Cambodia
Cambodia

Description Cambodia

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Cambodia is a round-shaped country, located in eastern Thailand, western Vietnam and southern Laos. Cambodia is crossed from north to south by the Mekong and is lucky to benefit from the Tonle Sap River, which also crosses the country. Namely, during the rainy season, the Mekong overflows its bed and invades the surrounding area. Cambodia, a country tormented by wars for centuries, remains a destination with a great paradox between the beauty of its historic monuments, its temples left by successive empires, the horror of conflict and torture ... you can see, Cambodia has a strong history. It was through the terror of the Khmer Rouge that the identity of the country was forged and the most beautiful monuments and temples of Indochina appeared. Since Cambodia's independence in 1953, the country has become more relaxed in terms of tensions and has thus taken the opportunity to open up to tourism. A sector that continues to grow today and that is of interest to more and more travelers since it is a destination high in color and authenticity. When you hear about Cambodia, you think about the Angkor site first, do not you? Known internationally for its temples, this archaeological site is the guarantor of the power of the Khmer empire. If it is so well known worldwide, it is because it represents a huge monument of history. Indeed, Angkor was the capital of the Khmer empire from the 9th to the 15th century. Cambodia will continue to amaze you! If you are looking for a destination to discover other cultures and civilizations, this country will fill you for sure! Cambodia is an endearing and authentic country thanks to its charming population and all its important history.
 

Have a nice trip to Cambodia

FROM PHNOM PENH TO ANGKOR – LONG

Cultural wealth from Cambodia
Boat cruise under a sunset at the confluence of Tonle Sap and Mekong. Discovery of Angkor Thom site. Visit pre-Angkorian temples. Excursion to the Banteay Temple Srei- la "City of Women".
  • Cambodia
  • 7 Days 6 Nights
  • Classic & cultural

FROM PHNOM PENH TO ANGKOR - MEDIUM

Discover the most beautiful Cambodian sites
Discovery of the traditional Cambodian way of life. Observation of freshwater dolphins on the banks of the Mekong Delta. Visit of the Angkorian Vat Nokor temple. Exploration of the Sambor Prei Kuk site.
  • Cambodia
  • 5 Days 4 Nights
  • Classic & cultural

FROM PHNOM PENH TO ANGKOR - SHORT

The must-see sites of Cambodia
Boat cruise under a sunset. Discovery of Angkor Thom sites. Visit floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake. Excursion to the center of the silk.
  • Cambodia
  • 4 Days 3 Nights
  • Classic & cultural

PANORAMA OF CAMBODIA

Cambodia in all its splendor
Boat cruise under a sunset at the confluence of Tonle Sap and Mekong. Discovery of traditional Cambodian life. Exploration of the archaeological site of Sambor Prei Kuk - Visit the preangkorian temples of Roluos. Excursion on Tonle Sap Lake to discover floating villages.
  • Cambodia
  • 8 Days 7 Nights
  • Classic & cultural

FROM KRATIE TO SIEM REAP

Discover the traditional Cambodian way of life
Discovery of the traditional Cambodian way of life. Observation of freshwater dolphins on the banks of the Mekong Delta. Visit of the Angkorian Vat Nokor temple. Exploration of the Sambor Prei Kuk site.
  • Cambodia
  • 3 Days 2 Nights
  • Classic & cultural

FROM KEP TO SIHANOUKVILL - LONG

Between cultural visits and relaxation on the beach
Enjoy panoramic views of the rice plains. Rest at the edge of the beautiful beaches of Sihanoukville
  • Cambodia
  • 5 Days 4 Nights
  • Classic & cultural

FROM KEP TO SIHANOUKVILLE - SHORT

Between ancient temples and rippling sea
Discovery of Tonle Bati Lake. Climb to the top of Phnom Chisor Hill . Time to enjoy the sea to swim
  • Cambodia
  • 4 Days 3 Nights
  • Classic & cultural

