The heavily forested province of Preah Vihear lies along the Thailand border and is home to three of Cambodia’s most impressive remnants of the Angkorian period. Heading to the remote ruins of Beng Mealea temple, we’ll pass through typical Khmer countryside, before moving on to Koh Ker where you’ll discover long abandoned temples. Once the capital, the site has more than 30 major structures and may have once had as many as 100 minor sacred buildings. The next day, we’ll drive to Preah Vihear and the breathtaking mountaintop temple of Prasat Preah Vihear, dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. From here, we’ll head to Preah Khan temple of Kompong Svay, the largest religious complex built in the Angkorian Era, and observe its features, including Preah Thkol, a cruciform temple made in sandstone.

REFERENCE
Tour name: Preah Vihear To The Temples Of Angkor 2 Days
Tour Code: ABT-C018
INCLUDED
Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
Transfers and tours with local English guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements) in private air-conditioned vehicles
All entrance fees, boat fees and / or cyclo fees as mentioned in the programme
Bottled water and cold towels available on the vehicles
NOT INCLUDED
Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
International airfare to / from Cambodia (quoted separately, if requested)
Personal travel insurance
Surcharges for other language guides
Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme

 

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Day 1: SIEM REAP - BENG MELEA - KOH KER - SRO EM (-/L/D)

  • Morning, drive to the remote Beng Mealea temple through the typical Khmer
    countryside (1hr, 60 km). Explore the long abandoned ruins of Beng Mealea, still strangled by the overgrown jungle.
    A further 1-hour drive (45km) brings you to Koh Ker, situated in the northeast of Siem Reap.
    Lunch at local restaurant in front of the temple.
    Discover the long abandoned temples in the forests of northern Cambodia. Also known as Chok Gargyar, it served as the capital of Jayavarman IV (reigned 928-42). His son and successor Harshavarman I moved the capital back to Angkor in 944. There are a remarkable number of religious buildings in the Koh Ker region, considering the short space of time that it was the capital of the empire. There are more than 30 major structures and experts believe there may have been as many as 100 minor sacred buildings in the region. It was also a prolific period for gigantic sculpture and several of the most impressive pieces in the National Museum in Phnom Penh come from Koh Ker, including a huge garuda (half-man, half-bird creature).
    Continue to Sro Em (1.5 hrs,100 km) where you can visit the local museum or enjoy the swimming pool at your hotel.
    Dinner and accommodation at Preah Vihear Boutique Hotel.
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Day 2: SRO EM - PREAH VIHEAR -PREAH KHAN- SIEM REAP (B/L/-)

  • Breakfast at hotel.
    This morning drive further north to Preah Vihear (25km).
    At the foot of the mountain, change to a pickup truck which will bring you to the mountain top to the most breathtaking temple of Prasat Preah Vihear.
    The temple, an important pilgrim place during the Angkorian period, was built by a succession of seven Khmer Monarchs. Like other mountain temples, it was designed to represent Mount Meru and was dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. Breath in the astounding views from the cliff stretches as far as the eye can see.
    From Prasat Preah Vihear we proceed to the Preah Khan temple of Kompong Svay (3.5 hrs, 198 km).
    Lunch box at the site.
    The Preah Khan temple stands as the largest single religious complex ever built during the Angkorian Era, as its exterior enclosure is about 5 km square Preah Khan Kompong Svay covers an area about 5 kilometers square, is oriented to north-east and has four concentric enclosures. It was provided with water by a large baray (water reservoir), which crosses the eastern side. On an artificial island in the middle of the baray there is Preah Thkol, a cruciform temple in sandstone with a standing central tower. In the southeastern corner stands the remains of the 15 meters high pyramid of Preah Damrei, with laterite enclosure and two stone elephants (Damrei means elephant) at its upper corners. The other two elephants are exhibited at the National Museum of Phnom Penh and the Guimet Museum in Paris.
    Proceed through Kompong Thom to Siem Reap (4 hrs, 275 km).