Tarzan and James do Angkor Wat and Discover Two Temples That Indiana Jones Missed
Looking for a little adventure? Want a more active experience in Angkor Wat? We made this trip just for you! Grab your safari fedora and come with us. Excitement awaits.
Here is an Angkor Wat tour that shows you the must-see essentials, some out-of-the-way places few visitors see, and two temples that are so well hidden that they are completely off the tourist radar. We throw in a thrilling half-day zipline adventure through pristonie old-growth forest and another half-day drive-it-yourself ATV trip that takes you down unpaved roads, through rural villages and rice paddies, and past a few minor Khmer ruins that can not be reached by car or bus. You also get tickets to Phare, the Khmer Circus--a show more amazing than you can imagine. This is one of Purple Dragon's most unusual, most unique independent tour programs that will give you plenty of memories, photo-opps, and stories to tell back home.
We can adjust the itinerary below to accommodate your arrival and departure flight times. You do not have to be gay to enjoy this package. Our mainstream guests travel with Purple Dragon because they know they will get something better from a gay company.
Day One: The Must-Do Basics - Angkor Thom, The Bayon, Angkor Temple
Arrive on an early morning flight and follow your personal guide through the south gate of Angkor Thom, a city-fortress of perfect proportions designed at the height of Angkor's artistic daring. Wander awestruck by the sheer magnitude of these haunting remnants of celestial cities modeled on Hindu cosmology. The jewel of this immense collection of temples and palaces is the temple of Bayon, with its sensational, towering stone faces and epic sculpture galleries. Beyond are the Terrace of the Leper King and the Terrace of the Elephants.
The remainder of the day is devoted to Angkor Wat, epicenter of an empire that once stretched to present-day Burma. Centered within a mile-square moat, it is probably the largest religious monument ever built. The portico still resonates with visions of saffron-robed monks and muscled artisans carving a mile of stone reliefs depicting the Ramayana epic and the military conquests of the god-kings who built Angkor. If you like, climb the steep steps to the very zenith of the temple for a glorious view. End this most amazing day with a million riel sunset (the riel is the national currency).
Day Two: Swing Through the Tree-Tops and The Temple Indie Missed
After breakfast, the adventure continues with one of Asia's best zipline courses. You fly through the jungle by ziplines, explore the forest on hanging bridges. There are 21 stations in all. The system was engineered by experts who have experience with ziplines, and you will be outfitted with state-of-the-art safety equipment and assisted by professionals along the way. You might even see some gibbons. Watch the video:
Next, you have the rare opportunity to see a virtually-unknown (at least to visitors) temple that the local archaeologists seem to have completely forgotten about.
You will no doubt see busloads of tourists being herded about and will appreciate having your personal guide all to yourself as you wander, awestruck, through the iconic ficus root-engulfed temple of Ta Phrom.
Day Three: Into the Jungle - Beng Melea and Phnom Kulen, the "River of 1,000 Lingas"
Get an early start this morning for one of the most eventful days of your adventure. Begin with a drive deep into the countryside to the seldom-visited Beng Melea temple ruins. You may be the only visitors since it is too far out of the way for visitors who make only brief stops in Angkor.
The sprawling temple covers over one square kilometer and is mostly eaten by the surrounding forest, which gives it a temple-lost-in-the-jungle feeling. While many of the buildings are in total ruin, others are almost intact. A wooden walkway built by a French film company lets visitors cross huge toppled stones effortlessly to go deep into the heart of the complex.
After a lunch break you drive a winding mountain road to the top of Phnom Kulen, an ancient hilltop retreat that is still a mystical and holy place for the Khmer people. Water played an important role in the spiritual live of the people of Angkor, and much of the water came from Phnom Kulen. This was the personal spiritual retreat of King Jayavarman II, who built the Angkor temple. He had almost two kilometers of stone stream bed carved with more than 1000 lingas and many other Hindu religious images to bless the water as it cascaded to the cities below. Local people still come to the spectacular waterfall here for ritual baths. You can read more about Phnom Kulen here. Return to Siem Reap early evening.
Day Four: Another Forgotten Temple, an ATV Adventure, and a Visit to the Old Market.
Later in the day, you will still have plenty of time to explore the town's charming Old Market area, and pick up some bargain handicrafts for your friends at home. Or maybe a massage at Bodia Spa and some ice cream. Tonight (or on any other night during your stay), you spend the evening at Phare, the Cambodian Circus for a cultural experience that will probably be one of the highlights of your visit.
Day Five: Over so soon?
Your morning is free until your private transportation to the airport. If you depart on an evening flight, consider additional sightseeing. Hotel check-out time is noon, and we can fill up the rest of your day. We have plenty more to show you.
Of course you can stay longer!There is plenty more to see and do in and Around Siem Reap including Overlooked Angkor , or experience an unforgettable scenic flight by helicopter. Trained, licensed guides are in short supply and should be arranged in advance.
Prices and Hotels
Prices depend on your choice of hotel and when you want to travel.
We offer several different hotels in Siem Reap, ranging from three to five stars. All of the hotels we use are carefully chosen for location, amenities, quality of service, security and value. We only use hotels that are gay-owned, gay-managed or gay-friendly. We inspect most hotels at least once a year.
To see prices and compare hotels please click on the "$" button on the left. If you have questions or suggestions about the hotels we use, please email us.
Custom vacations are our specialty. If this travel package is not exactly what you are looking for, we may be able to modify it to make it a perfect fit.
Includes: round trip private airport transportation, gay- and lesbian-friendly hotel accommodations, tax, service, and daily breakfast beginning on day 2, sightseeing with personal guide, private car and driver, three-day admission pass to Angkor sites, and adventure activities shown in the itinerary. Not included: air tickets, other meals and drinks, other admissions, gratuities, features not specifically mentioned in the itinerary, or items of a purely personal nature.