FROM BATTAMBANG TO SIEM REAP

An excursion to the heart of Cambodian life
Boat trip in a floating village. Visit of the sanctuaries of Phnom Banon Hill. Discovery of ancestral fishing techniques. Crossing the Tonle Sap Lake.
  • Cambodia
  • 3 Days 2 Nights
  • Classic & cultural

IN THE MIDDLE OF CAMBODIA

The cultural jewels of Cambodia
Vat Phnom pagoda visit. Boat cruise under a sunset.Boat trip in a floating village. Excursion to the center of the silk. Visit the temples of Angkor.
  • Cambodia
  • 8 Days 7 Nights
  • Classic & cultural

ACROSS THE LAKE TONLE SAP

A trip over the water
Discover the typical landscapes of the Cambodian countryside. Visit the shrines of Phnom Banon Hill. Boat tour. Discovery of floating villages and traditional fishing techniques.
  • Cambodia
  • 3 Days 2 Nights
  • Over the water

ANGKOR - LONG

Discover Angkor, from ancient times to today
Discovery of Angkor Thom sites. Visit of the large basins, the Barays. Excursion to the temple of Banteay Srei- the "City of Women". Excursion on Tonlé Sap Lake to discover floating villages. Visit to Beng Mealea Temple. Visit the Silk Centre Farm (if possible).
  • Cambodia
  • 6 Days 5 Nights
  • Classic & cultural

ANGKOR - MEDIUM

A dive into the history of the famous site of Angkor
Visit to the famous Angkor Wat temple. Visit of the pre-Angkorian temples dating from the 9th century and the large basins, the Barays. Excursion to the temple of Banteay Srei- the "City of Women". Visit of Baray Oriental sites built by Rajendravarman. Discover floating villages on Tonlé Sap Lake.
  • Cambodia
  • 4 Days 3 Nights
  • Classic & cultural

ANGKOR - SHORT

The most spectacular touristic sites in Cambodia
Discovery of the temple of Angkor Wat. Visit of the pre-Angkorian temples dating from the 9th century. Visit of the large basins, the Barays. Discover floating villages on Tonlé Sap Lake.
  • Cambodia
  • 3 Days 2 Nights
  • Classic & cultural
Culture
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CULTURE :
 
  • For Cambodians, it is necessary to remain modest on its style of dress, indeed the tourists who will walk bare-chested in the pubic places will be very badly seen. When visiting temples, be sure to cover yourself from shoulder to knee.
  • In temples, turn Buddha by the left, counterclockwise. Do not sit back to the Buddha and do not point his feet in his direction. In no case should a woman touch a monk, otherwise he would lose all his acquired merits.
  • Regarding a rule of manners, remember to remove your shoes when entering a temple or a house.
  • It is strongly discouraged to touch the head of a Cambodian, in Europe touch the head of someone can be perceived as a friendly gesture, however this is not the case in Cambodia, it is for them a gesture that is very badly perceived.
  • In Cambodia, it is very frowned upon to counteract someone, so be careful what you can say and answer.
  • The Cambodian culture is discovered through its gastronomy and its festivities. It is precisely during the holiday season that the Khmers reveal their traditional colors punctuated by traditional instruments such as roneat or large xylophones and screeds, which are large curved guitars characterizing the Khmer community.
THE FOOD :
 
