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Siem Reap is home to the fabled city of Angkor, eighth wonder of the world and spectacular ancient capital of the powerful Khmer Dynasty. Discover temples including Angkor Thom the ancient royal city of the Khmer Empire and Ta Prohm, buried in the jungle, its towers and walls covered in vast tree roots. Marvel at the morphing scene of Angkor Wat as the setting sun washes this mysterious monument in haunting red hues, and finally explore Banteay Srei, the jewel of Khmer art, with its red sandstone walls decorated with elaborate carvings.
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Meet your guide on arrival, transfer and check-in to your hotel. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Siem Reap, answer any questions you have, and make arrangements for the following day. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the day.
Siem Reap, situated in the north west of the country, is an enchanting town with Chinese-style shop houses, French colonial architecture and tree lined boulevards. It is the gateway to the World Heritage ancient temple ruins of Angkor, eighth wonder of the world and spectacular ancient capital of the powerful Khmer Dynasty. As well as the myriad of awe-inspiring temples and Khmer relics to explore, Siem Reap and its rural outskirts offers craft villages, silk farms, Khmer cuisine cooking classes, traditional Cambodian “apsara” dance performances and the floating villages on the tranquil waters of Tonle Sap Lake.
Siem Reap has many restaurants and bars. Ask your guide for personal recommendations.
Itinerary Option: If you’re arriving to Siem Reap in the morning, discuss additional day 1 activities with our staff.
Explore temples of the World Heritage Angkor complex with your guide. Start with a visit to the picturesque and atmospheric Ta Prohm, built in 1186. This fascinating jungle-clad temple is one of Angkor’s most impressive and most beautiful structures. Over centuries the fig tree roots have engulfed the temple’s huge stone blocks, crumbling towers and walls. The living jungle is reclaiming this Buddhist temple, shrouding the courtyards and corridors in dappled sunlight, and creating a haunting and exotic atmosphere.
In the afternoon, visit one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites, the iconic temple of Angkor Wat. The largest and most breathtaking of Angkor’s monuments, this vast temple was constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries and is the largest Hindu structure in the world. Angkor Wat is orientated towards the west, symbolically the direction of death. It is home to hundreds of beautiful carvings of Apsara and Hindu mythology and boasts some of the most well preserved carvings in the region. As you stroll the massive hallways you discover small shrines still in use today by the local people. Return to one of the grass terraces in front of the five massive towers of Angkor Wat to watch the sun setting over the temple complex. Afterwards, return to your hotel in Siem Reap.
Depart this morning with your guide to visit temples of the World Heritage Angkor complex. Visit Angkor Thom, the ancient royal city and former capital of the Khmer Empire. The fortified city of Angkor Thom consists of several temples including the Bayon, Baphuon, Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. Enter the city through the impressive South Gate and drive towards the centre piece, the Bayon Temple.
At first glance the temple appears as a shapeless mass of stone, but further scrutiny reveals the enigmatic faces of former King Jayavarman VII looking in every direction. There are over 200 huge carved faces that stare down from fifty four towers. Continue your exploration with a visit to the Terrace of the Elephants, which served as a platform from where the King viewed the victorious return of his army. Then visit the Terrace of the Leper King with detailed carvings winding along a narrow passage that leads to the Baphuon.
After time for lunch in Siem Reap, set off again to explore Banteay Srei temple, the jewel of Khmer art, built in the 10th century and dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. This red sandstone temple is one of Angkor’s most significant structures. The temple walls are covered in elaborate and well preserved carvings that provide an insight into the Angkor people and their beliefs. In the late afternoon, return to your hotel in Siem Reap.
On your last day enjoy free time until your departure transfer.
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Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.
Visas for Cambodia
It is possible to obtain your Cambodian visa on arrival at the Phnom Penh or Siam Reap international airports or any border crossing for approx. US$30 (cost subject to change) - you will need 2 passport photos.
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"Every where we've been and stayed in Vietnam and Cambodia were great. Especially, we loved Hoi An. I would like to mention about a wonderful assistance on the ground in Cambodia and Vietnam . We left behind our hats at Pearl Hotel and also John left his camera in the car to Halong Bay.... I contacted Hue immediately and he took care of it. When we got off the boat, both hats and the camera were waiting in the car that pick us up for transporting to Hanoi Airport. He was so helpful for all the things we asked, such as extra stop on the way to Hoi An. We had a big walking day to #AngkorWat & #AngkorTom so amazing! " — Ms M Mabuchi,, Gold Coast, May 2017
"Siem Reap was my favourite place as it was a lot more relaxed and was very easy to get around. My favourite experience was the food; it was all so delicious. Also having dinner with the locals and watching the children dance to modern music but with traditional dance moves was so cute." — Ms Hough, Maylands WA, March 2016
"Great holiday, everything was well organized and the guides and drivers were real professionals. Loved the Royal Palace and Phnom Penh at night but S21 and the Killing Fields was a really sad story. Glad we visited them though and we admired the way the people have moved on to rebuild their country. Angkor was amazing, an air of history everywhere we went." — Mr and Mrs Reed, Bassendean WA , February 2016
"...overall we would have to say that Halong Bay was extra special. In Cambodia, it would have to be Ta Prohm and its overgrown tree roots and of course the iconic temple of Angkor Wat. Crossing the streets in Ho Chi Minh City and surviving! What an adrenalin rush!! Food was also fantastic..." — Chris & Zinovia Georgiou, Illawong, NSW, December 2013