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From Siem Reap: 2-Day Small Group Temples Sunrise Tour

1. From Siem Reap: 2-Day Small Group Temples Sunrise Tour

Day 1 – Full Day Temples of Angkor with Sunrise   Spend your day temple-hopping with your local guide to make the most of your visit to the world-famous Angkor complex, a site full of temples built between the 19th and 13th century. Begin with pre-dawn departure (between 4:20 and 5:00 AM) from your hotel to catch the sunrise outside of Angkor Wat. Then, explore the interior of the great temple, spending a thorough 2 hours discovering its corridors, central chambers and upper terraces. Your expert guide will decipher the myriad of stories behind the bas-relief carvings and give you insight into life during the height of the Khmer Empire. End your visit to Angkor with breakfast just outside the temple.   Continue the morning with a visit to the Southern Gate of Angkor Thom, flanked by a row of 54 stone figures on each side – gods to the left and demons to the right – and the fortified city of Angkor Thom. See its beautifully crafted central towers, covered in more than 200 enormous faces, before exploring the famous central terrace of the Leper King and the Terrace of Elephants. Finish your day with a visit to the temple Ta Prohm, once home to almost 3,000 monks. Return to your hotel at approximately 1:00 PM after lunch at a local restaurant.   Day 2 – Full Day Banteay Srei Temples   After pick-up from your hotel around 8:00 AM, you’ll head off to visit the most interesting temples outside Angkor Thom city. Your first stop is Pre Rup Hindu Temple, built in 961 or 962, that combines laterite and sandstone construction. Then, drive to the intricately carved and well-preserved Banteay Srei – the detailed reliefs on this smaller sandstone structure are regarded as the finest and most skilfully crafted in Cambodia.   On the return journey, visit Neak Pean, a Buddhist temple on a circular artificial island with in Jayatataka Baray, then continue to Preah Khan temple, a ruined but highly atmospheric mélange of tree roots and crumbling stone structures. Construction was commissioned by the prolific temple builder Jayavarman VII in honor of his father and a visit to this smaller site makes for an interesting contrast with the more imposing Angkor Wat. Preah Khan is currently being restored by the World Monument Fund and in places is in remarkably good condition.   In the late afternoon you’ll return to Siem Reap after a memorable day of exploration.

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Angkor Region: 3-day Private Tour of Top Temples

2. Angkor Region: 3-day Private Tour of Top Temples

Day One:  Get picked up from your accommodation at 8:00 am by your driver and tour guide and travel directly to Beng Mealea, a sprawling jungle temple that covers over one square kilometer. Enjoy the adventurous and mysterious feeling of exploring a temple complex largely overrun by vegetation and off the beaten tourist path. Discuss your lunch preferences with your guide before stopping at a local restaurant. Afterwards, head to the floating village Kampong Phluk on Tonle Sap Lake, the largest lake in Southeast Asia. Enjoy a guided boat trip through the floating village. Then get dropped off back at your accommodation. Day Two:  Get picked up again at 8:00 am and purchase a 3-day temple pass before heading to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Visit some small temples, including Chau Say Tevoda, Thommanon, and Ta Keo. Then head to the jungle temple Ta Prohm where the movie Tomb Raider was shot. Refuel afterwards with lunch at a local restaurant. Then make your way to the Buddhist temple of Banteay Kdei. Gain insight into the history of the powerful Khmer Empire before heading to Phnom Bakheng to see a gorgeous sunset. Day Three:  Get an early start at 5:00 am on the final day of the tour. Get picked up and see the sunrise at Angkor Wat. Following this, you can choose to visit more temples including Pre Rup and Banteay Samre. Then head to Banteay Srey, arriving before most of the crowds. Marvel at the most intricately carved temple in all of Angkor. Afterwards, see a traditional Khmer village and learn about palm sugar production. If you are interested, visit the Landmine Museum and learn how decades of conflict, foreign occupation, and brutal civil war and genocide have impacted Cambodia.  Afterwards, stop for lunch at a local restaurant. On the way back, stop at a few more temples such as East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean, and Preah Khan, a fascinating vast monastic complex. The return trip will take you through many beautiful villages and provide you with great photo opportunities. Get dropped off back at your accommodation at the end of your day.

