By Jeep to Banteay Srey & Ta Nei

By Jeep to Banteay
Srey & Ta Nei

Driving through the Siem Reap countryside on board a restored military jeep is one thing, but
going to ruins inside Angkor and discovering lesser-visited temples is just the icing
on the cake. An excellent half-day out that does not follow the crowd.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Of all the temple complexes in the world, the Angkor Complex certainly hits the top spot for variety and size; from the awe-inspiring centrepiece of it all – Angkor Wat – to the numerous relics of the building, urging of one of the Jayavarman rulers of a bygone era. But once you follow lesser trodden paths with us, one sees more than just those within a stone’s throw away from your Siem Reap accommodation.

We’re talking about two temples that deserve as much attention due to their construction and slightly off the beaten path location. To up the ante in terms of experience, we spice your journey up to Banteay Srey and the Ta Nei temple by driving around in a military jeep.

TRAIL ITINERARY

By Jeep to Banteay Srey & Ta Nei

08:00 - 12:00

Pick up from your hotel in Siem Reap by a military jeep (maximum three persons per jeep, no air-conditioning) and head off in the direction of Banteay Srei, 25 kilometres outside of Siem Reap. Together with a dedicated driver, you will pass local villages and the rural landscape; the drive may include some stops for images of the local, authentic side of Cambodia without any western influences. It appears that the temple was designed to leave no space undecorated, and the intricate carvings in pink sandstone are unique and what some consider being the best carving of all and in a great state of preservation. The temple was built in the second half of the 10th century and dedicated to Shiva. While some of the temples are impressive because of their sheer size, Banteay Srei stands alone in the quality of its construction and decoration. Built in 967 and dedicated to Brahma, the temple is located twenty-five kilometres North of Angkor Wat and bears the translated ancient Khmer name of “The Citadel of the Women”

On our way back to Siem Reap we will make a pit stop at the Ta Nei Buddhist temple. The compounds of the temple have been closed off for visitors until 2010, and it remains one of the least visited complexes within the greater Angkor region. Archaeological research points in the direction that this temple was initially set up as a medical centre for the rulers of Angkor. Today with large trees surrounding the in decay ruins of the Ta Nei temple, it may well be that you are one of the very few visitors walking around its stone compound without a trace of renovation work. Its isolation away from the main roads will turn this half-day tour to more unique, out-of-the-ordinary experiences around Angkor. You will head back to your Siem Reap hotel at around noon.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by open-air military jeep coach with professional driver.
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • One day entrance pass into Angkor
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Siem Reap. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Tonle Sap, Koh Ker, Banteay Srei and Siem Reap International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Part of this excursion includes walking over unpaved roads and paths. This may not suit guests with walking issues.
  • Bear in mind that such paths may turn slippery / muddy after a rain shower. We suggest wearing good walking shoes, preferred closed shoes, when booking this tour.
  • During this tour, we will enter religious sites where a dress code may be applicable. Please dress respectfully by wearing clothing that cover the knees and shoulders, avoid wearing clothing with bright, fluorescent colours of any kind, obscene prints or pictures and/or beach wear. Failure to comply may result in denying access into these sites.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • Sand, dust and water have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • To avoid any issues pertaining obtaining an arrival visa at the airport, please ensure that your passport contains at least two empty pages. Failure to do so may result in not gaining entrance into the Kingdom of Cambodia.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • The jeeps (no air conditioning) used during this tour can accommodate maximum 3 passengers per vehicle (participants are prohibited to drive the Jeep by themselves).

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