Early - Angkor Wat Sunrise and Exploration
(4.45 AM – 8.30 AM)
A sunrise tour starts at predawn to witness the breathtaking view of the tropical sun emerging from behind the iconic lotus towers of Angkor Wat. Constructed over a period of 30 years during the reign of King Suryavarman II [AD1113], by some measures it is the largest religious complex in the world. Originally a Hindu mountain temple aligned to the spring equinox, around the C16th it was converted to a Theravada Buddhist monument, a capacity in which it continues today.
Explore the well preserved central complex and detailed bas-reliefs depicting scenes from Hindu mythologies and battles of the ancient empire. The beauty in balance and composition, combined with its sheer vast scale ensure Angkor Wat’s place as the crowning achievement in Khmer art and architecture. This is truly one of travel’s remaining great adventures.
Return to your hotel for a late breakfast.
Optional - Behind the Scenes of Angkor
(~ 1 hour 30 minutes)
We invite you to go behind-the–scenes of Angkor with the German Apsara Conservation Project (GACP) which offers the exclusive opportunity to learn of ongoing conservation work and meet the conservation team at sites currently being worked on, often closed off to the general public.
Sites visited will vary depending on their project work at the time, but guests have previously had the priv ilege to scale the scaffolding of Angkor Wat and sit alongside the team at Prasat Kravan, entering the closed-off sections of the temple to see their work and learn about the techniques and challenges to their role first hand.
Daily operation except Saturday and Sunday.
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