After breakfast, tuk-tuk drivers will take you along Charles de Gaulle Avenue to Angkor Wat Temple, the most majestic and famous temples-mountain site. The whole huge building is an allegorical representation of Hindu mythology, episodes are illustrated in the bas-reliefs that surround the central body as a gigantic comic. But above all, Angkor Wat is unique for the impression of strength and the energy that emerges: whether it is because of the position, the environment or the decoration, Angkor Wat remains a place apart, inhabited by an inexplicable presence, which releases an attraction, an almost palpable magnetism. It takes a while, not only to visit, but also to get used to his presence. You then visit Preah Palilay, a very graceful building although ignored by most organized tours.
Afternoon visit of Angkor Thom, "The Great City", returning by the South Gate, preceded by the alley of the Giants and Demons. Inside, the first building encountered is the Bayon, temple-mountain to the glory of Jayavarman VII, great Buddhist king, builder of the new capital. Strategically placed in the center of the complex, it represents Mount Merou, a sacred mountain of Hindu mythology. The central body consists of a tower 45 meters high, decorated on all four sides with the effigy of the king. Around, other buildings with richly carved walls, with scenes of battle and daily life. Then Phimean Akas, from the 10th century, interesting architectural evolution as the first square-based temple. Not far from there is the Baphuon, the majestic state temple of the capital, whose base is 120 m by 100, and
currently undergoing restoration. From there, we go to the Terraces of Elephants and Leper King. It was here that the official episodes of court life were most likely to take place, with the reception of ambassadors, sacred performances and state ceremonies.
Dinner and overnight in Angkor