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Angkor Secret Escape - 6 days

This “off-the-beaten-track” itinerary features fulfilling experiences aimed at travelers seeking a more enriching journey, those willing to venture far beyond the famous Angkor Wat complex. It begins with ‘Indiana Jones’ style exploration of hidden, overgrown jungle temples such as Beng Mealea and Koh Ker. We also take you to the Preah Vihear Temple, situated atop a stunning 525-meter cliff on the border of Cambodia and Thailand, a UNESCO heritage site known as the ‘Glorious Lord of the Mountain’. A true undiscovered gem, this idyllic destination epitomizes the beauty of Cambodia. Then you will have the chance to explore a darker side of Cambodian history with a trip to Anlong Veng Village where one can visit the house of the infamous Khmer rouge leader Ta Mok, known as ‘Brother Number Five’, or ‘The Butcher’. Further away, hidden temple Banteay Chhmar and the untouched village are the real face of the ancient Khmer life, where you will have a chance to live like a local.

Highlights

  • Marvel at the temples of Angkor in Siem Reap
  • Explore Koh Ker temple, the hidden second Angkor in the jungle
  • Uncage the secret legend of “The temple in the sky” Preah Vihear
  • A short walk through the past, discover the bloody period of the Pol Pot regime
  • Wander around the untouched temple in the jungle, Banteay Chmar
  • A touch of the local life in the remote area of Cambodia
  • Relax with Seeing hand massage

Itinerary

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day 1
ARRIVE IN SIEM REAP

Welcome to Siem Reap, the ancient Kingdom of Cambodia. You will be picked up at the airport by our tour guide and transferred to the hotel in town.
Hotel check in time 2 pm, early check in subjects to hotel availability.
The day will be free at your own leisure to recover from jetlag.

We suggest you hit the night market in the evening to enjoy a glass of Angkor Beer and try local cuisine at many nice restaurant.

Meals: Nil

Accommodation:New Riverside Hotel – Superior Room

Optional activity:

Enjoy PHARE circus in the evening. The Cambodian Circus has long been famous for their performances, and this NGO teaching street kids to become circus artists is a regular at international circus conventions worldwide. Enjoy their interpretations of modern life and issues in Cambodian society.

DAY 2
SIEM REAP – ANGKOR THOM, TA PROHM AND ANGKOR WAT

Begin your day you will enter the South Gate of Angkor Thom, then view the massive stone faces on the towers of the Bayon. Continue to walk by Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of Leper King.
Continue your visit to Ta Prohm which has been left just as it was when rediscovered: a photogenic and atmospheric maze of jungle growing up through temple ruins.
This afternoon, you will visit the famed Angkor Wat Temple. The largest and best preserved among the many temples in the area, Angkor Wat is the highlight of most all Cambodia holiday packages, and the experience of walking its sacred grounds is not to be forgotten.

The rest of the day is your free time, your tour guide will recommend you place for dinner and or spice it up with a Apsara dance show.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:New Riverside Hotel – Superior Room

Optional activities:

The Apsara dance comes from the legend about the origins of Cambodia. It shows the happiness and prosperity for the whole country. This evening, enjoy an Apsara dance show while having dinner, a must see for any visitors of Siem Reap.

DAY 3
SIEM REAP – BENG MEALEA – KOR KEH – SRA’AEM TOWN

Today we have breakfast earlier and head to the quiet Beng Mealea, around 65 km from Siem Reap. After a short walk through the dense jungle, you’ll feel like an explorer when entering the completely overgrown temple. Undiscovered for centuries, Beng Mealea has only recently been made accessible and remains unrestored. It is one of the very few temples that actually give the opportunity to climb through it, adding a very ‘Indian Jones’ feeling to the experience.
We continue to the unique style temple Koh Ker, on the way we will stop at a local market. Time to hop off and take a breath of the fresh local atmosphere. They say local markets are the best place to learn the culture of a region, our guide will explain you the daily life of Cambodians and you will have an opportunity to see how people make the traditional Khmer rice noodle. If you like to experience the local food, try it here, it’s now or never!
Hop in the cab again and head to the Koh Ker temple, considered the Hidden second Angkor. Koh Ker is a whole temple town, the second largest of the ancient Khmer civilization, left to the jungle for nearly a millennium and mostly unrestored. Due to its remote location, this “lost city” has been rarely visited until very recently, though it’s indeed one of the most amazing excavation sites you can imagine.

