This luxurious Mekong river cruise combines places rarely visited with opulent world heritage sites, exploring the wonders and culture of Vietnam and Cambodia including the ancient walled city of Angkor Thom
, the charming slow-paced border town of Tan Chau, and the lush and green canal network of Cai Be.
Stone face Asura on causeway near South Gate of Angkor Thom
in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
The authority specified that renovation permission was granted 139 times to villagers in Prasat Bakong district, 56 in Angkor Thom
district, 111 in Puok district, 115 in Banteay Srei district and 217 in Siem Reap town.
The main items on our agenda were Angkor Wat and neighboring Angkor Thom
It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it contains remains of the different capitals of Khmer kingdom such as the Angkor Thom
, Bayon Temple, and Ta Prohm.
MULTI-FACETED Clockwise from above, Phnom Penh, boat ride along the Angkor Thom
Moat, elephant's view of Angkor and Ta Prohm
The Luxury trip of Cambodia and Vietnam is starting from Siem Reap where you can explore one of the most famous heritages site in the world the Angkor Complex with the South Gate of Angkor Thom
, the famous Bayon, the great wonders of the world Angkor Wat and a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake.
Lidar data showed a comparable street network at a nearby 12th century temple, Angkor Thom
. Here too, "to our complete surprise, the layout of houses and streets continues beyond the moated confines of the temple," says archaeologist Charles Higham of the University of Otago in New Zealand.
They also captured photos of Siem Reap's Bayon Temple in the ancient city of Angkor Thom
Our first glimpse there was of Angkor Thom
, or "Great City", which at its peak in the late 12th century was the last capital of the Khmer empire.
Missing bas-reliefs of the Kbal Spean site, as well as damaged heads of devas and asuras on the Angkor Thom
gate where the legend of the "Churning of the Ocean of Milk" is depicted, have been painstakingly restored by skilled Artisans craftspeople working together with archaeologists, historians, engineers and government agencies.
Before saying goodbye to Cambodia and my new companions, we head off one last time to cycle the hidden trails of Angkor and visit some of its best-kept secrets, along with the notable sites of the Bayon, Ta Prohm and Angkor Thom