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If you are in Bangkok , this is a great opportunity to see the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat , an amazing temples complex …in 1860 with the French explorer Henri Mouhot saw it he described in his diary: “… erected by some ancient Michelangelo … It is grander than anything left to us from Greeks or Romans..” and it is true, you’ll see tons and tons of stone amazingly worked with a chisel, inch by inch, incredible. Do not miss it !!
06.00 pm They will pick you up from the hotel in Bangkok by car or minivan ... departure for the Cambodian border
10:30 Arrival at the border. The attentive staff will wait for you there to cross the border.
11:30 Departure for Siem Reap, 152 km. (about 2 hours drive)
13:00 Arrival at the hotel in time for lunch.
14:30 Visit Tonle Sap Lake, Kampong Phluk, you will cross the extraordinary and authentic village on stilts where you can observe the local life and the ancient traditions of fish processing.
You will also go to see the "submerged forest", a very suggestive area, a real forest flooded by a meter or more of water.
Afterwards, always on the boat you will continue to navigate until the canal will merge into the Tonle Sap Lake and you will find yourself on the open sea, so much is the extension of this lake, in fact, it will look like a sea, the Tonle Sap Lake represents an efficient natural compensation basin for the Mekong, the great river, as it is able to contain the enormous increase in water due to the monsoon rains and the imposing reach of the Mekong during the season of melting glaciers in Tibet.
In this period of the year the basin extends from 3,000 to about 10,000 square kilometers, and the water level increases by 3 meters. This exceptional phenomenon means that when the water level of the lake decreases at the end of the rainy season, the previously flooded soils are now rich in silt and therefore extraordinarily fertile, thus giving huge benefits to local agriculture.
Free evening in Siem Reap
Ask our driver to take you to the center in the evening or, even more interestingly, to take you to dinner in a typical Cambodian place ... with a few dollars he will make you from Cicero and you will also have the company of a good person.
08:30 In the morning we will get the pass for the visit to the Angkor Wat complex
Angkor Wat is the most famous temple inside the religious archaeological site of Angkor and it is also the largest temple in the world ever built, its name means "temple of the city". Originally built as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu, it was transformed into a Buddhist temple in the 14th century, and so Buddha was added later. Its construction is dated 1113-1150. The central tower is surrounded by four smaller towers and a series of fences, a layout that recreates the image of Mount Meru, a legendary place in Hindu mythology that is said to be beyond of the Himalayas and be the home of the gods. This incredible religious site is an excellent example of Khmer architecture, UNESCO has established a wide-ranging program to protect this symbolic site and its surroundings and Angkor Wat is also the best preserved of the area
TA PROHM (TOMB RAIDER)
The trees that grow out of the ruins are perhaps the most distinctive feature of Ta Prohm and "have driven more writers to a descriptive excess of any other characteristic of Angkor". Two species predominate, but the sources do not agree on their identification: the largest is the cotton-silk tree (Ceiba pentandra) or Thitpok Tetrameles nudiflora, and the smallest is the strangler fig (Ficus gibbosa) or apple golden (Diospyros decandra). Maurice Glaize, a scholar of Angkor, observed: "From all sides, in fantastic dark shadows, the trunks of cotton trees soar to the sky under a green and shady canopy, the long skirts that widen and their endless roots curl up more like reptiles that plants ". Tomb Raider has strengthened the narrative of a site in Angkor Wat of discoveries, adventures and explorations that have not always been useful for the conservation of the site. Ta Prohm is now called the "Tomb Raider Temple" and, as Winter writes, blurs the "boundaries between authenticity, reality and fiction" until Angkor is reduced to "a visual spectacle, culturally and historically disarmed".
Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple
The Bayon is a well-known and richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor in Cambodia. Built between the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries as the official temple of the Buddhist King Mahayana Jayavarman VII, the Bayon is located in the center of Jayavarman's capital, Angkor Thom. After the death of Jayavarman, it was modified and augmented by the Theravada Hindu and Buddhist kings according to their religious preferences. The most distinctive feature of the Bayon is the multitude of serene and smiling stone faces on the numerous towers that protrude from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak. The temple is also known for two impressive series of bas-reliefs, which present an unusual combination of mythological, historical and banal scenes. The current central body of the Japanese government team for the preservation of Angkor (the JSA) described the temple as "the most obvious expression of the Baroque style" of the Khmer architecture, in contrast to the classical style of Angkor Wat
Phnom Bakheng Temple
Phnom Bakheng in Angkor, Cambodia, is a Hindu and Buddhist temple, dedicated to Shiva, built on a hill with the same name, where the first city was founded. It was here that Yasovarman transferred his capital from Roluos. Its capital, called Yasodharapura, was larger than Angkor Thom, which arrived later, and was centered around the hill of Phnom Bakheng. The Bakheng temple design borrowed from the Bakong was built 20 years earlier. Both are stepped pyramids of ascending square terraces. We know that temple work began at the end of the ninth century. The temple was called Yasodharesvara, due to its protecting divinity, which means Lord bringing glory. In 928 the temple was abandoned, only to be briefly rehabilitated in 968 by Jayavarman V.
19:30 if you want *** Recommended option - Dinner Apsana Dance, typical dinner and typical dance in costume (900 thb / person)
08:30 Breakfast at the hotel.
09:30 Departure for Poi Pet Border, the Cambodian border with Thailand
11:30 am Arrival at Poi Pet.
11: 45-12: 00 Departure for Bangkok.
16: 00 Arrive in Bangkok, at your hotel of departure or at the airport, it depends on you, where you have to go next.
(** journey times are approximate, you can stop on the road more or less, and 'a private transport ...)
- Private return transfer from all hotels in Bangkok
- Professional private driver and private minivan for 3 days
- new vehicles equipped with air conditioning
- HISTORICAL TOURIST GUIDFE certified English speaker
- all entrances to visits (Lake and all the temples of Angkor)
- two nights in a 4 stasrs hotel
- two breakfasts
NOT INCLUDED THE VISA FOR THE CAMBODIA THAT COST 1200 thb (or 30 USD)
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