Upon arrival, your guide will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.
Start with a visit to the South Gate of Angkor Thom where statues of the gods of good and evil line the entrance. Your next stop is the Bayon, known for the hundreds of smiling faces that grace the towers. The bas reliefs are quite impressive and tell stories of daily life and the great battles that were fought between the Khmers and ancient Thais. Move on to Phimeanakas, shaped a bit like a pyramid with two ponds in the rear. The ponds were once used for religious rituals but today serve as swimming pools for Khmer kids. Walk to the top of the temple for impressive views of the Angkor complex.
See the rows of trunks that form the wall of the Terrace of the Elephants, a platform from which King Jayavarman surveyed his army. Close by is the Terrace of Leper Kings, which includes a statue depicting Yana, the Hindu god of death. Then it’s a short drive to one of the most loved temples of all – Ta Prohm. This small crumbling temple is held together by giant tree roots giving it a magical feel.
Return to Siem Reap for lunch and to escape the hot sun. Then later in the afternoon explore the magnificent Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument. This visually spectacular temple is a massive three-tiered pyramid, rising 65 metres from the ground and crowned by five lotus towers. It’s the national symbol of Cambodia and proudly appears on the country’s flag. End your day with sunset views over the jungle from the top of Pre Rup Temple before returning to Siem Reap.
Day at leisure
Drive about two hours to the sleepy town of Battambang with its crumbling French colonial architecture, fertile soil and rubies. See the superb views from Phnom Banan, an 11th-century temple similar in style to Angkor Wat, and visit an ancient house. Then let the fun begin as you take a ride on the bamboo train – all aboard.
This morning transfer to the capital city of Phnom Penh about a four-hour drive.
Along the way, you will stop at Kampong Chhnang Portery Center.
Today at leisure time until transfer to Phnom Penh Airport.
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