CHAW SREI VIBOL TOUR ITINERARY
Pick up from the hotel at 8:30 am, at lobby in SIEM REAP
- 8:30am – 9:10am (40mn) : Drive from HOTEL – CHAW SREI VIBOL in 27km on national street 6 and turn left to national street N:66 by passing ROLOUS GROUP.
- 9:10am – 12:10pm (3h) : VISIT: CHAW SREI VIBOL temple.
- 12:10pm – 1:10pm (1h) : Break for LUNCH
- 1:10pm – 5:00pm : After finishing this TRIP you have 2 choices to add attractions on the way back (choose one of your favorite):
– ROLOUS GROUP (PREAH KO – BAKONG – LOLEI)
– TONLE SAP LAKE TOUR (Kompong Pluk)
|ROLOUS GROUP||KOMPONG PLUK|
PHOTO GARLLERY OF CHAW SREI VIBOL
NOTED: WE ARE FLEXIBLE, WE DON’T LIMIT THE TIME FOR YOUR TRIP, WE ONLY SET ESTIMATED TIME BY FLOLLOWING OUR EXPERIANCE!
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CHAW SREI VIBOL HISTORY
Chau Srei Vibol Temple (built early 11th century)
Chau Srei Vibol, also known by its modern name Wat Trak, is a large hilltop temple complex about 17 kilometers due east of Angkor Wat. Due to its distance from the bulk of the monuments in the Angkor archaeological zone, the site is rarely visited by tourists and remains shrouded in mystery. No stelae or epigraphic inscriptions have ever been found to attest to its significance or lineage. Construction of the temple probably dates to the reign of Suryavarman I (r. 1006-1050?), a prolific builder who was responsible for a number of large-scale building projects along the fringes of the empire including Preah Khan Kompong Svay, Preah Vihear, and Phnom Chisor (near present-day Phnom Penh). Closer to home, he also erected the temple-mountain Phimeanakas, Ta Keo, and the enormous western baray reservoir (measuring 2.1 x 8 kilometers). Chau Srei Vibol was built on a similar monumental scale with a moat measuring 1 x 1.5 kilometers, enclosing an artificial ‘island’ measuring roughly 650 x 1050 meters. The temple sat alongside the eastern branch of the great royal road linking central Angkor to the iron-smelting center at Preah Khan Kampong Svay, about 80 kilometers due east. Like pearls on a necklace, a variety of royal rest houses and other important temples—such as Beng Mealea—dotted the roadside at regular intervals. Though Chau Srei Vibol was not the reason for the road’s existence, it clearly benefited from its presence.
In Suryavarman’s time the temple probably stood at the heart of a vast metropolis or one which was planned, as the temple’s inner enclosure occupies less than 1% of the land contained within the moat. Nothing remains of the city’s residential structures, as these were typically made of perishable materials. The only surviving structures, apart from the inner sanctuary and the perimeter walls, are a laterite-lined reservoir to the southwest and a curious cruciform-shaped building to the south. The purpose of the latter structure is not known, though it strongly resembles a similar (though more refined) hall at Beng Mealea.
The temple has never been restored and is now in a precarious state. As early as 1903 Lunet de La Jonquire remarked on the temple’s poor condition, noting signs of deliberate damage (particularly on the east gopura of the 2nd enclosure). Vittorio Roveda notes that “The locals blame foreign invaders, presumably the Siamese” (p. 362). Petrotchenko, on the other hand, suggests that Cham armies may have inflicted harm as they burst upon the empire from the east, passing by (or through) Chao Srei Vibol as they marched on Angkor to the west.
The heart of the temple is its innermost enclosure, measuring about 40 x 50 meters. It stands on the summit of a natural hillock about 30 meters above the surrounding plain, suggesting that the location of the temple was determined foremost by topographic factors. In plan it strongly resembles Chau Say Tevoda or the inner enclosure of Banteay Samre, though the central tower lacks a mandapa (long antechamber). Like other temples built by Suryavarman I, the stonework exhibits a high degree of craftsmanship with particularly refined carvings visible on the rear of the south ‘library’, the best preserved building.
