Angkor Wat magic- Cambodia Tour and Holiday
Angkor, the largest and most charming archaeological site in the world with its temples and shrines, will be the focus of this short tour in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Among many gems, you'll also enjoy a visit to the fortified city of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat temple, an absolute masterpiece of Khmer art and architecture, emblem of Cambodia and splendid symbol of the Middle Ages in South East Asia. It will be a trip and journey that you'll never forget for sure!
Half day visit to the fishing village. You'll set off on a road that leads to the foothills of Phnom Krom, on the shores of the Great lake, where dozens of boats housing the so-called floating houses are moored: this is a community of "lake nomads" moving along the waters of Tonle Sap, following the fishing seasons, who have their homes, schools, church, shops, public offices, fishing farms here, all built on boats and floating platforms that rise and fall according to the regular rythm of the lake floods. The lifestyle of the riparian Indochinese populations is spectacular.
Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Breakfast at hotel.
Full day excursion to the temples of Angkor: the largest archaeological site in the world where 276 monuments of primary importance were classified. Among the several worth visiting, you should not miss a visit to the fortified town of Angkor Thom with its imposing walls and the beautiful doors erected in the late 12th century by the great King Jayavarman VII. He also ordered the construction of the Bayon in the center of the fortified quadrilateral. The Bayon is the most enigmatic and fascinating of all the temples built by the Khmer. Ta Prohm is the great Buddhist monastery that Yayavarman VII consecrated in 1186 and that archaeologists have deliberately left in the state in which it was found.
Giant trees rise in the maze of the tower-sanctuaries, huge roots wrap the galleries, dense shrubs sprout from the roofs of each building and the visitor is no longer able to distinguish the work of man and the creations of nature. The most celebrated temple is surely the one of Angkor Wat, the undisputed architectural and artistic masterpiece of Khmer.
It boasts beautiful reliefs that offer spectacular testimony of figurative art of sublime refinement. This temple was built when in Italy the cathedral of Pisa was consecrated and in Paris Notre Dame was being built. It is the emblem of Cambodia and also the symbol of the magnificent South-East Asian Middle Ages.
Lunch in a typical restaurant.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day dedicated to the visit to the temples. One of the most ancient sacred constructions at Angkor is Prasat Kravan, dated 921 and formed by five shrines with elegant shapes, dedicated to the cult of god Vishnu and built in aligned bricks on a basement turned to the east. Here bricks were widely used to build Mebon in 952, the temple which was located on an artificial islet in the middle of the basin of Eastern Baray. Only nine years later king Rajendravarman built Pre Rup, the great mountain-temple in warm ochre colors.
The great Buddhist shrine of Pra Khan, the Temple of the Sacred Sword, Banteay Kdei monastery, the Citadel of the Monk Cells, the enigmatic and spectacular holy basins of Neak Pean, the Intertwined Snakes and finally Srah Srang all date back to Jayavaraman the 7th period.
Lunch in a local restaurant. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
The end of our tour has come. After breakfast, you will have free time until the transfer to the airport.
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