A South Gateway featuring four bodhisattava faces at Angkor Thom. In Buddhism bodhisattava is an enlightened being motivated by compassion and love.

5 Days Magic of Angkor

Day 1: Siem Reap - Arrival (L/D)
Transfer from Phnom Penh International airport to the hotel. Lunch. In the afternoon, start your temple tour to the unique interior brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, Srah Srang (“The Royal Baths” was once used for ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Eastern Mebon, (guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation) and the mountain-temple of Pre Rup until sunset. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Siem Reap (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Lunch. Visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), Bayon temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Sunset at Angkor Wat. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Siem Reap (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Continue the temple tour to Takeo, Thommanon, Chau Say Tevoda and Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been left relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them. Lunch. Afternoon, visit Preah Khan built by King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, though, it’s well preserved and ongoing restoration efforts should improve this situation. Visit as well Neak Pean a fountain built in the middle of a pool and the temple of Ta Som. Dinner at local restaurant  and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Siem Reap (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the remote Beng Mealea temple through the typical Khmer countryside (60 km from Siem Reap). Explore the long abandoned temple (11th century), strangled by the jungle. Lunch. Proceed to the Banteay Srei temple (10th century) regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer art. Then visit Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor due to restoration using the method of “anastylosis”. The name Samre refers to an ethnic group of mountain people, who inhabited the region at the base of Phnom Kulen and were probably related to the Khmers.  No inscriptions have been found for this temple, but the style of most of the architecture is of the classic art of the middle period similar to Angkor Wat.  The proportions of Banteay Samre are splendid.  A unique feature is an interior moat with laterite paving, which when filled with water must have given an ethereal atmosphere to the temple. Drive back to Siem Reap. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Siem Reap - Departure (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a boat trip in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia, the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South East Asia, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. Visit a fishermen's "floating village" with floating schools, floating police station…etc. After lunch, visit to “Chantiers Ecoles” of Siem Reap and spend time at leisure at a local market until transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight to the next destination.

We wish you a pleasant trip.

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