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Sunset Dinner Tour: Tonle Sap Lake Floating Village

3. Sunset Dinner Tour: Tonle Sap Lake Floating Village

Hear the sounds of water lapping up against the side of the boat and watch in awe as the incredible floating village rises against the backdrop of the great Tonle Sap Lake. In this idyllic village less than 10miles (15km) from Siem Reap, explore the village on this fantastic Sunset Tour. Departing from your hotel or guesthouse around 15.30, take a comfortable air-conditioned car or minibus drive with your knowledgeable guide, who will be able to help point out the culture and life all around you in English (and Khmer, of course!). See this incredible village in a very special way. Pass by rice paddies and lotus fields for the opportunity to stop and take photographs of the lotus flower, highly important in Buddhist culture (please note that depending on the time of year, the views of the lotus and rice fields will vary). Upon arrival at the port, transfer to a mini Tara boat driven by an experienced driver. Once on the water, stop at the Crocodile and Fish Farm (depending on current water levels) and learn about some of the trades practiced by those living on the lake. Visit the souvenir shop to purchase gifts or snap some photos from the viewing deck. After this visit, return to the boat and head through the floating village for a glimpse of the local Cambodians going about their daily life. After a tranquil glide through the town, arrive at the Queen Tara, the biggest boat on the lake, in the heart of the floating village. Here, enjoy a well deserved full buffet meal and all inclusive drinks. Finally, the reason you've come: the sunset. Relax with a drink in your hand and soak in the beauty around you. After the last bit of light fades, head back to your guest house or hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle.

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Siem Reap: Private Phnom Kulen & Angkor Wat 2-Day Tour

4. Siem Reap: Private Phnom Kulen & Angkor Wat 2-Day Tour

Spend 2 days exploring the beauty of Cambodia on this temple-focused excursion. In your own private group, discuss your interests with the guide, who’ll tailor your experience to fit your preferences.   Day 1: You’ll be picked up from your accommodation at 7:30 AM and head to Phnom Kulen National Park, where the 500-year-long age of Angkor began. Then, visit Kampong Phluk, the floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. If you like, you can explore the village by boat on the largest lake in South East Asia. Enjoy the beautiful sunset from this perfect location.   Day 2:   Start early at 5:00 AM to catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat, a temple complex constructed in the early 12th century. Explore this incredible monument at your own leisure with an experienced guide. Don’t miss the Banteay Srey, the most intricately carved temple in all of Angkor. If there’s interest, the group can visit the Landmind Museum before heading to the jungle temple, Ta Prohm, where the movie “Tomb Raider” was shot. Stop for a lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the ancient city of Angkor Tom, where you’ll see many more temples and monuments, including the Terrace of the Elephants, North and South Khleang, and much more.   Finally, you’ll be dropped off at your accommodation in Siem Reap.

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Floating Village and Tonlé Sap Sunset Tour

5. Floating Village and Tonlé Sap Sunset Tour

Experience real Cambodian life on the water! Mey Chrey is one of the area's least visited floating villages, which is why it is so beloved by the very few who get to experience it! Located a 45-minute drive through some of Siem Reap's most beautiful countryside, you will head to the boat dock where you will begin your journey on the water. Enjoy a 30-minute motorboat ride along the small waterways before reaching the village where you will have the chance to hop-off, and meet a local family. Life in a floating village is entirely different to living on land and this is your chance to engage with some wonderful people, using your guide as a translator. Back on board, enjoy a spectacular sunset over the water from the comfort of your motorboat before returning to land.

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Siem Reap: Countryside Vespa Adventure

6. Siem Reap: Countryside Vespa Adventure

Explore the beautiful countryside outside Siem Reap from the back of a Vespa. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you on a trip to experience the traditional life outside the city. On your journey, you will pass locals hard at work and learn about the thriving arts and crafts. Taste some delicious bamboo sticky rice cake and learn how the locals make rice noodles. Next stop, ride to the basket village where you will be greeted by talented ladies who will show you how to make a handmade basket. Are you in need of some zen? Don’t worry, next you will visit the ancient Buddhist temple. Immerse yourself in Buddhist practice, receive a spiritual blessing from a monk, and listen to an enchanting Khmer fortune teller.

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Half-Day Tour of Floating Villages

7. Half-Day Tour of Floating Villages

This half-day boat tour of the Floating Village is the perfect option for those who don't have the time to explore Prek Toal or Kompong Phluk during their stay in Siem Reap. Your boat tour begins at your hotel or guesthouse, where a knowledgeable tour guide will pick you up and accompany you to the port near Phnom Krom in an air-conditioned vehicle. Let your friendly English and Khmer-speaking guides point out areas of local interest along the way and answer any questions you may have. En route to the main boat, make a couple of stops. First, as you pass the rice paddies and lotus fields, stop and take some photos of the lotus flowers, a deeply important flower in Buddhism (please note: depending on the time of year, the views of the lotus and rice fields will vary). Next, stop at the crocodile and fish farm (depending on current water levels) and learn about some of the trades people on the lake work in. If catfish, crocodiles and large snakes don't interest you, stop at the souvenir shop or viewing deck on board to purchase some presents for loved ones or take a few photos. During your boat ride through the floating village, see ordinary Cambodians going about their daily life in the floating village. Your boat will briefly enter the edge of the Great Lake before docking at the Queen Tara, the biggest boat on the lake, in the heart of the floating village. There, enjoy a well-deserved snack with fruit. Afterwards, take a seat on the viewing deck. Once lunch is over, depart the Queen Tara and head back to the port, where your air-conditioned vehicle awaits to transport you back to your hotel or guesthouse.

