Delving into the Giant Lost Temples

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Overview

Let’s get away from the crowds and venture deep into the jungle of Siem Reap through untouched temples, riverbeds carved centuries ago and a remote ancient capital. Angkor off the beaten path!

Highlights

  • A sort of Indiana Jones experience amidst the lush jungle and giant ruins.
  • The Temple of Beng Mealea, lost for centuries in the forests of Siem Reap. 
  • The former Angkor capital of Koh Ker, nowadays also surrounded by the thick jungle.
Delving into the Giant Lost Temples

Day 1 Delving into the Giant Lost Temples

Meals: not included | Accommodation: not included

We will travel to the lost temple of Beng Mealea, the titanic of all temples, a slumbering giant lost for centuries in the forests of Cambodia. It is the most accessible of Angkor’s lost temples, a mirror image of Angkor Wat, but utterly consumed by the voracious appetite of nature. Constructed by Suryavarman II (1113-1150), the builder of Angkor Wat, the forest has run riot here and it is hard to get a sense of the monument’s shape amid the daunting ruins.

Here it is possible to enjoy a sort of Indiana Jones experience among the vast ruins. For those who prefer a more gentle adventure, there is also a sturdy wooden walkway running right into the heart of the temple. It is also possible to visit a nearby Angkor-era quarry from where stone was cut to build these massive monuments.

Afterwards we will head into the bush to the remote Angkor capital of Koh Ker. The history of Cambodia is riven with dynastic spats and political intrigue and one of the most memorable came in the 10th century when Jayavarman IV (928-942) fell out with his family, stormed off to the northwest and established the rival capital of Koh Ker. Although it was capital only for 15 years, Jayavarman IV was determined to legitimise his rule through a prolific building programme that left a legacy of 30 major temples and some gargantuan sculpture that is on display in the National Museum in Phnom Penh.

We will also visit Prasat Thom, a seven-storey step pyramid, more Mayan than Khmer, which has commanding views over the surrounding forest. Nearby is Prasat Krahom or Red Temple, named after the pinkish Banteay Srei-style stone from which it is built. There are many more temples in the area, including the five towers of Prasat Ling, each enclosing a giant linga or fertility symbol, the biggest and best found in situ anywhere in Cambodia.
 

Price per person based on group tour

Group Size Price per Person
2 pax 146 USD
3 - 5 pax 124 USD
6 - 8 pax 92 USD
 

* Prices valid until 1st October 2019.

* Would you like to adapt the itinerary, accommodation or any activity as per your needs and preferences? Then just get in touch with us with your comments at info@handspan.com.

* Special prices for larger groups and for children and the possibility to connect the trip with other stages of your trip around Indochina by contacting us. 

* A private trip for a solo traveller is also available with a surcharge.

Included

  • Transport with experienced driver.
  • The services of an experienced English speaking guide.
  • Activities and admission fees to indicated sights as stated.
  • VAT and other taxes.

Not included

  • Flights and visas.
  • Personal travel Insurance.
  • Beverages, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Supplements on peak season.
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