With this trip, you are on an unforgettable adventure that’s equal-parts ‘Indiana Jones’ and ‘David Attenborough’, step into the wonderfully mysterious world of the Khmer Empire. Venture off the beaten path to observe exotic wildlife while exploring the jungle-clad ruins Angkor and Preah Vihear. This tour was designed specifically to satisfy the needs of aspiring explorers.
Welcome to Siem Reap! Upon arrival, your Cambodia Senses driver and local English speaking guide will be waiting to transfer you to the city for hotel check in. Take a rest from the flight at the hotel or before we start the Cambodia Jungle Wildlife And Temples.
Begin the Angkor explorations with a leisurely visit to the iconic Angkor Wat via ‘tuk tuk’. Built in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat was built to symbolise Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings, bas-reliefs, and more than 2,000 Apsara dancers. It is thought the construction of this national icon (which finds itself at the heart of the Cambodian flag) to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor to complete. After the Angkor explorations, return to the hotel to relax for the evening. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Experience the temples of Angkor in a different way today with a guided Angkor cycling tour.
Visit illustrious Ta Prohm Temple, constructed in the mid-12th centuries, one of the most picturesque temples in the park. This temple is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts crumbling to the ground.
Continue to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. The ancient city is surrounded by an 8m high wall, drawing a perfect square around the city. Continue from here to Bayon Temple in the exact heart of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is known for its 54 face-carved towers representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire.
From here, leave the bicycles behind and head for Kbal Spean, one of the earliest Hindu pilgrimage sites in Cambodia. Enjoy a picnic lunch before trekking a short distance of 3 km round uphill through dense jungle. During the rainy season, you could enjoy a refreshing bath in the nearby waterfall.
The final stop is the pretty temple of Banteay Srei, the “gem” of the Angkor area. Also known as the “Citadel of the Women,” this site remains the best-preserved temple in Cambodia, displaying fine examples of classical Khmer art. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom Complex
Start your Cambodian Community Village Life with a drive to a local village about 40 kilometers out of Siem Reap. Along the way, stop at the headquarters of a local non-profit organization that employs village women specializing in the traditional craft of mat weaving (closed on Sundays and public holidays.) The mats are then distributed and sold in the markets, providing an income for the women. (The mat-weaving workshop is closed on Sundays and public holidays)
Arrival at the village, hop aboard an ox cart for a fun ride through the fields and to the home of a Khmer family who specializes in making brooms. See how they make brooms from natural materials, and if you like have a go! Afterwards, take a guided walking tour around the village where you have the opportunity to participate in fishing, farming or animal husbandry activities, depending on the time of year. Enjoy a simple Khmer lunch followed by more activities or just spend time chatting with the locals. Funds from your tour go directly to the community to improve the lives of the people. On the way back to Siem Reap, stop at a Buddhist temple to receive a blessing from the monks.
Spend the afternoon at leisure, relaxing at the hotel or taking part in an optional tour:
Horseback Riding at Happy Ranch
Head outside Siem Reap to The Happy Ranch Horse Farm, a western style horse ranch. Get acquainted with purebred Cambodian horses before starting the ride to the countryside on a 2-hour trail ride. Trot through the rice fields and local villages, ending up at the rarely visited temple of Wat Atvea. Explore the tranquil temple ruins of the Angkor-era; a truly authentic experience!
NOTE: The Happy Ranch Horse Farm can arrange lead rides on gentle ponies for young children. Their experienced staff will walk alongside and lead them or just support them when necessary. Children between 2 and 12 years will receive a 10% discount off the Adult Price.
Angkor Silk Farm
Drive through the peaceful countryside 15 km west of Siem Reap, for a visit to the Angkor Silk Farm. The visit allows you to witness the entire process of silk creation, from the growing and harvesting of mulberry as food for the silkworms and the breeding process to the spinning of silk and weaving on wooden handlooms.
Quad Bike Adventure
Enjoy an exciting & adventurous four-wheeling guided excursion through the beautiful countryside of Siem Reap, stretching the distance of 12 km to visit local villages, where it’s possible to learn about and interact with rural Cambodia. Afterwards, enjoy a sunset in the rice fields.
NOTE: The quad bike can afford 2 adults with maximum weight of 130 Kgs. (Driver must be experienced). Children are welcome to sit with their parents as passengers. Children from 14 to 16 years old are allowed to ride their own quad only with an instructor as a pillow. Children 17 years old can ride alone only with prior experience.
After breakfast, hop in a private bus then enjoy the 3-4 hour drive northwards to Preah Vihear Province. Stop enroute for a short visit to Trapaeng Prasat Temple, which offers an excellent view of the Preah Vihear Mountain. Upon arrival, check in the hotel and enjoy lunch before travelling to visit Preah Vihear Temple.
