Small Circuit with Ta Prohm
After breakfast, start exploring the Angkor Site with the Small Circuit and the Ta Prohm Temple (mid 12th to early 13th century, Jayavarman VII, enlarged by Indravarman II). This temple is one of the most famous as it is still exactly as it was when abandoned; overgrown by colossal ancient trees and roots. Continue to Banteay Kdei, also largely non restored, Sras Srang (“The pool of ablutions”), Chau Say Thevoda and Thommanon, two smaller temples sometimes presented as twins though you will quickly discover their differences. (Approximately 2 and a half hours visit)
Break and lunch at the hotel (15 min. ride) or lunch at a nearby local restaurant.
In the afternoon explore three temples built during Jayavarman VII (late 12th – early 13th century); walking through the age-old Buddhist School and monastery Preah Khan (“Sacred Sword”). Continue to the small island temple of Neak Pean (“Entwined Nagas”), and then end an enriching day in the remote Ta Som. (Approximately 2 hours visit).
- Early morning departure recommended (before 8h30) to avoid large crowds!
- To contemplate Sunrise, leave around 5h00!
- In the afternoon and to escape the heat, departure around 15h00 is suggested!