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Angkor Region: 3-day Private Tour of Top Temples

1. Angkor Region: 3-day Private Tour of Top Temples

Day One:  Get picked up from your accommodation at 8:00 am by your driver and tour guide and travel directly to Beng Mealea, a sprawling jungle temple that covers over one square kilometer. Enjoy the adventurous and mysterious feeling of exploring a temple complex largely overrun by vegetation and off the beaten tourist path. Discuss your lunch preferences with your guide before stopping at a local restaurant. Afterwards, head to the floating village Kampong Phluk on Tonle Sap Lake, the largest lake in Southeast Asia. Enjoy a guided boat trip through the floating village. Then get dropped off back at your accommodation. Day Two:  Get picked up again at 8:00 am and purchase a 3-day temple pass before heading to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Visit some small temples, including Chau Say Tevoda, Thommanon, and Ta Keo. Then head to the jungle temple Ta Prohm where the movie Tomb Raider was shot. Refuel afterwards with lunch at a local restaurant. Then make your way to the Buddhist temple of Banteay Kdei. Gain insight into the history of the powerful Khmer Empire before heading to Phnom Bakheng to see a gorgeous sunset. Day Three:  Get an early start at 5:00 am on the final day of the tour. Get picked up and see the sunrise at Angkor Wat. Following this, you can choose to visit more temples including Pre Rup and Banteay Samre. Then head to Banteay Srey, arriving before most of the crowds. Marvel at the most intricately carved temple in all of Angkor. Afterwards, see a traditional Khmer village and learn about palm sugar production. If you are interested, visit the Landmine Museum and learn how decades of conflict, foreign occupation, and brutal civil war and genocide have impacted Cambodia.  Afterwards, stop for lunch at a local restaurant. On the way back, stop at a few more temples such as East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean, and Preah Khan, a fascinating vast monastic complex. The return trip will take you through many beautiful villages and provide you with great photo opportunities. Get dropped off back at your accommodation at the end of your day.

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Siem Reap: Cambodian Cooking Class at a Local's Home

2. Siem Reap: Cambodian Cooking Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in Khmer culinary traditions with this Cambodian cooking class and see for yourself why Siem Reap is known for its fascinating cuisine and colorful dishes. Start the class with pickup from your hotel in a traditional tuk-tuk and head to your first stop, a local market. Here, meet the locals and haggle for the fresh ingredients for your meal before heading to your local guide's home. At the house, roll up your sleeves and get stuck into your lesson. Learn to prepare 4 traditional dishes, including the savory Fish Amok and renowned Tom Yum. Pick up some useful tips and tricks for your expert guide. After the lesson, sit down to enjoy your 4-course meal before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

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Siem Reap: Floating Village, Sunset Boat Tour, and More

3. Siem Reap: Floating Village, Sunset Boat Tour, and More

Following a pickup at your hotel by jeep, head south of Siem Reap through the picturesque Cambodian countryside. Stop at a local family house surrounded by rice paddies where you can sip on cold coconut or a local juice, meet the family, and spend time learning about their farming life. The next stops on the itinerary include a local mushroom farm and factory where you’ll learn how mushrooms are grown using technical methods, and a rice wine distillery where you can try local rice wine. Continue the drive to the floating villages at Tonle Sap lake, the largest lake in Southeast Asia. Here you’ll get a fascinating insight into local life in this region and your guide will describe in more detail the phenomenon of this lake and why it is vital to Cambodia’s survival. You’ll gain a deeper perspective on Cambodia as you cruise along the river. To complete the evening, take a spectacular boat ride with views of Tonle Sap lake at twilight. Taste local delicacies accompanied by soft drinks and other cold beverages while enjoying your surroundings before returning to Siem Reip around 7 PM.

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Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Private 1-Day Tour with Banteay Srey

4. Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Private 1-Day Tour with Banteay Srey

After picking you up from your accommodation at 8:00 AM, your driver will take you to purchase your 1-day temple pass and then on to Angkor Wat. After the morning crowds leave, you'll have time to explore this incredible monument at your own pace to gain an insight into the Khmer Empire. Your guide will be happy to share interesting details about the temple complex and its history. Next, head to Banteay Srey, one of the most intricately carved temples in the region. You may also choose to visit the Landmine Museum, before continuing on to the jungle temple of Ta Prohm where scenes from the movie Tomb Raider were filmed. After lunch, enjoy exploring the ancient city of Angkor Tom before returning to Siem Reap.

