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Thailand

Angkor Wat Extension

Destinations

  • Angkor Wat
  • Ankor Thom
  • Banteay Srey
  • Ta Prohm
  • Bayon

Highlights

  • Cambodian Cultural Show
  • Temple Tour; Angkor Wat, Ankor Thom, Bayon and Banteay Srey
  • Psah Ja Market Exploration

Itinerary at a Glance

  • DAY 1 Bangkok-Siem Reap-Ankor Thom
  • DAY 2 Banteay Srey-Ta Prohm-Angkor Wat-Cultural Show
  • DAY 3 Preah Khan-Neak Pean-East Mebon-Artisan-Psah Ja-Bangkok

Angkor Wat Extension

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1 Bangkok - Siem Reap - Bakon - Angkor Thom - Bayon

Early morning flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap. Meet our guide at the airport, then visit Bakong, the most impressive member of the Rolous Group sitting at the center of the first Khmer capital, Hariharalaya. Bakong is an example of the temple mountain architectural formula on a grand scale, and set the architectural tone for the next 40 years.

After lunch, visit Angkor Thom, some 10sq km in size, which was built by Angkor's greatest King Jayavarman VI (who ruled from 1181-1201). Located at Baphuon, Angkor Thom is enclosed by a square wall 8m high, 12km in length, and encircled by a moat 100m wide, said to have been inhabited by fierce crocodiles. The city has five monumental gates, one each in the north, west and south walls and two in the east wall. In front of each gate stand giant statues of 54 gods (to the left of the causeway) and 54 demons (to the right of the causeway), a motif taken from the story of the Churning of the Ocean of Milk illustrated in the famous bas-relief at Angkor Wat. In the center of the walled enclosure are the city's most important monuments, including the Bayon, the Baphuon, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas and the Terrace of Elephants.

Bayon, the Bayon takes an easy second places after Angkor Wat.  The smile of  the four-faced Bayon has become a world-recognized  symbol of Cambodia. The towering faces, reaching up to four meters in height, adorn the Bayon Temple at the exact center of Angkor Thom in Siem Reap. As many as 216 faces on the 54 remaining towers each represented one province of Khmer empire in the ancient time. 

Have dinner at a local restaurant, then check in to your hotel. Overnight at Apsara Angkor Hotel or similar.

DAY 2 Banteay Srey - Pre Rup - Ta Prohm - Angkor Wat 

Banteay Srey, which loosely translates to citadel of the woman, but this is a modern appellation that probably refers to the delicate beauty of the carvings.  Banteay Srey Displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art. The walls are densely covered with some of the most beautiful, deep and intricate carvings of any Angkorian temple. The temple’s relatively small size, pink sandstone construction and ornate design give it a fairyland ambiance.                                

Pre Rup, an architecturally and artistically superior temple-mountain.  Beautifully carved false doors on upper level, as well as an excellent view of the surrounding countryside. 

Ta Prohm, of similar design to the later Jayavarman VII temples of Preah Khan and Banteay Kdei, this quiet, sprawling monastic complex is only partially cleared of jungle over growth. Intentionally left partially undestroyed by archaeologists, massive fig and silk-cotton trees grow from the towers and corridors. Flocks of noisy parrots flit from tree to tree adding to the jungle atmosphere. Ta Prohm is well worth an extended exploration of its dark corridors and open plazas. This temple was one of Jayavarman VII’s first major temple projects and was dedicated to his mother. Ta Prohm was originally constructed as a Buddhist monastery and was enormously wealthy in its time, boasting of the control of over 3000 villages, with thousands of support staff and vast stores of jewels and gold. 

Angkor Wat is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking. It is a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five beehive-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level.  Angkor Wat is the centerpiece of any visit to the temples of Angkor.

In the evening, enjoy dinner with a cultural show at a local restaurant. Overnight at Apsara Angkor War or similar.

DAY 3 Preah Khan - Neak Pean - East Mebon - Psah Ja Market - Siem Reap - Bangkok

Preah Khan,  a huge, highly explicable monastic complex, full of carvings. It originally served as a Buddhist monastery and school, engaging over 1,000 monks for a short period. It was also the residence of King Jayavaman VII during the reconstruction of his permanent home in Angkor Thom. Preah Khan is dedicated to his father. The Buddha Image were vandalized in the later Hindu resurgence.

Neak Pean, means “coiled serpents’ from the uncoiled Nagas that encircle the temple. The temple is faced by a statue of a horse, Balaha, saving drowning sailors. Neak Pean may have served an absolution function and the waters were thought to have healing properties.

East Mebon, This temple was dedicated in 953, approximately 50 years after construction of the Baray. The Baray has since dried up, giving the temple an impression of greater height which has led some to confuse it with the temple mountains which were the kingdom's state temples. The temple consists of three tiers and is in the Pre Rup style. Visit Les Artisans ‘d Angkor Chantiers Ecoles to observe students learning traditional wood and stone carving and finishing techniques, styles and forms. Of special interest is the traditional polychrome finishing technique that is being practiced at the school. Polychrome imparts a unique patina to stone and wood pieces. Free tours of the school. Souvenir shop featuring carvings produced at Chantier Ecoles and high quality silks from the Angkor Silk Farm

Psah Ja market, the old market is on the riverside of Siem Reap and next to Ta Prohm Hotel.  It is the primary place to purchase reading materials, food, fresh, vegetables, fish and fruits.  Vendors on the riverside of the market offer guide-books, histories and picture-books.  The market opens in early morning around 8.00 am. Selling fresh fruit, noodle soup, fruit shakes, rice, meat, and dried fish that are very popular in Siem Reap.

