Today we visit two of the most interesting of all the temples outside the main Angkor group and for many people the highlights of their time in Cambodia. A two hour drive from Siem Reap, Boeng Mealea stands almost forgotten in the jungle, crumbling and covered in sprawling tree roots. Isolated during Cambodia's civil war, Boeng Mealea was once the site of fierce fighting with the Khmer Rouge; however outsiders can now safely visit this wonderful temple. It is the largest temple outside the main Angkor complex, and is enclosed by an enormous moat. King Suryavarman II oversaw construction of 12th century ‘Boeng Mealea’, a prototype for more famous Angkor Wat. The quiet at Boeng Mealea is eerie and a welcome contrast to the more visited temples in Angkor city. We spend the morning at Boeng Mealea, allowing you time to scramble over temple ruins, or to take the more leisurely walk around the outside perimeter. We then journey the 1.5 hours to the intricately carved and well-preserved Banteay Srei and have a restaurant lunch on arrival (included, drinks at your expense). The detailed reliefs on this smaller sandstone structure are regarded as the finest, most skillfully crafted in Cambodia. Banteay Srei has only been accessible since the late 1990s, when the Khmer Rouge left the area and is considered by many to be “the jewel in Angkor’s crown”. Return to your hotel by 5.00pm. Duration approx. 8 hours.
• Remork & Guide (Maximum 3 persons) USD 175 ++
• Car & Guide (Maximum 3 persons) USD 195 ++