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

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

Day 1: Pre Rub, Neak Pean, Preah Khan, Banteay Srei, and Bakheng Temple Today we visit the most interesting temples outside Angkor Thom city. You begin with first stop at Pre Rup Hindu temple built as the state temple of Khmer king Rajendravarman and dedicated in 961 or early 962. It is a temple mountain of combined brick, laterite and sandstone construction. Continue a drive for 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. Banteay Srei has only been accessible since the late 1990s, when the Khmer Rouge left the area. Return your journey back and visit Neak Pean temples, an artificial island with a Buddhist temple on a circular island in Jayatataka Baray and continue your afternoon to Preah Khan temple, a ruined but highly atmospheric mélange of tree roots and crumbling stone structures. Construction of this site was commissioned by the great 'temple builder' Jayavaraman 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. Late afternoon return to town after a memorable day exploration. On the way back, enjoy a brief stop and discoveries with an ascent for sunset at Bakheng mountain temple. Day 2: Angkor Wat at sunrise, Ta Nei & Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor Thom Bayon  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 tour at Angkor with breakfast outside the temple. Continue by moving on to the jungle-enveloped Ta Prohm – one of the most atmospheric of all temples in Angkor. Once home to 2,740 monks, Ta Prohm today looks much as it did in the early 1850s, when French explorer Henri Mouhot ‘rediscovered’ this crumbling site. Move to drive to Ta Nei, a late 12th Century stone temple located in Angkor. 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.

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.

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Temples & Phnom Kulen Park 3-Day Tour

3. Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Temples & Phnom Kulen Park 3-Day Tour

Day One  Suggested pickup time for this day is 7:30 AM. Your driver and tour guide will pick you up from your accommodation and take you to purchase your 3-day temple pass before heading to Banteay Srey early enough to beat the crowds. Banteay Srey is the most intricately carved temple in all of Angkor Wat. On the way there, enjoy views of traditional Khmer villages and palm sugar plantations. Later, you'll have the option to visit the Landmine Museum, or continue on to Phnom Kulen National Park. This National Park is where the 500-year long age of Angkor began. Phnom Kulen is the mountain on which King Jayavarman II initiated the royal “God of the King” Linga cult in 802 AD. Finish the day with a visit to Kampong Phluk, a floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. Day Two  Suggested pickup time for this day is 8:00 AM. After pickup from your hotel, head to the ancient city of Angkor Thom which includes the South Gate of Angkor Tom, Bayon, Baphuon, Phimeanakas, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King, North Khleang and South Khleang. Then visit some smaller temples in the small circuit like Chau Say Tevoda, Thommanonf and Ta Keo. Next, visit the jungle temple Ta Prohm where scenes from the movie Tomb Raider were filmed. After a lunch break, visit the Buddhist temple of Banteay Kdei. Explore this incredible monument at your own leisure and then head to Phnom Bakheng in time to catch the beautiful sunset. Day Three Suggested pickup time for this day is 5:00 AM in order to catch sunrise at Angkor Wat. After the Chinese crowd leaves, you'll have some time to explore this incredible monument at your own leisure. Your experienced guide is committed to ensuring you get the very best out of your Angkor Wat experience and will share lots of interesting details with you. Then you can visit some of the other temples like Pre Rup and Banteay Samre. After lunch, there are few more temples to visit including East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean and Preah Khan. On the trip back to your hotel, you'll pass through some picturesque local villages and you may want to stop to take some photos.

