Your guide picks you up at your Siem Reap hotel in the afternoon and drives you to a renowned Buddhist temple for your private ceremony. Depending on which temple is available on a particular day, you’ll head to Wat Preah Prom Rath, Wat Bo or Wat Damnak.
Walk with your guide through the stunning temple grounds and take a look at the architectural features of the complex, replete with garden paths and gilded spires. Wat Preah Prom Rath, for instance, is one of Siem Reap’s oldest monasteries, built in the late 15th and early 16th century.
Once inside the pagoda, take a seat on the floor in front of a row of Buddhist monks who sit in saffron robes. Listen as the monks chant prayers in Pali, the language of early Buddhist scriptures. Along with your alms offering, you’ll find lotus and jasmine flowers amid the incense and candles used during the traditional ceremony, which runs about 30 minutes.
Receive a personal blessing from one of the monks as he ties a red thread around your wrist that is meant to bring good luck and prosperity. Your guide is always on hand to interpret what is said, help you to understand the role of Buddhism in Cambodia or answer any questions you have.
Since this private tour is customized according to your interests and schedule, feel free to explore the temple complex with your guide before you’re driven back to your hotel.