4 Day – Extended Exploration of Angkor
Below is a sample itinerary for a four day tour of the Angkor Archaeological Park and Siem Reap. Each Angkor Walkers tour is customized, so please feel free to contact us to discuss your perfect four day itinerary. We are always happy to make suggestions, but why not also check out the ‘Tour Inspirations’ page for ideas of experiences that could await you.
Day One – A Lost and Over-Grown City
AM : Today tour and itinerary is started with a long drive through Cambodia country scenery to a former capital city Koh Ker, the former capital city of Jayavarman IV.
Koh Ker is one of the main temple complexes that lost to tropical jungle for many years and recently exposed and opened to some dare adventurers. It is a 10th century temple and capital city known as ” the Island of Glory” that is located 85 kilometers ( 54 miles) northeast of Angkor city.
PM :The next stop after a visit to Koh ker, journey will continue to Beng Mealea temple which is less visited and outside of the Angkor Park. It is believed to be the model and blueprint of Angkor Wat.
Day Two — Main Temple
AM : Tour will start from a visit to Ta Prohm temple which is over-grown and where the movie Tomb Raider was filmed then en route to visit the long lost, off-road and less visited Ta Nei where you will claim the whole temple to yourself away from the tourist traps. The magnificent Angkor Wat is the next destination.
PM: Journey will continue to visit South Gate of Angkor Thom, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Baphoun, Phimeanakas, Royal Palace, Elephant Terrace and with an en route to explore the atmospheric Preah Palilay temple.
Day Three — 21st Century Cambodia vs 10th Century Temple
AM : Start with a departure to the north of Siem Reap through countryside heading toward Banteay Srey temple, the citadel of woman. The jewel indisputable of Khmer Art with its hard and pink sandstone, wonderfully sculpted, perfectly preserved and restored.
Continue to visit Landmine Museum to learn the recent history of Khmer Rouge and Cambodian civil war which will reflect the 21st century Cambodia and her young generation.
Day Four — Rural Life and Buddhism
Friendliness, warm hospitality and beautiful smiles are never hard to find in Cambodia rural villages. Thanks to the Kingdom’s tolerant and peaceful Buddhist way of life and culture.
Today journey is to learn the importance of Buddhism and its way of the day in these rural communities by visiting a contemporary monastery and receiving blessing from monk. You can perform Monk-Chat where you can chat with monks about their life-style and about their practice in general.
As a Cambodian born in the countryside, I long to introduce the beauty of rural landscape along with essence of Buddhism practice where mass tourism can not follow and only few get to learn and see this side of the real Cambodia. Email us for the detailed itinerary.