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Secret Escape: Angkor Wat, Beng Mealea & Other Temples

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  • Marvel at the ruins of Angkor
  • Unravel the legends of Preah Vihear
  • Explore Banteay Chmar, the temple in the jungle
  • Visit Anlong Veng and learn more about Cambodia's dark history
This 6-day, off-the-beaten-track itinerary features amazing experiences aimed at travellers willing to venture beyond the famous Angkor Wat complex and learn more about rich Cambodian history. It begins with a visit to Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer empire that was built in the late 12th century by King Jayavarman VII.

Engage in an ‘Indiana Jones’-style exploration of the temples of Beng Mealea and Koh Ker, which are hidden inside forests. Travel to the Preah Vihear Temple, situated atop a stunning 525-meter cliff on the border of Cambodia and Thailand. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction.

Get the chance to explore a darker side of Cambodian history with a trip to Anlong Veng , where one can visit the house of the infamous Khmer Rouge leader Ta Mok, who was known as ‘Brother Number Five’ within the party but is popularly known as 'The Butcher’ to the world outside.

Explore hidden ruins atop cliffs and inside dense forests during this guided trip. Learn more about Cambodia's history, both ancient and modern, as well as the life of the people in its villages. For more about this tour, please go through the itinerary below.

8 hours 3 Star Hotel at New Riverside Hotel – Superior Room
Welcome to Siem Reap, the ancient kingdom of the Khmer. You will be picked up at the airport by our tour guide and transferred to the hotel in town. Please note that the check-in time at the hotel is 2:00 pm (early check in subjects to room availability).

You are free for the rest of the day. We suggest you hit the night market in the evening to enjoy a glass of Angkor Beer and try local cuisine at one of the many nice restaurant. In case you are interested in an optional activity, we suggest you go to a Phare circus in the evening.

This Cambodian circus has long been famous for its performances and is involved in teaching street kids to become circus artists. Enjoy their interpretations of modern life and issues in Cambodian society.
8 hours 3 Star Hotel at New Riverside Hotel – Superior Room
Start your day by travelling to the southern gate of Angkor Thom. See the massive stone faces carved on the towers of Bayon. Continue your walk on the Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King.

Continue your visit to Ta Prohm, which has been left just as it was when rediscovered: a photogenic maze of jungle growing up through temple ruins. Then head for the famed Angkor Wat Temple. The largest and best preserved among the many temples in the area, Angkor Wat is the highlight of almost all Cambodia holiday packages and the experience of walking on its sacred grounds is not to be forgotten.

The rest of the day is your free time. Your tour guide can recommend you a nice place for dinner and/or spice it up with an Apsara dance show. The Apsara dance has its origins in legends about the founding of Cambodia and shows the country as a happy, prosperous place. Enjoy an Apsara dance show while having dinner, a must-see for anyone in Siem Reap.
Meals
  • Breakfast
8 hours 3 Star Hotel at Preah Vihear Boutique Hotel – Deluxe Room
Have your breakfast and head for the quiet Beng Mealea, located around 65km away from Siem Reap. After a short walk through a dense jungle, you’ll feel like an 'Indiana Jones' explorer while entering the completely overgrown temple.

Left hidden for centuries, Beng Mealea has only recently been made accessible but still remains unrestored. Continue your journey to the unique temple of Koh Ker, stopping by the local market on the way. They say local markets are the best place to learn more about the people and culture of a region and your guide will explain you the daily life of the people as you wander on the streets of the bustling market.

Hop into the cab again and head for the Koh Ker complex, regarded by many as the hidden Angkor. A temple town in its heydays, Koh Ker was the second largest city of the Khmer civilization which was subsequently left to the jungle for nearly a millennium. Due to its remote location, this 'lost city' had rarely been visited by foreigners and locals alike until very recently.

Transfer to Sra’aem next. You will be staying in this small, peaceful town tonight.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8 hours Homestay
Head for the Preah Vihear Temple, a Khmer, Hindu temple situated atop a 525-meter cliff on the border between Thailand and Cambodia that was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008. The incomparable beauty of this temple stems from its history, location and architecture. Transfer to a pick-up vehicle upon reaching the base of the cliff and drive to the top. Spend the whole morning exploring the temple and enjoying wonderful sceneries. Have lunch upon driving down from the temple.

Continue your journey to Banteay Meanchay province in the afternoon. Stop on the way to see the house of the infamous Khmer Rouge leader Ta Mok in Anlong Veng. The village remained the last stronghold of the communist Khmer Rouge regime, which ruled Cambodia from 1975-79.
Learn more about this bloody period of Cambodia’s history before continuing to Banteay Meanchay, where you will be staying overnight.

Note: Please remember to bring your passport with you today. You will be required to show it at the check-point on the way to the Preah Vihear Temple.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8 hours 3 Star Hotel at New Riverside Hotel – Superior Room
Wake up in this peaceful countryside and go for a walk with your guide. Visit a blacksmith's workshop to see how traditional ironwares are forged. Continue to the Banteay Chmar complex, another temple city hidden in the jungle and one of Cambodia’s national treasures.

For 800 years, Banteay Chhmar has remained mostly undiscovered and untouched. Thanks to its remote location, the place sees few visitors. Have a simple lunch in a local restaurant before hitting the road for Siem Reap. Reach Siem Reap after two hours on the road. Check in at the hotel upon arrival. You are free for the reminder of the day.

later by today is a massage therapy carried out by the blind. Not only is this the best way to rejuvenate your body, but also a chance to give something to the most vulnerable of the local population.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
2 hours
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight home. We wish you a pleasant journey.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • 5 nights’ accommodation in single rooms as per the itinerary (check in and check out in the afternoon)
  • All transfers provided by air-conditioned vehicles
  • Local, English-speaking tour guides
  • All entrance fees to destinations mentioned on the itinerary
  • Meals: breakfast everyday, 3 lunches, 2 dinners. 2 bottles of mineral water per person, per day on days of transfer and sightseeing only
Optional Addons (Available during check-out)
  • SS P2 2018
  • SS P3 2018 - P2 2019
  • SS P 1 3 2019
what's excluded
  • Airfares (international and domestic)
  • Food & beverages other than those mentioned on the itinerary
  • Visa to Cambodia
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Additional transfers and other arrangements due to emergency
  • Items that are personal in nature (Phone calls, laundry, etc)
  • Anything not mentioned in the 'What's Included' section
  • Any activities mentioned optional
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 6 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Age Requirement 1 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English & german
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Siem Reap, Cambodia
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