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» Preah Vihear Koh Ker Beng Melea Tour 1d - 1 Day
(Tour Code: A1K)

The glorious temple of Angkor Wat was rediscovered in 1908. Since that time, thousands have flocked to Siem Reap, the center of the former Angkor Empire and home to hundreds of temples and lost cities. They have discovered as you will, the mysteries that this spot on the planet holds for many. Experience a traditional floating villages and markets as you make your way on the Tonle Sap, Asia's largest freshwater lake. There will be time to stop and shop, too!...

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Tour Highlight
- Preah Vihear
- Koh Ker
- Beng Melea

Dress Code
The site is an active spiritual site for Buddhists and citizens who engage in daily worship, prayer and meditation. Revealing clothes such as shorts and skirts above the knees and showing bare shoulders are prohibited in sacred palaces. Respectful dress is strongly encouraged in Angkor due to the respects towards our community.
Cargo man short, cargo woman shorts and T-Shirt, cover knees and shoulders are recommended.

Currency
The official currency in Cambodia is Cambodian Riel. It trades at around 4,000 riel to one US dollar. The US dollar is Cambodia’s unofficial second currency; therefore, there is no need to change the money. In fact, it is best to carry US dollars with you while you are traveling in Siem Reap, Cambodia. There are ATM everywhere in Cambodia where you could pick up US dollars as well.

Tour Payment
The payment for the tour is in American dollars, USD.

Creating Unique Touring Experiences
Our expert travel team has planned your trip so that you can experience the very best of what Cambodia Vietnam, Laos and Thailand have to offer. We understand that many will have various needs and wants for each particular tour that may not be included in an itinerary. We will plan any tour to meet your particular demands. Please Send inquiry>>>

Feel free to contact us at
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Cell phone and WhatsApp: +1 (706) 254 5985
Email: poan45@gmail.com / info@angkorwat-services.com

Tour Name: Preah Vihear, Koh Ker and Beng Melea Guided Excursion
Tour Code: A1K
Tour Duration: 1 day
Tour Operates: all year round / on demand
Number of Pax: available upon request
Tour Price: available upon request

Pick-up and drop off location
Can be anywhere upon request
Hotel in Siem Reap
Upon arrival in Siem Reap airport
Upon arrival in Siem Reap bus station
Upon arrival in boat pier in Chong Kneah floating village
Any AirBnB and residences in Siem Reap.

Pick-up and drop-off direction
Kindly provide your pick-up and drop-off styles for direction!

PREAH VIHEAR, KOH KER AND BENG MELEA EXCURSION
Preah Vihear
– in the morning, you will be met and welcomed by our English speaking guide, picked up and transferred onward to visit Preah Vihear Temple. It is situated atop cliff in the Preah Vihear province of northern Cambodia (180 kilometers from Angkor Wat) and on the border of Kantharalak district (amphoe) in Sisaket province of eastern Thailand. In 1962, following a lengthy dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over ownership, a majority of the International Court of Justice in The Hague awarded the temple to Cambodia.

Affording a view for many kilometers across a plain, Prasat Preah Vihear has the most spectacular setting of all the temples built during the six-centuries-long Khmer Empire. As a key edifice of the empire's spiritual life, it was supported and modified by successive kings and so bears elements of several architectural styles. Preah Vihear is unusual among Khmer temples in being constructed along a long north-south axis, rather than having the conventional rectangular plan with orientation toward the east. The temple gives its name to Cambodia's Preah Vihear province, in which it is now located.

On July 7, 2008, Preah Vihear was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Construction of the first temple on the site began in the early 9th century; both then and in the following centuries it was dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva in his manifestations as the mountain gods Sikharesvara and Bhadresvara. The earliest surviving parts of the temple, however, date from the Koh Ker period in the early 10th century, when the empire's capital was at the city of that name.

