3-day Siem Reap Countryside and the Angkor Temples

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 3 Days

tour highlights

See a reservoir once used for ritual bathing
  • Visit a local village that produces delicious palm sugar
  • Explore the ancient capital of Angkor Thom
  • Admire one of the most beautiful temples in Cambodia
  • Tour an intriguing local artisan centre

tour details

The province of Siem Reap is a study in contrasts from its ancient temples to its developed capital. We’ll start by exploring Prasat Kravan and its unique brick sculptures before heading to Preah Khan temple. In the afternoon, we’ll stop at a local village where palm sugar is produced and visit one of the most complete complexes at Angkor, Banteay Samre. The next day, we’ll head to the ancient capital of Angkor Thom and the Bayon temple, with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara. You’ll also explore Angkor Wat, a masterpiece of art and architecture, before a dinner and dance show at a local restaurant. On the last day, we’ll visit a floating village and ride a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake. We’ll also see some of the traditional handmade products and shops in the area.

Arrive at Siem Reap International Airport and transfer to the hotel (rooms may not be ready until the afternoon).
In the morning, visit Prasat Kravan with its unique brick sculptures and Srah Srang ("The Royal Baths"), undoubtedly used in the past for ritual bathing.
Then visit Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool and representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake. Visit Preah Khan temple, built by the King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation.
Lunch not included.
In the afternoon drive to Banteay Srei temple (10th century), regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer art. Stop at a local village to visit families who are producing palm sugar. Visit Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor due to restoration using the method of "anastylosis". The name Samre refers to an ethnic group of mountain people, who inhabited the region at the base of Phnom Kulen and were probably related to the Khmers. No inscriptions have been found for this temple, but the style of most of the architecture is of the classic art of the middle period similar to Angkor Wat. The proportions of Banteay Samre are splendid. A unique feature is an interior moat with laterite paving, which when filled with water must have given an ethereal atmosphere to the temple. Sunset at Pre Rup.
Dinner at local restaurant.
Accommodation not included.
Breakfast not included.
In the morning, visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, Bayon temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), Baphuon (recently re-opened after years of restoration), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon temples.
Lunch not included.
Visit Ta Prohm, one of the area's most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery.
Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed by the jungle, looking very much the ways most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them.
Then visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize Meru's five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond.
Dinner with Apsara Dance Show at local restaurant.
Accommodation not included.
Breakfast not included.
Visit a floating village, take a traditional wooden boat for a ride on the Tonle Sap Lake, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia. Visit Senteurs D'Angkor and experience the authentic scents and tastes of Cambodia through a range of traditional handmade products that help create jobs and incomes for impoverished rural communities. Delicatessen delights include spices, traditional teas, highland coffees and local rice liquors. There are also medical balms and natural massage oils as well as perfumed candles and incense.
Lunch not included.
Visit "Les Artisans d'Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles", this centre is working with young artisans; the team creates, produce and market a unique collection of ornamental sculpture, lacquer ware, silk weaving and silk painting. The company promotes fair, sustainable development in order to provide benefits to the rural communities. Time at leisure at the local market (if time permits). Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight to the next destination.


  • Meals as stated in the programme, D= dinner at local restaurant
  • Transfers and tours with local English guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements) in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees, boat fees and / or cyclo fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Bottled water and cold towels available on the vehicles


  • Accommodation and meals at the hotel
  • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
  • International airfare to / from Cambodia (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Visa fees
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme


Ideally a tour to the Tonle Sap Lake is only done during the high-water-level months of July to possibly mid of February. When the water is low boats may get stuck and also the distances to the floating villages increase.
    Tour code: REPDSBS3

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