Discovering Angkor is not just about exploring the main temple. Angkor was the capital city of Khmer Empire flourishing between 9th and 15th centuries. God-Kings are not just found in the Persian folklore of the 300 fame, the Cambodian God-Kings constantly tried to outdo each other by building incredible structures one better than the other in size, symmetry, and creativity. There are numerous offbeat places of interest that will showcase a closer look at the Cambodian way fo life – a much friendlier way of life. Take a look at how we incorporate offbeat haunts to make your ប្រាសាទអង្គរ experience one-of-a-kind!
Welcome to Siam RAngkor and Apsaras: DAY 1eap:
After you are greeted by a local English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel for check in, set off to visit the famous Angkor Wat by car. Be ready to be wowed by over 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the Angkor temple. The construction is said to have been over thirty years of intensive craftsmanship. And to be one of the World’s largest and one of the most incredible monument even at this era was maybe worth it!
Sunset is the time when Angkor is less crowded and the Apsaras look divine in the beautiful light. After all the divine beauty you can set off at your pace to explore the local markets or head to a spa for some relaxing time.
Most tourists think Angkor Wat is all that’s Siam Reap is best known for. But there is a treasure trove awaiting you at the early-Angkor era temples of the Roluos Group. The ride to this place is about 15km of beautiful countryside with its paddy fields and sugar palm trees - typically Cambodia.
We then take a jaunty ox cart ride to Roluos Pagoda, a fun way to get in touch with rural Cambodia and its friendly people.
Get blessed by Buddhist monks in a private blessing ceremony for you, praying for you health and a safe journey – a very special experience!
Return to Siem Reap and visit Ta Prohm temple, that is overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. There is something about this beautiful ruin.
Continue to the ancient city of Angkor Thom and Bayon Temple known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. Truly awe-inspiring.
Finish your day in a traditional Khmer wooden house with exotic gardens - the Madame Butterfly - famous for their authentic Khmer cuisine.
Start your day at the pretty temple of Banteay Srei, which is best viewed in the warm morning light.
On your way back seize the opportunity to taste Palm Wine and Palm Sugar (seasonal) and other popular local produce. Enjoy a fabulous meal at the iconic Viroths restaurant, before embarking on an interesting boat trip on Tonlé Sap Lake or the floating village of Chong Kneas, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake.
Close the day with a a lovely home cooked meal with a Cambodian Scholar. His wife is a chef for the evening preparing a delicious Khmer meal for you. Learn and talk about Cambodian history, archaeology, Khmer arts, culture and history.
And then bid adieu to the lovely folks at Siam Reap!
USD 455 per person.
Hotel accommodation on twin share with daily breakfast
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
English speaking local guide (one place – one guide)
Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicles
Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
Vietnam visa stamping fee at airport ($45 plus passport photo required) (Visa is compulsory and must be arranged in advance)
Approval letter for Indian passports is USD 25/ pax
Any other meals not mentioned above.
Camera/video entrance fees
Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
Travel insurance including recommended helicopter evacuation for Cambodia