4 days 3 nights tour to Angkor - Kbal Spean - Grand&Small Tour - Kulen Mountain & Tonlesap Lake
Tour Code: KVACAM-F404ENG
Day 1: Rolous group - Preah Khan - Neak Poan - Sunset at Pre Rup
Welcome you at Siem Ream Reap International Airport and journey to Siem Reap City. Start our tour to the ancient capital city of Hariharalaya one of the earliest capitals in Angkorian, known as Rolous. Located at the east of Siem Reap town about 15 km. Visit to the temple of Lolei, was erected on the island of Baray Indratadaka (Ancient reservoir). We continue to Preah Ko (sacred cow), the name of honor Shiva’s mount is Nandin. Preah Ko was built in 9 century to dedicate to the king’s ancestors. Visit Bakong, the earliest of the temple mountains, which later became the signature of Khmer kings. It is a giant pyramid, its cardinal points marked by giant elephants. In the afternoon, we travel to the mighty temple of Preah Khan or 'Sacred Sword', built by King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century. the cruciform corridors here are impressive and there are some wonderful carvings adorning the walls, including the spectacular hall of dancers. Then we continue on to the elegant curves of Neak Poan. This petite temple is the ultimate ornamental fountain, its series of elaborate spouts including the head of human, horse, lion and elephant. We finish by experiencing sunset over the rice fields from the royal crematorium of Pre Rup, a classic view of the Cambodian countryside.
Day 2: Angkor Thom - Taprohm - Angkor Wat
Start your tour to the Angkor Thom City and bring you to the South Gate of Angkor Thom which is exist the stone carves of Gods and Asuras (Demons) decorated at the both side to this gate way, and decorate the face of Bodhisattva Avalokestisvara at its gateway where you can take a nice picture. Visit to Bayon Temple which is located in the central of Angkor Thom City where you can see 216 faces of Bodhisattva Avalokestisvara and its mercy. Bayon was built in the reign of Khmer great-king of Jayavarman 7 at the end of 12th century to dedicate to Buddhism. We can call another name is "The City of Smile" because of this temple are existed 216 smile faces of Bodhisattva Avalokestisvara.
Then visit Baphoun the vast temple-mountain near by the center of Angkor Thom was built in the reign of king Udayadhidyavarman I in 11th century to dedicate to Hindu but in 16th century the king Chan Reachea was changed this temple to Buddhist temple and carved a huge recline Buddha statue on its shrine at the west site. Walking to the Elephants Terrace and Leper King Terrace, Journey to Chao Say Davada which built at the same time of Angkor Wat by king Suriyavarman II to dedicate to his mother and Thomanon for his mother. Take Lunch at local Restaurant. After lunch bring you to Ta Prohm temple or some tourist called the jungle temple which is overgrow by the Spong trees since it was abandoned at the end of Angkorian.
Taprohm is a Buddhist temple was built by the great-king of Jayavarman 7 at the early 13th century. After explore the unique atmosphere of Taprohm, we continue to the magnificent temple of Angkor Wat which is the largest temple in Angkor site and believed to the world's largest religious building, Angkor Wat was built by King Suryavarman II (1113 - 1150) to dedicate to God Vishnu, this temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers... We stay at Angkor Wat to enjoy until dawn to enjoy a nice sunset here.
Day 3: Kbal Spean - Banteay Srei - Banteay Samre
Travel to the long distant to do a short trekking activity at Kbal Spean 'Bridge Head'. is an Angkorian era archeological site in the south-west slopes of Kulen Hill. walking up to the hilltop about 1500 m to explore valley of 1000 Lingas or 'The River of a Thousand Lingas'. Is the motifs for stone carving are maily myriads of Lingas (phallic symbol of Hindu god Shiva), depicted as neatly arranged bumps that cover the surface of a sandstone bed rock, and also exist depictions of the gods Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma... Journey to the pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei, a medium taht lends itself to the elaborative wall carving which are still observable today. The building themselves are miniature in scale, unusually so when measured by the standards of Angkorian construction. These factors have made the temple extremely popular with tourist, and have led to its being widely praised as a 'precious gem' or jewel of Khmer art'. Visit Banteay Samre temple, was built under the reign of king Suriyavarman II in 12th century. Samre is the name of an ethnic group of mountain people who inhabited at the region of Phnom Kulen. Journey backward to Siem Reap town.
Day 4 : Phnom Kulen – Tonle Sap Lake – Shopping at the old market (B/L)
Today we travel to a long distance 55 km from Siem Reap to the north. This is widely regarded as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire. During the constructional period of the ancient temples in the ninth century, sand stones were brought from this sacred mountain to Angkor. It was here at Phnom Kulen that King Jayavarman II proclaimed independence from Java in 802 A.D. Visit carvings under the surface of the water, over 1000 carvings of Yoni and Linga are etched into the sandstone riverbed. Pray to a recline Buddha called Preah Ang Thom shrine. Lunch break as a picnic near by the waterfall. Take your time and happy with waterfall. Then travel back to the city. Travel to Tonle Sap lake, a natural giant lake in South-East Asia. Take a boat to explore the floating village with its way of life and culture. Travel back to the city and shopping at the old market for your souvenirs.
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