Essential Angkor, a two-night introductory tour to Angkgor Wat

Perfect "First Time" Angkor Wat Tour

Two days with a private car, driver and guide, plus an awesome circus

Day One: Legacy of the God-Kings

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 (if you are insured) 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: Off the Tourist Radar

Continue your adventure early to take advantage of the cool morning. 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 ficus root-engulfed temple of Ta Phrom, built to house the divine image of the Queen Mother, Ta Keo, where five towers rest atop a five-tiered pyramid, Srah Srang, a ritual bath large enough for a thousand women; and the Eastern Mebon, a terraced pyramid that was once an island on a man-made lake larger than all of ancient Rome.

Tonight, why not enjoy a culinary adventure in one of Siem Reap's traditional garden restaurants? We'll give you a list of our own favorites. If you are a Club Sanook Memberyou get a night at Phare, the Cambodian Circus free.

Day Three: Stay Longer, See More

Your morning is free until your transfer to the airport. If you depart on an evening flight, consider delving deeper into the mysterious and un-touristy jungle to the unforgettable River of 1000 Lingas, or experience an unforgettable scenic flightby helicopter. Alternatively, there's plenty more to see and do in and around Siem Reap including Overlooked Angkor. Trained, licensed guides are in short supply and should be arranged in advance.


LGBTQ Asian Travel by Purple Dragon

Prices and Hotels

Prices depend on your choice of hotel and when you want to travel. We offer eight 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 use only hotels that are LGBT-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 Cambodia adventures are our specialty. If this program is not exactly what you are looking for, can surely modify it to make it a perfect fit.

Includes: round trip private airport transportation, LGBT-friendly hotel accommodations, tax, service, and daily breakfast beginning on day 2, two days of sightseeing with personal  guide, private car and driver, 3-day admission pass to Angkor sites. Extra day option includes guide, car and driver. 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.

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Club Sanook Member bonuses: Members can get an instant discount when you combine Essential Angkor and our Phnom Penhpackage. See details on the Club Sanook website. You must indicate you are a Member when you reserve. You can join today free! Just click "Join the Club."