Go back in time to see the impressive national heritage of Cambodia's ancient Khmer Dynasties in the middle of the steamy jungle where intricately built temples and royal palaces sit majestically in a natural setting surrounded by trees, reflection pools, moats and gardens. Look for Hindu dancing women, huge Buddha heads carved into the temple walls and the tree-covered temples from Tomb Raider.
You will be picked up in the morning and you will first visit the Angkor Thom complex. Bayon temple, with 54 towers and 216 faces of Budhhistsatva Avalokestesvara, is the highlight of all the temples in the center of Angkor Thom City. Then we continue to visit several other historic sites such as Baphoun, the Ancient Royal Palace, the Elephant terrace and Ta Prohm temple. Ta Prohm temple is the temple where gigantic tree roots have grown that was made famous by the Hollywood film "Tomb Raider" starring Angelina Jolie.
Before we continue to other interesting sites, we will have lunch. After lunch, we will see the temple of Angkor Wat which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage since 1992. Finally we continue to Phnom Bakheng as the day fades to night. Then, we will drive you back to your hotel.
A bit of history...Stretching over some 400 square kilometers, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of several capitals of the Khmer Empire of the 9th to the 15th centuries, including the largest pre-industrial city in the world.Angkor Wat is a temple complex at Angkor, built by Tamil 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 Buddhist.In the late 13th century, Angkor Wat gradually moved from Hindu to Theravada Buddhist use, which continues to the present day. Angkor Wat is unusual among the Angkor temples in that although it was somewhat neglected after the 16th century it was never completely abandoned, its preservation being due in part to the fact that its moat also provided some protection from encroachment by the jungle. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors.