Cambodia has recently become one of the most popular tourist destinations in southeast Asia, for those looking for a more immersive holiday experience. The country’s rich cultural hertiage is evident in the majestic temples like those at Angkor Wat and delicious Khmer cuisine, The country is also home to amazing birding destinations like the Tonle Sap Lake, which is not only home to the largest waterbird colonies in southeast Asia, but also home to endangered bird species like Milky Stork, Greater Adjutant, and more.
Early morning arrival at Phnom Penh – the city known for its traditional Khmer and colonial styles French villas. Meet our representative. Check in at the hotel. After the short rest you will visit the impressive colorful Khmer-style royal palace complex build in 1866 by the Predecessors of King Norodom, Silver pagoda (the emerald Buddha temple), Independence monument and explore the National museum (a beautiful Khmer architecture building contains more than 5000 art antiques made by bronze, wood, gold, silver, copper, sandstone). Savor the local cuisine in the lunch. later walk up to sacred hill Phnom Daun Penh – also the
name of a pagoda and name of the capital nowadays. Last visit Central Market, a large market constructed in 1937 in the shape of a dome with four arms branching out into vast hallways with countless stalls of goods. Overnight stay.
Morning after breakfast visit Choeung Ek museum, Tuol Sleng prison now is Genocide Museum, the most secret part of the Khmer Rouge regime. After lunch you can explore the Russian market to buy the locals. Evening take a cruise to see the sunset on the Mekong and Tonle Sap River in the “Four Arms” section where the Mekong meets the Tonle Sap River before splitting into two branches. Overnight stay.
Pick up from your arrival point in Siem Reap (airport / bus station) and transfer to 4 Star Hotel. Drive with our experienced English speaking guide to the Roluos Temple group, located in the Southeast of Angkor. Visit Lolei, Preah Koh and Bakong Tempel. In Roluos, the first temple mountain of the Angkorian plain was built, the Bankong. Study the principles of Khmer architecture whose evolution you will later see in the other places of this intensive tour.
Drive to Angkor Archaeological Park and visit Angkor Thom. Visit of Angkor Thom
Entering this once largest city of the world form the South Gate, you admire the street of 108 gods and devils. Study Bayon Temple, with its famous face tours (the "smile" of Angkor) and bas reliefs from the 14th centruy, depicting the daily life that doesn't seem to have much changed until now. Easy walking tour to Baphuon Temple and Phimeanakas Temple. We walk further to the Terrasse of Elephants and Terrasse of Yama (the so called lepra king) and see the fantastic reliefs. Time for lunch in a local restaurant with good view to the historical central place of Angkor Thom. You should try the good noodle soup! Visit of Angkor Wat. In the afternoon, with the best light, intensive visit of world famous Angkor Wat temple. Optional: You can start your visit by riding a balloon (staying on the same place, around 15 minutes!). Great round view. Take your best photos! Study the fantastic bas reliefs of Angkor Wat, depicting scenes of Hindu mythology (like the churning of the milk sea) and climb up to the third level of this holy place, where once only the Angkorian priests and kings have worshipped their gods. Enjoy the great roundview and take your time for meditation on a quiet place. Sunset from Phnom Bakheng (very busy but famous for sunset) or Preh Rup, a lovely and quiet place to reflect your discoveries in Angkor. Transfer back to Ta Som Guesthouse for optional dinner in our Ta Som Garden Restaurant. Try the famous traditional Amok Fish, delicious and not spicy! In the evening, opitional Apsara Dance , only 200 metres from your guest house!
You shouldn't miss the fantastic sunrise in Angkor Wat - a unique experience!
Your English speaking tourguide will explain the meaning of the sun in relation to the tempels' architecture. What means the "temple code" of Angkor Wat?
After having discussed these questions, you have breakfast ( as breakfast box) on the pittoresque Srah Srang Water Basin . Enjoy this quite place, the former royal bath. Start for a walking tour through Banteay Kdei and Ta Prohm, the so called jungle temple. This tour is easy and takes us about two hours. (In our opinion as tour agency, walking is a much more intensive way to "feel" and to "smell" Angkor than sitting only in a car and getting off at some spots. If you want, the walking tour can be shortened up to one hour, according to your condition.)
