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History of Angkor

 

 

Angkor’ literally means ‘Capital City’ or ‘Holy City’. ‘Khmer’ refers to the dominant ethnic group in modern and ancient Cambodia. In its modern usage, ‘Angkor’ has come to refer to the capital city of the Khmer Empire that existed in the area of Cambodia between the 9th and 12th centuries CE, as well as to the empire itself. The temple ruins in the area of Siem Reap are the remnants of the Angkorian capitals, and represent the pinnacle of the ancient Khmer architecture, art and civilization.

At its height, the Age of Angkor was a time when the capital area contained more than a million people, when Khmer kings constructed vast waterworks and grand temples, and when Angkor’s military, economic and cultural dominance held sway over the area of modern Cambodia, and much of Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.

The First Century: Indianisation

Southeast Asia has been inhabited since the Neolithic era, but the seeds of Angkorian civilization were sown in the 1st century CE. At the turn of the millennium, Southeast Asia was becoming a hub in a vast
commercial trading network that stretched from the Mediterranean to China. Indian and Chinese traders began arriving in the region in greater numbers,
exposing the indigenous people to their cultures, though it was Indian culture that took hold, perhaps through the efforts of Brahman priests. Indian culture, religion (Hinduism and Buddhism), law, political theory, science and writing spread through the region over a period of several centuries, gradually being adopted by existing states and giving rise to new Indianised princedoms.

Funan and Chendla: Pre-Angkor and before

Though the newly Indianised princely states sometimes encompassed large areas, they were often no larger than a single fortified city. They warred among themselves, coalescing over time into a shifting set of larger states. According to 3rd century Chinese chronicles, one of China’s principal trading partners and a dominant power in the region was the Indianised state of Funan centered in today’s southern Vietnam and Cambodia. There is evidence that the Funanese spoke Mon-Khmer, strongly indicating a connection to later Angkorian and Cambodian civilization.

Funan was predominate over its smaller neighboring states, including the state of Chendla in northern Cambodia. Over the later half of the 6th century, Funan began to decline, losing its western territories. Chendla, already in the ascendant, conquered the Khmer sections of western Funan, while the Mon people won the extreme western section of Funan in present day Thailand. Later, Chendla seems to have gone on to conquer the remainder of Funan, signaling the beginning of the ‘pre-Angkorian’ period. Chendla flourished but for a short time. The third and last king of a unified Chendla, Isanavarman I, constructed the pre-Angkorian temples of Sambor Prei Kuk near modern Kampong Thom city. (If you come to Siem Reap from Phnom Penh by road, you will pass through Kampong Thom. With a few spare hours, it is possible to make a side trip to these pre-Angkorian ruins).

Under Isanavarman I’s successor, Chendla disintegrated into smaller warring states. It was briefly reunited under Jayavarman I in the mid-7th century, only to fall apart again after his death. On traditional accounts, Chendla finally broke into two rival states or alliances, ‘Land Chendla’ in northern Cambodia/southern Laos, and ‘Water Chendla’ centered further south in Kampong Thom.

802CE: The Beginning

Jayavarman II was the first king of the Angkorian era, though his origins are recorded in history that borders on legend. He is reputed to have been a Khmer prince, returned to Cambodia around 790CE after a lengthy, perhaps forced stay in the royal court in Java. Regardless of his origin, he was a warrior who, upon returning to Cambodia, subdued enough of the competing Khmer states to declare a sovereign and unified ‘Kambuja’ under a single ruler. He made this declaration in 802CE in a ceremony on Kulen Mountain (Phnom Kulen) north of Siem Reap, where he held a ‘god-king’ rite that legitimized his ‘universal kingship’ through the establishment of a royal linga-worshiping cult. The linga-cult would remain central to Angkorian kingship, religion, art and architecture for centuries.

Roluos: The ‘First’ Capital

After 802CE, Jayavarman II continued to pacify rebellious areas and enlarge his kingdom. Before 802CE, he had briefly based himself at a pre-Angkorian settlement near the modern town of Roluos (13km southeast of Siem Reap). For some reason, perhaps due to military considerations, he moved from the Roluos area to the Kulen Mountains. Some- time after establishing his kingship in 802CE, he moved the capital back to the Roluos area, which he named Hariharalaya in honor of the combined god of Shiva and Vishnu. He reigned from Hariharalaya until his death in 850CE.

