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Angkor Region: 3-day Private Tour of Top Temples

1. 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: 4-Day Angkor Wat and Beng Mealea Tour

2. 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.

Koh Ker and Beng Mealea Temple Tour from Siem Reap

3. Koh Ker and Beng Mealea Temple Tour from Siem Reap

Depart Siem Reap and journey through the beautiful countryside to explore the ruins of Beng Mealea temple on the ancient royal highway to Preah Khan Kompong Svay.  Built out of sandstone as a Hindu temple in the 12th century, Beng Mealea has been partly reclaimed by nature where remains of the towers and courtyards can be seen in the thick brush of the dense jungle.  Travel on to Koh Ker, abandoned to the forests north of Siem Reap, and see some of the linga-shrines reclaimed from nature. Marvel at the ruins of sacred sites such as Prasat Thom, Prasat Pram, and Prasat Chrap, and get fascinating insights into the history, culture, and religions of the time. Relax in a nearby restaurant, where you can try traditional curries, soups, and stir-fries at your own expense.

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat 5-Day Sightseeing Tour

4. Siem Reap: Angkor Wat 5-Day Sightseeing Tour

Day One: Phnom Kulen National Park Start your tour at 7:30 AM and travel to the Phnom Kulen National Park. This is where the 500-year long Age of Angkor began. Phnom Kulen is the mountain on which King Jayavarman II initiated the royal 'God the King' Linga cult in 802 AD. Day Two: Beng Mealea - Kampong Phluk Floating Village - Phnom Bakheng Begin your day at 8:00 AM and travel to a sprawling jungle temple, Beng Mealea, which covers an entire square kilometer. Have lunch at a local restaurant (at your own expense). On the way, stop at the Kampong Phluk floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. At 4:30 PM, purchase a 3-day temple pass for the next three days. Then, head to Phnom Bakheng to see a fantastic sunset. Day Three: Angkor Thom - Ta Prohm Starting at 8:30 AM, you'll head to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Then, visit some of the smaller temples, including Chau Say Tevoda, Thommanon, and Ta Keo. Once again, stop for lunch at a local restaurant (at your own expense). Afterward, head to the jungle temple, Ta Prohm where the movie Tomb Raider was shot. Day Four: Preah Khan - Angkor Wat  Starting at 8:30 AM, visit Preah Khan, a huge monastic complex. You'll then visit some other temples, Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon, Pre Rup, and Banteay Kdei followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Head to Angkor Wat and explore this incredible monument at your own pace. Day Five: Angkor Wat - Banteay Samre - Banteay Srei - Roluos Group Have an early start at 5:00 AM to view the fantastic sunrise at Angkor Wat, followed by a visit to one temple, Banteay Samre. Then, head to Banteay Srei and see a traditional Khmer village and palm sugar production. Head to Roluos Group, where monuments representing the remains of Hariharalaya are located. This was also the first major capital of the Angkorian-era of the Khmer Empire.

Beng Mealea Temple & Koh Ker Temple Tour

5. Beng Mealea Temple & Koh Ker Temple Tour

You'll start with an early morning pick-up from your hotel in Siem Reap, then your driver will take you through the lush Khmer countryside to the remote Beng Mealea temple. Explore the 11th-century ruins emerging from the tangled overgrowth of Cambodian jungle at Beng Mealea, before sitting down to enjoy a picnic lunch in the grounds. After taking in the beauty of the temple, drive 1-hour onwards to Koh Ker, north-east of Siem Reap. Discover the ancient Koh Ker temples, once known as Chok Gargyar. Explore the 30 major structures of the mysterious site and walk through the ruins of sacred buildings and religious sculptures. Some of the giant sculptures from Koh Ker now make up the collection at the grand National Museum in Phnom Penh. After your action-packed day visiting Cambodia's lost temples and mystical jungles, you'll be driven back to your hotel in Siem Reap.

Beng Mealea Temple & Kampong Kleang Day Trip

6. Beng Mealea Temple & Kampong Kleang Day Trip

Discover the marvelous Jungle Temple of Siem Reap - a hidden treasure. Off the beaten track and away from typical tourist routes, this temple has only recently become accessible to the public, thanks to the improvement of the roads leading in. An easy day trip from Siem Reap, the Hindu temple, which also depicts some Buddhist motifs, is now easily visible. Unlike Angkor Wat and other temples in the area, the Jungle Temple has been preserved in its original state. Sandstone blocks, secret passages, hidden archways and fallen galleries all add to the adventure of exploring the ruins. Your local guide will reveal the history and mysteries of the temple as you tour the magnificent grounds in the heart of the jungle. After you have explored the complex you will then be taken to see the nearby village of Kompong Khleang, and your guide will show you where the sandstone was cut from the mountain and explain how the blocks were transported to the site. You will then stop for a well-deserved rest and lunch at a Khmer restaurant. Afterwards, you will take a minivan back to Siem Reap.

