Rise and shine for an early breakfast this morning before heading out to the temple complex for a full day of sightseeing. After meeting your guide this morning proceed to the Angkor Wat Temple complex. This 400 square kilometer (nearly 99,000 acres) World Heritage site is replete with temples to both Hindu and Buddhist deities. NB: All visitors to Angkor Wat must queue at the check-point for a photograph.
Your first stop will be the city of Angkor Thom - a fortified Royal City built by King Jayavarman VII who ruled from 1181 to 1201. The city has five monumental gates and is encircled by a moat 100 meters wide (over 100 yards). In the center of the walled city are the city's most important monuments, including the Bayon Temple. It is a place of narrow corridors, steep flights of stairs and an amazing collection of towers decorated with more than 200 smiling faces.
As you continue through the site, your guide points out the mysterious Terrace of the Leper King, and the Terrace of the Elephants. Stop for lunch for a unique cultural and culinary experience at a private, traditional Cambodian wooden house. Your meal will be served on the first floor terrace of the home and be prepared by Mrs Ki and her family, who will be cooking using local and seasonal ingredients cultivated by the family or local market.
This afternoon spend several hours at Angkor Wat. Dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu in the 12th-century, the temple of Angkor Wat is world famous for its beauty and splendor. It features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world running along the outer gallery wall. A climb to the top, for those who can do it, is well worth it but remember that you must also climb down!
This evening enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Overnight at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra - Siem Reap