Get set to uncover the secrets of Cambodia`s Angkor with this 3 day package. Explore the temples from Angkor Wat to Ta Prohm - the jungle temple from the Tomb Raider movie. Trek through Cambodia`s jungle to see Hindu sculptures carved into a riverbed more than a thousand years ago, sample tasty Khmer cuisine and meet locals living in floating fishing villages on Tonle Sap lake.
Siem Reap/Angkor Wat
Sua s`dei! Welcome to Cambodia. You will be picked up from your centrally located hotel between 8.00-8.30am. Start your Angkor temples adventure with a visit to Angkor Wat, the most famous and best-preserved of all temples within the Angkor complex.
Next move on to Angkor Thom city. Visit Bayon with its 54 towers decorated with more than 200 enigmatic smiling faces, Phimeanakas, Baphoun, Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. Finish the morning with a stop at the very photogenic South Gate of Angkor Thom City where gods and demons line the road leading to the gate struggling in a cosmic tug-of-war. The Gate itself is crowned with four large faces facing in the cardinal directions.
Lunch is Khmer style in a local restaurant. Enjoy a spread of great local food followed by a nap lazing in a hammock, or learn more about the traditional way of life and chat to the Cambodians dining there.
We then visit beautiful Ta Prohm (Tomb Raider) temple which was made famous by Angelina Jolie. Feel like one of the early explorers as you visit this temple which has been left to be reclaimed by the jungle. If time permits finish the day climbing one of the oldest buildings in the Angkor complex, the brick temple of Pre Rup.
Siem Reap/Banteay Srei
Take a trip through the countryside to the small village of Kbal Spean. Along the way watch seasonal activities like rice planting and harvesting, and try local snacks such as sugar palm candy.
Stop at the base of nearby mountains and embark on an easy jungle trek (about 40 minutes) to the River of a Thousand Lingas. Here, encounter Hindu sculptures which were carved into the river`s granite banks and bed more than a thousand years ago. The path can be a little slippery in the wet, but the more difficult sections have bamboo hand-rails and wooden steps. It is a 1.5km uphill walk to the carvings, but well worth the climb for the view of the valley below. Ensure you have suitable footwear and carry water if you intend to do the walk.
On your return to the base of Kbal Spean visit the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (an Intrepid Foundation Project) which is home to a collection of animals that have been saved from trafficking. Creatures housed here include gibbons, monkeys, anteaters, storks, snakes, giant ibis, turtles, and the bright eyed and cuddly slow Loris (the ACCB is closed Sundays and public holidays).
Afterwards enjoy a tasty Khmer lunch before heading to visit the temple of Banteay Srei. Banteay Srei is a small and charming pinkish sandstone Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. Considered by many to be the jewel in the crown of Angkorian art, this temple boasts some of the finest and best-preserved stone carvings in the site.
If time and weather permit return to explore the lovely Banteay Kdei temple, a sprawling former monastic complex which stands largely unrestored, and enjoy sunset at the picturesque reservoir Sras Srang. This was constructed by the same architect as the Pre Rup temple and has a multi-tiered platform adorned with naga balustrades and lion guardians. During the dry season the remains of a temple in the centre of the lake can be seen.
Siem Reap/Tonle Sap
Climb aboard a remork (Cambodian tuk tuk) with our local guide and leave Siem Reap behind on a journey through the countryside to the Tonle Sap Lake. The Tonle Sap is one of the world`s most productive bodies of fresh water. In the wet season the lake swells to 12,000 km². During the dry half of the year, the lake shrinks to as small as 2500 km², draining into the Tonle Sap River. Each year, millions of fish come to spawn in the seasonally flooded forest surrounding the lake, attracting a myriad of water birds as well as people, who have settled in villages along the shores and whose lives are shaped by the rhythm of the water. This ecosystem was classified as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1997.
Take a boat trip around the lake to see floating villages and get a taste for life ruled by monsoonal rains and water-based agriculture. Afterwards jump back on the remork and return to Siem Reap.
Return to town via back roads and witness seasonal agricultural activities like cricket catching, rice planting and harvesting, smoking fish, fish paste- (prohoc-) making, and duck farming. Stop at a local village to pick up Khmer snacks and visit a Buddhist monastery before heading home.
Your trips finishes at approx 12 noon. No accommodation is included tonight.
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Trip Name: Secrets of Angkor
Duration: 3 Days
From Price: £322
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