Thirty years after Jayavarman II’s death, King Indravarman III constructed the temple of Preah Ko, the first major member of the ‘Roluos Group’, in honor of Jayavarman II. He then constructed Bakong, which was the first grand project to follow the temple-mountain architectural formula. When visiting these temples, note the deep, rich, detailed artistic style in the carvings that were characteristic of the period.

Indravarman III also built the first large baray (water reservoir), thereby establishing two more defining marks of the Angkorian kingship - in addition to the linga-cult, the construction of temple monuments and grand water projects became part of kingly tradition.

The Capital Moves to Angkor

Indravarman III’s son, Yasovarman I, carried on the tradition of his father, building the East Baray as well as the last major temple of the Roluos Group (Lolei), and the first major temple in the Angkor area (Phnom Bakheng). Upon completing Phnom Bakheng in 893CE, he moved his capital to the newly named Yasodharapura in the Angkor area. The move may have been sparked by Yasovarman I’s violent confrontation with his brother for the throne, which left the Royal Palace at Roluos in ashes. With one exception, the capital would reside in the Angkor area for the next 500 years.

Koh Ker: A Brief Interruption

The exception took place in 928CE when, for reasons that remain unclear, there was a disruption in the royal succession. King Jayavarman IV moved the capital 100km from Angkor north to Koh Ker, where it remained for 20 years. When the capital returned to Angkor, it centered not at Phnom Bakheng as it had before, but further east at the new state-temple of Pre Rup (961CE).


Apogee: The Khmer Empire at Angkor

An era of territorial, political and commercial expansion followed the return to Angkor. Royal courts flourished and constructed several major monuments including Ta Keo, Banteay Srey, Baphuon, and West Baray. Kings of the period exercised their military muscle, including King Rajendravarman who led successful campaigns against the eastern enemy of Champa in the mid 10th century. Just after the turn of the millennium, there was a 9-year period of political upheaval that ended when King Suryavarman I seized firm control in 1010CE. In the following decades, he led the Khmer to many important military victories including conquering the Mon Empire to the west (capturing much of the area of modern Thailand), thereby bringing the entire western portion of old Funan under Khmer control. A century later, King Suryavarman II led several successful campaigns against the Khmer’s traditional eastern enemy, Champa, in central and southern Vietnam.

Under Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, the empire was at its political/territorial apex. Appropriate to the greatness of the times, Suryavarman II produced Angkor’s most spectacular architectural creation, Angkor Wat, as well as other monuments such as Thommanon, Banteay Samre and Beng Melea. Angkor Wat was constructed as Suryavarman II’s state-temple and perhaps as his funerary temple. Extensive battle scenes from his campaigns against Champa are recorded in the superb bas-reliefs on the south wall of Angkor Wat.

By the late 12th century, rebellious states in the provinces, unsuccessful campaigns against the Vietnamese Tonkin, and internal conflicts all began to weaken the empire. In 1165, during a turbulent period when Khmer and Cham princes plotted and fought both together and against one another, a usurper named Tribhuvanadityavarman seized power at Angkor.

In 1177 the usurper was killed in one of the worst defeats suffered by the Khmers at the hands of the Cham. Champa, apparently in collusion with some Khmer factions, launched a sneak naval attack on Angkor. A Cham fleet sailed up the Tonle Sap River onto the great Tonle Sap Lake just south of the capital city. Naval and land battles ensued in which the city was assaulted, burned and occupied by the Cham. The south wall of Bayon displays bas-reliefs of a naval battle, but it is unclear whether it is a depiction of the battle of 1177 or some later battle.

Jayavarman VII: The Monument Builder

The Cham controlled Angkor for four years until the legendary Jayavarman VII mounted a series of counter attacks over a period of years. He drove the Cham from Cambodia in 1181. After the Cham defeat, Jayavarman VII was declared king. He broke with almost 400 years of tradition and made Mahayana Buddhism the state religion, and immediately began Angkor’s most prolific period of monument building.

