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Full Day Private Guide Tour of Grand Circuit & Small Circuit

 

Departures: Daily leave at 8:00 am

Duration: 08 to 9 hours

 

** All our tours are Exclusive Private Tours, so you will not be put together with other guests **

 

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This morning you will be met at your hotel at 8.00am and begin your temple visit Ta Phrom. Built in 1186, Ta Phrom was dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman VII. Its atmospheric dark gray sandstone towers and courtyards exude an aura of reverence and mystery. Unlike most of the other inner temples of Angkor, Ta Phrom has been left to the elements and looks very much as it must have when "discovered" by Henri Mouhot in the 1860s. Navigating through its narrow passages, immense kapok trees and jungle-covered ruins is an unparalleled experience and one of the highlights of Angkor. Next, you’ll visit Preah Khan or 'Sacred Sword', built by King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century. Sister temple to Ta Prohm, the cruciform corridors here are impressive and there are some wonderful carvings adorning the walls, including the spectacular hall of dancers. Look out for the curious two-storey structure that is almost Grecian in inspiration. This is one of the few temples originally dedicated to Buddhism and Hinduism. The original eastern entrance was for Mahayana Buddhists, while the other cardinal points represented the Hindu trinity of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. You’ll then visit Ta Keo King Suryavarman I commissioned this temple in the 10th Century, but it was never completed so has no elaborate decoration like its contemporaries. It is a pyramid on 5 levels and is dedicated to Shiva. Some scholars contend this was due to an inauspicious lightning strike during construction. Others have suggested the high quality sandstone was simply too hard to carve in detail. Next, you’ll visit as well Neak Pean a fountain built in the middle of a pool and the temple of Ta Som.

 

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

 

After lunch, you’ll continue your temple tour of the Small Circuit. Visit Banteay Kdei this temple was the first great Buddhist monastery in Cambodia, constructed by Jayavarman VII during the 12th and 13th centuries. Its system of galleries and vestibules that were added after the construction of the main towers makes it look like a cloister. It was built in sandstone, which has deteriorated quite badly. However, there remain some very beautiful lintels and pediments. Although it is in a ruinous state. Next, you’ll visit the unique interior brick sculptures Prasat Kravan, the Srah Srang reservoir (known as "The Royal Baths" was once used for ritual bathing), 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 until sunset. Transfer back to your hotel.

 

 

Inclusive of: 

• Private transportation by modern air-conditioned vehicle – Toyota, Honda or Ford

• Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary including entrance fees

• Lunch at a local restaurant

• Professional English Speaking guide

• 02 bottles of mineral water per person

VAT and all taxes and service charge.

 

Exclusive of:

Drinks, meals and any other incidental expenses not mention above.

Personal, travel and health insurance

 

 

Price

 

1 pax

2 pax

3 – 4 pax

5 – 6 pax

   > 6 pax

12 years and  older

$ 125/pax

$ 83/pax

$ 78/pax

$ 66/pax

$ 61/pax

Children 7-11

N/A

$ 58/pax

$ 58/pax

$ 46/pax

$ 42/pax

Children 3-6

N/A

$ 32/pax

$ 37/pax

$ 27/pax

$ 23/pax

Children under 3

Free of charge

 

 

For information on this or our other tours please email us at: info@globaltravel-asia.com