Don’t forget to set your alarm: pick-up time is between 8am and 8.30am at your hotel!
Once everyone’s on board, we head out of Siem Reap (the city) and
drive to the beautiful countryside area. There, we cycle along the red
soil roads through some splendid villages ( don’t worry, it’s a nice and
peaceful ride and flat the whole way ) . On our way, we stop by the
local fish market where you can watch (and take part in?) traditional
Khmer daily fish trading. After the ride, we take a small break to get a
refreshing and well-deserved drink.
The day is far from over though! Our journey carries on with the
visit of one of the most impressive floating village in Cambodia:
Kompong Khleang. We will board a boat and discover the village.
At some point, your stomach will start rumbling… Worry not! That’s
when we take you to a stilt house in the village to share a typical
Khmer lunch with friendly locals. After that we’ll head to the Vietnamese floating village. The
Vietnamese village is not like the rest of Kompong Khleang, in that it
is not composed of stilt houses. The houses there are built on floating
objects and therefore float on the Tonlé Sap. The Vietnamese village
moves along the river (and sometimes up to the lake) according to the
season and is something you’ve most likely never seen before. You’ll get
to see the floating school, hospital and local shops (they even have a
hair dresser!)… An amazing sight, we promise!
The program may change a bit as our tour leader can decide day by day
what is the best option, depending on the weather, the ability of our
guests to ride a bicycle, and other matters that may lead him to decide
to change the itinerary..
We’re generally back in Siem Reap around 5 pm, depending on the
number of guests (up to 12) and their interest (interaction, speed on
the bicycle…), so you may get back to your hotel a bit earlier or a bit
This morning you will depart by jeep for the magnificent UNESCO world
heritage site, the ancient temples of Angkor Wat. We have scouted and
researched some back roads to the temples which still exist, taking you
you away from the tuk-tuk and busses, giving you a much more beautiful
and relaxing trip to the temples. With a little imagination, today’s
journey will allow you to truly picture the lost temples the way they
have lain for thousands of years. An English speaking guide will take
you through the historical park where you visit majestic structures to
take in the grandeur of the ancient Kingdom. Most of the temples
originate from the 12th century and house some of the most anticipated
bas reliefs and beautiful sculptures such as garudas and apsara dancers. First you will visit the talismanic temple of Angkor Wat, the biggest
of all the temples, which has survived the sands of time and remained in
marvelous condition. Here you will be able to marvel at its dominating
towers and sheer presence, as you take your rime walking around inside.
Next you will continue to Angkor Thom, with the spectacular Bayon
temple. Here 54 intricate and visually stunning four-headed Buddha
statues will eye you as you walk round this quite magnificently
preserved temple, truly one of the most impressive sights of the temple
complex. Lunch will be taken near the manmade lake of East Baray,
designed and constructed to supply the temple complex with its water.
After lunch and a short rest to recharge, you will visit the Ta Phrom
temple. Made famous by the box office hit film “Tomb Raider” with
Angelina Jolie, the temples iconic trees have slowly taken over with
their gigantic roots embracing the walls and creating a visually
striking and unique setting, providing a stunning finish to your day of