Arrive Siem Reap, Siem Reap – Treasure of the Kingdom of Cambodia, special welcome to everybody, a moment of courtesy . You meet your guide and transfer to hotel for check in . You are free at your own time.
Rise early to beat the crowd at the photogenic Ta Prohm, “Tomb Raider” fame. Ta Prohm has been abandoned to the elements, a reminder that while empires rise and fall, the riotous power of nature marches on, oblivious to the dramas of human history. Left as it was ‘discovered’ by French explorer Henri Mouhout in 1860, the tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones, man first conquers nature to create, nature later conquers back to destroy. We visit Ta Prohm early to avoid the masse of crowd and provide a unique visit in this incredible temple.
We head further through rural countryside to the small but beautiful temple of Banteay Srei. This temple is largely built of pink sandstone, a harder rock that can be more elaborately carved and better survives the rigors of time. This is an opportunity to capture some good photographs of the clear and detailed carvings. Continue to Banteay Samre : Its rose-colored sandstone walls are decorated with carvings and bas-reliefs, which are among the most accomplished that Angkor has to offer.
For the late afternoon we head back into main Angkor Park and journey to Tasom. Tasom offers some beautiful photo spots, especially the rear entrance where tree roots adorn the gateway. We finish by experiencing sunset over the rice fields from the royal crematorium of Pre Rup, a classic view of the Cambodian countryside.
We hop on our bike to world heritage areas on the roads less traveled. Ride among the jungle passing local villages and shops . It’s a very special and acting day as you will explore some of Angkor’s most beautiful temples. You will visit the West Gate of Angkor Thom – undiscovered by mass of tourists .
• The ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century),
• See the South Gate, Bayon Temple – unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara,
• Baphuon temple lying just to the north of Bayon a pyramidal representation of mythical Mont Meru,
• We step to see our old palace as Phimeanakas temple in huge complex that was used for our king in the past time,
• Then Elephant terrace platform for king and officers to view shows and people meeting,
• Preah Palilay older than Angkor Thom, deeply in the forest and on path back You see monks sprinkle water to people.
We continue to the famous temple : Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is a World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology.
Enjoy walking at busy pub street where you can find many bars for cool drink or shopping at Angkor Night Market.
Breakfast at the hotel. We will transfer to Tonle Sap Lake for a boat trip to visit Kompong Phluk, where we will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. On the way, we will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests, portraying life on the water. Return back in town, we will go to visit Artisans d’Angkor. In there, we can take a tour through the workshops and watch students as they learn how to create silk fabrics and garments, stone and wood carving, lacquer ware, polychrome products, silver plating and silk paintings .
Transfer to Siem Reap airport for departure to next destination. It’s time to say goodbye, we thank you for traveling with us and warmly welcome you to come again.