Cambodia Authenticity of Angkor

Cambodia is a country steeped in an ancient history based around the Khmer Empire, once the largest empire in South East Asia. Angkor was the region of the country that served as the seat of the empire during its heyday (approximately the 9th century to the 15th century A.D.).

The temples of the Angkor area numbered over 1000, and today many of them still remain. When you explore them, you’ll come across everything from piles of rocks and brick overrun by huge tree roots to the world’s largest single religious monument – Angkor Wat.

Together these temples comprise the most significant example of Khmer architecture and ruins Angkor Wat is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When you visit  Angkor, you’’ll feel like you’’re stepping into a mystical world of the past.

Siem Reap

The name Siem Reap literally means “Siam Defeated”. These days, however, the only rampaging hordes are the tourists heading to the Angkor Archaeological Park. This once quaint village has become the largest boom town and construction site in Cambodia.

It’s quite laid-back and a pleasant place to stay while touring the temples and a nice compromise between observing Cambodian life and enjoying the amenities of modern services and entertainment, thanks to a large expatriate community.

Since Siem Reap is a major tourist destination, prices in many instances are higher than elsewhere in the country. Expect to receive almost constant offers for motodop and tuk-tuk rides, along with everything else which drivers may be able to offer to you.

For more tours to Cambodia see our tours below:

Explore Cambodia – 5 Nights / 6 Days
Secret of Angkor – 2 Nights / 3 Days
Angkor Explorers  – 3 Ngihts / 4 Days
Classic Cambodia – 9 Nights / 10 Days
Vietnam – Cambodia World Heritage Tour – 13 Nights / 14 Days

 

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Hotel Rating3 Star, 4 Star, 5 Star

TOUR SCHEDULE

Day 1 Arrive Siem Reap. Orientation tour & dinner Day 4 Beng Melea Temple morning tour
Day 2 Outlying Temples tour Day 5 After village walk transfer to Siem reap Airport
Day 3 Angkor Highlighted Temples tour    

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Day 1

Siem Reap – Arrival – National Museum – Street Food Tour (D):
* Upon your arrival; you will be met by our representative who will assist you through immigration; transfer to the hotel; and check-in
* We have a Siem Reap Orientation visit to the local main shrine of Preah Ang Chheck/Chhom temple.
* We also visit Angkor National Museum where you will see many of the artifacts from every part of Cambodia in ancient times.
* In early evening; explore Siem Reap at night by tuk tuk to experience Cambodia’s nightlife in full; from the local people’s customs to the activities geared to tourists.
* Walking through the food markets; enjoy dinner with local beer/soft drink in a local beer garden; and have an insect salad with cocktail (if you are brave enough to try).
* Visit night markets and/or; you may want to try foot massage by fish (own account).
* At the end of the trip; take the short tuk tuk ride back to your hotel.
* Note: There is a set menu for dinner (meal only without drink) at Chanrey Tree; this will be replaced if you are not at ease with the local beer garden.
* Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.
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Day 2

Siem Reap – Outlying Temples (B/L/D):
* At 7 am we drive to the rural outskirts; 35 km from the Angkor area to visit the smallest; but magnificent; Banteay Srei Temple; built in the 10th Century and dedicated to Shiva.
* The temple was the birthplace of Khmer classical style architecture and the bas-relief work is the best example of Khmer classical art remaining.
* The pink sandstone structure bears a series of striking and beautiful sculptures; lintels; pediments and friezes. Khmers say the temple must have been carved by women for the details are too fine for the hands of a man.
* Continue to the ancient Khmer civilization site of Hariharalaya which flourished in the late 9th and earlier 10th centuries.
* These are the earliest temples in the Angkor area and are referred to the as the Rolous group; we will visit the main one called Bakhong temple.
* Lunch is hosted by the local family; a great chance to chat with the former village chief who is a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime.
* Enjoy sunset with a bottle of champagne in the rice paddies (the place to set up the table is flexible depending on the season and the suggestion from your guide).
* Enjoy dinner in the Crystal restaurant with an Apsara Performance.
* Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.
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Day 3

