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From Siem Reap: 2-Day Small Group Temples Sunrise Tour

1. From Siem Reap: 2-Day Small Group Temples Sunrise Tour

Day 1 – Full Day Temples of Angkor with Sunrise   Spend your day temple-hopping with your local guide to make the most of your visit to the world-famous Angkor complex, a site full of temples built between the 19th and 13th century. Begin with pre-dawn departure (between 4:20 and 5:00 AM) from your hotel to catch the sunrise outside of Angkor Wat. Then, explore the interior of the great temple, spending a thorough 2 hours discovering its corridors, central chambers and upper terraces. Your expert guide will decipher the myriad of stories behind the bas-relief carvings and give you insight into life during the height of the Khmer Empire. End your visit to Angkor with breakfast just outside the temple.   Continue the morning with a visit to the Southern Gate of Angkor Thom, flanked by a row of 54 stone figures on each side – gods to the left and demons to the right – and the fortified city of Angkor Thom. See its beautifully crafted central towers, covered in more than 200 enormous faces, before exploring the famous central terrace of the Leper King and the Terrace of Elephants. Finish your day with a visit to the temple Ta Prohm, once home to almost 3,000 monks. Return to your hotel at approximately 1:00 PM after lunch at a local restaurant.   Day 2 – Full Day Banteay Srei Temples   After pick-up from your hotel around 8:00 AM, you’ll head off to visit the most interesting temples outside Angkor Thom city. Your first stop is Pre Rup Hindu Temple, built in 961 or 962, that combines laterite and sandstone construction. Then, drive to the intricately carved and well-preserved Banteay Srei – the detailed reliefs on this smaller sandstone structure are regarded as the finest and most skilfully crafted in Cambodia.   On the return journey, visit Neak Pean, a Buddhist temple on a circular artificial island with in Jayatataka Baray, then continue to Preah Khan temple, a ruined but highly atmospheric mélange of tree roots and crumbling stone structures. Construction was commissioned by the prolific temple builder Jayavarman VII in honor of his father and a visit to this smaller site makes for an interesting contrast with the more imposing Angkor Wat. Preah Khan is currently being restored by the World Monument Fund and in places is in remarkably good condition.   In the late afternoon you’ll return to Siem Reap after a memorable day of exploration.

Angkor Wat: 2-Day Temples Tour with Sunset & Sunrise

2. Angkor Wat: 2-Day Temples Tour with Sunset & Sunrise

Day 1: Angkor Thom, Bayon, Neak Pean, Bantreay Srei, Banteay Samre, and Pre Rup Temple Visit the Southern Gate of Angkor Thom, flanked by a row of 54 stone figures on each side - gods to the left and demons to the right – and the fortified city of Angkor Thom. At ‘The Bayon’, you will see its beautifully crafted central towers, covered in more than 200 enormous faces, then explore the famous Terrace of the Leper King and the Terrace of Elephants. Move to Neak Pean, an artificial island with a Buddhist temple. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the intricately carved and well-preserved Banteay Srei. The detailed reliefs on this smaller sandstone structure are regarded as the finest, most skillfully crafted in Cambodia.  One the way back, enjoy a brief stop at the well-preserved Banteay Samre, a laterite structure that once featured internal moats. End your discoveries with an ascent for sunset at Pre Rub temple. Day 2: Angkor Wat at sunrise, Preah Khan, Ta Nei, and Ta Prohm Temple  Begin with a pre-dawn departure for sunrise outside of Angkor Wat. Enter the great temple in darkness (please bring a torch) from the little-visited eastern side, and creep along hoary cloistered corridors past the longest stretch of bas-relief carvings in the world.  End your touring at Angkor with breakfast outside the temple. Continue by moving on to Preah Khan temple, a ruined but highly atmospheric mélange of tree roots and crumbling stone structures. At the end of the morning, return to your hotel for lunch, and in the afternoon drive to Ta Nei, a late 12th Century stone temple located in Angkor. Move on to the jungle-enveloped Ta Prohm – one of the most atmospheric temples in Angkor, once home to 2,740 monks.

