ARRIVE SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA
Arrive in Siem Reap, where you are met and enjoy VIP Fast Track Service before being transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
SIEM REAP | MAGNIFICENT TEMPLES
Begin the day at Angkor Thom, former capital of the Khmer empire. Upon entering through the South Gate, note its four giant stone faces, a stunning example of Khmer craftsmanship. See Bayon Temple — a Buddhist marvel incorporating elements of Hindu cosmology — and the Terrace of the Elephants, an impressive wall used by kings as a ceremonial stage. See, too, the well-detailed bas-reliefs at the Terrace of the Leper King. Continue to the nearby Baphuon Temple, a temple-mountain featuring a unique animal carving at the walkway entrance and a large reclining Buddha to the west. After lunch at a local restaurant, return to your hotel for time at leisure.
SIEM REAP | ANGKOR WAT
Rise early this morning and journey by tuk-tuk to famed Angkor Wat, built during the reign of King Suryavarman II. Witness the dramatic sunrise over the breathtaking temple and see its bas-reliefs and stone carvings, many said to immortalize the mighty kings’ wars. Return to your hotel for a late breakfast. Then, continue to Ta Prohm, tucked amid entwined strangler figs and kapok trees. Sit down to lunch at a local restaurant before setting out to pink sandstone Banteay Srei (the “Citadel of Women”) — noteworthy for its classical Khmer art — and ethereal Banteay Samre, among its highlights an interior moat. En route to Banteay Samre, stop at the Cambodia Clean Water Project, an A&K Philanthropy-sponsored initiative that builds pumping wells in rural communities throughout the country. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
DEPART SIEM REAP
Transfer to the airport this morning and board your departure flight.
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CRUISE TONLE SAP
Enjoy a morning cruise on Tonle Sap (Great Lake), pausing at a floating village for an authentic glimpse of local daily life.
SIEM REAP CYCLE TOUR & BLESSING
Set out for a leisurely bicycle ride through the idyllic Siem Reap countryside, pausing at a pagoda near Bayon temple. Later, receive a blessing of peace and happiness from a local Buddhist monk.
ANGKOR WAT PHOTO SHOOT
See the ruins of Angkor Wat through the eyes of a professional photographer as you learn to capture magical moments with your own camera. Specializing in infrared film, your instructor shows you how to create dramatic, dream-like images — whatever your skill level.
HELI-TOUR OF ANGKOR’S HIDDEN TEMPLES
Take off on a once-in-a-lifetime exploration of Angkor’s remote outlying temples by helicopter. Watch the lush countryside pass beneath, giving way to Koh Ker, a vast Khmer temple complex shrouded in strangler figs. Descend to explore its rarely glimpsed step pyramid and overgrown satellite temples. Continue on to Beng Mealea, one of the largest temple complexes of the Khmer empire, alighting to discover the central sanctuary, adjoining galleries and mythological carvings encircled within its moat.
Enjoy an energetic evening of theater, dance, contortion and acrobatics when you attend the Phare Circus Show.
COMBINE YOUR JOURNEY
Extend your time in Southeast Asia by combining this journey with Tailor Made Laos: Luang Prabang, Tailor Made Myanmar: Land of Pagodas & Stupas, Tailor Made Thailand: Bangkok to the Beach and Tailor Made Vietnam: North to South.