Three Days – Angkor Tour, Bateay Srei, Kulen Mountain (3D3)
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.
Destinations / Attractions:
- 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
- Day Two: Start at 5:00 AM
- Sunrise at Angkor Wat
- Angkor Wat
- Pre Rup
- East Mebon
- Ta Som
- Neak Poan
- Preah Khan
- Day Three: Start at 8:00 AM
- Kulen Mountain National Park:
- 1000 lingas river
- Reclining Buddha
- Banteay Srei
- Banteay Samre
What is included:
- (Optional) An English-speaking tour guide (other languages also available with surcharge)
- Tuktuk, A/C car or mini-van with a driver + gasoline + parking fee
- Complimentary cool drinking water & towel
What is excluded:
- Temples’ Entrance Pass Fee: US$62 per person
- Kulen Mountain National Park Pass: US$20 per person
- Personal Food + Beverage
- Gratuity & Tipping
- Other personal expenses
You can have four options for this package:
- Option 1: Tuktuk with English-speaking, licensed DRIVER for day 1 & 2, and A/C vehicle with English-speaking, licensed DRIVER for day 3:
1-4 pax = $103
- Option 2: A/C vehicle with English-speaking, licensed DRIVER for the whole tours.
1 – 4 pax = $135
5 – 12 pax = $155
- Option 3: Tuktuk with driver and licensed English-speaking TOUR GUIDE for day 1 & 2, and A/C vehicle with driver and licensed English-speaking TOUR GUIDE for day 3:
1 – 3 pax = $223
- Option 4: A/C vehicle with a DRIVER, and professional licensed English-speaking TOUR GUIDE for the whole tours.
1 – 3 pax = $255
4 – 11 pax = $275
Note: While the driver can bring you to all the attractions, he is not allowed to accompany the visitors to the temples and to explain about the culture, history, Buddhism or Hinduism myths, which is the job of the tour guides who are trained and licensed by the ministry of Tourism.
Other Important Information & Tips:
- Where to pick up: hotel, a place in town or at the Siem Reap Airport
- Ending location: hotel or a place in town
- Tour Duration: 8 Hours (flexible)
- For every temple you visit, please wear proper clothes. If you wear t-shirt & shorts, please ensure that they are long enough to cover the shoulders & knees.
- Lunch break is at noon at the local restaurants near the temples. Anyway, you can request for the hotel return for lunch with additional US$10 for transportation fee.
- Sunset at Angkor Wat, Bakheng Hill, Sras Srong or Pre Rup can be added to the itinerary with additional charge $10 for the whole group.
- Make sure that your camera battery is fully charged and bring a reserved one if available.