Angkor Region: 3-day Private Tour of Top Temples

3. Angkor Region: 3-day Private Tour of Top Temples

Day One:  Get picked up from your accommodation at 8:00 am by your driver and tour guide and travel directly to Beng Mealea, a sprawling jungle temple that covers over one square kilometer. Enjoy the adventurous and mysterious feeling of exploring a temple complex largely overrun by vegetation and off the beaten tourist path. Discuss your lunch preferences with your guide before stopping at a local restaurant. Afterwards, head to the floating village Kampong Phluk on Tonle Sap Lake, the largest lake in Southeast Asia. Enjoy a guided boat trip through the floating village. Then get dropped off back at your accommodation. Day Two:  Get picked up again at 8:00 am and purchase a 3-day temple pass before heading to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Visit some small temples, including Chau Say Tevoda, Thommanon, and Ta Keo. Then head to the jungle temple Ta Prohm where the movie Tomb Raider was shot. Refuel afterwards with lunch at a local restaurant. Then make your way to the Buddhist temple of Banteay Kdei. Gain insight into the history of the powerful Khmer Empire before heading to Phnom Bakheng to see a gorgeous sunset. Day Three:  Get an early start at 5:00 am on the final day of the tour. Get picked up and see the sunrise at Angkor Wat. Following this, you can choose to visit more temples including Pre Rup and Banteay Samre. Then head to Banteay Srey, arriving before most of the crowds. Marvel at the most intricately carved temple in all of Angkor. Afterwards, see a traditional Khmer village and learn about palm sugar production. If you are interested, visit the Landmine Museum and learn how decades of conflict, foreign occupation, and brutal civil war and genocide have impacted Cambodia.  Afterwards, stop for lunch at a local restaurant. On the way back, stop at a few more temples such as East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean, and Preah Khan, a fascinating vast monastic complex. The return trip will take you through many beautiful villages and provide you with great photo opportunities. Get dropped off back at your accommodation at the end of your day.

Kulen Mountain: Full-Day Private Waterfall Tour

4. Kulen Mountain: Full-Day Private Waterfall Tour

Depart in the morning from your hotel with private transportation to Phnom Kulen National Park. Drive through wide open rice fields and scattered villages with traditional houses, before winding up the rocky road to the top of the mountain. Phnom Kulen is widely regarded as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire. During the construction of the ancient temples, sandstones were brought from this sacred mountain to Angkor. Kulen is considered by Khmers to be the most sacred mountain in Cambodia. Visit the River of 1000 Lingas, divided into three ports for the Hindu trinity gods, and with a riverbed filled with thousands of unique, ancient carvings. Ascend to the summit of the hill to marvel at the Buddhist Pagoda and the large Reclining Buddha statue. Continue to the waterfalls of Kulen, pausing at two beautiful spots for a swim and perhaps a spot of lunch. At around 2:00 PM the tour comes to an end and the guide will transfer you back to your hotel. Alternatively, you have the option to stop at Banteay Srei temple, known as the Women's Citadel and built of majestic red sandstone. A valid Angkor day pass is required for entry, costing around $37 per person.  

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Private 1-Day Tour with Banteay Srey

5. Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Private 1-Day Tour with Banteay Srey

After picking you up from your accommodation at 8:00 AM, your driver will take you to purchase your 1-day temple pass and then on to Angkor Wat. After the morning crowds leave, you'll have time to explore this incredible monument at your own pace to gain an insight into the Khmer Empire. Your guide will be happy to share interesting details about the temple complex and its history. Next, head to Banteay Srey, one of the most intricately carved temples in the region. You may also choose to visit the Landmine Museum, before continuing on to the jungle temple of Ta Prohm where scenes from the movie Tomb Raider were filmed. After lunch, enjoy exploring the ancient city of Angkor Tom before returning to Siem Reap.