Today, elements of the Banteay Srei style of the late 10th century can be seen, but most of the temple was constructed during the reigns of the Khmer kings Suryavarman I (1002 -1050) and Suryavarman II (1113 -1150). An inscription found at the temple provides a detailed account of Suryavarman II studying sacred rituals, celebrating religious festivals and making gifts, including white parasols, golden bowls and elephants, to his spiritual advisor, the aged Brahman Divakarapandita. The Brahman himself took an interest in the temple, according to the inscription, donating to it a golden statue of a dancing Shiva. In the wake of the decline of Hinduism in the region the site was converted to use by Buddhists.

Lunch at local restaurant (at your own costs)

Koh Ker – continue visit Koh Ker. It is a former capital of the Khmer Kingdom, pre-dating Angkor, and is home to many spectacular 10th century temples. A brief interruption: the exception took place in 928AD when, for reasons that remain unclear, there was a disruption in the royal succession. King Jayavarman IV moved the capital 100 km from Angkor north to Koh Ker, where it remained for 20 years. When the capital returned to Angkor, it centered not at Phnom Bakheng as it had before, but further east at the new state-temple of Pre Rup (961AD).

Beng Melea
- continue to visit Beng Melea. Sprawling jungle temple covering over one square kilometer, the temple is largely overrun by vegetation and very lightly touristed, giving it an adventours, ‘lost temple’ feel. Photographers: trees growing from the broken towers and galleries offer some of the best ‘tree in temple’ shots aside from Ta Prohm. Constructed in a distinctly Angkor Wat style under the same king that built Angkor Wat, Beng Melea preceded and may have served as a prototype of sorts for Angkor Wat. Though there are some lintel and doorway carving, there are no bas-relief and the carvings are comparatively sparse. When the temple was active, the walls may have been covered, painted or had frescos. In its time, Beng Melea was at the crossroads of several major highways that ran to Angkor, Koh Ker, Preah Vihear (in northern Cambodia) and northern Vietnam.

Return to Siem Reap.
TOUR ENDS


INCLUDED
- Full tours and transfers by private luxury A/C vehicle
- English speaking guide
- Preah Vihear ticket
- Koh Ket ticket
- Beng Melea ticket
- Transfer up and down Preah Vihear mountain by private 4WD.

EXCLUDED
- Meals not mentioned
- Accommodation
- Visa fees $30 (visa on arrival, please bring 1 of your recent passport-size photo to visit your Cambodia visa). Southeast Asian passport holders do not require a Cambodian visa
- Drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips and expenditure of a personal nature
- Personal travel insurance
- Any services not mentioned in itinerary.

Creating Unique Touring Experiences
Our expert travel team has planned your trip so that you can experience the very best of what Cambodia Vietnam, Laos and Thailand have to offer. We understand that many will have various needs and wants for each particular tour that may not be included in an itinerary. We will plan any tour to meet your particular demands. Please Send inquiry>>>

Feel free to contact us at
WhatsApp: +85512 971 645
Cell phone and WhatsApp: +1 (706) 254 5985
Email: poan45@gmail.com / info@angkorwat-services.com

PRICE
- private solo tour: USD255
- private tour for 2 persons: USD153 per person
- private tour for 3 persons: USD135 per person
- private tour for 4 persons: USD120 per person
- private tour for 5 persons: USD110 per person
- private tour for 6 persons: USD100 per person
- private tour for 7 persons: USD92 per person
- private tour for 8 persons: USD88 per person
- private tour for 9 persons: USD85 per person
- the more people, the better price.

INCLUDED
- Full tours and transfers by private luxury A/C vehicle
- English speaking guide
- Preah Vihear ticket
- Koh Ker ticket
- Beng Melea ticket
- Transfer up and down Preah Vihear mountain by private 4WD.

EXCLUDED
- Meals not mentioned
- Accommodation
- Visa fees $30 (visa on arrival, please bring 1 of your recent passport-size photo to visit your Cambodia visa). Southeast Asian passport holders do not require a Cambodian visa
- Drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips and expenditure of a personal nature
- Personal travel insurance
- Any services not mentioned in itinerary.

