Half Day Angkor Thom

With the Bayon as the highlight and a must-see on every Siem Reap trip, the Angkor Thom complex
once was the centre of what used to be the mighty Angkor Kingdom. We dive deeper into
the history and unique construction during this half day exploration.

WHY THIS TOUR?

One often needs to take a break: Angkor’s immense size is mind-blowing and with a cornucopia of temples, pagodas and remnants of what once was one of the largest cities in the world (according to the records, more than one million people lived in the great Angkor Kingdom at one time), it is bound to overload you with impressions. Our half day explorations of the famous sights form the perfect base to head out into Angkor before moving on to another highlight, surrounding Siem Reap. The Angkor Thom region is so worth it – with landmarks such as the 200-headed Bayon temple and the opulence that once adorned the Elephant Terrace fits perfectly into a morning or an afternoon trip.

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TRAIL ITINERARY

HALF DAY | ANGKOR THOM

08:00-12:00
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14:00-18:00

Your English speaking guide and professional driver will pick you up from your hotel lobby for this 4-hour venture into UNESCO-protected territory. The trip starts with entering the magnificence of Angkor via the Southern Gate of Angkor Thom, one of the main entrances in the life of the Jayavarman Kings and often visualized on travel magazines with a Cambodia spread. Nothing beats seeing the Bayon (our first stop of the day) for the first time. Erected by Jayavarman VII at the end of XII century, The Bayon (literally “Great City”) is located in the geographical heart of Angkor Thom. The fifty four-tower temple is a quite remarkable sight. Initially the temple seems to be a shapeless mass of grey and brown stone but as one approaches one realizes that each of the towers is in fact carved and there are over two hundred huge enigmatic faces of Avalokitesharva on 54 towers bearing down on you wherever you turn.

A short walk from the Bayon brings you to the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, a monumental plateau where once King Jayavarman VII resided. On the site itself, we make a visit and learn about the intricate history, vividly told by your guide, about the Baphuon and Phimeanakas within the Royal Enclosure. As this still is considered a Royal Site, an appropriate dress code is compulsory to enter. The whole complex of Angkor Thom is within easy walking distance of each other, allowing you to soak in the atmosphere of the once mighty Kingdom and the lush nature that enshrines these statures of immense Khmer importance.

At the end of touring the Angkor Thom, it is time to head back to your hotel in Siem Reap before moving on in exploring the next part of Siem Reap.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by car / mini-van / coach with professional driver.
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description. This includes a one-day pass to the Angkor temples
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • One bottle of drinking water and refreshing towels during the day

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • Some of the Angkor sights temples and palaces (during this half day – the Baphuon) uphold a very strict dress code: it is essential that you dress appropriately during this excursion by wearing clothes that cover shoulders and fall below the knees.
  • Customers wearing shirts with obscene and disrespectful prints and pictures and brightly-colored clothing may be refused entrance.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package.
  • Any changes in accommodation outside 48 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 48 hours may be on request.
  • To avoid any issues pertaining obtaining an arrival visa at the airport, please ensure that your passport contains at least two empty pages. Failure to do so may result in not gaining entrance into the Kingdom of Cambodia.

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