7 Best Day Trips & Tour Activities in Siem Reap
Siem Reap is the significant tourist destination in Cambodia, 320km from Phnom Penh Capital with short flight 45 minutes and 6 hours by overland, it’s where hundreds of impressive ancient Angkor temples were constructed by Khmer Empire, especial the renowned Angkor Wat temple built in 12th century, the largest monument in the world as well as the world’s heritage listed by UNESCO and is the only incredibly unrivaled architectures among the world of wonders.
From the tomb raider temple “Ta Prohm” to the intricately carved Banteay Srei “The Pink Sandstone Temple”, the national park of Phnom Kulen waterfall and Tonle Sap floating villages are extremely attractive which truly inspire your journey more exceptional, relaxing, and discoverable.
1. Angkor Wat and Its Small Circuit
Angkor discovery is a full day guided day tour that provides you the best insights of Angkor complex within the small circuit beginning from South gate of Angkor Thom featuring the smiles of Bayontemple, Baphuon, Terrace of elephant, Terraceof leper king, the intertwined Ta Prohm jungle temple and witness the marvelous Angkor Wat – built in 12th century and is one of the great wonders of the world’s heritages.
2. Grand Tour & Beautiful Banteay Srei
The tour is suitable for those who plan to visit more Angkor temples on the next day after exploring small circuit tour to Angkor Wat. On this journey, you’re going to stroll around grand circuit including Srah Srang, Ta Keo, Preah Khan… distinctly continue to discover the most beautiful Banteay Srei which is intricately carved in the finest details unlikely other Angkor temples, admired by palm sugar village and sunset at Pre Rup.
3. Kompong Phluk’s Stilt Houses & Mangrove
Kompong Phluk village is famed for its pleasant mangroves where you enjoy the rowing boat going closer to the lines of stilt houses arising from the water about 10m high then continue the canoe goes through the mangroves where you can catch beautiful photos and enjoy the serenity. Resume the boat excursion to visit Tonle Sap, learn about ecosystem, reveal lifestyle on the water and explore the surroundings.
4. Kompong Khleang’s Stilt Houses & Floating Village
Kompong Khleang village is one of the floating communities at the edge of Tonle Sap, renowned for its amazing clusters of high stilt houses and ideally admired by floating village. In the boat journey, you visit both insights of interesting stilt houses & floating homesalong with daily fishing/trading activities on rowing boats, learn about ecosystem, lifestyle
rely on aquatic resources and observe how people make the lake as home.
5. Half Day Countryside Bike Ride
Away from the hassle Siem Reap city, you can make a gentle pace on mountain bike which is led by our professional local tour guide and see beautiful Cambodia countryside. Eventually, come across plenty of interesting farming/gardening activities, huge rice fields dotting with palm trees and cattle as well as warm greeting from kids during cycling, and you have a lot of chances to take picturesque photos.
6. Phnom Kulen Waterfalls
Leisurely enjoy the relaxation near the fascinating waterfall of Phnom Kulennational park, cool off and swim under the falls. The holy Phnom Kulen or “Mountain of Lychees” was found as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire when King Jayavarman II declared the independence from Java in 804 CE. Continuously stroll within the region to see the giant reclining Buddha, riverbed of 1000 lingas and the sacred crystal pool.
7. Beng Mealea Jungle Temple
Explore the hidden ruined temple “Beng Mealea” sitting within the lush wilderness and is famed for its serenity, intertwined trees and the perfection for photographing. The adventure is truly exotic, enhanced by the nature and you’re going to climb over big piles of rocks, scrawling, and squeezing into the ruined galleries to reveal its mystery. Enroute to taste some bites of bamboo sticky rice and observe how it is made.