Pick Up Time: 5 am
Pick Up Location: Hotel
1. We start this tour at 5 am to explore the temple of Angkor Wat. This way, we will avoid the huge crowds that gather late in the morning. You will enter the temple through the east entrance where it is still dark at just before dawn. But, this walk is all worth it when you see the beautiful sunrise light up Angkor Wat like nothing else on earth. Your tour guide will find the best place for you to wait for the sunrise, so you can enjoy it in peace.
After we have seen Angkor Wat, you will return to the hotel for something to eat and a short break.
You leave the hotel again at 2 pm to explore the royal city of Angkor Thom.
1. You will start the tour from the Terraces of Elephant and Leper King. They stand in front of the palace in Angkor. The Elephant Terrace was used as the royal platform for the royal family in the Angkorian time.
2. You walk through the trees to visit the temple of the Preah Palilay in the jungle behind the pagoda of Tep Pranam. It is a peaceful temple in Angkor Thom. It is a good location for taking pictures for the professional and amateur photographer. There is a hidden tower in the area which is perfect for photos.
3. You continue to go through the trees to experience the palace in the royal enclosure. In the royal enclosure, you can see the tower of Phimeanakas and 2 swimming pools. The royal family had lived in this palace since Angkor became the capital city of Cambodia.
4. You continue walking to the south to visit the temple of Baphoun. It is a rectangular structure which was built in 1060 AD. You can climb this one to see some beautiful motifs that still remain in good condition.
5. Finally, you will go to the north west of the Bayon temple where you can take some good photos. This is my favorite temple because of the view around the jungle. Bayon is a favorite for so many visitors in Angkor. You can learn a lot about the daily life of Cambodians in the 12th century in this temple.
Pick Up Time: 7:00 am
Pick Up Location: Hotel
1. You will leave the hotel early to explore the temple of Ta Prohm (the Tomb Raider temple). This is the perfect time to arrive because you can stay away from the crowds and the hot sun. If you are a photographer, you can get some brilliant shots without people standing in the way of your view.
2. You will continue to the temple of Ta Nei. It is one of the most peaceful temples in Angkor. It was built by Jayavarman VII, but enlarged by his son Indravarman II in the 12thcentury.
3. You will continue to visit the temple of Ta Keo which was built by Jayavarman V in 974. It stood in the middle of the city of the victorious King. The name was found on the written inscription on the doorway.
4. You will then go to explore the Chao saydevada, the Angkor wat style temple built by Suriyavarman II in the 12th century.
5. Finally, you visit the peaceful temples of the Preah Pithou group. You can see some beautiful carvings in them. Some say these towers were built by Suriyavarman II in the 12thcentury, but some parts were carved in the 16th century.
Relax and lunch at your own cost
1.First, you will pause to visit the brick tower of East Mebon. It was built under the time of King Rajindravarman II in 952 AD. It is very good place to stop for some pictures of the elephant statues.
2. Second, you will visit Ta Som, which was used by the King’s Guru. It stands on the east bank of the last Baray in the Khmer Empire.
3. Then you will go to Neakpean, which was the hospital for King Jayavarman VII. It stands in the middle of the last Baray of Jayatadaka.
4. Finally, you will visit the Preah Khan, known as the “City of the Sacred Sword” which was built in 1191. It is the biggest Buddhist temple in Angkor and was used to house Jayavarman VII’s father’s statue.