This morning you will be collected from your hotel for a full day tour visiting the temples of Angkor.
Visit the South gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Baphuon, Phimeanakas, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King and Ta Prohm where trees clasp the temples in their mighty roots. Angkor Wat itself is the iconic temple and is spectacular. It is an experience not to be missed.
Angkor Temples Tour - Two Full Days
This morning you will be collected from your hotel for a full day tour visiting the temples of Angkor. Your day starts with a visit to Angkor Wat itself - the iconic temple with soaring towers and extraordinary bas reliefs.
In the afternoon, visit Banteay Srei, a temple that lies around an hour North of Angkor Wat and know for its intricate carvings and decorations. It is also home to some of the most impressive jewels of Khmer art. Built in the 10th century, this small pink sandstone temple is known as the Citadel of Women.
Later in the afternoon visit Ta Prohm, where trees have taken root in the stones of the temple – hence the nickname the Jungle Temple.
After the days touring you will be taken back to your hotel.
Today explore the Northern end of Angkor, beginning with Preah Khan, the only island temple of Angkor. Continue on to Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda.
In the afternoon, visit Angkor Thom (the Great City) including Bayon, the Elephant Terrace and the Leper King Terrace.
At the end of the day you will be taken back to your hotel.
Floating Village – Private Tour
This morning you will be collected from your hotel and taken to Kompong Khleang. Here all the houses are on stilts and you can walk through the village meeting the locals.
Continue on by boat over the canals to a large lake where Vietnamese people live when they are displaced from their homes because of the rainy season. Return to the village and have a picnic lunch in a villager’s home.
In the afternoon your driver will take you back to Siem Reap.
Meals included: Lunch
This morning you will be collected by your driver and taken for a tuk-tuk drive through the countryside. Stop at Bakong temple, Wat Roka and visit some local handicraft makers (pottery, weavers, blacksmiths) were you can see traditional skills and equipment being used as well as a stroll through a local village market.
Take a relaxing ox-cart ride through the nearby village and countryside. Amazingly this ancient form of local transportation is still used to this day. While enjoying the ride you can take in the sites of the countryside, traditional buildings and ways of living. After your ox-cart ride, stroll through the fields with your guide.
This is authentic farmland that is tended by locals, so you're likely to get the opportunity to observe rural farming techniques (many of which have remained unchanged). This is not a simulated farm experience, it is the real thing, so what you'll see (preparation, planting, tending, harvesting) is completely dependent on the timing and season. Your guide will be with you to answer any questions you may have.
The walk concludes at a small rural farm where you can have lunch prepared by a local family where you can also relax in a hammock in the shade.
After lunch, visit the village of Cheasmorn where profits from tours are being used to assist rural Cambodians and where a free English language school is in operation. After your visit here, take a leisurely bike ride through the villages and countryside of Meanchey Commune. The scenery is beautiful and once again you will get to see genuine Cambodian countryside life. Feel free to stop any time for photographs.
The bicycle ride ends back in the village of Cheasmorn where there will be a tuk-tuk waiting to take you back to Siem Reap, arriving back at your hotel at approximately 4:30pm.
Meals included: Lunch
Kbal Spean, Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre
This morning you will be collected from your hotel and taken to Kbal Spean, a spectacular carved riverbed, about an hour north of Siem Reap.
Head further out through rural countryside to the small and beautiful temple of Banteay Srei. This temple is largely built of pink sandstone, a harder rock that can be more elaborately carved which has better survived the rigors of time. Continue on to Banteay Samre, a temple with rose-colored sandstone walls decorated with carvings and bas-reliefs, which are among the most accomplished in the area.
PHNOM KULEN “1000 OF LINGAS” & WATERFALL (L)
We’ll escape the heat of the city by driving 48kms North of Siem Reap to visit the holy Kulen Mountains, also referred to as Phnom Kulen (“Mountain of the Lychees”) by locals. The sandstone from this mountain was the main supplier of construction materials for the Angkor Kingdom. We’ll stop at the sacred site of The River of a Thousand Lingas, which features hundreds of lingas carved in the sandstone bed of the river, which date back to the 9th century. Further downstream, large blocks of stone, also under water, are carved with Apsaras dancers and Vishnu figures. Next on the agenda is a wander around the mountain-top pagoda which is home to relics, statues and a large reclining Buddha. The last mountain stop will be Kulen Waterfall, featuring a natural pool which is the perfect place to cool off on a hot day and a great picnic spot too, so that’s what we’ll do. On the way back to Siem Reap we’ll pay a visit to local villages make palm sugar.