SIEM REAP – ARRIVAL (D)
Upon arrival at Siem Reap International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our friendly tour guide and driver; transfer to hotel for check-in, short rest. Dinner at local restaurant. After dinner, short briefing from your tour guide about the following day.
Overnight: Siem Reap
ANGKOR COMPLEX (B/L)
After breakfast you meet your guide before heading out to the Angkor jungle. Transfer from the hotel to the starting point of your trekking tour. First site enroute is the 12-13th century jungle temple of Ta Prohm (also a setting of one of the Tomb Raider films). Ta Prohm is unique and has mostly been left as discovered: temple ruins overgrown by jungle trees and vines. This makes Ta Prohm a picturesque and one of the most memorable of the Angkor temples. Continue on foot on jungle paths towards the ruined city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. An eight meter high wall draws a perfect square around the city ruin. Enter through the ancient East Gate that features a row of 54 gods and demons holding the sacred Naga snake of Hindu lore. Continue on to Bayon Temple, situated in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is well-known for its 54 towers with their enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-sees for their intricate bas-reliefs. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon short trek to Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat was constructed a symbol of Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs, depicting Hindu mythology and a range of over 2,000 Apsara dancers. The temple, which is found on the heart of the Cambodian flag, is believed to have taken 30 years to be completed. After Angkor Wat, return to hotel, dinner at a local restaurant at your own expense.
Overnight: Siem Reap
SIEM REAP - KULEN MOUNTAIN (B/L/D)
Early start and breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the start of your hiking trail that leads you though rice fields to begin with. Rising up from the flat countryside, you can see the enormous Kulen Mountain which is slowly beginning to dominate your view as the hike goes on. Kulen Mountain (Phnom Kulen) is an impressive sandstone plateau in this otherwise flat area. The mountain is considered the birthplace of the Khmer empire and a sacred place for the Khmer. At the top of Phnom Kulen, discover stone carvings in a riverbed, a large reclining Buddha from the 16th century and several hidden pagodas. After a long climb to the top, stop for lunch at a popular local hangout: the Kulen falls. Many Cambodians gather here on the weekends and national holidays to escape the heat and to enjoy some time beneath these beautiful trees. Further a field - for those who wish to hike a bit more - is a hermitage cave filled with religious artifacts… and a few bats as well! In the evening, enjoy your dinner by the riverside
Overnight: Kullen homestay
PHNOM KULEN - SVAY LEU - BENG MEALEA (B/L/D)
After another early breakfast, you start your hike this morning to the east of the Kulen Mountain top while appreciating the cool morning air and accompanied by the sound of birds. Together with dew sparkling on the trees it will create an unforgettable picture in your mind. En route towards Svay Leu Pagoda, discover parts of Cambodia’s most pristine jungle. Along the way keep your eyes out for lychee trees which Kulen is famous for. If you are lucky you might even spot some wild animals that are curious enough to come close. Further on, the jungle gives way to farmland with patches of forest in between. After a rest in the local village, the pathway begins to descend towards Svay Leu. Then transfer by car to Beng Mealea temple. It has only recently been made accessible and remains unrestored. Enter the temple via a wooden walkway and enjoy an incredible view over the toppled ruins. Transfer or trek to local homestay for dinner. The overnight at a local home makes the adventure complete.
Overnight: Beng Mealea
BENG MEALEA - SIEM REAP (B/L/D)
Enjoy your breakfast in the remote countryside of Cambodia before heading out onto your last hike from Beng Mealea to Siem Reap. You will be passing through stunning nature filled with palm trees, rice fields, and encountering happy children waving and shouting hellos. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, transfer to your comfortable hotel and dinner at local restaurant.
Overnight: Siem Reap
SIEM REAP – DEPARTURE (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Spend some time exploring Siem Reap on your own until your accompanied transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for your departure flight.