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Angkor Wat: Highlights and Sunrise Guided Tour

1. Angkor Wat: Highlights and Sunrise Guided Tour

Start with a sunrise at Angkor Wat and spend a full day temple hopping with a local guide. See some of the most impressive monuments built by mankind. Explore the interior of the great temple at Angkor, from its corridors and central chambers to the upper terraces. Your expert guide will tell you stories behind the bas-relief carvings, and provide 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.

Sunset Dinner Tour: Tonle Sap Lake Floating Village

2. Sunset Dinner Tour: Tonle Sap Lake Floating Village

Hear the sounds of water lapping up against the side of the boat and watch in awe as the incredible floating village rises against the backdrop of the great Tonle Sap Lake. In this idyllic village less than 10miles (15km) from Siem Reap, explore the village on this fantastic Sunset Tour. Departing from your hotel or guesthouse around 15.30, take a comfortable air-conditioned car or minibus drive with your knowledgeable guide, who will be able to help point out the culture and life all around you in English (and Khmer, of course!). See this incredible village in a very special way. Pass by rice paddies and lotus fields for the opportunity to stop and take photographs of the lotus flower, highly important in Buddhist culture (please note that depending on the time of year, the views of the lotus and rice fields will vary). Upon arrival at the port, transfer to a mini Tara boat driven by an experienced driver. Once on the water, stop at the Crocodile and Fish Farm (depending on current water levels) and learn about some of the trades practiced by those living on the lake. Visit the souvenir shop to purchase gifts or snap some photos from the viewing deck. After this visit, return to the boat and head through the floating village for a glimpse of the local Cambodians going about their daily life. After a tranquil glide through the town, arrive at the Queen Tara, the biggest boat on the lake, in the heart of the floating village. Here, enjoy a well deserved full buffet meal and all inclusive drinks. Finally, the reason you've come: the sunset. Relax with a drink in your hand and soak in the beauty around you. After the last bit of light fades, head back to your guest house or hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle.

Angkor Wat: Vintage Jeep with Driver Rental

3. Angkor Wat: Vintage Jeep with Driver Rental

Your tour will begin with your being picked up from your accommodation by an English-speaking driver in a vintage American war Jeep. This jeep (official name M151 "MUTT") was developed with guidance from the US Army's Ordnance Truck Automotive Command. Design started in 1951, with testing and prototyping lasting through most of the fifties. Although the M151 was developed and initially produced by Ford, production contracts for the M151A2 were later also awarded to Kaiser Jeep and AM General Corp. First put into service in Vietnam, the MUTT played an active part in American military operations well into the 1980s, when it was phased out in favor of the Humvee. The jeep was a historical witnesses of the Vietnam War, and will bring you to the world heritage temple Angkor Wat, Bayon (Angkor Thom) and one of the most popular temples, Ta Prom, which has trees growing out of its ruins. On this day you will visit the famous ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in style, and you will experience the charm of this temple in an authentic jungle manner, by jeep. You can even discus together with your driver which temples from the Angkor Small circuit you would like to visit. On this small circuit you will find plenty of temples, with the most famous being Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and Bayon Temple. You can also visit other temples such as Baphuon, Ta Keo, the Terrace of Elephants, Ta Nei and Prei Rup which are also located on this small circuit. Travel back in time and enjoy this day complete with history, adventure and mystery.

From Siem Reap: 2-Day Small Group Temples Sunrise Tour

4. From Siem Reap: 2-Day Small Group Temples Sunrise Tour

Day 1 – Full Day Temples of Angkor with Sunrise   Spend your day temple-hopping with your local guide to make the most of your visit to the world-famous Angkor complex, a site full of temples built between the 19th and 13th century. Begin with pre-dawn departure (between 4:20 and 5:00 AM) from your hotel to catch the sunrise outside of Angkor Wat. Then, explore the interior of the great temple, spending a thorough 2 hours discovering its corridors, central chambers and upper terraces. Your expert guide will decipher the myriad of stories behind the bas-relief carvings and give you insight into life during the height of the Khmer Empire. End your visit to Angkor with breakfast just outside the temple.   Continue the morning with a visit to the Southern Gate of Angkor Thom, flanked by a row of 54 stone figures on each side – gods to the left and demons to the right – and the fortified city of Angkor Thom. See its beautifully crafted central towers, covered in more than 200 enormous faces, before exploring the famous central terrace of the Leper King and the Terrace of Elephants. Finish your day with a visit to the temple Ta Prohm, once home to almost 3,000 monks. Return to your hotel at approximately 1:00 PM after lunch at a local restaurant.   Day 2 – Full Day Banteay Srei Temples   After pick-up from your hotel around 8:00 AM, you’ll head off to visit the most interesting temples outside Angkor Thom city. Your first stop is Pre Rup Hindu Temple, built in 961 or 962, that combines laterite and sandstone construction. Then, drive to the intricately carved and well-preserved Banteay Srei – the detailed reliefs on this smaller sandstone structure are regarded as the finest and most skilfully crafted in Cambodia.   On the return journey, visit Neak Pean, a Buddhist temple on a circular artificial island with in Jayatataka Baray, then continue to Preah Khan temple, a ruined but highly atmospheric mélange of tree roots and crumbling stone structures. Construction was commissioned by the prolific temple builder Jayavarman VII in honor of his father and a visit to this smaller site makes for an interesting contrast with the more imposing Angkor Wat. Preah Khan is currently being restored by the World Monument Fund and in places is in remarkably good condition.   In the late afternoon you’ll return to Siem Reap after a memorable day of exploration.