Full-Day Banteay Srei Temple Small-Group Tour

6. Full-Day Banteay Srei Temple Small-Group Tour

Start with a pick-up from your hotel at around 8:00 AM and travel with your small group to the most interesting temples outside Angkor Thom city. Begin with a first stop at Pre Rup Hindu Temple, built as the state temple of Khmer King Rajendravarman and dedicated in 961 or early 962. It is a temple mountain of combined brick, laterite and sandstone construction. Then, drive to the intricately carved and well-preserved Banteay Srei. The detailed reliefs on this smaller sandstone structure are regarded as the finest, most skillfully crafted in Cambodia. Banteay Srei has only been accessible since the late 1990s, when the Khmer Rouge left the area. End your tour at Angkor with lunch at the temple and a short rest. On the return journey, visit Neak Pean, a Buddhist temple on a circular artificial island in Jayatataka Baray, then continue to Preah Khan temple, a ruined but highly atmospheric mélange of tree roots and crumbling stone structures commissioned by the prolific temple builder Jayavarman VII in honor of his father. Preah Khan is currently being restored by the World Monument Fund and in places is in remarkably good condition and a visit to this smaller site makes for an interesting contrast with the more imposing Angkor Wat. In the late afternoon you’ll return to Siem Reap after a memorable day of exploration.

Angkor Wat Sunrise, Banteay Srei, Bayon & Ta Prohm Temple

7. Angkor Wat Sunrise, Banteay Srei, Bayon & Ta Prohm Temple

On this day tour, enjoy pickup from your accommodation by your guide and driver, and head first to see the sunrise at Angkor Wat temple before the crowds of the day arrive. Continue to the pink sandstone temple, which was built by King Rajendravarman V in the 10th century. You’ll see that the walls of Banteay Srei temple are covered with the deepest and most intricate carvings of any of the temples in Angkor. In addition to Banteay Srei, you’ll have a chance to see the real life of local people on the way. Marvel at how the jungle has overtaken the Ta Prohm temple complex, and the massive fig and silk-cotton trees growing from inside the towers and corridors. After spending some time exploring the Ta Prohm, you’ll be transferred to see many smiling faces of Buddha called Bayon temple before transferring you to your accommodation.

Siem Reap: Private Phnom Kulen & Angkor Wat 2-Day Tour

8. Siem Reap: Private Phnom Kulen & Angkor Wat 2-Day Tour

Spend 2 days exploring the beauty of Cambodia on this temple-focused excursion. In your own private group, discuss your interests with the guide, who’ll tailor your experience to fit your preferences.   Day 1: You’ll be picked up from your accommodation at 7:30 AM and head to Phnom Kulen National Park, where the 500-year-long age of Angkor began. Then, visit Kampong Phluk, the floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. If you like, you can explore the village by boat on the largest lake in South East Asia. Enjoy the beautiful sunset from this perfect location.   Day 2:   Start early at 5:00 AM to catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat, a temple complex constructed in the early 12th century. Explore this incredible monument at your own leisure with an experienced guide. Don’t miss the Banteay Srey, the most intricately carved temple in all of Angkor. If there’s interest, the group can visit the Landmind Museum before heading to the jungle temple, Ta Prohm, where the movie “Tomb Raider” was shot. Stop for a lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the ancient city of Angkor Tom, where you’ll see many more temples and monuments, including the Terrace of the Elephants, North and South Khleang, and much more.   Finally, you’ll be dropped off at your accommodation in Siem Reap.

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Temples & Phnom Kulen Park 3-Day Tour

9. Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Temples & Phnom Kulen Park 3-Day Tour

Day One  Suggested pickup time for this day is 7:30 AM. Your driver and tour guide will pick you up from your accommodation and take you to purchase your 3-day temple pass before heading to Banteay Srey early enough to beat the crowds. Banteay Srey is the most intricately carved temple in all of Angkor Wat. On the way there, enjoy views of traditional Khmer villages and palm sugar plantations. Later, you'll have the option to visit the Landmine Museum, or continue on to Phnom Kulen National Park. This National Park is where the 500-year long age of Angkor began. Phnom Kulen is the mountain on which King Jayavarman II initiated the royal “God of the King” Linga cult in 802 AD. Finish the day with a visit to Kampong Phluk, a floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. Day Two  Suggested pickup time for this day is 8:00 AM. After pickup from your hotel, head to the ancient city of Angkor Thom which includes the South Gate of Angkor Tom, Bayon, Baphuon, Phimeanakas, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King, North Khleang and South Khleang. Then visit some smaller temples in the small circuit like Chau Say Tevoda, Thommanonf and Ta Keo. Next, visit the jungle temple Ta Prohm where scenes from the movie Tomb Raider were filmed. After a lunch break, visit the Buddhist temple of Banteay Kdei. Explore this incredible monument at your own leisure and then head to Phnom Bakheng in time to catch the beautiful sunset. Day Three Suggested pickup time for this day is 5:00 AM in order to catch sunrise at Angkor Wat. After the Chinese crowd leaves, you'll have some time to explore this incredible monument at your own leisure. Your experienced guide is committed to ensuring you get the very best out of your Angkor Wat experience and will share lots of interesting details with you. Then you can visit some of the other temples like Pre Rup and Banteay Samre. After lunch, there are few more temples to visit including East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean and Preah Khan. On the trip back to your hotel, you'll pass through some picturesque local villages and you may want to stop to take some photos.

