Today we start after breakfast at your hotel, with the Small Circuit of the Angkor Archeological park. First of course we have to go to the ticket office, so that you can purchase you three day pass with photo ID. The office will take you photo and issue your pass. From here we begin! Driving down the tree lined road, along which monkeys cavort and play, you catch your first sight of Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious structure. After you have had the chance to explore and experience the magnificence of Angkor Wat, refresh yourself with cold water (we recommend not to consume alcohol during this part of the day due to dehydration), and proceed to the Angkor Thom South Gate, Bayon temple, Baphuon, Phimeanakas,Elephant Terrace, Terrace of the Leper King, Ta keo, Ta Phrom temple (also known as the Tomb Raider Temple) sunset at Pre Rue temple or Phnom Bakheng be for returning to your hotel in the evening is yours to enjoy one of the many international standard restaurants or other attractions that Siem Reap has to offer.
Day 2: Cambodian Markets and Tonle Sap Lake:
Visit the local Cambodian markets and learn about Cambodian foods from the fully qualified English speaking Chef. We also enjoy an oxen cart ride. We work with villagers to arrange an ox-cart ride for you to travel through the rice paddies and villages the way the local people do, then cook under your chef's guidance and end by enjoying your own “home cooked” meal.
After lunch we travel to Tonle Sap, South East Asia’s largest fresh water lake. The lake's size and volume vary significantly through the year, depending on whether it is the wet or dry season. We will take a boat along the lake and see many of the floating villages and people who call the lake home. Returning to the dock, we head back to your hotel where you can freshen and then choose one of the many restaurants of international standard Siem Reap has to offer
Day 3 - Angkor Grand Circuit & Banteay Srei :
This morning start early morning 4.30 am, sunrise at Angkor Wat, Today we return to the temples of Angkor along the Grand or Outer Circuit. We visit Banteay Srei temple, Preah Khan, Neak Prea, Ta Som, East Mebon and Pre Rue, Banteay Kdei and Prasat Kravan temple, A Khmer luncheon around temple by local restaurant! After, we return to the hotel, or a restaurant of your choosing, before starting the next day!
Day 4 - Kampong Thom :
This morning, after you breakfast check out from your hotel, we travel to Kampong Thom province. Here we will visit Sambor Prei Kuk. an archaeological site which dates back to the late 6th to 9th century; before the Angkorian era.
Located on the Eastern bank of the Tonle Sap lake, close to the Sen River, the central part of Sambor Prei Kuk is divided into three main groups. The buildings of Sambor Prei Kuk are characteristic of the period with a simple external plan. Architectural features include numerous prasats, octagonal towers, shiva lingams and yonis, ponds and reservoirs, and lion sculptures. Sambor Prei Kuk is located amidst mature cool sub-tropical forests with limited undergrowth. Stay one night at Kampong Thom province or city,
Day 5 :
After a good night’s sleep and breakfast at the hotel, we travel to Preah Vihea via the magnificent temple of Preak Khan Kompong Svay, a temple visited often by Cambodia’s current King.. It stands as the largest single religious complex ever built during the pre Angkorian Era, as its exterior enclosure is approximately 5 square km. Preah Vihear is a province which borders Thailand and Laos, and for many years has been a point of dispute and fighting between Thailand and Cambodia. From here, you can see the standing armies of the Thai and Cambodia nations as they watch each other, with guns and embattlements in place. Now thankfully quiet!. Arrive at hotel and check in! We stay at Sra Em village, Sra Em commune (Two night stay).
Day 6 :
Let’s start this morning after breakfast at your hotel we visit the new museum of the province Then visit Preah Vihear temple. It is distinct from others not only in terms of its size but also in what it shows, with objects on display ranging from ancient artifacts to information about a variety of heritage locations in Cambodia, and even exhibits on neighbouring countries. It will also focus on local indigenous cultures, especially the Kuy ethnic group – including their role during the Angkorian era as elephant breeders and as armourers. Preah Vihear Temple is the crowning glory of the area. An ancient Hindu temple situated atop a 525-metre cliff has the most spectacular setting of all the temples with sweeping views across the jungles of Cambodia and Thailand. Please be careful of the monkeys that live within the area – they are known for stealing sunglasses, hats and cameras! In 1962, following a lengthy dispute between the two countries, the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled that the temple is in Cambodia, in evening return to the hotel, stay at Sra Em village, Sra Em commune.
Day 7 :
Before we return to Siem Reap, we have the time to visit and explore Koh Ker (Pyramid temple) and Beng Mealea temple complexes. Also known as the Lotus Pond temples, their age is undefined by archaeologists, and remain largely unrestored. Still, a fascinating and intriguing look back in time. Then, with cold drink in hand, we drive back to Siem Reap in comfort. To your hotel, maybe airport or dinner!
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