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Siem Reap Quad Bike Countryside Tour

1. Siem Reap Quad Bike Countryside Tour

Start the tour with a hotel pick-up in the company's distinctive tuk-tuk, and meet your local guide. Join a comprehensive safety instruction session at the company office and learn how to operate your quad bike. Start your journey though the villages around Siem Reap and enjoy the refreshing greenery of the remote and undisturbed countryside. Meet friendly locals with their water buffalos along the way and get a sense of authentic Cambodian rural life. If you have opted for one of the longer tour options, more delights await. On the 1.5-hour tour, explore a Buddhist monastery before returning to base. In addition to the monastery, the 2-hour tour stops at the centuries-old Angkorian temple with beautifully crafted stonework, away from the main tourist traps. The 3-hour tour option does all that and also includes a stop at a market for a refreshing drink and a bit of authentic local atmosphere. All tours starting after 4PM end with a mesmerizing sunset over the paddy fields, as the blue sky turns gold.  

From Siem Reap: 2-Day Small Group Temples Sunrise Tour

2. From Siem Reap: 2-Day Small Group Temples Sunrise Tour

Day 1 – Full Day 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 century. Begin with pre-dawn departure (between 4:20 and 5:00 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 after lunch at a local restaurant.   Day 2 – Full Day Banteay Srei Temples   After 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, that 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 with in 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.

Siem Reap: Floating Village Exploration Tour

3. Siem Reap: Floating Village Exploration Tour

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.

Tonle Sap Cruise & Road Tour between Phnom Penh & Siem Reap

4. Tonle Sap Cruise & Road Tour between Phnom Penh & Siem Reap

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap to start your full-day cruise along the Tonle Sap River and experience the beauty of the landscape from a different perspective.  Journey by luxury cruiser designed to navigate the challenging waterway with ease. Get a welcome drink on boarding and enjoy a buffet lunch and soft drinks, served on board as you sail. Benefit from the unique double hull that allows the boat to travel closer to the riverbanks and explore the narrow waterways along the way. Travel the rest of the journey in the luxury of a private air-conditioned minivan, and take in the stunning scenery as you drive through pristine countryside and the traditional rural villages surrounding Tonle Sap Lake. Experience the unique river and rural life on land.

Kompong Phluk Floating Village Tour from Siem Reap

5. Kompong Phluk Floating Village Tour from Siem Reap

Depart Siem Reap and travel south-east through rural villages and rice fields to reach Tonlé Sap Lake. Go as far as you can by road to board a boat, and then sail down the Kompong Phluk River. Arrive at a Khmer village of about 3,000 inhabitants who mainly make a living from fishing and farming. Depending on the weather and tidal conditions, sail along the main street or explore on foot and experience up close what life is like in rural Cambodia. Visit a few schools and see the large pagoda temple, along with many stilted homes, some up to 10 meters tall. Connect with a less hectic lifestyle and soak up the peace and quiet. Relax as you are rowed by small boat through the flooded forest to Tonlé Sap Lake, where the level can vary by up to 10 meters depending on the season. Make your way back down river to the minivan that will take you back to your hotel in Siem Reap.

Angkor Wat: Vintage Jeep with Driver Rental

6. Angkor Wat: Vintage Jeep with Driver Rental

Your tour will begin with your being picked up from your accommodation by an English-speaking driver in a vintage American war Jeep. This jeep (official name M151 "MUTT") was developed with guidance from the US Army's Ordnance Truck Automotive Command. Design started in 1951, with testing and prototyping lasting through most of the fifties. Although the M151 was developed and initially produced by Ford, production contracts for the M151A2 were later also awarded to Kaiser Jeep and AM General Corp. First put into service in Vietnam, the MUTT played an active part in American military operations well into the 1980s, when it was phased out in favor of the Humvee. The jeep was a historical witnesses of the Vietnam War, and will bring you to the world heritage temple Angkor Wat, Bayon (Angkor Thom) and one of the most popular temples, Ta Prom, which has trees growing out of its ruins. On this day you will visit the famous ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in style, and you will experience the charm of this temple in an authentic jungle manner, by jeep. You can even discus together with your driver which temples from the Angkor Small circuit you would like to visit. On this small circuit you will find plenty of temples, with the most famous being Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and Bayon Temple. You can also visit other temples such as Baphuon, Ta Keo, the Terrace of Elephants, Ta Nei and Prei Rup which are also located on this small circuit. Travel back in time and enjoy this day complete with history, adventure and mystery.

Back to Basics: Village Life Tour from Siem Reap

7. Back to Basics: Village Life Tour from Siem Reap

Get back to the basics with this incredible, authentic look at daily life in Siem Reap. From gathering firewood to pumping water, the traditional ways of life are still very much alive in these vibrant and bustling communities, and today you can experience this simplicity with an informative and culturally sensitive chance to experience this life for yourself. As you step into the village, you'll be greeted with friendly villagers happy to help you learn the ways of their world. You'll see families weaving, making baskets, digging wells, and making rice wine. As you walk through the village, you'll be treated to a local's perspective – because your guide was born there! Along the way, snap photos, listen to Khmer music, and learn the basic needs of clean water, employment, and sustainable development from those most affected by these political issues. You will also visit the school and village Pergola, the town's local Buddhist temple. It will be a day for you to remember, and hopefully you'll understand a bit more about this delicate and flourishing community deep in the countryside near Siem Reap.