  • Cambodian cuisine mixes different influences from Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and China. There are however some clean dishes in Cambodia. A traditional Cambodian meal will always include a soup or samla that will be enjoyed along with other meals. The basic foods in Cambodia are: soup, rice and vegetables.
  • The Samla Machou Banle is a very popular fish soup that has a slight sour taste; less spicy version of Thailand's traditional sweet and sour soup. There are other soups such as Samla Chapek (ginger pork soup), Samla machou bangkang (shrimp soup) or Samla ktis (fish soup with coconut milk and pineapple). Cambodian salads are very common and are very different from traditional cold salads in Europe. For example, you can find Phlea sach ko: it is a beef and vegetable salad, flavored with coriander and mint leaves and lemongrass. Do not miss the popular rice noodles with coconut sauce (Khao Phoun). As in most countries of Buddhist tradition, vegetarian cuisine is widespread in Cambodia.
  • Beer is also a very popular drink in Cambodia. The main local brand is "Angkor Beer", produced in collaboration with an Australian company in Sihanoukville. "Angkor Stout" is the only dark beer in the country. You will also find other famous beer brands in the main restaurants of major cities as well as in tourist sites, such as Tiger Beer, Heineken or San Miguel.
  • As for the fruits, it is the paradise of the tropics: papayas, jackfruits, coconuts, mangosteens (brown-violet shell with milky white fruit very fragrant), dragon fruit (pink fuchsia skin with strange petals, light gray flesh tart, sprinkled with tiny black seeds) with a slight taste, and of course the durians! Not to mention, the mangoes that are, say, totally exquisite because they do not have the same taste as elsewhere.
Before leaving
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Before leaving :
 
PASSPORT & VISA :
  • In order to enter Cambodian territory, you must be provided with a valid passport, valid for 6 months after the date of return. Your passport must contain at least one full blank page.
  • Visitors entering Cambodia by plane will be able to obtain their tourist visa very quickly and easily. It will be issued upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport or Phnom Penh for a period of 30 days. Provide a photo ID and 35 USD (it is impossible, to date, to pay in euros, so plan many dollars).
  • Before leaving, we advise you to photocopy all important documents (passport, electronic equipment invoices, insurance policy, plane tickets, driving license ...).
  • For information, if you travel previously to Vietnam or Laos, and you arrive in Cambodia by road, you should obtain your visa before crossing the border, because no border crossing Cambodian will be able to provide visas.
HEALTH & VACCINES :
 
  • No vaccinations are required to visit Cambodia, however, we advise you to be up to date in all your classic vaccinations (diphtheria, tetanus, typhoid, poliomyelitis, meningitis, typhoid fever, hepatitis).
  • Some people recommend getting vaccinated against hepatitis A and B and Japanese encephalitis especially if you go to rural areas during the monsoon season. To find out if these vaccinations are relevant to you, make an appointment at a vaccination center.
  • It is important to protect yourself from malaria, which is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes. For more information, do not hesitate to ask your doctor for advice. Make sure you do not forget about anti-snake repellents for your comfort.
  • Do not hesitate to provide a small pharmacy kit with some basic products, it will be very useful in case of first aid.
  • Namely: The most common reported infection is hepatitis A that can be transmitted through food and water. Hepatitis B is spread through blood and saliva. The most common health problems among travelers are digestive problems and diarrhea, which can be treated by avoiding spicy dishes and drinking plenty of water.

 CLIMATE :
 
  • There are two very distinct seasons in Cambodia: a winter season, also called the north-east monsoon (from November to March) which translates into a dry and mild weather, and a summer season, also called southwest monsoon (April to October) which is a hot and humid season.
  • With regard to the temperatures, from November to February the average temperature is about 27 ° C whereas in summer, from June to September, the thermometer can quickly rise above 35 ° C. You'll understand, whatever the time of the year, do not forget sunscreen and hat!
  • Rainfall is scarce in December, January and February, which is why the most favorable months of the year to visit Cambodia are the months of January and February.
  • The city of Angkor and its famous temples, located in the north-west of the country, is best visited during the dry season, from November to March. During this period, the rate of sunshine is very high and the rains are scarce
  • Note that the month of April can be a very good alternative to enjoy a pleasant climate in Cambodia, although it is still a little rainy. This is one of the best times to go to Cambodia avoiding the tourist crowds and enjoying more attractive rates.
 
INSURANCE : 

All travelers are required to take out an insurance policy for their trip before participating in our tours. There are international standard care cells in Phnom Penh, the country clearly lacks infrastructure and equipment in cases of serious illness or injury. We also advise you to have your health insurance and repatriation insurance.

MONEY : 

Be sure to ask your bank about the use of your credit card and the fees for using it. Travel options exist, so consider traveling at no extra cost!

