Wake up in the early hours as your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel at 4:40 am and drive through the dark to the Angkor Archaeological Park. When you get to the temple, your guide will help you select a good viewpoint at Angkor Wat, sit back and watch the sunrise over the back of the temple.
Seeing the temple emerge from the darkness to being bathed in the early morning light is an unforgettable experience. Once the sun is up, go inside Angkor Wat for a guided tour. Learn about the history of this 12th-century monument and how it was constructed.
After visiting Angkor Wat, you will head off to a local restaurant near Srah Srang, a reservoir at Angkor, for your wonderful champagne breakfast.
Your table will be set up facing the water so that you could enjoy the spectacular view in the morning of Srah Srang and your tasty breakfast with glasses of champagne.
After breakfast, you will begin your journey and start to explore Banteay Kdei temple, once known as the “Citadel of Monks’s cells” or “A Citadel of Chambers.” This is a Buddhist temple in Angkor that is located southeast of Ta Prohm and Angkor Thom.
Banteay Kdei Temple built in the Mid 12th century under the reign of Jayavarman VII and dedicated to Avalokitesvara and the style of Bayon. Whilst walking through the temple’s main entrance, you will hear the extremely loud noise made by a species of Cicada, which is known as “REI” in Khmer. Their noise makes the jungle surrounding the temple almost deafening at times.
Next, you will visit Ta Prohm, a famous temple scene in the Hollywood movie Tomb Raider, starring Angelina Julie. On the other hand, the fame of Ta Prohm is gained by one type of tree that grows on top to occupy the temple. The structure has been abandoned to the element. The temple itself was built in the late 12th century by Jayavarman VII with the same Bayon style.
After visiting Ta Prohm, you carry on the journey to the Bayon.
Bayon Temple is located in the exact centre of Angkor Thom and specifically known as the 54 towers. Each tower topped off with four faces of Avalokiteshvara (Buddha of Compassion).
Within Angkor Thom, our next stop is the Terrace of the Leper King. This intricately carved platform was the royal crematorium.
The statue originally thought to be the leper king is now believed to be Yama, the god of death. Next, we continue along the Terrace of Elephants, originally used as a viewing gallery for the king to preside over parades, performances and traditional sports.
Finally, at the southern end lies the Baphuon, one of the most beautiful temples at Angkor, built during the reign of Uditayavarman in the 11th century. It has undergone a massive renovation and is now once again open for viewing.
Your guide will transfer you back to town or hotel for your late lunch at the end of the tour. (lunch is on the client’s own account)
What to Wear
To prevent slips and falls, we recommend wearing strong shoes like running shoes. A long-sleeved shirt and pair of slacks are preferred; moreover, we recommend sunglasses and a cap. In villages, please do not wear exposing clothes.
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