Siem Reap is located in northwest Cambodia. It is the major tourist hub in Cambodia, as it is the closest city to the world famous temples of Angkor (the Angkor temple complex is north of the city). The provincial capital is also called Siem Reap and is located in the South of the province on the shores of the Tonle Sap Lake, the greatest sweet water reserve in whole Southeast Asia. If Cambodia is a country of contrasts Siem Reap is the embodiment of those contrasts. Despite the massive shift in its economic fortunes, Siem Reap remains a safe, friendly and pleasant town. There is an endless choice of places to stay or dine and a host of possible activities awaiting the visitor.
Angkor was the capital city of Khmer Empire flourished from approximately the 9th to 15th centuries. The city until now hides a lot of historical and cultural mysteries.Between all attractions in Angkor, Angkor Wat as being the largest religious monument in the world is the most famous one and welcomes over millions tourists each year. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned 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 Thom(12 century) is the last capital of the Khmer Empire and undeniably an expression of the highest genius for structures and decoration. The South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Ta Prohm temple
Sunset at Phnom Bakheng
DAY 01 ARRIVE IN SIEMREAP
Welcome to Siem Reap. Our local guide will accompany you from the airport to your hotel. Your time is then free to discover a little of Siem Reap on a stroll through its beautiful streets and colorful markets.
Overnight in Siem Reap
DAY 02 SIEM REAP – ANGKOR COMPLEX (B/L/D)
Visit the south gate of Angkor Thom, which was built in the 12th century with intricate carvings depicting scenes form Hindu mythology. Move on to the Bayon temple complex, with its enormous imposing faces, then onto the grandeur of the Leper King and Elephant Terraces. En-route, we’ll visit ancient Ta Prohm temple with trees growing out of the ruins against the jungle surroundings. Next stop, we’ll explore Angkor Wat, an ancient temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that depicts the epitome of the high classical style of Khmer architecture and also its significance as a religious centre. From here climb Bakheng Hill to take that iconic sunset photo before enjoying dinner in local Cambodia cuisine and enjoy an Apsara show.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 03 SIEM REAP – BANTEAY SREI – KAMPONG PHLUK (B/L/D)
This morning, we’ll travel north to visit the elegant temple of Banteay Srei, comprising three central towers decorated with male and female divinities. The special charm of this temple lies in its remarkable state of preservation, small size and excellent decoration. Then, continue to visit Kampong Phluk and on the way, we’ll stop at a local market that is a great chance for you to take the photos of locals selling indigenously grown vegetables, different fish species, and other local produce. Depending on the time of year and the current water levels you go as far as you can by road where your boats will be waiting for you to visit the floating village built on stilts on the Tonle Sap river. The tour connects you with the eco-tourism community and you’ll get to visit an island pagoda, school, fish farms and learn about village life.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 04 SIEM REAP – CULTURAL IMMERSION PROGRAM (B/L/D)
Discover the cultural side of Cambodia on a multi-faceted tour that allows you to get a full experience as you create your own shadow puppet, learn traditional dances, and play an instrument. Top all this excitement off with an authentic lunch and tales of local folklore. Begin you tour with a leather working class where you learn to craft your own puppet. A master leather carver assists you as you trace your design onto the material and then carve it out; leaving behind a fascinating creature that you attach a stick to, completing the puppet effect. Your next appointment is with dancers that teach you to do a classic Cambodian dance called Aspara for women or the Giant dance for men. At the same venue, the instrumental band takes you under their wing to show you an introductory lesson on the different musical instruments used in Cambodia. During the day you also get to try a traditional meal and listen to interesting facts about the area and its ancient culture. Leave the tour with new skills and your very own shadow puppet as a priceless souvenir. If time permits, we’ll visit a non-profit organization (NGO) to learn more about responsible volunteering works before heading back to the city for dinner.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 05 SIEM REAP – RICE FARMING WITH LOCAL FAMILY (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we’ll head to a beautiful farmland about 40 minutes from town (for the dry season from Oct – May the host can arrange rice farming at Tonle Sap Lake). This tour offers you a rare glimpse into the lives of the traditional rice farmers in Siem Reap. In this course, you’ll be able to experience how it is like to plough the land, plant rice, harvest them, thresh and eventually cook up a traditional meal! You’ll also get to visit an organic garden with more than thirty types of vegetables and fruits, it will delight the plant-lover in you. Then, on the way back we’ll stop at Les Artisan d’Angkor, a workshop to redevelop traditional Cambodian artisan skills after which we’ll visit Wat Bo and then shop at the Old Market.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
DAY 06 SIEM REAP DEPARTURE (B)
Your time is free for any last-minute sightseeing or shopping before we take you to the airport.
Departure transfer to airport for your ownward flight.
HAVE AN ENJOYABLE JOURNEY!
- 5 nights accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast at the above hotel (check in and check out around noontime)
- Private transfers and transportation with air-con vehicles
- English Speaking Guide
- All entrance fees as mentioned program
- Meals as indicated in the program : Breakfast (B) /Lunch (L) /Dinner (D)
- 02 bottles of mineral water per person per day on days of transfer and sightseeing only
- International flights
- Domestic flight (other than mentioned in the program)
- Meals (other than mentioned in the program)
- Visas to Vietnam
- Mineral water beyond that supplied
- Early check in or late check out
- Optional excursions and activities
- Contribution and donation to Sunrise Village in Siem Reap
- Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
- Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages…)
- Peak season surcharges if any
- All not mentioned above
Let us know if you have any questions regarding the price or the itinerary. Thank you.
Tel: (84 8) 3820 2828
Hotline: (84)90 382 8368 – Ms. Tien/ HCM Inbound Manager
- This itinerary can be arranged at minimum 6 person
- For air ticket reservations, we require the guests’ full names AS THEY APPEAR IN THEIR PASSPORTS. Airfares and reservations are always subject to change until paid in full and ticketed.
- Airfares are subject to increase without prior notice.
- Please be advised that prices will be adjusted periodically in case of fuel price increase by our suppliers.
- This is a quotation only and neither reservations for services nor hotel bookings have been made.