Amazing Thailand Gardens & Cambodia’s Angkor Wat
(Including Chiang Mai Flower Festival)
January 28th – February 9th, 2011
 


1 Feb 2011

The history of Cambodia began in the first century A.D with the establishment of a state call Funan which is reputedly the oldest Indianized state in all of Southeast Asia. Sanskrit, a branch of the Mon Khmer family of languages, was the written and spoken language of that time. Hinduism was the earliest religion practiced, but was supplanted by Buddhism as centuries passed. Distinct characteristics of that period still remain today and can be recognized in the architecture of ancient monuments, traditional farming methods as well as clothing styles in the countryside. During the golden era of Khmer Empire, various Khmer kings built very ornate and extensive temples or prasats. These specular constructions were erected throughout the kingdom, although Angkor Wat is of course the largest and most famous. Among the most successful of the Angkorean kings were Jayavaraman II, Indravaraman I, Suryavaraman II and Jayavaraman VII. Besides building prasats that rank among the most majestic on earth, they were also responsible for tremendous agricultural engineering feats which included sophisticated irrigation systems, great water reservoirs and countless canal systems that were used for food transport. Some of these systems are still in use today.

We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast then transferred to the airport to board our flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Siem Reap is the capital city of Siem Reap Province. This small town is the gateway to the Angkor Archeological Park, which is over 40 sq. km and is home to more than 100 temples dating from the 9th to the 13th centuries.

On arrival at Siem Reap airport, we were met by our guide and taken to a small craft village and food market, then to lunch at Café Indochine followed by our hotel for check-in where we could freshen up before the rest of the day.

This afternoon, we had the opportunity to have a close up look of the “water” fields of Lotus flowers on our way to our visit to Lake Tonle Sap where we will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. Tonle Sap is South East Asia’s largest freshwater lake with its size varying greatly depending on the season. During the dry season it is roughly 2,500 sq. km. swelling to about 4 times its size in during the wet season: 10,000 sq. km. We will board a boat and visit the Chong Kneah village where we’ll see floating houses, farms and even a floating hospital. The houses move with the water, as it gets lower they move to where there is more water underneath them.

Our hotel was the Borei Angkor Hotel

 

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