In order to truly understand the real Cambodia, one must visit one of the great archeological sites in the world; the spiritual heart and identity of the Khmer people: the Angkor complex. Had any of the main temples, especially Angkor Wat been built anywhere else they would be as famous or as visited as the Taj Mahal, the Parthenon, the Coliseum, or the Pyramids of Egypt.  Angkor is without doubt one of the most breathtaking architectural masterpieces left standing in the world today. Without witnessing them at first hand it is impossible to gauge the enormity of task faced by the builders of the time and the fact they are so complete after all this time is further testament to the advanced construction techniques employed more than a millennium ago. Everything is built on a massive scale and one can only imagine the awe felt by ancient visitors as the civilization was at its peak. It is estimated that over one million people lived there making it the largest metropolis in its time. Witness the two hand-dug reservoirs that served the civilization’s rice growing agriculture: The Eastern Baray measures 7km by 1.8km and the Western Baray a staggering 8km by 2.3 km.


Day 01: Arrival Siem Reap (by air & road)

Upon Arrival at Siem Reap airport, pick up and transfer to your hotel. Drive about 10- 20 minute to the Angkor complex include the south gate of Angkor Thom and Bayon, Baphoun, Elephant Terraces, Leper King Terrace, and the Royal Palace area. The day ends with a visit to Phnom Bakheng where we climb to its summit for a spectacular sunset view over the surrounding landscape. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight in Siem Riep (-/-/D).


Day 02: Siem Reap – Angkor Complex Exploration (road)

After breakfast, continue exploration with a visit to the enchanting Ta Prohm Temple which remains in its original state wrapped by the roots of enormous fig trees. Other temples in the area include Ta Keo, Chau Say Tevoda, Thammanon, Bantey Kdei, and Srah Srang. Road back to hotel for self paid dinner (B/L/-).


Day 03: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap lake (road & boat)

Morning drive about 45 minutes to the countryside of Siem Reap, stopping en-route for visiting the local village. Arrival boat wharf, embarkation a wooden boat for an hour ride on Tonle Sap Lake, also known as the Great Lake of Cambodia to visit. Afternoon tour of Banteay Samre and Banteay Srei, the birthplace of Khmer classical style architecture. Overnight in Siem Reap (B/L/-)


Day 04: Departure (by air)

After breakfast, free for shopping until transfer to the airport for onward flight (B/-/-).

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