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Angkor Wat: Highlights and Sunrise Guided Tour

1. Angkor Wat: Highlights and Sunrise Guided Tour

Discover the magic and history of the Angkor Wan on a guided sunrise tour from Siem Reap. Get around this vast temple complex easily with a airconditioned bus or van. Have the option to choose from a group or private tour. See sights like the Ta Prohm and Bayon temples.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation early in the morning. Arrive at Angkor wat and admire the glow of the sunrise on the ancient temple complex and surrounding jungle. Explore the interior of the great temple at Angkor, from its corridors and central chambers to the upper terraces. Hear stories behind the bas-relief carvings, and gain insight into life during the height of the Khmer Empire. Continue to Angkor Thom City and the Bayon Temple. At the end of the afternoon, visit the jungle-enveloped Ta Prohm, one of the most atmospheric of all the temples in Angkor. Return to your accommodation in Siem Reap at the end of your tour.

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat: Small-Group Sunrise Tour

2. Siem Reap: Angkor Wat: Small-Group Sunrise Tour

Begin with an early pickup from your hotel at 4.30 AM in an air-conditioned vehicle, and travel to the main entrance of the Angkor Wat to admire the stunning sunrise over this ancient and mysterious complex. Next, visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom to marvel at the Bayon and Baphoun temples with their 54 towers and 216 faces of Buddhisatva Avalokesvara. Listen as your guide explains historical facts about the Temples and the Khmer empire. After lunch, see the Terrace of the Elephant and the Terrace of the Leper King known as the royal viewing platform and the stage of the king’s great audience hall. Enter Ta Prohm Temple and view the lush trees surrounding the temple’s stones. Finally, go to Banteay Kdei temple which was built by the King Jayavarman VII in the late of 12th century before returning to your hotel in Siem Reap.

Angkor Wat: 2-Day Temples Tour with Sunset & Sunrise

3. Angkor Wat: 2-Day Temples Tour with Sunset & Sunrise

Day 1: Angkor Thom, Bayon, Neak Pean, Bantreay Srei, Banteay Samre, and Bakheng Mountain Visit the Southern Gate of Angkor Thom, flanked by a row of 54 stone figures on each side - gods to the left and demons to the right – and the fortified city of Angkor Thom. At ‘The Bayon’, you will see its beautifully crafted central towers, covered in more than 200 enormous faces, then explore the famous Terrace of the Leper King and the Terrace of Elephants. Move to Neak Pean, an artificial island with a Buddhist temple. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the intricately carved and well-preserved Banteay Srei. The detailed reliefs on this smaller sandstone structure are regarded as the finest, most skillfully crafted in Cambodia.  One the way back, enjoy a brief stop at the well-preserved Banteay Samre, a laterite structure that once featured internal moats. End your discoveries with an ascent for sunset at Bakheng mountain. Day 2: Angkor Wat at sunrise, Preah Khan, Ta Nei, and Ta Prohm Temple  Begin with a pre-dawn departure for sunrise outside of Angkor Wat. Enter the great temple in darkness (please bring a torch) from the little-visited eastern side, and creep along hoary cloistered corridors past the longest stretch of bas-relief carvings in the world.  End your touring at Angkor with breakfast outside the temple. Continue by moving on to Preah Khan temple, a ruined but highly atmospheric mélange of tree roots and crumbling stone structures. At the end of the morning, return to your hotel for lunch, and in the afternoon drive to Ta Nei, a late 12th Century stone temple located in Angkor. Move on to the jungle-enveloped Ta Prohm – one of the most atmospheric temples in Angkor, once home to 2,740 monks.

From Siem Reap: 2-Day Small Group Temples Sunrise Tour

4. From Siem Reap: 2-Day Small Group Temples Sunrise Tour

Day 1 – Full Day Temples of Angkor with Sunrise   Spend your day temple-hopping with your local guide to make the most of your visit to the world-famous Angkor complex, a site full of temples built between the 19th and 13th century. Begin with pre-dawn departure (between 4:20 and 5:00 AM) from your hotel to catch the sunrise outside of Angkor Wat. Then, explore the interior of the great temple, spending a thorough 2 hours discovering its corridors, central chambers and upper terraces. Your expert guide will decipher the myriad of stories behind the bas-relief carvings and give you insight into life during the height of the Khmer Empire. End your visit to Angkor with breakfast just outside the temple.   Continue the morning with a visit to the Southern Gate of Angkor Thom, flanked by a row of 54 stone figures on each side – gods to the left and demons to the right – and the fortified city of Angkor Thom. See its beautifully crafted central towers, covered in more than 200 enormous faces, before exploring the famous central terrace of the Leper King and the Terrace of Elephants. Finish your day with a visit to the temple Ta Prohm, once home to almost 3,000 monks. Return to your hotel at approximately 1:00 PM after lunch at a local restaurant.   Day 2 – Full Day Banteay Srei Temples   After pick-up from your hotel around 8:00 AM, you’ll head off to visit the most interesting temples outside Angkor Thom city. Your first stop is Pre Rup Hindu Temple, built in 961 or 962, that combines laterite and sandstone construction. Then, drive to the intricately carved and well-preserved Banteay Srei – the detailed reliefs on this smaller sandstone structure are regarded as the finest and most skilfully crafted in Cambodia.   On the return journey, visit Neak Pean, a Buddhist temple on a circular artificial island with in Jayatataka Baray, then continue to Preah Khan temple, a ruined but highly atmospheric mélange of tree roots and crumbling stone structures. Construction was commissioned by the prolific temple builder Jayavarman VII in honor of his father and a visit to this smaller site makes for an interesting contrast with the more imposing Angkor Wat. Preah Khan is currently being restored by the World Monument Fund and in places is in remarkably good condition.   In the late afternoon you’ll return to Siem Reap after a memorable day of exploration.