Jayavarman VII’s building campaign was unprecedented and took place at a frenetic pace. Hundreds of monuments were constructed in less than a 40-year period. Jayavarman VII’s works included Bayon with its famous giant faces, his capital city of Angkor Thom, the temples of Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei and Preah Khan, and hundreds of others. The monuments of this period, though myriad and grand, are often architecturally confused and artistically inferior to earlier periods, seemingly due in part to the haste with which they were rendered.

After a couple of days at the temples, you should begin to recognize the distinctive Bayon-style of Jayavarman VII’s monuments. Note the giant stone faces, the cruder carving techniques, simpler lintel carvings with little or no flourish, the Buddhist themes to the carvings and the accompanying vandalism of the Buddhas that occurred in a later period.

At the same time as his building campaign, Jayavarman VII also led an aggressive military struggle against Champa. In 1190 he captured the Cham king and brought him to Angkor. In 1203 he annexed all of Champa, thereby expanding the Khmer Empire to the eastern shores of southern Vietnam. Through other military adventures he extended the borders of the empire in all directions.

Jayavarman VII’s prodigious building campaign also represents the finale of the Khmer empire as no further grand monuments were constructed after his death in 1220. Construction on some monuments, notably Bayon, stopped short of completion, probably coinciding with Jayavarman VII’s death. His successor, Indravarman II continued construction on some Jayavarman VII monuments with limited success.

The End of an Era

Though the monument building had come to a halt, the capital remained active for years. Chinese emissary Zhou Daguan (Chou Ta-Kuan) visited Angkor in the late 13th century and describes a vibrant city in his classic, ‘Customs of Cambodia’.

Hinduism made a comeback under Jayavarman VIII in the late 13th century during which most of Angkor’s Buddhist monuments were systematically defaced. Look for the chipped out Buddha images on almost all of Jayavarman VII’s Buddhist monuments. Literally thousands of Buddha images have been removed in what must have been a huge investment of destructive effort. Interestingly, some Buddha images were crudely altered into Hindu lingas and Bodhisattvas. There are some good examples of altered images at Ta Prohm and Preah Khan.

Jayavarman VIII also constructed the final Brahmanic monument at Angkor - the small tower East Prasat Top in Angkor Thom. After Jayavarman VIII’s death, Buddhism returned to Cambodia but in a different form. Instead of Mahayana Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism took hold and remains the dominant religion in Cambodia to this day.

After the 13th century, Angkor suffered repeated invasions by the Thai from the west, pressuring the Khmer and contributing to the capital being moved from Angkor. After a seven-month siege on Angkor in 1431, King Ponhea Yat moved the capital from Angkor to Phnom Penh in 1432. This move may also have marked a shift from an agrarian-based economy to a trade based economy, in which a river junction location like Phnom Penh rather than the inland area of Angkor would be more advantageous. After the move to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia moved a couple of more times, first to Lovek and then Oudong, before finally settling permanently into Phnom Penh in 1866.

After the capital moved from Angkor, the temples remained active, though their function changed over the years. Angkor Wat was visited several times by western explorers and missionaries between the 16th and 19th century, but it is Henri Mouhot who is popularly credited with the ‘discovery’ of Angkor Wat in 1860. His book, ‘Travels in Siam, Cambodia, Laos and Annam’ is credited with bringing Angkor its first tourist boom.

 