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Phnom Penh: Private Taxi Transfer to Siem Reap

5. Phnom Penh: Private Taxi Transfer to Siem Reap

Enjoy a safe and reliable private taxi transfer from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap onboard your choose of vehicle options: a Lexus RX300 or a Mercedes Istana minivan. Along the way, you will enjoy the landscape of the general life of Cambodian people as well as several city centers. You can also stop for a break to have a look at the city, and throughout your entire tour will also enjoy the atmosphere of an air-conditioned vehicle. You will receive door-to-door service from the start to the end, with your guide dropping you off at any location in Siem Reap that you wish.

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Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Temples Guided Tour by Jeep

6. 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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Siem Reap Private 3-Day Exploration of Temples and Tonle Sap

7. Siem Reap Private 3-Day Exploration of Temples and Tonle Sap

Day one: Fishing Village of Tonle Sap Lake and Roulous Temples Group Begin your day with a pickup at your accommodation around 8:00 AM and journey through the countryside to the world’s second largest freshwater lake, Tonle Sap Lake, which swells to 12,000 kilometers squared. During the dry half of the year, the lake shrinks to 2,500 kilometers squared, draining into the Tonle Sap River. Take a boat trip to Kampong Phluk, a collection of three small fishing villages in an atmospheric flooded forest setting. Enjoy your lunch at your own expense and have a short rest. Continue your afternoon visit to the Roulos group of temples. This collection of monuments were built in the late 9th-century as a capital city for King Jayavarman II. Take time out here to explore the temples including Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei. Day two: Angkor Thom, Bayon Neak Pean, Bantreay Srei, and Pre Rup Temple This morning head to Angkor Thom. This majestic site once served as the Khmer Empire's glistening capital city. Take a moment to consider its grandiosity before venturing inside the city. Arrive at the temple at Bayon and appreciate its beautifully crafted central towers covered in more than 200 enormous faces. Move to Neak Pean, an artificial island with a Buddhist temple on a circular island in Jayatataka Baray. Visit the 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, make a brief stop at well-preserved Banteay Samre, a laterite structure that once featured internal moats. Finish your discoveries of the temples of Angkor with sunset at the Pre Rub temple.  Day three: Temples of Angkor at Sunrise Depart before dawn to see the sunrise outside Angkor Wat. Soak up the atmosphere from the edge of one of the ancient library pools. Then explore the interior of the great temple. Spend a thorough two hours discovering the corridors, central chambers, and upper terraces of this truly great temple. Continue to Preah Khan temple, a ruined but highly atmospheric mélange of tree roots and crumbling stone structures. At the end of the morning return to your accommodation for lunch then in the afternoon drive to Ta Nei. This is a late 12th-century stone temple in Angkor that was dedicated to the Buddha. Set out for the jungle-enveloped Ta Prohm, which is one of the most atmospheric of all the temples in Angkor. This long but fulfilling day will leave you with lifetime memories of some of the most impressive monuments built by mankind.

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Siem Reap: Morning Cooking Class and Market Tour

8. Siem Reap: Morning Cooking Class and Market Tour

Start your day in Siem Reap with a productive morning cooking class and market tour to wake up your senses. Learn from a local Cambodian chef who will show you how to make traditional Khmer dishes. Taste your hand-made dishes with iced tea. Begin your morning by hopping on a tuk-tuk and going on a tour of a local market in Siem Reap. The chef will explain the local products and the variety of food. You will have enough time to walk around, take photos, and see the vendors selling their products. Upon returning to the village cooking school, a refreshing iced tea and cold towel await you. The chef will present a cooking demonstration of the dishes you have chosen, and you will receive a brochure with the day's recipes. The recipes are for one serving, unless otherwise stated. After preparing your dishes, you can taste and enjoy your own culinary creation in pleasant Khmer surroundings in the village.

