The tour will start with a visit to Beng Mealea Temple, which is said to be built in layout and style similar to that of the Angkor Wat temple. However, after a visit to the temple, what surprises most visitors is not the similarity, but how starkly different it is!
Two striking aspects of the temple stand out for most visitors - first, that it is covered in moderately thick foliage. Mosses cover large swaths of stone, and tiny samplings popping up from minuscule cracks have turned into full-grown trees winding their way around and through the ancient ruins. It is almost as if the temple has embraced the surrounding jungle and become a part of it. Second, Beng Mealea, unlike other temples that have been meticulously restored, is in complete ruins. Piles of rocks that once stood as structures for the temples now lie in rubble, allowing glimpses of beautiful carvings at eye level - which once might have been overhead. And within all the greenery running amok among the rubbles, you feel an ironic sense of appreciation for what once was. The temple is a special place and it is worth taking the time to explore it thoroughly. This tour will start early - out of sync with the main tour groups, so the place is simply serene and great fun for keen photographers.
Upon visiting Beng Mealea, you have the option to visit two smaller temples nearby (at a distance of 1 km from Beng Mealea Temple) that is completely isolated. There are no Apsara agents here and no entrance fees - these temples are worth visiting if you're looking for a truly quiet and serene environment among temple ruins.
The tour will then head back to the main highway making a stop to have local lunch before heading to Kompong Khleang floating village.
Kompong Khleang is the most remote and possibly the least visited of the floating villages of the Tonle Sap village network. As a result, a tour of the village offers an authentic view of the lives of the community that live within the ecosystem of the great lake. The water within the heart of the village is nine to 10 meters deep in places but the area all around the central village is fascinating and unadulterated by tourism. The village is a great place to visit in the rainy season or the dry season and again serves as a mouth-watering prospect for anyone with an interest in photography.
0600 - 0800: Depart from hotel to Beng Mealea Temple
0800 - 0945: Explore Beng Mealea Temple
0945 - 1045: Visit isolated smaller temple near Beng Mealea
1045 - 1145: Head for lunch on the way to Kompong Khleang
1145 - 1230: Lunch
1230 - 1330: Arrive at Kompong Khleang
1330 - 1630: Explore Kompong Khleang (Explore village + boat trip) activities depends on whether it is the dry season or wet season
1630-1830 : Drop off to back to hotel in Siem Reap