The resort town of Siem Reap, in northwestern Cambodia, is gateway to the ruins of Angkor, the seat of the Khmer kingdom from the 9th-15th centuries. Angkor’s vast complex of intricate stone buildings includes preserved Angkor Wat, the main temple, which is pictured on Cambodia’s flag. It is located in the South of the province on the shores of the Tonle Sap Lake, the greatest sweet water reserve in the Southeast Asian region. You can enjoy cycling, visiting the rare-bird sanctuaries, exploring the floating villages, and trekking through the paddies as alternative activities out of the busy city. A holiday destination for those wanting to get away and explore a city known for its great history.
Siem Reap has a tropical climate with seasonal variations typical of all of Cambodia. The dry northeast monsoon season runs from December through April, while the southwest monsoon from May to November brings wet weather and high humidity.
Best time to go:
The best time to visit Siem Reap is in December and January, when the days are assuredly sunny and dry. Just be aware that this is the peak tourist season, so you'll find it more crowded everywhere and prices will be higher.
Day 1: Lunch/Dinner
Morning: Pick up from the hotel or airport to visit Angkor, the largest religious structure in the world. We will spend about 2 hours or more to visit this amazing temple before heading back to hotel for a noon break to avoid the heat.
2.30 pm: Depart from the hotel to visit the largest and last city of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom, covering an area of 12 square kilometers. The tour starts at the South Gate for a great view of the moat and wall with giant faces on the gate where you can take photos. Jump in a car or tuk-tuk for a short drive to Baphuon, currently restored temple, and walk through to Royal Enclosure where Phimean Akas center is then walk to the Elephant and Leper King Terrace.
Short drive to another main temple of the day: the Bayon temple a sure highlight among the tourist spots. Here you can enjoy the quietness of the place since everyone else would have left already to visit the other sites we’ve just visited. The soft rays of the sun will provide you a feeling of peace with a lovely contrast of the giant faces around you.
Day 2: Breakfast/Lunch
Early morning at 5.00 am: Depart the hotel for a dawn breaking at Angkor Wat where the beautiful reflection of the temple and its dramatic fiery background can be witnessed. Back to hotel for breakfast, continue to visit the amazing temple of Preah Khan and a very different one, Neak Pean after that. Lunch break to avoid the heat.
3.00 pm: depart the hotel to visit a small temple of Chaosay Tevoda, found by Suryavarman II, the same period as Angkor Wat. Continue to a pyramid Ta Keo and finish at a famous temple of Ta Prohm.
Day 3: Breakfast / Dinner
After breakfast, drive through the back site of the busy road to visit the earlier capital city of the Khmer Empire, Rolous group. The tour will start first with the pyramid sandstone temple of the Khmer architecture called Bakong. Continue on to the clay-brick temple of Preah Ko before driving back to Siem Reap for a noon break.
3.00 pm: Depart the hotel to drive North of Siem Reap for an hour to visit the most beautiful deep cut carving temple of Banteay Srei, the pink and yellow sandstone temple. The drive will allow you to see how people live in the country-side. Here you will see cattles and the green paddy fields. Enjoy dinner at Khmer style night live at the beer garden.
Day 4: Breakfast
After breakfast: Depart to visit the real jungle clad temple of Beng Mealea. This excursion will take you through villages where the old Khmer houses stand along the road side with the green rice paddy field in the backdrop. Back to hotel after the temple visit for noon break to avoid the heat.
3.00 pm: Depart South of Siem Reap town via villages to visit the great lake where hundreds of Cambodian families lives. Floating houses on bamboo rafts and boats allows you the best firsthand view on an open air boat trip. A short visit to the handicraft workshop on the way back will give you a glimpse of the artistic skills of the Khmer during the great Empire.
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- Return international airfare inclusive of air taxes
- English speaking tour guide
- Tour transport and transfers
- Accommodation including breakfast, airport pick up, and transfers
- Meals: 2 lunches and 2 dinners
- 3 days Angkor temple pass, Beng Mealea entry pass
- Private boat trip to the floating village at Tonle Sap lake
- All airport taxes, tips, and visa fee
- Other personal expenses such as soft drink, laundry, etc not explicitly noted in above inclusions