After breakfast at the hotel we'll drive the 7km road that leads to the temple sites. Here you start your visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, surrounded by an 8m high wall, it was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. From here you'll continue to the enigmatic Bayon in the city's epicentre. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur. The exterior gallery walls, particularly the East and South Galleries have extensive, superb bas-reliefs. Continue on to visit the root entwined Ta Prohm where strangler figs wrap around the structures and down the galleries giving the temple a real jungle temple feel. We'll stop at a restaurant for a local lunch before we travel to the jewel of the Angkor era, the beautiful pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei. The so-called "Citadel of Women" displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art. Finish up your day's temple touring with a sunset over the paddy fields and the beautiful countryside from the pyramidal Pre Rup temple. Return to your hotel to relax and refresh before heading out for your evening's entertainment, a special treat with a performance from Phare, The Cambodian Circus. This non-profit has long been famous for their brilliantly energetic and often humorous performances of traditional and modern folk lore tales. Performers are all disadvantaged youths who were trained by the organisation to become performance artists and is a regular at international circus conventions worldwide.
Please note: Appropriate attire when visiting Angkor temples is long pants (covering the knee) and shirts that cover shoulders. Skirts, small shorts, tank tops, and other items of revealing clothing are not allowed within temple grounds. Visitors can and are frequently turned away from temples when wearing revealing clothing.
Overnight in Siem Reap