Discover the beauty and magic of Angkor Wat
One of the most overwhelming cultural and architectural sites in the world is the Angkor temple complex. Nothing prepares you for the experience of seeing Angkor Wat for the first time, especially at sunrise or sunset, when soft light bathes the ruins with an otherworldly, haunting radiance. No less spectacular is Angkor Thom, once a city of a million inhabitants. We'll also visit dramatically overgrown Preah Khan and the royal baths of Preah Neak Pean, with its intertwining naga temple surrounded by four bathing ponds.
You can combine this trip with other journeys in Southeast Asia to create the ultimate dream vacation.
Easy cultural touring
- See Angkor Wat at sunrise or sunset, when soft light bathes the ruins with an otherworldly, haunting radiance.
- Visit Angkor Thom, inlcuding the temple of Bayon and its 54 intricately carved towers
- Explore dramatically overgrown Preah Khan and Preah Neak Pean
Duration: 3 days Start Location: Siem Reap End Location: Angkor WatDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Siem Reap
Morning visit of the temple of Prasat Kravan with its unique brick sculptures. We’ll also visit Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Tra Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its original mystery. In the afternoon, we’ll visit overgrown Preah Khan, currently under renovation by the World Monuments Fund. We will also visit the royal baths at Preah Neak Pean in the Eastern Baray (a man-made rectangular lake).
INCLUDED MEALS: Dinner
LODGING: Borei Angkor Resort & Spa - Siem Reap
Day 2 : Angkor Wat
This morning, we’ll 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. The 12th-century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.
From here, continue to visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, once home to nearly one million residents. We'll cross the moat-bridge with its larger-than-life depictions of the Hindu story of the Churning Sea of Milk, the classic struggle of good and evil typified by a tug of war between giants and demons. We pass under the serene face of Avolokiteshvara, the Boddhisattva of compassion, into the city. We’ll visit Bayon, situated in the center of the ancient town. This Buddhist shrine boasts 54 towers and huge portraits of the Buddha facing each of the cardinal directions. We’ll also visit Baphuon, The Royal Enclosure, Terrace of the Leper King, and the Terrace of Elephants.
In the late afternoon we’ll visit Ta Prohm. This temple is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes the ‘Tomb Raider Temple’ one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples.
INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
LODGING: Borei Angkor Resort & Spa - Siem Reap
Day 3 : Angkor Wat
Get up early for one of the highlights of your tour through Cambodia: visit Banteay Srei by sunrise. Enjoy a breakfast box from the hotel. Banteay Srei, the “Citadel of the Women” was built between the 11th and 13th century and remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs depicting Hindu god Shiva. Banteay Srey is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor.
On the way back, you will have the possibility to stop at a local village and your guide will introduce you to the local people to learn about the way of life here. Seize the opportunity to see how rice is produced and taste palm wine and palm sugar, which are a popular local produce (seasonal).
Transfer to Siem Reap Airport for the return flight to Bangkok or elsewhere.
INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
DATES: Best time to go: January - February, November - December Departures: Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.
$850 per person (2 or more members)
$1,150 for a solor traveler
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