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ANGKOR EXPLOER CTC-003

ANGKOR EXPLOER

Tour Code: CTC-003
Destination: Roluos Group (Lolei, Preah Ko and Bakong temples) - Angkor Thom - Angkor Wat - sunrise - Banteay Kdei - Ta Prohm - Preah Khan - Neak Pean - Ta Som - Eastern Mebon - Pre Rup - Banteay Srei - Kobal Spean (River of Thousand Lingams) - Tonle Sap Lake Flooded Forest - Floating Village - Koh Ker - Beng Mealea
Duration 5 days / 4 nights

This is a great deal when you really want to go deeper to Angkor's civilization: In addition to our basic program "Angkor Discovery", you also explore the greater Angkor region! We highly recommend this tour as it gives you the complete overview of the Angkorian landscape, including temple areas that have just recently been opened for tourists!

ITINERARY

Day 1 (8:30am - 6pm): Roluos Group - Angkor Thom (Bayon, Baphuon) - Angkor Wat
 

Pick up from your arrival point in Siem Reap (airport / bus station)
and transfer to Ta Som Guesthouse / 3* hotels.

 
Drive with our experienced English speaking guide
to the Roluos Temple group, located in the Southeast of Angkor.

 
Visit Lolei, Preah Koh and Bakong Tempel.
In Roluos, the first temple mountain of the Angkorian plain was built, the Bankong.
Study the principles of Khmer architecture whose evolution you will later see in the other places of this intensive tour.

 
Drive to Angkor Archaeological Park and visit
Angkor Thom
.
Visit of
Angkor Thom

Entering this once largest city of the world form the South Gate, you admire the street of 108 gods and devils.

Study
Bayon Temple,
with its famous face tours (the "smile" of Angkor) and bas reliefs from the 14th centruy, depicting the daily life that doesn't seem to have much changed until now.

Easy walking tour to 
Baphuon Temple and Phimeanakas Temple.
We walk further to the Terrasse of Elephants and Terrasse of Yama (the so called lepra king) and see the fantastic reliefs.


Time for lunch in a local restaurant with good view to the historical central place of Angkor Thom. You should try the good noodle soup!

Visit of
Angkor Wat

In the afternoon, with the best light, intensive visit of world famous Angkor Wat temple.

Optional: You can start your visit by riding a balloon (staying on the same place, around 15 minutes!).
Great roundview. Take your best fotos!

 
Study the fantastic bas reliefs of Angkor Wat, depicting scenes of Hindu mythology (like the churning of the milk sea) and climb up to the third level of this holy place, where once only the Angkorian priests and kings have worshipped their gods.
Enjoy the great roundview and take your time for meditation on a quiet place.


Sunset from Phnom Bakheng (very busy but famous for sunset) or Preh Rup, a lovely and quiet place to reflect your discoveries in Angkor.

Transfer back to
Ta Som Guesthouse for optional dinner in our Ta Som Garden Restaurant.
Try the famous traditional Amok Fish, delicious and not spicy!

In the evening, opitional
Apsara Dance, only 200 metres from your guest house!


Day 2 (5am - 5pm) : Sunrise in Angkor Wat - Srah Srang - Walking tour through "jungle temples" - Preah Khan - Neak Pean - Eastern Mebon

 

You shouldn't miss the fantastic sunrise in Angkor Wat - a unique experience!

Your English speaking tourguide will explain the meaning of the sun in relation to the tempels' architecture. What means the "temple code" of Angkor Wat?
After having discussed these questions, you have breakfast ( as breakfast box) on the pittoresque
Srah Srang Water Basin. Enjoy this quite place, the former royal bath.


Start for a walking tour through 
Banteay Kdei and Ta Prohm, the so called jungle temple.

This tour is easy and takes us about two hours.
(In our opinion as tour agency, walking is a much more intensive way to "feel" and to "smell" Angkor than sitting only in a car and getting off at some spots.
If you want, the walking tour can be shortened up to one hour, according to your condition.)

Visit of 
Ta Prohm
The EFEO (Ecole Francaise d'Extrême-Orient) has decided to keep this tempel overgrown by the jungle. Enjoy the trees growing out from the temple ruins and feel like the first explorers and "rediscoverers" of Angkor, like Henri Mouhot or Lunet de Lajonquière.


Time for lunch in front of the gigantic face gopurams (temple entrance) of Ta Prohm in a local restaurant (not included).

In the afternoon, we explore 
Preah Khan Temple (with hugh trees overgrowing the ruins). The temple complex has been ideally restored by the World Monument Fund. Learn about the enormous looting problem in Angkor and the important savegarding and preservation activities of the WMF.
Go on seeing the most important spots on the "grand circuit", like
Neak Pean (holy bath) and the Eastern Mebon
(with Elephant statues).

Visit Ta Som Temple built by King Jayavarman VII dedicated this temple to his teacher.Enjoy the famous eastern gopura of Ta Som. Take your picture!

Sunset from Pre Rup or from another place (according to day 1).


Transfer back to Ta Som Guesthouse, optional dinner.
On this second day, you should try the traditional beef loklak, together with a refreshing and vitalizing pineapple juice!


After your second day in the temples, you might be tired and need a good massage?
We can organize traditional khmer massage by blind for just US$ 6 per hour (optional!).



Day 3 (8:30am - 5pm) : Banteay Samrei - Banteay Srei - Kobal Spean (River of Thousand Lingams)

 
After your breakfast in Ta Som Guesthouse / 3* hotels,
enjoy an excursion in the Northern part of the Angkor Archaeological Park.

On your way, you pass through picturesque landscapes with ricefields and sugar palms to another highlight of Angkor: the famous and precious 
Banteay Srei Temple..