ADAPTATEUR : 

There are plugs with a 220-volt electrical system in Cambodia, but we advise you to bring with you a universal adapter because the plugs can be of British type in some places.
 
   
 
On the spot
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On place: 
 
LA NATIONAL CURRENCY :  riel (KHR).
  • ATMs can be found in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
  • In the capital, you will realize that it is possible to use your Visa or Master credit card in hotels and restaurants.
  • However, the euro is very little recognized, so we advise you to bring with you cash dollars, where you can change them during your trip in the country.
  • If you have traveler's checks, we advise you to change them in the banks because few hotels or businesses are able to do it.
  • The current exchange rate is 1 USD = 4 100 KHR.
BANK : 

You will find many vending machines in the big cities but also in small towns and sites frequented by tourists.

WATER : 
  • Be very careful about the water you drink. Never drink tap water, always drink bottled water and check that it is properly capped. It is necessary to be vigilant also with the ice cubes, to consume exclusively cubic ice cubes or with a form of cylindrical hole in the middle.
TRANSPORT ON SITE : 
  • Once there, you can choose between different modes of transport:
  • The car: all the vehicles used for our tours are modern and air-conditioned vehicles, which range from the classic car to the bus for 45 people.
  • The boat: Local boats with 12 to 24 seats are used for cruises on the Mekong River.
  • Airplanes: There is an internal line operated by Cambodia Angkor Air which provides daily connections between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, as well as between Sihanoukville and Siem Reap.
  • The train: A railway line connects the South to the North-West of the country, from Sihanoukville to Poipet, passing by Kampot, Takeo, Phnom Penh, Pursat, Battambang and Sisophon.
     
SOMES USEFUL VOCABULARY WORDS : 
  • Hello : souo sadaï
  • Goodbye : léa haï
  • Thank you : or koun
  • Sorry : somto
  • yes : baat (for men) ou chaah (for women)
  • No : tè
  • How much ? : ponman ?
  • please : som
  • My name… : khniom tchmo…
 
 
Attractions
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Cambodia is Phnom Penh, a charming capital full of history, it is also the North-East and its beautiful countryside, its vestiges that go from the pre-Angkorian era, as Vat Nokor, in the colonial era ... and of course, Angkor, the hallucinatory spectacle, "dream of stone arose here in the heart of the tropical forest" that assails; incessant struggle of men with nature to save the testimony of the genius of the Khmer people. Cambodia is also a people who has suffered a lot and whose renewed serenity is only matched by the kindness they show to foreign visitors.
 
THE ATTRACTIONS
  1. Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville
  2. The provinces
  3. Siem Reap and Angkor Wat
  4. Angkor Thom
  5. Group of Roluos
  6. Banteay Srei and Kbal Spean
  7. Tonle Sap Lake
PHNOM PENH AND SIHANOUKVILLE
Phnom Penh :
 
The city occupies a strategic geographical position, since it is located at the point of convergence of 3 rivers: the Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap. Once a thriving trading center during the French occupation, Phnom Penh is today the new political and financial center of Cambodia. Its rich historical past of Khmer and French influences is visible in many temples and colonial buildings of all kinds.
 
 
The main tourist attractions of the city are:
 
Silver Pagoda: The Silver Pagoda, also known as the Emerald Buddha Pagoda, thanks to the statue found there, was created by King Norodom in 1892. The floor of this pagoda has the peculiarity to be composed of more than 5,000 blocks of silver, weighing in total nearly 6 tons!

 
 
 
The National Museum: The National Museum, built in the Khmer style in the 1920s, houses an impressive collection of Khmer statues and objects of art. One of the most remarkable pieces of this exhibition is a bronze statue dating back to the 6th century and depicting the Hindu god Vishnu..

The Tuol Sleng Museum (Genocide Museum): This museum is a place of testimony of the human tragedy that Cambodia experienced in its recent past. This building was originally a college, and was transformed from 1975 into high place of detention and torture by the Khmer Rouge. From this building, then called "S-21", were transported victims (children and adults) outside the city to be executed at the Killer Fields.
 