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ANGKOR HIGHLIGHTS
Tour Code:CTC-001
Destination: Angkor Thom (South Gate, Bayon, Baphuon) - Angkor Wat - sunrise in Angkor Wat - Banteay Kdei - Ta Prohm - Preah Khan - Neak Pean - Ta Som - Eastern Mebon - Pre Rup - Tonle Sap Lake Flooded Forest - Floating Village - Artisans d'Angkor
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
This tour covers the absolute "must see" highlights of Angkor on the "small" and "grand" circuit, including a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake. If you don't have more time, this is certainly the best choise. Sunrise in Angkor Wat. Balloon ride (optional). Transportation by REMORK gives this tour more atmosphere (and keeps the prices down).
ANGKOR DISCOVERY
Tour Code:CTC-002
Destination: Angkor Thom (Bayon, Baphuon) - Angkor Wat - sunrise - Banteay Kdei - Ta Prohm - Preah Khan - Neak Pean - Ta Som - Eastern Mebon - Pre Rup - Banteay Srei - Kobal Spean (River of Thousand Lingams) - Tonle Sap Lake Flooded Forest - Floating village.
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
This is our basic tour including the most important temples in Angkor and the Tonle Sap Lake.
ANGKOR EXPLOER
Tour Code:CTC-003
Destination: Roluos Group (Lolei, Preah Ko and Bakong temples) - Angkor Thom - Angkor Wat - sunrise - Banteay Kdei - Ta Prohm - Preah Khan - Neak Pean - Ta Som - Eastern Mebon - Pre Rup - Banteay Srei - Kobal Spean (River of Thousand Lingams) - Tonle Sap Lake Flooded Forest - Floating Village - Koh Ker - Beng Mealea
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
This is a great deal when you really want to go deeper to Angkor's civilization: In addition to our basic program "Angkor Discovery", you also explore the greater Angkor region! We highly recommend this tour as it gives you the complete overview of the Angkorian landscape, including temple areas that have just recently been opened for tourists!
PHNOM PENH-SIEM REAP-PHNOM PENH
Tour Code:CTCPS-001
Destination: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap - Phnom Penh
Duration: 2 DAYS 1 Night
Depart from Capitol Tours Office by air-conditioned bus at 6:30AM from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Arrive Siem Reap 14:00PM, transfer to the hotel or guesthouse. Visit South gate of Angkor Thom - Bayon - the Elephant terrace & the terrace of leper king - Taprom temples - Angkor Wat.Take the bus from Siem Reap going back to Phnom Penh (the departure time can be chosen). Finish tour at Capitol Tour Office in Phnom Penh.
CLASSICAL CAMBODIA & BEACH
Tour Code:CTC-005
Destination: Siem Reap / Angkor - Phnom Penh - Sihanoukville. The complete highlights of Cambodia in a one week package tour: Angkor Temples, capital Phnom Penh and the beach.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
This 8 days tour is an extension of our Cambodia Classic Tour. In addition, you can relax in Cambodia's famous seaside resort Sihanoukville. Many included special extras like lunch in a family's house, traditional massage, Apsara Dance Show & Dinner and much more ... All major Angkor Temples, including Banteay Srei Boat trip to Kampong Phhluk stilt village & flooded forest. Overland trip to the capital Phnom Penh and have a city tour in Phnom Penh. It includes the highlights of beach with fantastic sea views. Extended options can be arranged.
COUNTRY SIDE TOUR
Tour Code:CTC C:01
Destination: Western Baray - ox cart drive - rice fields - village life.
Duration: Duration: 6 hours
This is the perfect extension of your Angkor experience. Come with us to the countryside, where life seems to have stood still since Angkorian times. Transportation by REMORK and traditional ox-cart.
CLASSICAL CAMBODIA TOUR
Tour Code:CTC-004
Destination: Angkor Temples with Banteay Srei - Overland trip - Phnom Penh
Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
