Discover the Ancient capital of the Khmer empire on a 4-day tour that goes deep under the surface of the fabled Angkor temples


4 Days, 3 Nights     FROM US$ 386 PER PERSON

Here’s your chance to discover all that Siem Reap and the ancient Angkor sites have to offer. Our 4-day tour digs deep below the surface to reveal an insider’s understanding of the world’s largest religious structure, the mysteries of Angkorian art and architecture, and the ancient history of the Khmer people. Your exploration will combine lesser-seen temples and ruins with a hit list of the most iconic Angkorian sites, as well as opportunities to support community projects and sustainable tourism.

You’ll start your tour of discovery with a special sunset visit to Angkor Wat. Long after the crowds have gone, you’ll have the famous temple to yourself to view the bas-relief Apsara dancers gleam in the twilight. An exploration of the early Angkorian temples of the Roluos Group will reveal a slice of history that many leave unseen and undiscovered, and at Roulos Pagoda, you’ll be blessed by Buddhist monks wishing you a safe and happy journey.

Your inner archaeologist will marvel at the stunning sites along the Small Circuit, including atmospheric Ta Prohm, majestic Angkor Thom, and enigmatic Bayon Temple. A delectable dinner of Khmer cuisine at the stylish Madame Butterfly will fortify you for an exploration of Bateay Srei, “the gem of Angkor” the next day. Before you leave, you’ll have the chance to hunt for souvenirs at community-supported artisan workshops and take an unforgettable boat tour of Tonlé Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, considered by Khmers to be the lifeblood of their people.


Four days is the perfect amount of time to explore Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap and Tonlé Sap Lake. If you want a more intimate trip to Angkor, this is the tour for you.

Phan Sophea, Backyard Travel Cambodia Specialist


Drink in the sunset over Angkor Wat long after the crowds have gone
Receive a private blessing from Buddhist monks wishing you a safe journey
Discover local life on a boat tour of Tonlé Sap Lake, the lifeblood of the Khmer people
Explore temples off the beaten path, including Banteay Srei, the “gem of Angkor”

Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

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  • Day 1: Siem Reap Arrival

    Ready to discover the fabled temples of Angkor? Upon arrival at Siem Reap International Airport, our local guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in.

    After taking some time to freshen up at your hotel, your tour of discovery will begin with a visit via private car to the largest religious structure in the world, Angkor Wat. Built in the 12th century during the reign of King Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat was constructed to symbolize Mount Meru, a sacred mountain that was believed to be the center of all physical, metaphysical and spiritual universes. Inside the temple, you’ll find its walls covered in stone carvings—the site boasts more than 2,000 Apsara dancers in stunning bas-relief. Angkor Wat is said to symbolize the soul of the Khmer people, and it is so revered by the nation that it is featured prominently on the Cambodian flag. It is the only flag in the world with a building on it.

    You’ll have the opportunity to watch the sunset over the majestic temple, when the crowds have dispersed and the Apsara dancers gleam in the twilight.

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    No meals included on this day

    Travelling in Siem ReapA female performer in Apsara national dress Angkor Wat, Siem Reap
  • Day 2: Siem Reap

    Today after breakfast, you’ll venture roughly 15 minutes outside of Siem Reap to the early Angkorian temples of the Roluos Group. The kings of the 8th and 9th centuries built Roluos as the first town of the Angkorian Empire. Its three main temples, Bakong, Lolei and Preah Ko, are surrounded by beautiful countryside vistas of lush rice paddies and sugar palm trees. You’ll have the rare chance to ride through this iconic Cambodian scenery on an ox cart to Roluos Pagoda, a great way to get closer to rural Cambodia and its friendly people. At Roulos Pagoda, you’ll participate in a very special experience: Buddhist monks will perform a private blessing ritual, wishing you a safe and healthy journey. In the midafternoon you’ll return to your hotel to escape the heat.

    After a relaxing break, we’ll continue on to explore the highlights of the Small Circuit. To start your tour, you’ll discover the atmospheric and renowned Ta Prohm Temple. Built during the 12th and 13th centuries, Ta Prohm has been left largely as it was found. Overgrown by trees and vines, Ta Prohm is a moving sight as it crumbles gracefully back into the jungle that is reclaiming it. You will also visit Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastic school built in the late 12th century, and beautiful Srah Srang, also known as the Pool of Ablutions.

    From here, continue on to the magnificent ruins of the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire, the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Established during the reign of Jayavarman VII, the city is surrounded by an 8-meter-high wall that creates a perfect-square periphery. The impressive entrance through the South Gate, carved with elephants and four giant faces, will no doubt leave an indelible impression.

    In the exact center of the city sits Bayon temple, a masterpiece of 12th century Khmer craftsmanship. Its 54 towers represent the 54 provinces of the Khmer empire. Then continue on to the view the magnificent bas-reliefs at the Terrace of the Leper King and the Terrace of the Elephants.

    After your tour of these famous Angkorian sites, you’ll wrap up the day in style at Madame Butterfly, one of Siem Reap’s most celebrated restaurants. Located in a beautiful Khmer wooden house and surrounded by gardens, Madame Butterfly offers delectable Khmer cuisine in a sumptuous setting.

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast and dinner

    Local Farmer riding a cow&cart  near Angkor Wat in Cambodia.siemreap-ta-prohm-cambodia1000x600sunrise-rice-field-kampot-cambodia1000x600
  • Day 3: Siem Reap

    We’ll start the day early and travel to the temple of Banteay Srei, also known as the “gem of Angkor.” This unique temple and so-called “Citadel of Women” is best viewed in the clear morning light. Banteay Srei is considered the best-preserved temple in Cambodia, displaying exceptional examples of classical Khmer art. The small temple is also noted for its construction in pink sandstone, which is unseen elsewhere in Angkorian architecture.

    On the way back to Siem Reap, you might opt to visit several villages along the way. Your expert guide can help you interact with villagers and learn about local lifestyles. No doubt you’ll have the opportunity to see how local products, such as rice paper, palm wine and palm sugar, are made—and perhaps even try a few samples!

    You’ll be treated to lunch at the iconic Viroth’s Restaurant, a perennial favorite. Then you’ll embark on a boat trip on the Tonlé Sap, Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake. This size of this vast body of water varies greatly depending on the season, swelling to roughly 4 times its size during the wet season. Aboard a local boat, you’ll visit Kampong Phluck, a lakeside village where houses on stilts offer an interesting sight: these stilts become completely submerged by water depending on the season. You’ll also pass floating villages to see and learn about Cambodian local life lived on the water. (Please note: During the dry season, water levels drop significantly and the trip is not possible in April or May. If you are traveling during this period, we can arrange a visit to a floating village at Chong Kneas instead.)

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast and lunch

    Banteay Srei, Siem Reap, Cambodiatonle-sap-kampong-Chhnang-cambodiaCambodian Floating Village
  • Day 4: Siem Reap

    Depending on the time of your departure flight, you may want to explore Siem Reap’s vibrant markets and artisan shops. A visit to Artisans d’Angkor will support local economies and underprivileged youth by creating a demand for the continued practice of traditional Cambodian arts and crafts. While browsing for souvenirs, you’ll discover how silk painting, wood and stone carvings, gilding and lacquering is done the traditional way.

    When you’re done shopping, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
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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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Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
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