Siem Reap: Private 4-Day Angkor Wat and Phnom Kulen Tour

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

Day One Get picked up by your driver and tour guide in the morning and head to the Phnom Kulen National Park. Here, you can visit stunning natural waterfalls and explore the River of 1000 Lingas. In the afternoon, stop at Kampong Phluk, a floating village on Tonle Sap Lake, the largest lake in South East Asia. At the end of the day, get dropped off back at your hotel in Siem Reap. Day Two Start your day at 08:30 am with a visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Take some time to explore South Gate Angkor Tom, Bayon, Baphuon, Phimeanakas, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King, North Khleang, and South Khleang. Then visit some smaller temples off the beaten track such as Chau Say Tevoda, Thommanon, and Ta Keo. Enjoy lunch in a delicious local restaurant before heading to the jungle temple of Ta Prohm, where the Tomb Raider movie was shot. Afterward, get dropped off back at your hotel in Siem Reap.   Day Three Leave your hotel at 08:30 am and head to Preah Khan. Take some time to explore this vast monastic complex. Next, visit the temple of Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon, Pre Rup, and Banteay Kdei. Stop for lunch before heading to Angkor Wat. Enjoy some free time to explore this incredible monument at your own leisure, before heading back to your hotel in Siem Reap. Day Four Rise early today and watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat for the experience of a lifetime. Next, head to Banteay Samre and Banteay Srei, two of the most intricately carved temples in all of Angkor. Arrive before the masses of crowds and enjoy a visit to a traditional Khmer village and palm sugar plantation. You may choose to visit the Landmine Museum located nearby for a cost of $5 per person. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Roluos Temple Group. Here, marvel at a selection of monuments and temples representing the remains of Hariharalaya, the first major capital of the Khmer Empire. Get dropped off back at your accommodation at the end of the day. Alternatively, if you are not interested in visiting the mountain, then choose the tour option 'Tour without National Park'. The itinerary of this option is similar to the other option, however, the only difference is you will not visit National Park Phnom Kulen.

Siem Reap: 2-Day Angkor Wat Temples Private Tour

5. Siem Reap: 2-Day Angkor Wat Temples Private Tour

Discover Angkor Wat on a guided private 2-day trip from Siem Reap. Marvel at the immense Angkor Wat Temple, explore Angkor Thom, and ride through scenic rice fields. Day 1 Get picked up from your Siem Reap accommodation in the morning and head to the biggest religious temple from the 12th century, Angkor Wat. After a few hours of exploring, continue to the temples on the small circle. Stop to admire Ta Promh's giant tree roots, where the movie Tomb Raider was filmed. After visiting the temples, stop to purchase lunch at a local restaurant. Once you've eaten, continue to Ta Nei and Angkor Thom. Start from the Victory or Death Gate before heading into the center to see Bayon's 49 smiling towers. Continue walking to the Hindu Baphoun temple nearby. Behind this temple, marvel at the immense Reclining Buddha. Next, stroll through the city to see the Royal Enclosure Wall, Phimeanakas, Elephant Terrace, Leper King Terrace, and Palilay. Finish the day with a beautiful view of the sunset from the hill of Phnom Bakheng. Day 2 Begin your day bright and early to see the sunrise at Angkor Wat. After sunrise, return to your hotel for breakfast or stop at a restaurant (not included). Once you've eaten, begin your adventure to see the temples on the Big Circle including Prah Khan, Neak Poan, Ta Saom, East Mebon, and Pre Rup. After seeing the temples, stop for a lunch break at a local restaurant (not included) before driving out into the villages and rice-paddy fields. Stop at Banteay Srei Temple, also known as Ladies Temple. Admire its pink sandstone before heading to the Banteay Kdei Temple.

