Day 1 Arrive Siem Reap
On arrival in Siem Reap you will need to make your own way to the hotel.
Afternoon sightseeing in Angkor; Angkor Thom: a fortified Royal City (10 square kilometres) built by King Jayavarman VII, who ruled from 1181 to 1201. The city has five monumental gates and is encircled by a moat 100 metres wide. In the centre of the walled city are the city's most important monuments including Bayon, Baphuon, the Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and Phimeanakas with Royal Enclosure. Bayon: Jayavarman VII's temple mountain that stands at the centre of Angkor Thom. It is one of the most popular of Angkor's monuments and a place of narrow corridors, steep flights of stairs and an amazing collection of towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces. Baphoun: the pyramid shape represents the mythical Mount Meru and marks the centre of the city that was here before Angkor Thom.
Phimeanakas: near the centre of what was once the royal palace within Angkor Thom. Phimeanakas means ‘Celestial Palace', though today there is not much left to indicate its former splendour. Former Royal Palace: nothing remains today except two pools that were used by royalty for washing. Terrace of Elephants: this terrace was used for viewing public ceremonies and was a base for the King's grand audience hall. The famous lines of elephants are at either end of the retaining walls. Terrace of Leper King: North of the Terrace of Elephants is a platform named ‘Terrace of the Leper King'. On the platform is a nude statue - one of Angkor's mysteries. Watch the sun set over the Cambodian countryside from the upper terraces of an ancient Angkorian temple.
Day 2 In Siem Reap
Sightseeing in Angkor; Angkor Wat: a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu by King Suryavarman II, who reigned between 1131 and 1150. It was constructed over a period of 30 years and is world famous for its beauty and splendour. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. In 1992 the UNESCO declared the monument and the whole city of Angkor a World Heritage Site. Ta Prohm: one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them. Banteay Srei: built in the late 10th century, it is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. The temple is square with entrances on the east and west. Of main interest are the three central towers which are decorated with male and female divinities and beautiful filigree relief work.
Day 3 In Siem Reap
Sightseeing in Angkor; Rolous Group: these monuments mark the beginning of classical art, as some of the earliest great temples built by the Khmer. They served as the capital of Indravarman (who reigned from 877 to 889). Lolei: built on an islet by Yasovarman I (who ruled from 889 to 910), the founder of the first city of Angkor. Prah Ko: erected by Indravarman I in the late 9th century in dedication to his defied ancestors in 880. There are inscriptions in Sanskrit on the doorsteps of each temple. Bakong: built and dedicated to Shiva by Indravarman I, this is the largest and most interesting of the Roluos Group of temples and still has an active Buddhist monastery. Visit Ta Som; built in the late 12th century by Jayavarman VII for his teacher ‘Som'. Visit Neak Pean Temple: built by King Jayavarman VII (ruled 1181 to 1201), it is a Buddhist temple consisting of a square pool with four smaller square pools arranged on each axis. In the centre of the large central pool is a circular island encircled by two nagas with intertwined tails. Visit Preah Khan: a temple built by King Jayavarman VII with towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors in a jungle setting. Preah Khan covers a very large area but the temple itself is enclosed within a rectangular wall of around 700 by 800 metres.
Day 4 Exit Siem Reap
Check out of the hotel & all arrangements end today.