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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: Kampong Phluk Floating Village Tour with Sunset

2. Siem Reap: Kampong Phluk Floating Village Tour with Sunset

Go aboard our minivan to the great Tonle Sap Lake (the biggest fresh water lake in South-east Asia) and gain fascinating insight into true Cambodian life. Be picked up from a Siem Reap hotel and be brought to the pier. Take a private boat to the floating village, located outside Siem Reap. Discover the tall, stilted houses, floating hospital, fishery, old lifestyle of the country and the natural landscape of the flooded Mangrove Forest. Enjoy an optional tour going through the flooded Mangroves forest on a small boat, a great break on the way to Tonle Sap to experience local fauna and flora. End the day by admiring the sunset over the lake.

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat: Small-Group Sunrise Tour

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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.

Siem Reap: Cooking Class and Market Shopping

7. Siem Reap: Cooking Class and Market Shopping

For a break from exploring the Angkor temples, come and learn traditional Khmer cooking with us! First, our guide and chef will collect you from your accommodation - just let us know where you're staying when you book. Next we head to a local working market to buy the food we'll be cooking with. Chat to local vendors using your guide as an interlocutor and discover Cambodia's signature ingredients, far from the tourist trail. After that we go to our purpose-built garden pavilion for your hands-on interactive class. Led by a fantastic local English-speaking chef, learn how to cook three delicious Cambodian dishes that you will be able to re-create back home - like fish amok, spring rolls, Cambodian curry, bananas in palm sugar with coconut juice, and many more. Your chef will guide you through the recipes, showing you how to prepare each ingredient and how to cook them to bring out their flavours. Finally, sit down together to eat what you've cooked, in a delicious open-air feast!

Kompong Khleang Floating Village: Full-Day from Siem Reap

8. Kompong Khleang Floating Village: Full-Day from Siem Reap

Your full-day tour to visit the remote fishing village of Kompong Khleang begins with a morning drive in air-conditioned comfort to the great Tonle Sap Lake and continues on with a journey up the Kleang River aboard our private river craft. Our English-speaking guide will meet you at your Siem Reap guest house or hotel. As you travel to Tonle Sap Lake you’ll pass by markets and small villages and along the causeway to the lake’s edge. When we reach the Khleang River, we’ll transfer to a private river craft for the next phase of our trip – a peaceful ride that takes us past many flooded forest, and then on to Kompong Khleang village. On reaching the village, you’ll note that many of the homes are built on stilts, some standing as tall as 10 meters. With your guide, you’ll visit the village’s floating school where you can hand out school supplies to the teachers and students. This is one of the ways that Tara Riverboat helps the local people. At a local restaurant in Kompong Khleang you’ll enjoy a free lunch and drinks and have time to relax and appreciate the peaceful natural environment. As not many tourists make the trip to this remote village, you will enjoy an exclusive chance to see how abundant the native bird life is here! This is relaxing chance to enjoy the scenery and cool breezes and to take a break from touring Cambodia’s many temples. At the end of the tour we will make our way back to Siem Reap and drop you off at your guest house or hotel.

Siem Reap: Kompong Phluk Floating Village Half-Day Tour

9. Siem Reap: Kompong Phluk Floating Village Half-Day Tour

Start with hotel pick-up or go to the meeting point to board your vehicle, a shared air-conditioned mini-bus with a tour guide, or private vehicle (with optional guide), according to the option chosen. Kompong Phluk is 30 kilometers south-east of Siem Reap. Visit the pagoda or local market first, then go by motorized boat on a tour of the stilted buildings. See where the people have courageously adapted to some of the most unimaginable conditions, all with a big smile on their faces. Enjoy the beautiful atmosphere in this one-of-a-kind village from the comfort of the boats. The guide, if present, explains the history, culture, and lifestyle of the villagers. The villages are surrounded by mangrove forest. Take an optional side-trip of the flooded forest on a rowing boat, available October to January. The motorboat stops at a small floating cafe, a good place to see the sun go down. After this awe-inspiring experience, you will return to the hotel around 1:30 pm for your own leisure time.

From Siem Reap: Guided Kulen Waterfall Tour

10. From Siem Reap: Guided Kulen Waterfall Tour

Explore Kulen Mountain, also known as Mountain of the Lychee, on a trip from Siem Reap. Phnom Kulen National Park is known as the site where the Khmer Empire originated and has religious significance to both Hindus and Buddhists. Discover its archaeological and natural highlights with your guide. Start your day with pickup from your hotel and head to Kulen Mountain. First, stop to visit a quarry where stones were cut and used to build the temples in the area. Continue onward to see the 1000 Lingas at a riverside archaeological park. Next, explore its sacred hilltop with over 30 temple ruins and see a large reclining Buddha. Then, trek to Kulen Waterfall and enjoy a swim in its waters. On the way back to Siem Reap, make a quick stop at a palm sugar village, before making an optional final stop at the Cambodia Landmine Museum.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 5,488 reviews

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.

The tour was great! Mr T, our tour guide, was super friendly and allowed us to get a deep insight into Cambodian culture. We first drove to a local market where T got us some delicious local snacks. After that we headed to the Village where even though we did not enjoy a sunset due to cloudy weather we still had a great time. We highly recommend this tour and Mr T as a guide.

Amazing experience! The chef was super sweet and informative. We learned a lot, had good conversations and great laughs - would definitely recommend! It was just the two of us with the chef who even accommodated our special requests

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!