Take in the views of Phnom Penh while enjoying some welcome drinks upon your hotel’s rooftop bar. Travel through the Cambodian countryside to the lesser-known temple of Beng Mealea, which has been overgrown by the encroaching jungle. Get to know a local family while enjoying a home-cooked meal and learn about the English-speaking classes they run for the local children.
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On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. In the evening, meet your fellow travellers over welcome drinks while your Tour Leader explains some important details and logistics of the journey ahead.
Travel to Beong Mealea Temple, stopping at Domdek’s local market and the remains of Boeng Mealea along the way. The temple’s outstanding decoration dates back to the first half of the 12th century, featuring pediments sculpted with narrative scenes from the Ramayana. While Hindu iconographic themes are prevalent, Boeng Mealea is primarily a Buddhist sanctuary, similar to Banteay Samre. Confirming this is the magnificent statue of the Bodhisattva Lokeshvara discovered within the monument, now housed at the Angkor Conservancy. Enjoy a traditional lunch mingling with the locals, before continuing to Banteay Srei temple. Visit the Land Mine Museum, established in 1997, to see defused and safe landmines up close. Learn about their workings and how you can contribute to the ongoing efforts of clearing these weapons worldwide.
On the return journey, visit a local village to witness sugar palm production and explore Banteay Samre temple. In the evening, experience the ancient Khmer culture at the only air-conditioned theatre in town. Be enthralled by dancers, singers, and musicians in a spectacular setting while savouring exquisite cuisine.
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