Wat Phnom: This is where a monastery was founded by a wealthy lady named Penh in 1372, after she discovered four Buddha statues in the trunk of a tree on the banks of the Mekong River. The hill ("Phnom") on which the monastery is located is the only hill in the capital.
 
 
 
The Monument to Independence: This monument was built to commemorate those who died during the Cambodian War, following the acquisition of independence from France in 1953. It was erected in 1958 in the style of Angkor monuments, and it is decorated with 100 snake heads. The best time to admire this monument is at the end of the afternoon, when the light of the setting sun causes shadows highlighting the fine architectural details, and gives orange tones to all structures.

The Central Market: built in 1937 by the French, it is the largest market in Phnom Penh. It houses incredible quantities of souvenirs, decorative objects, jewelry and merchandise of all kinds.

The Royal Palace: In recent times, this palace was inaugurated in 1870 by King Norodom I. Khmer inspired, it was built by Khmer and French architects. The site covers an area of ​​16 hectares. Several buildings are forbidden to the public. The Silver Pagoda is undoubtedly the most visited site inside.

 
The Night Market (Phsar Reatrey): The new Phnom Penh night market, located near the banks of the river, is a tourist spot offering a wide range of Cambodian handicrafts such as silks, trinkets and other souvenirs. The atmosphere is completely relaxed and is perfect for any type of audience. In this market, local products made using traditional methods can be found.
 
Sihanoukville :
 
Sihanoukville in Cambodia is above all very clean white sand beaches, clear ocean and palm trees 4 hours from Phnom Penh the capital. A seaside stop before or after the discovery of the Kingdom of Cambodia, with shaded beaches equipped for rest, relaxation and idleness. These beaches gently enter the ocean with clear blue waters, not polluted with detritus or other waste. Sun loungers and umbrellas (not paying), many hut shelters and small restaurants that serve fresh fish, complete these little known beaches of great tourism and only occupied on weekends by residents of Phnom Penh. Several hotels of all categories will provide you with quality accommodation. It's a great place for relaxing and safe swimming!
 
 
 THE PROVINCES

It is above all in the villages in the countryside that one discovers the deep Cambodia. 85% of Cambodians live in the countryside and for the most part live on agriculture; they often live in great poverty. Many cultivate rice, but these crops are suspended by the importance of annual monsoons from the South West. Insufficient rains can cause very poor harvests and all the resulting survival problems for families.

 
Kampong Chhnang :
A city with colonial charm, with its old neighborhoods and its port area with floating villages where fishing is practiced. There are many houses on stilts on the swampy banks of Tonle Sap Lake, as well as a large floating village inhabited by Vietnamese. Kompong Chhnang is 91 km from Phnom Penh. It is also a stage for some fast boats that go to Siem Reap.
 
Ratanakiri :
The province of Ratanakiri is about 630 km from Phnom Penh in north-eastern Cambodia. It is a remote area bordering Laos and Vietnam. Ratanakiri means "Montagnes aux Joyaux", a name given to these places after several jewels were found in this region.

Splendid landscapes of lush rainforests, lakes, waterfalls, and the presence of ethnic minorities, make all the interest of this region. Unlike many other areas, the Ratanakiri is an area that is not mined, although traces of war are still visible, especially in the capital Lumphat which was flattened by US bombings in a vain attempt to destroy the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Today, Ban Lung, the capital of Ratanakiri province, is a relatively quiet city. It is located on a plateau overlooking the surrounding lakes and forests. The most impressive of these lakes is a crater lake named Yak Lom. The latter forms an almost perfect circle and is very popular with the local population, who goes there on weekends to picnic and escape the heat of the day by taking refuge under the large trees that surround the lake.
 
