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Angkor Walkers | May 28, 2017

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3 Day – Extended Exploration of Angkor

Below is a sample itinerary for a three day tour of Angkor temples and Siem Reap. Each Angkor Walkers tour is customized, so please feel free to contact us to discuss your perfect  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 — Temple Tour

Morning Tour : The tour will start from a visit to the over-grown Ta Prohm temple where the movie Tomb Raider was filmed. Continue to visit a long-lost, off-road and over-grown Ta Nei where you will claim the whole temple to yourself away from the tourist traps.

Then a visit to a famous and magnificent Angkor Wat temple. This architectural and religious masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century and stretches over an area of about 210 hectares.

Afternoon Tour:  Journey will continue to visit South Gate of Angkor Thom, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Baphoun, PHimeanakas, Terrace of Elephant and a less visited Palilay temples

If you wish to experience sunrise and sunset, we would suggest to either do it on the first day or the second day of the tour which we have to start from Angkor Wat. The beauty of sunrise and sunset depends on the mercy of the season in Cambodia.

. In the dry season (November to June), sunrise and sunset tends to be more pleasant and beautiful to see. Whereas in the rainy season (July to October), it is sometimes cloudy and wet.

For sunset, we will choose the best place for you to experience this magical time of day, such as a leisurely paddle boat ride along the Angkor Thom moat with a glass of wine or gin and tonic and view hidden elements of ancient Khmer water engineering systems.

Most guide books suggest watching the sunset at Phnom Bakheng Hill, however we would not recommend this because it is usually busy with huge crowd.

Day TWO — Temple Tour

Morning Tour:  Tour will start with a departure to the north of Siem Reap 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. Known to locals as ” Lady Temple.”

The journey will be en route to visit Landmine Museum to learn the recent history of Khmer Rouge and Cambodian civil war which will reflect the history of 21st century Cambodia with a drive through countryside.

Afternoon: These are just suggestions in the afternoon after visiting Landmine Museum and Banteay Srey.

  1. If you are keen to learn more about how Silk is made and woven then Silk is the next destination.
  2. This is another disturbing side of 21st century Cambodia, the Floating Village, to learn the challenges Cambodian fishing community faces with their mobile floating homes on the Tonle Sap Lake, the great lake of Southeast Asia.
  3. The last option for the afternoon is that if you feel like you wish to learn more about the Khmer Civilization, the Angkor National Museum is the perfect introduction.

 Day Three — 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 for introducing the beauty of rural landscape which married 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. 

 

Beng Mealea. www.angkorwalkers.com

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