Angkor Wat Extension

Trip Length 4 Days
Group Size 1-15
Activity level
Starting from $699

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Spend four days exploring this UNESCO World Heritage site, the perfect complement to any trip to Asia.

A tribute to the Hindu-Buddhist worlds, this architectural masterpiece was left behind by the mighty Khmer Empire and now stands as the largest religious structure in the world. The breathtaking 12th century jungle temple remains Cambodia?s proudest symbol and an enticing destination for travelers the world over. The first glimpse of Angkor Wat, rising majestically into the sky, is tremendously rewarding and unforgettable.

Our journey hits all of the highlights, from the intricacy of bas-relief temples to the astounding scale of Buddha images draped in vines. In addition to Angkor Wat itself, we spend some time in the fortified city of Angkor Thom. Visit the remarkable Bayon Temple, adorned by over 200 smiling stone faces created in the likeness of a Khmer King, as well as the fabulous Ta Prohm Temple, embraced over the centuries by the roots of giant silk cotton trees. With the sun setting on each day?s adventure, we come away with an appreciation for the beauty of this ancient capital, its people, and our own spirit for adventure.

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Trip Highlights

  • Spend 4 days exploring the Angkor complex, including Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom
  • Experience this enormous 12th century temple, one of the world's Seven Wonders
  • Walk amid ancient history in nearby sites like Bayon and Ta Prohm Temples

Activities

This trip is rated Easy Active [2]. Participants should arrive in good physical condition and plan on 3-5 hours of walking on most days over generally flat terrain with some stair-climbing and short uphill stretches.� As Cambodia lies in the tropics, warm temperatures with high humidity are common (see ?Weather? below).

  • Walking
  • Hiking

What's Included

Trip price includes All accommodations; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; local English-speaking guide; entrance fees to Angkor complex and all temple sites as noted; boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake (if your flight schedule allows); ground transportation in air-conditioned vehicle as noted; transfers to/from the airport.

Accommodations

Hotels, 3 nights

Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Meet your guide in Siem Reap; visit Angkor Thom and the Bayon Temple.

Your trip begins today in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Arrive in Siem Reap and transfer to your hotel this morning.�Siem Reap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the powerful Khmer Empire.�We?ll start our visit with the early-Angkor era temples of the Roluos Group, including Preah Ko (Sacred Ox), the completely restored Ba Kong�and Lo Lei, all of which venerate the Hindu gods and date back to the 9th century.�In the afternoon, we?ll tour the South Gate of Angkor Thom, as well as the enchanting and photogenic Bayon (1190) and the sculpted panel masterpieces of the Terrace of Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.�We return to our hotel after watching the sunset at Phnom Bakheng.�Overnight in Siem Reap.�All meals on your own today.

Day 2

Spend the morning at grand Angkor Wat. Exlpore Ta Prohm this afternoon.

In the morning, we focus our attention on an extensive visit of the magnificent 12th-century Angkor Wat, which was built for King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. The bas-relief temple symbolizes Mount Meru, considered the center of the universe and home of the Hindu gods. The best-preserved temple on this site, Angkor Wat is certain to take the breath away of even the most jaded traveler. In the afternoon, we continue our exploration with visits to Banteay Kdei, where Buddha images were recently found buried, the small twin temples of Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon and the amazing Ta Prohm Temple or "old Brahma" temple that is squeezed by the roots of enormous trees and gigantic creepers. Overnight in Siem Reap. Breakfast included.

Day 3

Visit the red sandstone temple of Bantaey Srei; tour the "Big Circuit."

After breakfast, we visit the finely sculpted Banteay Srei, the ?citadel of women?, built in 967 A.D. of red sandstone and referred to as the ?jewel? of Khmer architecture. �We?ll also see Banteay Samre, which is one of the most complete temples and has interior moats that are filled during the rainy season. �After lunch, we?ll continue our tour of the ?Big Circuit? temples, including Pre Rup, East Mebon, Preah Khan and Neak Pean, which has a shining pool and human and animal head water spouts. �Overnight in Siem Reap.� Breakfast included.

Day 4

Explore floating villages or visit the Artisans d'Angkor workshops.

Depending on departure time, after breakfast we can return to the "Big Circuit" for additional exploration, visit the workshops of the Artisans d?Angkor to see wood and stone carving demonstrations and shop for souvenirs or take a boat trip on the Tonl� Sap lake (for those trips in July through February), the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and one of the world?s most productive inland fisheries, designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Later today, transfer back to the Siem Reap Airport for your flight home.�Breakfast included.

Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering.�To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection.�This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip.�Try to bring only what is necessary.

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Travel documents

  • Airline Tickets (Confirmation and Itinerary)
  • Final Bulletin (Emailed Prior to Departure Date)
  • Valid Passport

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