See the legendary Angkorian temples on this classic tour. Explore the ancient temples and cities; and meet locals to learn about life in the cities and countryside of Cambodia.


8 Days 7 Nights     From US$2390 per Person

See the legendary temples of Angkor. With Siem Reap as your base you’ll explore the ancient temples and cities of the Khmer empire. Along the way, meet locals, receive blessings from Buddhist monks and learn about life in the lakes and countryside of Cambodia.

Hop into a tuk tuk and head to the magnificent Angkor Wat. The crowds disperse before sunset and this is a great time to be at the temple. Explore the 8th and 9th century temples of the Roluos Group. Ride in a cow cart to a Pagoda where Buddhist monks will give you a private blessing. Go to Ta Phrom, an iconic temple twined with incredible tree-roots. See beautiful Preah Khan and Neak Pean temples. Get an early start to see ’The Citadel of the Women’, Banteay Srei at its best; in the morning light. On the way back stop at local communities and learn about their way of life. Have lunch at a school which teaches disadvantaged young Cambodians hospitality skills.

See the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, which swells to four times its normal size during the rainy season and provides a living for many communities. Take a boat out to the lake village of Kampong Phluck to see its stilt-houses and learn how people adapt to life on this body of water.

Each of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and our destination based teams will start planning a unique and personalized trip.

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See magnificent Angkor Wat at its best time, when the crowds have gone and the sun is setting.
Ride through the Cambodian countryside local-style in a cow cart.
Meet Buddhist monks and receive a private blessing for good health and a safe journey.
Dine at a hospitality school for disadvantaged young Cambodians and get a chance to meet the students.

Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

  • Start
  • Day 1: Angkor Wat

    Upon arrival you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Siem Reap is the perfect base from which to explore the temples of Angkor; a town with plenty of charm and facilities only a short drive away from the temple sites. Take some time to refresh and relax at the hotel before hopping into a car and heading to your first temple; the magnificent Angkor Wat. Said to symbolize the soul of the Khmer people, the temple was built in the early 12th century during the reign of King Suryavaman II; and some of the wars he fought are depicted in the bas-reliefs and stone carvings which cover the walls. Hindu mythology also features heavily in the designs, along with the beautiful forms of nearly 2,000 Apsara dancers; representations of feminine grace and beauty. The crowds disperse before sunset; and this is a great time to be at Angkor Wat, as the Apsaras are illuminated by the setting sun’s golden rays. Afterwards, return to your hotel where the rest of your evening is free at leisure.

  • Day 2: Siem Reap

    Today explore the temples of the Roluos Group. Roluos consists of three main temples built in the 8th and 9th centuries on the site of the first Angkorian town. The temples: Bakong, Lolei and Preah Ko, are set in the Cambodian countryside amongst sugar palm trees and lush paddy fields.

    After exploring the temples, ride in a ox cart to Roluos Pagoda, where Buddhist monks will give you a private blessing to wish you good health and a safe journey. Head back to the hotel after this special experience.

    In the afternoon, look around the ‘Small Circuit’ of temples. Start with Ta Phrom. This iconic temple is twined with incredible tree-roots as nature has slowly reclaimed it over the centuries. Originally constructed as a Mahayana Buddhist temple in the late 12th century by Jayavarman VII, it apparently took 80,000 people to look after it, and has been left as it was found in the 19th century. Though well-known, it can still make the visitor feel like an explorer of old; the crumbling masonry and overgrowth of vines, trees and roots conveying the romance of a true lost civilization.

    Also near here are the 12th century Buddhist monastery of Banteay Kdei, and the old bathing pond of Sra Srang; a tranquil, scenic area where Khmer Royalty used to bathe.

  • Day 3: Siem Reap

    Get an early start this morning to see Banteay Srei at its best; in the morning light. This ‘Citadel of the Women’ as it is known, is made of pink sandstone and is the most well-preserved temple in Cambodia. Excellent examples of classical Khmer art are to be found in its magnificent bas-reliefs. On the way back, we’ll stop at local communities along the way and learn about their way of life. Head back to Siem Reap for lunch at Sala Bai. This school trains disadvantaged young Cambodians in hospitality skills in order to give them a chance to support themselves. After your meal, take a tour of the school, where you’ll have chance to find out about the work done here and the lives of the students. Note: Sala Bai is closed during national holidays and for the whole of April, during the Khmer New Year.After this, head to the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire; the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Enter through the South Gate, carved with four giant faces. Wander around this perfectly-square, ancient walled-city.

    Bayon temple sits exactly in the centre of the city, a magnificent masterpiece of 12th century Khmer craftsmanship. Its 54 towers represent the 54 provinces of the Khmer empire and the temple also has amazing, detailed bas-reliefs at The Terrace of The Leper King and The Terrace of The Elephants.

    Return to Siem Reap in the afternoon.

  • Day 4: Tonle Sap Lake

    This morning go to the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. Tonle Sap Lake swells to over four times its normal size during the rainy season and supports many communities all-year round. Take a boat out to the lake village of Kampong Phluck to see its stilt-houses. You’ll pass flooded forests and floating houses along the way, witnessing how people adapt to life on this fertile body of water. Note: Due to low water levels during the dry season, the boat trip is only possible from June to March, but we can arrange an overland visit to Kamphong Phluck that is an equally interesting experience, as you can walk among the stilted houses.After Tonle Sap Lake head back to Siem Reap, where you are free at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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Tour Details

All of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and we’ll start planning your unique personalized trip!

Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons travelling together, sharing a double or twin room in luxury accommodation. Each tour price and can be adjusted depending on budget, activities included and standard of accommodation desired.

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 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

 Not included in this Backyard Travel tour:

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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