A leisurely stroll towards the north gate unveils an unprecedented perspective of Angkor Thom.

Embark on an extraordinary Khiri signature expedition that thrusts you into the heart of the Angkor Archaeological Park, unveiling hidden temples seldom touched by the footprints of travelers. This exhilarating odyssey redefines the concept of off the beaten path, inviting you to join forces with your guide and plunge into the adventure aboard a rugged safari jeep.

The journey kicks off at the southern entrance of Angkor Thom city, a majestic royal citadel from the Angkor Period (9th–15th centuries), standing in stark contrast to the singular Hindu temple, Angkor Wat. As you ascend the towering city walls, a leisurely stroll towards the north gate unveils an unprecedented perspective of Angkor Thom. Exiting through the north gate, you traverse a red earth road cutting through the lush, vibrant countryside, a landscape typical of the rainy season. This path leads to your next enthralling revelation – smaller, yet historically significant ruins from the Khmer empire era. Venture into the secluded Banteay Thom, a 13th-century marvel constructed during the reign of Jayavarman VII. Despite the ravages of time, the temple reveals exquisite Apsara sculptures that bear witness to its former grandeur.

Following a sandy track through a stilted village, your expedition unfolds at Chan Ta Oun Temple, another jewel from JVII’s reign, exuding a warm and welcoming ambiance among ancient stones. The jungle’s embrace leads you to the dragon’s teeth ruins of Prasat Cha, offering valuable insights into its construction history through Sanskrit-inscribed lintels. Amidst the Khmer countryside, each village boasts a pagoda, and Wat Tol Kpuos on the northern banks of the Baray catches your eye. Your next destination, Kok Po, catapults you back two centuries into the Chenla period, marked by the scorched brick Hindu temple. The journey continues to Spean Memay, the Bridge of the Mirrors, spanning a channel from the Baray, a colossal reservoir constructed a millennium ago. Covering 8 kilometers in length and 2 kilometers in width, the West Baray reigns as the world’s largest completely man-made reservoir, a testament to the collaborative efforts of 20,000 men over two years. Throughout this epic voyage, indulge in light refreshments, savoring the flavors of exploration.

The team recommend making this an integral part of a two-day Angkor Temple experience, reserving the first day for the iconic Temples of Angkor, bathed in sunrise glory, and the second for this daring quest into the hidden realms, away from the bustling crowds. Embark on a journey where each step echoes with the whispers of ancient wonders, waiting to be unveiled. Reach out at sales.cambodia@khiri.com

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