From Kampong Khleang to Beng Mealea in a Day

From Kampong Khleang
to Beng Mealea in a Day

As to where most in Siem Reap go left, we turn right. Exploration of Siem Reap’s rural surroundings
is filled with surprises. Enter the lives of the families of a floating village at Kampong
Khleang and admire the untouched beauty of Beng Mealea temple.

WHY THIS TOUR?

The Tonle Sap is home to many families and small communities that live off what Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake gives. It does not come as no surprise that such villages really give visitors a unique insight into real Cambodian village life, away from western civilization, where trade still is conducted on local markets and the way Cambodians have done for centuries.

In addition, to maintain the rural theme, Beng Mealea is one of these temples that are often forgotten when seeking the extremely rich cultural heritage; the former Khmer empire has left behind. Combining the both in a full day, and you have one amazing view of what’s life like slightly off the beaten path.

TRAIL ITINERARY

From Kampong Khleang to Beng Mealea in a Day

08:00 - 17:00

In the morning, we head out into the northern direction following the contours of the Tonle Sap. Our goal for the morning is the stilted village of Kampong Khleang. Via local paths and almost meandering through the greens and houses, our boat will sail out (depending on the water levels) and show you these houses from the lake. Some of these homes are constructed on top of stilts, reaching a height of 10 meters!

The region is known for regions of the petrified mangrove forests and waterways, sometimes hidden from the naked eye. Enjoy the fascinating scenery of Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake. A delicious local lunch will be served at a local house where you can experience to see daily life in the village.

In the afternoon, we travel through the thriving countryside, past rice paddy fields and local villages to Beng Mealea. The Lotus Pond Temple dates back to the early 11th Century and was built by Suryavarman II as a Hindu Temple. Beng Mealea is a temple hidden in a maze of the jungle – if there is one temple to explore resplendent with jungle engulfing it, it is Beng Mealea. Clambering over large sandstone blocks to reach the inner sanctuary and eerie worship corridor is an exploration to remember. Architecturally, Beng Mealea is noted for its innovative, in its time, construction of hallways, it was a very large temple with wide galleries foreshadowing Angkor Wat.

At around 5 pm, you reach your hotel after a stunning rural experience, away from the more known tourism paths.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • Boat tour to the floating village of Kampong Khleang
  • Lunch at local restaurant (inclusive of fruit and soft drink)
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Entrance pass to the Angkor Archaeological Site
  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • 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
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Natural elements of any kind 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
  • 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; 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
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles
  • 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
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • Between April and September, water levels around Kampong Khleang may be too low for safely navigating around this floating village. Alternative means of transportation will be provided.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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