Visit the antique capital of Angkor Thom: Visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the Hindu epic of The Churning of the Ocean of Milk), Bayon temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with 216 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Elephants Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and Ta Prohm, a beautiful jungle temple that has been left relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Visit the most famous and grandest of all the temples in Angkor Archeological Park: Angkor Wat.
The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Forbidden city in China. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat five towers symbolize Meru five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the universe and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond.
Transfer back to Siem Reap.
Angkor Complex, Siem Reap
The sprawling megalithic complex of Angkor is no longer Asia’s best kept secret. Hidden for centuries by jungles, Cambodia’s ancient treasures and far-flung temples are at last emerging. More and more visitors are being lured to explore these mysterious temples and the rich and proud civilization that lived in them.
Millions arrive every year to look for gods, demons and dancing asparas hidden among jungle vines or tumbled masonry, and the numbers are expected to grow.