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One day tour

AM:

Leave for tour of Angkor Thom comprising the Bayon Temple, Terrace of Leper King and the Elephant Terrace.

The city of Angkor Thom, founded by Jayavarman VII in the 12th century, was one of the largest of all Khmer cities and remained the capital until the 17th century. We enter the city through its monumental south gate - its tower features four faces pointing in each of cardinal directions with the elephants holding up the main gate, preceded by an impressive Avenue of Gods: devas - guardian gods - and asuras - demon gods - lining the bridge across the structure moat.

The Bayon or state temple of Jayavarman II is one of the most enigmatic religious constructions in the world. It is a unique mass of face towers which create a stone-mountain of ascending peaks. There were originally 49 towers of which 37 are still standing today. Most are carved with four faces at each cardinal point. The central tower has more faces.

The Elephant Terrace is at the heart of Angkor Thom. It marks the entrance to the Royal Palace and was the focal point for many Royal receptions. The carving of elephants along its walls gave it its modern name.

Terrace of the Leper King, this massive terrace is named after a 15th century sculpture that was discovered there. It dates back to the reign of Jayavarman VII and has been restored in a manner which allows visitors to appreciate its earliest to most recent additions as they explore the internal layers of the structure.

Return to Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor for lunch.

PM:

Leave for tour of Angkor Wat and sunset at Bakheng Hill.

Built between the 9th and 15th centuries, the City of Angkor is one of the grandest monuments ever constructed. The entire complex covers approximately 400 sqk containing over 200 temples. Among the 30 temples that are accessible today, the most famous is Angkor Wat, the largest religious construction in the world, built with a volume of stone equaling that of the Cheops pyramid in Egypt.

Conceived by Suryavarman II in the early part of the 12th century, Angkor Wat took an estimated 30 to 35 years to build. Unlike most other Khmer temples, it faces West, most likely due to the reason that the temple was dedicated to Vishnu, who is sometimes associated with the West.

In the late 9th century Phnom Bakheng was the state temple of the first capital of Angkor. We begin the ascent to the temple from the east side, at the foot of the hill next to the road. The view of the surroundings from the top is magnificent, particularly of Angkor Wat to the South East. It is a very popular spot for tourists at sunset. The three prominent hills of the area, Phnom Bakheng, Phnom Krom and Phnom Bok were all crowned with temples during the same period.

Transfer back to Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.

Dinner at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.

For more information and enquiries please contact us at:
Tel: +855 63 963 888
Email: rga.concierge@raffles.com

Two and a half day tour

Day 1

PM:

Leave for tour of Angkor Wat and sunset at Bakheng Hill.

Built between the 9th and 14th centuries, the City of Angkor is one of the grandest monuments ever constructed. The entire complex covers approximately 164 sqm and holds over 200 temples. Among the 30 temples that are accessible today, the most famous is Angkor Wat, the largest religious construction in the world, built with a volume of stone equaling that of the Cheops pyramid in Egypt.

Conceived by Suryavarman II in the early part of the 12th century, Angkor Wat took an estimated 30 years to build. Unlike most other Khmer temples, it faces West, most likely due to the reason that the temple was dedicated to Vishnu, who is sometimes associated with the West.

In the late 9th century Phnom Bakheng was the state temple of the first capital of Angkor. We begin the ascent to the temple from the east side, at the foot of the hill next to the road. The view of the surroundings from the top is magnificent, particularly of Angkor Wat to the South East. It is a very popular spot for tourists at sunset. The three prominent hills of the area, Phnom Bakheng, Phnom Krom and Phnom Bok were all crowned with temples during the same period.

Return to Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor for dinner at Café d’Angkor Restaurant.

Day 2

AM:

Leave for tour of Angkor Thom, comprising the Bayon Temple, Terrace of Leper King and the Elephant Terrace.

The city of Angkor Thom, founded by Jayavarman VII in the 12th century, was one of the largest of all Khmer cities and remained the capital until the 17th century. We enter the city through its monumental south gate - its tower features four faces pointing in each of cardinal directions with the elephants holding up the main gate, preceded by an impressive Avenue of Gods: devas - guardian gods - and asuras - demon gods - lining the bridge across the structure moat.

The Bayon or state temple of Jayavarman II is one of the most enigmatic religious constructions in the world. It is a unique mass of “face towers” which creates a stone-mountain of ascending peaks. There were originally 49 towers of which 37 are still standing today. Most are carved with four faces at each cardinal point. The central tower has more faces.

The Elephant Terrace is at the heart of Angkor Thom. It marks the entrance to the Royal Palace and was the focal point for many royal receptions. The carving of elephants along its walls gave it its modern name.

Terrace of the Leper King, this massive terrace is named after a 15th century sculpture that was discovered there. It dates back to the reign of Jayavarman VII and has been restored in a manner which allows visitors to appreciate its earliest to most recent additions as they explore the internal layers of the structure.

Return to Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor for lunch.

PM:

Preah Khan, built in the 12th century, was one of Jayavarman VII’s largest projects dedicated to his father. Preah Khan was much more than a temple. With a population of more than 1,000 teachers, it appears to have also been a Buddhist university and a city of considerable size.

You can cross Preah Khan from East to West or vice versa. As you walk, marvel at the magnificent stone sculptures of giant garudas - bird-like deity, each one grasping the tail of naga - snake-like deity - its traditional enemy - in each hand.

The restoration of Preah Khan is currently being undertaken by the World Monuments Fund, a US-based foundation. Raffles International is a patron of this foundation.

Ta Phrom was built in the 12th century by Jayavarman VII as a royal monastery. It was dedicated to the king’s mother. This temple was chosen to be left in its natural state as an example of how most of Angkor looked upon its discovery in the 18th century. Shrouded in jungle, the temple of Ta Phrom is ethereal in aspect and conjures up a romantic atmosphere. Gigantic roots and branches are intimately intertwined with the walls, forming a natural roof above the man-made structures.

Return to Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor for dinner.

Day 3

AM:

Leave for the tour of Banteay Srei Temple, the most exquisite temple in the complex.

Banteay Srei means the “Citadel of Women” or “Citadel of Beauty”, presumably referring to the size and delicateness of its decor. Unlike the other temples at Angkor, Banteay Srei was not a royal temple. It was built not by the kings, but by Brahmin priests. Often described as the “Jewel of Khmer Art”, Banteay Srei is a temple of great beauty. Its miniature size and its exceptionally stunning decoration almost always surprise visitors. For conservation purposes, most of the inner spaces of the temple are closed to the public. On the way back to the hotel from Banteay Srei temple, stops will be made at the Banteay Kdei temple and Srah Srang.

Return to Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor for lunch.

PM:

In the afternoon, you will continue your temple visits. Some of the sites you will visit are Pre Rup - the mountain temple; Eatern Mebon - a temple guarded by stone figures of harnessed elephants; and the famed Angkor Wat.

Return to Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor for dinner.

For more information and enquiries please contact us at:
Tel: +855 63 963 888
Email: rga.concierge@raffles.com

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