All highlights of Cambodia in one tour: Angkor Temples, Tonle Sap Lake, overland tour to Phnom Penh, discovery of the capital with many special extras. --- Angkor Thom (South Gate, Bayon, Baphuon), Angkor Wat, sunrise in Angkor Wat, Srah Srang, Banteay Kdei, Ta Prohm, Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Som, Eastern Mebon, Pre Rup, Banteay Srei, Banteay Samre. Tonle Sap Lake with boat trip to floating village. Apsara dance show with dinner buffet. Overland trip from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. Wat Phnom, National Museum, Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Tuol Sleng Museum, sunset cruise on Mekong river. Tour starts in Siem Reap and ends in Phnom Penh.
PHNOM PENH-SIEM REAP
Tour Code:CTCPS-002
Destination: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap - Phnom Penh
Duration: 3 days 2 nights
Depart from Capitol Tour Office by air-conditioned bus at 7:30AM/8:30AM/10:15AM/12:00PM/1:30PM/2:30PM from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Arrival at 1:30PM/2:30PM/4:15PM/6:00PM/7:30PM/8:30PM.Transfer to the hotel or guesthouse. Visit the South gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Baphoun, Phimeanakas, The Elephant of terrace & Leper king terrace,Tapromh temples. Visit the Angkor Wat and the handicraft producing shop.Take the bus back to Phnom Penh (the departure time can be chosen). Finish tour at Capitol Tour Office in Phnom Penh.
PHNOM PENH-SIEM REAP
Tour Code:CTCPS-003
Destination: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap - Phnom Penh
Duration: 4 Days 3 Nights
Depart from Capitol Tour Office by A/C bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.Transfer to the hotel or guesthouse. Visit Basei Cham Krong - South gate of Angkor Thom - Bayon - Baphoun - Phimeanakas - the Elephant terrace & Leper king terrace.Visit the Angkor Wat and the handicraft producing shop.Visit Kravan - Banteay Kdei and Sra Srong - Taphrom - Takeo -Thommanon and Chao Say Teveda temples.Visit Preah Khan - Neak Pean - Tasom - East Mebon and Prerup.Take the bus back going back to Phnom Penh (the Departure time can be chosen). Finish tour at Capitol Tour Office in Phnom Penh.
BIRD SANCTUARY "PREK TOAL"
Tour Code:CTC-PT-01
Destination: Prek Toal - flooded forest - Back to hotel
Duration: 1 day
Feel like in a Hitch cock's Movie - in the Birdwatcher`s Paradise! Your visit of Siem Reap /Angkor would be incomplete without visiting the greatest fresh water reservoir with the highest biodiversity in the world! Enjoy a environmental discovery with small boats to see thousands of birds in the flooded forest of Tonle Sap Lake.
WORLD HERITAGE PREAH VIHEAR
Tour Code:CTC-PV-01
Destination: Preah Vihear Temple
Duration: 1 day
Don't miss to see Cambodia's second UNESCO world heritage: the magnificent mountain temple of Preah Vihear, spectacularly placed in the Dangrek mountains close to the Thai border.
KAMPONG PHLUK
Tour Code:CTC-KP-01
Destination: Floating Village Kampong Phhluk
Duration: 1 day
Kompong Phluk is a commune and village in Siem Reap Province in northern-central Cambodia. It is a floating village on the Tonle Sap. The village has a school and monastery, where prayers were taking place.
TEMPLE TOWERS IN THE RAINFOREST
Tour Code:CTC-SPK-01
Destination: Sambor Prei Kuk Temples
Duration: 1 day
On the old Angkorian royal road, passing Angkorian bridges we go off the beaten tracks to the lost temple city of "Sambor Prei Kuk". Over 200 brick temples of the 6th and 7th century are overgrown by tropical vegetation and even older than Angkor Wat.
ROLUOS-WHERE ANGKOR WAS BORN
Tour Code:CTC-Roluos-01
Destination: Lolei - Preah Ko - Bakong - Prasat Prei Monti
Duration: 4 hours
Discover the Roluos Group, where the first temple mountain in Angkor region was built: the Bakong temple. Enjoy your discovery by REMORK.
KOH KER AND BENG MEALEA
