Retrace the footsteps of ancient kings while exploring one of the most significant cultural sights in South-East Asia. Originally built between the 9th and 13th centuries, these remnants of the Khmer Empire are truly fascinating and should be visited over several days to do them justice. Get up close and personal to the sombre faces of the Bayon, clamber through Ta Prohm and sidestep time-weathered stones at Angkor Wat. If time permits, be sure to catch a sunset over this iconic landscape. On this compact adventure, you’ll uncover the ancient mythology behind some of the most impressive structures on the planet.

Start
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Finish
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Countries
Cambodia
Themes
Short Breaks
Code
TKAA
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 0
Carbon offset
38kg pp per trip

Explore the temples of Angkor and discover Cambodia's ancient past.


Highlights

  • Stroll along Cambodia's elaborate Elephant Terrace
  • Learn about the mysterious Leper King
  • Scale the steep steps of Angkor Wat
  • Wander Angkor's crumbling ruins of Ta Prohm
  • Visit a floating house on Cambodia's Tonle Sap Lake
  • Admire the pre-Angkorian temples of the Roluos group

Itinerary

Just a short distance from the temples of Angkor, the town of Siem Reap is a perfect base for this Khmer experience. Start the adventure at the south gate of Angkor Thom - its stone-carved heads provide a fitting introduction to the spectacular temples within. Enter into the heart of Angkor Thom to see the smiling faces of the Bayon, admire the intricately carved Terrace of the Leper King and walk the Elephant Terrace. Later, travel to the most famous temple complex of them all - Angkor Wat. With its soaring towers and extraordinary bas-reliefs, Angkor Wat is considered by many to be one of the most inspired and spectacular monuments ever built. Surrounded by a huge glistening moat, it is a truly awe-inspiring sight.
Start the day by watching an unforgettable sunrise over Angkor Wat. Then, travel through rural countryside to the pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei, a small but exquisitely carved structure. Visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm whose crumbling edifices have been left to the ravages of the jungle. Later, take a boat cruise over Tonle Sap Lake and stop by a floating fishing house to see how locals live. Enjoy a guided tour of the three pre-Angkorian temples of the Roluos group - Bakong, Preah Ko and Lolei. Their construction marked the beginning of a brilliant Khmer age.
Tour Siem Reap by remork before heading out of town to Tonle Sap. Take a boat trip around the lake to see floating villages and get a taste of life ruled by monsoonal rains and water-based agriculture. Take the back roads on your return to town, stopping at a local village to pick up Khmer snacks and paying a visit to a modern Buddhist monastery.
Back in bustling Siem Reap, there's time to buy Cambodian handicrafts, discover the delights of the town centre or enjoy a final taste of spicy Khmer cuisine.
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Inclusions

Meals
3 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Transport
Boat, Minibus
Accommodation
Hotel (3 nights)
Included activites
  • Angkor temples
  • Angkor Wat - Banteay Srei temple
  • Angkor Wat - Roluos group temples
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • Complimentary departure transfer
  • Lunch at an Intrepid supported project
  • Siem Reap - Tonle Sap boat trip
  • Sunrise at Angkor Wat

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Notes

1. This tour is a private itinerary. You will not be joined by other passengers on this tour.
2. An airport arrival and departure transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.
3. This trip starts on Day 1 at 10am.

Please note this tour will be DISCONTINUED for 2013. Please see the TKAS as an alternative.

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