 
This region is also known for its beautiful jungle waterfalls, such as Ka Chuong or Choa Ong. In addition to fascinating landscapes, the presence of several minority tribes such as Jarai, Tampun or Kreung in this region makes the Ratanakiri even more attractive. By visiting the Kreung villages for example, you will find small houses on stilts that are still called "virgin huts" or "huts of virgins". These are built for the purpose of housing young people of marriageable age and looking for a partner. Once the partner is found, the house will be destroyed!
 
 SIEM REAP ET ANGKOR VAT
Siem Reap :
Siem Reap is a small, quiet, recent town located 300 km from Phnom Penh. It is from Siem Reap that you can visit the site of Angkor and its mythical temples, but also discover the Tonle Lake, the old Siem Reap with its houses on stilts and norias, its markets ... The markets of Siem Reap are very lively and very colorful, and there is absolutely everything!
 
 
South of the modern city, old Siem Reap has preserved all Cambodian traditions, traditional houses on stilts, huts and norias. Fish dry in front of the houses and life goes quietly to the rhythm of the seasons. Several pagodas and monasteries stretch along the road to old Siem Reap; Cambodians are Buddhist and very practicing.
 
Angkor Vat :
The formidable ensemble of Angkor temples was rediscovered by the French anthropologist Henri Mouhot in 1860 when he stumbled upon the ruins of Angkor Thom, the ancient Khmer capital, during one of his expeditions. Of the 400 temples that make up this complex, the most famous and best preserved is that of Angkor Wat.


Angkor Wat was built between 11,112 and 1,152 by King Suryavarman II and was dedicated to Vishnu, the god of preservation. Some think that this temple was dedicated to the king himself, because the temple is facing west, which represents death. It is one of the best preserved temples in the complex. Its architecture and size are simply breathtaking: the wall forming the main enclosure measures 800 to 1,000 meters long, and the ditch supposed to represent the world's oceans is 200 meters wide. The 5 towers, 55 meters high, which dominate the scene are supposed to represent the 5 peaks of Mount Meru, sacred mountain dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva. Beautiful bas-reliefs and engravings decorate the inner shrines and depict various epic scenes of Hindu mythology such as Ramayana and Mahabharat. The outer gallery has the longest bas-relief in the world.
 
The Khmer Empire extended over a period of about 600 years, and this civilization reached its zenith in the early 12th century with the construction of Angkor Wat. The founding kings of this empire from the 9th century then considered themselves Devaraia (or God-King) with divine powers. This involved the creation of ever larger temples dedicated to the worship of Khmer kings. One of the oldest structures that can be visited today is the Rouluos, east of Siem Reap. There was built a reservoir (or baray) by King Indravarman, and he established the temple of Preah Ko. The son of this king preferred to build a temple on a nearby hill, now known as Phnom Bakheng. This hill, which bears the same name as the temple, is nowadays a favorite site for visitors who want to admire the dense tropical vegetation and the temple of Angkor Wat when the sun sets.
 
ANGKOR THOM

Angkor Thom : 
 
Angkor Thom, literally meaning "Great City", was built in the early 11th century when the Khmers ruled a vast territory encompassing present-day Laos and Thailand. The numerous territorial conquests that followed during the 11th century gave the Khmer Empire the human and material resources needed to invest in the construction of a very ambitious architectural work: Angkor Wat. During this long period of construction, Angkor Wat and its surroundings sheltered up to 750,000 people. Ironically, however, during the 25 years that preceded the completion of this temple, the Khmer kingdom fell into the hands of the Chams from southern Vietnam. The victory and reign of the Cham was short-lived, but it had profound consequences. King Jayavarman II, who succeeded in ousting the Chams, decided to adopt Buddhism as a national religion and embarked on bold projects to build a series of temples, including the Bayon.
 
Bayon : 
 
 
The main temple of this city is popular with its columns adorned with more than 200 faces of smiling Buddhas. The faces look in all directions, which gives them a mysterious side. Centrally located in Angkor Thom, Bayon is a 3-storey, 43-meter-high temple. Built in the 12th century by Jayavarman VII, the lower floors of the Bayon are a pantheon dedicated to the Khmer gods from the beginning of its construction to a time of transition between Hinduism and Buddhism. On the upper floor, we notice that Buddha is honored. Fabulous bas-reliefs of 1,200m in length, representing more than 11,000 sculpted figures, line the Bayon as well as very large frescoes recounting the battles and naval battles between the Khmers and the Chams, not to mention the frescoes recounting everyday life.

