Angkor & Beng Malea Tour – 5 Days

Destination: Siem Reap
Duration: 5 days + 4 nights
Accommodation: 4 star hotel of your choice

The town of Roluos served as the capital of Indravarman I, who reigned between 877 – 889. Today, it is both a town and an archeological site which lies about 13 kilometres east of Siem Reap. Its monuments  are among the earliest large, permanent temples built by the Khmers and mark the beginning of Khmer classical art. 

Between the 9th and 15th centuries, the Khmer Empire produced some of the world’s most magnificent architectural masterpieces in Angkor. Today, these works – 1,000 temples in total – comprise magnificent ruins that lay in various stages of preservation – some mysteriously jutting out through the forest, and others out in plain view such as the  fabulous Angkor Wat.  

Explore the archaeological treasures of Angkor on this 5-day Angkor & Beng Malea tour which commences at the ancient town of Roluos, winds through the mysterious temples of Angkor, and culminates at Banteay Srei, which is regarded as the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art. Continue onto Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor’s famous Angkor Wat. On day four, you’ll drive through the Khmer countryside to visit the remote Beng Malea temple. You’ll also get the chance to visit the floating village of Chong Khneas and take a traditional wooden boat ride on one of the largest lakes in Asia.

Highlights

  • Siem Reap
  • Roluos Group Temples
  • Angkor temples
  • Sunset at Pre Rup
  • Sunrise from Phnom Bakheng
  • Beng  Mealea temple
  • Tonle Sap Lake
  • Floating Village of Chong Khneas
  • Les Artisans d’Angkor – Chantiers Ecoles of Siem Reap

Day 1: Siem Reap Arrival – Roluos Group Temples – Angkor

Your driver and guide will meet you at Siem Reap International Airport and transfer you to your hotel for check-in.  Then, you will be driven to the Roluos Group temples where you will see Preah Ko, erected by Indravarman I in the late 9th century and dedicated to his ancestors; Bakong, the largest of the Roluos temples with its active Buddhist monastery just to the north of the east entrance; and Lolei, built by Yasovarman I, the founder of the first city at Angkor, on an islet in the center of a large reservoir which is now rice fields.

Lunch at the local restaurant and continue your temple tour as you journey onto Angkor. See the unique interior brick sculptures of Prasat Kravan; the Srah Srang Reservoir (also known as “The Royal Baths” as it was once used for ritual bathing); Banteay Kdei, which is surrounded by four concentric walls; and Eastern Mebon and its guardian elephants – some of which remain fairly well preserved.

In the evening, enjoy the sunset at Pre Rup, followed by dinner at the local restaurant. Then, retire to your hotel room and unwind as you prepare for tomorrow’s adventure.

Meals: Lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Overnight stay at hotel

Day 2: 
 Angkor

After breakfast at your hotel, your driver and guide will pick you up and take you to Angkor Wat – the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. The temple was built in the12th century and is considered a masterpiece – a prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.

Lunch at local restaurant, then visit Preah Khan. Built by King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is a place of towered enclosures and shoulder-hugging corridors; visit Neak Pean – a fountain built in the middle of a pool; and the temple of Ta Som.

Enjoy dinner at the local restaurant. Then, retire to your hotel room and unwind as you prepare for tomorrow’s adventure.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Overnight stay at hotel

Day 3: 
Angkor

Awake before dawn – your driver and guide will be waiting to pick you up and take you to Angkor to watch the sun rise from Phnom Bakheng, one of two hills dominating the plain of Angkor. From here, you will have a spectacular view of the Western Baray and Angkor Wat.

Come back to hotel for breakfast. Proceed to the Banteay Srei temple (10th century) regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer art. Then, visit Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor due to restoration using the method of “anastylosis”. The name Samre refers to an ethnic group of mountain people, who inhabited the region at the base of Phnom Kulen and were probably related to the Khmers. No inscriptions have been found for this temple, but the style of most of the architecture is of the classic art of the middle period similar to Angkor Wat. The proportions of Banteay Samre are splendid. A unique feature is an interior moat with laterite paving, which when filled with water must have given an ethereal atmosphere to the temple.

Lunch at local restaurant. Then, continue on to Takeo, Thommanon, Chau Say Tevoda and Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been left relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Its appeal lies in the fact that, unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it was abandoned and swallowed up by the jungle, looking very much the way most of the Angkor temples appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them.

Enjoy dinner at the local restaurant. Then, retire to your hotel room and unwind as you prepare for tomorrow’s adventure.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Overnight stay at hotel

Day 4:
 Beng Malea Temple

After breakfast at your hotel, your driver and guide will pick you up and take you to the remote Beng  Mealea temple. You will see many picturesque villages on our 70 kilometre drive through the Khmer countryside, and once we reach the temple, you will have the opportunity to explore the long abandoned temple strangled by the jungle at your leisure.

Lunch box will be provided on site.

Return to your hotel in the afternoon and enjoy dinner at the local restaurant. Then, retire to your hotel room and unwind as you prepare for tomorrow’s adventure.

Day 5:
 Tonle Sap Lake – Depart Siem Reap

After breakfast at your hotel, your driver and guide will pick you up and take you to visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, located 10 kilometers south of Siem Reap. You will also have the opportunity to take a ride on a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, one of the largest lakes in Asia view publisher site.

Lunch at the local restaurant, then visit Les Artisans d’Angkor – Chantiers Ecoles of Siem Reap and, time permitting, spend some time at the local market.

In the evening, transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for your departure flight, or stay in Siem Reap for your next adventure.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: None

Includes

• Accommodation at 4 star hotel of your choice with breakfast (based on twin share)
• All transfers: airport – hotel – airport, and tours
• Opportunity to customise your tour itinerary
• Shuttle service from your hotel to anywhere within the Siem Reap area
• Ground transportation on tour
• Tours with English-speaking guide. Other languages can be arranged upon request – please let us know prior to booking
• Admission to all tour sites
• Boat trip to floating village
• Lunch and dinner
• Complimentary one-hour massage

Cost

Rates are Net in USD $ per person based on half twin room in a party of:
Hotel 1 pax 2 pax 3-5 pax 6-9 pax 10-15 pax 16-20 pax
Standard 350 345 330 325 310 305
Superior 375 260 355 350 340 330

Cost excludes:
• Cambodia visa fee currently US$20 / tax payable upon arrival
• Domestic and International Air tickets
• Domestic and International Insurance surcharge
• Domestic airport tax PNH-REP US$10, REP-NH US$6
• International airport tax departure PNH: US$25. REP US$25
• Personal expenses including drinks at meals, camera fee to tour sites
• All other accounts that are not mentioned in the above inclusion