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The perfect extension to your other Asian explorations, a Cambodia custom tour with Boundless Journeys is a brief sojourn into one of Southeast Asia’s most fascinating countries. It combines the bustling street and market areas of Siem Reap with the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, widely considered one of the world’s greatest architectural masterpieces.
With a past clouded by conflict, Cambodia has suffered greatly but is now rebuilding and reacquainting visitors with the wonders of the powerful ancient Khmer culture. In Siem Reap, you’ll witness the latest chapter of Cambodian history being written, as new hotels abound and fine restaurants showcase Cambodian cuisine. You’ll also discover the ancient temples of Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of nearly 80 square miles. Explore at sunrise, these hundreds of intricately carved temples scattered across a tropical landscape.
Inevitably you will find yourself moved by what you see and hear: the history carved in stone and the stories told by the Khmer people. Your Boundless Journeys tour of Angkor Wat will resonate long after you’ve left captivating Cambodia.
Based on our years of designing custom tours to Cambodia, we believe that the combinations below deliver the best experiences in each region. Our Boundless Journeys trip specialists can further customize these options to match the interests of your group, and can mix and match the experiences below. Don't worry: If you don't see what you are looking for, there are many more options to explore! Give us a call at 1-800-941-8010 to start the conversation.
The temples of Angkor, which cover an area the size of New York’s five boroughs, were built from the 9th to the 12th centuries by the Khmer empire that controlled not only Cambodia but also large parts of what are now Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.
With their grand scale and extraordinary detail, the temples rank among humanity’s most supreme artistic expressions — and Angkor Wat is the largest and most breathtaking monument at Angkor. It never fails to reward the first time or repeat visitor with its grand scale, surreal bas-reliefs, and unbelievable attention to detail.
Located just on the outskirts of the temples of Angkor is Siem Reap, the capital city of Cambodia’s Siem Reap Province. As gateway to the Angkor region — and one of the most spectacular and visited sites in Southeast Asia — Siem Reap has transformed itself dramatically over the years.
In just four decades, it has gone from a land under siege by the Khmer Rouge to a popular resort destination, featuring outstanding accommodations, restaurants, bars, museums, and other attractions. Must visits include Siem Reap’s markets: Psar Leu ("Higher Market"), Psah Chas ("Old Market") and the Angkor Night Market.
This brief sojourn explores one of Southeast Asia's most important UNESCO World Heritage sites - the ancient temples of Angkor Wat. It is the perfect extension to your other explorations in Asia.
Angkor Wat | Siem Reap
Day 1: Arrive in Siem Reap; afternoon at your leisure (depending on arrival time)Day 2: Full day of exploring the temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom Day 3: Visit a community village and discover the stilt villages of Tonle Sap LakeDay 4: Option to attend a traditional Buddhist ceremony at one of Siem Reap's most famous pagodas; departure from Siem Reap
Khoma Village, Bhutan
This remote village is known for its homestay program, and Chimi Yuden was not only the first to be established, but is also one of the best in area. Owner Tshering Yangki ensures a comfortable stay with basic amenities and warm hospitality.
Located in picturesque suroundings, this is one of the nicest hotels in the area. Ensuite rooms are decorated in traditional Bhutanese style and have private balconies with panoramic vistas.
Situated on a hill overlooking the small town of Mongar and terraced farmland, Hotel Wangchuk offers comfortable ensuite rooms, each with views of the mountains and valleys below.
Located just on the outskirts of the temples of Angkor is Siem Reap, the capital city of Cambodia's Siem Reap Province. As gateway to the Angkor region -- and one of the most spectacular and visited sites in Southeast Asia -- Siem Reap has transformed itself dramatically over the years.
In just four decades, it has gone from a land under siege by the Khmer Rouge to a popular resort destination, featuring outstanding accommodations, restaurants, bars, museums, and other attractions. Must visits include Siem Reap's markets: Psar Leu ("Higher Market"), Psah Chas ("Old Market") and the Angkor Night Market.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
An intimate retreat on the banks of a tree-lined river, Belmond La Résidence dAngkors inviting architecture showcases traditional Khmer style. The spacious rooms are exquisitely decorated in soft cottons and jewel-toned silks, all with private terraces and large ensuite baths. The hotel also features peaceful gardens, an inviting swimming pool and a luxury spa. Guests can expect an authentic Cambodian experience and every modern luxury at this centrally-located hotel.
A deluxe hotel offering comfort, elegance and the refinement of graceful 1930’s colonial architecture. Located in the heart of Siem Reap, opposite the Royal Park, the Victoria Angkor is in close proximity to World Heritage site of the Temples of Angkor and the quaint old market area of Siem Reap. The property is an oasis with spacious room with traditional décor, landscaped gardens and a pool where guests can unwind.
From providing accommodation options based on your budget, to recommendations on pre- or post-tour travels, to assisting you with booking regional air, to meeting you at the airport when you arrive: Boundless Journeys can help you with each step in planning your custom tour. We will seamlessly guide you, so that you can simply relax and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime in Cambodia.
The weather in Siem Reap is warm to hot year-round, with a marked increase in humidity and rainfall during the summer months. Therefore, we recommend travel to Cambodia from October-March. Following are the average temperatures and precipitation in Siem Reap:
The cooler dry season lasts from October to March. In October and November, arriving just after the rainy season, you'll have the benefit of being there for the newly greened trees and rice paddies, as well as the much clearer air quality that can be expected at this time of year. December through March remain much drier and a bit cooler than during the summer months. However, it is possible to have some rain at any time of year.
The ingredients and flavors of cuisine in Southeast Asia are varied and complex. Cambodian staples are rice and fish, seasoned with chilies and garlic, or in some cases coconut milk. Amok is a local favorite: fish in coconut, wrapped in banana leaf. Meals also often include hot soups. However, please note that you will also be able to find some Western dishes that are familiar should you need a bit of comfort food. Vegetarians can be accommodated with advance notice.
Lin was born in a small village just outside of Siem Reap and became a monk at a young age as this was his only opportunity to receive an education. As a young adult, Lin moved to Siem Reap where he studied English for several years and then began his guiding career in 2002. He now lives in Siem Reap with his wife and two daughters.
Lin is well-versed in the Cambodian education system, the daily life of the local people, the politics, and the culture. When he is not guiding, he enjoys fishing, cooking, and reading. Lin's love of history and wealth of knowledge about Angkor Wat and other temple complexes surrounding Siem Reap make Lin an excellent guide for a Cambodian extension.
With a Boundless Journeys guide, your experience is that of friend and local adventurer. We believe strongly in working with local guides, experts in the areas to which we travel, and they hold the keys to unlocking the hidden delights of your chosen destination. Although you will never know they are at work—the mark of a truly great leader—our guides make magical things happen and add a dimension to your trip that you could not experience on your own. Over the years we have forged bonds with some of the best guides in the world, and we typically work with a small team of guides in each region. You will be informed of the guide for your trip one month prior to your departure.
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