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LUXE by EXO Launches Exclusive Angkor Helicopter Experiences

February 1, 2019 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

Asia-based luxury tour specialist, LUXE by EXO, today announced a new helicopter tour that allows discerning travellers to visit remote Angkor sites with an Angkor archeologist, viewing sites from the air, as well as exploring them on the ground.  

A half-day experience that departs from Siem Reap, the tour touches down at the remote Angkor sites of Koh Ker and Beng Mealea, passing Angkor Wat along the way. The first stop is Koh Ker, a 30-minute flight over lush countryside.

In the air, guests enjoy a bird’s-eye view of dense jungle tracts where linear laser technology has recently uncovered previously unknown Angkor-era cities. The archeologist will explain each ‘hidden’ site, and provide in-depth commentary of Angkor Wat as the helicopter flies past the temple.

Upon landing in Koh Ker, the archeologist leads a guided tour through the 10th-century temple complex, explaining its importance as a former capital of the Khmer empire. A 37-metre, seven-tiered pyramid is a highlight of this site.

Next, the tour continues to the jungle-covered ruins of Beng Mealea, an 20-minute flight from Koh Ker. Built by King Suryavarman II prior to the construction of Angkor Wat, Beng Mealea is believed to have served as a model for the grand temple later built in the capital city: as the temple is largely in ruins, having been subsumed by the jungle, this is the ideal location to have an archaeologist on hand to explain the many features Beng Mealea shares with Angkor Wat.

The flight, in a late-model Airbus AS350 – H125  or Eurocopter AS350 – B3, offers a luxurious air-conditioned experience for up to five passengers, including accompanying archaeologist, with a weight limit of 352 kilograms including baggage.

Total flight time is approximately 60 minutes, with three hours for guided tours of Koh Ker and Beng Mealea.

‘This helicopter tour promises a highly personalised experience of ancient Angkor, enhanced by the expertise of a specialist in Angkor history,” says Director of LUXE by EXO Maeve Nolan. “Not only will guests see three fascinating sites from above, they have an expert on hand to provide the architectural and historic context for each.’

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