Day 1: Overseas to Siem Reap, Explore Angkor complexes
This morning you will fly to Siem Reap via Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, via Bangkok, Thailand, via Laung Prabang, Lao. Your guide and driver will meets you at the airport as you arrive in Cambodia early morning and helps you transfer to your hotel for checking in.
Then your local guide takes you into the heart of ancient Angkor, a holy city that took centuries to build and whose scale is still breathtaking today—it sprawls across an area of roughly six by sixteen miles. The Khmer aristocrats who built the temples and monuments here between AD 800-1200 were motivated by their Hindu and Buddhist beliefs.
You’ll begin at the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the capital city of Khmer rulers. You’ll see both Bayon and Ta Prohm, and make brief stops at Baphoun and the Elephants Terrace, where amazing bas-reliefs depict the huge beasts almost life-size. At the nearby Terrace of the Leper King, equally intricate wall carvings depict rank after rank of court attendants to mystical rulers. You conclude your explorations of Angkor’s most notable features with a tour of the Ta Prohm Temple.
Afterward, you will break for lunch
Later, you’ll visit Angkor Wat (whose name means simply “City of temple”) and wait for the sunset, the most opportune moment for seeing this masterpiece of Khmer architecture. Angkor Wat is a large pyramid temple, built between AD 1113 and 1150, surrounded by a great moat 570 feet wide. Note the bas-relief carving throughout the temple. Who knows what you might feel as you stand in the courtyard of this temple whose towers represent Mount Meru, the center of the universe. Return to the hotel and overnight at your hotel.
Day 2: Siem Reap, Explore Banteay Srei & Tonle Sap Lake
This morning, you’ll visit to Banteay Srei, one of the oldest and most beautifully preserved temple sites in Cambodia. Built in 967 AD, Banteay Srei means “Citadel of Women,” and it is recognized as a tribute to the beauty of women. The structures here have been carved in painstaking detail out of pink sandstone. Amazingly, the detail is as intricate as a woven tapestry, a testament to the craft of the original artisans and to the devoted conservation of generations of Cambodians to this site, set like a gem in a seemingly enchanted forest, about 20 miles from Angkor, it is famous for its delicate carvings, wonderful state of preservation and small size in relation to the other Angkor temples. This tour also will includes a visit to a village that produces palm sugar, an ingredient used widely in Southeast Asian cooking. We’ll meet the farmers who harvest this natural sweetener and have the chance to participate in part of the process of making it. Then we continue to Pre Rup Temple and lunch at your own.
This afternoon you’ll venture out into the Cambodian countryside to experience the country’s everyday life and recent history. We’ll enjoy an early breakfast and then depart for a boat ride to the Floating Village on Tonle Sap Lake. This gives us a chance to glimpse a bit of the life of Cambodia’s river people. Floating fishing villages sprawl across the lakefront and everything is gliding by on the water, thatched-roof houses on wooden poles. Commerce goes on all across the water, women selling fruits and vegetables from a sampan, a skiff full of firewood, and fishermen selling their catch. The people who live on the water have tied their lives to the lake’s cycles, and are constantly on the move as the water level rises or recedes throughout the year.
Tonle Sap means fresh water sea, and indeed this is one of the world’s geographical wonders as well as the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. When the rains begin here in June and July, the Mekong River begins to rise, but instead of flooding its own banks it begins to push the waters of the Tonle Sap at Phnom Penh northward, reversing the river’s flow. The waters of the Tonle Sap River then flood the lake, increasing its size tenfold and flooding the surrounding forests and fields, leaving behind fertile silt for rice cultivation. In October, after the monsoon season has passed, the lake drains and the river returns to its southern flow.
Return to the hotel and overnight at your hotel
Day 3: Siem Reap – Overseas
After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel and depart to Siem Reap airport. You will fly Home via Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam or Via Bangkok, Thailand.
- Total cost USD 150.00 for 2days (1-2 people)
- Total cost USD 180.00 for 2days (3-7 people)
- English Speaking Guide
- Car or Mini Van for transportation
- Water and cool wet towel
- Temple admission fee for Angkor Complex USD 62 per person for 2-3 days pass
- Boat Cruise to Tonle Sap lake
- Your personal expenses
Please note: This itinerary & price can be re-adjusted base on your Arrival or Departure Flight schedule or your request.