Siem Reap: 2-Day Angkor Sunrise, Banteay Srey, & Beng Mealea

7. Siem Reap: 2-Day Angkor Sunrise, Banteay Srey, & Beng Mealea

Day 1: Starting at 8:00 AM, your driver and tour guide will pick you up from your accommodation to purchase a 2-day temple pass before driving the 37 kilometers to the Banteay Srey Temple, followed by the Beng Mealea jungle temple. This temple is largely overrun by vegetation, and is very rarely visited by tourists. After touring this construction, which has an "adventurous lost temple" feel for photographers, your guide will work closely with you to discuss your lunch stop at a local restaurant. On the way, you will stop at Kampong Phluk, a floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. Here, you can watch the sun set over the largest lake in East Asia. You will then be brought to your accommodation, or can alternatively request to be dropped off somewhere nearby in the city. Day 2: It is suggested to start early on your second day. At around 5:00 AM, your driver and tour guide will pick you up from your accommodation to experience the sunrise at Angkor Wat. After the morning crowds leave, you can continue to explore this incredible monument at your own leisure, gaining insight into the Khmer Empire. You will then head to the jungle temple of Ta Prohm, which was the shooting location for the movie “Tomb Raider”. Your guide and driver will then discuss with you your lunch stop and help you choose a local restaurant. Following lunch, you will visit the ancient city of Angkor Tom, which boasts many iconic sights to explore. Your last attraction will be a visit to Preak Khan temple, in the Grand Circuit. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be brought back to your accommodation, or can alternatively request to be dropped off elsewhere in the city.

Koh Ker & Beng Mealea Full Day Private Tour

8. Koh Ker & Beng Mealea Full Day Private Tour

You depart from your hotel in private transportation for a full day excursion to explore the remote temples of Koh Ker and Being Mealea. Your first stop is Koh Ker temple. This 7-tier-pyramid temple was once known as Chok Gargyar and was once the Khmer capital. It is a mysterious and remote archaeological site, which you will be able to explore without the crowds. Over 30 structures are within the ruins of the sacred building and it is possible to climb to the summit to take in the rewarding views. You stop for a short break for you to enjoy your lunch. Your next stop is Beng Mealea, which means ‘Lotus Pond’, its amazing ruins and underground passageways offer a unique experience for visitors to get lost in time. In its chaotic state, with collapsed galleries and towers, covered with a spread of vegetation there is something mysterious and enchanting about Beng Mealea. There are some superb examples of Apsara carvings on the extant parts of the temple, but the real charm of Beng Melea is its sense of ruined grandeur. After a full day of exploration you will return back to Siem Reap city and your hotel.

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What people are saying about Beng Mealea

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 18 reviews

This is the best tour we have ever done! Usually we dont like guided tours but for the short period we stayed in Siem Reap we wanted to see and learn as much as possible from and about this beautiful country. From the first minute on, it was definately worth every single dollar and one can say we became friends with our driver Kriss and our guide Tom. Kriss is an outstanding driver and took great care of us. The car was always in top shape, we had plenty of water all day long and laughed a lot together. Tom is a highly motivated guide and speaks perfect english. he explained us everything about the temples, buddhism or khmer culture. also in his free time after the tourdays he ensured we had great evenings. he recommended restaurants, places to shop and also prepared a birthday surprise for my girlfriend. we could always rely on Kriss and Tom. Thank you for everything! The tours setup is perfect and we would not change a single thing!

I just spent 3 amazing, adventurous and exciting days enjoying this private tour with my tour guide Mr. Sa and my driver Mr. Ya. The tour is absolutely satisfactory and includes a large number of extraordinary temples in the Siem Reap area, as well as a boat ride along the floating village. Mr. Sa was extremely nice, kind, helpful, punctual and provided a lot of interesting information. I highly recommend this tour that helped me appreciate the unique beauties and the history of the Khmer civilization.

my Guide Lala and the driver were super friendly and he told me so much about all the things to know and the backgrounds of the temples. we've been visiting 14 temples in total during the three days.

Excellent tour path, to less familiar areas, few of them discovered only lately. The tour guide Cherry was knowladgeable with very good English. The best I have seen in this area.

The driver was so kind. It was very hot day but we enjoyed its atmosphere.