From the foot of Preah Vihear, use a pickup truck (operated by the local community) for the climb up the spectacularly steep mountain road. After reaching the temple, you are rewarded with fabulous views over Cambodia’s and Thailand’s fertile plains. The sanctuary is perched on the edge of the cliffs with amazing views over the seemingly endless Cambodian jungle to the south. The temple is not yet restored but has spectacular carvings and lintels which are almost as splendid as those at Banteay Srei. The spectacular location paired with a unique temple design are the reason UNESCO enlisted Preah Vihear as a World Heritage Site. Overnight in Preah Vihear
Trapaeng Prasat Temple, Preah Vihear Temple
After breakfast, begin the day with a leisurely transfer to the iconic ecotourism lodge at Tmatboey, an isolated village located in the Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary in the Northern Plains of Cambodia. It is the site of a unique community ecotourism project established by the Ministry of Environment and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Cambodia Program.
Tmatboey is renowned for the work done in the area for the conservation of one of the world’s most endangered mega avifauna species The Giant Ibis – Cambodia’s national bird. There are estimatedly less than 150 left in the world and this is one of the most important habitats.
Enjoy a greeting by the community upon arrival, and spend the whole afternoon and early evening on wildlife and birding treks seeking the critically endangered Giant and White Shouldered Ibis, as well as other remarkable animals. For those interested, there are some remarkable night trips to see a range of owls.
Have dinner home cooked by the community in the open ‘restaurant’, before stay overnight in simple but comfortable twin, ensuite lodge rooms with mosquito nets, fans, western bathrooms and hot water. Overnight in Tmatboey Homestay.
Early morning is the best times to spot birds and wildlife. Wake up at 5.30 AM then depart on a wildlife walk. Those who’d prefer not to leave so early could quietly sit at an excellent hidden site and watch a wide variety of forest birds and small mammals come into feed.
After breakfast, enjoy the two-hour transfer to the remote and stunning community eco-lodge at Prey Veng Village, deep in the Kulen Prum Tep Wildlife Sanctuary. The lodge is on the banks of a 12th century baray (Khmer-style artificial lake typically square-shaped) 3km in diameter, which is essential to both the community and the wildlife of the area. This site is extremely stunning during July-November (or literally called 'Green Season'), when oxcarts are used as the primary mode of transportation.
After reaching the lodge, enjoy a delicious home-cooked Khmer lunch and a bit of time to settle in before the afternoon’s activities: a visit to the huge 10th century temple, just located 300m from the lodge, across paddy fields while spotting local wildlife, and an evening walk around the baray for more wildlife spotting. It's almost unvisited by outsiders and rich in bird and butterfly life.
The guided walking tour with your local guide also provides you with excellent insight into the community life – checking fishing traps, learning about rubber tapping or rice production. There is also the opportunity to boat onto the baray, cycle forest tracks or to visit the nearby village and community forest.
As the sun begins to set, enjoy sundowners on the platform built out onto the baray, watching as the wildlife and buffalo come in for evening feeding. Enjoy a home-cooked dinner and overnight at the lodge in Prey Veng village.
Wake up early this morning to continue wildlife viewing with a wildlife and nature walk around the baray at 05:30. Alternatively, relax at the nearby viewing platform. Return to the lodge then have breakfast, before leaving at around 10:00 for a short transfer to Koh Ker.
Koh Ker is a stunning, unique pyramidal temple built in 931AD, strikingly reminiscent of the structures built by the Central American Maya. Not only its unique appearance but also its remarkable history. Start by exploring the remote, dry and semi-evergreen forest to discover the nature, wildlife, birds and incredible butterflies who live there. Additionally, explore the temple ruins before enjoying lunch at Prasat Thom, the main Koh Ker temple.
In the early afternoon, being transferred towards Siem Reap and visit the beautiful Beng Mealea Temple. Arrive back at the hotel around 17:30. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Enjoy some time at leisure to relax at the hotel or to discover Siem Reap town independently before being transported to the airport for the departing flight. End the Cambodia Jungle Wildlife And Temples Tour.
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A boutique hotel located in central Siem Reap, Home Indochine D'Angkor provides elegant accommodation just a 7-minute walk to the famous Phsar Chas (Old Market) and Pub Street. Guests enjoy access to the outdoor swimming pool and free WiFi is offered throughout the property.
Home Indochine D'Angkor is situated 9 km from Siem Reap International Airport and a 15-minute drive from Angkor Wat Temple, a world heritage site. It is a 5-minute walk from the hotel to Siem Reap River. The property offers complimentary airport pickup services.
All rooms are air-conditioned and feature a private en suite bathroom, a cable TV and 2 free bottles of mineral water daily. Rooms also have seating areas and offer views of the garden or pool.
Breakfast and fresh juices are served at the restaurant, which also offers local specialities and some Western dishes. There is also a bar on site. Room service is provided on request.