The Angkor Wat International Half Marathon (AWHM) race began in 1996 and attracts several world-class professional athletes and thousands of recreational runners from all over the globe. Participation in the AWHM helps support the Hearts of Gold non profit organization ( http://www.hofg.org/en/) that have projects in HIV/Aids prevention, promoting sports and activities for the disabled, and teachers curriculums on physical education in primary schools.
With nearly 6,000 participants in 2012 and over 6,000 expected for 2013 the AWHM is one of the most unique marathons. The AWHM offers the most stunning scenery of any marathon in the world. There are 3 levels of participation in the AWHM. A 21km half marathon, the 10km road race and a 3km fun run, with categories for both men and women competitors.
While participating in the challenge of running the race, marvel at the beauty of an empire created 900 years ago. The course takes place inside the 400 sq. km temple complex of Angkor a few kilometres north of Siem Reap, Cambodia. The UNESCO heritage park site is the most important and impressive archeological sites in South-East Asia and stands as one of the highest regarded historical temples on earth.
Most participants arrive a few days prior to the main event to acclimate to the weather in Cambodia, prepare for the marathon and to explore the city of Siem Reap. A visit to the temples is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you can spend several days discovering all the mysteries of the ancient Khmer empire. Cambodia has some of the most unique food in the world and Siem Reap has numerous options to tempt you with. After testing your endurance in the race treat yourself with a Khmer massage and no visit to Cambodia would be complete without seeing a traditional Apsara dance.
Angkor Wat Half Marathon Itinerary
Day 1 – 30th November 2013
When you arrive at Siem Reap Airport you will be greeted by your driver and then transferred to your hotel.
After you have a short rest you will be taken on a guided 2 hour tour of Kompong Phluk floating village and a canoe trip through the flooded forests. During your time in Kompong Phluk you will experience a very unique way of living and work life for Cambodians that live in a floating village. When the tour is over, you will return to your accommodation where you will have time to freshen up for your evening.
At 6:40pm we will take you to a traditional Apsara dance show that includes a delicious buffet meal. Don’t forget your camera for some great photos! The remainder of your evening is free for you to explore the city of Siem Reap.
Day 2 – 1st December 2013
Day of the Angkor Wat Half Marathon, transfers to the start/finish post to be arranged on arrival.
Day 3 – 2nd December 2013
After your included breakfast at your hotel your guided tour of the Angkor temple park will begin.
First you will see the world famous Angkor Wat, built in the 12th century. Next you will be taken to the 3 square kilometre walled and moated Angkor Thom complex that contains the South Gate, Bayon, Baphoun, Terrace of Elephants, and Terrace of the Leper Kings. Your tour is completed with stops at Ta Keo and Ta Prohm (Tomb Raider Temple). After your tour of the Angkor temples you will be taken back to the hotel. Your night is free for you to enjoy at your own leisure.
Day 4 – 3rd December 2013
On the final day, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure. If you have a later departure time we can arrange some optional activities for you. See a list of tour additions by clicking here.
“Angkor Tours by a Local” is part of Siemreaprooms Tours & Guesthouse. A British/Khmer managed tour operator based in Siem Reap, Cambodia. All of our tours are led by a local Angkor Tour Guide. Copyright 2013