Explore the mysterious temples of the Khmer Empire on a full-day tour of Banteay Srey and the early Angkor temples of Roluos from Siem Reap. See fragments of bas reliefs, and more. Watch a traditional Apsara dance while enjoying a buffet dinner.
What to Expect
Discover one of the most unique temples of the Angkor complex on a full-day tour of Banteay Srey, and learn more about the ancient Khmer kingdom and rulers at the early Angkor temples of Roluos.
Following a hotel pick-up in Siem Reap at approximately 08:00, drive to Banteay Srey near the hill of Phnom Dei. Located about 16 miles (25 kilometers) from the main Angkor complex, Banteay Srey once belonged to the medieval capitals of Yasodharapura and Angkor Thom, and is considered a jewel of Khmer art. Admire the carvings in the temple’s red sandstone walls, and see ornate pediments that depict Khmer myths and legends.
En route, you will pass local villages where, time permitting, you can stop to learn about everyday life and how sugar is produced from the sugar palms.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and then continue your tour at the early Angkor temples of the Roluos group. Go to Preah Ko, the first temple built in the ancient city of Hariharalaya. Preah Ko (Sacred Bull) derives its name from the 3 sandstone statues facing the temple's central towers, representing Nandi, the white bull that served as the mount of Shiva.
Continue to the temple mountain of Bakong, which served as the official state temple of King Indravarman I in Hariharalaya, and see fragments of the original bas reliefs. The last temple on your Roluos tour is Lolei, the last of the 3 temples of Hariharalaya, best known for its beautiful carved lintels and false doors.
Return to Siem Reap for a buffet dinner, and enjoy a traditional Apsara Dance show. Marvel at the graceful poise, and the ornamental costumes of the dancers as you dine.
- Pick-up and drop off at hotels in Siem Reap
- Transportation with driver
- English-speaking guide
- Drinking water and cool towels
What's Not Included
- Tips and personal expenses
- Food and drink
- Buffet dinner with the Apsara Dance Show
- Any other service not mentioned in the program
Know Before You Go
• Cancellation policy: no show - 100% charge; cancellation 1 week to 1 day before tour - 50% charge; 2-1 week before tour - 30% of tour price; 3-2 weeks before tour - 10 % of tour price; 4 weeks or more - no charge