Siem Reap – Angkor Highlighted Temples (B):
* Beat the crowd with an early morning 7 am visit to the picturesque Ta Prohm Temple that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown today; an oddly haunting and exotic scene.
* The magnificent roots of a tree; pushing between the huge stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace; evoke feelings that you will remember forever.
* Continue on to visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat – one of the world’s most impressive ruins. The temple still has fine Apsara carvings in Angkorian era art.
* Lunch is for your own account.
* In the afternoon; explore the mysterious Royal Angkor Thom City & Bayon. Its 54-tower temple is an awesome sight. At first glance it seems a shapeless mass of stone; but further scrutiny reveals a face; and then another and another until suddenly you are engulfed by the silent; heavy; enigmatic and silent gaze through half-closed eyes; staring out from a primitive and remote time.
* Further; visit the surroundings of the complex including the Baphou; the Elephant Terraces; the Lepper King Terrace and the Royal Place area.
* Also visit one more ruin in the Angkor area; the Preah Khan temple; built in 12th century by King Jayavarman VII and in the same style to Ta Prom Temple.
* Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.

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Day 4

Siem Reap – Beng Melea Temple & Leisure Afternoon (B):
* Heading out of town; we drive on a newly paved road to the most remote and ancient temple of Beng Mealea which is a temple located 60 km east of the main group of temples at Angkor Wat and built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century.
* Its primary material is sandstone and it is surrounded by moats. The basic layout is three enclosing galleries around a central sanctuary.
* There is extensive carving of scenes from Hindu mythology; including the Churning of the Sea of Milk and Vishnu being borne by the bird god Garuda.
* Causeways have long balustrades formed by bodies of the seven-headed Naga serpent. Smaller in size than Angkor Wat; the king’s main monument; Beng Mealea nonetheless ranks among the Khmer empire’s larger temples.
* Return to your hotel and the rest of the day is free at your leisure.
* Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.
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Day 5

Siem Reap – Village Walk – Kayaking – Departure (B):
* In the morning we transfer out of Siem Reap town to a beautiful village in the countryside.
* You will start with a walk through the village houses; witness the different activities of the locals in their daily life; some examples are how the locals wash vehicles; selling gasoline in whiskey bottles or the small shops where the locals sell food on the side of the small streets.
* On the way; you can pick some fruit from the plants; enjoy a view of this wonderful area and interact with the very kind people in the village.
* You will take a 30-minute ride on an ox-cart through the rice paddies to reach a local house to see how this family does their daily work; such as making rice wine and other handicrafts.
* Meanwhile a member of the family will offer you of fresh coconut and some man made rice wine to taste.
* Afterwards hop into your van for your onward drive to the next destination; a floating community; Mechrey village.
* Here you will take a Kayak and paddle through houses; schools and even shops all bobbing on the water – though not in the dry season – as locals paddle around in traditional wooden boats. (Recommended from October – February).
* After the tour you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight for your onward destination.
* Services end at the airport.
* Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Cambodia experience. We thank you for your patronage & look forward to serving you again in the near future.

* Private door-to-door pick-up and drop-off services
* Excellent English speaking guide
* Private air-conditioned transportation
* Accommodation shared in double/twin room as mentioned with daily breakfast
* Boat trips
* Meals as mentioned
* All entrance fees
* Water and tissue during the tour
* No extra charge after services confirmation

* Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
* Travel insurance
* Visa fee to Cambodia of USD 30 per person
* Tipping
* Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any

* The above rate is LAND ONLY, and EXCLUDES ALL INTERNATIONAL and DOMESTIC FLIGHTS
* Seasonal Supplements MAY apply
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, airlines and supplier rate changes and fuel levies

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Cambodia Beng Mealea temple covered in forest over growth
Cambodia view of the Preah Ang Chek Chhom Temple
Cambodia Banteay srei temple overgrown by the jungle
Cambodia Tha Prom Temple with tree growing through the building
Cambodia Beng Mealea temple covered in forest over growth
Cambodia Mechrey floating village with floating houses

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