DAY 1: Siem Reap Arrival
Meals included: -/Lunch/Dinner
Pick up from Siem Reap International Airport upon arrival by a private English speaking tour guide and driver, then transfer the hotel in Siem Reap to drop off your luggage. When you are at the airport please look for your name on a sign. We will explore the city of Angkor Thom and its surrounding area. Start off at the South Gate of Angkor Thom- an area famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone, then make way to the impressive Bayon Temple, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the largest and best preserved temple of Angkor Wat. This architectural masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and covers an area of about 200 hectares. We will stroll around this massive complex, seeing the many galleries with columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water reflecting the towering temple. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at a local restaraunt
Enjoy the full afternoon exploring the World Seventh Wonder of Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are inscribed on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize Meru's five peaks - the enclosed wall representing the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Have dinner at the local restaurant while enjoying a traditional Khmer-style dancing show before turning in for the night.
DAY 2: Special Angkor Tour
Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
After breakfast, head to the countryside to visit the ancient Hindu temple Banteay Srey. It is a unique structure built between 968-1001 AD, made of pink limestone with intricate carvings embedded on the walls. We will continue our morning on to the Landmine Museum and East Mebon. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon we will see Preah Khan, another ancient temple built by King Jayavarman VII and over-run by the heavily forested jungle that surrounds the area. Unlike Ta Prohm, this unique structure is well preserved and ongoing restorations efforts should improve its current condition in the near future. In the evening we will walk up to Phnom Bakheng Hill for a view of the spectacular sunset that overlooks the area. Stay overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 3: Siem Reap – Adventure Tour
Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/-
In the morning, head to Beng Mealea, a temple built in the 12th century with a striking likeness to Angkor wat. It is about 60 kilometers east of the main group of temples covered in dense jungle shrubbery on the ancient royal Angkorian highway. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the temple site.
In the afternoon take a boat cruise on the Tonle Sap Lake and head to Kompong Khleang/ Kampong Phluk where you will see life slowed down. Kampong Khleang is the less popular of the two, located on the northern lake edge, about 35 Kilometers east of Siem Reap. Visitors to Kampong Khleang during the dry season are universally awestruck by the forest of stilted houses rising up to 10 meters in the air. In the wet season the waters rise one or two meters from the buildings. Like Kampong Phluk, Kampong Khleang is a permanent community within the floodplain of the lake. Their economy is based on fishing and surrounded by flooded forest. But Kampong Khleang is significantly larger with nearly 10 times the population of Kampong Phluk, making it the largest community on the lake. After a day of enjoying the sights and sounds of local life, head back to the airport for your departure flight.