Cambodian Culture Retreat Tour

  • Cambodia - Culture and History

  • Trip ID: 2449

5 Day Trip
Per Day Price Level $$$$
Per Day Budget $ 361
Per Day USD ranges:
$$$$ < $250
$$$$ $250-500
$$$$ $500-750
$$$$ $750+
  • Enjoy sunset drinks with a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems.
  • Visit Wat Tang Tok to get a water blessing ceremony by the monks, said to bring good fortune for the journey ahead.
  • Travel across ancient reservoirs, long since devoid of water, through pretty villages and rice paddies to Banteay Srei, the small pink sandstone temple with the most exquisite, deep and complex carvings.
  • Discover some of the smaller temples as well as the Linga shrine, before reaching the imposing Prasat Thom where you can climb the wooden staircase to enjoy expansive views over the surrounding countryside.

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  • Itinerary Summary

    Day 01 : Arrival into Siem Reap

    Met on arrival with private transfer to your hotel of choice.

    The Angkor Guidebook is conceived to accompany our guests to Angkor, an attractive field guide that brings the ancient temples to life with concise, accurate and accessible text, visual recreations of temples in their heyday and useful travel planning information. Your personal copy awaits you on arrival.

    In the afternoon, you will have your first taste of the Angkor temples. Explore the sprawling labyrinth of Banteay Kdei with its Hall of the Dancing Girls.

    Enjoy sunset drinks with a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems, relaxing with G&T in hand and accompanied by the sound of bird song.

    Accommodation: Raffles Grand Hotel

    Meals: Meals Not Included

    Day 02 : Angkor Thom

    By road to Srah Srang and then Ta Prohm (11km), stroll through the temple from the West entrance to the East entrance to meet again with your driver (walk 1–2 km).  From the Northwest of Ta Prohm we shall walk (15 minutes) through the forest to the lightly visited temple of Ta Nei.  There is a reasonable chance of having this beautiful Angkor temple to yourself.

    Pause for a light breakfast around this peaceful area before exploring further.  End the morning at Ta Keo temple, known as the “mountain with bronze peaks”, and admire its five-tiered pyramid structure.

    Return by road to Siem Reap for lunch. We can recommend a wide selection of excellent eateries to suit all tastes and budgets.

    Travel by road to the Victory Gate of Angkor Thom.  You have the choice of either walking on the path along the 8m high laterite city wall (500m) to the Death Gate or continuing around by road.

    Visit Wat Tang Tok to get a water blessing ceremony by the monks, said to bring good fortune for the journey ahead.

    En route to the Terrace of the Leper King, you can stop briefly to see an imposing statue found in Bayon which is now displayed at Vihear Prampeilveng.

    Begin again at the atmospheric Preah Palilay and walk (1km) through the shaded parkland behind the terraces, pass Phimeanakas with its beautiful lakes, and the imposing Baphuon to finally reach Jayavarman’s state temple of Bayon at the center of the city.  Explore this important temple with its many captivating giant stone faces.  Your guide will point out the most interesting of the detailed bas-reliefs illustrating everyday life in the Angkorian era.

    Accommodation: Raffles Grand Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 03 : Sacred Kulen

    Travel across ancient reservoirs, long since devoid of water, through pretty villages and rice paddies to Banteay Srei [A.D. 967], the small pink sandstone temple with the most exquisite, deep and complex carvings.

    Continue on to the Sacred Kulen mountain, boasting fine river carvings including a river of 1000 Hindu Shiva Lingas and beautiful waterfalls – bring your swimming costume with you to sample the cool waters. This firm favorite for Khmer families combines temples - including Cambodia’s largest reclining Buddha atop a huge rock on the top of the mountain - nature and more.

    On your way back to town, visit the temple of Banteay Samre, built in a similar style to Angkor Wat. Take a walk along the old causeway and be welcomed by the stone lions and Naga balustrades, as the temple looms above.  If time allows, you can visit the Landmine Museum, filled with a collection of ordinances and old weapons used from civil war and now run by a former Khmer Rouge child soldier, Mr. Aki Ra.

    Accommodation: Raffles Grand Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 04 : Koh Ker & Beng Mealea

    Located about 100km northeast of Angkor, Koh Ker is one of the ancient capitals of the Angkor civilization that today sees relatively few visitors. Built between 928 and 944 under King Jayavarman IV and his son, Harshavarman II, the complex is made up of many small, unique temples.  It is dominated though by the impressive pyramid-shaped Prasat Thom, with its striking similarities to Mayan temples and panoramic views from its peak. The area is scattered with around 42 major structures, including some of the largest Shiva lingas to be found in Cambodia.

