PRIVATE ANGKOR TOUR ITINERARY
THREE DAY TOUR
TIME START: 8 AM -5 PM
- DAY ONE ( Small Tour with Sunset)
- ANGKOR THOM: At the heart of Angkor Thom is the 12th-century Bayon, the mesmerizing, if slightly mind-bending, state temple of Jayavarman VII. It epitomizes the creative genius and inflated ego of Cambodia’s most celebrated king. Its 54 Gothic towers are decorated with 216 gargantuan smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara, and it is adorned with 1.2km of extraordinary bas-reliefs incorporating more than 11,000 figures. The temple’s eastward orientation leads most people to visit in the morning. However, Bayon looks equally good around late afternoon.
- TA PROM: Ta Prohm’s state of ruin is a state of beauty, which is investigated with delight and left with regret. Ta Prohm is locating southwest of the East Mebon and east of Angkor Thom. Its outer enclosure is near the corner of Banteay Kdei. It can be accessed by entering the monument from the west and leave from the east entrance. Ta Prohm is especially serene and beautiful in the early morning. A torch and a compass are useful for visiting this temple at all times. It was built about the mid-12th century to early 13th century (1186) by King Jayavarman VII, dedicated to the mother of the king (Buddhist) replica to Bayon style of art.
- ANGKOR WAT: Angkor Wat – built by Suryavarman II (r 1112–52) is the earthly representation of Mt Meru, the Mt Olympus of the Hindu faith and the abode of ancient gods. The Cambodian god-kings of old each strove to better their ancestors’ structures in size, scale, and symmetry, culminating in what is believed to be the world’s largest religious building. The temple is the heart and soul of Cambodia and a source of fierce national pride. Unlike the other Angkor monuments, it was never abandoned to the elements and has been in virtually continuous use since it was built.
TIME START: 8 AM- 5 PM (If visit Sunrise need to leave at 5 AM)
- DAY TWO ( Sunrise and Banteay Srey Temple with Grand Tour)
If we would like to visit sunrise, we need to leave the hotel at 5 am to see the sunrise at Angkor wat or Srah Srang with a breakfast take away. Enjoy a picnic breakfast then continue to Banteay Srey temple(Lady Temple) away from Siem Reap 37km.
- Banteay Srei is an exquisite miniature; a fairy palace in the heart of an immense and mysterious forest; the very thing that Grimm delighted to imagine, and that every child’s heart has yearned after, but which mature years has sadly proved too lovely to be true. And here it is, in the Cambodian forest at Banteay Srei, carved not out of the stuff that dreams are made of, but of solid sandstone.
- Landmine museum: Cambodia remains one of the most heavily mined countries in the world as a result of decades of conflict, including a civil war, the brutal Khmer Rouge regime and genocide, American bombings, and Vietnamese occupation. Dozens of civilians are still injured or killed every year by landmines and other unexploded ordnance that have been leftover from all the fighting. Millions of the country’s landmines have now been cleared, but there is still a lot of work to be done; it is estimated Cambodia will not be entirely free of landmines for several decades to come.
- Banteay Samre: An ancient people of Indochina, the temple uses the same materials as the Banteay Srei. Banteay Samré was excellently restored by Maurice Glaizefrom 1936 until 1944. The design of its single ogival tower is immediately recognizable as Angkor Wat style along with other temples in the region such as Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda.
- Preah khan: It is located northeast of Angkor Thomand just west of the Jayatataka baray, with which it was associated. It was the center of a substantial organization, with almost 100,000 officials and servants. The temple is flat in design, with a basic plan of successive rectangular galleries around a Buddhist sanctuary complicated by Hindu satellite temples and numerous later additions.
- Neak Pean: is a large square man-made pond (70 meters, 230 feet each side) bordered by steps and surrounded by four smaller ponds. A small circular island with a stepped base of seven laterite tiers is in the center of the large square pond. Small elephants sculpted in the round originally stood on the four comers. The central tower was dedicated to Avalokitesvara.
- East Mebon: was dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and honors the parents of the king. Its location reflects Khmer architects’ concern with orientation and cardinal directions. The temple was built on a north-south axis with Rajendravarman’s state temple, Pre Rup, located about 1,200 meters to the south just outside the baray. The East Mebon also lies on an east-west axis with the palace temple Phimeanakas, another creation of Rajendravarman’s reign, located about 6,800 meters due west.
- Pre Rub: Located just south of the East Baray, or eastern reservoir, Pre Rup is aligned on a north-south axis with the East Mebontemple, which is located on what was an artificial island in the baray. The East Mebon was also a creation of the reign of Rajendravarman. Pre Rup’s extensive laterite and brick give it a pleasing reddish tone that is heightened by early morning and late afternoon sunlight.
- TIME START: 8 AM- 5 PM
DAY THREE ( Temple away from City and Floating village with a Countryside tour)
- BENG MEALEA: Prasat Beng Mealea was built by King Suryavarman II, early 12th century by the primary deity to Vishnu with the architecture of Angkor Wat. This temple is located 40 km east of the main group of temples at Angkor, and 77 km from Siem Reap by road. Beng Mealea (its name means “lotus pond”) is a temple in the Angkor Wat style located 40 km east of the main group of temples at Angkor, Cambodia, on the ancient royal highway to Preah Khan Kompong Svay.
- ROLES GROUP: Three temples Bakong, Loleiand Preah Ko 11 Kilometers (6.8 miles) southeast of the Siem Reap Market, comprise the Roluos group of monuments they are close together and extend over an area of three kilometers ( 1.9 miles ) east of the Great Lake. The Roluos group, dating from the late ninth century, is the earliest site of the 600 years Angkor Period that is open to visitors.
- KAMPONG PHLUK FLOATING VILLAGE
While houses on stilts can be quite common in Cambodia (you’ll often see people relaxing in hammocks strung underneath the houses, homes on stilts in a lake…well, that’s a bit more unusual. Kampong Phluk is a set of villages that are located on the floodplain of the Tonle Sap Lake, about 10 miles (16 km) from Siem Reap. The community, which consists of about 3,000 villagers, mostly live in stilted homes and depend on fishing and tourism for their livelihood. During the wet season, this area will be completely submerged (hence the houses on stilts) and Kampong Phluk truly becomes a semi-floating village; in the dry season, the same stilted houses may rise up to 18 feet (about6meters)above the water.
- MONK BLESSING: Water Blessings are a traditional Cambodian practice that dates back to ancient times. You’ll be driven to an ancient pagoda, nestled in the beautiful countryside outside Siem Reap where you’ll have a choice of two rituals. The first is almost a taster: a blessing accompanied by a light sprinkling of water. The second is the real deal: you’ll be completely covered in water blessed by the monks (don’t worry, you’ll get a sarong to change into for the experience), whilst the monks chant in unison. At the end of your blessing, you’ll receive a special red tie that signifies the ritual that was performed. This is a unique experience for individuals but can also be a special way for newlyweds to celebrate their union as it’s said that the blessing brings peace and happiness.
- LOCAL MARKET: Phsar Leu(in full Phsar Leu Thom Thmey) is the biggest market in Siem Reap, and likely the most authentic. It is located on National Road 6, on the way to Phnom Penh, about 3km from the center. Usually crowded on the outside, it attracts mostly locals looking for the cheapest prices. Almost no English is spoken here.