Tour Code:CTC-KKBM-01
Destination: Koh Ker, Beng Meala
Duration: 1 day
Precious temple areas far away from the tourist flows! Fell like the first exporers! The ancient capital Koh Ker with its fantastic temple pyramid and Beng Mealea, still overgrown by jungle, have just been opened for tourists!
SIEM REAP/ANGKOR WAT TEMPLES
Tour Code:CTCSR-001
Destination: Angkor National museum - Wood and Stone Carving Center - the Old Market - central Market - Killing Field - South Gate of the Angkor Thom - Central Angkor Thom (Bayon - Baphoun - Terrace of Elephant - Terrace of Leperking) - Chau Say Tevoda - Takoa - Ta Prom, Banteay Kdey - Srah Srang, Prasat Kravan and the World Heritage Angkor Wat - sunrise at Angkor Wat - grand circut (Preah Khan, Neak Pean -Tasom - East Mebon - Pre Rup) - sunset at Bakheng mountain - Banteay Srey - Banteay Samré - Rolous Group (Bakong - Preah Ko - and Lo Lei) - Tonle Sap lake (Floating Village)
Duration: 5 Days, 4 nights
This tour covers the absolute "must-see highlights" of Angkor complex on the "small" and "grand" circuits, Banteay Srei temple, Roluos group including a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake.This is certainly the best choice. Sunrise in Angkor Wat. Balloon ride (optional). Transportation by REMORK gives this tour a local friendly, atmospheric experience (and with lower prices comparing with car).
DAILY TOUR TO ANKOR TEMPLES 1
Tour Code:CTC-D1
Destination: Angkor Thom - Ta Prohm - Angkor Wat - Phnom Bakheng
Duration: 1 Day
Tour will start at 8:30am - 6pm visit Angkor Thom (South Gate, Bayon, Baphuon) - Ta Prohm - Angkor Wat included sunset at Phnom Bakheng.
DAILY TOUR TO ANGKOR TEMPLES 2
Tour Code:CTC-D2
Destination: Banteay Srey - Grand Tour
Duration: 1 Day
Banteay Srey - Grand Tour (Pre Rup - Ta Som - Neak Pean - Preah Khan)
DAILY TOUR TO FLOATING VILLAGE 3
Tour Code:CTC - D3
Destination: Wat Thmer - Artisans'School - Northern Tonle Sap Lake - Chong Kneas village
Duration: Half Day
Wat Thmer - Artisans'School - Tonle Sap Lake - Chong Kneas village (visiting the greatest freshwater reservoir with the highest biodiversity in the world. Enjoy a beautiful boat trip on the Tonle Sap Lake and learn all about the floating villages, fishing techniques and traditional life with and on the water ...)
BANTEAY CHHMAR
Tour Code:CTC-BC-01
Destination: Siem Reap - Banteay Chhmar
Duration: 1 day
Feel like the first explorers and see face towers in the forest, reliefs of thousand armend Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara and be one of the only guests to visit this "lost temple city". A unique experience!
PHNOM PENH - SIEM REAP - PHNOM PENH
Tour Code:CPTC PSP001
Destination: Phnom Penh city tour:Wat Phnom - National Museum - Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda - Tuol Sleng Museum - sunset cruise on Mekong river). Tonle Sap Lake - Angkor Temples: Angkor Thom (South gate of Angkor Thom, Bapuon temple) - Taphrom - Banteay Srei - Angkor Wat temple.
Duration: 5days 4nights
Phnom Penh city tour (Wat Phnom, National Museum, Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Tuol Sleng Museum, sunset cruise on Mekong river) - Overland trip from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Angkor Temples, Tonle Sap Lake, Angkor Thom (South gate of Angkor Thom - Bapuon temple) - Taphrom - Banteay Srei - Angkor Wat - overland trip from Siem Reap to Phnom Peng.Finish tour at Phnom Penh airport.
PHNOM PENH CITY TOUR
Tour Code:CPTCT001
Destination: Killing Field - Russian Market - Toul Sleng Museum - National Museum - Royal Palace - What Phnom, Independent Monument.
Duration: 1 DAY (every day 8:30am - 5pm)
* Morning Visit Killing Field, Russian Market, Toul Sleng Museum. * Afternoon Visit National Museum, Royal Palace, What Phnom, Independent Monument.
PHNOM CHISO
Tour Code:CPTPC-001
Destination: PHNOM CHISO Temple - NEANG KHMAU temple, TONLE BATI (TAPHROM temple - TONLE BATI Lake).
