Angkor Temples of Cambodia

Battambang, Cambodia

Close  The Bayon is dominated by huge faces looking out from Angkor’s many towers.

Angkor Temples of Cambodia

Siem Reap, is a resort town in northwestern Cambodia and gateway to the ancient Angkor temples. Once the seat of the Khmer Empire, the 12th-century temple complex Angkor, houses the magnificent Angkor Wat, the main temple, as its focal point. Giant, serene and smiling faces are carved into the Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom. Owing to its closeness to Angkor Temple complex, Siem Reap has a range of luxury hotels, resorts, art galleries and spas. 

Explore the highlights of Cambodia with a comprehensive tour of Phnom Penh, the charming capital of Cambodia. Appreciate its ancient Khmer sculptures and artefacts at the National Museum. Then explore the city’s Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and markets. In Siem Reap, explore the Angkor complex with over 400 ornate temples, some in ruins. These include the Angkor Thom (Great City), Bayon temple, with Elephant and the Leper King Terraces. Then, take a cruise on the mighty Tonlé Sap lake.

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  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide and driver throughout the trip
  • In Phnom Penh, don’t miss the historic ambience of the Elephant Bar in Raffles Hotel Le Royal. Happy hour there is a staple for the city's glitterati
  • Ask your private guide to arrange a private boat if you would like to surprise someone. The 1-2 hours cruise on the Mekong River or Tonle Sap Lake offers amazing views at sunrise or sunset
Need to Know
  • Your international airfare is not included. We can book your international and domestic flights.
  • Avoid temple fatigue. You need to pace yourself at the Angkor temples. Remember, sometimes less is more
  • There is a lot of walking and in some places even climbing involved. So plan accordingly and wear good shoes
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday



Angkor Temples of Cambodia 

Visit the most popular destinations and stay at the country's best luxury properties.
Phnom Penh, Siem Reap (Angkor), Tonle Sap
(8 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 1 – Arrive Cambodia
Phnom Penh Meet and greet on arrival at the Phnom Penh International Airport by our representative. After a warm welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel for 3 nights stay. The rest of your day will be scheduled depending on your arrival time and how tired you feel.  This is a comprehensive tour of Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat temples.
Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra (Nil)

Day 2 – Tour
Phnom Penh Begin your private tour with a visit to the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, see a Buddha made of Baccarat crystal and another of gold and diamonds. At the National Museum, view the world’s premier collection of ancient Khmer sculpture and artefacts. Explore the city’s markets and shop for local textiles and silver. Take a cyclo ride to discover its beautiful colonial architecture and stop at Phnom Penh’s vibrant cafés and have a drink at the legendary Foreign Correspondents Club.
Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra (B)

Day 3 – Tour
Phnom Penh Today we take a boat across Tonle Sap and walk or cycle along the far bank of the Tonle Sap River, an area populated by Cham communities. Explore the countryside and visit ancient Pagodas and temples, local villages and a silk weaving house to see how the lovely silk scarves are produced. Enjoy a joint sunset cruise on the Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers before dining at non-profit training restaurant run by an NGO working with street children.
Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra (B)

Day 4 – Transfer
Siem Reap Travel to Siem Reap for a three-day exploration of Angkor—the ruins of the ancient Khmer empire. Visit Angkor Wat, an enormous temple city built as a model of the Hindu universe in stone and comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Art historians consider it to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Its five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond.

Conceived by Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat took an estimated 30 years to build. It is generally believed to have been a funeral temple for the king. Study the intricate bas-reliefs that surround Angkor Wat on four sides as each tells a story. The most celebrated of these is the Churning of the Ocean of Milk, which is located on the east wing.
Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort (B)

Day 5 – Temple Tour
Siem Reap You will visit the monumental magnificence of Angkor Thom (Great City) – the last capital of the Khmers, believed to have once housed a population of approximately one million people, with its Elephant Terrace, the Leper King Terrace and the stunning Bayon temple whose 54 towers are decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara. This 12th century masterpiece lies at the very centre of Angkor Thom and is an archaeological wonder of symmetry and grandeur. The exterior gallery walls have extensive bas-reliefs but the highlights are the “faces”, more than 200 of them, silent but with the famous half-smile playing on their lips. Finish the day at a mountain temple of Pre Rup to watch the sunset.  
Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort (B)

Day 6 – Explore
Siem Reap Drive through the countryside to the popular Banteay Srei (“citadel of the women”), a petite temple with elaborate carvings in pinkish sandstone and regarded as the jewel in the crown of classical Khmer art. Nearby is Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor. Stop at the serene Preah Khan, “The Sacred Sword”, an extensive complex built as a monastery and teaching complex. But the outstanding example is Ta Prohm, which has been left largely in the natural state, as if allowing the massive banyan trees to consume the temple.
Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort (B)

Day 7 – Explore
Siem Reap Drive to the serene Preah Khan, an extensive monastic complex built as a monastery. But the amazing one is Ta Prohm that has been left largely in the natural state, as if allowing the massive banyan trees to consume the temple. Continue to Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake).  

After lunch, drive from Siem Reap to the district of Puok. Visit the Silk Farm of Puok and learn the different stages of the complex process of producing handmade silk.
Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort (B)

Day 8 – Depart
Cambodia Explore the local markets for your last minute shopping. Lunch at hotel and transfer to Siem Reap airport for your onward journey.
Meals: B

Angkor Temples of Cambodia Battambang, Cambodia

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  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There There are no direct flights to Cambodia from the UK, but good connections are available from major Asian destinations. You can fly with Thai Airways to Bangkok, Malaysian Airlines to Kuala Lumpur or British Airways via Hong Kong. From there you can take the budget airline Air Asia or Dragon Air. The total journey time, excluding transit, is about 15 hours. From Phnom Penh you can take direct flights to Siem Reap, which now operates on daily basis. Direct one-hour flights are now also available from Bangkok.

When to go The ideal time to visit Cambodia is between November and February when it is cool and dry. In the beginning of March, the heat begins to build until April when it can be quite oppressive and uncomfortable. In May and June the southwestern monsoon brings a measure of relief and also high humidity. The wet season, lasts until October but it rarely rains all day. Although the wet season can be a low season for tourism it has its own advantages. It is when the Angkor complex is at its most beautiful, the vegetation is lush, the moats for full of water and there are less tourists so you can explore the temples in peace.