Siem Reap: 6-Hour Easy Rider Motorbike Tour

8. Siem Reap: 6-Hour Easy Rider Motorbike Tour

Saddle up to explore the lush scenery surrounding Siem Reap on board a safe and comfortable motorbike. The 6-hour tour will take you to parts of the city's surrounds that few visitors ever get to see, and includes a local lunch in magnificent rustic countryside. Following a hotel pick-up and brief training session, your guide will take you past traditional villages, where you can experience the rural culture of Cambodia up close. Visit the remote monastery of Chai Village, once a stronghold of the Khmer Rouge fighters. Now this peaceful sanctuary, with views of Phnom Bok mountain is a tranquil place set among the beauty of the rice fields for monks, nuns, and locals to visit during religious festivities. As your motorbike adventure continues, you will stop at a traditional market and a Buddhist pagoda, where you’ll see the monks in their robes.

From Siem Reap: Small-Group Phnom Kulen Waterfall Day Tour

9. From Siem Reap: Small-Group Phnom Kulen Waterfall Day Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Siem Reap in the morning, and journey towards Kulen Mountain. Get amazing views of the surroundings on the 2-hour drive, including the River of a Thousand Lingas and the statue of the Grand Reclining Buddha. Learn more about the historical and cultural significance of each landmark from your expert guide. Arrive at the vast plateau of Phnom Kulen, overlooking the plain of Angkor, and discover the 28 ancient temples and rivers that crisscross the beautiful landscape. Get your first sight of the Phnom Kulen waterfall as it tumbles down the rocks. Plunge into the pools and cool off from the midday sun before the return trip to Siem Reap. 

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Temples Guided Tour by Jeep

10. Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Temples Guided Tour by Jeep

The tour begins with pickup in the morning and heads to the first stop of the day, Ta Prohm. Overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground, Ta Prohm has largely been left as it was found making it one of the most picturesque and memorable temples in the complex. Next, drive to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, entering through the ancient stone carved gate which features elephants and giant faces. From here continue onto Bayon Temple, which is located in the center of the city and known as the ‘Giant Face Temple’. Throughout the trip, listen to fascinating information and stories about the temples, their rich history, as well as their importance and symbolism to the local people.  Enjoy a short break to eat some refreshing Cambodian snacks and fruits, then travel deeper into the Angkor Kingdom as you explore more and more of this incredible temple complex. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite from your adventure, stop by a local restaurant for a tasty lunch. After lunch, follow your guide off-the-beaten-track until you reach a community-based tourism center where you can experience first-hand the everyday life of Cambodians.

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Fantastic! We were picked up on time and went to Angkor Wat temple to watch the sunrise. We then explored Angkor Wat, and proceeded to have breakfast. After that we explored Ta Prohn and Bayon temple. The temples themselves are amazing but also our tour guide Mr Bun was fantastic!! He really knew his stuff and there wasn’t a question of ours that he wasn’t able to answer. I had been on a tour the day before and hardly learnt anything so I was really glad Mr Bun was able to tell us the history, explain why things were built the way they were, and point out the archeticture which I hadn’t noticed the day before. His English is really good and he has such kind hearted mannerisms. He was great at also understanding what our tour group needed (it was very hot so he recognised when we needed a break in the shade and even recognised what history/architecture we all found interesting). Thank you Mr Bun for sharing your life with us too, it opened our eyes and was very moving!

We were lucky to have a private experience today with Bun who was an amazing guide. Before going out on the boat we saw a local market and experienced fruit and food from the countryside. Instead of just seeing Kampong Phluk from the boat, we walked through the village and met with the locals. As we went out on the lake we had a little bit of rain which made for a more interesting atmosphere and experience. Later-on on the way back we explored the village by boat as well - we loved the vibe and the people.

Sok was a great guide, very knowledgeable, and answered all my 'dumb tourist' questions about Cambodian culture, history, politics, language, etc., so graciously. The pace was just right, and we had excellent breaks for food, drink, bathrooms and just cooling down at appropriate intervals. I also appreciated having ample time to explore on our own between being guided. Just what I hoped for in a tour. Small group - just half a dozen - made for a great experience overall. Highly recommend!

Bun was a fantastic tour guide! He's extremely knowledgeable about the temples and Cambodian history, kind, funny, and knew all the best spots to look at the temples. We also really appreciated hearing his personal story about his life and what it has been like. The two-day tour was great as we got to see several unique places that most people don't get to see when they focus on Angkor Wat. We really enjoyed both days and can only recommend the tours!

It was a very nice recommended tour! During the tour we visited Nokor Thum, Neak Poun, Ta Som, Eastern Mebon, Pre Rup and Banteay Srei. In between we had lunch in a good restaurant. The guide was very competent and gave a lot of interesting information.