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Full Day Private Guide Tour to Kbal Spean & Banteay Srei

 

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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Today, meet your personal guide and driver and journey north to the Kbal Spean. The original ‘River of a Thousand Lingas’, Kbal Spean is an intricately carved riverbed deep in the foothills of the Cambodian jungle. The river flows down to the Tonle Sap Lake, and in ancient times its holy waters breathed life into the rice fields of the empire via the most complex irrigation system the world had ever seen. The Khmers venerated its limestone bed with a riot of carvings, including the delicate deities Vishnu and Shiva with their consorts. Lingams are phallic representations sacred to Hindus as fertility symbols and hundreds, perhaps thousands, are carved into the bedrock here. The carvings were only rediscovered in 1969 when French researcher Jean Boulbet was shown the river by a local hermit. A trip to Kbal Spean is one of the easiest ways to experience a short jungle trek in the Angkor area, as it is a steady but scenic climb to reach the river carvings. The path winds its way through knotted vines and big boulder formations and occasionally offers big views over the surrounding jungle. And there is a small waterfall below the carved riverbed, perfect for cooling off after the hot climb.

 

Enjoy our lunch at a local restaurant.

 

After lunch, journey north to visit Banteay Srei. This petite pink temple is the jewel in the crown of Angkor-era sculpture. The elaborate carvings here are the finest found in Cambodia and the name translates as ‘Fortress of the Women', thanks to the intricate detail here, considered too fine for the hands of a man. Originally believed to date from the latter part of the Angkor period, inscriptions at the site suggest it was built by a Brahman in 967. However, some architectural historians have suggested that the inscriptions may date from an earlier structure on this site and the temple is in fact later, marking a high-water mark in Khmer sculpture. Stop at a local village to visit families who are producing palm sugar. Make a short stop at the Land Mine Museum, a rather humble look at the land mine problem, past and present, in Cambodia. Finish your tour with visit Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor due to restoration using the method of “anastylosis”. The name Samre refers to an ethnic group of mountain people, who inhabited the region at the base of Phnom Kulen and were probably related to the Khmers. No inscriptions have been found for this temple, but the style of most of the architecture is of the classic art of the middle period similar to Angkor Wat.  The proportions of Banteay Samre are splendid. A unique feature is an interior moat with laterite paving, which when filled with water must have given an ethereal atmosphere to the temple.

 

 

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

$ 168/pax

$ 106/pax

$ 95/pax

$ 78/pax

$ 73/pax

Children 7-11

N/A

$ 81/pax

$ 75/pax

$ 58/pax

$ 53/pax

Children 3-6

N/A

$ 55/pax

$ 55/pax

$ 39/pax

$ 33/pax

Children under 3

Free of charge

 

 

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