Beng Mealea, Banteay Srei, and Floating Village Tour

See the popular Citadel of the Women at Banteay Srei and the remote temple of Beng Mealea, and a floating village.

Tour Description

Start Time: 8:30AM

Finish Time: 4:30PM

Pick Up & Drop-Off: Hotel

Tour Itinerary

Beng Mealea, Banteay Srei, and Kampong Khleang.

Price

English Speaking

From

$165

German Speaking

From

$180

Call: +855 (0) 12 700 941

Tour Description

We start this one day tour with a trip to Beng Mealea Temple. The temple is located 40km east of the main temples of the Angkor Archaeological complex and 67km from Siem Reap Town. Once difficult to reach, this ancient site is now easily accessible thanks to a new road to Koh Ker which by passes Beng Mealea Temple. Although the history of this temple is largely unknown, it is believed that it was built in the 12th century during the reign of King Suryavarman II. Although it was originally built as a Hindu temple, there are many stone carvings which depict Buddhist motifs. Another great feature of this temple is the giant moat which surrounds it, measuring a huge 1.2km by 900m. Until it was rediscovered, the temple was mostly consumed by the jungle. Beng Mealea was added to the UNESCO Word heritage list in 1992.

After a short break, we now head out to explore Banteay Srei Temple. Built in the 10th century and dedicated to Shiva the Hindu God, Banteay Srei is located near the hills of Phnom Dei which are around 25km from the main temples. Banteay Srei is mostly built from red sandstone which was used as a base for elaborate carvings that decorate the walls. Banteay Srei was built in the 10th century by Vishnukumara and Yajnavaraha who were councillors to the King at the time. Surprisingly, the temple is the only major temple within the Angkor complex not to be built by a monarch.

Temples finished, we now head out to see the floating village. Kampong Khleang is the largest floating village in Siem Reap, with almost 10,000 people calling this home. Kampong Khleang residents live in traditional stilted houses rising 10 meters into the air on the flood plains of the Tonle Sap Lake. Depending on the season, we will see how the locals live and work in this fascinating village that lives in harmony with the great lake’s ecosystem. Most villagers earn an income from the lake by fishing. During the dry season the houses rise like a forest from the land. During the wet season, they are under several meters of flood water, only saved by the long stilts on which the houses sit.

Tour Includes

Car or Tuk Tuk

Cold Drinking Water

Tour Guide

Doesn’t Include

Temple Pass

Food & Drinks

Personal Expenses

Tour Information

You need a temple pass to enter the Angkor Archaeological Park. The price is $37 for a one-day pass, $62 for a three-day pass, and $72 for a seven-day pass. Beng Mealea, Koh Ker, and Phnom Kulen are not included in the Angkor Pass and you need to buy a ticket separately if you want to visit these places.

Visitors are reminded to follow the rules. You cannot smoke or litter anywhere in the temples. You must also dress conservatively and cover your shoulders and knees, otherwise you may not be allowed access to the temples.

You must not climb on any stones, touch anything, or cause damage to anything inside the park. If you break this rule, you could be fined, imprisoned, or both.

You are required to pay for your tour at the end of the day. If you have a multiple day tour, you need to pay in cash on the final day of the tour. We only accept cash payment in United States Dollars or Khmer Riel.

Tour Prices start from the price listed above. This price is for a group of one to three people. Prices vary for larger groups. Send us a booking below and we'll quote you the exact price for the number of people in your group.

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Bank Transfer Details

Name: Chhun Bunrith
Bank: Canadia Bank PLC., 315, Ang Duong Street (corner of Monivong Blvd.), Phnom Penh, Cambodia
IBAN: 0200000078149
SWIFT: CADI KH PP