Overview: Day 1 Transfer to Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok for your flight to Siem Reap. Start your day of exploration at Ta Prohm temple which has been left largely in its natural state since its "re-discovery". Day 2 Morning visit to Banteay Srei or the Woman's Citadel and Banteay Samre temple. Then enjoy a Remok (Tuk Tuk) tour to Angkor Wat after lunch, the largest religious temple in the world built in 12th century. Day 3 Visit the monumental Angkor Thom, last capital of the Khmers, and the stunning Bayon, built in late 12th century. Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and return to the ship. Two nights at Le Meridien Angkor Hotel.
Discover Cambodia’s ancient temples. Your tour flies into Siem Reap and journeys into the jungles and rural countryside to the Angkor Temples at Ta Prohm and Pre Rup Temple. The next day, you’ll explore the enchanting Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre, spend the afternoon on a Remok (Tuk Tuk) tour of Angkor Wat and conclude with a fascinating cultural dance dinner show. On the final day travel to the magnificent Angkor Thom, “the great city.”
Day 1: Get ready to explore the world’s most largest and renowned Temples. Your morning of travel takes you from Klong Toey Port to Suvarnabhumi airport. You’ll fly into the bustling Siem Reap airport and travel to the luxury hotel, Le Méridien, to check in. A delicious lunch is served at the hotel before you embark on a spiritual journey that begins with the Angkor Temples at Ta Prohm. This beautiful untouched area shrouded in the dense jungle was left largely in its natural state since its “re-discovery” by French explorers. Massive roots and limbs of banyan trees found in its labyrinth of stone hallways entwine and envelop the stone like tentacles. It is one of the largest temples at Angkor. This sacred destination towered by trees was built in 1186 by the King Jayavarman VIII. He dedicated it to his mother. As the sunsets your tour continues to the PreRup temple located northeast from Srah Srang. The warm tones, gorgeous countryside and stoic architectural design make this a captivating site. The temple built in 961 during the reign of King Rajendravarman and dedicated to Shiva Brahmanism was believed to have funerary associations. You'll ride back to the hotel and relax as you enjoy at sumptuous evening meal before settling in for the night.
Wake up to a delicious breakfast served at the hotel and then set off to Banteay Srei also known as “Citadel of Women.” The delicacy of the well-preserved relief carvings have led some people to believe that it could have been carved by a woman. Its intricate carvings depict scenes of ancient Hindu tales along the pinkish solid sandstone walls of this enchanting miniature temple. The tenth century temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, the carved male and female figures in the niches are exquisitely executed in both style and proportion. Its architecture and decorations makes it the most Indian of all the temples in Angkor and in the words of H.W. Ponder, it is "a fairy palace in the heart of an immense and mysterious forest."
Next, view the Angkor Wat-style architecture of Banteay Samre. This elaborate temple has been restored to its completion. The Hindu temple was built under Suryavarman II and Yasovarman II in the early 12th century and named after the Samré, an ancient people of Indochina. The temple uses the same materials as Banteay Srei. After your tour, you'll return to hotel where lunch is served. Then, spend the afternoon taking the Remok (Tuk Tuk) tour to visit the Angkor temple complex, the largest temple in the world. Suryavarman II conceived Angkor Wat and it took an estimated 30 years to build. It’s unlike all the other Khmer temples because it faces west, and it is inspired by 12th Century Hinduism. It is generally believed to have been a funeral temple for the king. It has been occupied continuously by Buddhist monks and is well preserved. Upon concluding your visit, you’ll enjoy a festive dinner at Raffles Grand Hotel or equivalent that includes a cultural dance show.
Prepare to for a final day of Siem Reap’s architectural wonders. After breakfast, you’ll experience the monumental magnificence of Angkor Thom, “the great city.” It is the last capital of the Khmers Empire, and it was established in the late 12th century by King Jayavarman VII. The city’’s built in a perfect square and has five monumental gates. Its fascinating sites include the Terraces of the Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and the Faces of Banyon which PJ de Beerski wrote "godliness in the majesty and the size, mystery in the expression." Once your tour concludes, you will head to Siem Reap airport for your flight to Saigon. While at the airport you will be able to enjoy a boxed lunch. A tour representative will greet you upon your arrival at Tan Son Nha Airport and you will transfer to Phu My Port to rejoin the ship.
• Angkor Temples at Ta Prohm: Discover one of the largest temples left in its natural state and dedicated in 1186.
• Pre Rup Temple: Explore a temple built in 961 during the reign of King Rajendravarman, dedicating to Shiva Brahmanism.
• Banteay Srei: Known as the "the Woman's Citadel this temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.
• Angkor Wat: Visit the largest temple in world with a volume of stone equivalent to the Cheops pyramid in Egypt.
• Angkor Thom: The last capital of the Khmers includes the Elephant Terrace, Terrace of the Leper King and Bayon temple.
• Tuk Tuk tour: Sit back and relax and see the historical highlights of Siem Reap on your motorcycle driven open-air carriage.
• Meals: Enjoy a breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel and experience a special cultural dance show.
• Airport transfer to Siem Reap: Boxed lunch is provided at airport and tour representative transfer you to Laem Chabang Port.
What to Bring:
• SeaPass card and photo identification
• Sun protection
• Cash/credit cards
• Change of clothes
• Insect Repellent
What to Wear:
• Hat and sunglasses
• Walking shoes
• Closed-toe shoes
• Conservative attire required
• No exposed shoulders or knees
• No tank tops or shorts
• Hotel accommodations are at the Le Méridien Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap.
• Guests must be able to walk approximately 3 miles over various uneven surfaces. Guests walk over 1500 steps.
• Consider physical fitness and medical history when selecting tour. Guests with mobility issues should not select this tour.
• Refunds aren’t guaranteed for cancellations less than 30 days prior to port arrival.
• Space is limited but a minimum is required to operate.
• The tour will be canceled if guest minimum is not met.
• The tour uses regularly scheduled flights and times are subject to change.
• Guests are required to bring two (2) passport size photos.
• Tour includes costs for The Cambodia Visa Fee and Departure Tax.
• Cambodia has banned smoking at the Angkor temple archaeological site.