5 Days / 4 Nights
Explore the highlights of Angkor in a 1960's military jeep, visit some of the off-the-beaten-track temples in a tuk-tuk, discover life on the Tonle-Sap Lake, enjoy a monk blessing and get to know how to make silk on a short tour suitable if you are travelling to other destinations before of after your trip to Angkor.
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Day 1. Arrive Siem Reap, the Gateway to Angkor (-/-/-)
Meet your guide and driver upon arrival and be transferred to your hotel. Time to freshen up and rest.
In the afternoon meet with your guide and visit a small temple, where you meet with a local monk and receive a traditional monk blessing. The blessing is a traditional local ritual that is specially adjusted to bless your travels through Cambodia. Walk around the compound of the pagoda and learn more about the architecture and Buddhism. Continue afterwards with a short tuktuk ride to the local home of Sombai where a very special concept has been created that also happens to be delicious! Meet with the team of Sombai and learn more about the Infused Rice Wine and how this is being created. Taste the different wines and enjoy this special treat and festive welcome to Cambodia!
Day 2. Angkor Highlights by Jeep/Tuk-tuk or Bike (B/L/-)
Start in the early morning with a 1960’s Military Jeep Ride to Ta Prohm. Constructed in the Bayon style between the late 12th and early 13th century, Ta Prohm was left pretty much untouched by archaeologists. The trees that grow out of the ruins allow for a mysterious feeling filled with photogenic opportunities. Leave the temple at the backside and enjoy a short hike to the back entrance of Banteay Kdei, which is known also as the “Citadel of Monks”. Exiting the temple at the east side will bring you to Sras Srang. Continue with a nice walk of 30 minutes from Sras Srang to Batchum temple. Pass through a typical Khmer village with its wooden houses on stilts and observe the daily activities of its people. The jeep waits at this small temple that dates back to the middle of the 10th century. An early lunch is served nearby at a local home.
Continue by jeep to Angkor Wat, and enter from the East Gate. Around this time of the day, most people head back for lunch in town, leaving the masterpiece relatively quiet for exploration. King Suryavarman II constructed this magnificent temple and built it to become the largest religious monument in the world. Leave Angkor Wat through the West Gate and continue by jeep to the South Gate of Angkor Thom. Take the opportunity to photograph the impressive entrance to Angkor Thom, which translates to “Great City”. The jeep will drop you at a small temple, beautifully overgrown with trees called Palilay. From here walk through the forest to the Phimeanakas and the Baphuon, both structures built in the pyramid style in the 11th and 10th century respectively. Continue to the centerpiece of the city; the Bayon, which served as a Mahayana shrine dedicated to Buddha. Its most distinctive features are the 216 serene stone faces that seemingly face all directions. Visit the Terrace of the Elephants, which is a 300 meters long terrace. The south stairway is framed with three-head elephants gathering lotus flowers with their trunks. The central stairway is decorated by lions and garudas in bas-reliefs in a stance of support for the stairways. Likewise, the Terrace of Leper King was constructed in the 12th century. The curious name of this terrace refers to a statue of the Leper King that is on the platform of the terrace. Finally, visit the Victory Gate from where a short hike brings you to the East Gate, also known as the Gate of the Death. This gate remains beautifully untouched in a very quiet part of the complex surrounded by forest. It is the perfect place to end the day with a snack and cool drink before you return to town where you enjoy a free evening.
Note: Above temples are standard temples most people see. Not all temples we visit are mentioned. The program and timings are flexible depending on weather conditions.
Day 3. Angkor Grand Circuit by Tuk-Tuk (B/L/-)
Largely unrestored, Preah Kahn is one of the excellent monuments that is often given a pass for no obvious reason. Regarded to as one of the largest structures in the Angkor Kingdom, Preah Kahn was home to 100.000 officials and servants. Continue afterwards to Neak Pean, an artificial island situated in the Preah Kahn Baray. The four connecting lakes represented the four elements of nature; Water, Fire, Earth and Wind and by entering these pools it was believed that a disease could be cured. Travel further east after Neak Pean and visit the smaller Ta Som temple, which was built by King Jayavarman VII during the late 12th century to honour his father and previous King of the Kingdom, Dharanindravarman II. The eastern tower is of particular interest as it has been overgrown by a sacred fig and allows for one of Angkor’s most stunning pictures. Lunch can be enjoyed either back in town or at a local restaurant near Sras Srang before enjoying a short hike that leads from Batchum Temple to Sras Srang. Walk through the village and observe the daily activities of the people living in harmony with history. Enter Banteay Kdei, which is known also as the “Citadel of Monks”. Constructed in the same period as Ta Som, the temple reminds of a smaller Preah Kahn or Ta Prohm. End the day at Pre Rup, which was built as the state temple of King Rajendravarman in the late 10th century. The temple allows for a perfect sunset opportunity after exploring extensively the “forgotten” jewels of the Khmer Kingdom.
Day 4. Me Chhrey and Silk Farm (B/-/-)
Located on the north-western tip of the Tonle Sap, Me Chhrey village allows for an authentic floating village experience. The small village is home to families who unlike other floating communities still live in wooden house boats. The village moves throughout the year, depending on the water levels of the lake. At the end of the dry season when the lake’s water levels are at its lowest, the villagers move closer to shore and live primarily from agricultural activities on land. By visiting a local home you get a better understanding of life on the lake and your guide would be more than happy to translate your questions to your hosts. Return to the port and visit the Silk Farm of Artisans d’Angkor, located a 15 minute drive away. Here people with underprivileged backgrounds are given an opportunity to improve their livelihoods by reviving the ancient crafts of making art and producing silk. A local representative accompanies you and walks you through the farm and explains all the steps necessary to produce quality silk. Return to your hotel.
Day 5. Siem Reap - Departure (B/-/-)
Transfer to the airport to board your flight to your next destination.
The itinerary may be subject to change depending on circumstances.
PRICES AND INCLUSIONS
5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS FROM £499 per person
based on 2 people travelling together
The price includes:
4 nights 4 star hotel accommodation in twin/double rooms:
River Soul Residence Angkor or similar
Private vehicle with driver as described in the itinerary for the full duration of the tour
All tours mentioned in the itinerary with private English speaking guide
Meals: breakfast in the hotels, lunches according to the program
All entrance fees and permissions to the sites visited
The price does not include:
Return flights from the UK to Cambodia
Anything not specifically mentioned above
Visa fee for Cambodia
Tips to the guide and driver
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
Projects you support while traveling this program:
A local family: As part of our commitment to help the local community, we always pay a small contribution when we visit a local home, have a lunch at a family’s home or when the family allows us to make use of any service or equipment they are able to offer us.
The Pagoda: A Pagoda is a community institution. If you had lunch on the grounds of a pagoda, or visited a pagoda and met with a local monk, we donate to that pagoda. The Pagoda usually uses the money for development of its grounds, which benefits the entire community they are located in as everyone is allowed to make use of the pagoda, its facilities and its guidance.
Kok Dong Community School: Even if you haven’t visited the Kok Dong Community School, we still support the school with materials, computers, and donations and any other materials and advice needed for the school to continue to develop the young minds of Cambodia.
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