During your Banteay Srei tour, we will explore the surrounding Banteay Srei district, meeting locals as we walk, hearing their stories and we’ll lead you to some lesser-known attractions that many tourists don’t know about. Get ready for a memorable day!
Our first stop will be the Banteay Srei Butterfly Centre, where we’ll learn all about the lifecycle of butterflies. The netted tropical enclosure here contains thousands of beautiful, free-flying butterflies and is the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia. Revenue generated from tour admissions to the centre are also re-invested back into the local community to aid a number of poverty alleviation and conservation projects, so as you admire those beautiful butterflies, you can feel good about yourself too!
The next stop on our tour is the Cambodian Landmine Museum which was established in 1997 by ex-child soldier Aki Ra. Following years of fighting, he returned to the villages where he had planted mines as a child soldier and began removing then by hand and defusing them with homemade tools. The museum aims to educate visitors on the importance of clearing landmines in Cambodia and also supports at-risk Khmer children.
The truly stunning Banteay Srei Temple is next, which is home to some of the most exquisite stone carvings on earth. We’ll take a look around, learn a little about the temple and its history and, let’s be honest, pretend to be Indiana Jones for a few minutes. Since you're likely getting hungry at this point, we'll stop for a local lunch before heading to the next stop.
On the way back, we’ll stop to meet the sugar palm community at Preah Dak Village, the biggest sugar palm producer in Siem Reap. Here you’ll get a chance to learn how this organic sugar is produced and hopefully you’ll get to taste one of their sweet treats too!
Our last stops of the day will be at two more elaborate temples in the grand circle of Angkor. Neak Pean is a Buddhist temple on a circular island in Jayatataka Baraym, built during the reign of King Jayavarman VII. Then we'll finish off with a visit to Preah Khan Temple, one of the largest complexes at Angkor.
After a full day of exploring and gathering some killer holiday snaps, we’ll head back into Siem Reap and drop you off at your centrally located hotel. Before you go, don’t forget to ask your local guide for more tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay in Cambodia.
Inclusions: Local English speaking tour guide, Butterfly Centre admission, one-day Angkor Day Pass, transportation with air-conditioning, local lunch, Landmine Museum entrance fee, drinking water.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide
Dress standard: Please dress respectfully as part of the tour will be spent meeting members of the local community. Trousers and a skirt or knee length shorts and a shirt/t-shirt that covers your shoulders are most appropriate. Comfortable shoes or sandals suitable for walking are also highly recommended.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: It is hot in Siem Reap for most of the year, therefore your guide will make regular stops where you can purchase water and snacks. Please keep hydrated and bring sunscreen and hats to protect yourself from the sun. At the start of your trip there is the option of upgrading from a 1-day to a 3-day Angkor pass for an additional $25. Speak with your local guide about this.
Closure of sites: In the rare event of extreme weather or other conditions such as flooding you will be contacted and given the opportunity to reschedule or cancel affected at late notice.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.