BEFORE CRUISE ANGKOR TOUR - 4 DAYS:
Day 1 - Arrive Siem Reap:
Upon your arrival in Siem Reap, you will be welcomed by a local English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel for check in. Siem Reap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire.
After a short relaxing break, you will visit the famous Angkor Wat by car. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, it is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the Mount Meru, home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Moreover, Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people.
During sunset time, Angkor Wat is less visited, and the Apsaras will shine in the most beautiful light. Return to your hotel, where you can enjoy the evening at leisure. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 2 - Angkor Wat Discovery Tour (Breakfast):
After breakfast, head out to the early-Angkor era temples of the Roluos Group, about 15km outside of Siem Reap. Roluos is the site of the first town built by the Angkorian kings in the 8th and 9th century and consists of three main temples: Bakong, Lolei and Preah Ko. The beautiful surrounding countryside with its paddy fields and sugar palm trees is very typical for Cambodia – enjoy the beauty on ox cart ride to Roluos Pagoda, a great and fun way to get in touch with rural Cambodia and its friendly people. Here, in a small contemporary pagoda, Buddhist monks will celebrate a private blessing ceremony for you, wishing your health and a safe journey – a very special experience! Return to the hotel for a break during the midday heat.
This afternoon, explore the highlights of the Small Circuit. Start your tour with a visit to Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. Your visit will also include Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th Century, and Srah Srang, also known as the “pool of ablutions”.
From here, it is only a short hop to the most beautiful temples of the Grand Circuit, like the overgrown Preah Khan Temple and Neak Pean with its artificial lakes. Return to your hotel. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 3 - Siem Reap (Breakfast,Lunch)
Early today, travel to the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srei, which is best viewed in the warm morning light. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs. Banteay Srei is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor.
On the way back, you will have the possibility to stop at local communities along the way and your guide will help you to interact with the local community to learn about the way of life here. Seize the opportunity to taste Palm Wine and Palm Sugar (seasonal) and other popular local produce.
Break up your day with lunch at Sala Bai back in Siem Reap, a school training young Cambodians from poor family backgrounds in the principles of hospitality in order to give them a future. The guests will have plenty of opportunities to talk to the students as they will go on a tour of the school after the meal. (Note: Sala Bai is open from Monday - Friday and it is usually closed during national holidays and for the entire month of April over the Khmer New Year holiday.)
This afternoon, visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom by local tuk tuk. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall, drawing a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces.
From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 4 - RV Mekong Navigator Cruise Embarkation:
Have breakfast at your hotel, then be picked to Meeting Point of RV Mekong Navigator cruise, then checked in the cruise.
4 DAYS BEFORE CRUISE ANGKOR WAT TOUR HOTEL PROPOSAL:
After a fantastic Angkor Wat Tour, you need a very good & comfortable hotel to stay and rest. We deeply understand that we carefully pick a right hotel to meet your stay. All hotels or resorts must be clean and comfortable rooms or rooms, very good buffet breakfast, central location, excellent amenities, free internet, helpful staffs.
Especially we can book the hotels as your requested, which perfectly meet your expectation and budget.
|WELL SELECTED HOTEL INCLUSIONS|
|Siem Reap||Hotel Names||Hotel Websites & Room Types||No of Night||TripAdvisor Reviews|
|5 star||Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa
|4 star||Tara Angkor Hotel
The price hotel categories:
- 4 star hotels and resorts from US$ 80 - US$ 120/ per room/night with breakfast
- 5 Star hotels and resorts from US$ 135 - US$ 180 ++/ per room/night with breakfast
4 DAYS PRE CRUISE ANGKOR WAT TOUR INCLUSIONS:
• Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services.
• All private sedan car (Ford, Toyota)
• sharing double room with daily breakfast
• Private English Speaking Guides and driver .
• Welcome Apsara Dinner show and 3 breakfast
• All sightseeing tickets.
• Tissues and water on car.
• Services charges and government tax.
• No extra charge after confirmation
• 24/7 hotline support guaranteed