The Core of the Angkor Empire (2 Days)
FROM: $148
US$ 184 per person (based on a group of 2 people)
US$ 151 per person (based on a group of 4 people)
US$ 148 per person (based on a group of 6 people)

Code: CTHCH0002
Tour Style: Culture & History
Duration: 2 days
Difficulty Comfort Exclusivity

Day 1:  
Morning: Roluos Group.
Afternoon: Banteay Srei
Sunset: Pre Rup


Day 2:
Morning: Angkor Wat (If there´s time left) Baksei Chamkrong / Prasat Kravan / Thommanon.
Afternoon: Angkor Thom.
Sunset: Ta Prohm


  • Trip Grade:

Easy - Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness and independent mobility.


  • Best Travel Time:

There are two seasons in Cambodia, wet and dry. From early May to the end of October is the rainy season. It often rains heavily but for short periods of time, mostly later in the day or during the night, after which the sun returns. The rain cools the air and freshens up the lush green of the rice plantations. It is cooler in the dry season, which runs from early November to early February, when it starts heating up again, building to the hottest month of April. So the best time for rain lovers is between May and October and from November to early March for those who like it dry and cool.


  • Trip Tips:

When visiting the temples, be sure to wear sturdy, comfortable shoes as you will be doing a lot of walking as well as sometimes climbing steep stairs.


  • Recommended:

When in Siem Reap town , try the dinner at Marum for an authentic Cambodian cuisine. It’s located between Wat (Pagoda) Polanka & Catholic Church, #8A, B Phum Slor Kram, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Marum features a winning mix of creative local cuisine, and is named after the Moringa, or 'Tree of life' - very appropriate, as customers will be enjoying a fantastic dining experience that helps build a new life for the students in training there!

Day 1: Oldest Ruins of Roluos Group - Pink Temple of Banteay Srei
• Morning: Roluos Group.
• Afternoon: Banteay Srei
• Sunset: Pre Rup


Overnight at Hotel in Siem Reap town
Lunch included.


Preah Ko is first on the itinerary today, and is located around 12 Km southeast of Angkor. Also originally dedicated to Shiva, the temple area was surrounded by a residential area, which in turn was surrounded by a moat 400 x 500 m. There are 6 prasats (pyramid temples) here, 3 for kings and 3 smaller ones for queens.

Bakong: Some 500 m past Preah Ko, this is the official temple mountain of the city of Hariharalaya, built around 881. An 800 m square moat surrounds Bakong, and it is generally viewed as the prototype for the temple mountain. Here you can see the guardian lions and elephant statues, strategically placed around the pyramids.

Lolei is the last one this morning, and is not too far from Bakong. Built in 889 it was the first to be built on an artificial island, set in the middle of the now-dry Indratataka Baray, or man-made reservoir.

Rebuilt in 1931, Banteay Srei is now one of the best-preserved temples in the area. A small but extremely elegant temple, this one is unusual in that it was built in 967 by 2 Brahmans (wealthy Hindu priests) and not by kings.

The exquisite carvings in the beautiful pink sandstone of voluptuous, divine women also makes it stand out amongst all the others, hence it is known locally as the ‘Citadel of the Women’. Overall, Banteay Srei is one of the masterpieces of Khmer art.

Pre Rup is one of the most important temple mountains, as it not only marks the transition from the pre-classic to classic period, it was also likely to have been the site of a new capital. A very impressive temple, built in 962, it is known as ‘Turning the Corpse’ due to an ancient burial ritual, due to a large sarcophagus being found on the site, however this is unlikely as Pre Rup is another temple dedicated to the mount of Shiva, and the sarcophagus was probably a pedestal for the bull, Nandi.

Enjoy to see the sunset here at the end of the day.


Day 2: Angkor Complex 
• Morning: Angkor Wat (If there´s time left) Baksei Chamkrong / Prasat Kravan / Thommanon.
• Afternoon: Angkor Thom.
• Sunset: Ta Prohm.


Breakfast & Lunch included.


We start the day at the largest religious site in the world, Angkor Wat.

There are not really enough words to describe this jewel in the crown of Angkor. You have to witness it for yourself. The scale of the complex is certain to be above expectations, covering an area of 2 km2, but you can easily see the majority of the places of interest in a morning, especially if you decide to start early enough to see the sunrise.

Originally dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, it faces west instead of the usual requirement to face east. Built between 1113 and 1150, it eventually changed to a Buddhist Wat (temple) in the 13th century after a religious revolution in Cambodia.

You will have plenty of time to explore most of the complex; you will be amazed at the intricate carvings and bas-reliefs, the long terraces, the many different pavilions and galleries.

Depending on time we can visit several more temples such as Baksei ChamkrongPrasat Kravanor Thommanon.

Baksei Chamkrong is a relatively small but very impressive pyramid temple built around 947 A.D. and only 250 metres from the south gate of Angkor Thom, which we will visit in the afternoon. Known by the local as ‘bird with sheltering wings’, which comes from a story of a large bird that saved the life of a Khmer king by shielding him against his enemies with its wings.

Prasat Kravan is known as the ‘Cardamom Sanctuary’ and was originally surrounded by a reservoir (Prasat meaning ‘tower’). The line of 5 prasats has been restored in recent times, although one of the four side towers has its original second floor.

Thommanon can be found about 1/3 of a mile from the Victory Gate of Angkor Thom. It is small but very elegant in many ways, having had some restoration in the 1960’s.

It may not be possible to see all 3, but time permitting would be a great way to end the morning.

Angkor Thom
In its heyday, Angkor Thom was the ‘Great Capital’, home to a million inhabitants. Inside the walls were found the courts, priests, high officials and bureaucrats, with the commoners living around the outside. It’s an impressive 3 Km along each of the 4 sides, encircled by a 100 m wide moat, behind 8 m high walls.

Touring around this invincible city will take several hours, but there are many interesting smaller temples scattered around the outside, some only 2-300 m into the forest.

Ta Prohm

Consecrated in 1186, and built originally in a residential area, Ta Prohm has become a favourite of many tourists due to it being deliberately left in the grip of the jungle. It’s popularity increased when it was used as a location in the Tomb Raider movie.

This is another impressive temple, built inside a 1000 x 600 m enclosure. At its height around 12,500 people occupied it, and if you include the surrounding villages that tended to the needs of the temple, there was almost 80,000 in total. Watching the sunset here concludes an amazing day 2.

* Please note that the checkout time is 12:00 noon.

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>> Superior Level (3 star hotels in good locations): > 60 USD/room/night
>> Deluxe Level (4 star hotels): > 110 USD/room/night
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Price based on twin shared accommodation.
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   Tour prices based on superior level (3 Star Hotel)

Group Size Price Per Person In USD based on twin / Double roon share
6 People  US$ 148 per person
4 People  US$ 151 per person
2 People  US$ 184 per person


• Experienced English speaking guide
• Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
• Accommodation in double/twin sharing rooms with daily breakfast
• Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
• Bottled drinking water for sightseeing
• All sightseeing entrance fee where required in the itinerary.

• International/domestic airfares & tax
• Visa fees (US$30). 
• Travel Insurance. (We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance from home)
• Personal expenditure (telephone, laundry, shopping and so on…)
• Tips for guide, driver, porters and project cost
• Beverage and alcoholic drinks
• Any other services not clearly mentioned on itinerary and trip inclusive portion.

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