We have selected for you the most extraordinary site in Cambodia…and probably in the world, the temples of Angkor, scattered in the jungle around the charming city of Siem Reap. We offer you 4 tours in a private vehicle:
• 3 Days/2 nights, the strict minimum to admire one of the most amazing sites on Earth.
• 4 Days/3 nights, which allows a more complete visit of all those marvels.
• 5 Days/4 nights, that we advise to really immerse yourself in the fascinating ancient Khmer civilization as well as in the local people’s daily life.
• 6 days/5 nights for an even more complete visit of the sites.
We have added an option with a 2-day tour of Phnom Penh, famous for its colonial charm and its architectural treasures.
Considering the number and quality of Siem Reap and Pnomh Penh restaurants, we have selected not to include the meals in our rates, except for the hotel breakfasts and a marvelous diner-show of traditional dances in Siem Reap. Of course, we recommend you our selection of excellent restaurants in both towns.
Our programmes suppose an early arrival at Siem Reap Airport. They will be adapted according to your arrival and departure schedules if necessary.
The climate in Cambodia has 2 seasons :
Period to avoid : September and October.Nearly-daily heavy rain. It is not rare that there are big floods rendering visits very difficult and even impossible
DETAIL PER REGION :
Center and North-West : The good period is from early November to end of June ; however, the temperature can reach 45°C mid-April, period of the Khmer New Year.East and South : The good period also starts early November, but ends end of April, when heavy rain may starts. In December and January, the region of the Highlands of Ratanakiri (North-East) and Mondolkiri (East) are cooler than the rest of the country, with minimum temperatures often under 20°C.
|Morning: Departure for the Temple of Prasath Kravanh (921), built in plain bricks. A beautiful countryside road then takes you to the Temple of Banteay Srei (967), considered by many as the most beautiful of all the Angkor temples. It is also famous for being the one “visited” by André Malraux, who stole a bas-relief in 1923. On the way back, you will observe the daily life of the locals, the rice fields, and the making of rice alcohol and palm sugar.
Afternoon: Visit of three large temples and two twin ones: Banteay Kdei (1181), who opens on the Srah Srang Royal Basin, Ta Prohm (1186), world famous for having been left conquered by the jungle, with enormous roots holding the buildings together, then Ta Keo (975), the first one built in sandstone instead of bricks. The visit of Thommanon and Chau Say Thedova (XIIth) ends the day. Return to Siem Reap and free diner.
Morning : Excursion on the Tonlé Sap Lake, where you visit the lake villages of Mechrey and Prek Toal, explore the flooded forest and observe the life of the locals. In those villages, the inhabitants (mainly fishermen and farmers) have pleasure to share with you their traditional knowhow. Lunch prepared in a floating house by the Osmose Association, which finances en ecological project benefiting the locals.
Afternoon : According to your flight schedule you can visit:
• The workshops-schools of the Angkor craftsmen, where handicapped young Khmers learn Arts and Crafts and make beautiful decorative objects.
• The Angkor Scent Factory, where they show you the manufacturing of scented candles, soaps and creams as well as the treatment of spices such as pepper, chili and curry. You will be able to buy some souvenirs, beautifully wrapped in colored braided palm leaves.
• The Silk Weaving Center, where you will be able to learn everything about mulberry tree culture, silk worm raising, and the making of silk threads.
The day ends with the transfer to Siem Reap Airport for your return to Vietnam or home.
Day 2: TEMPLES OF ANGKOR TOM AND ANGOR WAT (breakfast)
After breakfast, departure for the visit of other Angkor Thom temples. You will first climb the only hill of the site, where the temple of Phnom Bakeing (893) was erected, to admire the panorama of the jungle and the temples, and you will then enter in the town through the superb South Gate to visit the mysterious Bayon (1181), the Baphuon (1060) and the Phimenakas (944), as well as the Elephant and the Leper King Terraces (end of the XIIth century).
After lunch, visit of Angkor’s architectural masterpiece, the temple of Angkor Wat, built between 1113 and 1150 by King roi Suriyavarman II. Free diner.
Temples of Roluos
| Morning: Transfer to Ha Noi or Saigon airports for a short flight (55 mn) to Siem Reap. Transfer from Siem Reap Airport to your hotel and departure for the visit of the ancient temples of Roluos, about 15 km east of Siem Reap. Those three temples, the Bakong, (881), the Preah Ko (879) and the Lolei (892) have been built in bricks in the capital of the kingdom, which was then called Haraiharalaya, established there by King Indravarman I. They are the “ancestors” of the temples of Angkor.
Afternoon: Visit of the temple of Prasath Kravanh (921), the first brick one to be rehabilitated in 1968, then the Pre Rup (961), the last temple built in bricks, and finally the Oriental Mebon (952).
Morning: Visit of temples completely different from the others: the large Preah Khan (1191), the small Thammanon (1150), the Ta Keo (975), the first one built in sandstone, and unfinished, and the Chau Say Thevoda (1150), Thommanon’s twin brother on the other side of the road, and the object of a very interesting modern restoration.
