Sunrise over Angkor Wat
When touring the largest religious monument in the world, it’s best to arrive early. If you do, you’ll see dawn’s warm hues paint a canvas for the lotus-shaped towers of Angkor Wat. Built at the end of the 12th century, a visitor can only imagine the Herculean effort that went into putting all the sandstone blocks in place, using elephants, coir ropes, pulleys and bamboo scaffolding. But greater than its scale, is its ornate beauty and historical significance.
With AutoVenture, your private guide will provide you with an insider’s tour of Angkor Wat and the surrounding Cambodian province of Siem Reap. Inside the temple city, you’ll explore its miles of carved, decorated surfaces, columns and rooftops. There are reliefs depicting scenes with unicorns, griffins and winged dragons pulling chariots, and parading warriors and dancing girls. No wonder that this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most visited wonders in Southeast Asia, and one that will stay with you forever. Your AutoVenture tour continues with a comfortable bike ride past rice-paddies, through green rainforests and villages, with stops at souvenir and handcraft shops, and silk farms.
Bringing you closer to the culture, AutoVenture will shuttle you to a rural village for a cooking class in an outdoor bamboo pavilion, surrounded by banana trees, bamboo and a fishpond. You’ll get to visit with local families, tour their gardens, and learn about their traditions, superstitions and beliefs around food preparation. Your class will be a hands-on immersion into Cambodian cooking, providing a lasting feast for your bodies and soul.