Four Days – Standard Angkor Wat, Phnom Kulen (4D4)
I. Destinations / Attractions:
1. Day One: Start at 8:00 AM
* Kulen Mountain National Park (about 65 KM from Siem Reap town)
* Get the temples pass for the next day (at 4:30PM)
* Sunset at Bakheng Hill (Optional)
2. Day Two: Start at 9:00 AM
* Angkor Thom
· South Gate of Angkor Thom
· Terrace of the Elephants
· Terrace of the Leper King
* Chau Say Tevoda
* Ta Keo
* Ta Prohm (Tomb Raider Temple)
3. Day Three: Start at 9:00 AM
* Preah Khan
* Neak Poan
* Ta Som
* East Mebon
* Pre Rup
* Banteay Kdei
* Angkor Wat
4. Day Four: Start at 5:00 AM
* Sunrise at Angkor Wat
* Banteay Srei (37KM from Siem Reap Town, with the view of the countryside on the way. Stop to see the palm sugar production by the locals)
* Banteay Samre
* Roluos Group
· Preah Ko
Phnom Kulen is known for its carvings representing fertility and its waters hold special significance to the people of Cambodia. Just a few inches under the surface of the water, over 1000 carvings of Yoni and Linga are etched into the sandstone riverbed. The waters are regarded as holy, given the sacred carvings which also include a stone representation of the Hindu god Vishnu lying on his serpent Ananta, with his wife Lakshmi at his feet. A lotus flower protrudes from Vishnu’s navel bearing the god Brahma. The river then ends with a beautiful waterfall. Phnom Kulen is regarded highly by Cambodian people as a sacred location and has developed into a great tour destination.
Beng Mealea, very similar to Angkor Wat was built in the 12th century. Its current state is dominated by jungle. 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. Trees have grown out of the towers and vines entangle columns. Lintels and others building blocks lay around in a tumble and require visitors to climb up and down as they approach the completely collapsed central towers.
Angkor, in Siem Reap Town, Cambodia, is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. It extends over approximately 500 square kilometers and contains many temples, hydraulic structures (dykes, basins, canals, reservoirs) as well as communication routes. For several centuries Angkor, was the center of the Khmer Kingdom. With impressive monuments, some different ancient urban plans and large water reservoirs, the site is a unique concentration of features testifying to an exceptional civilization. Temples like Angkor Wat, the Bayon, Preah Khan and Ta Prohm, exemplars of Khmer architecture, are closely linked to their geographical context as well as being imbued with symbolic significance.
The enchanting temple of Banteay Srei temple is almost everyone’s favorite. The special charm of this little temple lies in its conservation and excellent decoration, its miniature scale almost always surprise visitor. The name, relatively modern, means (Citadel of the lady). It was built by the precious stone or jewel of Khmer art, it like pink stone of lime stone. Banteay Srei was not a royal temple; it was built by the counselor of the king Rajandravarman II in 968.
IV. What is included:
1. An English-speaking tour guide
2. An A/C car or mini-van with a driver + gasoline + parking fee + complimentary cool drinking water
V. What is excluded:
1. Kulen Mountain National Park Pass = US$20 per person
2. Temples’ Entrance Pass Fee = US$62 per person
3. Food + Beverage
4. Other personal expenses
VI. Other Important Information & Tips
1. Where to pick up: hotel, a place in town or at the Siem Reap Airport
2. Ending location: hotel or a place in town
3. Tour Duration: 4 Days, 8 Hours/Day (flexible)
4. What to Wear: You can wear whatever clothing you feel comfortable (t-shirt & knee-length shorts are recommended). For footwear, sport shoes or flip flops are recommended.
5. Make sure that your camera battery is fully charged and bring a reserved one if available.