On this popular five day tour you explore the stunning Cambodian temples of Angkor - the ancient capital of the Khmer Empire. This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most important and spectacular archaeological areas in South-East Asia. As the capital from the ninth to the 15th century, it's home to such treasures as the magnificent Angkor Wat, the ruined jungle temple of Ta Prohm, and the fabulous Bayon. And in between visits to these great structures you can relax at a top class hotel.
On arrival in Siem Reap you will be welcomed by a local guide and taken to your hotel. This resort town is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor and the luxurious hotels here are simply perfect for a relaxing break in between visits to see some of the wonders of the world. Today, after your journey, you can either stay and soak up the sun around the pool or go out and explore before a welcome dinner in the evening when you will find out about all that you will be seeing and doing over the coming days.
After breakfast, drive to the southern gate of the 'Great City' of Angkor Thom. Marvel at the imposing carvings and temples scattered throughout this ancient city and at the heart of this mammoth citadel, see the state temple of Bayon and its eerie stone face carvings. Pass the Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King, before stopping at the famous jungle enveloped ruins of Ta Prohm temple. Visit Angkor National Museum then walk around the grounds of Angkor Wat as the sun begins to set.
Get up before dawn and enjoy a memorable sunrise at Angkor Wat. Marvel at the silhouetted central spires and explore the interior before returning for breakfast at your hotel. Continue your day with a visit to the floating villages of Kampong Phluk and witness their traditional way of local life. Experience a monk blessing ceremony before driving to the historical temples of Rolous. Then at the end of the day go on a tuk-tuk street food tour, savouring many delicious Cambodian delicacies.
Start today with a visit to the local market at Domdek before continuing your journey to Beng Mealea Temple, one of the two largest temples outside of Angkor. View the partly buried sandstone remains and explore the temple grounds before enjoying a local lunch. In the afternoon drive to the Banteay Srei and on the return journey stop at the Landmine Museum and visit a village to see the sugar palm production before enjoying the amazing sunset at Pre Rup temple.
Today your wonderful tour around all the famous Angkor temples comes to an end. There may be time for another trip out to Angkor Wat or a visit to the fascinating Artisans Village in Siem Reap before you are picked up from your hotel and driven to the local airport to catch an onward flight and explore more of south east Asia or begin your journey back home. This tour makes a great add on to any longer stay in Cambodia, Vietnam or Laos.