Day 1: Angkor – Siem Reap Arrival
Arrive at the airport, pick you up at the hotel in Siem Reap, free to explore the city on your own.
Day 2: Angkor Cycling Tours Small Circuit (25km) ( B, L )
Depart from the hotel on the main road and cycle through the Angkor pass checkpoint. Cycling through the shady road with a little pumping because of the few potholes. There you will begin to see Kravan temple, Banteay Kdei, and stop at the famous Ta Phrom, embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers. Visit Ta Phrom (45 minutes-1 hour). It was built in the 12th century by the famous King Jayavarvan VII indicated to his mother. While clearing back the forest archaeologists decided to leave the vegetation of Ta Phrom in place to serve as a reminder of how the original discoverers found it and the other Angkor temples. Many of the trees have grown around and through the remains and soar high above the temples. Continue the Angkor cycling tours through a small circuit passing Ta Keo temple, Chao Say Tevoda, and Tommanon before reaching Angkor Thom city. There you will see, the Terrace of Leper King, the Terrace of Elephant, Baphoun, and Phimean Akas. Stop at Bayon temple and start the visit (45 minutes-1 hour). Angkor Thom was built by Cambodia’s great king, Jayavarman VII. An eight-meter high wall encloses this ten square kilometer city, which is encircled by a moat. The famous Bayon, in the geographical heart of Angkor Thom, is a remarkable 54 tower temple. Initially, the temple appears to be a shapeless mass of grey and brownstone, but it is only as you get closer that you realize every tower has the carved face of Avalokiteshvara on it.
After the visit, cycle to Angkor Wat to finish the small circuit. Stop at the South Gate of Angkor Thom for taking photos. Access via a causeway over the moat that is flanked by statues of Gods on the left and devils on the right. Then visit the magnificent 12th century Angkor Wat. It is visually, architecturally, and artistically breathtaking. Angkor Wat is a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five beehive-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level. Suryavarman II constructed Angkor Wat in the form of a massive ‘temple mountain’ dedicated to the Hindu god, Vishnu.
Day 3: Rolous Group & Tonle Sap Lake Cycling Tours (50km) ( B, L )
Depart from the hotel, crossing the bridge at Old Market to cycle 15km toward Rolous Group. The first 2km, is on the tarmac road toward the bus station. Then, passing the rice field and the village. Rolous Group was the first capital of the Angkor Empire during 800 A.D. Visit the Pre-Angkorian temples including Preak Ko, Bakong, and Lo Lei. Afternoon, cycling to Tonle Sap Lake. Turn left at the crocodile farm crossing the bridge. Then cycle on a small road along the river through villages, pagodas, and schools. This road is good for cycling to avoid busy traffic. After cycling 8km, turn right across the bridge to the main road as there is no further access on the small road. Continue cycling tour toward the hill about 3km (July-December) where the boat stop. (Note: January-June, the water is low and the boat will stop further 3km). Board the boat to visit the floating village, floating school, and fishing farm. After a 1-hour boat drive. Return the Siem Reap on the main road to avoid cycling on the same road.
Day 4: Banteay Srei, Landmines Museum (70km) ( B, L )
Depart from the hotel on the main road. Arrive at Angkor Wat and turn left to the west. Continue to cycle 2km before turning right to the rural road. The road is good for cycling as you can avoid the busy traffic but you can see rice fields, a village, and a pagoda. Arrive in Banteay Srei before lunch. Visit (45 minutes) Banteay Srei temple known as the women's citadel (built in 967 A.D dedicated to Brahma). While some temples are impressive because of their sheer size, Banteay Srei stands alone in the quality of its construction and decoration. Its pink sandstone walls are decorated with what some consider the best carving of all, and are still in an excellent state of preservation.
On the way back, cycle on the main road to visit Banteay Samre and the Landmine Museum of Mr. Akira. Mr. Ra is dedicated to clearing the Cambodian countryside of landmines laid during the years of conflict and relies entirely on visitors’ donations to fund his work.
Day 5: Full Day Trekking Temple & Mountain (Walking 12km) Soft Adventure (B, L)
07h00am: Meet with your guide. Transfer from the hotel to the foot of Kulen Mountain takes 50 minutes. On arrival, get water in the cool box. Begin walking up the hill. The first 2km is uphill and rocky. After the 2km, the path is flatter. Water stop at Km2. Visit the River of Thousand Lingas lying under the river bed, people believe it brings fertility and blessing Angkor area as the river flows from Kulen to Siem Reap. Walk 700meters to visit the Grand Reclining Buddha. Kulen mountain remains the sacred place local people believe. From the Grand Reclining Buddha, walk another 500 meters to the waterfall, where we enjoy swimming in the 30 meters high waterfall.
After lunch, transfer to Beng Mealea temple. Beng Mealea is an untouched temple hidden in the jungle surrounded by its mood 900 meters by 1,200 meters. Beng Mealea is a beautiful, charming temple. It has a character that cannot be found in any other temple. We can feel very peaceful sitting inside the temple as we can get rid of the many tourists in the Angkor area. Late afternoon, transfer back to the hotel.
Day 6: Departure (B )
Breakfast at your hotel and free until time to pick up and transfer to the airport.
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Join in group departure dates: 7th and 20th monthly
Group size: 2 – 16 travelers.