The perfect tailor-made temple trip for all the family, this Backyard Travel tour allows you to experience the best of the majestic temples of Cambodia’s Angkor complex.


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Have you ever wanted to be Indiana Jones or Lara Croft, exploring temples, occasionally solving ancient riddles? This Backyard Travel tour is specially tailored for the unique chance for you and your family to do just that!This four-day, three-night tour bases you in Siem Reap, from where you will discover the ancient relics that comprise Angkor, said to symbolize the soul of the Khmer people.

You will explore and investigate all the most famous and well-known temples and take them in from some unique perspectives. You will begin your tour of Angkor Wat from 120-meters high in a tethered helium balloon. This will be the perfect way to begin to understanding the temple’s complex lay out, and enable a better comprehension when you explore by foot.

You’ll also see the Bayon Temple on elephantback, and as you plod around the wat (temple) you’ll get to see the temple from another angle while enjoying a fun elephant ride – an experience in itself!This expertly assembled tour also allows you the chance to test yourself and your family with a quest around the ancient ruins of Ta Phrom Temple, which was used as the set for the 2001 movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie. Armed only with a few clues and a map, you and your family will be set the task of cracking an ancient mystery that’s been left unsolved for centuries…

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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 the Angkor Wat from a birds-eye view in a tethered helium balloon from 120-meters-high
Meet with a monk at a village pagoda, who will bestow goodwill on you and your family, as well as bless your onward journey
Explore Ta Prohm Temple and go on a Tomb Raider-style quest to solve an ancient mystery armed with clues and your sharp wits
Pretend to be a manhout as you take an elephant ride around the Bayon Temple to see the structure from a different perspective

Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

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  • Day 1: Siem Reap

    Welcome to Siem Reap! This charming Cambodian city is the perfect gateway to discovering the ancient temples of Angkor, the countries spiritual home and the most significant site of Khmer architecture in the world

    Upon arrival at Siem Reap International Airport you will be met and welcomed by your local guide who will lead you to your hotel for check-in. Depending on your time of arrival, you’ll have the rest of the morning to take a stroll around the local vicinity or a local market.

    In the afternoon you will be chauffeured by moto dop (kids will love this mode of transport!) to the majestic and legendary Angkor Wat. Instead of heading directly for the temple however, first you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the stupendous structure from a 120-meter-high tethered helium balloon. This will give you an overview and understanding of the vast layout of the complex, to better comprehend once you investigate by foot.

    Built in the 12th century during the reign of King Suryavarman II, the temple was constructed to symbolize Mount Meru, a sacred mountain in Buddhism considered to be the center of all physical, metaphysical and spiritual universes. The temple itself is covered with stone carvings and has more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Angkor Wat is so revered by the nation that Cambodia is the only flag in the world with a building on it - and that building is Angkor Wat.

    Your visit to the iconic structure will end after sunset, allowing you to see the temple at its most beautiful. As dusk arrives and the sun dips down, its soft rays cascading down the temple creating a magical moment.

    The remainder of your evening may be spent at your leisure. Feel free to ask your guide for a local child-friendly restaurant recommendation.

  • Day 2: Siem Reap - Tonlé Sap

    This morning, after breakfast at your hotel, you will be taken on a 30-minute drive to Tonlé Sap Lake. On the way, you’ll stop and visit a small school in a rural village community. While you’re there you’ll be able to see the difference in school life from your home country to that of schools in the Cambodian countryside.

    While at the school, if you wish you can take lesson with the school children and perhaps teach them an English children’s song. The joy this will bring both you and the children is immeasurable, and you may even find it hard to leave!After visiting the school you will head to the village pagoda, where your whole family can take part in a monk blessing ceremony, to wish you luck and a safe onwards journey.

    From here, you’ll continue to Kampong Phluk, a floating village on the mighty Tonlé Sap Lake. The village is completely built on stilts, and is submerged during the monsoon season.

    On arrival, you will take an interesting boat trip around Tonlé Sap Lake, giving you the opportunity to learn about life on the lake and the symbiosis of the local people with the vast water source. Tonlé Sap is Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake, though its size varies greatly depending on the season, increasing by approximately 400% during the monsoon season.

