Cambodian art

6 DAYS THAILAND – CAMBODIA OVERLAND

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6 days / 5 night
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Overland,
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Overview

6 DAYS, THAILAND - CAMBODIA OVERLAND

Itineraries: 6 days/5 nights

Tour Departure: From Bangkok

 

DAY 1: BANGKOK - AYUTHHAYA - PIMAI - KORAT (L,D)
DAY 2: KORAT - DAN KWIAN - PHANOM  RUNG - ARANYAPRATHET (B,L,D)
DAY 3: ARANYAPRATHET – SIEM REAP (Cambodia)(B,L,D)
DAY 4: SIEM REAP     (B,L,D)
DAY 5: SIEM REAP   (B,L,D)
DAY 6: SIEM REAP - DEPARTURE  (B,L)

 

 


Itinerary

ITINERARY IN DETAILS:

 

DAY 1: BANGKOK - AYUTHHAYA - PIMAI - KORAT (L,D)
Depart from Bangkok to Ayuthaya, which is beautifully located on an island at the confluence of three rivers. Visit  Wat Chaiwathanaram occupying a magnificent position on the West bank of the Chao Phraya River. Drive through the historical part of this former capital of Siam and then continue to Pimai. En route short stop the local fruit market at Klang Dong. Continue to the charming little town of Pimai northeast of Korat, known for the magnificient Khmer sanctuary of Prasat Hin. Visit the museum and Historical Park. Return to Korat with a short stop at one of the biggest Banyan Trees in Thailand. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at SIMA THANI HOTEL.
 

DAY 2: KORAT - DAN KWIAN - PHANOM  RUNG - ARANYAPRATHET (B,L,D)
After breakfast, visit the pottery village of Dan Kwian. The region of Korat is famous for its beautifully crafted pottery. Continue to Phanom Rung, which is the finest Khmer Temple in Thailand and gives more than only a good idea of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Similar in layout to Phimai, both monuments are believed to have been the prototype for the famous Angkor Wat. Close by there is Muang Tam, another impressive Khmer temple predating Phanom Rung by about 120 years. After lunch, continue to the border town of Aranyaprathet with stops at ancient Khmer ruins along the Thai-Cambodian border. Dinner at local and overnight at ARAN MERMAID HOTEL.
 

DAY 3: ARANYAPRATHET – SIEM REAP (Cambodia)(B,L,D)
This morning we cross the border to Cambodia and travel via Sisophon to Siem Reap with lunch at a local restaurant en route. Arrive in Siem Reap late afternoon and check in at your hotel. If time permits, visit "Les Artisans d'Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles" and watch the sunset at Angkor Wat. Dinner at your hotel and overnight.

 

DAY 4: SIEM REAP     (B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit the Roluos Group. The monuments of Roluos, which served as the capital of Indravarman I (reigned 877-89), are among the earliest large, permanent temples built by the Khmers and mark the beginning of Khmer classical art. Preah Ko erected by Indravarman I in the late 9th century dedicated by the King to his ancestors in 880. Bakong the largest and most interesting of the Roluos group temples, with his active Buddhist monastery just to the north of the east entrance. Lolei built on an islet in the center of a large reservoir (now rice fields) by Yasovarman I, the founder to the first city at Angkor. Return to your hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, continue your temple tour to the unique interior brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan, Srah Srang ("The Royal Baths" was once used for ritual bathing), Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Eastern Mebon, (guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation) and the mountain-temple of Pre Rup. Dinner at Viroth's Restaurant and overnight.

 

DAY 5: SIEM REAP   (B,L,D)
Visit the antique capital of Angkor Thom (12th century): the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Royal Enclosure, the Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Lunch at your hotel. In the afternoon, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize Meru's five peaks - the enclosing wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. At sunset climb up Phnom Bakheng, one of the two hills dominating the plain of Angkor, from where you will have a spectacular view of the Western Baray and Angkor Wat. Dinner at Bopha Angkor restaurant and overnight.

 

DAY 6: SIEM REAP - DEPARTURE  (B,L)
Breakfast at hotel. Morning, transfer to Banteay Srei temple (10th century), regarded as the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art. Visit Banteay Srei then continuation to Banteay Samre, built in the third quarter of the 12th century. It consists of a central temple with four wings preceded by a hall and accompanied by two libraries, the southern example remarkably well preserved. Return to your hotel for lunch.
In the afternoon, you will continue your temple visits to Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som and Preah Khan. Built by the King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, the temple of Prea Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation
Then, visit Ta Prohm. One of the area's most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Transfer to Siem Reap airport for departure flight to the next destination.

 

 


Inclusions

  • Transfers and tours with local English or French speaking guides. (Guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements).
  • Accommodation in shared twin rooms at indicated hotels or similar,
  • Meals as specified in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner),
  • Entrance fees, service charges, room tax and baggage handling.

Exclusions

  • International airfare;
  • Airport taxes,
  • Visa,
  • Meals not indicated,
  • Personal expenses
  • Christmas and New Year's Eve Dinners.

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