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4 Days Angkor Tour

Day One

Ta Prohm Temple: was left and untouched by archaeologists, except for the clearing of a path for visitors and structural strengthening to stave off further deterioration. Because of its natural state, it is possible to experience at this temple some of the wonder of the early explorers, when they came upon these monuments in the middle ot the 19th century. Shrouded in jungle, the temple of Ta Prohm is ethereal in aspect and conjures up a romantic aura. Trunks of trees twist amongst stone pillars. Fig, banyan and kapok trees spread their gigantic roots over, under and in between the stones, probing walls and terraces apart, as their branches and leaves intertwine to form a roof above the structures.

Ta Prohm was built by King Jayavarman VII - Buddhist and dedicated to the mother of the king.

Bayon Temple: vies with Angkor Wat as the favorite monument among visitors. The two temples evoke similar aesthetic responses yet are different in purpose, design, architecture and decoration. The dense jungle surrounding the temple camouflaged its position in relation to other structures at Angkor, so it was not known for some time that the Bayon stands in the exact geographical center of the Angkor Thom.

The Bayon was built nearly 100 years after Angkor Wat. While its basic structure and earliest part of the temple are unknown, it is clear that the Bayon was built on top of an earlier monument, that the temple was not built at one time, and that it underwent a series of changes. Bayon was built by King Jayavarman VII (1181-1220) - Buddhist.

Baphuon Temple: built by king Udayadityavarman II - middle of the 11th century (1060) - Hindu (dedicated to Shiva).

Phimean Akas (aerial palace) Temple: 10th century - early 11th century by King Rajendravarman II (941 - 968) for Hindu.

Terrace of the elephants Temple: built by King Jayavarman VII - end of the 12th century - Buddhist.

Terrace of the leper king Temple: end of the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII - Buddhist.

The South Gate of Angkor Thome

Angkor Wat Temple: the largest monunent of Angkor group and one of the most intact, in an architectural masterpiece. Its perfection in composition, balance, proportions, reliefs and sculpture make it one of the finest monuments in the world.

Wat is the Khmer name for Temple (the French spelling is Vat), which was probably added to Angkor when it became a Theravada Buddhist monument, most likely in the 16th century. After the capital gradually shifted to Phnom Penh, Angkor Wat was cared for by Buddhist monks. It was built by King Suryavarman II (1113-1150) - Hindu and dedicated to Vishnu.

Day Two

Banteay Kdei Temple: was built as a Buddhist monastic complex by Jayavarman VII and was undoubted an important temple. Today, however, it is difficult to preceive what Banteay Kdei might have looked like because of its dilapidated condition, due largely to faulty construction and the use of poor quality sandstone which has a tendency to crumble.

Pre Rub Temple: was called the 'City of the East' by Philippe Stern, the Assistant Curator of the Musee Guimet in Paris. The boldness of the architectural design in superb and gives the temple fine balance, scale and proportion. The temple is close in style to the East Mebon, although it was built several years later. It is a temple-mountain symbolising Mount Meru.

The Cambodians always have regarded this temple as having funerary associations, but its true function is uncertain. Nevertheless, the name Pre Rub recalls one of the rituals of cremation, in which the silhouette of the body of the deceased, outlined with its ashes, is successively represented according to different orientations. It was built by King Rajendravarman II (944-968) second half of the 10th century - Hindu (dedicated to the god of Shiva).

East Mebon Temple: The East Mebon and its neighbour Pre Rub were built by the same King, just 9 years apart, and are similar in plan, construction and decoration. a major difference, however, is that the East Mebon once stood on a small island in the middle of the Eastern Baray, which was a large body of water (2 by 7 km) fed by the Siem Reap River. The only access was by boat to one of the four landing-platforms,situated at the mid-points on each of the four sides of the temple.

Today, the Baray, once a source of water for irrigation, is a plain of rice fields and the visitors is left to imagine the original majesty of this temple in the middle of a large lake. It was built by King Rajendravarman II - second half of the 10th century (952) - Hindu and dedicated to Shiva.

