Angkor Review - 3days 2nights

Beng Melea Temple which is still lost in the jungle. A rather bumpy 2-3 hours drive through the beautiful countryside takes us there. Beng Melea is almost the size of Angkor Wat and is one of the largest ensembles build during the Khmer Kingdom. It is enclosed by a huge moat of 1200m x 900m and the temple presents in places a veritable chaos of fallen debris beside areas that remain absolutely intact - but everywhere vegetation reigns as master. During our visit we will have to walk over ruins and climb over trees to fully explore this site. The decoration of Beng Malea is simple and animated only in certain areas but you can find several bas-reliefs' showing scenes from the Khmer Mythology.

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Full Itinerary

Day 01 - Arrival and full day sight-seeing 

Upon arrival, you will be accompanied to your hotel.  After check-in we start to visit Angkor Thom, “Great City”, included, South Gate the eight-meter high wall encloses this 10.4 square kilometers. Bayon Temple this temple is located in the geographical heard of Angkor Thom and has 54-tower temple is remarkable sight, Elephants Terrace with its large sculptured royal elephants and Garuds, the mythical guard half-man half-bird and Terrace of Leper King.

Lunch at local restaurant or hotel

In the afternoon, we continue to visit jungle-clad Ta Prohm.  Buddhist monastery, with overgrow fig and silk-cotton tree roots intertwining the ruins, and then go visit magnificent Angkor Wat , this temple was built in the early to mid 12th century. Suryavarman II constructed Angkor Wat into a huge temple like mountain with 5 huge towers, which can be seen from afar and was dedicated to the Hindu God and Vishnu.

Dinner at local restaurant or hotel-(Overnight)

Day 02 - Exploring the Cambodia Naitonal Park ( Phnom Kulen Mountain )

After breakfast at hotel restaurant, we travel to Phnom Kulen National Park, the sacred mountain that was the birthplace of the Khmer empire. It was here that Jayavarman II proclaimed independence from Java in 802, setting the stage for the glories of the Angkor-era that was to follow.  Wat Pre Ang Thom is a focus of pilgrimage for Khmers during religious festivals and the large reclining Buddha carved into a huge sandstone boulder here offers spectacular views across the lush jungle. Nearby are impressive riverbed rock carvings, including innumerable lingas and representations of Shiva and Vishnu. There is a classic waterfall further downstream which is the perfect place to cool off after exploring and nearby is a small, jungle-clad temple called Prasat Krau Romeas. About noon we are descending from the plateau

We enjoy a lunch on traditional restaurant nearby beautiful pink stone temple of Banteay Srei. 

On the afternoon, we continue to visit Banteay Srei, Angkor’s ultimate art gallery. This petite pink temple is the jewel in the crown of Angkor-era sculpture. The elaborate carvings here are the finest found in Cambodia and the name translates as ‘Fortress of the Women’, thanks to the intricate detail here, considered too fine for the hands of a man. Then we travel through the traditional village of Preah Dak to the 12th century temple of Banteay Samre. Built by King Suryavarman II, the genius behind Angkor Wat, this temple has been extensively restored. We finish by experiencing sunset over the rice fields from the royal crematorium of Pre Rup, a classic view of the Cambodian countryside.

Dinner at local restaurant or hotel-(Overnight)

Day 03 - Exploring Romote Temple of Beng Mealea and departure

We travel to the lost temple of Beng Mealea, the titanic of temples, a slumbering giant lost for centuries in the forests of Cambodia. It is the most accessible of Angkor’s lost temples, a mirror image of Angkor Wat, but utterly consumed by the voracious appetite of nature. Constructed by Suryavarman II (1113-1150), the builder of Angkor Wat, the forest has run riot here and it is hard to get a sense of the monument’s shape amid the daunting ruins.

Lunch at local restaurant or hotel

In the afternoon, we continue to visit the "Chantiers Ecoles - Les Artisans d'Angkor" and local market for shopping. Transfer to Siem Reap airport for next destination.

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