Every year, more than two million visitors pass through Siem Reap, the gateway to the Angkor region of Cambodia. The once capital of the ancient Khmer empire is the spiritual center of Cambodia, filled with preserved temples, forests, and farmland. Due to the immense popularity of the destination, seasoned travelers recommend booking a guided tour to experience the full magic of Angkor. Luckily for you, AESU is offering nine days of enchantment and adventure on the Vietnam – Cambodia Explorer tour!
The Grand Circuit
If you have the entire day to spend exploring the temples of Angkor, consider purchasing a ticket to the Grand Circuit. The Grand Circuit, or the Big Loop, allows travelers to access four of the most incredible temples. The temples are surrounded by dense jungle, and each offers a unique glimpse into the history of Angkor and the communities that once thrived within its walls. You can get to each temple by bicycle, or you can travel in style and rent a tuk-tuk (auto rickshaw)!
Originally built as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu, Angkor Wat is now one of the largest religious monuments in the world. It’s important to respect the culture and dress appropriately, which entails covering the shoulders and wearing shorts or skirts that fall below the knee. If you can, plan to arrive at sunrise to watch the temple come alive in its golden splendor. Then, spend the rest of the day exploring the halls, translating the murals, and appreciating the vast architectural complexities of Angkor Wat.
When visitors stare at the Bayon temple, a series of smiling stone faces gaze right back at them. The collection of face towers are the Bayon temple’s most distinctive feature, supposedly inspired by the serene grin of King Jayavarman VII. Tourists can spend hours exploring the highly detailed scenes found on the outside wall of the temple. Each work details a historical scene, ranging from naval battles to a bustling marketplace.
Explore Cambodia with AESU!
AESU offers unique, thrilling travel programs for college students and young professionals at affordable rates. Each trip is action-packed and informal—designed just for people your own age. We are also able to design custom tours just for your group.
Indulge in the delicious heritage, culture, and cuisine of the fascinating Indochinese countries on the Vietnam Cambodia Explorer Tour!
2019 tour dates and prices are available and selling quickly! If you have any questions or want help booking your European adventure, please contact AESU by calling 800-638-7640, or fill out the contact form found on our website! Check out our deals page for available discounts!