ITINERARY BY DAY
Wake early for a unique view of one of Angkor's most iconic temples, starting with the jungle ruins of Ta Prohm. Left as it was found in the early 20th Century the vine covered ruin is the quintessential jungle temple. Arrive before the crowds as the sun rises and marvel at the beautiful stone carvings and ancient galleries in the morning light. Hear the story of this 12th Century masterpiece and its discovery before heading to a nearby spot for a local style picnic breakfast.
Continue on to the majestic smiling stone faces of the Bayon, one of Angkor's most unique temples. Walk through narrow corridors housing shrines to Shiva and past bas reliefs depicting the great naval battles between the Angkor and Cham empires. Finish the morning at Angkor Wat - the largest religious monument in the world and a testament to the power and ingenuity of the people who once worshiped here. After, return to your hotel for a well-deserved rest.
This afternoon travel into the lush green countryside west of the ancient city, to the collection of small villages and paddy fields that have always been the lifeblood of Khmer culture. Away from the crowds, here you get a true sense of the quiet life of rural Cambodia. Take a 30 minute ride along dirt tracks aboard an ox-cart, the traditional form of transport here. Driven by a local farmer who has lived here all his life, pass by emerald green paddy fields, watch children playing and water buffalo grazing. Arrive at the traditional stilted home of local family that has been making and selling sticky rice at Angkor Wat for years. Get hands on and learn the traditional technique of producing sweet sticky rice. Cooked in bamboo poles, this sweet treat is a staple of Cambodia and great fun to make. You will be helping to support the local community and making a positive contribution to the area.
Finish the day back at the temples of Angkor, and the moat of Angkor Thom. Row out as the sun sets and enjoy a cold beer to finish the day. Return to town.