Cambodia a country steeped in ancient history and based on Khmer Empire once the largest empire in South East Asia. Spend 5 Days visiting Angkor, once the region that served as the seat of the empire during its heyday (around the 9th century to the 15th century A.D.).
> Visit a beautiful local village and interact with the locals
> Travel on an ox-cart
> Spend some time at the Angkor National Museum
> At Angkor Thom see the awesome silent, heavy and enigmatic faces staring at you out of remote times
> Explore Siem Reap in a tuk-tuk followed by dinner
> Sit down for lunch with a local family
At a glance
|Day 1||Welcome to Siem Reap|
|Day 2||Siem Reap Village Walk and Floating Community|
|Day 3||Angkor Temples|
|Day 4||Angkor Outlying Temples|
|Day 5||Siem Reap departure|
The temples of the Angkor area numbered over 1000 and many remain till today. When exploring them, you will come across everything from piles of rocks and brick overrun by huge tree roots to the world’s largest single religious monument – Angkor Wat. Together these temples comprise the most significant example of Khmer architecture and ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
When visiting Cambodia and Angkor, you feel like stepping into a mystical world of the past.
See the magnificent Angkor temple complex, where time stopped long time ago. Be captivated by the ancient power of Khmer empire and the beauty of its ruins. Discover Banteay Srei, a World Heritage Site praised as “jewel of Khmer art” and a “precious gem”. It was built by women (is known as the “Citadel of Women”).
Sail around the Tonle Sap (Great Lake) lake, the largest lake in Indochina and declared a Biosphere Reserve by Unesco. Visit floating villages with floating schools, houses, markets… and meet their inhabitants and their lifestyle. Join us in this amazing trip around this magical land!
The Tonle Sap
The Tonle Sap (known as the Great Lake) in Cambodia is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. It is one of the richest fishing lakes in the World. Tonle Sap Lake combines the lake and a river system. Here a seasonal occurrence creates one of the unique ecological hot spot in the world.
The lake is no doubt Cambodia’s potent soul, if one has to compare the glorious Angkor Wat as the heart of the nation. The unique eco-system and cultural area offers the opportunity to see a different side of the Siem Reap: floating villages, cultural and nature tours, bird watching.
Visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South Gate and Bayon temple and then move onto Ta Prohm. One of the most beautiful temples in area. It has been left relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Also visit the World Heritage of Angkor Wat (Mid-12th century). The temple complex covers 81 hectares and built by Suryavarman II. The temple is one of the largest monuments to religion ever built and truly one the wonders of world.
Visit Banteay Srey Temple (35km), the most beautiful of all temples in Cambodia built in 10th century by Brahman. The temple Banteay Samre is 18km outside Siem Reap town and takes a half hour drive to get there. Built by Suryavarman II and named after the Samre, an ethnic tribe that inhabited the regions at the base of Phnom Kulen and probably related to the Khmers. No inscription has been found for it, but the tranquil temple’s style of architecture is of the classic art of the middle period similar to Angkor Wat.
Siem Reap – Arrival
- Upon your arrival; you are met by our representative who will assist you through immigration; transfer to your hotel; and check-in
- Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.
Siem Reap – Village Walk & Floating Community (B)
Morning transfer to one of the beautiful outlying villages and witness different activities of the locals
Enjoy a 30-minute ox-cart ride through the rice paddies
arrive at the home of a local family who will offer you fresh coconut and some homemade rice wine.
Rejoin your driver and head for your next destination, a floating community.
embark on a motorized boat visiting the many floating communities making their lives from the lake in a respectful and meaningful way
(Floating community visit is recommended between September and February )
In the afternoon, visit the Angkor National Museum
Siem Reap – Angkor Highlighted Temples (B-D)
- Beat the crowd with an early morning, at 7 am, visit the picturesque Ta Prohm that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown; an oddly haunting and exotic scene.
- The magnificent roots of a tree; pushing between the huge stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace; evoke feelings that you may remember forever.
- Continue on to visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat – one of the world’s most impressive ruins. The temple still has fine Apsara carvings in Angkorian era art.
- Lunch is for your own account.
- In the afternoon; explore the mysterious Royal Angkor Thom City & Bayon. Its 54-tower temple is an awesome sight. At first glance it seems a shapeless mass of stone; but further scrutiny reveals a face; and then another and another until suddenly you are engulfed by the silent; heavy; enigmatic and silent gaze through half-closed eyes; staring out from a primitive and remote time.
- Further; visit the surroundings of the complex including the Baphou; the Elephant Terrace; the Lepper King Terrace and the Royal Palace area.
- At 6:00 pm, explore Siem Reap by tuk-tuk and experience Siem Reap's nightlife. Walk through the food markets,
- Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and intercity transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Accommodation in selected hotels in a double/twin room sharing
- Meal plan as per itinerary
- Local English speaking Guide
- Entrance fees
- International/Domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Cambodia Visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 01 MAY and 30 SEP 2018
- Seasonal supplements may be applicable