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04-days Siem Reap-Phnom Penh Cambodia Travel

Cambodia is famous for ancient temples and monuments, especially Angkor complex in Siem Reap. The ruins of the ancient city of Angkor, capital of the Khmer kingdom from A.D. 802 until A.D. 1295, are one of the world's greatest marvels.

Siem Reap, not long ago a quiet, dusty town of rutted roads and dark nights, now supports a host of large five-star hotels and resorts, numerous restaurants, and the kind of goods, services, shops, galleries, and spas that make the little city a new island of luxury in parched western Cambodia.

Phnom Penh is the vibrant bustling capital of Cambodia, situated at the confluence of three rivers: the mighty Mekong, the Bassac and the great Tonle Sap, what was once considered the 'Gem' of Indochina. There is an endless choice of places to stay or dine and a host of possible activities awaiting the visitors. At Angkor National Museum, you can see a room displaying 1,000 Buddhas and an Angkor Wat exhibition with a model of the famed temple. It's a good place to see carvings and statue details up close and with decent explanations on hand. Angkor Thom is a next stop- over. The temple name means "the great city" in Khmer and is famed for its fantastic 45m (148-ft.) central temple, Bayon and nearby Baphuon. The vast area of Angkor Thom, over a mile on one side, is dotted with many temples and features; don't miss the elaborate relieves on the Bayon's first floor gallery or of the Terrace of the Leper King and the Terrace of Elephants. It is worth seeing Angkor Wat - the symbol of Cambodia, the five spires of the main temple of Angkor which are known the world over.

It is also a mistake if you are missing the Bayon which is the very centerpiece of the larger Angkor Thom city, and with its classic carved faces is one of the best loved of the Angkor temples. The Bayon is famous for its huge stone faces, usually set in groups of four around a central prang, or tower, and each face indicating an ordinal direction on the compass. The curious smiling faces are done in deep relief at Bayon, and you'll also find them in different forms at the entrance gates to Angkor Thom, at Ta Prom, and Banteay Kdei. You will have a enjoyable time visiting Ta Prohm. The temple was originally built in 1186 by Jayavarman VII as a monastery dedicated to the king's mother and spiritual teacher. There are 39 towers connected by numerous galleries.

There is also a wide rage of destinations for visitors in Phnom Penh. The gilded Royal Palace rises gracefully above flower-strewn gardens. Here the star attraction is the Silver Pagoda, shimmering with 5,000 silver tiles and sheltering diamond- and crystal-encrusted Buddhas. Angkor sculptures are among the Khmer art treasures at the pavilion-style National Museum, centered on four courtyards. With its bare torture chambers and photographs plastering its walls, Tuol Sleng is an emotional journey into the horrific Khmer Rouge years, as is the nearby Killing Fields and Choeung Ek Memorial. Coming to Cambodia, visitors are able to experience unforgettable time learning about its traditional and cultural values.

 

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