South Gate & Central Angkor Thom
Time: 08:00 – 12:00
This half-day tour was planned by our concierge team and considered the best way to see the most important temples in Siem Reap because they are close to each other, which saves time so that you can visit as many sites as possible in the time allotted.
Your first stop will be at Bayon on your private half-day tour of Angkor Wat, also known as Angkor Thom, which means “big city.” You will see the most famous features of the temple, including a series of incredible faces carved into the stone, all having peaceful looking expressions with smiles. The carvings are on many different stone towers jutting out of the top terrace, all converging around its central peak.
From there, you will go to the Terrace of the Elephants, which is nearby. This temple is very impressive because it has a wall 300 meters long running along the terrace, which is 2.5 meters tall. This incredible wall is entirely covered with elephants carved into the stone along with a lot of “garudas” or mythical birds. This huge wall runs along the entire front of Baphuon to
Phimeanakas and keeps going to the area of the Royal Palace, located in the middle of Bayon. After that, you will proceed to the northern end of the Terrace of Elephants to the Terrace of the Leper King.
The Ta Prohm Ruins are like nothing else on earth but absolutely breathtaking. The giant roots of enormous kapok and banyan trees create an amazing scene because they’re growing all over the stone ruins, so the terraces are all broken apart from the limbs that are all intertwined. The leaves actually form a roof over the twisting tree trunks that encircle the stone pillars.
Angkor Wat & Sunset at Bakheng
Time: 12:00 – 17:00
The temple complex of Angkor Wat is an incredible sight to see, architecturally and artistically. Many people believe that this might be the largest religious monument in the entire world as well as the most fascinating temple on earth. In all, there are nearly 2,000 separate and distinct Apsara carvings adorning every single wall of this huge temple. No place else in the world can you see such spectacular examples of art from the Angkorian era than with these amazing Apsara carvings.
The last half of your half-day private tour of Siem Reap will be climbing up the hill to Phnom Bakheng to enjoy a panoramic view of an amazing sunset. There is no better vantage point than the temple at the top of this hill. From here you can also see the entire expanse of the Angkor Wat complex looking down from way above.