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Phnom Bakheng, Siem Reap

Phnom Bakheng, Siem Reap: Our most recommended tours and activities

Angkor Sunrise & Small Circuit Temple Tour

1. Angkor Sunrise & Small Circuit Temple Tour

Early wake up and get picked up by comfortable vehicle, and visit Angkor Wat, the Angkor Thom complex containing Bayon temple and also Ta Prohm (Tomb-Raider) Temple. The automobile transports guests the short distances between the temples. Open your eyes to a beautiful Angkor Wat sunrise after an early wake-up call in the massive and magnificent Angkor Park. After the sunrise, you'll be able to satisfy your breakfast cravings at one of the many local restaurants within the Angkor Complex with some delicious Cambodian meal! The fascinating beauty of Bayon, located at the center of Angkor Thom, will then be explored. Its 54 towers are each topped off with the four faces of Avalokiteshvara. After Bayon, proceed to the world-famous Ta Prohm (Tomb-Raider) Temple, a 2001 movie. We'll return to town around midday (12:30pm).

Angkor Region: 3-day Private Tour of Top Temples

2. 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.

Siem Reap: Full-Day Temples w/ Private Transport

3. Siem Reap: Full-Day Temples w/ Private Transport

Get picked up from your Siem Reap Hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle and head straight for the ruins. As you motor toward Angkor Wat, learn about its history as the world's largest religious monument, replete with Hindu-Buddhist architecture that took 30 years to complete. Follow your guidebook, glimpsing intricate stonework as you wander galleries that have been shockingly well-maintained. From Angkor Wat, head north toward 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. Arriving at Bayon Temple, appreciate its beautifully crafted central towers covered in more than 200 enormous faces. Enjoy lunch at your own expense, and then pay a visit to Ta Prohm—a temple set in the midst of the jungle. Wander the maze-like ruins of this ornate worship site, marveling at the fig trees that threaten to overtake the edifice. Then, head toward Phnom Bakheng and absorb a memorable sunset before heading back to your hotel.

From Siem Reap City: Siem Reap Province Temple Day Trip

4. From Siem Reap City: Siem Reap Province Temple Day Trip

After seeing the mighty Angkor Wat, take a day trip from Siem Reap to explore some of the region’s other magnificent temples. Visit the Hindu temple Pre Rup temple;’; and learn more about the ancient Khmer empire as you tour the Ta Som and East Mebon temples. and sun set at Phnom bakeang hill. This tour takes of the most stunning and spectacular temples in the entire world. Minivan, local expert Khmer guide, driver and chilled water are included. Guides ae passionate about their history and will enrich your time in Cambodia. With a relaxed, bespoke pick-up, wonderful guided route and spectacular sunset to top it off, this is a tour you'll always remember,

Siem Reap: Full Day Angkor Wat Temple Experience with Sunset

5. Siem Reap: Full Day Angkor Wat Temple Experience with Sunset

You will be picked up from your hotel at between 8:00 a.m to 8:20 am and head directly to purchase the Angkor pass. Afterward, we head to one of Cambodia's jewels, the impressive Angkor Thom, which was the fortified "Great Royal City" built in the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII. At the South Gate, we can see the imposing statue of Avalokiteshvara, which appears in the Tomb Raider movie. Next visit is Bayon temple, in Buddhist style and adorned with hundreds of faces made of stone, and also explore the Terrace of Elephants, former Royal Palace, Phimeanakas, Terrace of Leper King, and Baphoun temple, It is considered the largest Hindu temple in Angkor Thom city. Then, we drive to Ta Prohm temple, which has been left in its original state and is partly overgrown with trees and huge roots. It was also used as a backdrop for the film Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie before lunch. In the afternoon, start to visit to the fascinating Angkor Wat, the largest sacred building on the planet and an icon of the Khmer civilization. It was built by King Suyavarman and is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. It contains hundreds of decorations that cover the walls and the longest bas-relief in the world. It is surrounded by a giant moat, and its five towers are part of the Cambodian flag, and from the top you can see the impressive and dense jungle. Climb up mountain of the Phnom Bakheng for sunset and then drive you back to Siem Reap.

