Angkor Without The Crowds

  • Cambodia’s mystical temples of Angkor rank among the world’s great sights. The epic remains feature hundreds of intricately-carved temples and shrines spread over a huge 154-square-mile area – the most famous being Angkor Wat.  As Angkor is a destination on most people’s bucket list and ever more people are visiting each year, avoiding the crowds is not easy during your visit. 

    Our local experts regularly conduct footfall surveys around the busiest temples to establish where the biggest crowds gather at particular times of day – and then to do the opposite. This systematic approach to crowd avoidance not only means we know what time to go where, but also which viewpoints are less frequented and how to take you through secret entrances to out-of-the-way spots. 

    So while hundreds gather at Angkor Wat’s west gate to watch sunrise, you’ll instead enter the back way via the much quieter east entrance to find an equally good perch. While most groups visit Angkor Thom in the morning, you arrive in the afternoon. You will also visit some of the minor – but equally atmospheric – temples. Here you’re likely to find some solitude and the time to really appreciate your surroundings.

    Highlights

    • Sunrise at Angkor Wat.
    • Angkor Thom & the faces of the Bayon.
    • Tonle Sap Lake Cruise.
    • Countryside village tour and dinner.
    • Markets and artisans’ workshop tour.

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  • Experience the temples of Angkor away from the crowds

    Day 1

    Arrive into Siem Reap where you will be met by a private transfer and taken to your hotel. Enjoy your first taste of Angkor with a visit to Banteay Kdei temple followed by sunset drinks on a leisurely boat ride atop the ancient moat of Angkor Thom. Relax with a G&T in hand, accompanied by the sound of birdsong. 

    Overnight: Siem Reap

    Day 2

    A magical day at the temples following a well-researched crowd-avoidance itinerary. Rise early and head straight to Ta Prohm to explore its famous, tree-root wrapped temples in relative seclusion. Once the bus groups begin to arrive, undertake a 15-minute forest walk to little-visited Ta Nei. This temple’s ruins make the perfect setting for a picnic breakfast – and there’s a good chance that you’ll have them all to yourself. Also, visit Angkor Thom: Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King, Preah Palilay, Phimeanakas, Baphuon, and the captivating stone faces of Bayon.

    Overnight: Siem Reap

    Day 3

    Take a boat trip out on nearby Tonle Sap lake, the world’s richest freshwater fishing ground, to see its stilted villages. Enjoy a private experience aboard Ella – a custom made boat moored in the quiet fishing village of Mechrey. Knowledgeable guides will take you to authentic areas where locals outnumber tourists. In the afternoon head into the countryside to jungle-clad Beng Mealea temple which, in a much-collapsed state, retains a very atmospheric feel.

    Overnight: Siem Reap

    Day 4

    Watch sunrise over Angkor Wat from one of the best photo vantage points. Later, journey by boat, ox-cart and on foot to visit villages little changed since the days of Jayavarman VII. End the day with dinner and cocktails at Villa Chandara, after a journey by boat across an ancient reservoir then a short walk through unspoiled farming villages. Settle in for free-flowing drinks and an 11-dish celebratory Khmer menu, as local musicians provide a soothing soundtrack by flickering candlelight.

    Overnight: Siem Reap

    Day 5

    Trawl Siem Reap’s Old Market (Phsar Chaa) for souvenirs or frequent bigger Central Market (Phsar Leu) for a more local shopping experience. Visit the Artisans D´Angkor workshop and Theam´s House to see how local handicrafts are made before transferring to the airport for your onward travel. 

    Overnight: Siem Reap



  • From £995 per person, 4 nights, B&B including guides and transfers.

    All of our itineraries are tailor-made to your specific requirements and therefore prices do vary. The above is an indication only. Prices will vary depending on the season of travel and the standard of accommodation used. Please contact us for a quotation and to discuss your holiday requirements in more detail.


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Cambodia makes a great trip for active families. There is simply such a variety of things to be explored from the incredible natural scenery to the astounding historical sights.
Rob Milverton
Rob Milverton
Travel Consultant