Cambodia

4-day Siem Reap Classic

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 4 Days

English, German, French, Spanish

tour highlights

  • Learn about the revived arts & crafts
  • Visit the largest fishermen's floating & stilted village
  • Experience a spiritual cleansing
  • Visit the main temples of the Angkor complex and remote Beng Mealea
  • Discover Cambodia's talented artists of Phare Circus

tour details

Begin your tour with a visit to the Roluos Group and the Angkor National Museum. You’ll then continue to Banteay Srei before stopping at a local village to observe palm sugar production. Highlights include a visit to the South Gate, the ancient capital of Angkor Thom, Bayon temple, the Royal Enclosure and the Elephants Terrace. Your tour also takes you to Senteurs D’Angkor to experience the authentic tastes of Cambodia, a sunset & sunrise overlooking Angkor Wat and a visit to Phnom Bakheng. You’ll also explore Prasat Kravan, Banteay Kdei, Ta Prohm, Eastern Mebon, Pre Rup temple & Banteay Square! Finish your day with dinner and an Apsara performance. Your final day includes an ox-cart ride, chatting with local villagers, a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake & a visit to the floating village.

Arrive at Siem Reap International Airport and transfer to the hotel (rooms may not be ready until the afternoon).

Lunch at local restaurant
14:00 hours
Visit the school of the Chantiers Ecoles. Since 1992, this artisan group who helps to reinsert into the workforce young rural Khmer has become a powerful developing tool for the surrounding villages. See the work of the trainees who learn the art of stone carving, wood ornamental sculpture, the making of small furniture, the art of lacquer and polychromy. Observe the various training methods and view completed projects.

Drive from Siem Reap to the district of Puok to the Silk Farm. Learn the different stages of the complex process of producing handmade silk, including the growing of the mulberry trees, silk worm breeding, and training in the ancient craft of silk dyeing and weaving.
Return to your hotel

Dinner not included
08:00 hours

Your tour guide and Tuk Tuk's driver pick you up from hotel and take a part in a sacred Buddhist ritual when you travel to Cambodia and receive a spiritual cleansing ceremony performed by the monks. The ceremony begins with the monks chanting harmoniously as they wish you good luck, safe travel, and a long life. It is accompanied by a light sprinkling of water. At the end of the blessing, your wrist is adorned with special red ties that signify the blessing performed.

Then, start by visiting the last capital of the Khmer Empire: Angkor Thom, built in the 12th century and deserted most likely during the 16th century. Inside its walls, visit:
-the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk
-Bayon temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with 216 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara
-Baphuon, a pyramidal representation of Mount Meru
-the Terrace of the Elephants, used by Jayavarman VII to watch his victorious army return
-the Terrace of the Leper King, which's statue was formerly thought to represent a legendary "leper king", but is now considered to represent Yama - the Lord of the Dead and believed the terrace itself might have functioned as a royal cremation platform.

Continue towards famous Ta Prohm, beautiful jungle temple which nature seems to have taken over, has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery.

Stop and relax for a nice lunch at Sala Russey, local restaurant facing Srah Srang.

14:00 hours
Afternoon, continue the visit by Tuk Tuk to the most famous of all temples: Angkor Wat, the world's largest religious monument named UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992. The 12th century temple complex spreads over 81 hectares. It'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.
Return to your hotel.
18:30 hours
Transfer by Tuk Tuk for dinner before the show at Phare caf'e9
Performance by Phare, The Cambodian Circus.
Enjoy an amazing blend of traditional and modern theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion, comedy and more, a beautifully choreographed and performed story about Cambodian lives and society. Go back with a memory filled with energy and emotions portrayed by the famous artists of Phare Ponleu Selpak Artistic and Social Center. PPS Association is a Cambodian non-profit, non-governmental association founded in 1994 by eight young Cambodians ex-refugees artists. Be part of non-profit organization efforts to build artists' careers and to bring Cambodian arts to the rest of the world.
08:00 hours

Drive to the village of Kompong Khleang near Siem Reap. This permanent community is one of the largest on the Tonle Sap Lake, home to over 20,000 people living in gigantic stilt houses with an economy based on fishing. Enjoy the spectacular site and board a private boat to visit a small island at the centre of the village to see its market, school and brightly painted pagodas. Continue by boat to see the life on the waters of the great Tonle Sap Lake.

Homemade lunch at a Homestay near Beng Mealea

14:00 hours
After lunch, take a digestive walk on the red dirt road to a small atmospheric satellite temple of Beng Mealea, named Prasat Chhrey, before exploring the long-abandoned ruins of Beng Mealea (11th century), still strangled by the overgrown jungle.
Return to hotel
Dinner not included
08:00 hours

Visit the Angkor National Museum, the first museum in Siem Reap presenting a unique collection of invaluable art objects from the ancient Khmer Kingdom to have a deeper understanding of customs, traditions and different beliefs of the ancient empire.

Continue to visit Phsar Chas, the old market in the French quarter, where you will have time for some last minute shopping before heading to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight to the next destination.

Proceed to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight to the next destination.

includes

  • 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

excludes

  • 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

notes

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: REPDSCL4

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