Add dates

Siem Reap Culture & history

Our most recommended Siem Reap Culture & history

Angkor Wat: Highlights and Sunrise Guided Tour

1. Angkor Wat: Highlights and Sunrise Guided Tour

Discover the magic and history of the Angkor Wan on a guided sunrise tour from Siem Reap. Get around this vast temple complex easily with a airconditioned bus or van. Have the option to choose from a group or private tour. See sights like the Ta Prohm and Bayon temples.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation early in the morning. Arrive at Angkor wat and admire the glow of the sunrise on the ancient temple complex and surrounding jungle. Explore the interior of the great temple at Angkor, from its corridors and central chambers to the upper terraces. Hear stories behind the bas-relief carvings, and gain insight into life during the height of the Khmer Empire. Continue to Angkor Thom City and the Bayon Temple. At the end of the afternoon, visit the jungle-enveloped Ta Prohm, one of the most atmospheric of all the temples in Angkor. Return to your accommodation in Siem Reap at the end of your tour.

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat: Small-Group Sunrise Tour

2. Siem Reap: Angkor Wat: Small-Group Sunrise Tour

Begin with an early pickup from your hotel at 4.30 AM in an air-conditioned vehicle, and travel to the main entrance of the Angkor Wat to admire the stunning sunrise over this ancient and mysterious complex. Next, visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom to marvel at the Bayon and Baphoun temples with their 54 towers and 216 faces of Buddhisatva Avalokesvara. Listen as your guide explains historical facts about the Temples and the Khmer empire. After lunch, see the Terrace of the Elephant and the Terrace of the Leper King known as the royal viewing platform and the stage of the king’s great audience hall. Enter Ta Prohm Temple and view the lush trees surrounding the temple’s stones. Finally, go to Banteay Kdei temple which was built by the King Jayavarman VII in the late of 12th century before returning to your hotel in Siem Reap.

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

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

Day 1 – Full Day Banteay Srei Temples and Grand Circuit Temple   Start your 2 days with 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, which 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 within 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. Day 2 – 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 centuries. Begin with pre-dawn departure (between 4:15 and 4:40 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.  

Angkor Wat Private 2-Day Temples Tour with Sunset & Sunrise

4. Angkor Wat Private 2-Day Temples Tour with Sunset & Sunrise

Day 1: Angkor Thom, Bayon, Neak Pean, Bantreay Srei, Banteay Samre, and Bakheng Mountain Visit 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. At ‘The Bayon’, you will see its beautifully crafted central towers, covered in more than 200 enormous faces, then explore the famous Terrace of the Leper King and the Terrace of Elephants. Move to Neak Pean, an artificial island with a Buddhist temple. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the intricately carved and well-preserved Banteay Srei. The detailed reliefs on this smaller sandstone structure are regarded as the finest, most skillfully crafted in Cambodia.  One the way back, enjoy a brief stop at the well-preserved Banteay Samre, a laterite structure that once featured internal moats. End your discoveries with an ascent for sunset at Bakheng mountain. Day 2: Angkor Wat at sunrise, Preah Khan, Ta Nei, and Ta Prohm Temple  Begin with a pre-dawn departure for sunrise outside of Angkor Wat. Enter the great temple in darkness (please bring a torch) from the little-visited eastern side, and creep along hoary cloistered corridors past the longest stretch of bas-relief carvings in the world.  End your touring at Angkor with breakfast outside the temple. Continue by moving on to Preah Khan temple, a ruined but highly atmospheric mélange of tree roots and crumbling stone structures. At the end of the morning, have lunch at a local restaurant. Next, drive to Ta Nei, a late 12th century stone temple located in Angkor. Move on to the jungle-enveloped Ta Prohm, one of the most atmospheric temples in Angkor that was once home to 2,740 monks.

