9. Siem Reap: Angkor Wat 2-Day Tour with Sunrise & Sunset
Your 2-day tour with an English speaking guide allows you to make the most of a 3 day temple pass. You will see all of the unmissable temples and learn a lot of new information. After this you'll be able to decide if you want to rest on day 3, revisit any of your favorites or find some final places within the region in a private Tuk-Tuk without missing out on vital knowledge about the ancient Khmer empire. Day 1 Experience the beauty and power of Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s most visited attraction. The UNESCO-listed archeological site has a long, rich history and still looks magnificent, even more so beneath the glow of a rising sun. On this small-group tour, know how its energy feels, rise early to watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat, and then benefit from the cooler weather and fewer crowds of the morning to explore the surrounding temples. You can purchase your temple pass in advance online or at the ticket office after your guide collects you from your accommodation. As the day progresses, you will discover other temples, taking occasional rest and food breaks. Angkor Thom, the well-known jungle temple, famous both for its past and its more recent feature in the Tomb Raider movie; Bayon, home to the large smiling faces, and some of the lesser-known but still outstanding temples, some of the best in our world, like the Buddhist temple of Banteay Kdei, the pyramid temple, largely unrestored and used by monks. Ta Keo is a mountain temple built in the 10th century, which you will walk up, treading between the ancient and modern eras. Simply put, visit Angkor Wat and, step by step, see, feel, and learn more along with your guide for the day. It's a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Day 2 Within the Angkor complex are other magnificent temples. Preah Khan is the biggest temple on this loop, built by King Bayon for his father. The water around Neak Pean Island temple was used for bathing and health in the Angkor period. Ta Som has a distinctive big tree over the east gate and is formed with lots of sculptures of dancers with long hair; it was built for the king's sister. East Mebon, built for the ancestors, used to be in the middle of a reservoir and was constructed as early as the 10th century. Pre-Rup was built by the king for himself; often mistaken for a crematorium, a stone structure that looks similar to a coffin was used by Hindus to meditate within at the full moon. And Phnom Bakheang is at the top of a hill; its 33 towers represent the heavens. Life on earth is to be lived. Take the tour, which shows the interrelatedness of past, present, and future.