Today you will venture away from Angkor and discover the people and wide-open unspoiled countryside of rice paddies, little villages, and lost temples. You will drive up Phnom Koulen Mountain for a visit to the River of a Thousand Lineages, the Grand Buddha, and the majestic waterfall. You will have a picnic lunch near the fall.

Archaeologists had long suspected that the city of Mahendraparvata lay hidden beneath a canopy of dense vegetation atop Phnom Koulen Mountain. Finally, airborne lasers produced the first detailed map of a vast cityscape, including highways and previously undiscovered temples. Imagine, a 1,200-year-old city buried deep in the jungle!

On the way down to town, you will visit the Banteay Srey and a Khmer Village and drive back to Siem Reap for the rest of the day for free time and a restful night in Siem Reap.