    Explore some of the smaller sites – which you will likely have to yourself – starting with Prasat Pram where the crumbling ruins are gripped by twisting tree roots. Turning right in the Koh Ker ‘loop’, take in some of the smaller temples as well as the Linga shrine, before reaching the imposing Prasat Thom where you can climb the wooden staircase to enjoy expansive views over the surrounding countryside.

    A local lunch can be taken at one of the restaurants in the temple complex area before driving to the mysterious jungle-clad Beng

    Accommodation: Raffles Grand Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 05 : Departure from Siem Reap

    A sunrise tour starts at pre-dawn to witness the breathtaking view of Angkor Wat temple, the best place for photography. Continue to explore the central complex and bas-reliefs of Angkor Wat [A.D. 1113], one of travel’s remaining great adventures before returning to the hotel for a late breakfast.

    Transfer for your outbound flight to be determined.

    Met at your hotel with private transfer for your outbound flight.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Duration
    5 days
    Difficulty
    Easy
    Primary Activities
    Culture and History
    No. of travellers
    Min. 2
    Other Activities
    None
    Children Allowed
    Yes
  • Comfort
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    Super luxury

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    Luxury

    Luxury Hotels meet the standards of most well-known 5-star hotel brands around the world, and include premium accommodations and amenities. In some cases our Luxury category overlaps with the "boutique" hotels, many of which are equally luxurious and accommodating.

    Boutique

    Boutique hotels are typically smaller, or independently owned hotels that offer top-end service and amenities equivalent to luxury providers. Boutique hotels often differentiate themselves from bigger hotel brands through their unique character, location, or history.

    Glamping

    Glamping (short for “glamorous camping”) and lodges denotes outdoor-focused accommodations that combine the best of nature with a designer / comfort angle in mind, so customers can get the best of both worlds.

    Camping

    Camping refers to a wide range of tented accommodation, which will most likely apply to outdoor / adventure trips like trekking, hiking, etc.

    Others

  • Price Details (per person)

    High Season Oct to Mar $ 1,936 $ 387 per day
    Low Season Apr to Sep $ 1,678 $ 336 per day

    * All Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Some savings may be available for larger groups.

Cost Includes
  • Transportation and transfers in private air-conditioned vehicle with dedicated driver or remorques (tuk-tuks) as noted
  • Private boat tours (as applicable)
  • Angkor Archeological Park Entry Pass: USD60 (7 Day) per person
  • Accommodation including all taxes and breakfast
  • Expert local guide in language specified
  • Government tax and service charge
  • Luggage handling
  • Drinking water and refreshing towels for touring
Cost Excludes
  • Visa and Immigration Fees
  • International air tickets to/from Cambodia
  • Insurance of all kinds
  • Meals aside from those specifically included
  • Additional touring required beside above sights
  • Tips, drinks, personal expenses
Day 01 : Arrival into Siem Reap

Met on arrival with private transfer to your hotel of choice.

The Angkor Guidebook is conceived to accompany our guests to Angkor, an attractive field guide that brings the ancient temples to life with concise, accurate and accessible text, visual recreations of temples in their heyday and useful travel planning information. Your personal copy awaits you on arrival.

In the afternoon, you will have your first taste of the Angkor temples. Explore the sprawling labyrinth of Banteay Kdei with its Hall of the Dancing Girls.

Enjoy sunset drinks with a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems, relaxing with G&T in hand and accompanied by the sound of bird song.

Accommodation: Raffles Grand Hotel

Meals not included

Day 02 : Angkor Thom

By road to Srah Srang and then Ta Prohm (11km), stroll through the temple from the West entrance to the East entrance to meet again with your driver (walk 1–2 km).  From the Northwest of Ta Prohm we shall walk (15 minutes) through the forest to the lightly visited temple of Ta Nei.  There is a reasonable chance of having this beautiful Angkor temple to yourself.

Pause for a light breakfast around this peaceful area before exploring further.  End the morning at Ta Keo temple, known as the “mountain with bronze peaks”, and admire its five-tiered pyramid structure.

Return by road to Siem Reap for lunch. We can recommend a wide selection of excellent eateries to suit all tastes and budgets.

Travel by road to the Victory Gate of Angkor Thom.  You have the choice of either walking on the path along the 8m high laterite city wall (500m) to the Death Gate or continuing around by road.

Visit Wat Tang Tok to get a water blessing ceremony by the monks, said to bring good fortune for the journey ahead.

En route to the Terrace of the Leper King, you can stop briefly to see an imposing statue found in Bayon which is now displayed at Vihear Prampeilveng.

