Cambodia is a country steeped in an ancient history based on the Khmer Empire. The Angkor temple complex is the largest religious monument in the world. The best view you will get is watching it at sunset. Our tour will expose you to the main sites in Siem Reap.
The temples of the Angkor area number over 1000, and today many of them still remain. During your exploration, you’ll 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 ruin Angkor Wat is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When you visit Angkor, you'll feel like you’’re stepping into a mystical world of the past.
Explore the city by tuk-tuk, walk through food markets, travel through the countryside and board a motorized boat visiting a floating village. A highlight will be a ride on an ox-cart through rice paddies.
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||Full day Phnom Kulen|
|Day 6||Siem Reap - departure|
> Village walk and touring the floating Community
> Take a 30-minute ox-cart ride through rice paddies
> Early morning tour to Ta Prohm which nearly disappeared into the jungle
> Be amazed by the intricately carved Khmer ruins of Angkor Wat
> Explore the mysterious Royal City Angkor Thom and Bayon
> Evening tuk-tuk ride followed by dinner
> Lunch hosted by a local family
> Picnic lunch at the Rover of One Thousand Lungas
- Best time to travel to Cambodia
Tourist season runs from November to March, but Cambodia is warm throughout the year and temperatures do not go below 20C. If you prefer lesser crowds, opt to travel between May to early October
- Cambodia Culture and Greetings
Cambodians are a mixture of Hinduism and Buddhism. The country’s golden age between the 9th and 14th Century is better known as the Khmer Empire era. During this time, Cambodia achieved unparalleled achievements in the arts and architecture and Angkor Wat is your perfect example.
When you greet someone, press your hands together in front of your chest.
- Drinks & Food
The basis of any Cambodian meal is rice, served either sticky or jasmine rice grown in the many paddy fields.
Noodle soup is very common, and you will find that French food is still readily available. Don’t be surprised to find a coffee and “baguette sandwich” snack option. Roadside street food stalls are fun to try but rather sticks to the busy stalls serving piping hot foods. Siem Reap has restaurants offer authentic Khmer delicacies and international cuisine at affordable rates.
Once must sample the local delicacy called luc-lac (stir-fried beef) and fish amok.
- Recommended eateries are:
- The Sugar Palm
- Fathers Restaurant
- Maom Restaurant (only local dishes)
- Khmer Kitchen
- Discover your environment
Taxi hire is available in all major cities. They are not metered so fix the rate in advance. Tips will be appreciated by the driver. Not to be missed is a tuk-tuk ride .
Locals rarely tip, however, tourist like to add 10% which is appropriate especially in restaurants where no service charge is added to the bill
- Local interesting meals:
Babor: Rice porridge with chicken broth
Kralan: Sticky rice flavored with sugar, beans and grated coconut steamed inside a Bamboo pole
Mee Katang: Cantonese styled wild rice cooked with meat and vegetables served with an oyster sauce
Fresh Coconut Juice: a refreshing and popular drink
Beer: Angkor and Anchor are the largest lagers served
The name Siem Reap literally means “Siam Defeated”. These days, however, there are no warriors only tourists heading to the Angkor Archaeological Park. This once quaint village has become the largest tourist town in Cambodia.
It’s quite laid-back and a pleasant place to stay while touring the temples and a nice compromise between observing Cambodian life and enjoying the amenities of modern services and entertainment.
Siem Reap – Arrival
- Upon your arrival; you will be met by our representative for transfer to the hotel; and check-in
- Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.
Village Walk and Floating Community (B)
- Morning transfer to one of the beautiful outlying villages. Walk through the village, witness local activities and interact with its friendly locals
- Enjoy a 30-minute oxcart ride through the rice paddies and reach the home of a local family for some fresh coconut juice or a taste of the locally produced rice wine
- Meet up with your drive for onward journey to a local floating community. Board a motorized boat and visit the floating houses.
- Return to Siem Reap
- At 4:30, visit the Angkor National Museum
Siem Reap – Angkor Highlighted Temples (B)
- Beat the crowd with an early morning 7 am visit to the picturesque Ta Prohm Temple that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown today; 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 will 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 Terraces; the Lepper King Terrace and the Royal Place area.
- Also visit one more ruin in the Angkor area; the Preah Khan temple; built in 12th century by King Jayavarman VII and in the same style to Ta Prom Temple.
- 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 at selected hotels in double/twin room
- Meals: as mentioned
- 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