Full-Day Small-Group Tour of Angkor Wat from Siem Reap
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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1 - 9 person
Exploring the world heritage of the UNESCO-listed Angkor Temples is a must for visitors to Siem Reap and this small-group tour ensures a more personalized experience. Stand in awe before the legendary temple of Angkor Wat, admire the sculpted facade of Bayon temple, and discover the atmospheric jungle temple of Ta Prohm.
Guided Angkor Wat and small-group tour
Enjoy the story from your professional guide
Step back in time on a history tour
Enjoy fantastic aerial views
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Visit: Angkor Wat Temple
Duration: 2 hours
the main temple in at Angkor complex is Angkor Wat, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation – first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then convert to Buddhist. It is the world's largest religious building. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors.
Angkor Wat Temple combines two basic plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple mountain and the later galleried temple, based on early Indian Hindu architecture, with key features such as the Jagati. It is style-designed to represent Mount Meru, home of the gods in Hindu mythology: within a moat and an outer wall, 3.6 kilometres (2.2 mi) long are three rectangular galleries, each raised above the next. At the centre of the temple stands a quincunx of towers.
Unlike most Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat is oriented to the west; scholars are divided as to the significance of this. The temple is admired for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture, its substantial bas-reliefs and for the numerous devatas (guardian spirits) adorning its walls. The modern name, Angkor Wat, means "City Temple"; Angkor is a vernacular form of the word Nokor which comes from the Sanskrit word Nagara meaning capital or city. Wat is the Khmer word for temple.
Prior to this time, the temple was known as Preah Pisnulok, after the posthumous title of its founder, Suryavarman II.
Visit: South Gate of Angkor Thom
Duration: 30 minutes
In the Bayon style Angkor Thom is capital city of the Khmer empire built at the end of the 12th-century by KingJayavarman VII, Angkor Thom is an almost square city surrounded by 8 meters high walls a little over 12 kilometers long with five impressive gopura gates providing access to the city. South Gate of Angkor Thom along with a bridge of statues of gods and demons. Two rows of figures each carry the body of seven-headed naga, as it is the main entrance to the city of Angkor Thom now becomes the most popular for tourists.
VISIT: Bayon Temple
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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.
If you have enough time we continue to explore some of the temples in the city of Angkor Thom such as Terrace of the Leper King, the Terrace of Elephant, Baphuon, and Phimeanaksa temple.
VISIT: Ta Prohm Temple
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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.
Experienced and licensed English speaking tour guide
Transport by air-conditioned Vehicle
Bottled water & cool towel
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Temples entrance fee (37$/person - cover all the temples)