Banteay Srei means "the citadel of the women" and is reknown because of its incredible sandstone carvings looking like wood. It really deserves the name "diamond of Angkor".

After having studied the different reliefs depicting scenes of Hindu mythology, we go on northwards to a holy place,
where in Angkorian times, thousands of Lingams (the phallus symbol of the Lord Shiva) have been carved into the riverbed, in order to fertilize the water going down to the Angkorian plain.

This place is called 
Kbal Spean or the River of Thousand Lingams.


Easy Walking tour (about one hour) through tropical dry forest and see the different places of carvings in the riverbed.
Your experienced English speaking tourguide explains you the meaning of the interesting carvings.

Time for lunch in a local restaurant in Kobal Spean (not included).

Driving back to Siem Reap, you also visit
Banteay Samre Temple.

Optional dinner in Ta Som Garden Restaurant.


 

Day 4 (8:30am - 12 noon)  Tonle Sap Lake - Chong Kneas (big lake)
 
Breakfast in Ta Som Guesthouse / 3* hotels
Transfer to Phnom Krom on the shores of the Tonle Sap Lake.
Enjoy a boat trip (about two hours) on the Tonle Sap Lake, the greatest fresh water reservoir with the highest biodiversity in the world.
See the floating village of Chong Kneas.
Learn about rice cultivation, fishing techniques and life with and on the water.


Visit of Artisans d'Angkor.

In the evening, enjoy a classical Apsara dance show.
Dinner buffet included.

Day 5 (7am - 6pm) : Explorers Day: Koh Ker and Beng Mealea

 
This is your explorer's day!
 
Thanks to a new road, we can go now in one day to hidden temple areas, that have just recently been opened for tourists.
Feel like the first explorers of Angkor, when you stroll over ruins and through deep tropical vegetation in Koh Ker and Beng Mealea.

 
After early breakfast in Ta Som Guesthouse, start northeastwards, after 1 ½ hours, arrive in Koh Ker.
Visit at first the 35 metres high temple mountain, called Prasat Thom.
Breathtaking views from the summit.

 
Drive around by your car to remote temple areas with gopurams and nice carvings and lintels. See the holy lingams in the cellas.
 
Visit the stone carries, where the sandstone, used for building most Angkor temples, was broken.
 
You will have picnic lunch on a lovely place on the baray (water basin)
in Beng Mealea.

 
Feel like the first explorers when you search your way over broken ruins and temple walls.
The large temple area is still overgrown by the tropical dry forest.
Beng Mealea temple is on the old Angkorian roads leading from Angkor to the Great temple of Preah Khan of Kompong Svay. You will see some of the old stone bridges.
  
In the late afternoon, you drive back to Siem Reap, to Ta Som Guesthouse.
 
End of package tour "Angkor Explorer".



You can add more nights in Ta Som Guesthouse and choose among our interesting daytrips.
To complete your Angkor experience, we highly recommend the
"Bird Sanctuary Prek Toal", where you will feel like in a Hitchcock's movie and our "Countryside Tour" where you go deeper into the way of living of the locals (ricefields, sugar palms, water buffaloes). This life doesn't seem to have much changed since Angkorian times.

PACKAGE TOURS PRICE

CODE

ACCOMMODATION

1 PAX

2-3 PAX

4-7PAX

8-11PAX

5 Days 4 Nights

Ta Som Guesthouse A/C

$525

$285

$197

$136

3 star hotels

$617

$326

$236

$177

THE PRICE ABOVE IS IN US DOLLAR FOR ONE PERSON

 

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The price includes:

  • Pick up from airport / bus station in Siem Reap and transfer to Ta Som Guesthouse / 3* hotels
  • Transportation by REMORK (1pax - 3pax) for full day (eight hours) on first day to Roluos Group and along "small circuit", along "grand circuit" on second day
  • Transportation by air conditioned car / mini bus to Banteay Srei and Kobal Spean on third day, to Tonle Sap Lake on fourth day, to Koh Ker and Beng Mealea (on fifth day, eight hours)
  • Experienced English speaking driver
  • Experienced English speaking, licensed tour guide on day 1, 2, 3, 4 and day 5, according to tour program
  • Walking tour inside Angkor Thom (about one hour)
  • Walking tour through "jungle temples" Banteay Kdei and Ta Prohm (about two hours).
  • Enjoy boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake on fourth day (about two hours)
  • Entrance fee for Koh Ker
  • Entrance fee for Beng Mealea
  • Accommodation for four nights in Ta Som Guesthouse / 3* hotels in air conditioned twin room with private ensuite bathroom with cold/hot water, minibar, Cable TV.
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Apsara dance show with dinner buffet (on day 4)
  • Lunch box on day 5 (picnic in Beng Mealea).
  • Transfer to airport / bus- / boat station in Siem Reap

 The price does NOT include

  • Personal expenses and others not stated above.
  • The entrance fee for Angkor Archaeological Park (ticket).

        Please note: As you might wish to add more visits of Angkor Archaeological Park,
        the entrance fee for Angkor (ticket) is not included.
        This allows you to decide by yourself, which ticket is best for you:
        1 day ticket   US-Dollar 37
        3 days ticket  US-Dollar 62
        7 days ticket  US-Dollar 72

 Price information

  • The price is in US-Dollar per person
  • The price for 2 persons is based on accomodation in one double room or one twin room
  • The price for 3 persons is based on accomodation in triple room.
  • The price for 4 persons is based on accomodation in two double rooms or two twin rooms

 

Note:

There are some temples such as Angkor Wat, Baphuon inside Angkor Thom, Phnom Bakheng to climb up to the top will require your clothes properly as cannot too short that’s mean your pants or skirt should reach to cover on the knees and shirt cannot sleeveless which must to cover on your shoulders otherwise you will be not allowed to climb up by the temples authority.

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