Siem Reap: Phare, the Cambodian Circus Show Tickets

5. Siem Reap: Phare, the Cambodian Circus Show Tickets

Enjoy the Phare Circus performance in Siem Reap, which is more than a conventional acrobatic circus. See how the artists create and perform stories based on their own life experiences. Drawing from recent history, folklore, and modern society, watch as the performers blend drama, dance, live music, and circus arts to share a part of their lives with audiences. By attending a Phare Circus show, you enjoy Siem Reap's fantastic live entertainment and financially support the school to provide opportunities for Cambodian artists.

From Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Sunrise and Temples E-Bike Tour

6. From Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Sunrise and Temples E-Bike Tour

Depart at 4:40 am by riding e-bike with our professional English speaking tour guide to the sunrise at Angkor Wat temple. It takes about 20 minutes to ride from the city center to the temple and we may spend about 1-hour and 30 minutes to explore the whole entire building of Angkor Wat temple, and then have short break for a picnic-breakfast in front of the Royal swim poor of Sras Srang that you can enjoy of taste authentic Cambodian breakfast like Khmer noodle soup with traditional desserts like palm cake and steam rice dumplings with palm sugar. After that, we continue to visit the jungle temple of Ta Prohm and Ta Nei which has been left in its original state and is partly overgrown with trees and huge roots, and then go to visit Bayon temple and the Victory gate of Angkor Thom, which has become a world-famous landmark and was built by King Jayavarman VII, who was also a Mahayana Buddhist. Bayon is also the only monastery that has survived to this day and was used as a place for worship, education, and administration. At the end of our joined in tour, we take to see the interesting local market in Siem Reap and walk in between food stalls to look for the best Cambodian specialties, where you can try Cambodian dishes such as sticky rice, cakes, fruits, egg noodles, or even fried spiders and scorpion and then ride back to Siem Reap city from Angkor Park.

Angkor Wat: Guided Vespa Tour inclusive lunch at local house

7. Angkor Wat: Guided Vespa Tour inclusive lunch at local house

Marvel at the most incredible temples in Angkor park, as well as lesser-known trails in the area. See the temple of Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, the Elephant Terrace, and Bayon accompanied by an expert historian guide. Start your adventure with a visit to the magnificent Bayon temple in the morning. Ride with an experienced driver at a relaxed pace and capture incredible photos of this World Heritage Site. Climb back aboard and explore Angkor park, escaping the crowds as you glide by on your Vespa. Hear the fascinating history behind each location, including off-the-beaten-track sites in the park, from your expert guide. Kick off the tour at Ta Prohm temple, famous for its ruined entwined by trees and where Angelina Jolie filmed some scenes of 'Tomb Raider'. Take a quick break to enjoy a delicious lunch at the local house, and you are welcome to ask your guide any questions about the archeological park. After lunch, follow your guide Off the Beaten Path until you reach a community-based tourism center where you can experience first-hand the everyday life of Cambodians. Next you will continue your adventure on back of Vespa until reach to Angkor Wat, Your experienced temple guide will be memorized by the rich history and symbolism of this unique ancient temple. Your experienced temple guide will be memorized by the rich history and symbolism of this unique ancient temple.

Full Day Angkor Temples of Siem Reap Bike Tour

8. Full Day Angkor Temples of Siem Reap Bike Tour

Escape the bustling and city and enjoy the serene landscape of Cambodia’s countryside. Wander through the ancient ruins and lear nabout the Angkor Temples of Siem Reap. Meet at the Grasshopper shop at 7:15 AM for this full day tour. From here you will be given a helmet and a mountain bike. This is a tour for the entire family. The distance is approximately 30km on flat tracks and quiet roads. For children there are child bikes, baby seats and tag along trailers. Experience Bayon, famous for its Elephant Terrace. These are the famous stone sculptures that make up part of the ancient walled city of Angkor Thom. You can explore this site whilst a delicious traditional lunch is prepared. After lunch you will cycle to Ta Prom, an abandoned Jungle temple and monastery abundant with tree roots and vines. Here you will learn about this historic site from your guide. The remainder of the tour is spent roaming the red dirt tracks and lesser-known ruins of the area. This is a true Cambodian adventure. You will arrive back to Siem Reap at around 3:00 PM.

