Venture away from the core of Angkor and explore the wonders of the 10th century Bantey Srei temple, exquisite in its pink sandstone and aptly labeled the “Lady Temple”. Take a short trek amidst picturesque jungle to enjoy the marvel of Kbal Spean. the underwater sculptures and a waterfall guaranteed to cleanse your spirit. Sense the lightness and beauty of the Butterfly Centre, where you will enjoy countless varieties of butterflies, or visit the Land Mine museum. Then visit the ancient university Prah Khan and the nearby temples.
Angkor Adventure Tour
Tour Cost $90 U.S. for 2 people, extra person $20 U.S. extra charge.
Length of visiting: full day from 7am to 4:30pm. Sunrise or sunset is a $10 extra charge.
After breakfast, ride about 90 minutes by tuk tuk or 45 minutes by car to reach Kbal Spean and hike 45 minutes through the forest to reach the “River of a Thousand Lingas” (11th to 13th century). The carved Lingas are symbols of fertility and attributes of the Hindu God Shiva. They were for two centuries chiselled into the rocky riverbed to ensure the water passing over them be charged with spiritual energy and fertilize the rice fields and lowland plains. This is one of the most striking proofs of the importance of water in Khmer civilisation. On the way back, ride through the scenic countryside to the Shiva temple of Bantey Srei, “the Citadel of Women” (late 10th century, by Rajendravarman). This unique small delicate pink sandstone temple is considered a true crown jewel of classical Khmer art, due to its very delicate carvings which cover almost its entire surface. (Approximately a 1-hour visit).
Lunch at the local restaurant nearby.
In the afternoon, visit Land Mine Museum or Butterfly Center, then stop at a palm village to see how the local people make palm sugar. Then continue to visit East Mebon temple, which was an island temple in the middle of a colossal baray (reservoir). and then visit Ta Som temple, Neak Pean temple, and Prah Khan temple built by king Jayaraman VII. This full-day tour with your personal tour guide will make sure you get the most out of your day.