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Siem Reap: Morning Countryside Bike Tour

9. Siem Reap: Morning Countryside Bike Tour

Escape the bustle of city life and take a bike tour in Siem Reap's lush countryside. See how the locals live as you cycle to rice fields, mushroom farms, temples, markets, and more. Meet your guide and head to the bike shop to be fitted with a bike and helmet. Go over the safety rules and tour details before heading off through the back roads of Siem Reap. Cross the rural landscape and make your way into the small villages to learn how locals live, first-hand. Throughout the morning stop at rice fields, a market, mushroom farms, a rice wine distillery, Buddhist temples, and lotus farms. Browse village handicrafts and try regional snacks and fruits before heading back into Siem Reap.

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Siem Reap: 4-Day Angkor Wat and Beng Mealea Tour

10. Siem Reap: 4-Day Angkor Wat and Beng Mealea Tour

Day 1 Following an early morning pickup by your driver, head to the sprawling jungle temple of Beng Mealea. Here, you can marvel at the flora and fauna of the area. Then, enjoy a local lunch at a restaurant where your guide will give you important details for the rest of your tour. In the afternoon, stop at Kampong Phluk, a floating village on Tonle Sap Lake, the largest lake in South East Asia. At around 4:30 PM, purchase a 3-day temple pass at your own expense for the upcoming days. Then, drive to Phnom Bakheng to watch the beautiful sunset before heading back to your accommodation in Siem Reap. Day 2 Start your day at 08:30 AM with a visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. First explore the major sights including South Gate Angkor Tom, Bayon, Baphuon, Phimeanakas, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King, North Khleang, and South Khleang. Then visit some smaller temples off the beaten track such as Chau Say Tevoda, Thommanon, and Ta Keo. Savor a delicious lunch at a restaurant before heading to the jungle temple of Ta Prohm, the filming location of the Tomb Raider movie. Afterward, return to your hotel in Siem Reap. Day 3 Journey out at 08:30 AM and head to Preah Khan to explore this vast monastic complex. Next, visit the temple of Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon, Pre Rup, and Banteay Kdei. Stop for lunch before heading to Angkor Wat. Enjoy some free time to explore this fascinating monument at your own pace, before returning to your hotel in Siem Reap. Day 4 Head out in the early morning to watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat for the experience of a lifetime. Then continue the tour to marvel at the Angkor's most intricately carved temples Banteay Samre and Banteay Srei. Arrive before the masses of crowds and enjoy a visit to a traditional Khmer village and palm sugar plantation. The nearby Landmine Museum can be visited for a cost of $5 per person. In the afternoon, stop for lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Roluos Temple Group. Here, admire the selection of monuments and temples representing the remains of Hariharalaya, the first major capital of the Khmer Empire. Return to your accommodation at the end of the day.

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What people are saying about Siem Reap

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 463 reviews

This is the best tour we have ever done! Usually we dont like guided tours but for the short period we stayed in Siem Reap we wanted to see and learn as much as possible from and about this beautiful country. From the first minute on, it was definately worth every single dollar and one can say we became friends with our driver Kriss and our guide Tom. Kriss is an outstanding driver and took great care of us. The car was always in top shape, we had plenty of water all day long and laughed a lot together. Tom is a highly motivated guide and speaks perfect english. he explained us everything about the temples, buddhism or khmer culture. also in his free time after the tourdays he ensured we had great evenings. he recommended restaurants, places to shop and also prepared a birthday surprise for my girlfriend. we could always rely on Kriss and Tom. Thank you for everything! The tours setup is perfect and we would not change a single thing!

The trip started at our hotel. The guide was waiting for us, we spent together about 9-10 hours exploring all the monuments described. The guide was open to our requests and suggestions, on the way we had a very good meal. Even cold water in tuk tuk was protected - in a word, professional-level care. I recommend to everyone !!!!! An unforgettable experience in very good company !!!!

We were there in the dry season and therefore had a longer journey because the water for the boat trip was closer enough to the lake for the boat. The experience in the village is worth every journey. We talked to people who were allowed to watch the daily goings-on. Our guide gave us a lot of knowledge. 100% recommended

Great guide with very good knowledge of English! It was so much fun getting to know the country and people on the tour. 100% recommendation

Half day experience with the local fishermen villagers way of living. Good guidance.