Afternoon: You visit two large temples: the Ta Prohm (1186), world famous for having been left conquered by the jungle, with enormous roots holding the buildings together, and the Banteay Kantey Dei (1181), which opens onto the Royal Basin of Srah Srang. Return to Siem Reap, where you visit the Great Pagoda of Wat Bo, with its small museum and Monk School, and the interesting Colonial Quarter (end of the XIXth), which leads to the Old Market and the Night one (opening at 18:00). Free diner.
| Morning : Transfer from Siem Reap Airport to your hotel and departure for the visit of the ancient temples of Roluos, about 15 km east of Siem Reap. Those three temples, the Bakong, (881), the Preah Ko (879) and the Lolei (892) have been built in bricks in the capital of the kingdom, which was then called Haraiharalaya, established there by King Indravarman I. They are the “ancestors” of the temples of Angkor.
Afternoon and evening : You first visit some of the temples of Angkor Thom, the capital of King Jayavarman VII from 1181 to 1209 : Prasat Kravahn (921), the Ta Phrom (1186), today embraced by gigantic tree roots, the Pre Rup (961), the last temple built in bricks, and finally the Banteay Kantey Dei (1181), which opens onto the Royal Basin of Srah Srang. Return to Siem Reap for a diner and Khmer traditional dances given by professional artists. We have selected the best for you, the group of the Angkor Village Theater.
|Morning : Departure for the religious site of Phnom Kulen (50 km northeast of de Siem Reap). You will discover forest highlands with waterfalls and pagodas, the oldest one dating XVth Century and sheltering a huge lying Buddha carved on the top of a gigantic boulder. Picnic lunch.
Afternoon : On the road back to Siem Reap, we visit a mulberry trees plantation, where a hundred women raise silk worms, spool the cocoons, dye the silk threads and weave them to produce high-quality objects and clothes. End of the afternoon, you cross an interesting colonial district (end of the 19th century) to do some shopping at the Old Market or the Night one.
|Departure for the visit of other Angkor Thom. You will first climb the only hill of the site, where the temple of Phnom Bakeing (893) was erected, to admire the panorama of the jungle and the temples, and you will then enter in the town through the superb South Gate to visit the mysterious Bayon (1181), the Baphuon (1060) and the Phimenakas (944), as well as the Elephant and the Leper King Terraces (end of the XIIth century).
After lunch, visit of Angkor’s architectural masterpiece, the temple of Angkor Wat, built between 1113 and 1150 by King Suriyavarman II. Free diner.
|Morning : Early departure, direction the site of Kho Ker (130 km northeast of Siem Reap), capital of King in the 930’s. The site counts over 30 large temples only recently cleard from the jungle. A recent trail allows the vist of most temples including the Prasat Thom, a 40-m high large sandstone temple-pyramid. Lunch (picnic basket) in the open-air restaurant.
Afternoon : We drive to the temple of Bang Melea, on the road back to Siem Reap. It is one of the largest and most mysterious temples of Angkor. Built in the XIIth century under king Suryiavarman II (1112 -1152), the builder of Angkor Vat, it is built on the same design but smaller. Its particularity consists in its completely collapsed central tower which has become an enormous pile on sandstone. The temple is visited by walking on circular interior wooden gangways.
|Morning : A beautiful 25-km countryside road takes you to the temple de Banteay Srei (967), considered by many as the the most beautiful of all Angkor temples. It is also famous for being the one “visited” by André Malraux, who stole a bas-relief in 1923. You then drive to the village of Kbal Spean. After a 1500-meter walk through the forest on a mountain path, you will reach an ancient cult site and discover the Thousand-Lingua River, carved in the rocks of the banks and on the river bottom. Return to Siem Reap through traditional villages, with visit of an alcohol and palm sugar factory.
Afternoon : Visit of 3 temples on the way back to Siem Reap : the Oriental Mebon (952), the very curious Neak Pean (1200), bulit by King Roi Jayavarman VII as an hospital where sick people were treated with medicinal herbs, and the large Preah Khan (1191).
We leave from Siem Reap around 7:30, ride through the quiet Cambodian countryside, and arrive to the town of Kompong Thom, to reach the magnificent temples of Sambor Prei Kuk, one of the best examples of pre-Angkor Architecture (VIIth century).
Lunch in Kompong Thom after the visit, then road to Phom Penh, where we arrive in time (around 16:30) for a delightful boat ride from the Tonle Sap to the Mekong, with a very romantic sunset over the town and the floating village. Return around 18:00 and registration at your hotel.
Free diner (we recommend the excellent Foreign Correspondent Club – FCC - Restaurant, with its terrace over the river).
|After breakfast, visit of the Royal Palace (1866) and the Silver Pagoda (1892), the name of which comes from the nearly 6000 solid silver tiles covering its floor. Around the pagoda, you will be able to read the Legend of the Ramanaya on a long series of frescoes painted on the surrounding walls. We then visit the very beautiful National Arts Museum. Lunch in a restaurant overlooking the Tonle Sap River.
After lunch, a tough visit, but necessary to realize the terrifying side of the Khmers Rouges: the Genocide Museum, located in the infamous Tuol Sieng School, the domain of the sinister Duch.
|Hotel||1 pers.||2 pers.||3 à 5 pers.||Single room Supplement|
|Angkor 3 Days/2 nights||**||$645||$383||$313||$31|
|Angkor 4 Days/3 nights
|Angkor 5 Days/4 nights||**||$944||$560||$460||$61|
|Angkor 6 Days/5 nights||**||$1,370||$800||$645||$76|
|Extension PHNOM PENH 2 days||**||$697||$386||$310||$40|