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Essential Angkor Temples Discovery

  • siem reapers
    DURATION4 Days | 3 Nights
  • siem raper adventure
    TRIP TYPEScheduled
  • CAMBODIA
    ACTIVITY LEVEL1 - Easy
From US$420
Trip Code: SRT-ATD

DESCRIPTION

Discover Angkor Temple with a local guide who possesses intimate knowledge of the history of this magnificent complex. Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon and Ta Prohm. Marvel at the grandeur of these historic, thousand-year old temples. After marveling at the amazing ancient architecture, your guide will then take you on the backroads to lesser-known areas that most tourists don’t explore. These include Cambodia’s countryside and floating villages, for a comprehensive look at the breathtaking landscape. This cultural journey will end with a Cambodian cooking class and the exploration of the local farms from whence come the vegetables, herbs, spices, and other ingredients that they use in their food, plus you can learn about their uses in Khmer cuisine.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Walk through the World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat temple and marvel at the intricate carvings from an ancient civilization
  • Explore the impressive Bayon Temple, known for the many mysterious faces engraved on its towers
  • Wander at Ta Prohm Temple, surrounded by massive trees with giant roots growing over the ruins
  • Discover the Khmer people’s local traditions
  • Travel back in time to the ancient Khmer temples
  • Entertain yourself through Cambodia’s culture and history with your local guide
  • Take your journey through the floating village by private boat
  • Discover the secrets of authentic Khmer cuisine in the course of a half-day cooking class

DAY TO DAY

Day 1: Arrive in Siem Reap, City Orientation Walking Tour

Welcome to Siem Reap! Upon arrival at the airport, you will meet our driver and the English-speaking tour guide, who will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel to check-in. You will be given time to rest before we start our walking tour of the city at 16:00 pm. We advise you to make your arrival time as early as possible so you can rest before the tour.

Siem Reap is developing so rapidly that it has become a fantastic stopover for tourists to explore. The city has retained the perfect blend of modernity and tradition. What better way to explore all this than with a local guide, keen to show you what our city looks like through their eyes? Not only will you learn a lot about this ancient city, but you will also make friends along the way and create memories to last a lifetime!

You will explore historical places like the old town and, not to mention, enjoy a nice walk along the Siem Reap river with viewpoints that overlook the local Cambodian lifestyle. There will be plenty of photo opportunities!

Afterwards, you will enjoy your welcome dinner with the creative local cuisine at Marum Restaurant (Marun is an NGO that has been working with street children and other marginalized young people).

Optional Activity: Phare Circus – $18

If you aren’t too tired from jet lag, you may wish to catch an evening performance at Phar Circus, where their shows tell stories of Cambodian history through a mix of music, dance, and acrobats, in addition to meeting the talented performers.

Meals: Dinner
Hotel: Central Corner d'Angkor

Day 2: Disocver Ancient of Angkor Temples

After having breakfast at the hotel, it’s time for the main event: a guided tour around the unforgettable Angkor temple complex. First, we will visit Angkor Wat, which is the most famous of all the Angkor temples. The temple, built in the early 12th century by King Suryavarman II, contains three stories of libraries, galleries, and towers surrounded by a thick retaining wall and an imposing moat. With your professional historian guide, you will be able to discuss in detail what you are looking to achieve from your time at the temples.

You will then head out into the center of Angkor Thom and enter the city through the ancient Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with elephants and four giant faces. From here, continue to Bayon Temple, located in the center of the city and famed as the enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs.

Have lunch at a local restaurant for exotic Khmer cuisine. Next, the Ta Prohm temple is your next stop before some leisure time in the late afternoon. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found-overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground, creating one of the most photogenic and atmospheric temples of the entire Angkor site.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch
Hotel: Central Corner d'Angkor

What's Included

ACTIVITY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Must-see attraction and sightseeing
  • City Orientation Walking Tour
  • Welcome dinner at Marum restaurant
  • Daily drinking water and cold towels
  • Cooking course experience and village visiting fee
  • The floating village excursion and private boat ride
  • Visit the World Monument of Angkor Wat, Bayon, and Ta Prohm
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle unless stated otherwise
What's Included

ACCOMMODATION

Central Corner d’Angkor

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Central Corner d’Angkor features a restaurant, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a bar and shared lounge in Siem Reap. The room was spacious, comfortable and beautifully decorated. The pool area is a private oasis and though it is small, it was always quiet to relax.

What's Included

DINING

  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches
  • 1 Dinner

Meals are characterized by fresh, seasonal ingredients, prepared in a simple, classic style of Cambodia. Food & cooking course is offering bountiful selections of local specialities and feature hand-made food among other favourites. Western food is also available during the trip.

