CAMBODIA: THE GRANDEUR OF ANGKOR WAT

February 2018

Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples were the capital of the Khmer Empire. Constructed between the 9th and 15th centuries, this was the largest city in the world during its heyday. What remains now are the magnificent stone hewn ruins of this empire. We'll introduce you to the history and culture of the are then and now and through our energetic and passionate guides these structures come alive.  Our guides know the best times to visit for optimum views and smallest crowds, so that you will experience the temples at their best. We break from temple viewing to spend a day in Battambang, Cambodia's second city, known for old French colonial architecture, it's pleasant vibe and excellent restaurants, as well as showing you the interesting sights in the city of Siem Reap and introduce you to our local Cambodian friends.

Angkor Wat Pre Rup from air Banteay Srei Pre-Rup temple, Cambodia Sopheara, Kampong Pluk

Day-By-Day Itinerary

We depart Bangkok for 50 minute flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Arrive and transfer the the elegant Viroth's Hotel which will be our home for the next 5 nights. Afternoon orientation of Siem Reap. Welcome dinner and party in Siem Reap.

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Following breakfast we depart for the Temples of Pre-Rup, Banteay Srei and Ta Phrohm. We will spend the day exploring these temples. Lunch in typical Cambodian restaurant in the countryside where you can sample the tasty local food. Late afternoon return to hotel, evening free to explore Siem Reap.

Return to Siem Reap and prepare for an evening visit to Phare, The Cambodian Circus. The performers are from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, provided with the opportunity to train as acrobats. They are sure to dazzle you with their skills, and after the performance you will have the opportunity to speak with the performers.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

An hours drive brings us to the 12th century Hindu temple of Beng Melea. Largely covered in forest, we wander through and around the complex as our guide explains the history. Another hours drive takes is to the seldom visited but remarkable temples of Koh Ker. To many it looks like a Mayan pyramid, though the complex is thoroughly Khmer, its unusual appearance gives it a mysterious air. Our guides have all the information to uncover this mystery and answer all your questions.

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Today we break from temple viewing and drive to the small city of Battambang. Best known for its French colonial and Art Deco archtitecture, the city exudes small town friendliness, full of charm and interest. We'll see silk weaving on hand looms, explore food and crafts markets and visit local farms. Battambang has some of the best restaurants in Cambodia where we'll have our meal. Late afternoon return to Siem Reap.

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We leave these 3 temples for last. Partly as these were the final temples to be build so chronologically this makes sense, but it also they are also the most grandiose of all and the impact greater (we think) after having seen other temples. The sheer immensity of Angkor Wat does not fail to impress, and leaves one to wonder how such structures could have been made. Our guides will explain as you inspect the temples both inside and out, gaining a sense wonders at the ingenuity of this long ago civilization. 

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Breakfast at hotel, morning free and midday transfer to airport for onward flight.

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prices & registration information

Price includes all hotels, meals where noted, all transportation by private vehicle in Cambodia, entrance fees to all venues, services of licensed English speaking guide, driver and USA based trip leader, purified drinking water in vehicle.

$1700. (Based on double occupancy)
$2100. (Based on single occupancy)


NOT included: International airfare from home to Bangkok, Thailand, airfare from Bangkok, Thailand to Siem Reap, Cambodia, Cambodian visa (obtained upon arrival), gratuities, insurance, laundry and souvenirs.

General Information

This journey begins in Bangkok,Thailand with a 50-minute flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Round trip Bangkok to Siem Reap approximately $200, subject to change. Upon arrival in Siem Reap visas can be purchased easily at airport. Cost is $35 and one passport size photo is required. This journey finishes with return flight to Bangkok (or other destination of your choice). Siem Reap is safe and friendly destination. No inoculations are required for Cambodia, however it is suggestion that participants discuss possible or suggested immunizations with doctor.