Ta Som Temple - it is a small, quiet temple and affords a delightful undisturbed visit. A significant fearture of Ta Som is the growth of a huge ficus tree on the east gopura, which provides a dramatic example of nature and art entwined.

It was built by King Jayavarman VII - end of 12th century - Buddhist and dedicated to the father of the king.

Neak Pean Temple: is located in the centre of the Jayatataka or Northeern Baray and placed on the same axis as Preah Khan. A leave was built across the baray from the Grand Circuit by the French to provide access, and cuts directly through the north jetty and embankment of the island. Originally, it could only be reached by boat. It is a small, somewhat out-of-the-way temple with unique layout, decoration and symbolism. The temple seems to have served as a place where the pilgrims could go and take the waters, both physically and symbolically - the Khmer equivalent of a spa.

The central pond is a replica of Lake Anavatapta in the Himalayas, situated at the top of the universe, which gives birth to the four great rivers of the earth. These rivers are represented at Neak Pean by sculpted gargoyles corresponding to the four cardinal points. Lake Anavapta was fed by hot springs and venerated in India for the curative powers of its waters. Neak Pean probably consecrated to the Buddha coming to the glory of enlightenment. The shrine in the middle of the central pond was engulfed by a tree until 1935, when it was destroyed by a storm.

Preah Khan (the sacred sword) Temple - an extensive 56 hectares Buddhist complex was built in AD 1191 as a monastery and center for learning by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII and dedicated to his father Dharanindravarman. The temple, which located a few kilometers to the Northeast of the north gate of Angkor Thom, served as the nucleus of a group that includes the temples of Neak Pean and Ta Som, located along the 4km long Jayatataka Baray - the last of the great reservoirs to be built in Angkor.

Phnom Bakheng: Soon after Yasovarman became king in 889 AD, he decided to move the capital north-west from Roluos, where his predecessor reigned, to the area known today as Angkor. He named his new capital Yasodharapura, and built Bakheng as his state temple. Thus, Bakheng is sometimes called the 'First Angkor'. The original city, which is barely distinguishable to visitors today, was vast, even larger than Angkor Thom. A square wall, each side of wich is 4km long, surrounded the city, enclosing an area of some 16 square km. A natural hill in the center distinguished the site.

It was built by King Yasovarman I - late 9th to early 10th century - Hindu and dedicated to Shiva. And it is the most beautiful place for the sunset view of the world.

Day Three

Morning Visit to:

Roluos Group - is the site of an ancient centre of Khmer civilsation known as Hariharalaya (the 'abode of Hari-Hara'). Some 70 years after Jayavarman II established his capital on Mount Kulen in 802 AD inaugurating the Angkor Period, he moved the capital to Hariharalaya, perhaps for a better source of good or for defence purpose. Jayavarman II died at Roluos in 850 AD. It is generally believed that his successors remained there until the capital was moved to Bakheng in 905 AD.

There are three main temples in Roluos - Preah Ko, Bakong and Lo Lei temple.

Kbal Spean Resort: Kbal Spean lies 50 kilometers northeast of Siem Reap pro-vincial town or about 18 kilometers from Banteay Srei on a dirt road. It takes from one to two hours to get there from the provincial town.

The original River of Thousand Lingams, Kbal Spean is an intricately carved riverbed deep in the foothills of the Cam-bodian jungle. Lingams are phallic representations sacred to Brahmanism as symbols of fertility, and hundreds of them are carved into the rock here, as are several carvings of gods and animals above the small waterfall.

 

The area was rediscovered in 1969, when French researcher Jean Boulbet was shown the carvings by a local hermit.

A visit to Kbal Spean, a reference to the natural rock bridge, is one of the easiest ways to take a short jungle trek in the Angkor area. It is a 30-minute walk to the carvings through steamy forest and some curious rock formations. It is best to try to visit between July and December, at other times of year the river rapidly dries up.

The access to the trail is not permitted after 3:30pm. Food and drinks are available at the base of the trail.

