Explore the 11th-century temple of Beng Mealea and cruise by boat to one of the floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake on a full-day tour from Siem Reap. Meet local fishermen to learn about life on the lake, and return to Siem Reap for a buffet dinner.
What to Expect
Enjoy a full-day excursion to the mysterious 11th-century temple of Beng Mealea in the sprawling jungle, and visit the floating village of Chong Phneas on Tonle Sap Lake on a combined tour from Siem Reap.
Following a pick-up from your Siem Reap hotel at 08:00, drive through the Cambodian outback for approximately 36 miles (60 kilometers) to the enigmatic 11th-century Beng Melea Temple. Pre-dating the legendary temple complex of Angkor Wat, Beng Mealea is though to have been its more famous counterpart’s prototype. Covered in thick vines and the roots of ancient trees, it provides the ideal Angkor photo opportunities.
The impressive “lost” temple complex is primarly made from sandstone and contains carvings of Buddhist motifs, along with carvings of scenes from Hindu mythology among its towers, courtyards, and stones lying in piles among the thick brush.
After lunch, cruise to the floating village of Chong Phneas on Tonle Sap Lake. This is one of the most atmospheric settlements of the lake, where the abundant fish serve to provide the locals with their source of income. Meet some of the fishermen to learn more about their everyday lives. Then, visit a fish farm and a crocodile farm.
Drive back to Siem Reap to watch a traditional Apsara dance show, and be dazzled by the costumed dancers presenting a graceful display of Cambodian folk stories as you enjoy a buffet dinner.
- 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
- Buffet dinner with Apsara dance show
- Any 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