General

Combining the ‘must see’ Angkor sites at a leisurely pace and at uncommon times of the day, this tour also includes trekking and kayaking.

Take your time walking through the Angkor Complex and admire the beautiful temples before you. Head into the rural countryside on foot for a half day country hike on flat terrain to see some of our favourite and secluded temples, whilst a kayaking trip to the fascinating floating and stilted fishing villages or flooded forest on the edge of the great Tonle Sap Lake, allows you to experience a very different lifestyle and unique environment up close. On your last day, a sunrise tour starts at pre-dawn to witness the breath-taking view of the tropical sun emerging from behind the iconic lotus towers of Angkor Wat.

Destination Cambodia
Cities Siem Reap, Angkor
Departure Location Hotel
Duration 4 Days / 3 Nights

Tour Schedule

Tour Dates: Departs Daily

Itinerary


Day 1: Siem Reap

Arrive at Siem Reap International Airport where your local English speaking guide will meet you for the transfer to your hotel. This afternoon visit Angkor Thom – the world’s largest city in the 12th Century. You have the choice of either walking along the path of the 8m high laterite city wall to the Death Gate or continuing around by road.

Then en route to the Terrace of the Leper King, you can stop briefly to see an imposing statue originally found in Bayon. Begin again at the atmospheric Preah Palilay and walk (1km) through the shaded parkland behind the terraces, pass Phimeanakas with its beautiful lakes, and the imposing Baphuon to finally reach King Jayavarman’s state temple of Bayon. Explore this important temple with its many captivating giant stone faces.

Suggested Optional Activity: This evening enjoy sunset drinks with a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems, relaxing with a cool drink in hand and accompanied by the sound of bird song – additional cost.


Day 2: Siem Reap (Angkor) (B)

Travel by road to Srah Srang and then the famous Ta Prohm. Left in much the same condition in which it was found, the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor’s most popular temples. From Ta Prohm walk through the forest to the seldom visited temple of Ta Nei. Pause for a light breakfast around this peaceful area before exploring further. End the morning at Ta Keo temple, where a climb to the top is rewarded by an expansive view over the surrounding forest. Known as the “mountain with bronze peaks” and admire its five-tiered pyramid structure. Return by road to Siem Reap for lunch (at your own expense)

Suggested Optional Activity: Discover the morning’s temples by bike – additional cost

This afternoon explore more of the Cambodian countryside and secret hidden temples with a half day walk (approx. three hours to walk plus the time spent en route at Prasat Prei). The circular path starts along an irrigation channel, which leads to the Angkor Thom moat. Follow the walls in the shade of tall dipterocarp trees and pass through Angkor Krau Village to reach Prasat Prei temple. This consists of a single tower plus a fire shrine, all enclosed by a laterite wall with gates to east and west. From Prasat Prei it’s a kilometre through bush and small paddy fields to the tall trees surrounding Prasat Banteay Thom.

Note: Walking boots or good trainers are required. The route is on sandy paths and crosses a couple of streams, which you will have to walk or wade through. The walking is not hard but three hours plus under the Cambodian sun requires a lot of rehydration; we recommend you carry two litres of water for a half day walk. Suggested light loose clothing gives protection from sun and insects and long trousers stop vegetation scratching legs.


Day 3: Siem Reap (B, L)

A half day kayaking trip to one of the fascinating floating and stilted fishing villages or flooded forest on the edge of the great Tonle Sap Lake allows you to experience a very different lifestyle and unique environment up close.

Your guide will choose a suitable point to off load and assemble the kayaks next to the Tonle Sap Lake dependent on water levels. He will guide you through the assembly and help you with the launch. You should spend a short term familiarizing yourself with the boat and paddles after which the guide will lead you down the main channel and through the village into the flooded forest depending on which location you’ve launched from. You will get a sense of community life watching the children go to school in boats and wooden fishing boats returning from the open lake with fishermen hauling their nets.

Note: The Cambodia sun can be fierce so cover up – light loose clothing, a hat and sunblock. A support boat is with you should you feel like stopping and cruising instead.

Suggested Optional Activity: Countryside Senses, journey of discovery through the rural landscape to reach villages where mass tourism cannot follow. Few get to see this side of the real Cambodia. Includes blessing from the monks, hands on experiences, ox-cart ride finishing at a countryside villa to relax and enjoy sunset drinks. Note: Please wear comfortable clothing and practical footwear.

The afternoon is at leisure and your guide and driver will be at your disposal should you decide to explore.


Day 4: Siem Reap (B)

An early start this morning to enjoy a once in a life time experience – a sunrise tour to witness breath-taking views of Angkor Wat Temple, the best place for photography. Continue to explore the central complex and bas-reliefs of Angkor Wat (AD1113), one of travels remaining great adventures before returning to your hotel for a late breakfast.

This afternoon transfer to Siem Reap Airport for your international departure flight.


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