Visit Ta Prohm, Preah Khan and Neak Pean on the Grand Circuit of Angkor before admiring Prasat Kravan and Banteay Kdei along the Small Circuit. Get a chance to take in detailed carvings as you explore 12th-century temples featuring stone towers, narrow corridors, and trees growing among the ruins.
Meet your guide and drive to Ta Prohm, built in 1186 and dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman VII, featuring dark gray sandstone towers and courtyards exuding an aura of mystery. Unlike most of the other inner temples of Angkor, Ta Prohm has been left to the elements. Navigating around its narrow passages, immense kapok trees, and jungle-covered ruins is an unparalleled experience and one of the highlights of Angkor.
Next, visit Preah Khan or 'Sacred Sword,’ built by King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century. Among the towered enclosures, shoulder-hugging corridors, and numerous trees growing among the ruins, admire the wonderful carvings adorning the walls including the spectacular Hall of Dancers. Look for a mysterious 2-story structure with round columns and learn how the main temple is Buddhist but the complex includes Hindu temples representing Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma.
Continue along the Grand Circuit to visit Ta Keo, commissioned by King Suryavarman I in the 10th century but was never completed before stopping at nearby Neak Pean, a Buddhist temple on an artificial island in the middle of a pool, and the temple of Ta Som, surrounded by trees and other plants.
Refuel with lunch at a local restaurant before continuing your tour of the Small Circuit. Discover Banteay Kdei, the first great Buddhist monastery in Cambodia. Next, continue to visit the unique interior brick sculptures of Prasat Krava, the Srah Srang reservoir, , Eastern Mebon and the mountain-temple of Pre Rup for sunset views before returning to your hotel.