Duration: 1 DAY (every day: 8:30 - 5PM)
Visit PHNOM CHISO Temple - NEANG KHMAU temple, TONLE BATI (TAPHROM temple - TONLE BATI Lake).
PHNOM PENH - BATTAMBANG - SIEM REAP
Tour Code:CPT PBS001
Destination: Phnom Penh (capital city of Cambodia) - Battambang privince - Siem Reap province.
Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
Overland trip from Phnom Penh (Capitol city of Cambodia) to Battambang province (enjoy Bamboo train & boat trip to Siem Reap province). Visit Angkor temples: Angkor Thom (South gate of Angkor Thom - Bayon - Bapuon - Phimeanakas - Elephants & Leper king Terrace) - Ta Phrom - Banteay Kdei - Angkor Wat - Bakheng temple - grand circuit: (Pheah Khan - Neak Pean - Ta Som - Eastern Mebon - Pre Rep) - Banteay Srei - Khbal Spean (see waterfall) - Banteay Sam Re - Kampong Phluk floating village on Tonle Sap lake. Tour finish in Siem Reap.
SIEM REAP/ANGKOR WAT
Tour Code:CTCSR-002
Destination: Small Tour (Angkor Thom – Bayon – Ta Prohm – Angkor Wat – Bakheng) - Tonle Sap Lake
Duration: 2 days 1 night
This tour covers the absolute "must see" highlights of Angkor on the "small" circuit and including a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake visit floating village of Chong Kneas and visit the fish farm and the crocodile farm. Balloon ride (optional). Transportation by REMORK gives this tour more atmospheres (and keeps the prices down).
POI PET - SIEM REAP - POI PET
Tour Code:CTCPSP01
Destination: POI PET - SIEM REAP - POI PET
Duration: 2 days 1 night
Poipet is a Cambodian town on the Cambodia/Thailand border, in Ou Chrov district, Banteay Meanchey Province. It is a key crossing point between the two countries, and also extremely popular as a gambling destination as gambling is popular, but illegal in Thailand. There is a strip of casinos and hotels between the Cambodian and Thai passport control counters, enabling Thais to gamble in Cambodia without needing to go through Cambodian immigration. This casino strip area is a 'special zone' that prevents Cambodians from gambling. It takes 3hours by bus from Poi Pet border to Siem Reap.
SIEM REAP-BATTAMBANG
Tour Code:SB1
Destination: SIEM REAP-BATTAMBANG by Capitol Tours air-conditioned sharing bus
Duration: 2 days 1 night
Visit Banan – Phnom Sampeuv Mountain – Bamboo train ride – Ancient house.
SIEM REAP-BATTAMBANG
Tour Code:SB2
Destination: Siem Reap to Battambang by boat along the Tonle Sap lake....
Duration: 3 days 2 night
Visit Ek Phnom temple - Banan temple– Sampeuv Mountain temple– enjoy Bamboo train ride – Ancient House.
SIEM REAP – BATTAMBANG – SIEM REAP
Tour Code:SBS3
Destination: SIEM REAP - BATTAMBANG by air-conditioned sharing bus
Duration: 3 days 2 nights
Enjoy the bamboo train ride – Ancient house – Winery - Ek Phnom temple - Banan – Sampeuv Mountain temple.
SIEM REAP – BATTAMBANG – SIEM REAP
Tour Code:SBS4
Destination: Battambang by Boat & Bus
Duration: 3 days 2 nights
Take the Bamboo train ride, visit Ancient house – Winery - Ek Phnom temple- Banan – Phnom Sampeuv Mountain.
SIEM REAP – BATTAMBANG – BANGKOK
Tour Code:SBB5
Destination: SIEM REAP - BATTAMBANG - BANGKOK (Thailand) by Capitol Tours air-conditioned sharing bus.
Duration: 3 days 2 nights
Battambang: visit Ek Phnom temple - the Bamboo train - Ancient house – Winery - Phnom Banan and Phnom Sampeuv.
SIEM REAP-BATTAMBANG-BANGKOK
Tour Code:SBB6
Destination: SIEM REAP - BATTAMBANG - BANGKOK by boat and Capitol Tours air-conditioned sharing bus
Duration: 3 days 2 nights
Battambang:enjoy the bamboo train ride, visit Ancient house – Winery - Ek Phnom temple- Banan – Phnom Sampeuv Mountain.
SIEM REAP-BATTAMBANG-PHNOM PENH
Tour Code:SBP7
Destination: Siem Reap - Battambang - Phnom Penh by Capitol Tours air-conditioned sharing bus.
Duration: 5 Days, 4 nights