Visit of Ta Prohm
The EFEO (Ecole Francaise d'Extrême-Orient) has decided to keep this tempel overgrown by the jungle. Enjoy the trees
growing out from the temple ruins and feel like the first explorers and "rediscoverers" of Angkor, like Henri Mouhot or Lunet de Lajonquière.
Time for lunch in front of the gigantic face gopurams (temple entrance) of Ta Prohm in a local restaurant (not included). In the afternoon, we explore Preah Khan Temple (with hugh trees overgrowing the ruins). The temple complex has been
ideally restored by the World Monument Fund. Learn about the enormous looting problem in Angkor and the important savegarding and preservation activities of the WMF. Go on seeing the most important spots on the "grand circuit", like Neak Pean (holy bath) and the Eastern Mebon (with Elephant statues).
Visit Ta Som Temple built by King Jayavarman VII dedicated this temple to his teacher.Enjoy the famous eastern gopura of Ta Som. Take your picture! Sunset from Pre Rup or from another place (according to day 1). Transfer back to Ta Som Guesthouse, optional dinner. On this second day, you should try the traditional beef loklak, together with a refreshing and vitalizing pineapple juice!
After your breakfast in 4 star hotel, enjoy an excursion in the Northern part of the Angkor Archaeological Park. On your way, you pass through picturesque landscapes with ricefields and sugar palms to another highlight of Angkor: the famous and precious Banteay Srei Temple. Banteay Srei means "the citadel of the women" and is reknown because of its incredible sandstone carvings looking like wood. It really deserves the name "diamond of Angkor". After having studied the different reliefs depicting scenes of Hindu mythology, we go on northwards to a holy place, where in Angkorian times, thousands of Lingams (the phallus symbol of the Lord Shiva) have been carved into the riverbed, in order to fertilize the water going down to the Angkorian plain. This place is called Kbal Spean or the River of Thousand Lingams. Easy Walking tour (about one hour) through tropical dry forest and see the different places of carvings in the riverbed.
Your experienced English speaking tour guide explains you the meaning of the interesting carvings. Time for lunch in a local restaurant in Kobal Spean (not included). Driving back to Siem Reap, you also visit Banteay Samre Temple.
Optional dinner in Ta Som Garden Restaurant.
Breakfast in 4 star hotel. Transfer to Phnom Krom on the shores of the Tonle Sap Lake. Enjoy a boat trip (about two hours) on the Tonle Sap Lake, the greatest fresh water reservoir with the highest biodiversity in the world. See the floating village of Chong Kneas. Learn about rice cultivation, fishing techniques and life with and on the water. Visit of Artisans d'Angkor. In the evening, enjoy a classical Apsara dance show. Dinner buffet included.
This is your explorer's day!
Thanks to a new road, we can go now in one day to hidden temple areas, that have just recently been opened for tourists. Feel like the first explorers of Angkor, when you stroll over ruins and through deep tropical vegetation in Koh Ker and Beng
Mealea. After early breakfast in Ta Som Guesthouse, start northeastwards, after 1 ½ hours, arrive in Koh Ker. Visit at first the 35 metres high temple mountain, called Prasat Thom. Breathtaking views from the summit. Drive around by your car to remote temple areas with gopurams and nice carvings and lintels. See the holy lingams in the cellas. Visit the stone carries, where the sandstone, used for building most Angkor temples, was broken. You will have picnic lunch on a lovely place on the baray (water basin) in Beng Mealea. Feel like the first explorers when you search your way over broken ruins and temple walls. The large temple area is still overgrown by the tropical dry forest. Beng Mealea temple is on the old Angkorian roads leading from Angkor to the Great temple of Preah Khan of Kompong Svay. You will see some of the old stone bridges. In the late afternoon, you drive back to Siem Reap, to Ta Som Guesthouse. End of package tour "Angkor Explorer".
- Accommodation for 06 Nights Meals as per itinerary
- Dedicated transportation English speaking guide | All applicable taxes
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