4DAYS/5NIGHTS SIEM REAP TEMPLES, TREK, SUNRISE

Duration: 4DAYS/5NIGHTS SIEM REAP TEMPLES, TREK, SUNRISE

Hight Light

    Sacrifice an early morning to explore the unforgettable and  beautiful monument complex is ‘must see’ for any visitor to Cambodia, Angkor Wat ruin at dawn. Have lovely journey with your private cultural guide to explore Ta Prom temple. Today is your great day to discover the fabulous jewel in the jungle Ta Prohm temple, visit large fortified Buddhist city Angkor Thom City, Bayon temple, the gigantic smiling faces temple of the city founder and Buddha symbolizing the divine states of mind. Explore the pink sandstone Banteray Srei, then example of the Khmer Arts, Trek through dense forest to see beautiful hidden river bed stone carvings and waterfall at Kbal Spean, take a long journey to off Beat Track lost treasure which still over grown by trees,  Beng Mealea. Visit Art school, work shop and War Museum. 

     

 

Itinerary

 Day1. Siem Reap Angkor – Arrival

Up on arrival, meet with a local English speaking guide and driver for pick up and transfer to hotel for check in. City tour on your own

Siem Reap, an ancient city of Angkor, now is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor.  

Overnight in Siem Reap

Day2.Siem Reap Angkor Wat Sunrise, Ta Prohm, Condola Boat Sunset Cocktail Champagne

You may have to sacrifice an early morning to explore the Angkor Wat ruin at dawn. Begin your soft adventure on foot on the quiet road through the beautiful dense forest before you reach the main construction where you spend your time to watch the sunrise.  Unforgettable! The beautiful monument complex is ‘must see’ for any visitor to Cambodia. You will not be disappointed and our expert guides will explain you the history in details.

The entire sandstone structure is exquisitely covered, and dominated by five gigantic peaks on the third level. They are pineapple shaped with lotus buds at the top. The total Angkor Wat experience is one of emotional appeal to the senses; one you will never forget!  Back to the hotel for breakfast and short break.

After breakfast begin your lovely journey with your private cultural guide to explore Ta Prom temple. Today is your great day to discover the fabulous jewel in the jungle Ta Prohm temple. Found in the late twelve century by the Buddhist king in the dedication to Buddha and memorial of his mother, was used as the Buddhist University, school of Art. The fabulous Ta prom gives an upscale value to foreign visitors as well as Cambodian citizens and especially the intellectuals. It is one of the most impressive temples in Angkor because of the overgrown trees with their entwined roots that make this ruin one of the most attractive in the orient. This awesome site was chosen to be filmed named Tomb Raider, performed by Angelina Jolie in 2000, just before she became a Good Will Ambassador of the United Nations to Cambodia.

After a short lunch break, your visit will be at large fortified Buddhist city Angkor Thom City. The huge capital of Angkor Thom was found in the late 12 century when the Cham fleets shacked the Angkor city. It is said that it was built by Jayavarman VII to serve a million of people and valuable materials which were used in Angkor. Surrounded by 8meters height solid wall, 25metters in width and 2,50miles long. Each entrance of the capital decorated with the guardians holding the Naga snake, the huge moat filled with crocodiles to guard the city. Every tower contained four gigantic smiling faces of the city founder and Buddha symbolizing the divine states of mind.

From here continue Bayon temple. Located in the heart of Angkor Thom city, the huge temple of Bayon consists of more than 200 carved stone faces looking out four directions and showing different expressions. The faces represent the emotional turmoil under the Cham attack. The carving faces depict the king’s expression and concern about his country politics, economies and education.

The rough smiling faces are full of sorrow and concern, and the gentle smiling faces show the promising future and peace of the founder in the ancient Khmer history.

Then resume your visit to an artificial Pyramid Hindu temple the Bapuon, this monument found just before Angkor Wat temple symbolizing Mount Meru dedicated to Shiva god, a god of destroyer. Heading out to explore Royal enclosure and former Royal Palace from 9th to 15th century and visit your nearby Terrace of Elephants, Royal Stage for performances and foreign services meeting. And finally visit Terrace of Leper King, once was used as the Royal Crematorium.

Late afternoon take a Condonal Boat Cruise. Relaxing on ancient boat, watching sunset on the corner of Angkor Thom city wall and enjoying a glass of champagne at the same time.

