We will begin the tour early in the morning at around 4:45am and take a short drive to Angkor Wat. We’ll see a beautiful sunrise and discover many amazing things in this mega-religious structure.
Angkor Thom Temple Groups
South Gate of Angkor Thom
South Gate of Angkor Thom, a 3km by 3km gate, built to protect the capital of Angkor Thom. It is the popular entrance to Angkor Thom. Two row of devas and asuras from the Hindu Myth of Churning of the Sea of Milk were built at the front of the causeway.
Located about 1km from the South Gate, Bayon temple is located at the heart of Angkor Thom as it was the state temple of king Jayavarman VII. The 54 towers decorated with 216 of Avalokiteshvara’s smiling faces makes it look like an alien construction.
Baphoun is the second biggest temple in Angkor Thom that was built in the mid-11th century as a state temple of king Udayadityavarman II for the Hindu God Shiva. It is a pyramid-shaped temple that has three tiers. It is a must-see temple for its gorgeous architecture.
Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King
They are the two close terraces built at the front of Angkor Royal Palace. The 350m-long Terrace of Elephants was served as a large viewing stage for public ceremonies and used as a base for the king to watch his military training. Next to the Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of Leper King is standing north of it with many stunning carvings inside that make you drop your jaw.
Ta Prohm was once used as a Buddhist Monastery and a university during the Angkor period. It is called the Tomb Raider temple since the movie was filmed in the temple. A large tree grows on the temple and it is a popular spot for photos.
Banteay Kdei was recently restored, but it is still open to tourists. There surrounding forest of the temple makes it look mysterious and quiet for explorers.
Srah Srang is the baray or reservoir of Banteay Kdei. It has stunning views, especially at the sunrise and sunset.
We will visit only two wonderful archaeological sites of Angkor, Banteay Srei and Kbal Spean. It will be a good learning experience learning about the history and culture of Cambodia.
When we pick you up at the hotel, we will begin our tour with Banteay Srei temple, meaning the “Citadel of the Women” or “the Citadel of Beauty”. It is located about 35km northeast of Siem Reap city. The only temple that wasn’t constructed by a monarch, Banteay Srei was built in 10th century by two courtiers of King Rajendravarman II, Vishnukumara and Yajnavaraha. This temple was Consecrated on 22 April 967 A.D and dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva.
Banteay Srei is considered as a “precious gem” or “the jewel of Khmer art” because it is different from the other temples in Cambodia and was built from pink sandstone. Most of the structures and decorative wall carvings are still noticeable today. Many Cambodian people think that this temple was built by women because of its very beautiful carvings that could only have been done by women.