The third day tour focuses on temples and structures dedicated to Vishnu.
They are mostly of 12th century. Similarly to the Shiva’s temples which have Vishnu’s statues or Vishnu-related carvings, Vishnu’s temples house statues and display stories of Shiva.
Angkor Wat is the center piece of any visit to the temples of Angkor. Constructed by King Suryavarman II, the temple served as his state temple.
Khmer people consider Angkor Wat to be the symbol of their nation.
After your visit of this crucial monument, you can go to Angkor Thom by the Victory gate.
The celestial three-headed elephant, the image of a standing Lokeshvara on the pediments on each side of the gate and two rows of stone gods and demons holding a snake on each side of the causeway make the scene breathtaking.
You will also see the East Gate of Angkor Thom by going to Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda temples. They were built in the 12th century in a style that blends perfectly with the art of Angkor Wat.
Your day ends at Banteay Samre, another temple of the same style as Angkor Wat. It is well worth going to see this monument found, slightly off the beaten path, which features gorgeous sculpture work, notably on it pediments. A calm, peaceful atmosphere fills the place, and on the way to it there is very pleasant country scenery, including villages and rice fields.