically located in the heart of Siem Reap. The hotel is walking distance to the Old Market Place, which is popular for local handicrafts, a 10 minute drive to the Airport and 15 minutes to the world famous Angkor Wat Temples. All of the spacious rooms and suites are tastefully decorated with traditional ancient and modern Khmer design for comfort. You have a choice of accommodation with a view of the city or the swimming pool.

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    Angkor Paradise Hotel



    Angkor Palace Resort & Spa is in the heart of Siem Reap's historical, cultural, shopping and business districts. Nestled within an 11-hectare paradise landscape, the Resort is just 15 minutes to Angkor Temples and 10 minutes from Siem Reap International Airport. The 259 luxurious guest ...

    Angkor Palace Resort & Spa is in the heart of Siem Reap's historical, cultural, shopping and business districts. Nestled within an 11-hectare paradise landscape, the Resort is just 15 minutes to Angkor Temples and 10 minutes from Siem Reap International Airport. The 259 luxurious guest rooms include free broadband internet access, cable TV, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, and private balcony.

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    Shinta Mani Resort



    Shinta Mani Siem Reap, an upscale boutique hotel created by acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, showcases 39 contemporary designed rooms and public spaces in a Khmer inspired design. This exceptional Angkor hotel enjoys a tranquil and leafy setting within the township of Siem Reap just a ...

    Shinta Mani Siem Reap, an upscale boutique hotel created by acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, showcases 39 contemporary designed rooms and public spaces in a Khmer inspired design. This exceptional Angkor hotel enjoys a tranquil and leafy setting within the township of Siem Reap just a 15 minute tuk tuk ride from the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat.

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    Grand d'Angkor - Raffles Hotel



    Some travel the world seeking adventure. Others journey in search of the good life. At Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, experience the best of both. For over 75 years, a visit to the ancient Angkor temples has been synonymous with a stay at Raffles Grand Hotel ...

    Some travel the world seeking adventure. Others journey in search of the good life. At Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, experience the best of both. For over 75 years, a visit to the ancient Angkor temples has been synonymous with a stay at Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor. Now sensitively restored, the hotel's renewed elegance and modernity complement the mystery and grandeur of Angkor as never before.

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    Belmond La Residence D'Angkor



    Belmond La Residence d'Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap is an intimate Khmer-style hotel set within a leafy walled garden. From here you are ideally placed to explore Siem Reap and to visit the temples of Angkor Wat. Each of the 55 spacious rooms and suites ...

    Belmond La Residence d'Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap is an intimate Khmer-style hotel set within a leafy walled garden. From here you are ideally placed to explore Siem Reap and to visit the temples of Angkor Wat. Each of the 55 spacious rooms and suites at Belmond La Residence d'Angkor are exquisitely decorated using traditional hardwoods, bamboo and natural textiles such as silk and cotton. Light and airy, with jewel-like silk scatter cushions and floor-to-ceiling windows, they exude peace and tranquillity.

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    Amansara Hotel



    Amansara (deriving from the Sanskrit "aman", peace, and "apsara", the heavenly nymphs of ancient Hindu mythology) in Siem Reap which is the cultural heartland of ancient Khmer civilization. It is an ideal venue for exploring the Angkor complex and its surrounds. Amansara, formerly the guest ...

    Amansara (deriving from the Sanskrit "aman", peace, and "apsara", the heavenly nymphs of ancient Hindu mythology) in Siem Reap which is the cultural heartland of ancient Khmer civilization. It is an ideal venue for exploring the Angkor complex and its surrounds. Amansara, formerly the guest villa of King Norodom Sihanouk, has been refurbished as an intimate 12-suite resort. This property is situated only 10 minutes from the entrance to Angkor, this private garden compound offers a home base for travellers seeking to explore the culture and history of Cambodia.

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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
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Itinerary

Day 1

Siem Reap Airport to Siem Reap City Hotel

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Saem Siemreap Hotel

The Saem Siemreap Hotel is located in the city centre, just a 7km drive from the airport and from the UNESCO Heritage Site. The hotel is also just 5 minutes away from the busy downtown and tourist attractions such as the national museum, night market, and pub streets. The hotel has 78 rooms all in unique Khmer architecture, boosted with cool and fresh air, flower fragrance and a salt-water pool in the centre. The hotel is designed to provide its guests excellence in hospitality.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Saem Siemreap Hotel

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    Saem Siemreap Hotel



    The Saem Siemreap Hotel is located in the city centre, just a 7km drive from the airport and from the UNESCO Heritage Site. The hotel is also just 5 minutes away from the busy downtown and tourist attractions such as the national museum, night market, ...

    The Saem Siemreap Hotel is located in the city centre, just a 7km drive from the airport and from the UNESCO Heritage Site. The hotel is also just 5 minutes away from the busy downtown and tourist attractions such as the national museum, night market, and pub streets. The hotel has 78 rooms all in unique Khmer architecture, boosted with cool and fresh air, flower fragrance and a salt-water pool in the centre. The hotel is designed to provide its guests excellence in hospitality.

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    • Bar
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
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    • Swimming Pool

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Day 2

Full Day Angkor Temples incl Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat

This morning, you will visit the monumental magnificence of Angkor Thom, last capital of the Khmers, with its Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the stunning Bayon temple. This 12th century masterpiece lies at the very centre of Angkor Thom and is an archaeological wonder of symmetry and grandeur. Continue to visit Thommanon, Ta Keo and Ta Prohm. Ta Prohm, the temple that has been left largely in it's natural state since its 're-discovery' by French explorers. Surrounded by jungle, its labyrinth of stone hallways is overgrown with the roots and limbs of massive banyan trees. This afternoon, you will visit to Angkor Wat, the largest temple in the world, with a volume of stone equalling that of the Cheops pyramid in Egypt. It is unlike all the other Khmer temples in that it faces west, and is inspired by 12th Century Hinduism.

Duration10 Hours
Day 3

Full Day Banteay Srei, Banteay Samre and Tonle Sap

This morning, you drive to Banteay Srei; the citadel of women - a tiny, enchanting temple, which is one of the jewels in this remarkable city. Built of red sandstone in the tenth century and dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, the carved male and female figures in the niches are exquisitely executed in both style and proportion. This is the most Indian of all the temples in Angkor and in the words of H.W. Ponder, is a fairy palace in the heart of an immense and mysterious forest. Continue to Banteay Samre, is built under Suryavarman II and Yasovarman II in the early 12th century, it is a Hindu temple in the Angkor Wat style. Named after the Samré, an ancient people of Indochina, the temple uses the same materials as the Banteay Srei. This afternoon, drive to a development project teaching young adults, stone carving, wood carving and lacquer application, Les Artisans d' Angkor is a heart warming reminder that progress in Cambodia can go hand in hand with traditional crafts. Then continue to Ton Le Sap Lake, the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia, is the lifeblood of the Cambodian fishing industry. The Mekong River, from as a far away as Phnom Penh, reverses the direction of the Ton Le Sap river to bring an overflow of water and silt to support both rice growing and the breeding fish of many sizes and varieties. Hopping on board small shaded vessels and moving between the floating homes and small fish farms you will experience close up, daily lake life.

Duration9 Hours
Day 4

Siem Reap City Hotel to Siem Reap Airport

Duration0 Minutes

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PRICE INCLUDES:

3 nights accommodation, private transportation, local English speaking guide, private tour with entrance fees, and meals as indicated.

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