Begin again at the atmospheric Preah Palilay and walk (1km) through the shaded parkland behind the terraces, pass Phimeanakas with its beautiful lakes, and the imposing Baphuon to finally reach Jayavarman’s state temple of Bayon at the center of the city.  Explore this important temple with its many captivating giant stone faces.  Your guide will point out the most interesting of the detailed bas-reliefs illustrating everyday life in the Angkorian era.

Accommodation: Raffles Grand Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 03 : Sacred Kulen

Travel across ancient reservoirs, long since devoid of water, through pretty villages and rice paddies to Banteay Srei [A.D. 967], the small pink sandstone temple with the most exquisite, deep and complex carvings.

Continue on to the Sacred Kulen mountain, boasting fine river carvings including a river of 1000 Hindu Shiva Lingas and beautiful waterfalls – bring your swimming costume with you to sample the cool waters. This firm favorite for Khmer families combines temples - including Cambodia’s largest reclining Buddha atop a huge rock on the top of the mountain - nature and more.

On your way back to town, visit the temple of Banteay Samre, built in a similar style to Angkor Wat. Take a walk along the old causeway and be welcomed by the stone lions and Naga balustrades, as the temple looms above.  If time allows, you can visit the Landmine Museum, filled with a collection of ordinances and old weapons used from civil war and now run by a former Khmer Rouge child soldier, Mr. Aki Ra.

Accommodation: Raffles Grand Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 04 : Koh Ker & Beng Mealea

Located about 100km northeast of Angkor, Koh Ker is one of the ancient capitals of the Angkor civilization that today sees relatively few visitors. Built between 928 and 944 under King Jayavarman IV and his son, Harshavarman II, the complex is made up of many small, unique temples.  It is dominated though by the impressive pyramid-shaped Prasat Thom, with its striking similarities to Mayan temples and panoramic views from its peak. The area is scattered with around 42 major structures, including some of the largest Shiva lingas to be found in Cambodia.

Explore some of the smaller sites – which you will likely have to yourself – starting with Prasat Pram where the crumbling ruins are gripped by twisting tree roots. Turning right in the Koh Ker ‘loop’, take in some of the smaller temples as well as the Linga shrine, before reaching the imposing Prasat Thom where you can climb the wooden staircase to enjoy expansive views over the surrounding countryside.

A local lunch can be taken at one of the restaurants in the temple complex area before driving to the mysterious jungle-clad Beng Mealea, often described as the blueprint for Angkor Wat. Built under the control of Suryavarman II, this 12th century temple, overgrown with roots and vines, is in a much-collapsed state retaining a very atmospheric feel. Venture into darkened doorways skirting crumbling pillars and walk down the long promenades lined by naga balustrades. Take advantage of the walkways to traverse the ruins and scramble over tumbled stones in the less-explored courtyards.

Accommodation: Raffles Grand Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 05 : Departure from Siem Reap

A sunrise tour starts at pre-dawn to witness the breathtaking view of Angkor Wat temple, the best place for photography. Continue to explore the central complex and bas-reliefs of Angkor Wat [A.D. 1113], one of travel’s remaining great adventures before returning to the hotel for a late breakfast.

Transfer for your outbound flight to be determined.

Met at your hotel with private transfer for your outbound flight.

Meals included: Breakfast

Cost of the entire itinerary

High Season Oct to Mar $ 1,936 $ 387 per day
Low Season Apr to Sep$ 1,678 $ 336 per day
Cost Includes
  • Transportation and transfers in private air-conditioned vehicle with dedicated driver or remorques (tuk-tuks) as noted
  • Private boat tours (as applicable)
  • Angkor Archeological Park Entry Pass: USD60 (7 Day) per person
  • Accommodation including all taxes and breakfast
  • Expert local guide in language specified
  • Government tax and service charge
  • Luggage handling
  • Drinking water and refreshing towels for touring
Cost Excludes
  • Visa and Immigration Fees
  • International air tickets to/from Cambodia
  • Insurance of all kinds
  • Meals aside from those specifically included
  • Additional touring required beside above sights
  • Tips, drinks, personal expenses
Climate

Dry Season (November-April): From the beginning of November until mid April, you can be sure of clear skies and almost no rain. The countryside dries out under the cloudless skies and the level of the Tonle Sap lake drops to its minimum.

Green Season (May-October): May and June bring moisture-laden air from the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Thailand, bringing greenery back to the region's countryside.

Visas, Travel Documents and Special Permits

Please note that you are responsible for checking your destination country's visa requirements and then getting the visa accordingly.

Further, most countries require travelers to have a passport that is valid from at least 6 months from the day of entry into the country, so please confirm that you satisfy your destination country or countries passport, visa and medical (if any) requirements well in advance of your trip.

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