Angkor excursion – 4 days 3 nights
Cambodia’s rich religious history means that it is home to some of the most beautiful temples in Southeast Asia. Built as early as the first millennium, a vast number still exist, waiting to be explored. While some have been left untouched and are now engulfed in jungle, others are lovingly preserved as magnificent spectacles of Cambodia’s past.
This tour has been specifically tailored to let you witness this country’s unique cultural heritage in a leisurely and comfortable fashion that ensures nothing of interest is missed. In the space of four days, you will get to see Cambodia’s most spectacular historical sights whilst staying in the region’s finest hotels.
Perhaps one of the most spectacular temples in the world, Angkor Wat, is your first destination. Constructed in the early 12th century it is considered a masterpiece of Khmer architecture. Inside the walls are covered with carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology, and over 2000 Asparas Dancers decorate the temple.
Starting with the early Angkor era temples dating to 893 AD you will get to witness the earliest traces of Cambodia's historic religious culture before a trip to the majestic walled city of Angkor Thom. Entering its impressive stone gates and seeing the exuberant carvings all around is one of the finest experiences in the region.
Next, one of the oldest temples, dating back to 967 AD, is also one of the most beautiful. The intricate detailing that surrounds Banteay Srey's walls is a magnificent spectacle that has been preserved in near perfect condition.
The final day of the tour will give you a chance to see the traditional floating village at Lake Tanle Sap, Asia’s largest freshwater lake, before a final spot of shopping and the transfer back to the airport, ending what we are sure will be an unforgettable experience.
Destinations: Siem Reap
- - Discover Cambodia's cultural heritage - Angkor Wat.
- - Take your time to observe the life of local people.
Day 1: Siem Reap arrival
- - Upon your arrival in Siem Reap, you will be welcomed by a local English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel for check in.
- - After a short relaxing break, you will visit the famous Angkor Wat by car.
- - During sunset time, Angkor Wat is less visited, and the Apsaras will shine in the most beautiful light.
- - Return to your hotel, where you can enjoy the evening at leisure.
- - Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 2: Siem Reap (B)
- - After breakfast, head out to the early-Angkor era temples of the Roluos Group, about 15km outside of Siem Reap.
- - Enjoy the beauty on ox cart ride to Roluos Pagoda, a great and fun way to get in touch with rural Cambodia and its friendly people.
- - Return to the hotel for a break during the midday heat.
- - This afternoon, explore the highlights of the Small Circuit. Start your tour with a visit to Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries.
- - Your visit will also include Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th Century, and Srah Srang, also known as the “pool of ablutions”.
- - From here, it is only a short hop to the most beautiful temples of the Grand Circuit, like the overgrown Preah Khan Temple and Neak Pean with its artificial lakes.
- - Return to your hotel.
- - Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 3: Siem Reap (B, L)
- - Early today, travel to the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srei, which is best viewed in the warm morning light.
- - On the way back, you will have the possibility to stop at local communities along the way and your guide will help you to interact with the local community to learn about the way of life here.
- - Seize the opportunity to taste Palm Wine and Palm Sugar (seasonal) and other popular local produce.
- - Break up your day with lunch at Sala Bai back in Siem Reap, a school training young Cambodians from poor family backgrounds in the principles of hospitality in order to give them a future.
- - This afternoon, visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom by local tuk tuk. 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 in the exact center of the city.
- - Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 4: Siem Reap departure (B)
- - This morning, embark on an interesting boat trip on Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake.
- - Board a local boat and visit Kampong Phluck, a village where you will see houses on stilts that are submerged when Tonlé Sap Lake extends.
- - On the way, you will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests, portraying life on the water.
- - Return to Siem Reap, where you can enjoy some time at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
- Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room in selected hotel
- Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
- English speaking local guide (for other languages supplements apply)
- Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle unless stated otherwise
- Entrance fees for mentioned visits
- Boat trip as indicated in itinerary
- Daily drinking water and cold towels
- Visa for Cambodia (Visa issued on arrival for most nationalities, USD20/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 (quoted separately)
- Camera/video entrance fees
- 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