Three Days – Standard Angkor Wat, Bateay Srei, Kulen Mountain (3D3)
I. Destinations / Attractions:
1. Day One: Start at 8:30 AM
* Angkor Thom
· South Gate Angkor Thom
· Terrace of the Elephants
· Terrace of the Leper King
* Chau Say Tevoda
* Ta Keo
* Ta Prohm (Tomb Raider Temple)
* Banteay Kdei
* Sunset at Bakheng Hill (Optional)
2. Day Two: Start at 5:00 AM
* Sunrise at Angkor Wat (Optional)
* Angkor Wat
* Pre Rup
* East Mebon
* Ta Som
* Neak Poan
* Preah Khan
3. Day Three: Start at 8:00 AM
* Banteay Srei
* Kulen Mountain National Park
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.
Phnom Kulen is the mountain on which King Javarman II initiated the royal “god of the king’s linga cult in 802 AD, declaring a unified and independent Khmer Empire under a single ruler and beginning what would later become known as the Angkor period. The site 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.
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. Angkor Temples Entrance Pass = US$62 per person
2. Kulen Mountain National Park Pass = US$20 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: 3 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.