The Remote Temples of North Cambodia by Overland – 09 days

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 9 Days

tour details

Arrive at Siem Reap International Airport and transfer to the hotel (rooms may not be ready until the afternoon).
Lunch not included
Visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), 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 and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Dinner not included and accommodation at Damrei Angkor Hotel (Superior room)
Breakfast at hotel.
KHMER GRILLING EXPERIENCE: LOCAL SECRET TECHNIQUES

Unravel the secret techniques behind the Khmer grill that you see everywhere! Interestingly, there's more to it than meets the eye. There is a number of secret techniques used by the Khmer people that helps to make the food taste really good!

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. 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. Sunset at Angkor Wat.
Dinner not included and accommodation at Damrei Angkor Hotel (Superior room)
An early bird special:
Transfer to the archaeological site for sunrise at Srah Srang reservoir (known as "The Royal Baths" it was once used for ritual bathing).
Return to hotel for breakfast.
See the unique interior brick sculptures Prasat Kravan, Banteay Kdei (surrounded by 4 concentric walls). 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. Visit Eastern Mebon (guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation) and the mountain-temple of Pre Rup.
Lunch not included
In the afternoon, you continue your temple visits to Preah Khan. 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, the temple of Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som and Banteay Samre, built in the third quarter of the 12th century. It consists of a central temple with four wings preceded by a hall and accompanied by two libraries, the southern example remarkably well preserved. Two concentric walls enclose the ensemble.
Dinner not included and accommodation at Damrei Angkor Hotel (Superior room)
Breakfast at hotel.
Morning, drive to the remote Beng Mealea temple through the typical Khmer
countryside (1hr, 60 km). Explore the long abandoned ruins of Beng Mealea, still strangled by the overgrown jungle.
A further 1-hour drive (55km) brings you to Koh Ker, situated in the northeast of Siem Reap. First stop at Prasat Brahm and then walk about 900 meters to see Prasat Nieng Kmao. Then walk or take car about 2.5 km to reach at Prasat Thom (Koh Ker) for lunch.
Lunch box or lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch visit Prasat Thom about 1 hour before walking about 1 km to see Prasat Linga. From Prasat Linga to Prasat Krachap you walk about 500 meters.
Continue to Sro Em (1.5 hrs,100 km) where you can visit the local museum or enjoy the swimming pool at your hotel.
Dinner and accommodation at Preah Vihear Boutique Hotel (Deluxe room)
Breakfast at hotel.
This morning drive further north to Preah Vihear (25km).
At the foot of the mountain, change to a pickup truck which will bring you to the mountain top to the most breathtaking temple of Prasat Preah Vihear.
The temple, an important pilgrim place during the Angkorian period, was built by a succession of seven Khmer Monarchs. Like other mountain temples, it was designed to represent Mount Meru and was dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. Breath in the astounding views from the cliff stretches as far as the eye can see.
From Prasat Preah Vihear to Banteay Chmar (237 km with 4 hours drive) via Anlong Veng for lunch.
Lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch continue to drive to Banteay Chhmar.
Relax and refresh in your new home before having dinner at the temple site with traditional wooden torches.
Accommodation at home stay
Breakfast in your home stay Prepared by CBT restaurant.
Visit the Banteay Chhmar Temple and Ta Prom temple by walking and see the intriguing bas reliefs that tell the history of epic battles and religious beliefs.
Take an Ox-cart from Ta Prom temple through the village to the silk center and learn about the process of silk weaving
Take a Koyun tour (mini tractor with remoark) to Banteay Top temple and ride through the rice fields to see the villager's activities.
Enjoy a picnic lunch at Banteay Top temple.
Transfer to Battambang.
Enjoy Battambang's truly unique form of local transportation and take a ride on the Bamboo Train through the picturesque countryside.
Dinner and accommodation at Bambu Hotel (Superior room)
Breakfast at hotel.
Drive along the picturesque Sangker River to Wat Slaket pagoda, the residence of the provincial Buddhist patriarch. Visit a Khmer Ancient House and make a stop to see the production of rice paper used for making spring rolls. Continue to visit Wat Ek Phnom. Visit a market where Prahoc, the Cambodian fish paste, is made.
Lunch at local restaurant
Visit Phare Ponleu Selpak, this centre supports around 30 orphans and trafficking victims and is schooling more than 1,200 pupils, over 400 of who study visual arts, music, circus, drama and dance for leisure or vocational training.
Drive to Phnom Banon, with its five sandstone towers on top of a hill and enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding plains until sunset.
Dinner at local restaurant
Accommodation at Bambu Hotel (Superior room)
Depart from Battambang to Siem Reap via Sisophon by overland.
Make a stop at Preah Net Preah to see the village of stone carving. Continue to the Silk Farm at Puok and have lunch there. After lunch take an ox-cart through the country side and visit a floating village. Take an excursion in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia, one of the wonders of Asia.
Continue to Siem Reap town and transfer to hotel.
Dinner not included
Accommodation at Damrei Angkor Hotel (Superior room)
Breakfast at hotel.
Time at leisure until transfer to Siem Reap airport for departure flight to the next destination.

includes

All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned van/coach as detailed in our itinerary
Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
Meals as specified in the itinerary
All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
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
Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
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
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