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Siem Reap: Private Guided Day Trip to Angkor Wat with Sunset

1. Siem Reap: Private Guided Day Trip to Angkor Wat with Sunset

Follow the footsteps of holy Hindu men, Buddhist rulers, and Khmer kings on a guided day trip from Siem Reap to see the highlights of the UNESCO-listed Angkor Archaeological Park. You will need a temple pass (1 or 3 days), which you can purchase online or have your guide take you to the ticket office before the tour begins. With occasional food and rest breaks, visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, and Tah Prohm. Walk around and inside each temple, with information from your guide, so you will understand what you see. After your entry fee, it only makes sense to pay a little more for a registered guide, so that you're not simply looking at the stones. The small group is never more than 13 people, so you will be in good company with other explorers. Get a feel for the 12th-century Khmer empire and stand amongst the magnificent monuments of Angkor Wat, the largest religious structure in the world; educate yourself in a most enjoyable way. Know the rich history from one of the most enduring architectural achievements ever. Admire the stone figures that greet you at the southern gates of Angkor Thom and stroll towards the Bayon Temple to see the etchings of smiling faces at its central peak. Visit the Terrace of the Leper King and the Terrace of the Elephants. At Tah Prohm, soak up the atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings. After a full day of exploring Angkor's highlights, climb the steps to the temple mountain of Phnom Bakheng, the state temple of the first Khmer capital in the region, to watch the sunset. Then, make the return journey to Siem Reap and be dropped off at your hotel.

Siem Reap: Full Day Angkor Wat Temple Experience with Sunset

2. Siem Reap: Full Day Angkor Wat Temple Experience with Sunset

You will be picked up from your hotel at between 8:00 a.m to 8:30 am and head directly to purchase the Angkor pass. Afterward, we head to one of Cambodia's jewels, the impressive Angkor Thom, which was the fortified "Great Royal City" built in the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII. At the South Gate, we can see the imposing statue of Avalokiteshvara, which appears in the Tomb Raider movie. Next visit is Bayon temple, in Buddhist style and adorned with hundreds of faces made of stone, and also explore the Terrace of Elephants, former Royal Palace, Phimeanakas, Terrace of Leper King, and Baphoun temple, It is considered the largest Hindu temple in Angkor Thom city. Then, we drive to Ta Prohm temple, which has been left in its original state and is partly overgrown with trees and huge roots. It was also used as a backdrop for the film Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie. Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant cooked by local chief and then visit the most authentic village"Phum Preah Dak" where you can learn how the local people make palm cake and palm sugar. In the afternoon, start to visit to the fascinating Angkor Wat, the largest sacred building on the planet and an icon of the Khmer civilization. It was built by King Suyavarman and is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. It contains hundreds of decorations that cover the walls and the longest bas-relief in the world. It is surrounded by a giant moat, and its five towers are part of the Cambodian flag, and from the top you can see the impressive and dense jungle. Climb up mountain of the Phnom Bakheng for sunset and then transfer you back to your hotel.

Angkor Sunrise Temple Tour with Angkor Wat, Bayon & Ta Prohm

3. Angkor Sunrise Temple Tour with Angkor Wat, Bayon & Ta Prohm

Early wake up and get picked up by comfortable vehicle, and visit Angkor Wat, the Angkor Thom complex containing Bayon temple and also Ta Prohm (Tomb-Raider) Temple. The automobile transports guests the short distances between the temples. Open your eyes to a beautiful Angkor Wat sunrise after an early wake-up call in the massive and magnificent Angkor Park. After the sunrise, you'll be able to satisfy your breakfast cravings at one of the many local restaurants within the Angkor Complex with some delicious Cambodian meal! The fascinating beauty of Bayon, located at the center of Angkor Thom, will then be explored. Its 54 towers are each topped off with the four faces of Avalokiteshvara. After Bayon, proceed to the world-famous Ta Prohm (Tomb-Raider) Temple, a 2001 movie. We'll return to town around midday (12:30pm or 13:00pm).