Creating Unique Touring Experiences
Our expert travel team has planned your trip so that you can experience the very best of what Cambodia Vietnam, Laos and Thailand have to offer. We understand that many will have various needs and wants for each particular tour that may not be included in an itinerary. We will plan any tour to meet your particular demands. Please Send inquiry>>>

Feel free to contact us at
WhatsApp: +85512 971 645
Cell phone and WhatsApp: +1 (706) 254 5985
Email: poan45@gmail.com / info@angkorwat-services.com

Siem Reap - Anlong Veng - Preah Vihear - Koh Ker - Beng Melea - Siem Reap

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Ms. PooJab
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From: United States

Posted Date: Thursday 15th of August 2019

Great day trip with an awesome guide Kim!

I had the chance to visit Preah Bihar, Koh Ker and Beng Melea with Kim who was my guide for the day. The start of the day was rocky when the other guest with whom I was supposed to share the trip, was a no show. However Sophaon and Kim pretty much honored the price they had quoted to me, with me paying the small difference for rentals and tickets which would have other wise been split. Very fair. The trip was smooth, was a easy car ride, Kim was great company and took care of everything. He also has a great eye for pictures! So if you find yourself in need of a great guided tour, look no further!

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Ms. Vivien Law
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From: Hong Kong

Posted Date: Friday 27th of April 2018

Great experience with helpful English guide

I learnt about this tour company through friend recommendation, and after a firsthand experience, I will recommend it to my family and friends as well.

I booked a 1-day Angkor Wat tour for me and my friend, including sunrise and sunset viewing. We had to ourselves a helpful and knowledgeable English guide, an air-conditioned car (with a friendly driver), and unlimited supply of cold water. The last two items being particularly useful in cooling down between sites and keeping us hydrated in the Cambodian heat.

Sophoan, the Managing Director, was helpful and patient from the inquiry stage to the booking stage. Soc, the English tour guide, knew all the sites inside-out, as well as Cambodia's history and current situation, resulting in delightful discussions throughout the day. The design of the itinerary allowed us to avoid the large tour groups, which was great. Given it was just us two, there was also some leeway to tailor the itinerary according to our own pace and preferences.

The 1-day tour was enough for me, as it contained the main temples. However, for those who are really into temples and history, think about joining the 2-day or 3-day tours.

Thank you for your services, Sophoan and Soc!

- Vivien from Hong Kong

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Ms. Sheryl Holme
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From: Australia

Posted Date: Sunday 12th of November 2017

Exceptional Tour Service

We visited Siem Reap in November. If you want to spend hours and hours reviewing competitor reviews - you can waste the time like I did! I spent hours and hours prior to our visit reading through various tour guide/service reviews on Trip Advisor. After reading numerous competitor reviews I decided that I would be booking our tours through Sophoan Rath - this choice was decided through reading the countless excellent reviews on Sophoan on trip advisor and also being aware this company is a nationally accredited service. Having never travelled to Cambodia I wanted a tour service that was helpful, knowledgeable, safe and reliable. We are so pleased that we booked our tours through Sophoan. He provided everything that we wanted and more! Sophoan was prompt with answering all my questions via phone and email and has excellent English skills which was helpful as we spoke no Khmer. There is no words to explain the excellence in customer service we received from Sophoan, he started as being our tour guide and ended as a friend. Sophoan arrived at our motel early in a comfortable late model SUV, air conditioning (which is a must!) and a lovely driver. We found Sophoan to be extremely knowledgeable about the history of this beautiful country and is willing to share his own experiences and knowledge with you.

Sophoan went above and beyond!! He helped us with organising our trip, was always assisting with opening and closing doors, providing bottles of cold water to even checking if the ladies toilet was ok to use and providing toilet paper if necessary - these are all small things however in a foreign country he made us feel so comfortable and safe. We toured the local temples, had an all day tour to Preah Vihear (which I highly recommend) and a tour of the floating village. Sophoan knew we were very interested in learning more about the Khmer culture and even arranged for us to visit a local school as we had bought with us pencils and stickers as gifts to the school. We cannot speak highly enough of Sophoan and we are so grateful for all his help and for allowing us to experience and visit his beautiful country. Sophoan made us feel like family and we have already booked another trip back to Camobodia in 2018 and we can't wait to catch up with our dear friend. Thank you for everything Sophoan xx

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Dr. Arndt M
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From: Germany

Posted Date: Monday 17th of July 2017

Full-day private tour to Prasat Preah Vihear, Koh Ker and Beng Mealea

I had booked a private full-day tour for Prasat Preah Vihear, Hoh Ker and Beng Mealea. The tour was one of the most memorable sighseeing trips I have ever undertaken, thanks to Mr. Sophoan Rath. His dedication, knowledge and personal care are truly outstanding. I learned so much about the history and culture of the three places in particular, and Angkor Wat and Cambodia in general, I feel a great sense of debt and gradtidue. Should you visit Seam Reap and look for a tour guide/company: look no further, this is the one to choose!