You will be picked up by our driver and transfer to the Sra’aem town, a small peaceful town to stay overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation:Preah Vihear Boutique Hotel – Deluxe Room

DAY 4
PREAH VIHEAR – TAMOK HOUSE – BANTAEY MEANCHAY

The Preah Vihear Temple is a Khmer Hindu temple situated atop a 525-meter cliff on the border between Thailand and Cambodia, listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2008. According to Sanskrit inscriptions, the temple was once called “Glorious Lord of the Mountain”, a dedication to the Hindu god Shiva. The incomparable beauty of this place stems from its history, location, and architecture.
Transfer to the pot where we will change to a pick-up vehicle which can climb up to the top of the mountain. Relax and enjoy the amazing scene in front of your eyes along the road. When hit to the top, you will see why Prasat Preah Vihear deserves its second name: “The temple in heaven”. Walking around this area is like in the Garden of Eden. We will spend the whole morning here.

Transfer back down and lunch at a local restaurant in town.

In the afternoon we continue to Banteay Meanchay province, stop on the way at Anlong Veng village to Visit the house of Khmer Rouge leader Ta Mok to learn about the life and crimes of Khmer Rouge. Anlong Veng was the last stronghold of the communist Khmer Rouge regime, which ruled Cambodia brutally from 1975-79. Ta Mok was known as the cruel leader and was a military commander of the Cambodian Khmer Rouge movement. The house was built in the 1977, at the center fresh water lake of Takeo town to be used for his private residency during the Pol Pot regime.
After half an hour back into the bloody period of Cambodia’s history, we continue to Banteay Meanchay province to stay overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Homestay with simple facilities

Note:

Remember to bring your passport when you pass the check-point before going up to the Preah Vihear temple.

DAY 5
BANTAEY CHMAR VILLAGE AND TEMPLE – SIEM REAP

Wake up in the peaceful country side, so make the most of it to get to know the local walk on the countryside road, you will visit a blacksmith workshop to see how they carry on traditional technique. Continue to the Banteay Chmar temple, another lost city in jungle, one of Cambodia’s national treasures.
Like Angkor Thom, Banteay Chhmar is a temple city, one of the largest Khmer complexes built outside of Angkor. This is the perfect area to experience a peaceful, quite original Khmer temple. For 800 years the temple has remained mostly undiscovered and untouched. Thanks to its very remote location, the place is not trotted by tourists. In fact you can hardly see some.
Have a simple lunch in a local restaurant before get on the road to Siem Reap.
You arrive in Siem Reap after two hours driving, check-in hotel and free at leisure.

This afternoon, you  will  reboots your energy will a massage treatment.

Relax with a special kind of wellness treatment: the Seeing Hand Massage by blind, a massage like no others in Cambodia. This is certainly one of the most enjoyable ways of supporting local charities in the city. In a country with no social security, the training and employment provided by these centres allows blind Cambodians to support themselves with dignity.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation:New Riverside Hotel – Superior Room

DAY 6
SIEM REAP DEPARTURE

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight. We wish you a pleasant journey!

Meals: Breakfast

Tour Price Includes:

  • 05 nights’ Accommodation in Single room at the indicated accommodation (check in and check out around noontime)
  • All transfers and transportation with air-con vehicles
  • Local English speaking guides
  • All entrance fees as program
  • Meals: Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 02 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing only

Tour Price Excludes:

  • Airfares (international and domestic)
  • Food & Beverages (other than mentioned in the program)
  • Visa to Cambodia
  • Tips & Travel Insurances
  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
  • Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages…)
  • All not mentioned above