Lunch and rest after visiting Kbal Spean

Banteay Srei Temple (the citadel of the women): the enchanting temple of Banteay Srei is nearly everyone's favorite site. The special charm of this temple lies in its remarkable state of preservation, small size and excellence decoration. The unanimous opinion amongst French archaeologists who worked at Angkor is that Banteay Srei is a 'precious gem' and a 'jewel in Khmer art'.

Banteay Srei, as it is known by locals, was originally called Isvarapura, according to inscriptions. It was built by a Brahmin of royal descent who was piritual teacher to Jayavarman V.

Banteay Samre Temple: is one of the most compete complexes at Angkor due to restoration using the method of anastylosis. Unfortunately, the absence of maintenance over the past 20 years is evident. The name Samre refers to an ethic group of mountain people, who inhabited the region at the base of Phnom Kulen and were probably related to the Khmer.

Day Four

Beng Mealea or Bung Mealea (Khmer: ប្រាសាទបឹងមាលា, its name means "lotus pond".

It was built as a Hindu temple, but there are some carvings depicting buddhist motifs. Its primary material is sandstone and it is largely unrestored, with trees and thick brush thriving amidst its towers and courtyards and many of its stones lying in great heaps. For years it was difficult to reach, but a road recently built to the temple complex of Koh Ker passes Beng Mealea and more visitors are coming to the site, as it is 77 km from Siem Reap by road.
 

The history of the temple is unknown and it can be dated only by its architectural style, identical to Angkor Wat, so scholars assumed it was built during the reign of king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. Smaller in size than Angkor Wat, the king's main monument, Beng Mealea nonetheless ranks among the Khmer empire's larger temples: the gallery which forms the outer enclosure of the temple is 181 m by 152 m. It was the center of a town, surrounded by a moat 1025 m by 875 m large and 45 m wide.

Beng Mealea is oriented toward the east, but has entranceways from the other three cardinal directions. The basic layout is three enclosing galleries around a central sanctuary, collapsed at present. The enclosures are tied with "cruciform cloisters", like Angkor Wat. Structures known as libraries lie to the right and left of the avenue that leads in from the east. There is extensive carving of scenes from Hindu mythology, including the Churning of the Sea of Milk and Vishnu being borne by the bird god Garuda. Causeways have long balustrades formed by bodies of the seven-headed Naga serpent.

Tonele Sap Lake (The Great Lake): The Tonle Sap Lake is the most prominent feature on the map of Cambodia - a huge dumbbell-shaped body of water stretching across the northwest of the country. In the wet season, the lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia, swelling to an expansive 12,000 km2. During the dry half of the year it shrinks to as small as 2500 km2, draining into the Tonle Sap River, which meanders southeast, eventually merging with the Mekong River at the 'Chaktomuk' confluence at Phnom Penh. During the wet season a unique hydrologic phenomenon causes the Tonle Sap River to reverse direction, filling the lake.

The engine of this phenomenon is the Mekong River, which becomes bloated with snow melt and runoff from the monsoon rains. The swollen Mekong backs up into the Tonle Sap at the point where the rivers meet at the Chaktomuk, forcing the water of the Tonle Sap River back into the lake. The inflow expands the area of the lake more than five-fold, inundating the surrounding forested floodplain and supporting an extraordinarily rich and diverse eco-system.

 More thean 100 varieties of waterbirds including several threatened and endangered species, over 200 species of fishes, as well as crocodiles, turtles, macaques, otter and other wildlife inhabit the inundated mangrove forests. The lake is also an important commercial resource, providing more than half of the fishes consumed in Cambodia. In harmony with the specialized ecosystems, the human occupations at the edges of the lake is similarly distinctive - floating villages, towering stilted houses, huge fish traps, and an economy and way of life deeply intertwined with the lake, the fish, the wildlife and the cycles of rising and falling water.

 

Four Days Tour Rate

 

Tuk Tuk 110$
Car 160$
Mini Bus (Van) 195$

 

 

 

Free service including:

 

Free pick up/transfer

Free bottled cold water

No extra charge for the road/parking fee

No extra charge for sunrise/sunset

Free from hotel - the city centre (if its far to go on foot)

 

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