Late afternoon return flight from Seam Reap to Bangkok.

Wild Planet Adventures' Ankor Wat Extension package includes:

  • - All transfers and transportation
  • - English speaking guide
  • - Entrance fees
  • - Meals as outlined in final itinerary
  • - Hotel based on twin sharing
  • - Return flights from Bangkok to Siem Reap if needed (for an additional charge)
 

Thailand Lodging

Our Angkor Wat Extension features the following hotels. Note that upgrade options are available, please contact us for more details.

SIEM REAP

Apsara Angkor Hotel

Apsara Angkor Resort is built in the styles of Khmer & Colonial Architecture and decorated like the home of the Khmers. It offers the unique charm of bygone Angkorian era, which is complemented with luxurious conveniences that have all the comforts of a home away from home.

Ree Hotel

With elegant and luxurious guest rooms and suites in a beautiful setting, and high-end service and facilities, Ree Hotel Siem Reap encapsulates the opulent yet accessible top-end accommodation that today's discerning international clientele expects - explore the unforgettable ancient ruins of Angkor from this refined haven.

 

Thailand Activities

At a Glance

Not to be missed!  Add on a few extra days to your Thailand and explore one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia with Wild Planet's Angkor Wat Temple Tour.

Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, including the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations.  

  • Visits to temple sites like Bakong, Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, the Bayon and many more.
  • Visit Les Artisans, d Angkor Chantiers Ecoles where visitors can observe students learning traditional wood and stone carving and finishing techniques, styles and forms. 
  • Explore and shop at the Psah Ja and Angkor Night Markets.
  • Enjoy local food and dance performances.
 

Thailand Wildlife

Likely Sightings

Wild Planet's wildlife eco-tours are designed for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. All our eco-adventures are specially designed for maximum wildlife viewing. We take care to seek out wildlife that is rare, off the beaten path, and in greater numbers than you will see on conventional tours.

Our expert naturalist guides will educate you in the field so your experience is intimate and unparalleled. Still, wildlife viewing can unpredictable and requires patience and sensory awareness. 

*Please note the Angkor Wat Extension is a cultural extension

 

Thailand Guides

Angkor Wat Guides

Your guide is your gateway to the world of the tropics; you'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll learn things. Wild Planet Adventures' guides are naturalists, biologists or leaders in their field. As wildlife specialists, we know that your guide is the difference between a good trip and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Our guides have been specially chosen both for their personality and interpersonal skills as well as their extensive naturalist knowledge and exceptional abilities to spot wildlife.

 

Thailand FAQ

Thailand Facts for Visitors

Government

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the longest reigning monarch in the world, having celebrated his 67th year of reign in 2013. He and the rest of the Royal Family are greatly revered by the Thai people.

Religion

Thailand is one of the most strongly Buddhist countries in the world with more than 90% of Thais practicing Theravada Buddhism. There are many other faiths in Thailand, all of which are allowed full freedom of expression. The temple (wat) is very important in Thai society and is the heart of social and religious life. Monks are highly revered.

Population

Thailand has a growing population of about 55 million and 10% is flooded in the capital of Bangkok. It is basically an agricultural country and about 75% of the people work in the fields. Those living near the coastal zones are engaged in commercial fishing and marine farming from fish and prawns to oysters. The other 25% work in the cities. Assimilation of other races from Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam in the early past was inevitable, being sandwiched in the middle of these countries. It is the tolerant nature of the Thais, which largely account for the large groups from neighboring countries who have now become Thai citizens. Besides its neighbors early immigrants come from as far as India, China, Malaysia and even European countries. These groups thus account for 20% of the population amongst 80% of ethnic Thais. The ethnic composition is as diverse as Thailand's attractions, especially so among tourist belts and coastal regions. The hill-tribes form a very interesting group in the northern highlands. History links them as far as China and Mongolia and some of them have fair skin and slanted light brown eyes. There are about 400,000 hill tribes living in the north, with their own language and culture - truly an enriching experience when visiting their homesteads. They are the Karen, Lahus, Yao, Akha, Lisu and Meo. The last hill tribes are more exposed to the commercial world and could be seen even in Bangkok and other provinces selling their handicraft. (Handicrafts purchased at their villages have a better chance to be authentic, as duplicates have been manufactured.)

Language

Thai is the official and national language in Thailand used at all levels of administration in government and other commercial offices. However, English is the second language and is widely used in the cities and tourist related industry. Other European languages are used in hotels or restaurants where a particular group is predominant.

Currency

The unit of currency is the Thai baht. 1 baht is divided into 100 satang. At the time of writing there were approximately 30 baht to the dollar. Please check the current exchange rate. Notes are in denominations of 1000 (brown), 500 (purple), 100 (red), 20 (green) and 10 (brown) baht. Coins come as 25 satang, 50 satang, 1 baht, 5 baht and 10 baht. Major currency bills and travelers checks can be cashed easily at hotels, tourist shops, banks and money-changers.

Voltage & Outlets

Electricity can vary by location in Thailand but is usually 220 volts, 50 cycles/sec, with Type A or Type C outlets. You will need to bring a converter for any appliances you plan to use that can't handle the higher voltage. Additionally, you will need a plug adapter that fit the specific plug types mentioned above. Please note that power points installed in bathrooms are meant for shavers only.

Climate

Most places in Thailand are humid and warm as it is in the tropics, except for the highlands in northern regions. As a general guideline, the hot season is from late March to June, rainy months being July to October and February. For Chiang Mai and further north, bring along windbreakers and pullovers as the evening temperatures drop quite a bit.

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