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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.

Kompong Khleang Floating Village: Full-Day from Siem Reap

4. 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.

From Siem Reap: Guided Kulen Waterfall Tour

5. 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.

Full-Day Kulen Waterfall and 1000 Lingas Tour

6. Full-Day Kulen Waterfall and 1000 Lingas Tour

Phnom Kulen is considered a holy mountain in Cambodia and is of special religious significance to Hindus and Buddhists. Visit this sacred site and  discover it's beauty. The tour starts with a drive to the foot of the Kulen mountain, the birthplace of the great Khmer Empire in AD 802. Enjoy the breathtaking drive up the mountain, exploring the abundant greenery and the Kulen Waterfall. Take a dip if you wish, or sit back and watch the local families in their sacred homeland. Make your way up the mountain by foot to the River of a Thousand Lingas, a gorgeous river with sophisticated Shiva Linga carvings covering its floor. Get a blessing in the Cambodian way, with the holy water from this sacred river. Continue up to the tip of the mountain to discover the beautiful Pagoda and its world-famous Reclining Buddha at rest. Enjoy your own packed lunch for the day or purchase a traditional lunch at the basic food stalls located near the park. 

From Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Sunrise and Temples E-Bike Tour

7. From Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Sunrise and Temples E-Bike Tour

Depart at 4:40 am by riding e-bike with our professional English speaking tour guide to the sunrise at Angkor Wat temple. It takes about 20 minutes to ride from the city center to the temple and we may spend about 1-hour and 30 minutes to explore the whole entire building of Angkor Wat temple, and then have short break for a picnic-breakfast in front of the Royal swim poor of Sras Srang that you can enjoy of taste authentic Cambodian breakfast like Khmer noodle soup with traditional desserts like palm cake and steam rice dumplings with palm sugar. After that, we continue to visit the jungle temple of Ta Prohm and Ta Nei which has been left in its original state and is partly overgrown with trees and huge roots, and then go to visit Bayon temple and the Victory gate of Angkor Thom, which has become a world-famous landmark and was built by King Jayavarman VII, who was also a Mahayana Buddhist. Bayon is also the only monastery that has survived to this day and was used as a place for worship, education, and administration. At the end of our joined in tour, we take to see the interesting local market in Siem Reap and walk in between food stalls to look for the best Cambodian specialties, where you can try Cambodian dishes such as sticky rice, cakes, fruits, egg noodles, or even fried spiders and scorpion and then ride back to Siem Reap city from Angkor Park.

From Siem Reap: Koh Ker and Beng Mealea Temples Tour

8. From Siem Reap: Koh Ker and Beng Mealea Temples Tour

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. After your tour, be transported back to your hotel.

Full Day Angkor Temples of Siem Reap Bike Tour

9. Full Day Angkor Temples of Siem Reap Bike Tour

Escape the bustling and city and enjoy the serene landscape of Cambodia’s countryside. Wander through the ancient ruins and lear nabout the Angkor Temples of Siem Reap. Meet at the Grasshopper shop at 7:15 AM for this full day tour. From here you will be given a helmet and a mountain bike. This is a tour for the entire family. The distance is approximately 30km on flat tracks and quiet roads. For children there are child bikes, baby seats and tag along trailers. Experience Bayon, famous for its Elephant Terrace. These are the famous stone sculptures that make up part of the ancient walled city of Angkor Thom. You can explore this site whilst a delicious traditional lunch is prepared. After lunch you will cycle to Ta Prom, an abandoned Jungle temple and monastery abundant with tree roots and vines. Here you will learn about this historic site from your guide. The remainder of the tour is spent roaming the red dirt tracks and lesser-known ruins of the area. This is a true Cambodian adventure. You will arrive back to Siem Reap at around 3:00 PM.

Angkor Wat: Guided Sunrise Bike Tour w/ Breakfast and Lunch

10. Angkor Wat: Guided Sunrise Bike Tour w/ Breakfast and Lunch

Explore Angkor Wat under a breathtaking sunrise on this morning bike tour with a local guide. See historical monuments and cap it off with a traditional Cambodian meal. After being picked up from your accommodation, your guide will take you to the best spots in Angkor Wat to witness the colorful sunrise. Then, you will go through the Angkor central complex and hear about the history and symbolism of the temple. Once you have discovered Angkor Wat and had breakfast, proceed with the bike tour down the trails behind Angkor Wat. Follow tracks that take you through small villages in the Angkor Wat complex, and see how the locals go about their daily lives. From there, visit other sites such as the Angkor Thom City, Bayon Temple, Preah Khan temple, and the Tomb Raider temple. End your day by having a traditional Cambodian meal with a large spread of local dishes, followed by a quick siesta.

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What people are saying about Siem Reap

Luckily a well-known tour guide Vuthy. The organization was very good again, we were picked up on time and arrived at the temple on time for sunrise. Top Tour Guide - Vuthy made a good selection of temples that he thinks are worth seeing. In addition, he always took beautiful pictures of the participants, so that beautiful memories were created. He was always nice, friendly, helpful & we had a very good time with him! Again and again :)

Excellent tour. Vuthy aka Mr T is a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide and he kept the energy levels up throughout the tour. He managed to help all of us get some amazing pictures and his sense of humour was also good. Special shoutout to ‘Adam’ our driver who drove very safely and ensured we were all comfortable and hydrated/cool the entire tour. I would definitely recommend this tour.

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.

Although it is a jeep tour, there is a lot or walking. The tour guide was academically very knowledgeable about everything regarding the history of Angkor Wat. Young children may be bored and tired as it is a long day. Currently a one day ticket gets you two day access, so you could go back on your own to soak in the culture of the sites.