Upon arrival at the Siem Reap international airport, you will be met by your English speaking tour guide and drive to the typical Khmer countryside and visit Banteay Srei temple (10th century), regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer Art. Return to town and check-in at your hotel.
Park Hyatt - Park Room OR Raffles Hotel d'Angkor; Meals: None
After breakfast at the hotel, visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). Enjoy elephant ride from South Gate to Bayon temple or around Bayon temple. Visit Bayon temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), Baphuon (recently re-opened after years of restoration), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
In the afternoon, visit Les Artisans d’Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles, this centre is working with young artisans; the team creates, produce and market a unique collection of ornamental sculpture, lacquer ware, silk weaving and silk painting. The company promotes fair, sustainable development in order to provide benefits to the rural communities. Then visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Sunset at Angkor Wat.
Visit PHARE, The Cambodian Circus (2000Hrs to 2100Hrs) where you will see acrobats, jugglers, contortionists and more.
Park Hyatt - Park Room OR Raffles Hotel d'Angkor; Meals: B
After breakfast at hotel, drive to the village of Kompong Khleang near Siem Reap. This permanent community is one of the largest on the Tonle Sap Lake, home to over 20,000 people living in gigantic stilt houses with an economy based on fishing. Enjoy the spectacular site and board a private boat to visit a small island at the centre of the village to see its market, school and brightly painted pagodas. Continue by boat to see the life on the waters of the great Tonle Sap Lake.
Note: During the high water season from August to January the water level rises to within one or two meters of the buildings. During this time of year the village becomes a lively place with floating houses scattering in the vicinity of Kompong Khleang on the lake. The dry season reveals a spectacular site as the stilt houses rise up to ten meters into the sky. The floating houses are now on the open lake and can be visited with a scenic boat ride. We suggest to conduct this tour in the morning as there are more activities to be observed compared to the rather quiet afternoon.
After lunch, drive to the remote Beng Mealea temple through the typical Khmer countryside. Explore the long abandoned ruins of Beng Mealea (11th century), still strangled by the overgrown jungle.
Return to Siem Reap (60 km). Enjoy dinner at Apsara Terrace of Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor with Apsara dance show.
Park Hyatt - Park Room OR Raffles Hotel d'Angkor; Meals: B L D
After breakfast, take Remork (Tuk Tuk) to visit the unique interior brick sculptures Prasat Kravan, Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Srah Srang reservoir (known as “The Royal Baths” was once used for ritual bathing) and Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been left relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them.
Afternoon, continue by vehicle to visit Preah Khan. Built by King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, though, it’s well preserved and ongoing restoration efforts should improve this situation. Visit as well Neak Pean a fountain built in the middle of a pool, the temple of Ta Som and Eastern Mebon (guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation).
Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight to the next destination.
Express check-in at airport for departure flight: Boarding pass will be arranged in advance what we also call fast immigration for departure flight. However, you will have to check-in your luggage by yourselves.
STARING FROM: $1,388.00 per person. Please contact us for your private custom itinerary and pricing.
LENGTH: 4 Days/ 3 Nights
MEAL PLAN: AS NOTED: B- Breakfast; L- Lunch; D- Dinner
Supplements may apply for travel during holiday period
Please contact us for availability or design your dream journey.
Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy, please contact us for Single Supplement or Sole Traveler pricing.