Sunrise & Angkor Wat Temple:
Morning: We start with a pre-dawn departure (4.45 to 5.00am depending on the time of year) from your hotel for sunrise over the temple of Angkor Wat. Enter the great temple in darkness from the little-visited eastern side, and creep along hoary cloistered corridors past the longest stretch of bas-relief carvings in the world.
Angkor Thom South Gate:
The south gate of Angkor Thom is the best preserved. It is approached from outside via a causeway that extends about Hundred meters across a moat. On each side of the causeway are railings fashioned with 54 stone figures engaged in the performance of a famous Hindu story: the myth of the Churning of the Ocean. On the left side of the moat, 54 ‘devas’ (guardian gods) pull the head of the snake ‘Shesha’ while on the right side 54 ‘asuras’ (demon gods) pull the snake’s tail in the opposite direction. In this myth, the body of the snake is wrapped around the central mountain—Mt. Meru—perhaps corresponding here to the Bayon temple at the center of the site. In any case, the myth relates that as the Devas pulled the snake in one direction and the gods pushed in the other, the ocean began to churn and precipitate the elements. By alternating back and forth, the ocean was ‘milked’, forming the earth and the cosmos anew.
Angkor Thom is the majestic site once served as the Khmer Empire’s glistening capital city. Take a moment to consider its grandiosity before venturing inside the city. Arriving at the temple at Bayon, appreciate its beautifully crafted central towers covered in more than 200 enormous faces.
Terrace of the Elephants
The 350m-long Terrace of Elephants was used as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king’s grand audience hall. It has five outworks extending towards the Central Square-three in the center and one at each end. The middle section of the retaining wall is decorated with life-size Garuda and Lions; towards either end are the two parts of the famous parade of elephants complete with their Khmer mahouts.
Terrace of the Leper King
the site is its grand protrusion with 8m high and 23m wide walls featuring seven registers of personages and mythological figures which is then repeated on an internal wall accessed on either side. The outer wall features a lower register with five and seven headed Naga (mythical serpent) at the corners and a grand nine-headed Naga at the center flanked by Naga-princesses (noting their headdress). The above registers feature what we can only assume to be divinities, royalty and elite, fascinatingly, all unique.
Ta Prohm Temple
One of the most atmospheric of all temples in Angkor. Once home to 2,740 monks, Ta Prohm today looks much as it did in the early 1850s, when French explorer Henri Mouhot ‘rediscovered’ this crumbling site. After exploring the maze-like interior of Ta Prohm, return to your hotel after a long but fulfilling day, which will leave you with a lifetime of memories of one of the wonders of the world.
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TOUR PRICES IN US Dollars
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Entrance Fees (Not Included)
✫ 1 Day Angkor temples Entrance Fees 37 US dollars per person
✫ 2 or 3 days Angkor temples Entrance Fees 62 US dollars per person