Siem Reap: Explore Angkor Complex Temples and Sunset Tour

6. Siem Reap: Explore Angkor Complex Temples and Sunset Tour

The Angkor Temples tour is unquestionably the best way to discover Cambodia's astounding religious architecture. By beginning at Angkor Thom, the itinerary's first destination. Inside these massive walls, you will discover the captivating beauty of Bayon and the famed Ta Prohm (Tomb Raider) Temple. Next, satisfy your hunger with delectable Cambodian cuisine at one of the Angkor Complex's numerous local restaurants. Your final two stops will be the enormous and beautiful Angkor Wat, followed by a stunning sunset view from the summit of Phnom Bakheng. The temples on this tour are among the largest in the Angkor Complex, and Phnom Bakheng's peak has a 300-person capacity, so we limit the number of temples to ensure ample time at each magnificent stop! Once the sun has set (approximately 6:30 pm) and your legs have become achy, we will return to town.

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat 5-Day Sightseeing Tour

7. Siem Reap: Angkor Wat 5-Day Sightseeing Tour

Day One: Phnom Kulen National Park Start your tour at 7:30 AM and travel to the Phnom Kulen National Park. This is where the 500-year long Age of Angkor began. Phnom Kulen is the mountain on which King Jayavarman II initiated the royal 'God the King' Linga cult in 802 AD. Day Two: Beng Mealea - Kampong Phluk Floating Village - Phnom Bakheng Begin your day at 8:00 AM and travel to a sprawling jungle temple, Beng Mealea, which covers an entire square kilometer. Have lunch at a local restaurant (at your own expense). On the way, stop at the Kampong Phluk floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. At 4:30 PM, purchase a 3-day temple pass for the next three days. Then, head to Phnom Bakheng to see a fantastic sunset. Day Three: Angkor Thom - Ta Prohm Starting at 8:30 AM, you'll head to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Then, visit some of the smaller temples, including Chau Say Tevoda, Thommanon, and Ta Keo. Once again, stop for lunch at a local restaurant (at your own expense). Afterward, head to the jungle temple, Ta Prohm where the movie Tomb Raider was shot. Day Four: Preah Khan - Angkor Wat  Starting at 8:30 AM, visit Preah Khan, a huge monastic complex. You'll then visit some other temples, Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon, Pre Rup, and Banteay Kdei followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Head to Angkor Wat and explore this incredible monument at your own pace. Day Five: Angkor Wat - Banteay Samre - Banteay Srei - Roluos Group Have an early start at 5:00 AM to view the fantastic sunrise at Angkor Wat, followed by a visit to one temple, Banteay Samre. Then, head to Banteay Srei and see a traditional Khmer village and palm sugar production. Head to Roluos Group, where monuments representing the remains of Hariharalaya are located. This was also the first major capital of the Angkorian-era of the Khmer Empire.

From Siem Reap: Angkor Wat, Tonle Sap, & Kulen Mountain Tour

8. From Siem Reap: Angkor Wat, Tonle Sap, & Kulen Mountain Tour

Explore some of the highlights surrounding Siem Reap on this private tour. Join your guide to discover Angkor Wat, Tonle Sap, and Kulen Mountain. Depart from your accommodations in the morning and head to the Angkor Archaeological Park. Discover Angkor Tom, the last ancient capital city of the Khmer Empire, and see its beautiful stone temples. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant nearby before visiting the famous Angkor Wat Temple. Take the opportunity to see the sunset from Phnom Bakheng Hill before being dropped off back at your hotel. The next day, depart your hotel with your guide at 4:40 AM to see the sunrise at Angkor Wat. To avoid the crowds, your guide will first take you to the jungle temple of Ta Prom, known as the Tomb Raider Temple. Then, continue to other temples, like Preah Khan, Neak Pean Ta Som, East Mebon, and Pre Rup Temple. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then visit the Banteay Srei, a pink sandstone temple, before being dropped off at your accommodations. The following day, spend the morning exploring Siem Reap's countryside. See how the Cambodian people make rice noodles and taste the famous palm cake. Then, drive to Kulen National Park to see the biggest reclining Buddha stone statue in Cambodia, built in the 16th century. See the park's beautiful waterfalls and a river of a thousand Shiva lingas, considered a holy river for the Khmer people. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant and then take a cruise to see the floating village of Kampong Phluk at Tonle Sap Lake. Return to Siem Reap in the late afternoon.

