The temples which are put in this program are the selective temples for travellers who do not have much time to see all of them. They are very well preserved and very fascinating. Some of these are quiet and peaceful. They look dramatic and picturesque. So for the beauty of these temples can make you enjoy and unforgettable, especially Preah Khan, East Mebon, Banteay Samre and Banteay Srei.
Day 01: Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom Bayon, Baphoun, Phimean Akas, Terraces of Elephants and Leper King.
We visit Angkor Wat which is one of the seven wonders and the largest temple complex in the world. It is designed with three levels and surrounded by the moat. Angkor Wat – built by Suryavarman II (r 1112–52) – is the earthly representation of Mt Meru, the Mt Olympus of the Hindu faith and the abode of ancient gods. The Cambodian god-kings of old each strove to better their ancestors’ structures in size, scale and symmetry, culminating in what is believed to be the world’s largest religious building.
The temple is the heart and soul of Cambodia and a source of fierce national pride. Unlike the other Angkor monuments, it was never abandoned to the elements and has been in virtually continuous use since it was built.
We visit Angkor Thom, King Jayavarman VII built Angkor Thom late in the 12th century as the capital of the Angkorian Empire. The temple was consecrated to the principles and deities of Hinduism. Angkor Thom, Cambodia is an ancient city (not a single temple) that stretches out across 9 square km of land. Its enormity is mind-boggling.
The exterior wall of Angkor Thom forms a massive square (each side measures 3 km in length). Encircling the walled city is a 100-meter wide moat. Most visitors will enter the spectacular city through the Southern Gate. Enormous carved Nagas (serpent humans) watch visitors enter the city from the apex of the Southern Gate.
Approaching the Southern Gate, visitors traverse a long stone pathway flanked with 54 carved figures. The figures represent an array of gods and demons. The gods are distinguished from the demons by their almond-shaped eyes. The demons, conversely, have bulging round eyes. Bayon The stone faces of the Bayon have become some of the most discernable images of the Khmer Empire. They affect historians and travelers with the same sense of awe that must’ve overcome the original inhabitants of Angkor Thom.The faces represent an unknown man or deity. Archeological theory suggests that they either symbolize Loksvara, the bodhisattva of compassion, or a combination of Buddha and Jayavarman VII.
The architects of the Bayon designed it to represent Mount Meru, which is the epicenter of the Buddhist / Hindu universe (heaven). From afar, the Bayon actually appears to be a massive stone mountain, void of symmetry and other common aesthetic principles. But when the Bayon is observed up close, its true genius becomes apparent.
Over 200 faces cover the temple’s 57 towers. Detailed ornaments adorn the temple walls. Bas-reliefs of animals and Khmer workers seem to roam the temple grounds. And carved lotus blossoms and other floral depictions give the temple a natural air. Baphoun is a gargantuan temple-mountain built sometime in the 11th century by King Udayadityavarman II. This temple is in an advanced state of ruin, and has been the focus of ongoing restoration. As a result, only the exterior gateway and the elevated walking path are open to the public. But even from afar, the sheer size of Baphuon is worth experiencing then we walk a little to see Phimean Akas. Phimean Akas means the Aerial Palace which was built in the late 10th century and the architectural style is very similar to the Mayan Pyramid. This temple is located in the middle of the Khmer Empire’s Palace. The Terrace of Elephants is a 2.5-meter tall terrace that stretches over 300 meters through the core of Angkor Thom. Three main platforms and two secondary platforms and The Terrace of The Leper King: The Terrace of the Leper King is a massive mound of laterite (clay) that is held in place by a series of ornately carved sandstone walls.
Day 02: Preah Khan, East Mebon, Pre Rup, Banteay Samre and Banteay Srei.
Today we have longer drive to see the beautiful and peaceful temples. We visit Preah Khan , which means “Sacred Sword”, was built towards the end of the 12th century as a part of King Jayavarman VII’s massive building campaign. Unlike many of Angkor’s larger monuments, which served primarily as worship centers or military headquarters, Preah Khan was also a Buddhist University. At its zenith, Preah Khan supported more than 1000 teachers and countless students.
East Mebon Mebon consists of five prasats (towers) that were erected in quincunx formation. A quincunx is a temple design in which five towers are assembled in an “X” pattern. East Mebon’s prasats sit atop a mammoth step pyramid, made of three concentric tiers. Massive stone elephants guard the temple’s entrance. The elephants were carved from a single block of sandstone then we head to Pre Rup. The name Pre Rup means “turning the body”, referring to Khmer cremation traditions. Although cremation may’ve taken place at Pre Rup, this modern name seems to negate the enormous historical significance of Pre Rup as one of the capitals of the Khmer Empire. We drive a bit further to Baneay Samre Banteay Samre in Cambodia is somewhat "off the beaten track", located away from the more visited Angkor temples. The temple is named after the Samre, an ancient ethnic Indochinese tribe most likely related to the Khmers. Banteay, is a Khmer word for citadel. We drive 20 km further to Baneay Srei. Banteay Srei. Carvings are densely cluttered on the temple walls, depicting a wonderful assortment of animals, warriors, religious figures, and more.Banteay Srei’s sandstone is particularly pinkish in coloration.
Day 01: -Angkor Wat
-Angkor Thom Bayon
-Terraces of Elephants and Leper King.
Day 02: -Preah Khan
- All sightseeing and transfer services as detailed in our itinerary
- Accommodation in confirmed room category and named hotels
- Meals: daily breakfast at hotel only or as specified (drinks not included)
- English-speaking local guide
- All entrance fees as detailed in our itinerary
- Private air-conditioned vehicle with drinking water during sightseeing
- Tour services not detailed in our itinerary
- All meals not specified and no drinks except complimentary water
- International departure taxes
- Visa fees
- All International flight tickets
- Early Hotel check-in/ Late check-out
- Tips and gratuities
- Other services not listed above
- Travel insurance