Uncover Cambodia's secrets from Angkor Wat to Siem Reap

Uncover the secrets of Cambodia’s mystical Angkor Wat region during three full days of exploration and adventure. Investigate these sacred temples and explore from Angkor Wat to Ta Prohm with a knowledgeable local guide. Be awed not only by the ruins but by stories of god-kings and lost civilisations, ancient mythology and fascinating folklore. Trek through the dense, steamy Cambodian jungle to admire Hindu sculptures that were carved into a riverbed over a thousand years ago, sample plenty of spicy Khmer dishes and meet locals who reside in stilted villages atop Tonle Sap. This is the perfect addition to any holiday in South East Asia.


Start
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Finish
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Destination
Cambodia
Style
Original, Comfort
Theme
Short Breaks
Code
TKAS
Physical rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • As one of the world’s greatest religious and archaeological sites, Angkor Wat deserves and demands special attention – this short break focuses on the temple complex in detail.

  • From the man-made to the natural side of Cambodia, encounter the wildlife of the country at the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity, an Intrepid Foundation supported project that helps animals saved from trafficking.

  • Explore the lands surrounding Angkor Wat, and gain insight into the Cambodian way of life.

  • Discover a way of life dictated by the rhythm of water in the fascinating floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is offered in Original and Comfort styles – please inform your booking agent of which style you'd prefer.

  • Please note that your local guide and group members can change each day.

  • This trip can run with a minimum of 1 person, so please be aware that there may be instances when you are the only person on this trip.

  • Evenings are free for your own explorations on this trip. Other travellers may be staying at different hotels for the night so you will only meet up with them on the included activities during the day.

  • We use a variety of hotels in Siem Reap, depending on availability. These hotels will be confirmed to you at your time of booking.

  • Part of travelling with Intrepid means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments and you will visit many temples on this trip, which requires a level of modesty. Be sure to bring clothes that cover the arms and pants or skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.

Itinerary

Sua s'dei! Welcome to Cambodia. You are picked up from centrally located hotels between 8.00am and 8.15am by your local guide for your day tour in Siem Reap.

We start our Angkor adventure with a visit to Angkor Wat temple, easily the most famous and best-preserved of all temples within the Angkor complex. We then move on to Angkor Thom visiting Bayon, with its 54 towers decorated with more than 200 enigmatic smiling faces. We finish the morning with a stop at the very photogenic South Gate of Angkor Thom City.

Lunch is Khmer style in a local restaurant. Enjoy a spread of great local food followed by a nap lazing in a hammock, or explore to see the traditional way of life and say hello to the Cambodians near here.

After lunch we continue our day tour by visiting the beautiful Ta Prohm (Tomb Raider) temple which was made famous by Angelina Jolie. If time permits finish the day climbing one of the oldest buildings in the Angkor complex, the brick pyramid-shaped temple of Pre Rup.

Your evening will be free for you to do as you wish. You might like to hit the night markets for some cheap and delicious street food, or maybe indulge in a traditional massage.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Siem Reap - Three day Angkor Pass
  • Urban Adventure - Angkor Adventure tour (including Angkor Wat, Bayon & Ta Prohm)
Meals Included
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s activities are part of the Angkor Adventure tour, which is operated by Urban Adventures. You might be joined by other travellers who’ve booked this activity.
Join a friendly local guide for some serious temple-hopping, nature appreciation and an in-depth look at local life in Siem Reap.

Visit the Banteay Srei Butterfly Centre, where we’ll learn all about the lifecycle of butterflies. The netted tropical enclosure here contains thousands of beautiful, free-flying butterflies and is the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia, and all revenue is re-invested to the local community to help alleviate poverty.

The next stop on our tour is the Cambodian Landmine Museum which was established in 1997 by ex-child soldier Aki Ra. The museum aims to educate visitors on the importance of clearing landmines in Cambodia and also supports at-risk Khmer children.

The truly stunning Banteay Srei Temple is next, which is home to some of the most exquisite stone carvings on earth. We’ll take a look around, learn a little about the temple and its history and, let’s be honest, pretend to be Indiana Jones for a few minutes. Since you're likely getting hungry at this point, we'll stop for a local Khmer lunch before heading to the next stop.

