A N G K O R

Heart of an Asian Empire
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A N G K O R

Heart of an Asian Empire
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A N G K O R

Heart of an Asian Empire
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A N G K O R

Heart of an Asian Empire
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A N G K O R

Heart of an Asian Empire
Find out more

A N G K O R

Heart of an Asian Empire
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A N G K O R

Heart of an Asian Empire
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A N G K O R : Heart of an Empire

Here then are those temples which for so long seemed like visions... Here are the foundations, the plinths, the galleries, the extraordinary domes resembling multi-ringed tiaras Claude Farrere, L'illustration, 1931

If you've come this far to the region, you will not want to miss the "Prize of Southeast Asia" — the Temples of Angkor which are short one-hour flight from Saigon or Bangkok.

Angkor what? Many people have heard of the main temple Angkor Wat, but Angkor consists of over 70 discovered ruins spread over 200 square kilometers. Angkor Wat itself is a kilometer-wide and the greatest Buddhist monument ever constructed. There are astounding structures of equal impact surrounding it. This density of ruins is unparalleled anywhere else in the world, and has been aptly called the "Nile Valley of Asia."

Siem Reap, our launching off point is only a short flight from Saigon and a couple of miles from Angkor itself. Lodging at the magnificent 5-star Grand Hotel d'Angkor, a beautifully restored French Colonial gem. The New York Times article on this hotel can be read here. We also recommend the Amansara for privacy and La Residence as a more intimate option.


SAMPLE 3-DAY ANGKOR ITINERARY

Day 1: Following flight from Hanoi (or Bangkok) meet escort for expedited immigration and hotel transfer. After orientation and refreshments, visiting the newer world-class Angkor National Museum covering the history of the Khmer empire where rare artifacts from the temples are also displayed. After, begin exploring the temples complex, visiting the earliest temples erected at the Rolous Group. In the late afternoon, witnessing sunset from a summit overlooking Angkor Wat. Dinner and accommodation in Siem Reap.

Day 2: Sunrise at mystical Ta Prohm where its original structure, embraced by overgrown roots of giant fig trees, has been preserved by archaeologists as an example of what the entire Angkor complex may have looked like when it was first discovered. Other temples in the area include Ta Keo, Chau Say Tevoda, Thammanon, Banteay Kdei and Srah Srang. Dinner and accommodation in Siem Reap.

Day 3: A final sunrise over magnificent Angkor before venturing out to view the magnificent carvings at Banteay Srei. Also, brief visits to secondary sites, including Preah Khan, Neak Poan, Ta Som, Mebon and Pre Rup temples. Afternoon visit to Roluos group of monuments or enjoy a pleasant boat trip on Tonle Sap, Southeast Asia's largest lake, passing waterfront villages largely inhabited by Vietnamese fisherman. Dinner and accommodation in Siem Reap.

Unique activities? Witness rare wildlife our day trip to the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary or tented safari at the abandoned Beng Melea, which we'll explore Indiana Jones' style at night. We can also provide for helicopter excursions, horseback riding and bicycling around the temple's complex.

For more tour and travel ideas in Cambodia, visit our Cambodia page and our favorite capital city in Southeast Asia, Phnom Penh, an easy and fascinating one-day stopover en route to the temples.

Cambodian Dancer

  


Angkor Wat only the tip of the "monument iceberg" when it comes to exploring the temples in the area around it. In this piece, travel writer Michael Buckley gives us a glimpse of the treasures of neighboring Angkor Thom in The Splendors of Angkor Thom

Angkor Wat Front

ANGKOR WAT

The most dramatic temple in terms of scale, Angkor takes up to a full day and more to explore it's many structures and entire galleries of carved reliefs.

Ta Phrom Roots

TA PHROM

Left to the jungle, Ta Phrom over the centuries has been overrun by plant life. The contrast has created an incredible setting of stone and plant.

Bayon Face

BAYON

In exact center of the ancient city of Angkor Thom lies the Bayon temple. From the distance has a myriad of large, stone towers that are on closer inspection the faces of Buddha.


Escorts
Renowned Khmer historian Dr. Pich Keo, who has been interested in Khmer Arts and the history of Angkor since a young boy. In 1965 he attended the school of fine art in Phnom Penh until 1970. After graduation he was employed by the École Française d'Extreme Orient (EFEO) working for the Angkor conservation until the Khmer rough took over the area in 1975. In 1980, after the fall of the Khmer Rouge to the Vietnamese.

In 1992 he became the Director of the National Museum in Phnom Penh and recently he has been promoted to be the Director of Department of Angkor Conservation working in cooperation with the UNESCO and the Ministry of fine art and culture

Readings
We recommend bringing the following books to reference during your exploration of the temples:

Angkor, An Introduction to the Temples by Dawn Rooney. (1994, Passport). Revised edition 2011.

Angkor, Heart of an Asian Empire by Bruno Dagens (Thames and Hudson).


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