Angkor Apsara (3 days)

Apsara dance - a taste of classical Khmer culture and No visit to Angkor Wat and Cambodia is complete without attending to at least one traditional Khmer dance performance. This ancient Khmer art form and beautiful dance is well-known as Apsaras (celestial dancers) that adorn the walls of Angkorian and pre-Angkorian temples and has played a major part in  Khmer culture for more than a millennium. It is estimated 3,000 Apsara dancers performed in the court of King Jayavaraman VII in the 12th-century. But like many other Khmer cultural traditions, Apsara Dancing and other traditional dances were almost destroyed during the Khmer Rouge period 1975- 1979 and are now still struggling to recover. Khmer classical dance is proof to show the culture of solidarity and unity within the Angkor period. Thus, Khmer people and the royal government consider the Royal Ballet as special and national treasure. In 2003, UNESCO named the Apsara dance a "Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”.

 

 This 3 days trip is ensured that you can visit Angkor Wat and be able to observe the thousands of bas-reliefs found on the walls of ancient Angkorian and pre- Angkorian temples during the day then watch the authentic Apsara Dancing in the evenings.

 

Highlights: the famous World Heritage Site Angkor Temple complex, Apsara Dancing – Khmer cultural Show and the School of Arts and Fishing – floating community on Southeast Asia’s largest Lake Tonle Sap.

Day 1

 

  • Arrival at Siem Reap International Airport
  • Check-in with host family
  • Orientation walk & welcome dinner with local musicians and traditional dancing

Day 2

 

  • Explore the wonders of the ancient world such as Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Bayon temples one of the greatest architectural achievements in human history. They showcase an incredible artistic expression and impressive historical construction. You will be able to recognize the ornamental sculptures carved into the stone. With our enthusiastic, proud and knowledgeable local tour guide you will learn about the intricate of bas-reliefs and Apsara dances at Angkor temples.
  • Afternoon visit the Cambodian Rehabilitation Center and the School of arts where adorable children learn the Khmer cultural dances such as Apsara Dance and other traditional dances. 

Day 3

 

  • Rise before dawn to watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat, one of the most splendid sights on this planet. Then, continue to explore the jungle temple with the Indiana Jones feel. The temples at Ta Prohm are wrapped in centuries-old tree roots and insanely photogenic, featuring in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Return to our family stay for breakfast and relaxing.

  • At noon visit the Great Lake Tonle Sap, Fishing – floating community where locals live on the water and with the nature. Enjoy a delicious lunch cooked by the local family at Mei Chrey floating village. This is one of the least visited of Tonlé Sap’s villages and seeing it by boat or kayak is the most best way to experience it. The village’s 500 families are among the thousands who have settled on the surface of the freshwater Tonlé Sap, Cambodia’s ‘Great Lake’, where, not surprisingly, life revolves around the water.

  • This evening we will have our farewell dinner and say good bye as our trip comes to an end.

Day 4

 

  • Departure time, you depart any time as we provide you a transfer out to airport.

Included Activities:

 

  • Two days tour of Angkor Temples

  • Tour of Tonle Sap Lake and Mei Chrey floating community

  • Visit Cambodian Rehabilitation Center and the school of arts

  • 1 dinner, 1 lunch and 3 breakfasts

 

Optional Activities:

 

  • Fishing

  • Visiting astrologers

  • Adventure cycling tour

  • Cambodia Squad Bikes Rural Adventures 

  • Visit to center of Khmer Martial Art, “Bokator”