KOMPONG PLUK FLOODED MANGROVE TREES AND LONG STILT-HOUSES
Kampong Phluk is a cluster of three villages of stilted houses built within the floodplain about 16 km southeast of Siem Reap. The villages are primarily Khmer and have about 3000 inhabitants between them. Flooded mangrove forest surrounds the area and is home to a variety of wildlife including crab-eating macaques. During the dry season when the lake is low, the buildings in the villages seem to soar atop their 6-meter stilts exposed by the lack of water. At this time of year many of the villagers move out onto the lake and build temporary houses. In the wet season when water level rises, the villagers move back to their permanent houses on the floodplain, the stilts now hidden under the water. Kampong Phluk’s economy is, as one might expect, based in fishing, primary in shrimp harvesting. Kampong Phluk sees comparatively few foreign visitors and offers a close look at the submerged forest and lakeside village life. The area can be reached by boat from the Chong Khneas or by road. Make arrangements through your guesthouse of tour operator, or charter a boat at the Chong Khneas docks. During the wet season, drive to Roluos village just off Route #6 east of Siem Reap and then take a boat through the flooded forest the rest of the way. During the dry season the road is clear, making the boat unnecessary. Much of the road has recently been improved, now paved most of the way.
ROLOUS GROUP: LO LEI, PREAH KO AND BAKONG TEMPLE (3DAYS ENTRANCE FEE INCLUSION)
ROLOUS is a Cambodian modern small town and an archeological site about 15 km east of Siem Reap along NH6. Once it was the seat of Hariharalaya first capital of Khmer Empire north of Tonle Sap (as the first capital in the strict sense of the term could have been Indrapura, identifiable with Banteay Prey Nokor). Among the “Roluos Group” of temples there are some of the earliest permanent structures built by Khmer. They mark the beginning of classical period of Khmer civilization, dating from the late 9th century. Some were totally built with bricks, others partially with laterite or sandstone (the first large angkorian temple built with sandstone was possibly Ta Keo) At present it is composed by three major temples:Bakong, Lolei, and Preah Ko, along with tiny Prasat Prei Monti. At both Bakong and Lolei there are contemporary Theravada buddhist monasteries.
LO LEI TEMPLE
LOLEI temple is the northernmost temple of the Rolous Group of three late 9th century Hindu temples at Angkor, Cambodia, the others members of which are Preah Ko and the Bakong. Lolei was the last of the three temples to be built as part of the city of Hariharalaya that once flourished at Roluos, and in 893 the Khmer King king Yasovarman I dedicated it to Shiva and to members of the royal family. The name “Lolei” is thought to be a modern corruption of the ancient name “Hariharalaya, which means “the city of Harihara.” Once an island temple, Lolei was located on an island slightly north of centre in the now dry Indratataka Baray, construction of which had nearly been completed under Yasovarman’s father and predecessor Indravarman I. Scholars believe that placing the temple on an island in the middle of a body of water served to identify it symbolically with Mount Meru, home of the gods, which in Hindu mythology is surrounded by the world oceans.
PREAH KO TEMPLE
PREAH KO (Khmer, The Sacred Bull) was the first temple to be built in the ancient and now defunct city of Hariharalaya (in the area that today is called Rolous), some 15 kilometers south-east of the main group of temples at Angkor, Cambodia. The temple was built under the Khmer King Indravarman I in 879 to honor members of the king’s family, whom it places in relation with the Hindu deity Shiva.
BAKONG is the first temple mountain of sandstone constructed by rulers of the Khmer empire at Ankor near modern Siem Reap in Cambodia. In the final decades of the 9th century AD, it served as the official state temple of King Indravaman I in the ancient city of Hariharalaya, located in an area that today is called Rolous. The structure of Bakong took shape of stepped pyramid, popularly identified as temple mountain of early Khmer temple architecture. The striking similarity of the Bakong and Borobudur temple in Java, going into architectural details such as the gateways and stairs to the upper terraces, suggests strongly that Borobudur was served as the prototype of Bakong. There must have been exchanges of travelers, if not mission, between Khmer kingdom and the Sailendras in Java. Transmitting to Cambodia not only ideas, but also technical and architectural details of Borobudur, including arched gateways in corbelling method.
CHEW SREI VIBOL PRICE OF ANGKOR TOUR
Transportation by private Ac car and Mini Van
- Driver food and accommodation
- Parking fees/ tolls
- Cool waters and towels
- All entrance fees pay by your own account
- Your meals and hotel pay by your own account
- English speaking tour guide (if you need professional English tour guide please inform to us we will arrange with driver for you)