This magical place was once capital city to the Khmer Empire, who were among some to the most powerful between the years 900-1400AD. The city was later abandoned in 1431 when it was lost to the jungle, but was rescued by the French in the late 1800’s before Cambodia regained its independence in 1953 and restored the grounds to become what it is you see today.
All of our Cambodia tours start in Siem Reap. We will either pick you up from the airport or meet you at our hostel and introduce you to the crew. You’ll have the day to chill & get settled in or explore the city before we head out in the evening for a welcome meal and a few drinks on the aptly named Pub Street.
Siem Reap, What We Do…
Angkor Wat (the one from the Tomb Raider movies) – Its brilliance greater than the Egyptian Pyramids and its splendor as fine as that of the Taj Mahal. Angkor Wat, in its state of preservation, is truly unrivalled.
Located just north of Siem Reap, to see this spectacle in all its glory you will need to set off early. So we wake up before the crack of dawn to get ready to take a tuk tuk there in time to watch the sun rise and explore the ancient temple complex and wonder of the world.
The site has been voted one of the most spectacular pieces of construction known to man and in recent years and a visit to Angkor Wat has slowly become more and more popular, seeing this spectacular collection of temples first hand is an absolute must during your time in Cambodia. It illustrates cultural, religious and symbolic values, as well as encompassing great architectural and artistic significance. Angkor Wat is a place to behold; a place to wander and a place to explore. So take your time, seek out every inch this temple has to offer and let your imagination run away with you as you walk the ruins of this awe-inspiring and respected temple.
Cooking class – Learn to cook some traditional Cambodian dishes with our Khmer master chef and feast on all of your tasty creations.
Rice Fields – On day 2 of our tour we take a tuk tuk with our mate TT up to the beautiful rice terraces just outside Siem Reap for a sunset BBQ.
Siem Reap, Where We Stay…
In Siem Reap we stay at probably the most sociable and cool backpackers in town, our pals at Mad Monkey. This is a well known chain of hostels which we use in other locations also and we have a great relationship with the staff there who are awesome! The hostel is right near all the action and many bars/restaurants are nearby. There is a pool for you to cool off and enjoy a cocktail(or two) on the beanbags surrounding it or a bar on the rooftop where you can enjoy some drinks or play a game of beer pong with your group in the evenings. Here we use a mix of private twin and triple rooms with the occasional 4 bed dorm. All AC and en suite. Standard.