 
King Leper's terrace :
This is one of the many mysteries of Angkor. This terrace owes its name to a small asexual statue that is believed to be the statue of King Yasovarman who died of leprosy. But the other explanation is that this statue would represent Yama, the god of the dead, and the terrace would have been in fact a royal crematorium. On the side of the terrace is a narrow and long trench and a number of superb and well-preserved sculptures, representing Apsaras, genies and monsters, many deities, of a surprising freshness and beauty. This very long corridor has been completely restored, and each sculpture dismounted and plastered on the new walls.

 
Elephants terrace : 
 
Built at the beginning of the 13th century, this terrace bordering the Jayavarman VII Royal Palace is 350 m long. It was certainly built to attend the shows given on the main square. The elephants carved on part of the walls (and recently restored) gave their name to the place (to see the morning preferably).
 
 
 GROUP OF ROLUOS
 
The Roluos are pre-Angkorian temples built between the years 877 and 889. Located 13 km from Siem Reap, these are the first temples "hard" built by the Khmer; they represent the beginnings of classical art of Cambodia. The previous temples were all built mainly of wood and different light materials, and withstood years.
 
 
 BANTEAY SREI and KBAL SPEAN
  
This temple of the Xth century, wonderfully preserved, is the most delightful of Angkor! It is a jewel carved in pink sandstone that changes color depending on the sun. Several pavilions very well preserved facades are finely carved with a multitude of flowery motifs and scenes of Hindu mythology, real lace. Archaeologist Maurice Glaise calls it "the prettiest of the Khmers temples" (it was also made famous by the theft of a 800 kg lintel by André Malraux ...). Named "the citadel of women", it is entirely decorated with reliefs of a surprising perfection. You will be able to admire the sculptures of the door lintels and their magnificent details. Continuing on the road, you can go to Kbal Spean, the thousand lingams river (but add 10 km of track in bad condition).
 
Prasat Kravan :
Dedicated to the god Vishnu, this temple was built in 921 and restored some forty years ago. Entirely built of clay bricks, it is famous for its many representations of the god Vishnu. The northern towers are decorated with bas-reliefs depicting the goddess Lakshmi, Vishnu's wife.

Kbal Spean :
Kbal Spean, known as the "river of the thousand lingas", is composed of sculptures carved in the rock of the bed of the river over a length of 200 meters, between a bridge and a waterfall. These sculptures, intended to sanctify the water of the river, date from the 11th to the 13th century.

 
To get there after seeing the beautiful sculptures of Bantey Srei, there is first a dirt road of about ten kilometers, and then about 40 minutes walk in the jungle by a small path. Several hundred "lingas" (representation of the sex of the god Shiva in Hinduism) are carved by large groups in the river, with carved spaces of Hanuman (the monkey god), Rama and Lakshmi as well as that of Vishnu lying meditating in a cosmic sleep on the primordial ocean. The water of Kbal Spean will reach the rivers Siem Reap and Puok through the temple of Angkor Wat.
 
 TONLE SAP
For those who enjoy an in-depth discovery of a country, the lake road, as well as a boat trip to the meeting of floating fishing villages, are essential visits in the same way as the temples. It is one of the places where you are closer to Cambodian life and in contact with their everyday reality. Here, all life is spent around the water. Very fishy, ​​paradise fishermen, it houses lake villages since the dawn of time. A lot of the goods arrive by the lake and it is the lung of Siem Reap, because the main roads to reach the other cities are in too bad condition. It is the largest lake in Cambodia and its "foster mother". On Tonle Sap Lake is also an important ornithological reserve, with among the many birds pelicans, storks and great marabouts.
 
  
 
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