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat 5-Day Sightseeing Tour

10. Siem Reap: Angkor Wat 5-Day Sightseeing Tour

Day One: Phnom Kulen National Park Start your tour at 7:30 AM and travel to the Phnom Kulen National Park. This is where the 500-year long Age of Angkor began. Phnom Kulen is the mountain on which King Jayavarman II initiated the royal 'God the King' Linga cult in 802 AD. Day Two: Beng Mealea - Kampong Phluk Floating Village - Phnom Bakheng Begin your day at 8:00 AM and travel to a sprawling jungle temple, Beng Mealea, which covers an entire square kilometer. Have lunch at a local restaurant (at your own expense). On the way, stop at the Kampong Phluk floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. At 4:30 PM, purchase a 3-day temple pass for the next three days. Then, head to Phnom Bakheng to see a fantastic sunset. Day Three: Angkor Thom - Ta Prohm Starting at 8:30 AM, you'll head to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Then, visit some of the smaller temples, including Chau Say Tevoda, Thommanon, and Ta Keo. Once again, stop for lunch at a local restaurant (at your own expense). Afterward, head to the jungle temple, Ta Prohm where the movie Tomb Raider was shot. Day Four: Preah Khan - Angkor Wat  Starting at 8:30 AM, visit Preah Khan, a huge monastic complex. You'll then visit some other temples, Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon, Pre Rup, and Banteay Kdei followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Head to Angkor Wat and explore this incredible monument at your own pace. Day Five: Angkor Wat - Banteay Samre - Banteay Srei - Roluos Group Have an early start at 5:00 AM to view the fantastic sunrise at Angkor Wat, followed by a visit to one temple, Banteay Samre. Then, head to Banteay Srei and see a traditional Khmer village and palm sugar production. Head to Roluos Group, where monuments representing the remains of Hariharalaya are located. This was also the first major capital of the Angkorian-era of the Khmer Empire.

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What people are saying about Banteay Srei

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 350 reviews

I just spent 3 amazing, adventurous and exciting days enjoying this private tour with my tour guide Mr. Sa and my driver Mr. Ya. The tour is absolutely satisfactory and includes a large number of extraordinary temples in the Siem Reap area, as well as a boat ride along the floating village. Mr. Sa was extremely nice, kind, helpful, punctual and provided a lot of interesting information. I highly recommend this tour that helped me appreciate the unique beauties and the history of the Khmer civilization.

The 2 day tour was fantastic ! Great itinerary led by Sokpee, our tour guide, who has extensive knowledge of each temple we visited. His friendly personality and professionalism made the trip very pleasurable. Our driver was so helpful, especially with the chilled waters and cool towels. He was always and smiling which made the tour even more enjoyable. The temples were outstanding and easy to explore. I thoroughly enjoyed both days and I highly recommend this tour to you.

Bun was a fantastic tour guide! He's extremely knowledgeable about the temples and Cambodian history, kind, funny, and knew all the best spots to look at the temples. We also really appreciated hearing his personal story about his life and what it has been like. The two-day tour was great as we got to see several unique places that most people don't get to see when they focus on Angkor Wat. We really enjoyed both days and can only recommend the tours!

Our guide Sok was fantastic. Knowledgeable and patient he answered all of our questions and explained everything in detail. Amazing tour!

A tour of the most important temples. A great guide. He told an interesting story. Really worth