The name Angkor Wat conjures up images of a lost civilization and a glimpse into the ancient history of man. Despite being one of the seven wonders of the old world, Angkor Wat is only one of many dozens of temples in the area near Siem Reap in Cambodia. Each year I lead a photo tour to the temples of Cambodia and onward to Burma. This year, due to the way people’s schedules worked out, the Burma portion of the trip is sold out, but I have four openings for the first part of the tour in Cambodia.
We’ll meet up in Siem Reap, Cambodia, where we'll spend nearly five days photographing Angkor Wat and some of the dozens of nearby sites and villages. These temples, constructed between the ninth and twelfth centuries represent the apogee of one of the most powerful and influential cultures in Southeast Asian history. The number of worthwhile sites and the opportunity for getting great images are almost limitless. Even if you've been to Angkor before we guarantee to show you new places and new photo opportunities.
Planned Trip Itinerary:
Day 1 Arrive in Siem Reap, Cambodia (Angkor Wat andTemple Complex), 4 nights in Siem Reap:
Arrive in Siem Reap and proceed to hotel for check-in. Visit the famous South and North Gates of Angkor Thom, the famous mile-square city temple which forms the backbone of the overall Angkor temple complex. All travel is done in our own private air-conditioned vehicle with a dedicated English-speaking local guide and a driver. Sunset at Angkor Wat, the crown jewel of Khmer temples. Dinner in the town of Siem Reap along with a walk around the picturesque riverfront area with dozens of quaint shops, restaurants and bars and the local craft market.
Days 2-3, Siem Reap (Angkor Temple Complex)
Sunrise at Angkor Wat at the reflecting pools, followed by a tour of the temple complex including the unique carvings of the Ramayana and the Churning of the Milk Sea. Specific sites such as Angkor Thom, including the South Gate, the high-rising Bayon, Phimeannakas and the Royal Palace, Elephant Terrace, Terrace of the Leper King, Thommanon, and Chao Say Tevoda, as well as Ta Phrom. Dinner in Siem Reap.
Day 4, Siem Reap (Angkor Temple Complex):
Sunrise at the ancient Roulos Group, whose temples pre-date the Angkor complex and include the first "mountain temple" of the Khmer, Ba Kong, the inspiration for the later Angkor Wat. We'll see and photograph the seldom visited Roulos Market and the still overgrown and only recently opened Beng Melea. Drinks at the famous Grand Hotel and dinner along the river in Siem Reap.
Mid-days in Siem Reap we'll have time to nap or relax around the pool at our air-conditioned hotel, the . We'll take some time either in the afternoon or evening to review images and for some classroom instruction. Most of the one-on-one and small group photo instruction will be done in the field at the various sites.
Days 5, Sunrise at the Angkor temples, depart or personal extension:
We'll enjoy one last sunrise shoot at Angkor Wat, this time from the under-visited East side, followed by a walk through and around the temple catching the early morning light. After hotel check-out, we'll depart for the nearby Siem Reap airport.
For those interested in continuing their Cambodian adventure in Phnom Penh or exploring other corners of Southeast Asia, we’re happy to provide advice on possible extensions.
Pricing and Registration:
The all-inclusive safari fee is $2300 per-person, double occupancy. The fee includes all ground transportation during the trip, your hotel room and food, local wine or beer with meals, bottled water when we're out in the field, guide fees, park, temple and other entrance fees, including extended-stay pass to Angkor / Apsara temples, sunrise shoot surcharges, and photo instruction – just about everything! It does not include your international airfare to Cambodia, personal phone usage, additional drinks or laundry, tips for guides, departure taxes, visa fees or other incidentals. If you need your own room, the single supplement is US$400. Please feel free to email us with questions at: safaris [at] cardinalphoto.com.
Discounts: There is a $200 companion discount for those booking two or more individuals.
You can reserve your place with a non-refundable US$1000 deposit per person. The balance of the fee is due 90 days before the trip. If you are worried about having issues which prevent you from going at the last minute please consider getting travel insurance.
Non-photographers are always welcome, especially as companions of photographers on the trip. This trip has proven quite popular for couples in particular. There are always alternative activities provided for times when we are working on images, and non-shooting companions are of course invited to be part of any of the talks or slide shows that are of interest to them.
The trip is limited to a maximum of 8 photographers, both to ensure plenty of personal instruction and to make sure we have lots of flexibility in our itinerary and schedule -- we have a plan for each day of the trip but some of the most fun is to take advantage of unique local opportunities such as weddings or other festivals and having a small group lets us do that.
For more information or questions:
E-mail: safaris [at] cardinalphoto.com
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Top of the line Pro Instruction!
Photo Instruction: All participants will have plenty of one-on-one personal instruction time while we're in the field. We'll also have focused sessions on taking great scenics and travel photographs, including panoramas. All by award-winning photographer David Cardinal.
Classroom Photo Instruction: As always, we will be providing optional photo instruction in digital workflow, image editing and image enhancement using Photoshop and Lightroom.
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