Breakfast at hotel.
You will start your Walking Tour with the discovery of one of the most important works of the Great King of Angkor, Jayavaraman VII. Preah Khan temple, a Buddhist monastic complex named Jayaçri ("Glorious Victory" in sanskrit) was erected in 1191 by Jayavarman VII on the site
of the Victorious Battle in honor of the Victory over the Chams.
The site has served as the State temple and temporary Capital City during the construction of Angkor Thom and the monastery was finished after Jayavarman VII was installed in his new Palace (circa-1190). It is dedicated to Dharanindravarman Varman II, the father of the Builder King who is idealized here in the form of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara.
After a short and peaceful trip in a rowing boat on the Northern Baray, also known as the "Jayatataka" or "Baray Reajeadak" (a 12th century man-made water-reservoir built under King Jayavaraman VII, the Great Khmer Builder King) in an exceptional atmosphere and a unique experience, you will then discover the hydraulic works on board this ancient khmer traditional mean of transport in the historic water reservoir which dried up since the 15th century with the abandonment of Angkor and which has recently been put back into water and use in 2009.
Lunch on own account.
You will then continue your Walking Tour towards the Botanical Garden in the Northern Baray where you can - not only see and understand the nurturing of the many Khmer medicinal plants - but you will also be able to discover the various "scents" of the true forest of Angkor. A crossing on foot from the historical River of Siem Reap "Steung Siem Reap" via a suspension bridge will take you to a hidden in the jungle Canal built under the Khmer Rouge time. The walk will then lead you after a ten minute walk to another Jayavaraman VII‘s temple named Ta Nei. In its overgrown shape, this work succeeds to escape the large number of tourists because of its secluded location. You can admire at leisure the beauty of this Buddhist temple of the 12th century and its bas-reliefs in the peaceful and quiet atmosphere from a bygone era.
The trail of your Walking Tour will then lead you after the short picnic pause, to one of the major and unavoidable Angkor temples, Ta Prohm, one of the most extraordinary works of nature definitely lies here and is concentrated in this very temple where huge trees extend their roots through stones, lifting them, and gradually disrupting the original configuration of this temple. This work, built by the great "Khmer Builder King", is also dedicated to the mother of the King.
You will then take an oxen cart ride towards Sras Srang village where you can see the wood carving workshops and an almost unchanging lifestyle of the Khmer people. Although particularly during the July to December rice planting season, beautiful green sceneries await you and you can also get your hand at the planting, transplanting harvesting or other activities in the rice fields with your new Cambodian friends. Your ox-cart circuit ends at the Royal Basin of Sras Srang, another of the hydraulic works built under King Jayavaraman VII, a nice and peaceful spot where you can contemplate and meditate on your day at sunset.
Then the evening, it’s Show Time! Attend the not-to-be-missed “Phare, the Cambodian Circus (place B)” Show in Siem Reap, Angkor! Reach new heights with the energetic and talented young professional artists of Phare! After successful tours around the world, in Europe, Australia, Japan, the United States, Singapore, the Philippines, to cite some of the countries visited, the famous and talented young Cambodian artists of the Battambang-based Phare Circus School, now daily perform at Siem Reap/Angkor with an even more stunning and unique Show, in the very heart of the Cradle of the Khmer civilization!
Dinner on own account.
Accommodation at hotel.
The Aviary Hotel - 1 night