Welcome to your insider’s Angkor tour! Upon arrival at Siem Reap International Airport, you’ll be met and welcomed by your local guide who will bring you to your hotel for check-in.
Siem Reap is the perfect gateway to discovering the ancient temples of Angkor. After check-in, your expert guide will escort you by bicycle to see some of the temple complex’s main highlights. Your first day of guided exploration will start at the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire.
Established in the late 12th-century by King Jayavarman VII, Angkor Thom was built in the Bayon style and is surrounded by an 8-meter-high wall that creates a perfectly 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.
After exploring the ancient city by foot, take a guided tour of the former Royal Palace, discovering smaller, hidden temples that are rarely visited. Then, hop back in the saddle to visit Ta Phrom Temple. This unique temple was left largely as it was found: overgrown and choked by jungle, making it one of the most stunning and atmospheric ruins in the complex.
In the late afternoon, ride your bike to the pick-up point for your helium balloon experience! You’ll board your balloon and see the majestic Angkor Wat from 120 meters in the air! This unique way to view the legendary structure will give you a better understanding of the layout of the vast complex.
In the evening, visit a local street market and discover a selection of regional delicacies, including deep-fried insects! Your Backyard Travel guide will explain the techniques locals use to catch the bees, crickets and water beetles. Adventurous foodies are welcome to try anything on offer! But be careful not to eat too much, because tonight a delicious dinner will be served at the family-run Touich Restaurant.
Open only for dinner, this welcoming venue is run by Sobey and his wife, Touich, who prepare BBQ and traditional Khmer recipes. The restaurant is a hidden secret 3 kilometers outside the town center. After dinner, your guide will transfer you to your hotel.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Meals included: Dinner