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat & Floating Village 2-Day Private Tour

5. Siem Reap: Angkor Wat & Floating Village 2-Day Private Tour

Explore the most exciting of Siem Reap's attractions, including several temples and the floating villages, on a two-day guided excursion with meals included. Day 1: Full-Day Angkor Sunrise Tour Start with an early morning to witness the sunrise at the extraordinary Angkor Wat and travel through the vast collection of ancient temples. Go through the central complex and learn about the history and symbolism of the temple. Once you've finished discovering Angkor Wat and had breakfast, head out into the center of Angkor Thom and enter the city through the Ancient Gate. From here, continue to Bayon Temple, known for the enigmatic towers representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. Continue to Ta Prohm Temple, which has been surrounded by jungle trees and vines, resulting in one of the most photogenic temples in the entire Angkor site. After all, that walking, enjoy lunch with a large spread of local dishes. As the day heats up, we drive back to your hotel. Day 2: Floating Village and Sunset Boat RideHead south of Siem Reap through the picturesque Cambodian countryside. Stop at a local family house surrounded by rice paddies and farms. Enjoy some cold coconut water or juice, meet the family, and spend time with them to learn about their farming life. Head over to Tonle Sap Lake and tour the floating villages by boat. Your guide will tell you about the phenomenon that creates a depth variance of up to eight meters and why this lake is vital to Cambodia’s survival. Finish off the adventure by taking a boat ride with local delicacies at sunset.

Angkor Wat: Small-Group Tour with Balloon Ride and Lunch

6. Angkor Wat: Small-Group Tour with Balloon Ride and Lunch

Start your day with a pick-up from your hotel at 8:00 AM where you will be transferred to the Angkor Wat ticket office to purchase your Angkor Pass (at your own expense), before setting off to Angkor Wat, one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. Spend the day exploring the temples of Angkor National Park. Begin with the Angkor Wat Temple, considered as one of the seven wonders of the world. Explore the massive Angkor Wat and be captivated by its complexity, intricately carved walls, columns, and chambers. With the help of your professional guide, discover the symbolic meanings of its carvings and architecture, and gain a deeper appreciation of Khmer culture. Next, you will be driven to the fortified city of Angkor Thom. Enter through the South Gate as you walk in the middle of a causeway flanked from side to side by symbolic statues of demons and gods. The entire length of the causeway contains a total of 108 mythical creatures serving as guards to the fortified city. Then, visit the majestic Bayon Temple, one of the most popular temples within the Angkor Thom Complex. Be mesmerized by over 200 large faces carved on 54 towers, which at that time represented the 54 provinces of the Khmer Empire. Continue your exploration at the Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. In the afternoon, proceed to the ethereal Ta Prohm Temple, built in AD 1186 by King Jayavarman VII and witness how the trunks of trees seem to devour the temples. After your tour of the temples, and weather permitting, you’ll have the opportunity to rise 200 meters over the site by a tethered helium balloon to admire the sun setting over the temple and jungle. This tour concludes with drop off at your hotel in the city.

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Admission Ticket

7. Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Admission Ticket

"Mobile Temple Pass" with this new way, allows tourists to purchase the temple pass online without printing it out and showing the pass along with their mobile phone by booking this tour we will assist you in purchasing the ticket which will help save your time and make your trip easier. We will choose the pass depending on how many days you would like to spend exploring the Angkor Archaeological Park. After booking, the pass will be sent to you 12 hours before your tour start. Separately, we also provide many best tours that you can do along by using this pass. Check our options.

