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
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.
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.
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.