Begin the day with pickup at your Siem Reap hotel, and travel to Angkor in an air-conditioned minivan. Spend the morning at Angkor’s most iconic sites, starting with Angkor Wat, where narrow stone passageways wind past bas-relief carvings and shrines. Find gold-shrouded statues tended by local monks, then climb the stairs into a central gallery filled with dancing apsaras figures. Continue to the southern gate of Angkor Thom: walk down a narrow lane guarded by 108 statues of smiling gods and fierce demons.
Discover the serene stone faces that stare down from the 12th-century Bayon temple, whose long bas-reliefs tell the dramatic story of Khmer victories against Cham warriors, then follow the richly decorated Terrace of the Leper King to the Terrace of Elephants.
Pause for lunch before exploring the maze-like Ta Prohm — this atmospheric site is also known as the ‘Tomb Raider’ temple — to find hidden chambers wrapped with creeping vines. This tour concludes with return transfer to your hotel.