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Essential Angkor

 For many travelers on a multi-destination journey through South East Asia, this short visit to Siem Reap, home to Angkor Wat and major temples is perfect. There are so many temples that making choices can be difficult. In this case we are highlighting the major ones.

The temples in Siem Reap, especially Angkor Wat have exploded in the “must see” lists in most travelers’ itinerary resulting in large crowds. Please bear in mind that beyond Angkor, there are more remote, less frequented temples scattered throughout the region as well. There are also other activities beyond temple visits. Bird watchers are attracted here as well.

ITINERARY

Day 1, Arrive Siem Reap

Arrive Siem Reap. Meet your guide and transfer to hotel. Siem Reap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire. Transfer to hotel on arrival before visiting the Roluos Group of temples including Preah Ko, Ba Kong, and Lo Lei. In the afternoon visit the magnificent 12th century Angkor Wat. Return to hotel after watching the sun set over Angkor Wat. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 2, Siem Reap

An early start to catch the sunrise (optional). Return to the hotel for breakfast. A morning tour of the temples includes the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the famous Bayon, Baphoun, the Terrace of Elephants, and Terrace of the Leper King. In the afternoon continue to Srah Srang, Banteay Kdei, Chau Say Tevoda, Thommanon, and the fabulous Ta Prohm Temple, embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers. The day ends with a sunset at Phnom Bakheng. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3, Siem Reap

After breakfast visit Banteay Srei, Kbal Spean (River of 1000 Lingas) and Banteay Samre. In the afternoon continue with Pre Rup, East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Poan and Preah Khan. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4, Depart Siem Reap

After breakfast visit the workshops of Artisans d'Angkor to see wood and stone carving or shop for souvenirs or take a boat trip on the great lake, Tonle Sap, (July-February only) before transferring to SiemReapAirport for onward departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Note: This tour includes a 3-day Angkor Temple Pass