Full Day Visit
South Gate & Central Angkor Thom
Time: 08:00 – 17:00
Your Angkor Wat private tour will begin at Bayon, known as Angkor Thom (which means “big city”). The tour will include the temple’s most distinctive and well-known features, including a multitude of glorious stone faces carved into the many stone towers jutting out from its upper terrace to converge on its central peak.
From there, you will proceed to the next temple, the Terrace of the Elephants. There is a spectacular 2.5-meter tall, 300-meter long wall along the terrace adorned with intricately carved elephants interspersed with garudas (large mythical birds). This magnificent wall spans the front of Baphuon, Phimeanakas as well as the Royal Palace area located in the center of Angkor Thom. You will then move on to the Terrace of the Leper King located at the northern end of the Terrace of the Elephants.
The Ta Prohm ruins has become a beautiful sight to behold. You can’t help but be amazed by the scene created by the gigantic roots of the banyan and kapok trees spreading out over the stones, breaking apart the walls and terraces, as their branches intertwine, forming a roof of leaves over the structures. You will see massive tree trunks twisting amongst the stone pillars.
Angkor Wat is artistically and architecturally a breathtaking sight to see. This is, without a doubt, the largest and most fascinating temple and religious monument in the entire world. There are nearly 2,000 individually rendered, distinctive Apsara carvings adorning the walls of the temple. These are some of the most beautiful and artistic representations of Apsara carvings from the Angkorian era.
At the end of your full-day Angkor Wat tour, you will be climbing up the Phnom Bakheng hill to see the magnificent sunset, as the temple is situated at the very top. You’ll enjoy a spectacular view of the entire Angkor Wat complex below.
Time: 08:00 – 17:00
As part of Cambodia tour packages, the Siem Reap tour is the second full-day option after the option offered for the first day, the Angkor Wat tour.
Your professional Angkor Wat private tour guide will meet you in the lobby of the hotel, ready to guide you through another day of enjoying the Grand Circle temple tour throughout Siem Reap, which includes the temples of Preah Kahn, Neak Pean, and Ta Som.
You will first visit Preah Kahn, an enormous temple complex where King Jayavarman VII once enjoyed as a temporary residence. The temple was originally built as a dedication to the King’s father.
From there you will proceed on to Neak Pean, a very large square pool surrounded by four more pools. In the middle of the main pool you will see an “island” with a massive carving of two coiling naga serpents.
Ideally, it is best if you can visit Neak Pean during the rainy season since this is when the pools are filled with water. The last temple that you will be seeing on your second full-day option of the Siem Reap private tour is the temple of Ta Som. This is a small quiet Buddhist temple with giant trees adorning the entrances, which make for spectacular photos.
Included in the Grand Circle temple tour, are several other temples nearby, such as Pre Rub, Srah Srang, and Eastern Mebon.
*Note: If you only have one day for this tour option, you can request that your temple tour include Banteay Srei (“citadel of the women”). This is a very modern appellation, one that visitors are amazed by the beauty of the delicate carvings. Email us to request this additional site.
Roluos Group & Others
Time: 08:00 – 17:00
This is the third full-day option with your private Siem Reap tour guide after taking the second full-day option touring Grand Circle. Your tour guide in Siem Reap is now ready to take you on a journey to visit the Roluos Group and other interesting areas in this locality.
You will start out seeing the temple of Preah Ko, which is the funerary temple where King Jayavarman II is laid to rest. The temple consists of six towers, all built on a single platform.
The name Preah Ko (“Sacred Bull”) was given due to the three bull statues placed around the temple. You will notice that the plasterwork is fairly well preserved on the towers of this temple.
From there you will proceed to Lolei, where there are Four Brick Towers situated on a double laterite platform in the center of the Lolei Baray. This is where you’ll see some lintel carvings that feature the distinctively intricate Preah Ko style.
The last temple in the Roluos Group is the Bakong. This is the highlight of the day as it’s the largest and certainly the most interesting among the three.
Bakong temple is surrounded by an ancient moat and was among the first Angkorian temples to be designed with mountain architecture. From then on this architectural idea was used for centuries.
Once you’ve had lunch, your Siem Reap tour guide will take you to some of the more interesting local areas, which include the Floating Village at Tonle Sap Lake (we recommend you to visit this area from October to February only, when there is ample water level or you can contact us for more information), Angkor Silk Farm, the French Quarter of Psah Chas (Old Market), the War Museum, Cultural Village, and other local attractions. How much you see depends on your schedule and choices.