After breakfast at the hotel, you will transfer to Phnom Penh Airport for departure to Siem Reap. Upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Next, you’ll visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th Century), where you will see numerous amazing sites, including: the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the Ocean of Milk), Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
In the afternoon, you’ll visit the most famous of all the temples on the Angkor plain: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th Century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classic Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks, the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat symbolizes the ocean beyond.
You will then watch sunset from Phnom Bakheng (one of two hills dominating the plain of Angkor) from where you will have a spectacular view of West Baray and Angkor Wat, before an overnight stay in Siem Reap.