Siem Reap, Angkor Explore
Explore Siem Reap
Tour Code: REP5D003
IntroductionGetting to know Cambodia history and great experience 5days tour in Siem Reap, Cambodi -Visit Tonle Sap- Kampong Kleang, Roulous Group, Angkor Wat,Angkor Thom, Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Prohm Temple. -Visit Banteay Srei & Kbal Spean
Day 1: Full day Kampong Khleang and Tour Roulous Group [-L-D]
Transfer approximately one hour to the floating village of Kampong Khleang, one of the largest settlements on the Tonle Sap Lake. Living on water is an art the Khmer people have mastered over the course of time. Board a local boat and visit a floating house where a catered lunch is set up for you. Observe the local customs and talk with your hosts about the differences they face living on the water. Head back to Siem Reap.
The ruins of Roulous are among the oldest Khmer monuments in the area, dating back to the 9th century reign of King Indravarman I. Witness the evolution of these magnificent temples from the early days of the Khmer empire up to its peak with the Angkor temples in the 13th century. There are three key Hindu structures that remain at Roulous; Lolei, Bakong and PreahKo, which were all part of the ancient city of Hariharalaya. You will peacefully explore the temples and soak up the local atmosphere away from the crowds. Walk a total distance of 3km from one temple to another and meet local friendly villagers on the way. Transfer back to Siem Reap town.
Day 2: Full day tour Angkor Wat
Start the day with a transfer to Angkor Wat, one of the modern wonders of the world. Be amazed by the sheer size of the temple and learn how the Khmer Empire prospered between the 9th and 13th centuries, around the time when Angkor Wat was built. Stroll through the intricately carved hallways that show hundreds of fine carvings and discover small shrines still in use today by the local people. Head back to Siem Reap to rest and to enjoy lunch on your own before continuing to Angkor Thom, the ancient royal city of Khmer Empire with its centre piece; the Bayon temple. As you approach, you will notice the enigmatic faces of former King Jayavarman VII looking into every direction. Your guide will take you to the Terrace of the Elephants, which served as a platform from where the King could welcome back his victorious army and the Terrace of the Leper King, which holds detailed carvings winding along a narrow passage way that leads to the Baphuon complex. In the late afternoon, visit Artisans d’Angkor, an organization focusing on training unschooled rural youth in traditional handicraft skills. Ancient techniques are still practiced here such as wood and stone carving, lacquering, gilding and silk painting. Bid farewell to the artisans and return to your hotel.
Day 3: Full day tour the Grand Circuit [B-L-D]
Start the day with a transfer to Preah Kahn Temple. This massive temple is located on the Grand Circuit and is generally not as crowded as others in the Angkor complex so you should have this magnificent structure to appreciate in relative peace. Built in the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII, it is said that it once housed over 100.000 officials and servants. Continue to NeakPean, an artificial island with a Buddhist temple on it. It is believed it functioned as a hospital during King Jayavarman VII’s reign. Head back to Siem Reap to rest and to enjoy lunch on your own until you transfer in the mid afternoon to Ta Prohm. This beautiful temple is one of Angkor’s jewels and is overgrown with fig trees, giving a haunting yet exotic atmosphere. The magnificent roots of the trees have merged over the centuries with the temple’s huge stone blocks, emphasizing a ‘forgotten city’ feeling. You will finish the day with a visit to SrasSrang, which is the former Royal bathing pool of the Khmer Kings and is now a body of water that measures 700 by 350 meters. Enjoy the sunset from the west terrace and return to Siem Reap for a free evening.
Day 4: Full day Banteay Srei and Kbal Spean [B-L-D]
Depart this morning for BanteaySrei, the only major temple that was not built by a monarch. It was constructed in the 10th century and was dedicated to the Hindu god - Shiva. BanteaySrei translates to “Citadel of the Women” and is one of Angkor’s most significant structures as its walls are decorated with elaborate carvings which have been preserved remarkably well. Continue a short drive to Kbal Spean, which translates to “Bridge Head”. From the entrance it is an easy 3km hike up to the hill passing through a nice forest offering beautiful views over the surrounding plains. On top you will find a river with many rocks under the surface holding inscriptions and Hindu statues referred to as lingas which date back to the 11th century. There is also a waterfall on top that drops significant amounts of water during the wet season but dries up entirely during the height of the dry season (March/April). Enjoy a simple picnic lunch before returning back to Siem Reap midafternoon (In the wet season, the route may be slippery and good footwear is advised)
Day 5: Siem Reap departure [B--]
After breakfast, free at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
Day 1: Full day Kampong Khleang and Tour Roulous Group
Day 2: Full day tour Angkor Wat
Day 3: Full day tour the Grand Circuit
Day 4: Full day Banteay Srei and Kbal Spean
Day 5: Siem Reap departure
- All transfers and transport as per the program:
1pax -2pax: comfortable car 4 seats with air-conditioning
3pax -6pax: comfortable Van 15 seats with air-conditioning
- All meals as mentioned (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
-English speaking station guide as mention on the itinerary.
-All Entrance fee mentioned in itinerary
-Fresh water & Tissue
- Air tickets both domestic and international
- Personal expenses
- All drinks
- Visa fees and/or visa authorization
-Early Check in/Late Check Out
- Other expenses that not mentioned on the itinerary
- Any peak season surcharge (normally New Year period)