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[Virtual Travel] Cambodia + Vietnam Day 4: Siem Reap

8am: Angkor Temples Tour + Lunch at Blue Pumpkin

You cannot leave Siem Reap without visiting Angkor! One of the most important archaeological sites of Southeast Asia. The most well known of all the temples here is definitely Angkor Wat, the largest religious structure in the world by land area!

This tour brings you around a few temples out of the 72 major temples and the remains of a few hundred other minor temple sites. Ladies are to wear long pants and shirts with sleeves.

Angkor Thom

The last and most enduring capital of the Khmer empire. Established in the late 20th century by King Jayavarman VII. Abandoned in 1609, and is believed to have sustained a population of 80,000-150,000 people.

Bayon Temple

The heart of ancient city Angkor Thom. Popular for its distinctive feature of the smiling stone faces. Richly decorated Khmer temple, built in late 12th or early 13th century as the state temple of King Jayavarman VII. The last state temple to be built at Angkor. Modified and augmented by Hindu and Theravada Buddhist Kings in accordance to their own religious preferences.

Ta Prohm Temple

The temple invaded with a large tree. Built in Bayon style in the late 12th and early 13th centuries, originally called Rajavihara. Founded by King Jayavarman VII.

Lunch (at own expense) – Blue Pumpkin

Angkor Wat

A temple complex and one of the largest religious monuments in the world. Originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to God Vishnu for the Khmer empire. Built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in the capital of the Khmer Empire as his state temple. Gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century. The best preserved temple at the Angkor Archaeological Park, the only one to still having remained as a significant religious centre since its foundation. A symbol of Cambodia and appears on the Cambodian flag.

Phnom Bakheng

A Hindu and Buddhist temple built at the end of the 9th century, in the form of a temple mountain, dedicated to God Shiva. Located at the top of the hill, and is a popular spot for sunset views of Angkor Wat. The principal temple of the Angkor region before Angkor Wat was built.

7:30pm: Dinner at The Sugar Palm

After the tour, head over to Khmer Ceramics to pick up the pottery. Then, to The Sugar Palm for dinner. A lovely place filled with lots of greens!


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