ANCIENT ANGKOR: THE ESSENTIALS

The very best of ancient Angkor revealed over 3-days, including sunset at Angkor Wat and explorations of Ta Phrom and Angkor Thom

TOUR INTRODUCTION

3 Days, 2 Nights     FROM US$ 232 PER PERSON

This spectacular 3-day tour shows you the brightest gems of ancient Angkor, just a stone’s throw from the charming riverside city of Siem Reap. View Angkor Wat after the crowds have gone, marvel at Ta Phrom’s crumbling masonry, and wander through the enigmatic bas-reliefs of the last capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom.

You’ll start your exploration in Siem Reap, the perfect base from which to explore the archaeological wonders of Angkor. On this 3-day tour, you’ll take a remork (a local open-air vehicle similar to a tuk tuk) to Angkor Wat after the crowds have dispersed and watch the sunset over the silhouette of the ancient temple. You’ll end your first day feasting on sumptuous Khmer fusion food, a cuisine that many don’t get the chance to try.

Hop into a remork once again and rouse your inner archaeologist among the vines and trees growing over the world-renowned Ta Prohm temple. After a relaxing lunch at Square 24 restaurant, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore the 12th-century Buddhist monastery of Banteay Kdei, the old bathing pond of Srah Srang, the enigmatic faces of Bayon Temple and the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire, the magnificent city of Angkor Thom.

To cap it all off, we offer the option to take a half-day boat cruise on Tonlé Sap Lake, considered the lifeblood of the Khmer people, before you are escorted to the airport for your onward journey.

 

If you want to see the Angkor temples, but are short on time, then this compact tour is perfect, as it visits the highlights, plus we’ve included a few insider experiences as well.

Panharoth Chhun, Backyard Travel Cambodia Specialist

THE BACKYARD TRAVEL DIFFERENCE

View an unforgettable sunset over the ancient temples at Angkor Wat
Travel the epic Small Circuit of the Angkor complex via a private, open-air remork
Visit floating cities on Tonlé Sap Lake to understand local Khmer culture
Dine at Madame Butterfly and Square 24, two of the finest restaurants in Siem Reap



Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

  • Start
  • Day 1: Siem Reap

    Welcome to Siem Reap, the gateway to the ancient temples of Angkor! Siem Reap is Cambodia’s spiritual home, a charming riverside town, and the world’s most significant site of Khmer architecture. Upon arrival you’ll be met by your local Backyard Travel guide who will escort you to your hotel for check-in.

    After settling in to your accommodation, you’ll begin a special afternoon exploration of Angkor Wat by local remork, a local vehicle similar to a tuk tuk.

    Built in the 12th century during the reign of King Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat was constructed to symbolize Mount Meru, a sacred Buddhist mountain considered the center of all physical, metaphysical and spiritual universes. The temple itself is covered with stone carvings, boasting more than 2,000 Apsara dancers in stunning bas-relief. Angkor Wat is so revered by the nation that Cambodia’s is the only flag in the world with a building on it—that building is Angkor Wat. Drink in the sunset at the majestic temple when the crowds have dispersed and the Apsara dancers gleam in the twilight.

    After returning to your hotel, you’ll have time to relax and freshen up before being treated to a sumptuous dinner at Madame Butterfly, one of Siem Reap’s most delightful restaurants, located in a traditional wooden Khmer house.

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    Meals included on this day: Dinner

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  • Day 2: Siem Reap

    After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll start your day with a remork tour of the Small Circuit at Angkor Archaeological Park. Among the temples you’ll visit today is Ta Prohm, one of the complex’s most picturesque and atmospheric. Made famous by the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie, Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was discovered: overgrown and engulfed by jungle. This makes the temple one of the most stunning and unique of the ancient Angkor temples. You’ll also visit Banteay Kdei, a 12th-century Buddhist monastic school, as well as Srah Srang, also referred to as the Pool of Ablutions.

    For lunch, we’ll return to Siem Reap and dine at Square 24, a stylish restaurant offering a delectable Khmer fusion menu.

    Next, your remork will bring you to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire. Established in the late 12th century by Jayavarman VII, Angkor Thom was built in the Bayon style and is surrounded by an 8-meter-high wall that creates a perfect-square barrier around the city. Welcoming you into the city is the imposing South Gate carved with elephants and four giant faces. The path of the main entrance is lined with 54 deities holding the Naga, a sacred snake.

    In the exact center of the city, you’ll explore Bayon Temple, a 12th-century masterpiece of Khmer craftsmanship famous for its 54 towers carved with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Khmer Empire. Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, renowned for their beautiful bas-reliefs.

    The remainder of your day will be free to spend at your leisure. If you’d like recommendations on the best restaurants or things to do, feel free to ask your expert Backyard Travel guide.

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast and lunch

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  • Day 3: Siem Reap - Tonle Sap

    After breakfast, you have the chance to embark on a fascinating half-day boat trip on Tonlé Sap Lake to learn about Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake. Here’s one fascinating fact to get you started: the size of the lake changes seasonally, increasing 4 times its size during the wet season.

    On a local boat, you’ll visit Kamphong Phluck and its floating villages, complete with floating hospitals, schools, pagodas and mosques. The nearby houses on stilts are an interesting sight: these stilts become completely submerged by water depending on the season. The Khmer consider the Tonlé Sap their lifeblood—it’s an important cultural symbol as well as a rich provider of resources and livelihoods for the local people.

    (Please note: During the dry season of April and May, water levels drop significantly and the boat trip is not possible. If you are traveling during this period, we can arrange a visit to a floating village at Chong Kneas instead.)

    Return to your hotel to freshen up before your Backyard Travel guide escorts you to the airport for your onward journey (note hotel check out time is 1200).

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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icon Included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

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Domestic and international flights
Departure taxes if applicable
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)

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