Siem Reap is an odd little speck on the map in Western Cambodia. These days it is like a frontier gold rush town with dusty streets, garish lights after dark, and water buffalo caught up in traffic jams. Drivers are still not quite sure what to do when they encounter one of the townAsia's three new traffic lights. With nearly 200 hotels to accommodate visitors to nearby Angkor Wat it is a bustling place, with great restaurants, shopping, and even some nightlife. One well-known travel writer remarked that Siem Reap is "one of the few towns in Asia that just gets better and better." Many visitors are staying longer and longer as the world discovers that utterly charming Siem Reap has more to offer than just Angkor Wat. You do not have to be gay to enjoy one of Purple Dragon's all-inclusive Angkor Wat packages. A growing number of mainstream guests choose one of our private tours because they know they will get something better from a gay company.
Convenient Modular Programs
Purple Dragon's Siem Reap packages offer great value and save you time and effort by arranging your choice of hotel, round trip airport transportation, and sightseeing with a personal English-speaking guide. You can always add extra nights and optional sightseeing if you wish.
All of our packages include a night at Phare, the Cambodian Circus. The circus is not easy to describe because it cannot be compared with anything else you have seen. So we will leave it a pleasant surprise, which will probably be one of the most powerful memories you will have of your visit to Angkor. No elephants, cotton candy, clown cars or anyone shot out of a cannon will be seen inside Phare's tent. What you will see will make you so ecstatic that you might want to go again the next night.
In five days and four nights you get to see the best of Angkor, including magnificent treasures that very few visitors bother to see.
If you have five days and four nights we show you the highlights of Angkor wat and take two day trips into to see some of the furthest temple complexes plus fascinating odds and ends..
This two-night exploration of Angkor Wat's Ancient Wonders is just right for visitors who want to see just the highlights
On a budget and want to spend more time enjoying Siem Reap? Angkor Leisurely is a five-night "free style" package that includes fun extras. You stay at Golden Banana, Siem ReapAsia's gay boutique resort hotel.
If you are not the kind of "drive by tourist" who wants only a sample of Angkor Wat, why not stay longer? You will see the most famous of Angkor's sites, of course. But we will also show you CambodiaAsia's magnificent countryside and some unbelievably spectacular temples where you will probably not see other foreigners.
Our six-night "see-all, do-all" private tour includes all of the features of our Grand Angkor itinerary, but also includes an overnight trip to the grandest archaeological treasures of them all, Preah Vihear. This temple complex is pearched atop a high cliff practically on the border of Thailand. Many of the structures are virtually intact. Because it took 300 years to build, every architectural style of the history of the Khmer Empire is represented. A bonus is the a commanding view of the vast plain that leads to Siem Reap.
Optional Side Trips
Have extra time to spend in Siem Reap? You may add one of our optional optional side trips, which include a personal English-speaking guide.
The Road Less Traveled
Some of the most interesting, most authentic things to see in Cambodia are between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Why fly when you can take a fascinating overnight trip by road that visit craffts villages, obscure temple complexes and a town where fried tarantulas are the local specialty?
River of 1000 Lingas
Day Trip to Angkor's mystical Kulen mountain, still a holy place after 1100 years. One of the best day trips we offer anywhere.
Beng Melea and Koh Ker temples are somewhat distant from the well-traveled tourist route at includes Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and The Bayon. Farther along the road to Preah Vihear is Koh Ker, the only temple in the Khmer Empire that was built as a pyramid--probably by the same aliens who created temples in Mesoamerica, India and Indonesia.
This is a two day excursion that begins with the Beng Melea and Koh Ker visits shown above. Instead of returning to Siem Reap you continue to Preah Vihear, where you spend the night in a lovely oasis with a swimming pool and cold beer and spend most of the following day exploring the crown jewel of the Khmer Empire, that took 200 years to build and was the cause of two 21st century armed conflicts between Thailand and Cambodia. Preah Vihear is, hands-down, the single most dazzling creation of the Khmer Empire. It was built over a period of 200 years and includes examples of every architectural style found throughout the sprawling empire.
You can have the unforgettable experience of viewing the Angkor complex from above by helicopter. Longer trips with one or more stops allow you to see unbelievable yet remote temples that are difficult to reach by land.
Less-visited wonders off the tourist path.
Floating villages and wildlife on one of the world's most unusual rivers.
Picnic at a mysterious man-made lake, the size of 70,000 swimming pools.
Take a Break from Temple Viewing to enjoy the charms of this French Colonial town, with its stately historic architecture, bustling markets, and wild, frontier gold rush pace.
Phare, the Cambodian Circus
The nightlife in Siem Reap is pretty sad for a town with 220+ hotels. The hottest ticket in town is "the Circus," an absolute must-see only-in-Cambodia performance. Performances are nightly at 7:30. Tickets are only $18, but for the best view, you can sit ring-side in the first two rows for $35. Please let us know in advance so we can reserve seats for you. You pay your guide for tickets when you arrive. If you are visiting Angkor Wat in one of our modular programs (all-inclusive packages) you see the circus as our guest.
What We Do
Purple Dragon is Asia's oldest, largest and most respected tour operator specializing in programs for discerning gay and lesbian travelers. All of our tours are private and include private transportation and one of our legendary private guides. We do not offer group tours. The big advantage to a private tour is, of course, that you do not have to put up with other people or compromise your own schedule or activities to suit others in a group. You can spend a bit more time at places that really matter to you, avoid places that do not, and go at your own pace. We use gay-owned or LGBT-friendly hotels wherever possible and show our guests the local gay nightlife where it exists. You do not have to be gay to enjoy one of our all-inclusive tour packages. A growing number of mainstream guests travel with Purple dragon because they know they will get something better from a gay company.