CAMBODIA General advice on things to do!
SUGGESTED ITINERARY for a three to five day Angkor Temple visit
Guide Thet at the Bayon
We suggest you visit the city of Angkor Thom first. It is surrounded by a moat and covers an area of 9 sq kms within the high walls. At its centre is the Bayon with its multi faced towers and one and a half kms of bas reliefs which depict 12th Century life. The Elephants terrace, Terrace of the Leper King and Phiminakas pyramid are popular sights and are worthwhile spending time. Angkor Wat best seen after sunrise and again later in the day. Angkor Wat is big; so we recommend taking at least 2 to 3 hours to enjoy it. The east and south sides are less busy. A guide will enhance your experience and literally brings the stones of Angkor to life, with stories and explanations of the bas relief’s and the functions of the buildings.
The Grand Circuit takes in many sites of greater Angkor. The most rewarding strategy is to start off with Sunrise at the Traditional sunset point of Phnom Bakheng. Moving anticlockwise around the Circuit you can visit the famous jungle temple of Ta Prohm, Prasat Kravan with stunning interior brick carvings. There are many other temples on this route which are of interest. The finale to the day would be Preah Khan which is a fabulous and vast temple 2nd in size to Angkor and a very complex partial ruin with some spectacular
buildings with trees growing through them.
There are a number of smaller and less visited sites within Angkor Thom which are very atmospheric and photographically rewarding. The Preah Pithou group has some fine buildings which are tucked out of sight is a avourite within Angkor Thom The East Gate, which lies at the end of a dusty track is a place of exceptional atmosphere especially towards the end of the day. It is worthwhile visiting Angkor Wat before Sunset to see the grey stone growing pink as the sun sets.
Most people like to return to Angkor Wat at least once to see it at different times of the day.
There are many other sights within or without the Angkor Park.
Banteay Srey with its fabulous carvings can be combined with a visit to Roluos group. Some of ur tours to Beng Mealea and Kbal Spean visit Banteay Srey as well.
THINGS TO DO OTHER THAN TEMPLES
It is well worthwhile taking time off from the temples to visit Siem Reap Old Town and Markets and the National Museum Opened in 2008 this new museum has n impressive collection of ancient artifacts with well presented Audio visuals to give a sound overview of Cambodian Culture.
The craft workshops of the Artisans d Angkor and Silk Farm are well worth a visit. If you have children the Cambodia Culture Village is a fun place to spend an afternoon. Intended for Cambodians it is more a place of entertainment than high culture; with shows and music every afternoon.
Our tours to the Tonle Sap Lake are very interesting and give you a chance to see a very different life of the fishing communities on the lake; as well as have a change from temples for a while. We are running trips to Kompong Phluk, and Kompong Khleang. The Prek Toal Bird
sanctuary is a must for birdwatchers from December to March. Outside this time; the village is an interesting destination in its own right.
Our guides and drivers are keen to promote a good understanding of Cambodian life. It is not usual for our tour guests to be invited into local homes and join in celebrations or weddings, By staying more than just a few days; visitors can develop new friendships.
WE RUN TOURS TO OTHER PARTS OF CAMBODIA TOO!
We regularly visit are: the jungle temple of Beng Mealea, The10th Century Khmer Capital of Koh Ker and the Hindu site of Kbal Spean. All three sites can be visited on an exciting two day adventure; Koh Ker Explorer; staying in a remote village near Koh Ker.
We are running occasional trips to the spectacular mountain temple of Preah Vihear. It is a 2 day expedition to one of the wonders of Cambodia with an opportunity to visit the some of the Khmer Rouge military sites.
Other areas of interest are Sambor Pre Kuk and Santuk near Kompong Thom (3 hours by road) and Banteay Chhmar a huge and remote Temple to the north. It can be visited in 1 day; but it is best seen by taking our 2 day tour which allows more time.
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