Essential Angkor

Description

This three-day tour is an ideal choice if you want to see the very best of Angkor, the UNESCO World Heritage site that was the capital of the Khmer Empire from the ninth to the 15th century. You'll take in the famous Angkor Wat temple, as well as the ancient city of Angkor Thom and the picturesque ruined jungle temple of Ta Prohm.

Day 1
Arrive Siem Reap

You'll be met on arrival in Siem Reap by your local, English-speaking guide and transferred to your hotel, where you'll have time to rest or perhaps take a first stroll through this charming riverside town, gateway to the temples of Angkor. This afternoon, you'll take a tour of the famous Angkor Wat, built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. Inside, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign, as well as more than 2,000 Apsara dancers, which are particularly when illuminated by the setting sun. This evening you'll enjoy a welcome dinner at Madame Butterfly restaurant, set in a traditional Khmer wooden house.

Day 2
Siem Reap

You'll start today with a tour of the temples of the Small Circuit, the most famous of which is Ta Prohm temple, built in the 12th to 13th centuries but now in ruins and overgrown by jungle trees and vines – an incredibly atmospheric site. You will also visit Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th century, and Srah Srang, also known as the "pool of ablutions". You'll return to Siem Reap for a lunch of modern Khmer fusion food, before visiting the ancient city of Angkor Thom by remork (an auto rickshaw similar to a tuk tuk). Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. It's surrounded by a huge, perfectly square wall, and you'll enter through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path, a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake. From here, you'll continue to Bayon Temple, in the exact centre of the city, a 12th-century masterpiece known for its 54 towers representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. You'll visit the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, to admire their intricate bas-reliefs, before returning to your hotel.

Day 3
Depart Siem Reap

Your tour comes to an end today as you transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Tour details 3 days

Standard fr £201pp
Superior fr £247pp
Deluxe fr £339pp
Valid between: 01/05/2017 - 30/09/2017

Tour Highlights

  • Siem Reap
  • Angkor Wat
  • Ta Prohm temple
  • Angkor Thom

Included:

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Sightseeing with English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Transfers

Not included:

  • International flights & visas

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