From Siem Reap: Small-Group Phnom Kulen Waterfall Day Tour

5. From Siem Reap: Small-Group Phnom Kulen Waterfall Day Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Siem Reap in the morning, and journey towards Kulen Mountain. Get amazing views of the surroundings on the 2-hour drive, including the River of a Thousand Lingas and the statue of the Grand Reclining Buddha. Learn more about the historical and cultural significance of each landmark from your expert guide. Arrive at the vast plateau of Phnom Kulen, overlooking the plain of Angkor, and discover the 28 ancient temples and rivers that crisscross the beautiful landscape. Get your first sight of the Phnom Kulen waterfall as it tumbles down the rocks. Plunge into the pools and cool off from the midday sun before the return trip to Siem Reap. 

Siem Reap: Floating Village Bike Tour and Sunset Cruise

6. Siem Reap: Floating Village Bike Tour and Sunset Cruise

Escape to the countryside on a bike tour from Siem Reap with lunch. Get to know the locals, try delicious food, stop at the floating village of Kampong Phluk, and end your day with a sunset cruise on Tonle Sap Lake. Get picked up in the morning and taken to the local partner's office to meet your guide. Here, receive a safety briefing, learn about the itinerary for the day, and be fitted with a mountain bike and helmet. Then start your tour by cycling down interesting dirt roads through Siem Reap’s countryside. Along the way, your guide will take you to local farms and village activities. Learn about the everyday lives of the Cambodian villagers. Stop for lunch and taste all sorts of local flavors. Enjoy fresh coconuts and lounge in a hammock. After lunch, head to the floating village of Kampong Phluk and walk around the area to explore the housing. The houses are built on stilts, adapted to withstand flooding, experienced during the rainy season. Get to know the daily life and area from your guide. Take a boat and further discover the village life from the water. See schools, a market, and a pagoda. At the end of the day, watch the sunset on Tonle Sap Lake with some snacks and cold beverages. Return back to the city by private vehicle in the late evening.

Siem Reap: Eco-Quad Bike Experience

7. Siem Reap: Eco-Quad Bike Experience

Start your adventure journey after a short safety brief for a thrilling quad bike adventure on a tour through the local villages. Head out of the city and discover the beautiful scenery just outside of Siem Reap on-board an easy-to-drive quad. There are plenty of photo opportunities along the way as you pass by buffalos resting in water, kids running home from school, or local vendors selling food from their living rooms. Interact with the charming local people on this authentic adventure. All rides are accompanied by professional guides. Your tour finishes back in our office. After you wash the mud off your feet and take a refreshing drink, you will be brought back to your accommodation in Siem Reap.

Siem Reap: Morning Countryside Bike Tour

8. 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.

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Temples Guided Tour by Jeep

9. 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: Angkor Wat Sunrise and Best Temples Tour

10. Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Sunrise and Best Temples Tour

Begin with a pre-dawn departure for sunrise outside of Angkor Wat. Enter the great temple in darkness (please bring a torch) from the little-visited eastern side, and creep along cloistered corridors past the longest stretch of bas-relief carvings in the world. End your tour at Angkor with breakfast outside the temple. Continue by moving on to Visit the Southern Gate of Angkor Thom, flanked by a row of 54 stone figures on each side - gods to the left and demons to the right – and the fortified city of Angkor Thom. At ‘The Bayon’, you will see the beautifully crafted central towers, covered in more than 200 enormous faces, then explore the famous Terrace of the Leper King and the Terrace of Elephants. In the afternoon drive to Ta Nei, a late 12th Century stone temple located in Angkor. Move on to the jungle-enveloped Ta Prohm – one of the most atmospheric temples in Angkor, once home to 2,740 monks.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 538 reviews

We opted for the sunrise tour as we felt we would benefit from the knowledge of a guide, and we certainly did! Sokpee is a great guide, very knowledgeable and friendly. He was able to answer all our questions and made for an interesting trip. The tour was well-organised. We were the first pick up and they actually arrived earlier than they said they would. We were 7 in total: us (a couple), three friends and another couple. We reached Angkor Wat in good time but unfortunately didn’t see much of a sunrise as it was raining (bear in mind that sunrise view isn’t guaranteed). We then spent a reasonable amount of time at Angkor Wat before taking a break for breakfast. The place they took us to was more reasonably priced than we’d feared. After breakfast was “Tomb Raider” temple and Bayon. The tour included a good amount, I’m not sure we would have wanted to see much more after getting up so early. Sokpee never made us feel rushed and we did things mostly at our own pace. Would recommend!

Was exciting to see the floating village, and the guide from Adventure Travel was informative, turns out to be a great learning experience as well. Before arriving to the ferry port, there was a time for a brief stroll in the country side village along the way to the Tonle Sap Lake, and was interesting to get a glimpse of how people live in Cambodia. Although the day was too cloudy to see the sunset, the views of the skies were still nice. Thank you so much for the great tour!

The 2 day tour was fantastic ! Great itinerary led by Sokpee, our tour guide, who has extensive knowledge of each temple we visited. His friendly personality and professionalism made the trip very pleasurable. Our driver was so helpful, especially with the chilled waters and cool towels. He was always and smiling which made the tour even more enjoyable. The temples were outstanding and easy to explore. I thoroughly enjoyed both days and I highly recommend this tour to you.

Great way to see the incredibly beautiful countryside, and also an easy way to learn how to ride a motorcycle for the first time!

A lot of fun and informative. If you have a GoPro would take it with.