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Small-Group Day Tour and Sunset

4. Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Small-Group Day Tour and Sunset

You will be picked up from your hotel at between 8:00 a.m to 8:30 am and head directly to purchase the Angkor pass. Afterward, we head to one of Cambodia's jewels, the impressive Angkor Thom, which was the fortified "Great Royal City" built in the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII. At the South Gate, we can see the imposing statue of Avalokiteshvara, which appears in the Tomb Raider movie. Next visit is Bayon temple, in Buddhist style and adorned with hundreds of faces made of stone, and also explore the Terrace of Elephants, former Royal Palace, Phimeanakas, Terrace of Leper King, and Baphoun temple, It is considered the largest Hindu temple in Angkor Thom city. Then, we drive to Ta Prohm temple, which has been left in its original state and is partly overgrown with trees and huge roots. It was also used as a backdrop for the film Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie. Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant cooked by local chief and then visit the most authentic village"Phum Preah Dak" where you can learn how the local people make palm cake and palm sugar. In the afternoon, start to visit to the fascinating Angkor Wat, the largest sacred building on the planet and an icon of the Khmer civilization. It was built by King Suyavarman and is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. It contains hundreds of decorations that cover the walls and the longest bas-relief in the world. It is surrounded by a giant moat, and its five towers are part of the Cambodian flag, and from the top you can see the impressive and dense jungle. Climb up mountain of the Phnom Bakheng for sunset and then transfer you back to your hotel.

Siem Reap: Explore Angkor Complex Temples and Sunset Tour

5. Siem Reap: Explore Angkor Complex Temples and Sunset Tour

The Angkor Temples tour is unquestionably the best way to discover Cambodia's astounding religious architecture. By beginning at Angkor Thom, the itinerary's first destination. Inside these massive walls, you will discover the captivating beauty of Bayon and the famed Ta Prohm (Tomb Raider) Temple. Next, satisfy your hunger with delectable Cambodian cuisine at one of the Angkor Complex's numerous local restaurants. Your final two stops will be the enormous and beautiful Angkor Wat, followed by a stunning sunset view from the summit of Phnom Bakheng. The temples on this tour are among the largest in the Angkor Complex, and Phnom Bakheng's peak has a 300-person capacity, so we limit the number of temples to ensure ample time at each magnificent stop! Once the sun has set (approximately 6:30 pm) and your legs have become achy, we will return to town.

Angkor Region: 3-day Private Tour of Top Temples

6. 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.

Angkor Wat Temple Hopping Tour with Sunset

7. Angkor Wat Temple Hopping Tour with Sunset

Travel back to the 12th-century Khmer Empire and explore the magnificent monuments of Angkor Wat, where the temple complex tells the Hindu and Buddhist history of the ancient city. Cross the moat and marvel at the towering outer wall. Wander along the rectangular galleries and get up close to the bas-reliefs carved into the sandstone walls. Continue to Angkor Thom to explore the last capital city of the Khmer Empire. Admire the stone figures that greet you at the southern gates, and then stroll towards the Bayon temple to admire its upper terrace and the etchings of smiling faces at its central peak. Visit the Terrace of the Leper King and Terrace of the Elephants. Enjoy lunch at your own expense before visiting the iconic temple of Ta Prohm, world-famous for the remains of temples with trees growing out of the ruins. Watch the sunset at the Bakheng temple before getting dropped off at your hotel in Siem Reap.

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Region Guided Big Tour with Guide

8. Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Region Guided Big Tour with Guide

Angkor Wat itself is extremely famous, and within the Angkor complex are other magnificent temples. On this guided tour, you will go a step further than most visitors. A local guide with over a decade of experience will give you wonderful insights into what life was like around these unique sites. Understanding brings you closer to reality. Take in the most spectacular sites in Angkor, the greatest temple city ever. Create the best of times while exploring world history. Guides are passionate about the subject and will enrich your time in Cambodia. With a relaxed start to the day, AC minibus pick-up, a wonderful guided route, and a spectacular sunset to top it off, this is a tour you'll always remember. You will have all of the opportunity to capture the moment in photographs and be in all the right spots to say you've seen what matters while having a truly educational experience. Preah Khan is the biggest temple on this loop, built by King Bayon for his father. The water around Neak Pean Island temple was used for bathing and health in the Angkor period. Ta Som has a distinctive big tree over the east gate and is formed with lots of sculptures of dancers with long hair; it was built for the king's sister. East Mebon, built for the ancestors, used to be in the middle of a reservoir and was constructed as early as the 10th century. Pre-Rup was built by the king for himself; often mistaken for a crematorium, a stone structure that looks similar to a coffin was used by Hindus to meditate within at the full moon. And Phnom Bakheang is at the top of a hill; its 33 towers represent the heavens. Life on earth is to be lived. Take the tour, which shows the interrelatedness of past, present, and future.

