The Culture of the Khmer: Ancient and Modern

4 Days, 4 Nights

Get out with your guide to explore the culture of the Khmer people knowing you will be able to return to the peace and luxury of Unique Boutique each evening.
Be awed by the temples built by the ancient Khmer and experience current day Cambodia packed into this busy 4 day visit.

Day 1   Siem Reap: Arrival, Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom with Sunset and Bambu Stage Show
Arrive at the airport in Siem Reap where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Head to Angkor Wat with your guide. Explore this majestic temple with your guide and learn about the many stories carved into the wall. Also visit Angkor Thom, the famous walled city, and see the many temples within its borders, including the fascinating Bayon temple with its many magnificent faces smiling out. Watch the sun set over Angkor Wat, or climb Phnom Bakeng and watch the sunset from on high.
Tonight you will be treated to a contemporary dance performance that combines ancient Khmer techniques and new-age dance with powerful international music. Head to the Bambu Stage to take in this performance of the New Cambodian Artists dance troop made up of young, independent female dancers from Siem Reap. The show, though very modern, is firmly rooted in Cambodian tradition. Watch as this dance troop tells their beautiful stories using modern dance. The doors and the bar open at 7pm, with the performance starting at 8pm.
Meals Included: None

Day 2   Siem Reap: Hidden Temples and JWOC Hospitality Class
This morning your guide will meet you at the hotel at 7am and you will head into the temple complex, driving through the quiet of the morning to a special hidden road. Here you will find a smaller temple rarely visited by tourists. Despite being in the Angkor temple complex this is a quiet escape from the noise and bustle of some of the other temples. Once at the temple relax and do some exploring. When you're ready to move on you can walk to a nearby Ta Keo Temple…climb to the top and enjoy the amazing views! From Ta Keo head to the Angkor Thom Gate and take a walk along the Angkor Thom wall. Again, no one visits this beautiful area and it's quiet and peaceful. At the end of the wall you will get to the East Gate, which was used for taking dead bodies to be cremated in Angkorian times. A beautiful gate with Bayon faces you'll be the only tourists there to see them. Return to your hotel for lunch or have your guide help you find a good lunch spot in town. Remember to take a look at our Cheat Sheet which lists a number of our favorite restaurant recommendations!
One of the newest offerings in JWOC's Free Classes Program, the Hospitality Class endows students with critical language and technical skills needed to secure employment and be successful in the hospitality industry. As an active member of the class, you will have the opportunity to observe, participate and share in the lesson and activities. At the end of class, there will be time for free conversation and/or role play, a fun and rewarding activity that facilities collaboration, learning and friendship. Your ability to speak English and an open mind are the only qualifications you need. By participating in the program, you are playing a vital role in developing our students’ English skills and cross-cultural awareness.
Please note: Guests must be aged 12 years or older to join the hospitality class. If you are bringing children who are under the age of 12 they may join in our activities with the younger students in the library.
Please arrive at 2:45pm before the class starts to meet the teacher and find out what you will be doing.
Meals Included: None

Day 3   Siem Reap: Beng Mealea, Banteay Srei and Other Temples
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before leaving the crowds behind and heading to Beng Mealea, one of Angkor’s more mysterious temples located 40km outside of the main temple complex. At the temple your guide will help you imagine how it once was as you pick your way through the rubble now surrounded by jungle. Continue on to Banteay Srei, an intricately carved temple known as the Lady Temple, and have lunch at a nearby local restaurant. On your way back to town stop to visit Banteay Kdei and Ta Prohm, two of the prettiest temples in the complex, before returning to your hotel late afternoon.
Meals included: Lunch

Day 4   Siem Reap: Village Tour and The Tonle Sap
Set out on the Journeys Within Village Tour with our guide who will take you to his village, showing you rice paddies and typical homes along the way. Once there take some time to explore this beautiful area, enjoy a fresh coconut drink and meet his family and neighbors. From there head to Pua District and visit the fascinating Artisans de Angkor Silk Farm where many local women are trained in the art of silk weaving.
Please note: your guide for this tour will be different than your temple guide.
After a rest or swim drive through rural Cambodia to the Tonle Sap Lake where you will take a boat ride to visit the floating village and a Cambodian fish farm. As the day ends choose to climb Phnom Krom and see the ancient ruins high on the hill and watch the sun set over the lake and rice fields below or relax and watch the sun disappear below the horizon from your boat on the lake.
Meals Included: None

Day 5   Siem Reap: Departure
Your driver will meet you at your hotel for your private transfer to the airport, where you will arrive in time for your onward flight.
Meals included:

Tour Rate: $440.00 per person based on two people traveling
Single Supplement: $290.00
Price includes:

  • Boat tickets as specified above
  • Air-conditioned car/van with driver 
  • Licensed English speaking guides
  • Tours and admission fees as mentioned above
  • Meals as specified in itinerary, including water

Price excludes:

  • Personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Airport tax
  • Drinks (except water) and meals not mentioned in itinerary 
  • Tips