Breakdown by location and features
Some of them, like Banteay Srei and the Rolous group, receive regular visit from visitors.
But since it's so large and spread out, how are you to determine which ones to visit?
Here you’ll be able to see how they are grouped together, and get to know a little bit how they are laid out.
This could help you save time in planning your visit.
Wat - This is THE temple to
visit. Consider yourself never having been to Cambodia if you did not
stop by here. It is the largest religious monument in the world, and it
has so many interesting things in it. You'll probably need to allow at
least a couple of hours here.
- Angkor Thom
- This is a large
temple complex near Angkorwat. It has several temples within its
gates, and is probably one of the most interesting areas to visit. Most
of the temples are located right in the center of the complex, making
it easy to go from one temple to the next. This area will also take
quite a bit of your time.
Baphuon temple's causeway (within Angkor Thom)
Temples (Temples just outside the
Angkor Thom complex) - Several other temples in the area are located
just outside the Angkor Thom gates. Temples
like Ta Prohm and Phnom
Bakheng are some of the popular ones. Preah Khan is also not
to be missed.
Temples - These temples are
located outside the park, but some of them are worth seeing.
Srei, Beng Mealea, and Kbal Spean, are some of the temples that have
unique characteristics to them.
- Rolous Group Temples - Rolous group is also located outside the temple Park, and it used to be the capital city for one of the old Khmer kings. It has 3 temples in the area, with Bakong temple as the highlight.
Temples with unique features
Temples - Baray means reservoir,
and these are the temples that are located in the middle of the manmade
lake. All but one of those lakes has completely dried up, but it’s
interesting to visit them nonetheless.
Temples - Some of the Ankor
temples are built on top of the hill. Phnom Bakheng is probably the
most popular. These temples, because they’re located high up, usually
provides a great view of the surrounding area.
- Pyramid Temples - If you like climbing
the temple stairs, and some of them are very steep, these are the
temples to visit. Climbing up to also gives you a great view of the
landscape below. Some temples go up 20 meter high and more from the
- Angkorwat is popular
for sunrise, but if you’re looking to know what other temples
that provide a great sunrise experience, here are some of them. Just make
sure you set that alarm clock correctly, because if you're late, you'll miss the
dawn breaking, which is the best part of it.
Sunrise at Angkorwat temple
- Sunset Temples - As it is with sunrise, some temples are also a great place for viewing the sunset. Everybody knows Phnom Bakheng is the default choice for sunset viewing, but if you’d like to try something different, try some of these temples.
So in short…There are so many temples in Angkor Archeological Park, that it would take multiple visits to see them all.
If you only have a limited time, planning your visit in advance is necessary. That way you can tailor your visit according to your wants and interests, instead of just going to temples that everybody goes to.
This will also determine what kind of pass you'll get, the 1 day, 3 day, or 7 day pass.
A 1 day pass is really too short to for you to take in the temples and enjoy them. But if 1 day is all you have, then make sure you get the pass the day before, and squeeze-in that free sunset visit.
A 3 day pass will let you see most of the temples, and if you want, all of them. But seeing all in 3 days, especially for first time visitors, will no doubt will leave you feeling heavily templed out. By the time you reach day 2.1, you're going to start hating the temples and lose interest in them.
A 7 day pass is a good one, but it's probably a little bit too much for first-time visitors and casual travelers who don't have vested interest in the temples. The pass also might not get used for some of the days, which is kind of a waste.
So from all the above choices, a 3 day pass seems to be the ideal one for most people. Just don't try to do all of the temples, though. Take it slowly, enjoy them, and if you miss some temples because you're too 'slow', that's okay. You can always save them for your next visit!
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