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Upon your arrival in Siem Reap, you will be welcomed by Great Nepal Holidays and driven to hotel for check-in formality.
Today, you will visit the Roluos Group: the Preah Ko, the temple-mountain of Bakong and the Lolei temple set in the middle of a former water reservoir or Baray. Roluos Group (late 9th century) represents the remains of Hariharalaya, the first major capital of the Angkorian era Khmer empire.
Return to sigh see Siem Reap town and overnight in Siem Reap
Today, you will explore Angkor Wat that is the most impressive Hindu temple complex and the largest religious monument in the world. Breaking from the Shaivism tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation – first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors.
Continue to visit the “Great City” of Angkor Thom, built in the late 12th Century, entering its impressive stone gates and seeing the exuberant carvings, provide a fascinating insight into the Khmer Kingdom. Within the Royal enclosure you will see the Bayon temple with 54 towers, each carved with four faces of the compassionate Boddhisattva, the Baphoun Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Afternoon, visit Ta Prom monastery, the most beautiful overgrown temple which was a well known shooting place for Tom Raider movie. This temple was built in 1186 in honor of the king’s mother of Jayavaraman VII and was the center of the health care for the entire country.
Continue to visit the temple mountain of Prerup, built as the state temple by King Rajedravarman early 962. Pre Rup literally means “turn the body”. This reflects the common belief among Cambodians that funerals were conducted at the temple, with the ashes of the body being ritually rotated in different directions as the service progressed.
Return to your hotel for relaxation and overnight in Siem Reap
Morning, you will be driven to Kbal Spean, which is located about 45km from the Angkorian era archaeological site on southwest slopes of the Kulen Mountain to the northeast of Angkor. There you need to take a walk through the forest (45 minutes) to reach the top of the mountain, where you will see a series of stone carvings in sandstone formations carved in the river bed and banks. It is commonly known as the “Valley of a 1000 Lingas” or “The River of a Thousand Lingas”. The motifs for stone carvings are mainly myriads of lingams (phallic symbol of Hindu god Shiva), depicted as neatly arranged bumps that cover the surface of a sandstone bed rock, and lingam–yoni designs. It was believed that the lingas spiritually fertilized the waters that irrigated the rice fields below.
Come back to visit the famous temple of Bantey Srey “the Citadel of Women”. This small pink sandstone temple (late 10th century) is considered as the crown jewel of classical Khmer art with the delicate beauty of its carvings.
Afternoon, visit one of the floating villages in Siem Reap (Chong Kneas, Mechrey or Kompong Pluk, depending on the water level). These floating villages are located in the Tonle Sap Lake (Great Lake) that could swell up to seven times of its original size during the monsoon season. Its ecosystem is one of the richest and most diverse in the region. This boat trip will explore the floating fishing villages that live at the edges of the lake, passing submerged forests and fishing farms. This visit gives an insight into another world and way of life. The flooded forest around the village is fascinating, submerged for half the year, the trees have learned to adapt and are an invaluable part of the extraordinary ecosystem. Overnight in Siem Reap
You will be free at your own time until you are picked up to airport for your flight back home.
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Siem Reap: Parent Heritage Angkor Hotel Centrally located in town within a walking distance to pub street, markets www.parentheritageangkorvilla.com
Siem Reap: Steung Siem Reap Hotel A nice hotel located at the best location in the heart of Siem Reap www.steungsiemreaphotel.com