Day3. Siem Reap Angkor Banteray Srei, Trekking, Off Beat Track Beng Mealea

After breakfast at the hotel, take an hour drive to excurse magnificent pink sandstone monument Banteay Srei.  The monument was made of pink sandstone in the end of 10 century for the king mast “Kuru” and it was for the dedication to three gods, Shiva, Visnu and Brahma. It is said that the jewel of the Khmer arts as the architectural workmanship and cultural art had reached the richest its peak. It was built at the time of the Khmer was in the development of science that make the ruin well known to the outside world. More than 20 miles north of Angkor complex, and was not rediscovered until 1914. Now the site is pretty safe and under the concerning eyes of Switzerland government preservation.

 Then continue your next visit to Kbal Spean stone carving and resort where you have a short trek along the rough and shady path for roughly a mile one way and 25- 30mn each way. The site consists of a series of stone carvings in sandstone formations carved in the river bed 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 lingams (phallic symbol of Hindu god Shiva).  Today is your great chance to see the various Hindu mythological motifs, including depictions of the gods Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, Lakshmi, Rama, and Hanuman, as well as animals, cows and frogs.

Enjoy your lunch and short break at local restaurant overlooking to the beautiful mountain and greenery around.

From here you are driven and escorted by your local cultural guide to off the beaten track Beng Mealea temple.  This remarkable temple was featured in the Lost Temples by Indiana Jones and The Two Brothers by a French movie maker, Jean Clake Annaud in 1900AD. Beng Mealea is a beautiful, charming untouched temple hidden in the jungle, it is surrounded by its mood 900 meters by 1,200 meters. It has its own character which cannot be found in any other temple.

Day4.  Siem Reap- Angkor City Tour, Art School and Workshop, War Museum

This morning you have a great time to see the monk for a private blessing for a safe journey back home. You have a private blessing at one of the oldest Buddhist monastery where the head of monks living in and waiting for you for a blessing, your guide will help you interact with the his chanting in Paly language and help explain you in English. This will be a memorable life long and unique experience to have a private blessing and learn about Buddhism. Then take your time explore the Art School and Work Shop Artsant D’Angkor to learn about Khmer Arts and Craft, the school offers the vocational training courses to young and homeless – poor and street kids in about Arts including stone and wood carving, silk processing, Silva making and panting. You will also have a chance to visit its indoor shop buy the best quality souvenir back home. Buying the souvenir from here it means you support the young people who came from very difficult economic background. And visit the War museum in the following… The museum contains with vast array of vehicles, artillery, weaponry and equipment like the tank T-54, the jet fighter aircraft MiG-19, the helicopter Mil Mi-8 and the field artillery gun 85-mm divisional gun D-44. Those were made in different countries and used during the civil war for three decades on display. The collection on display was gathered since 1999 from provinces in which the most savage fighting took place. Here you will learn more about the history of Cambodia, civil war and Khmer Rouge from the former Cambodian armies who are now working as local guides in the museum. They are more than happy to share the real story and show you around.

Day 5. Siem Reap City Tour Departure.

After breakfast, free at leisure until transfer time to…… for your next destination. 

 

Price Included

 Inclusive

TOUR DURATION:  5Days /4Nights

TOUR OPERATES: Year Round / On Demand

TOUR PRICE: Available upon Request

Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.

Our services include:

Hotel accommodations in half-twin/double shared room with daily breakfast

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)

English speaking local guide (for other languages supplements apply)Sunrise and Sunset in Angkor 

Trip to isolated ruins, and attractions around Siem Reap. 

Off the Beaten Track in Siem Reap Angkor 

Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle unless stated otherwise

Entrance fees for mentioned visits

Daily drinking water and cold towels

Our services do not include:

Visa for Cambodia (Visa issued on arrival, USD20/pax, please bring 1 passport photo)

Any surcharge/extra fees for visit of the Angkor Historical site imposed by the Apsara Authorities in Siem Reap which are subject to change without prior notice

International and domestic flights

Meals other than mentioned above

Camera/video entrance fees

Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc…….)

Travel insurance including helicopter evacuation for Cambodia)

Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above

Travel Information

 Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all participants of our Exploration Tours.

A travel insurance policy to cover illness and injury, cancellation and curtailment of your journey, theft, loss of personal items like baggage and tickets, etc. is a necessity.