Siem Reap: Temples & Tonle Sap Private 3-Day Tour

8. Siem Reap: Temples & Tonle Sap Private 3-Day Tour

Day 1:  Start your journey morning at 7.30 AM when you'll set off through the countryside to the world’s second-largest freshwater, Tonle Sap Lake. Take a boat trip to ‘Kampong Phluk’ a collection of 3 small fishing villages in an atmospheric flooded forest setting. Cruise through the village and see unique houses on stilts, and locals at work in the floating forest. In the afternoon, visit the first temple, the Roulous temple group. The ruins of Roulous are among the oldest Khmer monuments in the area, dating back to the 9th-century. Day 2:  Begin with a pre-dawn departure from your hotel to see the sunrise outside Angkor Wat. Enter the great temple in darkness and with the light from your torch, walk through the rarely visited eastern side. Creep along cloistered corridors past the longest stretch of bas-relief carvings in the world. Your expert local guide will decipher the myriad of stories behind the bas-relief carvings, and give you an insight into life during the height of the Khmer Empire. The morning tour ends at Angkor with breakfast outside the temple and a short rest. Continue the morning visit the southern Gate of Angkor Thom, flanked by a row of 54 stone figures of Gods and demons, and the fortified city of Angkor Thom. At The Bayon temple admire the beautifully crafted central towers, covered in more than 200 enormous faces. After lunch and a rest break, set out for the jungle-enveloped Ta Prohm, one of the most atmospheric of all temples in Angkor. Day 3:  Visit the most interesting temples outside Angkor Thom city. Your first stop is at Pre Rup Hindu temple. Built as the state temple it is a mountain temple made of combined brick, laterite, and sandstone. Continue on a drive to the intricately carved and well-preserved Banteay Srei. The detailed reliefs on this smaller sandstone structure are regarded as the finest, most skillfully crafted in Cambodia. Banteay Srei has only been accessible since the late 1990s when the Khmer Rouge left the area. On your return journey see the Neak Pean temples, an artificial island with a Buddhist temple on a circular island. Finish the final day by going to Preah Khan temple, a ruined but highly atmospheric mélange of tree roots and crumbling stone structures.

Koh Ker and Beng Mealea Temple Tour from Siem Reap

9. Koh Ker and Beng Mealea Temple Tour from Siem Reap

Depart Siem Reap and journey through the beautiful countryside to explore the ruins of Beng Mealea temple on the ancient royal highway to Preah Khan Kompong Svay.  Built out of sandstone as a Hindu temple in the 12th century, Beng Mealea has been partly reclaimed by nature where remains of the towers and courtyards can be seen in the thick brush of the dense jungle.  Travel on to Koh Ker, abandoned to the forests north of Siem Reap, and see some of the linga-shrines reclaimed from nature. Marvel at the ruins of sacred sites such as Prasat Thom, Prasat Pram, and Prasat Chrap, and get fascinating insights into the history, culture, and religions of the time. Relax in a nearby restaurant, where you can try traditional curries, soups, and stir-fries at your own expense.

Siem Reap 1-Day Jeep Tour to Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm

10. Siem Reap 1-Day Jeep Tour to Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm

Take an unforgettable jeep adventure, and visit some of the most spectacular temples in Cambodia. Explore each one for as long as you like, and stop at any spot you find interesting along the way. The jeep is at your command. Enjoy the freedom of traveling in the open air, feel the fresh air caress your face, and put your adventure cap on! Start your adventure at one of the largest and most beautiful temple complexes in the world – Angkor Wat. See Angkor Wat temple. Enjoy its mystical charm and the beautiful sculptures within it. Take a walk through the 110 temples in the complex before taking a short break to enjoy a soda or some fresh coconut water. Then on to Angkor Thom where you will visit the Bayon temple with its 54 Buddha head statues. And to finalize your journey, visit the famous Ta Prohm temple, featured in the movie Tomb Raider, and walk among the overgrown trees and gigantic roots that have become part of it throughout the years.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 132 reviews

This was an incredible tour of Angkor wat and surrounding temples including jungle temples and tomb raider temple. Our tour guide, Somnang, was amazing! By far one of the best tour guides I have had on my travels. He was extremely knowledgeable, teaching us about the detail behind the temples, the carvings, Cambodian history including the monarchy and previous political issues. Somnang had a lovely, patient nature and allowed us to take the trip at our own pace. He was happy to answer all our questions and provided very informative answers. He always worked very hard to do what was best for us to ensure we were comfortable and enjoying the trip at all times. He showed us the best places to enjoy lunch and the best photo spots as well so we could get great photos to have as memories! I would thoroughly recommend this trip to anyone wishing to visit Angkor Wat and other temples! Having a guide definitely makes the trip so much more enjoyable and worthwhile!

The tour was very good, and Mr Sok was an excellent guide! Very friendly and informative. The bus that we travelled around in was of very good quality, and plenty of water was provided

Great experience! Our guide vuthy explained the history of the temples to us very well and took the time to show us the best places to avoid the crowds and take beautiful photos

Fantastic tour with Sokpee! We saw so many incredible temples in the perfect order. The bus pick-up and planning made everything easy.

Early start is well worth the effort. 2 days was perfect to see a nice group of temples.