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Essential Angkor Tours
Majestic. Enchanting. Unforgettable. There are simply not enough superlatives to describe Siem Reap. Get a glimpse of the city’s charm and see its most iconic sites with a knowledgeable local guide. Stare in awe at towering ancient ruins and experience the beauty of Cambodian culture.
Day 1: Siem Reap Airport – Siem Reap (15 km): 20 mins Siem Reap – Temples (7km): 10 mins
Welcome to Siem Reap, the gateway to the majestic temples of Angkor!
Upon arrival to Siem Reap, our English speaking guide and driver will be waiting to provide transport to the hotel for check in. Take a rest at the hotel or discover Siem Reap on a stroll through its beautiful pagodas and colourful market.
In the afternoon, depart on a special sightseeing tour of the famous Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat was constructed to represent the mythical Mount Meru, the Hindu/Buddhist home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings, bas-reliefs, and more than 2,000 Apsara dancers. Construction of the icon, which is found on the heart of the Cambodian flag, is thought to have taken around thirty years to complete.
After a sunset at Angkor Wat, return to the hotel.
In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner at Mahob Restaurant. “Mahob”, the Cambodian word for ‘food’, is a culinary hotspot that takes traditional Khmer cuisine to a new level. Using only locally produced ingredients, this beautiful restaurant serves up some of the best local delicacies that Siem Reap has to offer. Located in a traditional Khmer wooden house in a peaceful cosy garden setting, and away from bust Pub Street area, Mahob provides you with a truly genuine Khmer experience.
Overnight at Angkor Era Hotel.
Day 2: Siem Reap – Temples (7km): 10 mins
Start Day 2 with a tour of the temples found in Siem Reap’s Small Circuit. The most famous among these is the 12-13th century Ta Prohm, sitting today largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts crumbling to the ground. Continue the visit to Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th Century, and Srah Srang, also known as the “pool of ablutions.”
Return to Siem Reap for lunch at the Square 24 Restaurant to sample some of the more modern Khmer fusion food set in a contemporary setting.
Later in the day, pay a visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom via ‘remork’ (similar to the Thai ‘tuk tuk’.) Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall, drawing a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces.
From here, continue to Bayon Temple. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its 54 towers covered in enigmatic faces. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs. Return to your hotel in the afternoon.
Overnight at Angkor Era Hotel.
Day 3: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap (20km): 30 mins
Depending on the departing flight time, there may be the option for exploring the floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake:
Option: Kampong Phluk floating village (half day)
Embark in the morning on a boat trip across Tonlé Sap Lake. Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake, Tonle Sap varies greatly in size depending on the season (swelling to about four times its size during the wet season.) Board a local boat and visit Kampong Phluck, a village where stilt houses become submerged when Tonlé Sap Lake extends. On the way, pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests, showing a unique glimpse into life on the water. (Note: Due to low water levels during the dry season, the boat trip is only possible from June to March. However an alternative floating village at Chong Kneas can be arranged instead).
Transfer to the airport for the departing flight.
Our services include:
– Accommodation in a shared twin/double room in selected hotels.
– Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner).
– English speaking local guide.
– Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle unless stated otherwise.
– Entrance fees for mentioned visits.
– Daily drinking water and cold towels.
Our services do not include:
– Visa for Cambodia (Visa issued on arrival, USD30/pax, please bring 1 passport photo)
– Any surcharge/extra fees for visit of the Angkor Historical site imposed by the Apsara Authorities in Siem Reap which are subject to change without prior notice
– Other meals than mentioned
– International and domestic flights
– Camera/video entrance fees if applicable
– Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc)
– Travel insurance including recommended helicopter evacuation for Cambodia
– Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above