Gay Outdoor Adventure in Angkor Wat
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!
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. 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.
Our Angkor Adventure trip shows you the most important Angkor Wat sights, plus some great adventure activities, including a 21-station zipline through the treetops of an old-growth forest, and an ATV "quad bike" trip through the countryside for an up-close look at rural Khmer life. You will also visit temples that are still completely unknown and unseen by most tourists. 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.
The remainder of the day is devoted to the temple that is also called Angkor Wat, epicenter of an empire that once stretched to present-day Burma. Within a massive moat, it is the largest place of worship ever built. The portico still resonates with carvings of battles, 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
The adventure continues with one of Asia's best zipline courses. You fly through the jungle by ziplines, explore the forest from hanging bridges. There are 21 stations in all. The system was engineered by experts who have experience with ziplines around the world. You will be outfitted with state-of-the-art safety equipment and assisted by professionals along the way. You might even see some gibbons.
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: Beng Melea and Phnom Kulen, the "River of 1,000 Lingas"
Get an early start this morning for one of the most rewarding 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. Almost two kilometers of the stone stream bed were 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 well-deserved massage. Tonight (or on any other night during your stay), you spend the evening at Phare, the Cambodian Circus for a cultural experience that could possibly 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.