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Ms. Ivy C
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From: Canada

Posted Date: Tuesday 9th of February 2016

Third Memorable Trip with Poan!

Poan (Sophoan) was my personal guide in Siem Reap during my visit in 2010 and 2012. Since my travel buddy wanted to visit Angkor Wat, I sent Poan an email to inform him approximately 4-5 months in advance, to ensure we secured a spot on his busy calendar!

Planning the itinerary with Poan was easy. He responded quickly and made recommendations based on our preferences. As mentioned, this was my third visit but the first for my friend. We needed a mixture of popular tourist favorites as well as remote temples to tour.

This time we ventured all the way to Preah Vihear, near the Thai and Laos border. Poan made all the arrangements including a very good lunchbox from Blue Pumpkin (since he knew I am a picky eater). Very satisfactory! The only complaint I had was that we should have visited Beng Mealea first to conserve sunlight and then go to Preah Vihear after lunch. This way, the sun would set on the drive back and not while we were visiting Beng Mealea. I felt we didn't spend enough time at my favorite temple (which turned out to my travel buddy's favorite too!)

During the tour, Poan was very accommodating as before. Any sudden changes to the itinerary was accepted. This including calling a restaurant to arrange for takeaway when we were too tired and wanted to go back to the hotel for dinner. If he is going to be your tour guide, look out for his infamous "one, two, three, cheese!" when taking your photo. He also has many personal and funny stories to share. He is humble, sincere and has a great sense of humor. At least he laughed at all my jokes!After all these years, I am glad to call him a friend. Keep up with the good work Poan! Thanks again for a very memorable trip. We had a great time.

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Dr. Hermann von Treskow
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From: Germany

Posted Date: Sunday 26th of January 2014

Bei unserem ersten Besuch in Siem Reap und Angkor im Frühjahr 2009 hatte man uns Herrn Sophoan Rath, kurz Poan, als unseren individuellen Reiseführer zugeteilt.

Wir waren damals schnell von seinen Qualitäten als unser Führer durch die komplizierte Geschichte der Khmer-Reiche und durch die weitläufigen Tempelanlagen von Angkor überzeugt, die er uns lebendig und kenntnisreich nahe brachte.

Auch sein menschlich einnehmendes Wesen, seine unaufdringliche aber stets engagierte Art,uns als die ihm anvertrauten "Schützlinge" zu betreuen war uns ausnehmend symphatisch.
Es war daher keine Frage,wer unser "guide" bei unserem zweiten Besuch in Kambodscha in 2010 sein würde.

Poan holte uns vom Flughafen in Phnom Penh ab und zeigte uns diese Stadt in allen ihren Facetten - bevor wir mit ihm als unserem "guide and driver " auf dem Landweg nach Siem Reap aufbrachen.Die anschliessenden Tage dort waren angefüllt mit zahlreichen neuen Entdeckungen und Erlebnissen - zumeist abseits der großen Touristenströme.

Es folgten jeweils mehrtägige von Poan bestens organisierte und geführte Touren mit per SUV in 2011 nach Kampot und Kep, in 2012 nach Koh Kong und in die Kardamon Berge und schließlich in 2013 nach Mondulkiri und Sen Monorem.

Wir haben viele schöne Landschaften gesehen,zahlreiche liebenswerte Menschen getroffen und natürlich auch die einheimische Küche inklusive "fried spiders" probiert.

Aber auch die Schattenseiten des Landes ,seine grauenvolle Vergangenheit und die Probleme der Gegenwart blieben uns nicht verborgen.

