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Angkor Wat: Highlights and Sunrise Guided Tour

1. Angkor Wat: Highlights and Sunrise Guided Tour

Discover the magic and history of the Angkor Wan on a guided sunrise tour from Siem Reap. Get around this vast temple complex easily with a airconditioned bus or van. Have the option to choose from a group or private tour. See sights like the Ta Prohm and Bayon temples.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation early in the morning. Arrive at Angkor wat and admire the glow of the sunrise on the ancient temple complex and surrounding jungle. Explore the interior of the great temple at Angkor, from its corridors and central chambers to the upper terraces. Hear stories behind the bas-relief carvings, and gain insight into life during the height of the Khmer Empire. Continue to Angkor Thom City and the Bayon Temple. At the end of the afternoon, visit the jungle-enveloped Ta Prohm, one of the most atmospheric of all the temples in Angkor. Return to your accommodation in Siem Reap at the end of your tour.

Siem Reap Quad Bike Countryside Tour

2. Siem Reap Quad Bike Countryside Tour

Start the tour with a hotel pick-up in the company's distinctive tuk-tuk, and meet your local guide. Join a comprehensive safety instruction session at the company office and learn how to operate your quad bike. Start your journey though the villages around Siem Reap and enjoy the refreshing greenery of the remote and undisturbed countryside. Meet friendly locals with their water buffalos along the way and get a sense of authentic Cambodian rural life. If you have opted for one of the longer tour options, more delights await. On the 1.5-hour tour, explore a Buddhist monastery before returning to base. In addition to the monastery, the 2-hour tour stops at the centuries-old Angkorian temple with beautifully crafted stonework, away from the main tourist traps. The 3-hour tour option does all that and also includes a stop at a market for a refreshing drink and a bit of authentic local atmosphere. All tours starting after 4PM end with a mesmerizing sunset over the paddy fields, as the blue sky turns gold.  

Siem Reap: Phare, the Cambodian Circus

3. Siem Reap: Phare, the Cambodian Circus

Enjoy an amazing blend of traditional and modern theater, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion, all beautifully choreographed and performed at a Siem Reap circus show. “Phare: The Cambodian Circus” is an offshoot project of Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS Association), which translates as “Brightness of the Arts.” The PPS Association is a Cambodian non-profit, non-governmental association, founded in 1994 by 8 young Cambodian ex-refugee artists from Anchanh Village, Ochar Commune in Battambang Province. Together, they help develop the careers of Cambodian artists, with the aim of reviving the nation’s art scene, making worldwide connections, and contributing to artistic, educational, and social programs. With this 1-hour show, experience the bright new future of Cambodian arts.

Siem Reap: Kulen Elephant Forest & Phnom Kulen National Park

4. Siem Reap: Kulen Elephant Forest & Phnom Kulen National Park

Journey into Phnom Kulen National Park and Kulen Elephant Forest on a guided day trip from Siem Reap. Listen to an introductory briefing and meet elephants in their natural habitat, then explore the park on a guided hike to find breathtaking waterfalls. Enjoy picturesque jungle scenery on the drive from your accommodations to the park. Arrive at Kulen Elephant Forest and learn about these majestic creatures during a short introductory briefing. Get up close to the elephants, observing them in their natural habitat and walking with them into the forest. Make the short journey over to Phnom Kulen National Park and go on a two-kilometer guided observation trek. Discover the dense jungle and roaring waterfalls this gem of biodiversity is famous for. Return from your memorable trek and be reunited with the elephants. Watch the animals play in their water pool and say goodbye as you head back to Siem Reap.

Koh Ker and Beng Mealea Temple Tour from Siem Reap

5. Koh Ker and Beng Mealea Temple Tour from Siem Reap

Depart Siem Reap and journey through the beautiful countryside to explore the ruins of Beng Mealea temple on the ancient royal highway to Preah Khan Kompong Svay.  Built out of sandstone as a Hindu temple in the 12th century, Beng Mealea has been partly reclaimed by nature where remains of the towers and courtyards can be seen in the thick brush of the dense jungle.  Travel on to Koh Ker, abandoned to the forests north of Siem Reap, and see some of the linga-shrines reclaimed from nature. Marvel at the ruins of sacred sites such as Prasat Thom, Prasat Pram, and Prasat Chrap, and get fascinating insights into the history, culture, and religions of the time. Relax in a nearby restaurant, where you can try traditional curries, soups, and stir-fries at your own expense.