    On your tour, you’ll pass floating villages, complete with floating hospitals, floating schools and even a floating basketball court!Please Note: Due to low water levels during the dry season, the boat trip is only possible from June to March. However, if this trip is unavailable, a tour of an alternative floating village (Chong Kneas) can be arranged instead).You will then return to Siem Reap and are then free to enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Or you can add any of the following four activities to your tour*:Optional: Ride the Plains of the Wild East on HorsebackSee the picturesque plains of Cambodia on horseback! You’ll head to Happy Ranch outside Siem Reap, a western style horse ranch. You will have the chance to get acquainted with your horse, a Cambodian pureblood, and a descendant of the Mongolian wild horses. During the two-hour trail ride you will be able to reach places far outside the tourist areas, through the rice fields and local villages to the rarely visited temple of Wat Atvea, a truly authentic experience.Optional: Quad-bike Around Siem ReapEnjoy an unforgettable experience as you ride a quad bike on the off-road terrain, through the beautiful countryside of the Siem Reap Province. This 12-km guided quad bike tour will take you to see nearby villages, ideal places to learn about the way of life in rural Cambodia. You’ll also have the chance to meet and chat with the friendly locals. The highlight of the two-hour tour is seeing the sun set over the rice fields - a truly magical moment.Optional: Raider of the Lost TombTake a walking tour around the quiet region of Beng Mealea, located around 80 minutes’ drive from Siem Reap. Once there, you’ll enjoy a short walk through the dense jungle and feel like Indiana Jones when you discover the overgrown temple hidden in the lush greenery. Having remained undiscovered for centuries, Beng Mealea has only recently been made accessible and is still unrestored. It is one of the few temples in Cambodia that visitors are actually permitted to climb and explore.Optional: Smooth as SilkFor something different, why not visit a local silk farm? Your route to the farm will take you through the local countryside, around the Western Baray where you can spot water buffalos relaxing swampy ponds and kids riding to and from school. The Angkor Silk Farm lies 15-km west of Siem Reap, and here you can witness the entire process of silk creation. Starting with the growing and harvesting mulberry as food for the silkworms, you’ll also learn about the breeding process and lifecycle of the worms as well as the techniques used to spin the silk, the dying process and finally see how the beautiful silk weavings are crafted by hand on wooden looms. If you wish, you can even feed the silk worms - a fun experience and something you’ve probably never done before!*Extra activities are available at supplementary charges. Please contact us for more details and price information.

  • Day 3: Siem Reap

    Today your family will visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire and learn the history of the ancient temples.

    The city was established in the late 12th century by King Jayavarman VII. Built in the Bayon style, the city is surrounded by an 8-meter-high wall, which creates a perfectly square barrier around the 9-kilometer-square city.

    You’ll enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone archway with carvings of elephants and four giant faces sculpted into the surface. After passing through the gate you’ll continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is majestic to see up close and is famous for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-see structures and are both known for their intricate stone sculptures.

    After meandering around the city grounds you can then give your feet a rest with an elephant ride around Bayon Temple - a truly unforgettable moment, as you see the temple from an elevated perspective.

    Next you have the chance to visit and explore Ta Prohm Temple, which you may recognize from the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie, which was set and filmed here. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was discovered: overgrown and engulfed by trees and vines, with many parts of the temple in a state of disrepair. This character makes the temple one of the most memorable and unique of the Angkor temples.

    As an extra treat, and in-keeping with the ‘Tomb Raider’ theme, you will be given a map and a book of clues and set the task to unravel the mystery of Ta Prohm Temple...

    Does your group have the wit and skill required to solve the puzzle?After (hopefully!) solving the mystery of Ta Prohm you will return to your hotel, where you can enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. Once again, feel free to ask your guide for their tips of where to go in Siem Reap to experience the local atmosphere, for where to shop for souvenirs or for a delicious restaurant recommendation, or simply relax at your hotel.

  • Day 4: Siem Reap

    On your last day you can enjoy breakfast at your hotel before check-out, and then (depending on your individual departure or onward travel plans) you can spend the rest of your time in Siem Reap shopping for last minute souvenirs, or just soaking up the last drops of Cambodian culture.

    If you would like to extend your time in Cambodia, please consult our Cambodia Travel Specialist who will be able to advise you of complementary Backyard Travel tours around this fabulous nation to enhance your experience even further.

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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.

Tour and airfare prices include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without prior notice until services are booked.

You, your holiday and booking direct: Backyard Travel are on the ground year-round in Asia, which means you are booking direct with a local travel company, allowing you to save on the cost of your holiday. Our tailor-made tours are designed by local Travel Specialists who investigate every aspect of the trip themselves, giving you a unique view of each destination.

 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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