Siem Reap: Private Banteay Srei Jeep Day Trip with Lunch

6. Siem Reap: Private Banteay Srei Jeep Day Trip with Lunch

At 8:00 am meet your guide and driver at your hotel This morning, we travel to Pre Rup Hindu Temple, built as the state temple of Khmer King Rajendravarman and dedicated in 961 or early 962. It is a temple mountain of combined brick, laterite and sandstone construction. 9:30 am - 10:30 am Next stop, you will visit Banteay Samre, built by Suryavarman II and Yasovarman II in the early 12th century. It is a Hindu temple in the Angkor Wat style. Named after the Samré, an ancient people of Indochina, the temple uses the same materials as the Banteay Srei. Your expert guide will take you around the complex, and you will learn about the history and symbolism of the temple. 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Continue your journey to visit Banteay Srei. Along the way, you will have a chance to stop at a palm sugar village where the locals produce sugar from palm juice. Palm sugar is becoming more popular in local cuisine and is taking over from traditional white sugar. 12:30 pm -2:30 pm You will have lunch at the local restaurant and continue to Banteay Srei, where your guide will take you around the complex and tell you about the history of the temple. Ask as many questions as possible to ensure you get all the information about the place you are visiting. As the day heats up, we drive back to your hotel.

Angkor Wat Sunrise Tour: 2.5 Days with Tonle Sap Lake

7. Angkor Wat Sunrise Tour: 2.5 Days with Tonle Sap Lake

Day 1: Pre Rub, Banteay Srei, Neak Pan, Preah Khan, Sunset at Bakheng mountain This morning head to Re Rub temple Hindu temple built as the state temple of Khmer king Rajendravarman and dedicated in 961 or early 962. It is a temple mountain of combined brick, laterite and sandstone construction. Visit the well-preserved Banteay Srei. The detailed reliefs on this smaller sandstone structure are regarded as the finest, most skillfully crafted in Cambodia. Move to Neak Pean, an artificial island with a Buddhist temple on a circular island in Jayatataka Baray. continue your afternoon to Preah Khan temple, a ruined but highly atmospheric mélange of tree roots and crumbling stone structures. We end our discoveries of the temples of Angkor with clamp up for sunset at Bakheng temple. Day 2: Temples of Angkor with Sunrise Depart before dawn to see the sunrise outside Angkor Wat. Soak up the atmosphere from the edge of one of the ancient library pools. Then explore the interior of the great temple. Spend a thorough two hours discovering the corridors, central chambers, and upper terraces of this truly great temple. Mid the morning get breakfast at a local restaurant near the temple area and then after drive to Ta Prohm temple, which is one of the most atmospheric of all the temples in Angkor. Move to Ta Nei temple, this long but fulfilling day will leave you with lifetime memories of some of the most impressive monuments built by mankind. This is a late 12th-century stone temple in Angkor that was dedicated to the Buddha.  Day 3: Fishing Village of Tonle Sap Lake Begin your day with a pickup at your accommodation around 8:00 AM and journey through the countryside to the world’s second largest freshwater lake, Tonle Sap Lake, which swells to 12,000 kilometers squared. During the dry half of the year, the lake shrinks to 2,500 kilometers squared, draining into the Tonle Sap River. Take a boat trip to "Kampong Phluk", a collection of three small fishing villages in an atmospheric flooded forest setting. Enjoy your lunch at your own expense and have a short rest. Please note that in the dry season (March - July) due the water level the alernative of Tonle Sap lake will be Cambodia Phare Circus (Seat C).

Trekking, Hiking to Kbal Spean and Banteay Srei Private Tour

8. Trekking, Hiking to Kbal Spean and Banteay Srei Private Tour

On the morning after breakfast at hotel transfer to visit Kbal Spean is not as breathtaking as other ancient Khmer heritage sites, but is evocative and charming. It can not at all be called a landmark, but it is one of those attractions that are unique to Cambodia, a place of magic beyond imagination. Surprisingly, Kbal Spean was found and explored not before 1969. What makes the "1000 Lingas" exceptional is that they are underwater carvings. The Lingams are at the bottom of the river bed, a few centimeters below the water level. Works of art under flowing water that is the hallmark of Kbal Spean, one more incomparable appeal of Cambodia, Kingdom of Wonder and after that continue to visit Banteay Srei temple, Most visitors asked which was the most beautiful temple they saw in Cambodia, will answer: Angkor Wat was great, but we love Banteay Srei most. And Cambodians will tell you: As long as you have not seen Banteay Srei you have not seen Cambodia. Indeed, Banteay Srei is a top candidate for a competition: Which is the nicest temple in the world? What is special about Banteay Srei, is its abundance in carvings and the perfect harmony of architectural and sculptural art. Actually, at Banteay Srei building and ornamentation is nearly undiscernible, as in the case of the best examples of fine arts in India. But in contrast to Indian masterpieces Banteay Srei is not over-ornate. It's design is discreet, more delightful than impressive. Its dimensions are modest. Most visitors are surprised, how small Banteay Srei is and then continue to visit Preah Khan, Neak Peon, Ta Som and Pre Rup temple before transfer back to hotel.

