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Cambodia's Secrets of Angkor

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 Trip Length
3 Days
 Trip Starts
Siem Reap
 Trip Finishes
Siem Reap
3 Day Cambodia's Secrets of Angkor Itinerary (Intrepid)
Countries Explored: Cambodia
Trip Operator:
Budget
Affordable
Max. Group Size
12
Pace
Leisurely
Trip Style
Original
Trip Code
TKAS

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Intrepid's 3 Day Cambodia's Secrets of Angkor. Uncover the secrets of Cambodia's mystical Angkor Wat region during three full days of exploration and adventure. Investigate these sacred temples and explore from Angkor Wat to Ta Prohm with a knowledgeable local guide. Be awed not only by the ruins but by stories of god-kings and lost civilisations, ancient mythology and fascinating folklore. Trek through the dense, steamy Cambodian jungle to admire Hindu sculptures that were carved into a riverbed over a thousand years ago, sample plenty of spicy Khmer...read more dishes and meet locals who reside in stilted villages atop Tonle Sap. This is the perfect addition to any holiday in South East Asia.

Itinerary

Sua s'dei! Welcome to Cambodia. You are picked up from centrally located hotels between 8. 00am and 8. 15am by your local guide for your day tour in Siem Reap.

We start our Angkor adventure with a visit to Angkor Wat temple, easily the most famous and best-preserved of all temples within the Angkor complex.

Lunch is Khmer style in a local restaurant. Enjoy a spread of great local food followed by a nap lazing in a hammock or explore to see the traditional way of life and say hello to the Cambodians near here.

After lunch we continue our day tour by visiting Angkor Thom, with its 54 towers decorated with more than 200 enigmatic smiling faces. Then we move on to visit the beautiful Ta Prohm (Tomb Raider) temple which was made famous by Angelina Jolie.

Your evening will be free for you to do as you wish. You might like to hit the night markets for some cheap and delicious street food, or maybe indulge in a traditional massage. (L)

Join a friendly local guide for some serious temple-hopping, nature appreciation and an in-depth look at local life in Siem Reap.

Visit the Banteay Srei Butterfly Centre, where we’ll learn all about the lifecycle of butterflies. The netted tropical enclosure here contains thousands of beautiful, free-flying butterflies and is the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia, and all revenue is re-invested to the local community to help alleviate poverty.

The next stop on our tour is the Cambodian Landmine Museum which was established in 1997 by ex-child soldier Aki Ra. The museum aims to educate visitors on the importance of clearing landmines in Cambodia and also supports at-risk Khmer children.

The truly stunning Banteay Srei Temple is next, which is home to some of the most exquisite stone carvings on earth. We’ll take a look around, learn a little about the temple and its history and, let’s be honest, pretend to be Indiana Jones for a few minutes. Since you're likely getting hungry at this point, we'll stop for a local Khmer lunch before heading to the next stop.

On the way back, we’ll stop to meet the sugar palm community at Preah Dak Village, the biggest sugar palm producer in Siem Reap. Here you’ll get a chance to learn how this organic sugar is produced and hopefully you’ll get to taste one of their sweet treats too. Our last stops of the day will be at two more elaborate temples in the grand circle of Angkor. Then we'll finish off with a visit to Preah Khan Temple, one of the largest complexes at Angkor.

Return to your hotel and you will have free time tonight. (B/L)

Discover Siem Reap's secrets as you explore by remork (Cambodian tuk tuk) on a half day tour in Siem Reap. Leaving Siem Reap we travel through the countryside to Tonle Sap Lake.

The Tonle Sap one of the world’s most productive bodies of fresh water. Each year, millions of fish come to spawn in the seasonally flooded forest surrounding the lake, attracting a myriad of water birds as well as people, who have settled in villages along the shores and who live with the rhythm of the water. This ecosystem was classified as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1997.

Take a boat trip around the lake to see floating villages and get a taste for life ruled by monsoonal rains and water-based agriculture. Take the back roads back to town and witness seasonal agricultural activities like cricket catching, rice planting and harvesting, smoking fish, fish paste (prohoc making), and duck farming. Stop at a local village to pick up Khmer snacks and visit a Buddhist monastery.

Your Cambodia's Secrets of Angkor comes to an end today in Siem Reap at 12pm - 1pm. No accommodation is included tonight. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • As one of the world’s greatest religious and archaeological sites, Angkor Wat deserves and demands special attention – this short break focuses on the temple complex in detail.
  • From the man-made to the natural side of Cambodia, encounter the wildlife of the country at the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity, an Intrepid Foundation supported project that helps animals saved from trafficking.
  • Explore the lands surrounding Angkor Wat, and gain insight into the Cambodian way of life.
  • Discover a way of life dictated by the rhythm of water in the fascinating floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake

  • Hotel (2 nights)

  • 2 Breakfasts included
  • 2 Lunches included

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
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Prices & Dates

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Note
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