The river of 1000 Lingas and the Citadel of the Women tour 1Day - Full Day

Banteay Srei, Kbal Spean, Phnom Kulen, Landmine museum, Banteay Samre

  • Duration Full Day
  • Experiences Tour Guide English
  • Instant Confirmation
  • No Deposit Required
  • Free Cancellation 48Hour before start
  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
We will take you at your hotel and drive 37 km north of the main group of temples, through the countryside, to the magnificent Banteay Srei temple – the Citadel of women - beautifull temple day tour. This Hindu temple, dating back to the 10th century, has three central towers each decorated with superbly intricate reliefs of male and female divinities, carved from pink sandstone contrasting with the main walls made of laterite. While many of Angkor temples are impressive because of their sheer size, Banteay Srei stands out by the quality of craftsmanship. Afterwards, we will drive to Phnom Kbal Spean, a dozen of kilometres north. After a 30 mins walk in the forest, we will arrive at Sahasralina, the River of a Thousand Lingas. The remarkable 11th-century riverbed rock carvings display a gallery of gods and celestial beings including Vishnu reclining on the serpent Anata, Shiva, Brahma, Lakshmi, Rama and Hanuman.
Then, we will drive to the Phnom Kulen (Lychee Mountain), a sandstone plateau considered sacred by the Khmers. This place is widely regarded as the birth place of the ancient Khmer Empire. Our vehicle will bring us by a steep dirt road near the top of the mountain, on the way up you will be able to admire a dramatic scenery. There, you will see the ancient sculptures on the riverbed by crossing the bridge, then a stair will take you to a pagoda nestled between large rocks where you will see the biggest reclining Buddha of the country, carved in the rock. Enjoy the view of the countryside from there. The hike will continue towards the 30 meters high waterfalls where you will have a picnic lunch. This is a very popular place for Khmer people to come and enjoy their weekend with a picnic. More carvings stand in the riverbed above the waterfall. After a good and refreshing swim with the locals, (don’t forget your swimsuits).
On the way back, we will stop at the Cambodian Landmine museum and Rehabilitation Centre which promotes mine awareness and education for both tourists and Cambodian people. The museum display a large collection of guns, rifles, rockets launchers, pistols, mortars, grenades, CS gas canisters, bombs, bullets and a 225kg bomb from a US warplane, all recovered from Cambodia countryside. Mr. Aki Ra, the founder of the museum, worked as a de-miner when he decided to exhibit his collection of shell casings and decommissioned mines in 1998. Today, the museum serves also as a rescue center for a number of landmine amputee children that Aki Ra had brought off Phnom Penh’s streets or from extremely impoverished rural communities. In addition of the exhibition building, the museum includes a school and dormitories for amputee children and staff.
Then we will visit Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complex at Angkor, restored with the method of the anastylosis. Built under the reign of Suryavarman II during the mid 12th century, its unique feature is the interior moat covered with a laterite paving. Not very touristic, you should appreciate its peaceful atmosphere.
We will come back to Siem Reap at about 6 o’clock and bring you back at your hotel. End excursion day tour in Siem Reap

                                             

Price of Tour Includes:

  • Entrance fees and sightseeing tours by private aircon vehicles
  • An experienced English-speaking local guide
  • 1-day Angkor pass
  • Entrance fee to Phnom Kulen
  • Donation to Landmine Museum
  • 1 liter of drinking water per person

NOT Included in Tour Price:

  • Personal travel insurance (compulsory!)
  • Other Meals
  • Expenditure of a personal nature
  • Drinks & tips

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