Day 11 - 13: Cambodia
Day 11: Luang Prabang - Siem Reap, Cambodia
Flight time 1.00 hours
For the "early birds" among you, the last Tai Chi session is at 6.30 am on the deck. After breakfast, you will return to Hanoi for your flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia.
In the heart of Cambodia, north of the Tonle Sap Lake, lies the green provincial town of Siem Reap. Siem Reap stands for "Defeat of Siam". The town has various influences of French colonial and Chinese architecture. The place is known as a gateway for the world famous temples of Angkor Wat and Wat Bo temple in Siem Reap itself. The latter has beautiful, well-preserved frescoes on the life of Buddha.
The luxurious Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor is a luxury hotel and authentic Cambodian retreat located on the banks of the famous river. The hotel boasts an enviable position on the river moments away from the mystifying temple complexes. Traditionally-designed suites spread out among lush flora. Retreat to the salt-water pool, or indulge at Kong Kea Spa. After a day of adventure, this hotel is the perfect welcome home.
Day 9 Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom
Today you visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an eight-metre high wall that forms a perfect square.
You will visit the Bayon Temple with its 54 towers, each representing a province of the Khmer empire. This jungle-covered complex is already impressive to see in pictures, but in reality it is even more stunning. It appears as though the trees are trying to smother the construction with their roots that twist and turn around the temple.
In the afternoon you will explore the famous Angkor Wat Temple, built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. Inside the temple, the walls are covered in stone carvings and bas-reliefs from Hindu mythology.