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Temples & Phnom Kulen Park 3-Day Tour

9. Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Temples & Phnom Kulen Park 3-Day Tour

Day One  Suggested pickup time for this day is 7:30 AM. Your driver and tour guide will pick you up from your accommodation and take you to purchase your 3-day temple pass before heading to Banteay Srey early enough to beat the crowds. Banteay Srey is the most intricately carved temple in all of Angkor Wat. On the way there, enjoy views of traditional Khmer villages and palm sugar plantations. Later, you'll have the option to visit the Landmine Museum, or continue on to Phnom Kulen National Park. This National Park is where the 500-year long age of Angkor began. Phnom Kulen is the mountain on which King Jayavarman II initiated the royal “God of the King” Linga cult in 802 AD. Finish the day with a visit to Kampong Phluk, a floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. Day Two  Suggested pickup time for this day is 8:00 AM. After pickup from your hotel, head to the ancient city of Angkor Thom which includes the South Gate of Angkor Tom, Bayon, Baphuon, Phimeanakas, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King, North Khleang and South Khleang. Then visit some smaller temples in the small circuit like Chau Say Tevoda, Thommanonf and Ta Keo. Next, visit the jungle temple Ta Prohm where scenes from the movie Tomb Raider were filmed. After a lunch break, visit the Buddhist temple of Banteay Kdei. Explore this incredible monument at your own leisure and then head to Phnom Bakheng in time to catch the beautiful sunset. Day Three Suggested pickup time for this day is 5:00 AM in order to catch sunrise at Angkor Wat. After the Chinese crowd leaves, you'll have some time to explore this incredible monument at your own leisure. Your experienced guide is committed to ensuring you get the very best out of your Angkor Wat experience and will share lots of interesting details with you. Then you can visit some of the other temples like Pre Rup and Banteay Samre. After lunch, there are few more temples to visit including East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean and Preah Khan. On the trip back to your hotel, you'll pass through some picturesque local villages and you may want to stop to take some photos.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 64 reviews

Our tour guide's name was Vuthy, a young, energytic and enthusiastic tour guide. We were very pleased to have him on the tour for the first three days in Siem Reap. Without him, we couldn't have had so much knowledge and valuable memories of Angkor City. Definitely highly recommended. 1. He was very patient, structured and very clear in introducing and explaining the history of Siem Reap. 2. We liked the way how he told histories of one temple and associated to the other temples, so tourists can remember which historic monument came first and why. I'd say, it was a fun history class out in the nature :) 3. He took us to the most, untouristic, yet beautiful foto spots to take pictures of us. 4. Gave us restaurants and food recommendations but did not put pressure on hard-sale. 5. My husband felt a bit sick on the third day. Vuthy and driver were flexible enough and took us back the hotel and changed the schedule to the afternoon instead early morning+midday schedule.

I had an excellent tour with Mr Hope (guide) and Mr Handsome (driver) today, visiting the amazing Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and other surrounding temples. I had booked a small group tour but they were kind enough to run it as a private tour for the same price as no one else had booked on. Transport was in a air conditioned car with cold water and towels provided between temples. Both Mr Hope and Mr Handsome were fantastic, so friendly and they both spoke good English. They took me to the best spots and I found out lots of interesting facts and stories about the temples from the guide Mr Hope. He also doubled as my photographer for the day getting some lovely shots! I rented a tuk tuk the day before this tour to see other temples but without a guide I didnt know what I was seeing, so I preferred my tour with this company as the guide knew the best places to go and it allowed me to find out much more about the history of the temples.

Guide Mr Sa and driver Mr Ya took us on an amazing three-day trip, exploring the temples of the Angkor region, including a guided boat tour of the stilt houses and floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. Mr Sa is very knowledgeable and provides a lot of background information about Cambodia and everyday life here. He is an experienced guide who not only describes the temples, but also dives into the Hindu mythology depicted, helping you to understand what exactly you are seeing. Mr Sa is flexible in adapting the tour to your interests and preferences, and he is a gifted photographer (thanks for the lovely pictures!) who knows all the best picture spots. Transport was by SUV: very comfortable (the airco was a nice break from the heat). Mr Ya is a safe driver and provided cold water for us during the trip. We definitely recommend this trip!

Sa was a great guide who was able to share lots of insights about the temples. His knowledge of Buddhist and Hindu mythology and Khmer stories was excellent. He understood all of the histories so well and could explain it in an approachable way in English to our family. He was also just a lovely polite and courteous guide. Recommend! Our family had a wonderful experience at Siem reap!

Everything was well organized and planned. They provide cold water during whole trip. Guide was well educated as well. we liked a lot. thank you Sok