Morning – Temples of the Forest
(~ 06.30 AM – 11.00 AM)
By road to Srah Srang and then Ta Prohm (11km), pausing to collect your entry passes at the Archaeological Park Entrance.
Take your time to walk through the temple from the West entrance to the East entrance to meet again with our driver (walk 1–2 km). From the Northwest of Ta Prohm we shall walk (15 minutes) through the forest to the lightly visited temple of Ta Nei. There is a reasonable chance of having this beautiful Angkor temple to yourself to explore. Pause for a light breakfast around this peaceful area before exploring further. End the morning at Ta Keo temple, known as the “mountain with bronze peaks”, and admire its five-tiered pyramid structure.
Return by road to Siem Reap for lunch (own cost). We can recommend a wide selection of excellent eateries to suit all tastes and budgets. Please ask for more details.
Optional - Meet your bikes at the temples and enjoy the ultimate way to avoid the crowds.
Afternoon – Angkor Thom
The world’s largest city in the 12th Century (14.00 PM – 18.30 PM)
Travel by road to the Victory Gate of Angkor Thom. You have the choice of either walking the path along the 8m high laterite city wall (500m) to the Death Gate or continuing around by road.
En route to the Terrace of the Leper King, you can stop briefly to see an imposing statue found in Bayon which is now displayed at Vihear Prampeilveng.
Begin again at the atmospheric Preah Palilay and walk (1km) through the shaded parkland behind the terraces, pass Phimeanakas with its beautiful lakes, and the imposing Baphuon to finally reach Jayavarman’s state temple of Bayon at the centre of the city. Explore this important temple with its many captivating giant stone faces. Your guide will point out the most interesting of the detailed bas reliefs illustrating everyday life in the Angkorian era.
Optional - Enjoy sunset drinks with a leisurely boat ride and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems, relaxing with G & T in hand accompanied by the sound of bird song...
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