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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.

Angkor: Temple Day Tour and 4-Course Gastronomic Experience

2. Angkor: Temple Day Tour and 4-Course Gastronomic Experience

Be 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. Experience either the sunrise at Angkor Wat or the sunset at Phnom Bakheng depending on the option chosen. Phnom Bakheng has a 300 person limit at the peak, so guests arrive at the mountain quite early and unfortunately, there is a lengthy wait. If the weather is inclement, the Bakheng visit may be replaced with a visit to another ancient monument. During the tour, take a relaxing stop at Sala Russey Lakeside Restaurant for the included delicious and satisfying 4-course Khmer meal. A typical Khmer breakfast or lunch comprises a range of Cambodian favourites. American breakfast is also available on request.

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat 5-Day Sightseeing Tour

3. 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: Full-Day Temples w/ Private Transport

4. 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.

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

5. 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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What people are saying about Phnom Bakheng

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 64 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!

I had 'Angkor Temple Day Tour and 4-Course Gastronomic Experience' and it was exceptional for me. The tour covers all important sights to be seen in Angkor complex, the dinner offered in the package was a very good choice and the restaurant was very nice. Our guide, Mr. Lucky made the difference. He gave valuable information, he is funny and very careful with his guests. And most important, he helps you to have the best puctures you may have from this trip. He is one of the best in indicating the best spots for making pictures and he even makes for you very artistic photos. I thank him again and I fully recommend the tour and Mr. Lucky.

my Guide Lala and the driver were super friendly and he told me so much about all the things to know and the backgrounds of the temples. we've been visiting 14 temples in total during the three days.

Stunning site, excellent tour guide (Sothea Yon) and well worth the money.

We loved the trip. I took this trip with my wife and 8 year old daughter.