Angkor Wat: Small Circuit Tour by Only TukTuk

9. Angkor Wat: Small Circuit Tour by Only TukTuk

The Small Circuit Tour by TukTuk offers a delightful and immersive exploration of the captivating sites in Siem Reap. With this tour, you'll have the opportunity to discover the magnificent temples and hidden gems of the area in a unique and convenient way. Our experienced and knowledgeable TukTuk drivers will pick you up from your hotel and take you on a memorable adventure. The Small Circuit Tour typically covers some of the most iconic temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park, including Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Prohm, and Banteay Kdei. As you ride through the scenic countryside and bustling streets, you'll witness the grandeur of ancient Khmer architecture, intricate stone carvings, and mystical ruins that showcase the rich history and cultural heritage of Cambodia. Your friendly driver will provide insights and historical context, allowing you to fully appreciate the significance of each site. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to capture breathtaking photos, explore hidden corners, and soak in the serene atmosphere that surrounds these awe-inspiring temples. You can take your time to explore each site at your own pace, allowing for a personalized and immersive experience. During the tour, we also arrange for breaks and refreshment stops, ensuring you stay energized and comfortable throughout the journey. Our TukTuks are well-maintained, providing a cozy and enjoyable ride as you traverse the Siem Reap countryside. The Small Circuit Tour by TukTuk offers an intimate and enchanting experience, allowing you to connect with the ancient wonders of Siem Reap in a unique way. Immerse yourself in the history, culture, and natural beauty of the region as you embark on this unforgettable adventure.

Full-Day Angkor Wat Sunrise and Sunset Private Tour

10. Full-Day Angkor Wat Sunrise and Sunset Private Tour

Tour require to start at 4:45am. At that time guide will come to pick you up from your hotel lobby then we head to Angkor Wat for sunrise. After sunrise we can take you back to your hotel for breakfast (if your hotel include breakfast) or you eat breakfast at restaurant nearby Angkor Wat. After breakfast break we return to continue visit Angkor Wat. After Angkor Wat we continue to next temples on Small Circle such as Ta Promh which this temple with a lot of gigantic tree roots took over and the Hollywood made the movie "Tomb Raider". After busy couple hours in the morning around 12:30pm we’ll have lunch break at a local restaurant nearby. After lunch around 1:30pm or 2:00pm we’ll Pre Rup Temple which was constructed in late 10th century dedicated to Hindu gods. This reflects the common belief among Cambodians that funerals were conducted at the temple. Then we continue to see temples on Small Circle such as Ta Promh which this temple with a lot of gigantic tree roots took over and the Hollywood made the movie "Tomb Raider". Continue to Ta Nei and the last ones we go to visit the city of Angkor Thom that the area cover Bayon temple. It’s the highlight temple in the centre of Angkor Thom city with 49 towers in which every tower has 4 faces, so that means there are 196 faces of Budhhistsatva Avalokestesvara. Then we continue walking to the next nearby Hindu Baphoun temple built before Angkor Wat in the 11th Century. Behind this temple you can see big Reclining Buddha behind it was built later in 16th Century. Continue walking to see Royal Enclosure Wall, Elephant Terrace, Leper King Terrace and Palilay. The last one of the day we go to climb up the hill of Phnom Bakheng to see sunset Note: Due to the limited number of tourists at the peak on Phnom Bakheng then we will require or take you to climb up Phnom Bakheng a bit earlier at least 1:30-2:00 hours before sunset. Our tour will be concluded when we return you to your hotel between 6:00pm-7:00pm.

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4.8 / 5

based on 118 reviews

We had such a lovely day with Sam Yone. He was so informative and answered all our questions throughout the day. He was always making sure we had water and felt ok (as it was very hot). Couldn’t recommend him anymore! Fabulous host. The day itself was brilliant too, lots of history to be seen and would recommend to understand Cambodia more. BOOK IT!

The trip was amazing, the guide was great, the schedule was perfect because we felt no rush and it was a quite relaxing tour. We learned a lot from our guide, David, explanations. So it’s totally worth it

Mr. Narith lRwas our guide for the day, he was very knowledgeable and gave us lots of great information about the sites we visited. His appreciation for beer was very much enjoyed!

Sam Vone was an excellent guide. I love guided tours and he was one of the best ever. Funny and smart, he did a great job showing us temples around Siem Reap.

Narith gave us a great tour around 4 temples, great day out