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 stay of four days will give you the opportunity to visit the main and most interesting temples in the ANGKOR region, but also a place of worship remote and ancient: the thousand Lingas’ shorer.
Days 1 : SIEM REAP (Angkor)
Morning: Reception at the airport of SIEM REAP International and transfer to your hotel. Departure for the Group of ROLOUS temples (at 15 km east of Siem Reap). These three temples, BAKONG (881), PREAH KO (879) and the LOLEI (892) were built in HARIHARALAYA, the capital of the Kingdom established by King Indravarman 1 all in full bricks.
Afternoon: Departure to the temple of PRASAT KRAVANH (921). Then, you are going to visit TA PROHM (1186), still overrun by the jungle, PRE RUP (961), the last being built full brick and finally BANTEAY KDEI (1181) in front of the royal pond of SYRAH SRANG. Evening: Dinner and show at about 19:00 in Siem Reap, watching the Khmer traditional dances, performed by professional dancers.
Days2 : SIEM REAP (Angkor)
Morning: Departure for the visit of the ancient capital monuments of ANGKOR THOM. King JAYAVARMAN VII established his capital here 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: The greater part of the afternoon will be devoted to the visit of the architectural masterpiece, 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.
Days3 : SIEM REAP (Angkor)
Morning: Departure for the visit of the BANTEAY SREI temple (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. Continuation towards the site of KBAL SPEAN. At the end of a mountain path of 1500 meters, with a shadow of the forest, you reach River of a thousand lingas. It is a place of worship in particular and ancient, where the symbolic sculptures and depictions of Brahmanical deities of the tenth century cover the banks and bed of the mineral River.
Afternoon: on the way back to Siem Reap, you will visit three temples: MEBON oriental (952), the very particular NEAK PEAN (1200) built by King Jayavarman VII as a hospital where the disease were cured with medicinal plants and, finally, the great PREAH KHAN (1191).
Day 4: 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 important and very interesting visits you did during your stay.
Afternoon: depending on the time of boarding, you should visit:
– school for craftsmen of ANGKOR (CRAFTSMEN of Angkor) or Khmers disadvantaged young people 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. Come and spend a pleasant stay with MERU TOUR!