We’ll spend all day exploring the beautiful Angkor temples by bicycle. First, we’ll take scenic back roads through the rural Cambodian countryside to Ta Prom Temple. Caught in the slow process of being swallowed by the jungle, the tree-and-vine choked towers of Ta Prohm make it one of the most atmospheric temples in Angkor.
Next, we’ll head to the many-faced edifice of Bayon temple located in the center of the ancient city of Angkor Thom. This perfectly square, 9-kilometer-by-9-kilometer city is an astounding relic of Khmer stonework. To get there, we’ll cycle along a forest road, passing the 12th-century Hindu temple Thommanon on the way. We’ll enter Bayon by the North Gate of Angkor Thom, then cycle along the wall to Bayon temple.
After working up a healthy appetite, you’ll tuck into lunch at the home of a local family who will prepare a traditional Khmer meal. After lunch, saddle up again for a ride to Angkor Wat, the most famous Angkorian temple. Angkor Wat was built by several generations of Khmer engineers and laborers in the 12th century, evolving over the years from a Hindu place of worship to a Buddhist one. The temple is so beloved by the Khmer people and so symbolic of the Khmer spirit and culture that its distinctive silhouette is on the Cambodian flag. It’s the only building in the world to be featured on a national flag. Transfer by van back to the hotel.
Tonight is yours to explore or relax. To get away from the hustle and bustle, go for a quiet walk along the Siem Reap River or take a remork (a Cambodian tuk tuk) to the Angkor Silk Farm 20 minutes outside of town.