Cambodia

Siem Reap with a Twist in 2 days

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: 2 Days

4 hours    English, German, French, Spanish, Russian

tour details

Driving through Phnom Penh by Tuk Tuk is one of the most interesting ways of exploring Cambodia’s vibrant capital. We’ll head to Wat Phnom, a site of legend, with an entrance guarded by statues of creatures both mythical and real. Next, we’ll head to the Royal Palace, a striking building near the riverfront featuring classic Khmer style designs. Within the Royal Palace, we’ll head to the extravagant Silver Pagoda with a floor comprised of thousands of silver tiles. Here, you’ll also see a gold, diamond-encrusted Buddha and an emerald and crystal Buddha. Finally, we’ll visit the National Museum where you’ll explore Cambodia’s cultural history and see some of the most exquisite pieces of Khmer art and sculpture. You can also take a peaceful stroll through the museum’s beautiful gardens.

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

Lunch at a local restaurant.

You will be picked up at your hotel by a tuktuk who will take you to the old ticket booth.

From there, you will hop on your mountain bike and cycle mainly through jungle paths to visit:
-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.
-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.
-Pre Rup, a 10th century Hindu temple built by King Rajendravarman. The temple mountain is underrated and not as widely visited as other temples in the area. However, the beautiful brick structure is a must-see for anyone visiting region. The name Pre Rup translates into English as "turn the body" and it's believed that funerals took place here. In fact, it's thought that the whole building was a giant ancient crematorium. In traditional funerals, the body was rotated at various points through the service, hence the name.
Pre Rup is also a perfect spot to watch the sun set.

Transfer back to the hotel

Transfer for an evening performance of artists

Watch a show by Phare, The Cambodian Circus and 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.

Late dinner on site, at Phare Caf'e9 before returning to the hotel
Travel 30 to 45min away from Siem Reap town, you can explore the remarkable stilted village of Kompong Phluk on the Tonle Sap Lake, where the houses are built a minimum of five meters above dry ground to account for the rise and fall of the lake's waters. This unique architecture has been nicknamed "bamboo skyscrapers".

This out-of-time village has 2 very different faces depending on the season. During the dry season (approx. February to July) you can drive to and walk through the village. During the rainy season (approx. August to December) the water has risen so high you cannot drive all the way to the village anymore and must start your boat ride earlier. During this rainy season also, the surrounding forest becomes flooded and and instead of exploring the village by foot, you will explore the forest by pirogue.

Once settled on board, start sailing between the floating and stilted homes of this charming fishermen's village, until the boat arrives at the best spot to drop the kayaks.

Start kayaking on the lake, observe the fishermen's family's livelihood, stop to take pictures or interact with the families, go at your own pace and enjoy the trip until you are ready to get back on board your boat and have some homemade lunch in a family house.

After lunch, proceed to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight to the next destination.

includes

  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking locally-stationed guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements) in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
  • Bottled water and cold towels available on the vehicles

excludes

  • 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

Tour code: REPDSTW2

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