Cambodia Essence 4 Days Tour
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Phillip Mar. 16, 2011
Let us explore a one of seven-world wonder by you with its 4 days tour. Discover the great Khmer Empire and world-renowned temples of Angkor in Siem Reap.
Daparture Date: You Choose!
Duration: 4 Days
Place & Transport:Arrive in Siem Reap, Flight not included
Today's Activities:Airport Transfer (Siem Reap), Banteay Srei, Banteay Samre
- Banteay Srei: Built during the second half of 10th Century during the reign of King Rajendravarman II (reigned 944-968) and King Jayavarman V (reigned 968-1001)
Banteay Srei is a small ancient Khmer ruin that has probably the most exquisite carvings in Angkor. The name Banteay Srei is a modern Khmer name meaning "Citadel of the Women". Most likely this is not its original name, but simply a loose translation of Banteay Srei. After Angkor Wat and Bayon, this is my third favourite temples, due mainly to its intricate decoration and the beautiful pinkish colour of the sandstone used for its construction.
- Banteay Samre: The temple underwent extensive restoration this century by archaeologists using the anastylosis method. Banteay Samre was constructed around the same time as Angkor Wat. The style of the towers and balustrades bear strong resemblance to the towers of Angkor Wat and even more so to Khmer temple of Phimai in Thailand.
Place & Transport:Siem Reap
Today's Activities:Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple
Meals:Breakfast, Chinese Lunch
- Angkor Wat: There are few places anywhere on earth to match the splendour of Angkor Wat. The temple is one of the largest monuments to religion ever built and is truly one the wonders of the world. Believed to have been constructed as a temple and mausoleum for King Suryavarman II at the peak of the Khmer empire in the first half of the 12th century, Angkor Wat is probably the best-preserved of the Angkorean temples. As with other Angkorean temples and walled cities such as Angkor Thom, the central theme of Khmer architecture revolved around the idea of the temple-mountain. By the time building on Angkor Wat was begun early in the 12th century, this had been elaborated to a central tower surrounded by four smaller towers. The central monument represents the mythical Mount Meru, the holy mountain at the centre of the universe, which was home to the Hindu god Vishnu. The five towers symbolise Mount Meru's five peaks.
A rectangular wall measuring 1025 metres by 800 metres borders the inner edge of the moat. There is a gate in each side of the wall, but unusually for the mainly Hindu-influenced Angkorian temples, the main entrance faces west. This entrance is a richly decorated portico, 235 m wide with three gates. However, the temple's greatest sculptural treasure is its 2 km-long bas-reliefs around and walls of the outer gallery and the hundred figures of devatas and apsaras. This intricately carved gallery te
- Angkor Thom: The dimensions of Angkor Thom is simply mind boggling. It is a square piece of walled up area measuring a massive 360 acres (9 sq km!) and surrounded by a gigantic moat. Each side of Angkor Thom is three kilometres long. The moat surrounding the outer wall is 100 metres wide. But what makes the first sight of Angkor Thom so awesome are the causeways.
There are five entrances into Angkor Thom, four in each cardinal direction, north, south, east and west, while the fifth, called the Victory Gate, leads eastwards from the Angkor Thom Royal Palace grounds. Each of these used to have a causeway leading towards it, but today only the south gate has water under it.
Angkor Thom is located to the northwest of Angkor Wat. By area, Angkor Thom is bigger than Angkor Wat; the difference is Angkor Thom consists of a collection of ancient ruins whereas Angkor Wat is one single massive building. Angkor Thom includes many temples, terraces, as well as the royal palace - of which what remains are the walls and the royal ponds - all within a perfectly square area, bounded by high walls, and punctuated by the five entrance gateways, called Gopuras. It is indeed, as its name imply, a great ancient city.
- Bayon Temple: Bayon built in the late 12 - Early 13th Century, by King Jayavarman VII (reigned 1181-1220),Bayon is the second most popular ruin in Angkor after Angkor Wat. This is the temple of stone faces. Located right in the middle of Angkor Thom, the Bayon is the favourite temple ruin of many.
The Bayon was one of the last major temples to be erected. Like many of the ruins in Angkor Thom, it was erected by the ever prolific King Jayavarman VII. Anybody seeing the Bayon for the first time would be awed. From far, it looked like a stone mountain. And in fact, that's what it was intended to represent, Mount Meru at the centre of the Hindu/Buddhist cosmos. But as you come closer and closer to it, something bewildering happens. The stone mountain starts to transform, and right before your eyes, they become a mountain of stone faces.
Place & Transport:Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
Today's Activities:Our guide and driver will escort you from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, The Royal Palace, The Silver Pagoda, the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum
Meals:Breakfast, Chinese Lunch
- The Royal Palace: Situated on the site of the former Citadel, it was built by King Norodom in 1866 on the banks of the Mekong River. Inside its gleaming yellow walls are the Throne Hall; the Chan Chaya Pavilion, specially made for performances of classical Cambodian dance; the Napoleon III Pavilion, offered to King Norodom by Queen Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III, and the King's and Queen's residential quarters. Nowadays, only the Silver Pagoda can be visited.
- The Silver Pagoda: Also called the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha, The Silver Pagoda is located in the compound of the Royal Palace. Inside, its floor is constructed of 5000 silver blocks. In the center of the pagoda, there is a magnificent 17th-century emerald Buddha statue made of baccarat crystal. The walls enclosing the pagoda are covered with frescoes depicting episodes from the Khmer version of the Ramayana.
- Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge.
- Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
- More people more discounts. Low season, lower price.
- * Single Room Supplement prices are shown: Superior/Deluxe/Economy
|Nov.1 - Mar. 31||Superior||Deluxe||Economy||Single Room Supplement *|
|Apr.1 - Oct.31||Superior||Deluxe||Economy||Single Room Supplement *|
Destinations: Siem Reap
Tour Length: 4 Days
Attractions: Banteay Srei, Banteay Samre, Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, The Royal Palace, The Silver Pagoda
|Siem Reap||Intercontinental Hotel||Tara Angkor Hotel||Angkor Star|
|Phnom Penh||Le Meidien Angkor||Phnom Penh Hotel||Holiday Villa|
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To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
All meals as specified in the itinerary.
If the restaurant indicated is not available on the day, your guide will arrange another restaurant from our list of approved restaurants. Breakfast is usually a western style buffet. We endeavor to ensure that a choice of western and Chinese breakfasts is supplied, however there may be occasions when only a Chinese breakfast is available in some remote locations.
- Private Transfers:
Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide (as listed above).
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As outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available.
Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds.
All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
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