CAMBODIA Siem Reap – Here you will find influences of French colonial and Chinese architecture. With the Tuk Tuk service to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, to visit Angkor Ta Prohm, one of the famous temples of Cambodia. In the afternoon with a Jeep to the Angkor Wat Temple. MYANMAR Mandalay – After arriving…
True to the meaning of its name “green village”, Phum Baitang offers quiet accommodation nestled amidst private, lush gardens and rice fields. Phum Baitang features a 50 m outdoor infinity pool, a spa and wellness centre and a barbecue area.
The property boasts 45 spacious wood-and-stilt villas and is equipped with a children’s playground. Guests can enjoy meals at one of the two in-house restaurant or have a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site.
Phum Baitang is 3 km away from the vibrant Pub Street. The renowned Angkor Wat is 7 km away, while Angkor Night Market is 2.7 km from the property. The nearest airport is Siem Reap – Angkor International Airport, is a 6 km-drive. The property offers complimentary airport transfers and shuttle services.
Some villas offer a private terrace while others are fitted with a private plunge pool. Villas are fully-furnished with traditional Cambodian decor. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain units feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day.
Enjoy a cup of coffee while looking out at the pool or garden. Each room comes with a private bathroom fitted with a hot tub. Conveniences include bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries. The hotel offers free WiFi throughout the property.
Guests can indulge in Spa Temple’s variety of massages and treatments or participate in yoga classes. The 24-hour front desk offers currency exchange, tour arrangements and ticketing services. Bike hire is also available.
One of the property’s two in-house restaurants, Bay Phsar serves up authentic Cambodia cuisine and encourages guests to choose from an array of locally-sourced ingredients with the help of the chef, while Hang Bay specialises in fusion cuisine.
This property is also rated for the best value in Siem Reap! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.
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A North Korean artist adds her self-portrait to the panoramic wall painting.
A North Korean studio recreates the reign of King Jayavarman VII in a gigantic mural
Visitors enjoy the panoramic mural at Angkor Panorama Museum in Siem Reap.
“The panoramic painting is 122.9 metres by 12.9 metres,” says a young Cambodian guide at Angkor Panorama Museum. “Painted by 63 North Korean artists, it took 16 months to complete and has 45,000 human figures.
The mural starts with horrific scenes from the Cham War between the Khmers and the Vietnamese before moving clockwise to the construction of the famous Bayon Temple and ending with the daily life of Khmers in the 12th Century.
Mansudae Studio is an art studio in Pyongyang, North Korea. Spread over 120,000 square metres and boasting 1,000 of North Korea’s finest artists, it’s one of the largest art production centres in the world.
A graphic scene of war against Cham.
The panoramic wall painting honours King Jayavarman VII, a devout Buddhist and great warrior who established Angkor Thom as the capital. He crusaded against the Cham and converted his Empire to Buddhism. Bayon Temple boasts a series of bas-reliefs depicting the king’s success through historical events on the battlefield.
Angkor Panorama Museum’s mural is way more patriotic and grandiose. The best scene is the battle against Cham warriors, which shows King Jayavarman on his elephant commanding his men to crush the Cham on the banks of Tonle Sap.
Surrounding the viewing deck of Angkor Panorama Museum is an artificial jungle constructed from fake trees, rocks, huts and sculptures which seamlessly meets the painted wall.
Angkor Panorama Museum also screens 3D movies demystifying how the grandiose temples of Angkor were built. A trip to visit the museum includes a briefing on the ancient Khmer Empire.
Happy citizens under the reign of King Jayavarman VII.
The large array of about 100 temples at Angkor were built
during the glory days of Cambodian (Khmer) power, from the 9th to the 15th centuries.
The term “Angkor Wat” is generally applied to the entire, incomparable Angkor site.
However, Angkor Wat itself, pictured above, is only the largest, best known, and most spectacular temple.
Gloriously preserved, Angkor Wat is a true marvel.
The Angkor Wat towers change color at sunset, captured in a video.
This image of three towers is on the Cambodian
flag, a symbol of both the country and the monument.
Angkor Wat was originally constructed to honor the Hindu god Vishnu at a time when the Hindu influence predominated.
Vishnu is still here, but wearing the robes of a Buddhist monk and looking like Buddha.
It’s fair to say that Angkor’s religious affiliation has evolved to match that of the Cambodian people.
The interior of Angkor Wat contains countless galleries of carvings, and these are also Hindu in origin.
From inside the temple compound, here are two Angkor Wat towers, which can partially be climbed.
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