Dietary Requirement
If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies), please inform in advance so that we can provide a notice to the restaurant or hotel where you will be served.

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What's Included

TOUR GUIDE

Each activity comes with an experienced tour leader responsible for offering local insight, pursuing great experiences and make every tour exceptional.

They are trained to make your trip magical. We know that it’s the unexpected surprises that make a trip memorable. That’s why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

MORE INFORMATION

What’s excluded

  • International and domestic flights
  • Visa or visa arrangements
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Sunscreen, mosquito repellent, hats, and protective clothing
  • Camera/video entrance fees
  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips, etc)
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above

Key facts & figures

  • DESTINATIONCambodia
  • STARTS | FINISHESSiem Reap | Siem Reap
  • GROUP SIZEMin. 1 – Max. 12 People
  • MINIMUM AGE14+ years old

Essential Information

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Travel in the time of COVID-19

For travelers who are planning their vacation as well as for trips that have already been booked, there are many questions about “Traveling in Times of COVID-19”.

As a traveler, you are responsible for complying with the travel regulations prescribed by airlines, airports, and destination countries. These include requirements for visas, vaccinations, COVID-19 passports, COVID-19 tests, and other entry documents. These requirements may change between the booking of the trip and the departure date. Therefore, it is important that you keep up to date with any changes in entry requirements until the date of departure.

If you have any further questions or need information about traveling to Cambodia, please contact us; we look forward to hearing from you!

Visa & Passport

Visitors to Cambodia require a passport to enter the country, and all travelers must hold a passport with validity for 6 months after their planned exit from Cambodia.

Citizens of the UK, EU countries, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, and almost all other nationalities will require a visa to visit Cambodia. Non-UK residents should check with the Cambodian Embassy in their country of residence for the most up-to-date information. Most nationalities can get a visa on arrival at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap international airports without prior registration. A visa is issued on arrival for most nationalities for US $30/pax, and the visa has a one-month validity. You need to pay in cash and in US dollars and provide two recent, identical passport photographs.

Read more about applying for an electronic visa here:  www.evisa.gov.kh

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price. You can arrange travel insurance with your preferred insurance company. As medical facilities in Cambodia are rather limited, it is imperative for you to take out a good medical insurance policy when traveling.

Cambodia Weather

Cambodia is located in the tropical climate zone, in which neither the temperatures nor the hours of sunshine show great variations over the course of the year. Due to the tropical monsoons in Cambodia, a distinction is made between a dry season and a rainy season, and each of these seasons has its own charm.

The dry season runs from October to April and is the time to visit the coastal towns of Cambodia or the tropical islands. Temperatures are warm and comfortable during this time of year, and there are long periods of sunshine. Although it is relatively dry during this time, individual showers can occur.

The rainy season runs from May to September and is ideally suited to experiencing Cambodia’s nature in a, particularly green and lush way. The warm temperatures remain unchanged, while the rain ensures high humidity. There is a lot of rainfall, especially in the last months of the rainy season. For the entire time, however, the rain falls in short downpours.

While Cambodia can be visited year-round, it is important to note that small country roads that may pass through the more remote areas, e.g., the province of Mondulkiri, are impassable during the last two months of the rainy season.

Best time to visit Cambodia

Any time of year is a good time to visit Cambodia, with each season offering its own range of benefits. Throughout the year, the climate in Cambodia is hot and humid. The temperature remains in the 30°C range for the majority of the year, dropping to 20°C at night.

Cambodia Eat & Drink

The local dishes are among the healthiest in the world. It smells and tastes good and is reminiscent of Thai cuisine, but without the strong seasoning. Because of the shared history, there is also a great closeness to Vietnamese cuisine.

The best-known local dish is “Amok“, a fish curry with coconut cream, whereby the fish can also be replaced by chicken.

Only drink bottled mineral water that is cheap to buy anywhere. Do not drink tap water!

Money & ATM

The currency of Cambodia is called “Riel”, and there is, however, no need to change the currency into riel as US dollars are accepted everywhere. Please kindly note that ripped, torn, or old bills will not be accepted.

ATM machines are available in the main cities across the country, mostly in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM and on Saturday morning until 12:00 PM.

Most hotels and restaurants in the major cities will charge US dollars, but for other currencies, it is advisable to visit a bank. Traveler’s checks can be exchanged at banks and some hotels, but they are not usable outside of major cities.