On the way back, we’ll stop to meet the sugar palm community at Preah Dak Village, the biggest sugar palm producer in Siem Reap. Here you’ll get a chance to learn how this organic sugar is produced and hopefully you’ll get to taste one of their sweet treats too. Our last stops of the day will be at two more elaborate temples in the grand circle of Angkor. Then we'll finish off with a visit to Preah Khan Temple, one of the largest complexes at Angkor.

Return to your hotel and you will have free time tonight.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Siem Reap - Tour of Banteay Srei and Banteay Kdei Temples
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity
  • Siem Reap - Jungle Trek to River of a Thousand Lingas
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
All 2019 departures will have a different Itinerary for this day. You will take a trip through the countryside to the small village of Kbal Spean to join in seasonal activities and try local snacks. There will be a jungle trek (40 minutes) to the River of a Thousand Ligas, where you will encounter Hindu sculptures carved into the granite banks a thousand years ago. You will also visit the Angkor Center for Conservation of Biodiversity, which is home to a collection of rescued animals. You will then enjoy a tasty local lunch, a visit of Banteay Kdei Temple, and if time permits a sunset at the picturesque Sras Srang.

Ensure you have suitable footwear today for the jungle trek - shoes with a good grip are recommended. Although the trek is fairly easy the hot weather can make it very challenging so please carry plenty of water with you to keep hydrated.

Today’s activities are part of the Banteay Srei Full-Day Tour: Temples, Butterflies & Lunch tour, which is operated by Urban Adventures. You might be joined
Discover Siem Reap's secrets as you explore by remork (Cambodian tuk tuk) on a half day tour in Siem Reap. Leaving Siem Reap we travel through the countryside to Tonle Sap Lake.

The Tonle Sap one of the world’s most productive bodies of fresh water. Each year, millions of fish come to spawn in the seasonally flooded forest surrounding the lake, attracting a myriad of water birds as well as people, who have settled in villages along the shores and who live with the rhythm of the water. This ecosystem was classified as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1997.

Take a boat trip around the lake to see floating villages and get a taste for life ruled by monsoonal rains and water-based agriculture. Take the back roads back to town and witness seasonal agricultural activities like cricket catching, rice planting and harvesting, smoking fish, fish paste (prohoc making), and duck farming. Stop at a local village to pick up Khmer snacks and visit a Buddhist monastery.

Your Cambodia's Secrets of Angkor comes to an end today in Siem Reap at 12pm - 1pm. No accommodation is included tonight.
Included Activities
  • Urban Adventures - Tonle Sap Secrets tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s activities are part of the Tonle Sap Secrets tour, which is operated by Urban Adventures. You might be joined by other travellers who’ve booked this activity.

Please note this trip includes a 3 day Angkor Complex Pass and 2 of those days are used during this tour. If you want to do another day of sightseeing on your own, at the conclusion of this trip, you can use this pass for 1 extra day. Please note extra transportation or guide will be at your own cost when using this pass on the third day. If you want to stay longer in Siem Reap please contact your booking agent to organise post trip accommodation with us.

Meals

2 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Transport

Boat, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Siem Reap - Three day Angkor Pass
  • Urban Adventure - Angkor Adventure tour (including Angkor Wat, Bayon & Ta Prohm)
  • Siem Reap - Tour of Banteay Srei and Banteay Kdei Temples
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity
  • Siem Reap - Jungle Trek to River of a Thousand Lingas
  • Urban Adventures - Tonle Sap Secrets tour

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Important notes

1.You will be picked up on Day 1 from your hotel in Siem Reap at 730-745 am. Please let us know the name and address of your hotel.
2. Please note that this trip is available in either Original or Comfort style. Unlike our group trips, the style on a Short Break Adventure refers to the style of accommodation only. All other inclusions are the same no matter which style of Short Break you select.
3. This trip is operated by our local partners in Cambodia and therefore you may be joined by a mixture of Intrepid-booked passengers and other travellers during activities.

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