Angkor Wat: Guided Sunrise Bike Tour w/ Breakfast and Lunch

9. Angkor Wat: Guided Sunrise Bike Tour w/ Breakfast and Lunch

Explore Angkor Wat under a breathtaking sunrise on this morning bike tour with a local guide. See historical monuments and cap it off with a traditional Cambodian meal. After being picked up from your accommodation, your guide will take you to the best spots in Angkor Wat to witness the colorful sunrise. Then, you will go through the Angkor central complex and hear about the history and symbolism of the temple. Once you have discovered Angkor Wat and had breakfast, proceed with the bike tour down the trails behind Angkor Wat. Follow tracks that take you through small villages in the Angkor Wat complex, and see how the locals go about their daily lives. From there, visit other sites such as the Angkor Thom City, Bayon Temple, Preah Khan temple, and the Tomb Raider temple. End your day by having a traditional Cambodian meal with a large spread of local dishes, followed by a quick siesta.

Angkor: Sunrise Bike Tour with Jungle Breakfast & Lunch

10. Angkor: Sunrise Bike Tour with Jungle Breakfast & Lunch

Experience an unforgettable 9-hour morning bike ride of the back trails of the Angkor Kingdom of Angkor Wat, and see the legendary temples in the soft morning light. Following a pick-up from your Siem Reap hotel, transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to Angkor Wat where your guide will pick out the perfect position to watch the dawn break. If the weather gods are with you, the sun will rise up behind Angkor Wat and provide the most stunning of silhouettes. As the other early risers head back to their hotel, you will have Angkor to yourselves in the best light of the day. Your guide will give you an overview of Angkor Wat, after which you will take a short ride to enjoy breakfast just outside the temple area. The rest of your day is spent riding the back trails, cycling through ruins and forest, and stopping at iconic and lesser known temples, such as Bayon and Ta Prom. Stop for a lunch of typical Khmer cuisine by the small reservoir of Sra Srang, and, just as the day heats up, drive back to town for your hotel drop-off at approximately 14:00.

  • Entry tickets
  • Guided tours
  • Day trips
  • Private tours
  • Multi-day trips
  • Adventures
89 activities found
Sort by:
Page 1 of 6

Frequently asked questions about Siem Reap

What top attractions are a must-see in Siem Reap?

What are the best day trips and excursions from Siem Reap?

The best day trips and excursions from Siem Reap are:

Battambang

What are the most popular museums and exhibitions in Siem Reap?

Other Sightseeing Options in Siem Reap

Want to discover all there is to do in Siem Reap? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Siem Reap

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,471 reviews

Luckily a well-known tour guide Vuthy. The organization was very good again, we were picked up on time and arrived at the temple on time for sunrise. Top Tour Guide - Vuthy made a good selection of temples that he thinks are worth seeing. In addition, he always took beautiful pictures of the participants, so that beautiful memories were created. He was always nice, friendly, helpful & we had a very good time with him! Again and again :)

I did the three day work excursion with my husband and son. Our guide Sarak and driver Sombat were a fantastic team. They were knowledgeable, kind and made the whole experience very enjoyable. We felt safe, comfortable and were able to experience Siem Reap on a personal level. I would definitely recommend this company. Cambodia has some pretty amazing people and I feel lucky that I was able to travel here.

The guided tour provided the best in direction and information. Our guide taught us about Cambodian culture and history with an easy going style of story telling. We can’t recommend this tour enough for enjoying the richness that is Angkor Wat and the surrounding structures. And even though on our day it was cloudy and so the sunrise muted, taking the sunrise tour was completely magical.

Had a great experience with this 2-day tour, all the temples are really impressive and our tour guide Sak really knows all about the history of this place and all the great spots for pictures. Our driver was also very considerate and mindful.

This tour is a must when you're visiting Siem Reap. Journey Cambodia is a great provider and Chhay, our guide was resourceful, dedicated and fun to spend the two days with! Thank you for this great experience!