Three Days – Standard Angkor Wat, Beng Mealea, Koh Ker (3D6)
I. Destinations / Attractions:
1. Day One: Start at 8:30 AM
* Koh Ker (111 KM from Siem Reap Town)
* Beng Mealea (75KM from Siem Reap Town)
2. Day Two: 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
* Angkor Wat
* Sunset at Bakheng Hill (Optional)
3. Day Three: Start at 5:00 AM
* Sunrise at Angkor Wat (optional)
* Banteay Srei
* Banteay Samre
* Pre Rup
* East Mebon
* Ta Som
* Neak Poan
* Preah Khan
Koh Ker is an Angkorian site in the northern part of Cambodia, about100 KM northeast of Angkor Wat. It was briefly the capital of the Khmer Empire between 928 and 944 under the reign of the king Jayavarman IV and his son Hasavarman II. The King Jayavarman IV moved the capital in 928 to Koh Ker, after the Khmer Empire had been established in the Angkor area. A great amount of temples were built under his reign, until his successor returned to the Angkor area about 20 years later.
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. Temples’ Entrance Pass Fee = US$62 per person
2. Koh Ker Pass = US$10
3. Beng Mealea Pass = US$5
4. Food + Beverage
5. 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.