EXCURSIONS BY SALA LODGES
Sala Lodges invites you to discover the Kingdom of Kampuchea which will bewitch you with its thousands of temples and the smiling hospitality of it’s inhabitants. We have walked, crossed, climbed and travelled to every corner of this magnificent country that never fails to impress.
Now it’s time to share our discoveries and our itineraries…
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CHOOSE YOUR MODE OF TRANSPORTATION
Tuk Tuk – Car – Minivan – Boat – Jeep – Bicycle – Hiking – VESPA
THE BEST OF ANGKOR I
Start your day with the most beautiful and majestic of temples, visit Angkor Wat, one of the largest religious monuments in the world.
The ancient city of Angkor Thom was the capital of the Khmer sovereigns during the 12th century. At the heart of this vast architectural complex is the famous Bayon. Dear to the heart of the French, the gigantic Baphuon, built in the 10th century and dedicated to the god Shiva. A blessing by a monk, meeting with temple vendors or coconut sellers, the day will not lack smiles.
THE BEST OF ANGKOR II
Having gained its 21st-century fame from the Tomb Raider movie with Angelina Jolie, the iconic Ta Prohm features on most visitors’ itineraries, and rightfully so. Pre Rup, the temple’s name is comparatively modern, meaning “turn the body” and build in the 10th century. Visit Neak Pean island and Ta Som, all built in the Bayon style during the second part of the 13th century. Finally, Preah Khan with such a special atmosphere.
Sunset at Angkor Balloon, a helium balloon that allows you to witness Angkor Wat OR climb on Phnom Bakheng and enjoy the sunset on Angkor
TEMPLES, JUNGLES, AND VILLAGES
Start your day like the Cambodians and enjoy a noodle soup prepared in front of you. Learn all about the sugar palm. Journey to Kbal Spean, situated 50 km north of Siem Reap in Phnom Kulen national park. This 45-minute walk on steep jungle paths is rewarded by a spectacular sight of hundreds of carvings on the river bed. The most difficult parts of the jungle walk are overcome by series of wooden staircases. Later, continue on to Banteay Srei temple dating back to the 10th century. It is considered a jewel of classical Khmer art thanks to the beautiful, delicate carving in pink sandstone. Return to Siem Reap through picturesque countryside with a stop at Banteay Samre, a temple built in the middle of the 12th century.
SO MANY THINGS TO DO…
Cooking classes – Phare Circus – Helicopter flights –
Lunch at Sala Bai School – Book a massage – Monk Blessing
sunset or sunrise
Best seen from November to February
Not to be missed during your stay, is the sunrise at Angkor Wat.
OR Cruise on lake Tonle Sap, through the floating villages, and enjoy the magical sunset.
With a professional photographer – Cycling through the villages
DESTINATION TEMPLES WITH A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER
Capture Angkor Temples with a fresh look. Take THE original picture that no one else got before. Stride across the shadows of the antique Khmer Empire away from the crowd and under a new light… Embarq for an Angkor tour or in the surrounding countryside with a professional photographer who will guide you and will give you precious advice to take incredible pictures. Once back at the hotel, the professional will also help you to get an original shot of Sala Lodges. Regis Binard, the official Sala Lodges’ photographer, will be your «guide» for these special tours that will give you the opportunity to discover the temples in another way.
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COUNTRYSIDE OR TEMPLE CYCLING
Cycling in the temples has never been so ideal, many paths are reserved for it.
OR get on a bike and travel along the country roads and tracks, far from the crowds, ready to discover everyday Cambodian life in villages. During your ride of approximately 20 kilometers you will have the opportunity to see traditional houses very similar to those of Sala Lodges or even to cross through a village where one of our eleven houses originated from. Your guide for this excursion through magnificent scenery will also take you through rice paddies, and pagodas or to visit a local market.