An all dem hat Poan einen maßgablichen Anteil und wir verdanken ihm,dass wir
inzwischen Kambodscha wie nur wenige Touristen kennen und seine Menschen lieben gelernt haben.

Hermann & Tessy aus Aachen

Dr. Roland Zeise
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From: Germany

Posted Date: Friday 16th of March 2012

We had a great stay in Siem Reap. This was possible by our very competent guide Poan. He told us so many interesting details about the Cambodian history. Thank you very much, Poan. Rose and I have spent a fantastic time in Cambodia thanks to your guidance. I will recommend you in person to my friends to visit the temple site in Siem Reap and I hope to come again to Cambodia soon.
Dr.Roland Zeise

Mr. Gigicalf
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From: United States

Posted Date: Thursday 1st of December 2011

A WONDERFUL GUIDE

Sophan Rath was our guide in Siem Reap for Angkor Wat and the surrounding areas and temples. We were with him for 5 days. He was very informative and answered all of our questions. He was always helpful and kind. He was very helpful to me as I have to walk slowly due to a bad leg. He was the best guide I've had in years. He took us to many more places then we had expected and gave us experiences that I do not believe another guide would do. He was so easy to be with and a truly wonderful person. He was fabulous! I highly recommend him!

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Mr. Rob and Ishra
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From: Netherlands

Posted Date: Thursday 4th of August 2011

We spent one weekend in Siem Reap, under the care of Poan. It was a very nice experience. He is a friendly guy, his english is the best we ever heard from an Asian and he really knows a lot of everything in and around Siem Reap and Angkor Wat.

We can recommend him to everybody

Mr. Jkleung
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From: United Kingdom

Posted Date: Sunday 10th of July 2011

Amazing trip to Cambodia!

My friend and I spent 4 days in Cambodia visiting more than a handful of temples to gain a clear understanding of its rich history. Our tourguide, Sophoan Roth, was very knowledgable and informative which definitely helped make our trip a memorable one! One of the highlights of the trip was arriving at Angkor Wat before dawn to witness the amazing sunrise. We also visited Ta Phrom (the temple where Tomb Raider was filmed) and the Tonlé Sap floating village. It was an amazing trip and I'll definitely recommend Sophoan to my friends when they plan their trip to Cambodia!

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Mr. Wilbert Villena Gonzales
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From: Peru

Posted Date: Thursday 13th of January 2011

I have no words to express my greatest gratitude to Poan for the wonderful time I had exploring the most remote temples of the Khmer empire.

During the three-day tour I could get in touch not only with the architecture of Banteay Chhmar, Beng Mealea, Koh Ker and Preah Vihear, but also with people's beliefs and traditions, which, in the end, are what truly define the identity of Cambodia. Going up by foot to the temple of Preah Vihear is an experience that I highly recommend to anyone.

Thanks for everything Poan. You can be sure that I'll be back soon.

Ms. Ivy Cheng
E-mail: n/a
From: Hong Kong

Posted Date: Thursday 15th of July 2010

Trip Taken: Siem Reap July 15-18, 2010

I promised the best tour guide I ever had that I would write on his website. After 7 months, (sorry!) here I am!

Poan took my friend and I around Siem Reap to visit the Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Prohm, etc and the trip exceeded both of our expectations!

I have to compliment Poan as our tour guide. He made the trip excellent by providing great stories! He was kind and very patient with us. He took care of everything. We just had to relax and enjoy the tour. He always had cold water for us when we returned hot and thirsty from sightseeing. We missed the balloon ride the first two days due to windy and thunderstorm like conditions. He made sure we got on the last day and perhaps we were lucky, we were the only ones on the balloon! That was very special! My friend wanted to see the sunrise at Angkor Wat, which was off the itinerary, but he still arranged it. We also had a "fun" time going to the floating village. The boat driver was careless and caused an incident that involved people getting wet... but Poan did the best he could in that situation. He is the best tour guide I ever had in my life, even better than the ones I had in Europe, Thailand, Beijing and Japan. He was flexible and he treated us like friends, even enjoying a couple of laughs himself!

Thanks again for a great time!

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