This program is based on an arrival early in the morning to Siemreap International Airport. It will be adjusted to take account of your last date and time of arrival / departure. This is the shortest visit you could pay to ANGKOR… and, yet, to have a good idea of what Khmer people has been able to build at the time of the European middle ages
Day1 : SIEM REAP (Angkor)
Morning: Reception at the airport of SIEM REAP International and transfer to your hotel.
Departure for the visit of visite the former capital of monuments of ANGKOR THOM. King JAYAVARMAN VII here established his capital from 1181 until 1209 when he dies. You enter ANGKOR THOM the South Gate and then visit BAYON temples (1181), BAPHUON (1060) and Centre (944). You will walk along the terrace of the ELEPHANTS and the leper King (both the end of the 12th century). Afternoon: Most of the afternoon will be devoted to the architectural tour of the work of the great temple of ANGKOR Wat, built between 1113 and 1150 by King SURIYAVARMAN II. Then you climb the temple-mountain of PHNOM BAKEING (893) admire the sunset over the jungle. Evening: Dinner and show at about 19:00 to Siem Reap to see the Khmer traditional dances, performed by professional dancers.
Day 2 : SIEM REAP (Angkor) »
Morning: Departure for the temple of PRASAT KRAVANH (921) built full brick, and then drive to the temple of BANTEAY SREI (967), 30 km to the northeast of Siem Reap. BANTEAY SREI is built in pink sandstone and is actually the precious jewel of this region, because of its rich and beautiful sculptures. On the way back, you will have a look at daily life in the villages of countryside and you will learn more about the Palm and sugar alcohol production.
Afternoon: visiting three major temples and two smaller “twin” temples: BANTEAY KDEI (1181) in front of the royal pond of SYRAH SRANG, TA PROHM (1186), still overrun by the jungle, and then TA KEO (975), the first built in grey sandstone and without no sculptu Re. Finally, you’ll have a look at the twin temples of THOMMANON and CHAU say THEVODA (1150).
Day 3: SIEM REAP (the Tonle Sap Lake and the city)
Morning: Departure towards the port of CHONG KNEAS to a boat trip on the TONLE SAP Lake. This time will allow you to become aware of the precariousness of life of fishermen living in villages or on stilts. Very specific colors and reflections of the water will allow you to keep an original photographic memory of this trip. When return to Siem Reap, you visit the new Museum NATIONAL of ANGKOR. Inaugurated at the end of 2007″in a very successful framework, he presents a synthesis of great and very interesting visits you did during your short stay.
Afternoon: depending on the time of boarding, you should visit:
– l’ school for craftsmen of ANGKOR (ARTISANS Angkor) where disadvantaged young Khmer learn different crafts.
-l’ workshop of the SCENTS of ANGKOR, where we’ll show you the manufacture of candles, soaps and other creams, and the treatment of spices as pepper, chilli and curry. You will also learn how to identify different exotic plants by their scent and flowers. Before you leave, you could buy some souvenirs, beautifully presented gift boxes, woven with colorful palm leaves. Transfer to the SIEM REAP International Airport.