Take the air-conditioned sharing bus from Siem Reap to Battambang (enjoy with bamboo train ride, visit Ancient house – Winery - Ek Phnom temple - Banan – Phnom Sampeuv Mountain).Phnom Penh city tour (visit Killing field - Russian Market - Tuol Sleng Museum - National Museum - Royal Palace - Silver Pagoda - Wat Phnom and Victory Monument)
SIEM REAP - BATTAMBANG -PHNOM PENH
Tour Code:SBP8
Destination: Siem Reap - Battambang - Phnom Penh by boat & bus sharing
Duration: 5 Days, 4 nights
Battambang (enjoy with bamboo train ride, visit Ancient house – Winery - Ek Phnom temple - Banan – Phnom Sampeuv Mountain).Phnom Penh city tour (visit Killing field - Russian Market - Tuol Sleng Museum - National Museum - Royal Palace - Silver Pagoda - Wat Phnom and Victory Monument)
SIEM REAP - BATTAM BANG - PHNOM PENH - SIHANOUKVILLE
Tour Code:SBPSV9
Destination: SIEM REAP - BATTAMBANG - PHNOM PENH - SIHANOUKVILLE by air-conditioned sharing bus.
Duration: 6 Days 5 Nights
Battambang (Enjoy with bamboo train ride, visit Ancient house – Winery - Ek Phnom temple – Banan and Phnom Sampeuv Mountain), Phnom Penh city tour (visit Killing field - Russian Market - Tuol Sleng Museum - National Museum - Royal Palace - Silver Pagoda - Wat Phnom- and Victory Monument) – Sihanoukville (relaxing for 2night at Cove Beach Bungalows) or optional day trip.
SAMBOR PREIKUK
Tour Code:CTCSB-02
Destination: Sambor Preikuk temple
Duration: 2 days 1 night
The pre-Angkorian temple complex of Sambor Prei Kuk is located about 30 kilometers to the north of the town of Kampong Thom, Cambodia. It was also known as Isanapura, and was the capital of the Chenla Kingdom
SIEM REAP - KAMPONG THOM - PHNOM PENH
Tour Code:SKPH11
Destination: SIEM REAP - KAMPONG THOM - PHNOM PENH by Capitol Tours air-conditioned sharing bus
Duration: 3 days 2 nights
At Kampong Thom: visit Sambo Prei Kuk – Royal Phnom Penh: visit Killing field - Russian Market - Tuol Sleng Museum - National Museum - Royal Palace - Siliver Pagoda - Wat Phnom -Victory Monument.
SIEM REAP - KAMPONG THOM - PHNOM PENH - SIHANOUKVILLE
Tour Code:CTCSKPS-03
Destination: Siem Reap - Kampong Thom - Phnom Penh - Sihanoukville by Capitol Tours air-conditioned sharing bus
Duration: 5 Days, 4 nights
Siem Reap - Kampong Thom: visit Sambor Prei kuk - Royal Phnom Penh: visit Killing field - Russian Market - Tuol Sleng Museum - National Museum - Royal Palace - Silver Pagoda - Wat Phnom -Victory Monument.
SIEM REAP - KAMPONG THOM - PHNOM PENH
Tour Code:CTCSKP-04
Destination: Kampong Thom – Royal Phnom Penh by Capitol Tours air-conditioned sharing bus
Duration: 4 days 3nights
Kampong Thom visit Sambo Prei Kuk – Royal Phnom Penh (Visit Killing field - Russian Market - Tuol Sleng Museum - National Museum - Royal Palace - Siliver Pagoda - Wat Phnom -Victory Monument)
SIEM REAP - PHNOM PENH
Tour Code:CTCSPH-05
Destination: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh by boat along the Tonlé Sap Lake which is a combined lake and river system of major importance to Cambodia. The Tonlé Sap is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia and is an ecological hot spot that was designated as a UNESCO biosphere in 1997.
Duration: 3 days 2 nights
Including boat ride on the water way from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh around 7hours - Royal Phnom Penh: visit Killing field - Russian Market - Tuol Sleng Museum - National Museum - Royal Palace - Siliver Pagoda - Wat Phnom and Victory Monument
SIEM REAP - PHNOM PENH - SIHANOUKVILLE
Tour Code:CTCSPHS-06
Destination: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh by sharing boat and by Capitol Tours air-conditioned sharing bus to Sihanoukville.
Duration: 5 Days, 4 nights
Take the boat from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh visit Killing field - Russian Market - Tuol Sleng Museum - National Museum - Royal Palace - Silver Pagoda - Wat Phnom and Victory Monument including 2 nights relax at the beach.