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Cambodia’s Secret Temples

If you are a temple nut and really want to see some of the very best temples in Cambodia – and the world – then look no further than this incredible Secret Temple Tour. On this 7-day temple adventure you will get to explore 7 spectacular outer temples: Bantey Srei, Beng Mealea, Koh Ker, Preah Vihear, Preah Khan, Banteay Chmar and Sambor Prei Kuk. Of course, you will also visit the big three of Ta Phrom, Bayon, and the mother of all temples, Angkor Wat.

Your temple discovery starts with an introductory day trip to Kulen Mountain, which boasts stunning views of the surrounding countryside. After pausing at the nearby waterfall and discovering the underwater carvings of 1000 lingas, there is time to marvel at the small but beautiful Banteay Srei temple’s magnificent carvings. Leaving Siem Reap, you go in search of the incredible jungle temple of Banteay Chhmar, where you will stay overnight in a welcoming traditional home stay.

Your temple exploration continues with trips to Beng Mealea and Koh Ker. Journeying north, you will reach Preah Vihear temple, which is sometimes called ‘Cambodia’s soul’ due to the breath taking views from its seat atop a 700-metre high cliff. In addition you will visit the sandstone temple complex of Sambor Prei Kuk.  Finally, you will discover the most well-known temples in the Archaeological Park, as on your last day, you will spend a whole day taking in Bayon, Ta Phrom, and the masterpiece of Angkor Wat itself.

Daily Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Siem Reap

  • Day 2

    Siem Reap – Banteay Chhmar

  • Day 3

    Banteay Chhmar- Siem Reap

  • Day 4

    Siem Reap – Saem

  • Day 5

    Saem – Kampong Thom

  • Day 6

    Kampong Thom – Siem Reap

  • Day 7

    Siem Reap

Please note: This tour can start and finish in both Siem Reap or Phnom Penh.

Highlights

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    Kulen Mountain

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    Banteay Srei

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    Banteay Chhmar

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    Banteay Torp

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    Beng Mealea

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    Koh Ker

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    Preah Vihear

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    Preah Khan

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    Sambor Prei Kuk

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    Angkor Wat

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    Bayon

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    Ta Phrom

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    USD $1,299 per person

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Detailed Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Kulen Mountain & Banteay Srei

Today you start your secret temple tour by traveling to Kulen mountain, home to the underwater carvings of the thousand lingers. At the summit you will see a large reclining Buddha, known as ‘Preah Ang Thom’, before taking a break for lunch by the nearby waterfall. From here you then get to discover the stunning Banteay Srey temple, which displays the most elaborate and decorative wall carvings on any of the other temples you will see.
Overnight in Siem Reap (Meals: _/_/_)

Day 2: Siem Reap to Banteay Chhmar

Leaving Siem Reap for the night you travel west to the incredible jungle temple of Banteay Chhmar, this incredible jungle temple is now under the jurisdiction of UNESCO, and is famous for its signature faces of Jayavarman VII. The temple was dedicated to four royal servants, who gave their lives defending the prince in the battle. Banteay Chhmar is often overlooked due to its remoteness, and you will often be the only visitor. As well as the sunsets behind the temple you will enjoy drinks and dinner, while listening to Traditional Khmer music. All before settling in to your comfortable and traditional homestay.
Overnight in Banteay Chhmar Homestay (Meals: B/L/D)

Day 3: Banteay Chhmar to Siem Reap

For the early risers you have an opportunity to see the temple and its magnificent carvings in a different light with a sunrise walk through Banteay Chhmar. After breakfast you will take a leisurely stroll through the village, checking out the market and the local pagoda, before setting off for a traditional ox-cart ride to the silk factory. On your returning journey enjoy a picnic lunch at Banteay Torp, the ‘Fortress of the Army’ temple, before returning to Siem Reap.
Overnight in Siem Reap (Meals: B/L/_)

Day 4: Siem Reap to Saem

Leaving Siem Reap again for a night you venture north to discover the two temples of Beng Mealea and Koh Ker. Both of these temples are a little more remote, with Beng Mealea in particular, showing the visitor the true power of nature, as the jungle has almost retaken the temple. Koh Ker itself is unlike any other temple in Cambodia, and is more Mayan than Khmer with its 7 tiers.
Overnight in Saem (Meals: B/_/_)

Day 5: Saem to Kampong Thom

After an early breakfast you travel the short distance to the bottom of Preah Vihear temple, which sits on top of a 700-metre-high cliff. From here you can take a 4x4 to the top, or for the more energetic walk the many steps, and be greeted with glorious panoramic views. While the climb may leave you a little out of breath, the view from the top is magnificent, and will take what is left of your breath away! The temple is often described to be Cambodia’s soul and after-spending time exploring the temple you will see it for yourself. After soaking everything in you then descend the mountain before travelling to Kampong Thom; discovering the enigmatic temple of Preah Khan along the way.
Overnight in Kampong Thom (Meals: B/_/_)

Day 6: Kampong Thom to Siem Reap

Today you will visit the pre-angkorian temple complex of Sambor Prei Kuk temple. This is a wonderful introduction to the main temples that you will see in Siem Reap due to it being mainly built from sandstone. You will visit Prasat Sambor, Prasat Tao and Prasat Yeai Poeun before enjoying a picnic lunch in the community centre. You will then travel the short distance back to Siem Reap.
Overnight in Siem Reap (Meals: B/L/_)

Day 7: Angkor Temples

The perfect end to any temple tour is, of course, the temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park. On this magnificent day tour, you will take in all the main sights, such as Ta Phrom, Bayon and Angkor Wat itself, which is in a league of its own and often compared to sites, such as Machu Picchu (Peru) and Petra (Jordan). You will have a truly breath-taking day!
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Tour includes

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    Airport pick up and drop off

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    Overnights as mentioned

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    Excursions as mentioned

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    Transportation in private A/C vehicle

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    English speaking guide

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    Meals as mentioned (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner – excludes drinks)

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    All taxes

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    All flights unless included in itinerary & Visa fees

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    International airport tax (Included in Airline Ticket)

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    Meals, unless mentioned differently

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    Beverages and personal expenses

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    Other excursions and entrance fees

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    Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation and evacuation in the event of accident of illness)

Please note: You must have a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining on it as well as bringing with you 4 passport size photos with you for your visa, as well as having a couple spare.

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