Siem Reap: 4-Day Angkor Wat and Beng Mealea Tour

9. Siem Reap: 4-Day Angkor Wat and Beng Mealea Tour

Day 1 Following an early morning pickup by your driver, head to the sprawling jungle temple of Beng Mealea. Here, you can marvel at the flora and fauna of the area. Then, enjoy a local lunch at a restaurant where your guide will give you important details for the rest of your tour. In the afternoon, stop at Kampong Phluk, a floating village on Tonle Sap Lake, the largest lake in South East Asia. At around 4:30 PM, purchase a 3-day temple pass at your own expense for the upcoming days. Then, drive to Phnom Bakheng to watch the beautiful sunset before heading back to your accommodation in Siem Reap. Day 2 Start your day at 08:30 AM with a visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. First explore the major sights including South Gate Angkor Tom, Bayon, Baphuon, Phimeanakas, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King, North Khleang, and South Khleang. Then visit some smaller temples off the beaten track such as Chau Say Tevoda, Thommanon, and Ta Keo. Savor a delicious lunch at a restaurant before heading to the jungle temple of Ta Prohm, the filming location of the Tomb Raider movie. Afterward, return to your hotel in Siem Reap. Day 3 Journey out at 08:30 AM and head to Preah Khan to explore this vast monastic complex. Next, visit the temple of Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon, Pre Rup, and Banteay Kdei. Stop for lunch before heading to Angkor Wat. Enjoy some free time to explore this fascinating monument at your own pace, before returning to your hotel in Siem Reap. Day 4 Head out in the early morning to watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat for the experience of a lifetime. Then continue the tour to marvel at the Angkor's most intricately carved temples Banteay Samre and Banteay Srei. Arrive before the masses of crowds and enjoy a visit to a traditional Khmer village and palm sugar plantation. The nearby Landmine Museum can be visited for a cost of $5 per person. In the afternoon, stop for lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Roluos Temple Group. Here, admire the selection of monuments and temples representing the remains of Hariharalaya, the first major capital of the Khmer Empire. Return to your accommodation at the end of the day.

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4.9 / 5

based on 154 reviews

Great tour that hit all the highlights we expected! The tour was recently priced and the tour guide team is fantastic. The air condition coach was a great option during the hot day and it was always nice to have plent of full water and cold towels to refresh after spending time out in the hot heat. The tour guide team is fantastic with taking pictures and giving us tidbits of facts about the culture in history. We stayed right on schedule and even were able to include some extra things by request. Would highly recommend this trip as it gives you great oversight of the temples in a meaningful way.

We had two wonderful days exploring the Angkor Temple complex. Our driver, Nehru, got us from place to place safely and always had a cool tool and water waiting for us after each stop. Our guide, Pi, was so knowledgeable about each temple, stories that went with the carvings, who built the temples and so much more. We opted for a private tour, so we could go at our own pace, and would highly recommend it.

The tour we did with Bun (guide) and Mong (driver) was amazing! Bun is a great guide, he knows a lot and is very attentive for any issues or questions. Mong was very kind and joyful, the two make a great team. The visited temples were more the enough to have a great picture of Angkor. 100% recommended

I really enjoyed this 2 day tour of Angkor Wat complex. My guide Pi was very knowledgeable and also helped us get prime spots in front of the moat for sunrise photos.

Had a wonderful time - the guide and driver were so very helpful!