Siem Reap Educational activities

Our most recommended Siem Reap Educational activities

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: Kompong Phluk Floating Village Half-Day Tour

2. Siem Reap: Kompong Phluk Floating Village Half-Day Tour

Start with hotel pick-up or go to the meeting point to board your vehicle, a shared air-conditioned mini-bus with a tour guide, or private vehicle (with optional guide), according to the option chosen. Kompong Phluk is 30 kilometers south-east of Siem Reap. Visit the pagoda or local market first, then go by motorized boat on a tour of the stilted buildings. See where the people have courageously adapted to some of the most unimaginable conditions, all with a big smile on their faces. Enjoy the beautiful atmosphere in this one-of-a-kind village from the comfort of the boats. The guide, if present, explains the history, culture, and lifestyle of the villagers. The villages are surrounded by mangrove forest. Take an optional side-trip of the flooded forest on a rowing boat, available October to January. The motorboat stops at a small floating cafe, a good place to see the sun go down. After this awe-inspiring experience, you will return to the hotel around 1:30 pm for your own leisure time.

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Temples Guided Tour by Jeep

3. 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.

Siem Reap: Cambodian Pottery Class

4. Siem Reap: Cambodian Pottery Class

Your 2-hour activity begins with a tuk tuk ride to the center of Siem Reap town. Siem Reap has been an important center of traditional Cambodian ceramics for centuries. An expert will explain the process of creating ceramics and demonstrate the necessary skills. Get behind the pottery wheel to shape your own masterpiece under expert guidance. Spin the wheel to create a bowl from local Cambodian clay and add some Khmer ornamentation to your piece. Use the various tools and equipment in the workshop to create your own masterpiece that you will take home with you. After firing in the kiln, your bowl will be ready for you the next day and can be picked-up after 4:00 PM.

Angkor Region: 3-day Private Tour of Top Temples

5. 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: 4-Day Angkor Wat and Beng Mealea Tour

6. 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.

Siem Reap: Private Phnom Kulen & Angkor Wat 2-Day Tour

7. Siem Reap: Private Phnom Kulen & Angkor Wat 2-Day Tour

Spend 2 days exploring the beauty of Cambodia on this temple-focused excursion. In your own private group, discuss your interests with the guide, who’ll tailor your experience to fit your preferences.   Day 1: You’ll be picked up from your accommodation at 7:30 AM and head to Phnom Kulen National Park, where the 500-year-long age of Angkor began. Then, visit Kampong Phluk, the floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. If you like, you can explore the village by boat on the largest lake in South East Asia. Enjoy the beautiful sunset from this perfect location.   Day 2:   Start early at 5:00 AM to catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat, a temple complex constructed in the early 12th century. Explore this incredible monument at your own leisure with an experienced guide. Don’t miss the Banteay Srey, the most intricately carved temple in all of Angkor. If there’s interest, the group can visit the Landmind Museum before heading to the jungle temple, Ta Prohm, where the movie “Tomb Raider” was shot. Stop for a lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the ancient city of Angkor Tom, where you’ll see many more temples and monuments, including the Terrace of the Elephants, North and South Khleang, and much more.   Finally, you’ll be dropped off at your accommodation in Siem Reap.

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

8. 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.

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat 5-Day Sightseeing Tour

9. 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.

Siem Reap: 2-Day Angkor Sunrise, Banteay Srey, & Beng Mealea

10. Siem Reap: 2-Day Angkor Sunrise, Banteay Srey, & Beng Mealea

Day 1: Starting at 8:00 AM, your driver and tour guide will pick you up from your accommodation to purchase a 2-day temple pass before driving the 37 kilometers to the Banteay Srey Temple, followed by the Beng Mealea jungle temple. This temple is largely overrun by vegetation, and is very rarely visited by tourists. After touring this construction, which has an "adventurous lost temple" feel for photographers, your guide will work closely with you to discuss your lunch stop at a local restaurant. On the way, you will stop at Kampong Phluk, a floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. Here, you can watch the sun set over the largest lake in East Asia. You will then be brought to your accommodation, or can alternatively request to be dropped off somewhere nearby in the city. Day 2: It is suggested to start early on your second day. At around 5:00 AM, your driver and tour guide will pick you up from your accommodation to experience the sunrise at Angkor Wat. After the morning crowds leave, you can continue to explore this incredible monument at your own leisure, gaining insight into the Khmer Empire. You will then head to the jungle temple of Ta Prohm, which was the shooting location for the movie “Tomb Raider”. Your guide and driver will then discuss with you your lunch stop and help you choose a local restaurant. Following lunch, you will visit the ancient city of Angkor Tom, which boasts many iconic sights to explore. Your last attraction will be a visit to Preak Khan temple, in the Grand Circuit. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be brought back to your accommodation, or can alternatively request to be dropped off elsewhere in the city.

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4.4 / 5

based on 718 reviews

Excellent tour. Saruon, our guide, knew so much about the history of the temples, stories of the carvings and he had pictures to show what the temples used to look like including how they looked when they were rediscovered. He was cheerful and enthusiastic all day, which really helped at the end of the tour when it was hot and we were all work out. The temples were amazing.

Wow wow wow this tour was the absolute best - our guide was amazing he was funny kind and looked after us - the tour itself was probably one of the most amazing tours I have ever done - 100% worth the money - A memory that will last a life time

Great packed with sightseeing tour for those limited in time and willing to see temple highlights in one day, recommend it! Our guide Saruon was knowledgeable, attentive and fun! Thanks a ton for amazing creative group pictures!

A thoroughly enjoyable activity. The instructors were fantastic and really helpful. Plus, you get to enjoy taking a piece home! Highly recommended!

Picked up from our Hotel on time, company even helped with a second pick up. Guide was very well spoken and informative.