Get on a tuk-tuk this morning and we head to Preah Khan Temple, located in the northern end of Angkor. Dating back to 1191, this temple is built up by Jayavarman VII in honour of his father, for the purposes of being both a city and a place for Buddhism studies. Neak Pean, erected in the same era, also known as Entwined Nagas, is the only island temple of Angkor. Four smaller basins, presenting the image of the four great rivers flowing from the earth’s four cardinal points, link and meet together at the large central basin. You will also see the superb statute of Balaha, one of the most interesting features of this site, speaking for the legendary saviour of shipwrecked boats. Angkor will be still many things to explore as we go further south. Built up from the 12th century and during the reign of Suryavarman II, the two spectacular temples of Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda will be our next interesting destinations to visit. They are prominent for their very beautiful sculptured images honouring Shiva and Vishnu.
After lunch (your expense) and relaxation, continue our trip by visiting the Great City of Angkor Thom. Your afternoon begins with the south gate and the famous Bayon temple. Dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries, the Bayon is dedicated to Buddhism and composed of 216 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara on 54 gigantic towers. Afterwards, pay visits to the Terrace of the Elephants. In the past, it was served as a base for the king’s grand audience hall and used as a gigantic reviewing stand in occasion of public ceremonies. Then come explore the Terrace of Leper King, dating back the 12th century, on which many beautiful Apsaras was sculptured. Wrap up your day with a visit Theam House - an exceptional artist’s workshop and studio at the heart of art and creativity. Theam’s work is interested in transformation of nature, inspired by the Khmer culture and the recovery of Cambodian life after decades sinking in war and silence. The modern creations influenced by Khmer has created some amazing artefacts, such as customized meditation statues, customized elephants having its origin from Kampong Chhnang and triptychs.
Take a break from this interesting meeting to enjoy a cocktail in the lush tropical garden. All meals of day are on your own. Overnight at the hotel.