KKE02 Koh Ker Explorer A photographically rewarding mini tour combines Beng Mealea, Banteay Srei; Kbal Spean and Koh Ker as a unique tour. 2 days – $ 185.00
Day 1 We start off early to the small Hindu Temple of Banteay Srei. It has fabulous carvings and is best seen from 7:30 to 9:00 before the big tour groups start arriving. We have time for a coffee or snack before continuing our tour.
We have a short drive along the south of Koulen mountain to Kbal Spean and the 1000 Linga River. It is a steep climb through beautiful jungle to the upper river. The lingas on the riverbed were carved nearly 1000 years ago are unique in the world. The waters from the spring which feeds the Siem Reap River, wash over the lingas and cascade down to a lovely waterfall. Ancient carvings of Hindu deities and animals dress the stones and hundreds of brightly colored butterflies complete the scene. We have a late lunch at a beautiful semi open-air restaurant with views of the surrounding garden and hills. We continue to Koh Ker for an late afternoon visit and see sunset from the Prasat Thom the highest pyramid the Khmers ever built. We stay overnight at a small village guest house near Koh Ker .
Day 2 We have most of the morning to see this ancient city of Koh Ker. There are around 35 major temples spread over an area of 20sq Kms. Most of the temples are of brick, built over 1000 years ago. Some are in remarkable condition; others are in a picturesque state of ruin and cloaked in vegetation. It is a photographic wonder; especially in the rainy season. We drive south to Beng Mealea; where we have lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring this exciting jungle ruin; which for many is the highlight of their trip to Cambodia. This tour is best done on the last day of your temple pass which is needed for Kbal Spean and Banteay Srei
BC02 Banteay Chhmar The vast “Narrow Fortress” and other sites in area; staying at Sissophon. lots of interest inc Sarus Crane Reserve (in season). Can be a Spectacular beginning or end of trip for those traveling overland through Thailand. 2 days $ 195.00*
Day 1 We have options to visit the Ang Trapang Thmor a reservoir which is the breeding center for the extremely rare Sarus Crane. We continue to Sissophon with an optional visit to stone masonry workshops, which sell fine sculpture at a fraction of the price of those in tourist markets
Day 2 Pre Dawn start for drive to Banteay Chhmar. It is a place of exceptional atmosphere; which gets very few visitors. Almost every step within this vast ruin; gives another fabulous picture of stone being consumed by nature. It is a spectacular sight with its Bayon Style towers, walls and enclosures cloaked with vegetation. A notable feature of this temple are the magnificent bas reliefs on the outside of the inner sanctuary walls! This tour allows a flexible and lengthy exploration and photography of these ruins at a relatively relaxed pace. *Cost per person depends on options: Min 2 persons on tour
Preah Vihear and Anlong Veng
PV03 Preah Vihear and Anlong Veng Ancient and recent Khmer history in this exciting tour; visiting the Khmer Rouge strongholds and the spectacular mountain temple of Preah Vihear. 3 days – $ 425.00
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The spectacular temple of Preah Vihear is set on the edge of a 1500ft cliff on the Dangrek Mountains on the Thai Border. Until 2003 this was only easily accessible on the Thai Side. A new road was built last October giving 4wd access from Cambodia.
This trip is a fascinating journey on dirt roads through the Cambodian jungle. We pass through remote farming communities and visit some of the last strongholds of the Khmer Rouge. Preah Vihear achieved notoriety as it was the the stage for the final surrender of the Khmer Rouge in 1998. The area is still littered with land mines and shell holes. There is an old field gun still up there as a reminder of the war. New road links have now made access to this area a lot less hard. We drive through jungle and new settlements to the former Pol Pot stronghold of Anlong Veng. We stay overnight here after visiting the house of Tamok the Khmer Rouge Commander and the grave of Pol Pot in the hills above the small and now friendly town.
Day 1 Drive to Anlong Veng; visit Tamoks house and a half hour hill walk to to Pol Pots grave. Where we can see sunset views of the Dang Rek Mountains.
Day 2 Drive to Preah Vihear village for lunch and either a steep walk (2hrs) or 30min drive in 4WD pickup to Preah Vihear mountain. We can enjoy the views of the temple in the evening light and have a picnic as we watch the sun go down..
Day 3 Sunrise at Preah Vihear and walk across the Thai border. There is a viewpoint and a walkway down the sheer cliffs to see Buddha figures. We take a 4WD pickup for the return to the valley. We return via Anlong Veng, where we have a stop for lunch, to Siem Reap where we arrive in the early evening.
Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary
PT02 Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary More than a bird sanctuary; Prek Toal is a total Tonle Sap lake experience! 1.5 days – $ 125.**
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At the north of Tonle Sap lake, this is a fabulous place for seeing wildlife and birds in the dry season December – March. The visitor can also get an experience of the fascinating life of the floating villages as well, by staying overnight in a floating lodge. This allows a dawn start on a Government run boat which has books to aid identification of the thousands of water birds to be found here.
Day 1 Afternoon boat to Chong Khneas floating village; visiting the Gecko Environment center on the way. We continue across the great Tonle Sap Lake to Prek Toal.
Day 2 Pre-dawn start to see the bird life at its best. Early in the season we can take a boat right into the heart of the mangroves to a tree top hide. We can see the thousands of storks and other birds nesting in the trees. As the water levels drop during the season; we see the birds fishing on the lake in vast numbers. It is one of the wonders of South East Asia. We return to Siem Reap in the afternoon.