Overview

Best known as the gateway to the magnificent ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap is a pleasant town with lovely French colonial and Chinese architecture, and a laid-back ambience. The main attraction here is of course the Angkor complex. Covering an area larger than Paris, it encompasses scores of exquisite temple structures featuring intricately carved detail – dancing ladies and lotus flowers embellish the walls, five-headed naga (serpent deities) fan out from chunks of rock. Abandoned for unknown reasons thousands of years ago, it was rediscovered in 1860 by a French explorer, Henri Mahout, and has been Cambodia’s crowning glory ever since. Other attractions in and around Siem Reap include an array of arts and crafts shops, a cultural village that allows a glimpse into traditional local life, and a bird sanctuary on the outskirts of town.

4 Nights 5 Days 18 Jan
Highlights
  • Expert Archeologist: Dr. Manjiri Bhalerao leading the group.
  • Accommodation in hotels as mentioned on twin-sharing.
  • Fantastic opportunities for photography.
  • Experience a unique culture of  Cambodia.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 - 

Siem Reap Sightseeing:

Visit Angkor National Museum. 
Located on the main road to Angkor, the Angkor National Museum displays artefacts and sculptures from the Angkorian period as well as multi-media exhibitions.

Visit Angkor Night Market
Angkor Night Market was the first night market to open in Cambodia. The market consists of small huts built from natural materials and beautifully designed in Khmer style. There are 240 souvenirs shops which sell traditional Cambodian-made handicrafts such as clothing, silk, paintings, photographs, and jewellery, wood and stone carvings. After a tiring evening of shopping you can pamper yourselves with the original Dr. Fish massage, body and foot massage, spa or relax at the two bars. Angkor Night Market is a good place to shop and dine in a vibrant contemporary Khmer environment. Overnight stay at the resort. Meals included: Lunch and Dinner. 

 

Day 2 - 

Visit Banteay Kdei Temple.
A massive Buddhist temple dating from the second half of the 12th century, Banteay Kdei is surrounded by four concentric walls, the outer walls measuring 500 by 700 metres.

Visit Srah Srang.
Srah Srang is a basin east of Banteay Kdei measuring 800 by 400 metres with a tiny island in the middle where only the stone base remains of what was once a wooden temple.

Visit Neak Pean Temple.
Neak Pean was built by King Jayavarman Vii (ruled 1181 to 1201), it is a Buddhist temple consisting of a square pool with four smaller square pools arranged on each axis. In the centre of the large central pool is a circular island encircled by two nagas with intertwined tails.

Visit Preah Khan.
Preah Khan is a temple built by King Jayavarman Vii with towering enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors in a jungle setting. Preah Khan covers a very large area but the temple itself is enclosed within a rectangular wall of around 700 by 800 metres. Overnight stay at the resort. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

 

Day 3 - 

Visit Angkor Thom.
The fortified city of Angkor Thom covers an area of 10 square km. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats; the city includes many of Angkor's most popular sights. Enter by the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga. Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings, former spaces for public ceremonies, both adorned with dramatic bas reliefs. Visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple. In this temple, one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor, explore the galleries of beautifully
preserved bas reliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where giant stone faces smiling enigmatically down from every angle.

Visit Angkor Wat.
The crown jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best-preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. To approach the temple, first cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades. Upon entering the main structure, ascend through a series of galleries and courtyard before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside. On the way, stop to enjoy the intricate stone carvings that adorn nearly every surface of the temple, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted from the walls. Along the outer gallery walls
run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. Angkor Wat is stunning at any time of the day, but sunrise and sunset are especially beautiful times to watch the play of light on the stones.

Overnight stay at the resort. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

 

Day 4 -

Visit Banteay Samre.
Banteay Samre is a mid-12th-century temple dedicated to the god Vishnu.

Visit Banteay Srei Temple.
Seemingly miniature in comparison to the other Angkor temples, Banteay Srei is considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer art. Built-in pink sandstone, the walls are covered in exquisitely preserved carvings of unusual delicacy. Because of its small size, wondrous atmosphere and extraordinary examples of Khmer sculpture, this temple is often a favourite with visitors.  Excursion to Tonle Sap Lake with a boat trip at Me Chrey (4 hours). Explore the Me Chrey villages located on the Tonle Sap Lake, an extraordinary lake that swells up to seven times its original size during the monsoon season. Its ecosystem is one of the richest and most diverse in the

region. Board the boat and cruise past submerged forests and fishing farms to explore the floating fishing villages and houses located on the edges of the lake. (Please note that from Apr to July due to low water level, houses move out from the lake).

Overnight stay at the resort. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

 

Day 5 -

Breakfast at the resort. Transfer to the Siem Reap Airport in time to board the home-bound flight. End of Services. 

 

Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Accommodation in hotels as mentioned on twin-sharing. 
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary. 
  •  Boat ticket according to the itinerary. 
  • Ground transportation in private A/C vehicle. 
  • 2  bottles of drinking water per person per day.
  • Sightseeing incl. admission fees according to the itinerary.
  • Services of an Expert Archeologist and Foliage Outdoors Group leader. 
  • Local English-speaking guide. 
  • Goods and Services Tax. 

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Any Airfare.
  • Personal Expenses.
  • Bottled water / any kind of beverages.
  • Any kind of insurance.
  • Staff Gratuities.
  • Cambodia Visa.
  • Anything not mentioned under 'Price Includes'.
Camp Category
Wildlife - Open Age
Age Groups
For All Ages