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Angkor Wat: Half-Day Sunrise Vespa Tour with Lunch

8. Angkor Wat: Half-Day Sunrise Vespa Tour with Lunch

Embark on a fun and unique tour experience as you explore Angkor Wat on a vespa. See more of the site's famous locations in less time, enjoy commentary from your local guide, and feast on a delicious breakfast and lunch. Meet your driver bright and early, receive your helmet, and hop on the back of your vespa to make your way to Angkor Wat where you will meet the rest of your group. Feel the cool morning breeze and take in the soft morning light as you walk over to your perfect sunrise-viewing spot. Watch the temple come to life with light as you then walk through its unforgettable paths, marvelling at the intricate ancient carvings on its façades and the twisting roots coming through its walls. Learn about one of the greatest Kingdoms in Cambodia from your historian guide before enjoying breakfast outside the temple complex. The itinerary includes other famous sites including the walled city of Angkor Thom, the Bayon with its many faces, and the Ta Prohm Temple — or the 'Tomb Raider' temple where the movie was filmed. Listen as your guide provides insider tips about past life in Angkor Wat and gives you informative tidbits about the locations that are on the tour’s itinerary.    After the tour, head to Sras Srang reservoir to have lunch before riding back to your hotel around 2PM.

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Angkor Wat: Private Sunrise Bike Tour from Siem Reap

9. Angkor Wat: Private Sunrise Bike Tour from Siem Reap

Start your tour with an early morning pickup, at around 4:30 AM, from your hotel in Siem Reap. Make a quick stop to purchase tickets for the temples before heading to Angkor Wat for sunrise. After watching the magnificent sunrise, set out to explore Angkor Wat on a guided walking tour and listen as your guide points out notable architectural features and details the fascinating history of the Khmer Empire. Following breakfast, get set up on mountain bikes for an easy ride around the Angkorian ruins. By taking a bike, you can avoid most of the walking crowds and get a unique perspective of this amazing site. Take the back roads through local villages and into the Angkor complex. Cycle along the wall of the ancient city of Angkor Thom. With the moat on one side and thick jungle on the other, you’ll feel like you’re discovering ruins untouched by the hordes of tourist.

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Siem Reap: Countryside Jeep Tour

10. Siem Reap: Countryside Jeep Tour

Go on a 3-hour guided jeep tour to remote areas outside of Siem Reap and discover about Cambodia's culture while taking in its scenery. You'll get a chance to see how the locals live and learn about the area from a knowledgeable guide. Your vintage army jeep will cruise around traditional villages where locals tend to their rice fields and buffalo herds as your guide tells you about fascinating local customs and traditions. Stop at some great spots along the way. Gain a more intimate understanding of traditional Cambodian life as you drive along rural roads and meet friendly locals on this guided jeep tour through the countryside around Siem Reap.

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What people are saying about Siem Reap

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 180 reviews

My wife and I had a great time on this adventure that was full of info, some tips and 'secrets' as well as generally had a great time with the host/guide Pol (aka Mr Friday!). It was made especially special because we were the only guests on the tour, picked up by private 'limousine' at our hotel Templation, driving off towards Tonle Sap lake, stopping at a restaurant famous for the Lotus Flowers it also cultivates - learning why the Lotus is such an important flower, how versatile it is. We also heard the tales of the bloody civil war and at times tense situation between the Khmer and Vietnamese families of the lake. Living as they have been for decades, the 900 or so families living on the lake are Vietnamese, yet have no passports and are granted to stay on the lake by the Cambodian government. Had a thrilling time seeing the Crocodiles of the Croc farm before getting to the Queen Tara where we enjoyed our dinner and free flow beverages/alcohol watching the sunset.

Really good tour. The company was on time for pick-up and we could get a good spot to see Angkor Wat during sunset. For the remaining time, we saw all main temples on the Angkor complex and took many good pictures. Our guide was particularly good for that! As feedback, the tour did not last as originally stated. For day 1 we were supposed to finish at 13 hrs; instead we were heading back by 11:40 am; we did not get enough time to appreciate the Bayon temple as we were rushing to the van to head back to the hotel. On day 2 we were heading at 3:30 but we could've stayed more in my opinion. As an advice to fellow travelers, I would spare an additional day to go back to the temples you liked the most (or to other additional temples, as there are many) either on your own or with a private guide.

2 days incredibly rich in discovery, in explanation. The guide was awesome. Friendly, lots of knowledge, very good English and excellent photographer! The little extra: punctuality. And the big plus: Bob. Unforgettable.

It was a really nice educational trip. Food was decent and all you can drink was nice. The guide and service was wonderful. Recommended!

A fabulous 2 day tour, great value for money . Sak was our exceptional guide. Get him if you can