- Visit Angkor Thom, "the great city" in Khmer. This 12th-century royal Buddhist city is especially famed for its grand Bayon Temple, but has several other sights of interest as well.
- Visit Angkor Wat, the great complexes of ancient Angkor temples in Cambodia, built by the Khmer civilization between 802 and 1220 AD, represent one of humankind's most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements.
- Taking a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake, known as the Great Lake, a combined lake and river system in Cambodia. It is the largest fresh water lake in Southeast Asia, the richest fishing lake in the World and also a wonder to behold.
Siem Reap is not only the closest ‘big’ city to Angkor Wat; it also has a lot to offer in a matter of excursions. From an exciting balloon tour above Angkor to a visit to the flooded forest, it's educational, it's entertaining, it’s worth the visit.
Angkor Thom, located in present day Cambodia, was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. It was established in the late twelfth century by King Jayavarman VII. It covers an area of 9 km², within which are located several monuments from earlier eras as well as those established by Jayavarman and his successors. At the centre of the city is Jayavarman's state temple, the Bayon, with the other major sites clustered around the Victory Square immediately to the north.
The world's largest religious structure, Angkor Wat was built over the course of 37 years. Placed on the UNESCO endangered site list in 1992, this project was designed to gather HDS scans and photographs of the Angkor Wat Western Causeway and the temple Banteay Kdei. The data set was used to support on-going reconstruction and stabilization of various Angkor monuments by Sophia University.
Apsara Traditional Dance and Performances
It has been a tradition since the earliest days of tourism in the 19th century to treat visitors to Siem Reap with an ‘Apsara dance performance’ - a taste of classical Khmer culture. No visit to Cambodia is complete without attending at least one performance. In this tour, dinner will be included and combined with a one-hour dance performance, consisting of 4 or 5 dances (classical and folk).
Boat Trip on Tonle Sap Lake
Cambodia's Great Lake, the Boeung Tonle Sap is the most prominent feature on the map of Cambodia - a huge dumbbell-shaped body of water stretching across the northwest section of the country. In the wet season, the Tonle Sap Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia, swelling to an expansive 12,000 km2. During the dry half of the year the Lake shrinks to as small as 2500 km2, draining into the Tonle Sap River, which meanders southeast, eventually merging with the Mekong River at the 'chaktomuk' confluence of rivers opposite Phnom Penh.
The Lake is also an important commercial resource, providing more than half of the fish consumed in Cambodia. In harmony with the specialized ecosystems, the human occupations at the edges of the lake is similarly distinctive - floating villages, towering stilted houses, huge fish traps, and an economy and way of life deeply intertwined with the lake, the fish, the wildlife and the cycles of rising and falling waters.