Day : 1 Siem Reap
Welcome to Siem Reap, Cambodia! Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport, you will be greeted by our friendly tour guide and transferred directly to your hotel (room may be ready at noon).
In the afternoon, have a fun ride by Rermork “TukTuk” to visit Angkor National Museum, learn about “the Legend Revealed” and see how the Khmer Empire was established during the golden period. Continue to explore the Roluos group. The Roluos group lies 15km (10 miles) southwest of Siem Reap and includes three temples - Bakong, PrahKo and Lolei - dating from the late 9th century and corresponding to the ancient capital of Hariharalaya, from which the name of Lolei is derived. Remains include 3 well-preserved early temples that venerated the Hindu gods. The bas-reliefs are some of the earliest surviving examples of Khmer art. Modern-day villages surround the temples. Overnight at the hotel.
Day : 2 Siem Reap - Angkor Thom - Siem Reap
In the morning, visit the Ta Prohm Temple which is embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers. The temple of Ta Prohm was once used as a location to film the famous Hollywood film Tomb Raider. Begin touring the antique capital of Angkor Thom, starting from the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace, and the Terrace of the Leper King. In the afternoon, explore Angkor Wat, the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Last but not the least, view the wonderful sunset from Angkor Wat or somewhere possible.
Day : 3 Siem Reap - 1000 Lingas - Banteay Srei - Siem Reap
We drive 45 km to the north of Siem Reap to Kbal Spean (The head of the bridge or the river of the thousand lingams), trekking up to the hill which is 1.50 km and takes about 2 hours for the tour. The site consists of a series of stone carvings in sandstone formations carved in river beds and banks. It is commonly known as the "Valley of a 1000 Lingas" or "The River of a Thousand Lingas". The motifs for stone carvings are mainly myriads of lingas (phallic symbol of Hindu god Shiva), depicted as neatly arranged bumps that cover the surface of sandstone bed rock, and linga-yoni designs. Kbal Spean is described as "a spectacularly carved riverbed, set deep in the jungle to the northeast of Angkor." The river over which the bridge head exists is also known as Stung Kbal Spean, a tributary of the Siem Reap River that rises in the Kulen mountains north of Banteay Srei. The river bed cuts through sandstone formations and the many architectural sculptures of Hindu mythology have been carved within the sandstone. We drive down and visit the famous Banteay Srei (Citadel of Women). On the way back, we stop at Pradark Village, where you will see the villagers making palm sugar and handicraft for selling to tourists. It’s a nice chance for you to see the local people living at the countryside. Back to the hotel and overnight stay.
Day : 4 Siem Reap - Kampong Phluk - Siem Reap
Breakfast at the hotel.
We drive to visit Kampong Phluk Floating Village which is located at 16 km at north-south of Siem Reap. The villages are primarily Khmer and have about 3,000 inhabitants between them. Flooded mangrove forest surrounds the area and is home to a variety of wildlife including crab-eating macaques. During the dry season when the lake is low (March - July), the buildings in the villages seem to soar atop their 6-meter stilts exposed by the lack of water. At this time of year, many of the villagers move out onto the lake and build temporary houses. In the wet season when water level rises (Aug - February), the villagers move back to their permanent houses on the floodplain, the stilts now hidden under the water. Kampong Phluk's economy is, as one might expect, based on fishing, primarily in shrimp harvesting.
Free at leisure until transfer to Siem Reap International airport for your departure flight.