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

6. 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.

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

7. 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.

Siem Reap: Kompong Phluk Stilted Village Half-Day Tour

8. Siem Reap: Kompong Phluk Stilted Village Half-Day Tour

Start with hotel pick-up or go to the meeting point to board your vehicle, a shared air-conditioned mini-bus with a tour guide, or private vehicle (with optional guide), according to the option chosen. Kompong Phluk is 30 kilometers south-east of Siem Reap. Visit the pagoda or local market first, then go by motorized boat on a tour of the stilted buildings. See where the people have courageously adapted to some of the most unimaginable conditions, all with a big smile on their faces. Enjoy the beautiful atmosphere in this one-of-a-kind village from the comfort of the boats. The guide, if present, explains the history, culture, and lifestyle of the villagers. The villages are surrounded by mangrove forest. Take an optional side-trip of the flooded forest on a rowing boat, available October to January. The motorboat stops at a small floating cafe, a good place to see the sun go down. After this awe-inspiring experience, you will return to the hotel around 1:30 pm for your own leisure time.

Phnom Penh: 1-Hour ana 30 Minutes Mekong River Sunset Cruise

9. Phnom Penh: 1-Hour ana 30 Minutes Mekong River Sunset Cruise

You will start the tour with a hotel pick-up in the afternoon before transferring to the boat pier. Climb aboard the boat for a trip on the Mekong River, where you can enjoy a joint sunset cruise on the Mekong and Tonlesap rivers. Enjoy a nice sunset view of the colonial sights in Phnom Penh, the beautiful developing capital city of Cambodia. The riverfront offers views of some of the city’s most interesting sights including you a great opportunity to explore the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Four Faces River, Diamond Island, Fishing Village, Stilted Houses, lifestyle of the people who live along the riverbank and Relax and enjoy the sunset with free-flowing drinks ( beer and soft drink) before being transferred back to your hotel.

Angkor Wat: Guided Sunrise Bike Tour

10. Angkor Wat: Guided Sunrise Bike Tour

Explore Angkor Wat under a breathtaking sunrise on this morning bike tour with a local guide. See historical monuments and cap it off with a traditional Cambodian meal. After being picked up from your accommodation, your guide will take you to the best spots in Angkor Wat to witness the colorful sunrise. Then, you will go through the Angkor central complex and hear about the history and symbolism of the temple. Once you have discovered Angkor Wat and had breakfast, proceed with the bike tour down the trails behind Angkor Wat. Follow tracks that take you through small villages in the Angkor Wat complex, and see how the locals go about their daily lives. From there, visit other sites such as the Angkor Thom City, Bayon Temple, Preah Khan temple, and the Tomb Raider temple. End your day by having a traditional Cambodian meal with a large spread of local dishes, followed by a quick siesta.

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What people are saying about Cambodia

This trip was amazing! If you are interested in the everyday country life in Siem Reap this tour is highly recommended. Mr. Chen, our guide, was nice, knowledgeable, and spoke very good English. He was the best guide we ever have had! He, and the other driver, ms. Somantra drove carefully. We felt very safe even if the pathways sometimes we're a bit slippery due to the heavy rain the evening before. We went to a local market, and several local people’s houses, to learn about what they do for getting income to their everyday lives. This was very interesting. We have been traveling a lot in Asia, but never had an experience so authentic as this tour. I can not recommend this tour highly enough!

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.

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!

We were recommended this show by a tour guide… and it absolutely blew us away. I recommend getting there early for dinner, the ambience is great. You get reserved seats so don’t need to fuss over getting there to get seats, just chill and enjoy. The show itself is one hour of nonstop fun. Worth every penny, and supports local communities and troubled youth. It was an event. Everyone at the show was so thrilled at the end with how it went. 10/10

The tour was amazing and Sak was an incredible guide! He was very knowledgeable about the history of Cambodia and the facts about each temple. Definitely take this tour!