We would highly recommend using a Visa or Master Card, as they are now accepted in many hotels, restaurants, and shops in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. If you wish to travel in a local taxi or Tuk-Tuk, make sure to have the right amount of cash and change with you, as the drivers are unlikely to keep a lot of cash with them.

Allow $20 per day for basic living expenses (drinks, meals, etc). A bottle of local beer will set you back roughly $1, a two-course lunch will set you back $7, and a two-course dinner would set you back $10.

Culture & Customs

It is interesting to get to know foreign customs and traditions, but respect is required. Below, we’ll give you a few tips on how you can move around the country without causing offense.

  • Don’t show any anger! Venturing out anger by speaking loudly or in a rude manner is perceived as extremely impolite. According to the Cambodian view, anyone who is yelled at loses face.
  • Public expressions of love (kissing, holding hands, etc.) are perceived as offensive. You rarely see couples holding hands here, whereas you see it often with friends.
  • When entering a house, you usually have to take off your shoes. When in doubt, follow the example of others.
  • Locals bow slightly to greet them, bend their arms and hold the palms of their hands together, with the younger ones’ first greeting. With foreigners (especially in business life), a handshake is accepted.
  • Do not touch children by the head, as this is said to bring bad luck. This is not a problem for the arms and shoulders.
  • Use both hands or just your right hand, never just your left hand, to hand over or receive things.
  • Inappropriate clothing (shorts, short skirts, tank tops, skimpy tops, etc.) should be avoided in sacred places and in the countryside.
  • When entering a monastery, the headgear may have to be removed and the shoes are taken off.
  • Do not point your finger at people or Buddha images.
  • If you sit in front of a Buddha altar (Dai), you must not point to it with your feet.
  • A female person is allowed to give something to a monk but never to touch him.

Please note: the central tower of the Angkor Wat complex is closed to tourists on Buddhist holidays.

Telephone & Internet

The international code is +855. Since making calls with a cell phone can be expensive (incoming and outgoing calls), the costs should be clarified in advance. It may be worth buying a SIM card (prepaid) in the country. Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, and there are internet cafes in larger cities.

Healthcare

We recommend carrying a modest supply of basic health care medications such as travel sickness tablets, anti-diarrhea tablets, antacids for indigestion, insect repellant, sun creams, and chosen antibiotics. Although the majority of these things are available in Cambodia, the security afforded by well-known names is comforting.

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

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Drew

I have just finished Essential Angkor Temples Discovery trip with 6-10 youths. It was so much fun! Our guide Sokvuth was fantastic – he always had good places to take us, advice on everything, lots of local knowledge. The accommodation was generally good, the travel was good, and we did a lot of fun activities. This is my first time traveling with Siem Reaper and I definitely recommend it. I’m already thinking of where I’d like to travel with them again!

September 19, 2019

Mark

I loved the history of this trip, as well as the spectacular scenery. Our guide was knowledgeable and helpful. Having arrangements made for places to stay and transport, plus some activities, but with plenty of free time, made for a perfect balance for me. Breakfasts & lunch were delicious!

September 15, 2019

kavin

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip with Siem Reaper.Their team were so friendly and charming, we felt right at home, this was our first “guided” tour as we’ve always chosen to travel independently. That said the trip provides enough support and logistics that is helpful. Everything was well organized and the local hosts were excellent. We highly recommend Great Value!!

August 6, 2019

Steve

I highly recommend this trip “Essential Angkor Temples Discovery” is the way to see Angkor temples. I would highly recommend Mr. Phea, as a tour guide. He’s a very knowledgeable tour guide and wonderful teacher on the history of Angkor Wat and the other temples of Angkor Thom. We learned a lot about Cambodia religion and history of every temple we visited, and the philosophies of Buddhism and Hinduism as they are practiced in Cambodia. He would set aside a certain time during the tour to explain to us the specifics of the temples. Phea would repeat information so that we would remember the important aspects. It was an impressive trip as the Angkor temples are so phenomenal, but to have the rich explanations by the local guide, Phea made our experience the most memorable. He also helped us with our travel plans to Tonle Sap Lake where we were able to go to the Floating Village. There was extensive planning for Phea to do, as he had to help secure a driver, boatman, naturalist, and local guide to help us reach our goal. Also at the end of trip, we did an outdoor Cambodian cooking class where we learned to cook three amazing courses of Cambodian cuisine. Our chef was amazing, all the foods were fresh and the finished meal was wonderful. Phea did this without hesitation and did so joyfully as he wanted us to experience Cambodia. He loves his country and he shared with us his experience of living there. He answered our curious questions honestly and I came away with a very good idea of life in Cambodia. I would do it again! Thanks again for the great trip in Cambodia.

July 30, 2019