Siem Reap is the vibrant base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire and the largest religious monument in the world. With fascinating decorative flourishes, intricate bas-reliefs and carvings depicting history and mythology, its mightiness and magnificence is incomparable and the reason why it makes everyone’s bucket list.
Day 1: Arrive in Siem Reap
In the afternoon you’ll set out to explore Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labour.
After a tour of the temple you’ll be escorted to the Angkor Gondola paddle boat at the moat of Angkor Thom to witness the sunset while sailing along the ancient moat.
Day 2: Siem Reap
After breakfast you’ll embark on a private photo consultation and excursion around Angkor Wat with American fine art photographer and photojournalist John McDermott.
John will personally tailor your excursion to suit your needs, taking you to specific temples or surrounding villages to create strong images.
Day 3: Siem Reap
This morning you’ll head out to the beautiful Cambodian countryside and the quiet temple, Beng Mealea. Undiscovered for centuries, Beng Mealea remains unrestored and is one of the few temples you can climb through.
You’ll have lunch at a local house before setting off on a boat trip on the Tonlé Sap Lake, the largest lake in south-east Asia.
You’ll visit the village of Kampong Kleang and join a boat ride through the village, seeing where the fisherman live in stilted houses among the mangrove forests and waterways.
Day 4: Siem Reap - Home
Today you’ll spend the afternoon exploring Siem Reap’s colourful markets.
On the way you’ll stop by Artisans d’Angkor – a social business enterprise supporting Cambodian arts and crafts and helping young local people to find work. Here, you’ll discover how wood and stone carvings, lacquering, gilding, and silk paintings are created.
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