The insurance policy should also cover ambulance rides, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation of a body.

Some insurance policies exclude "dangerous" activities which can include motorcycling, scuba diving, rock climbing, or any extreme adventure etc. If you are planning to do any of these "dangerous" activities while traveling, check the small print to see if you are covered.

Make sure that family or friends at home know the address and telephone number of your insurance company and your insurance policy number.

Find out in advance if your insurance policy will make payments to the providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenses. If you have to make a claim, you should keep all receipts (in English if possible) for medicines and medical treatment.

If you have anything stolen and you want to make an insurance claim you must obtain an official statement from the police.

For more information and to purchase travel insurance contacts a travel agent of travel insurer. Online information and purchase.

Health Advice

Drink lots of water. Never drink tap water purified, bottled water is available everywhere.

Use an insect repellent against mosquitoes. It is the only way to be sure of protection against mosquito borne diseases. Since Cambodia has a hot and humid tropical climate, casual and light-weight clothing is best. Clothing made from natural fibers is the best option. A jacket might be needed on cool winter evenings or in hotels and restaurants using excessive air-conditioning. A hat and high-factor sun block is advisable as protection against the hot sun when sightseeing.

When visiting temples or pagodas, including those of Angkor Wat, shorts and T-shirts (shoulder covered) are acceptable. Shoes are generally removed at the entrance to pagodas. For visits to the Silver Pagoda, which is within the Royal Palace grounds, visitors are asked to dress more formally. Gentlemen are required to wear long trousers and ladies should wear long trousers or long skirts.

Standard film, (such as Kodak, FUJI or Konica 100, ), slide and digital camera memory are widely available. Photos are inexpensive to process in the country. Any specialized photo equipment should be brought with you. Photography in airports, railway stations and near any military installations is forbidden and discretion should be used when photographing people, particularly monks.

Health Requirements

Although no vaccinations are officially required for entry to Cambodia, they are highly encouraged. Visitors are advised to check with their doctor or a travel immunization clinic regarding protection against malaria, typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A and B. Any essential medications should be brought with you as there is no guarantee they will be available in Cambodia.

What to bring

A. Before you travel, Adventurous Asia gives you more scenes of understanding once you just search for information on its pages. Because many countries do not have waste collection services, try to pack as little as possible. When buying toiletries,  use only biodegradable products.  Asian countries have modest dress codes. Local woman and men cover a great part of their body. Revealing too much "flesh" is considered very rude and offensive in many cultures. And prevent you from real contact with local people. Leave high cut shorts, sleeveless tops and revealing swimming suits at home. Instead pack loose clothes that cover your arms and legs. This way you will be more readily accepted by local people, and also be protected against the sun and insects. Modest dress will also minimize the risk of sexual harassment; local men won't assume that you are "available". Leave expensive jewelry, watches and unimportant  items at home. You do not need them while traveling and there is no need to show off your wealth to local people. We are rich in the west, but there is no need to remind the local people of our wealth.

 B. What to Bring and How Long to Stay in Siem Reap Angkor

Passes are sold at the Check point Counter, on the way to the Angkor Archaeological Park.  Free photos taken are provided at the main entrance. Tickets bought are safely kept during your visit to Angkor, and carefully- strictly checked at every monument entrance gate.

Visiting hours are 5:00AM - 6:00PM. Angkor Wat closes at 5h.30PM, Banteay Srey closes at 5:00PM and Kbal Spean at 3:00PM. For further visit, Beng Mealea, Koh Ker and Phnom Kulen are required to have the new passes.

Weather

Due to the weather condition in Cambodia, hot and dry and rain sometime in the rainy season, wear light, airy, covering clothing to protect yourself from the sun and mosquitoes. The sun can be intense so bring a hat, sunglasses and perhaps sunscreen. Consider buying a traditional Khmer scarf (krama) to keep the sun off your neck. Carry a raincoat during the wet season, though you will probably only need it in the afternoon. You should have mosquito repellent for sunrise and sunset hours. Wear practical shoes for climbing narrow steps and walking on uneven surfaces. For serious temple explorers, a flashlight, notebook and compass can come in handy. Books, refreshments, trinkets, postcards and film are available from small vendors throughout the temple complex. 

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