When visiting Siem Reap to see the ancient temples, Angkor Wat gets most of the attention as an overwhelmingly beautiful temple. While Angkor Thom might not have any single temple as impressive, the pure size of this ancient city complex is mind-boggling as you wander through it: From individual temples like the one above with its long causeway to the parade grounds with giant elephant statues and the huge faces staring at you from other temples, it is a grand complex far outstripping cities of the time in Europe.
Check out my Destination Guide Angkor to find out what else not to miss, where to stay and eat and how to get around – all on one page and in 5 minutes!
Banteay Srei Temple, Cambodia
The more visitors the famous temples of Angkor in Cambodia receive, the more the tours and guides seem to focus on the most popular ones, like Angkor Wat or the famous jungle temple of Ta Phrom, but if you want to see some impressive temples without the crowds, try to start the day early and go further to see the Citadel of the Women Banteay Srei, a smaller yet beautiful example of early Angkor Architecture!
To make the most out of your visit, I suggest to avoid the tour groups and crowds by going on your own. It’s easy – check out my Tips for getting around Angkor and Best Places to Stay in Angkor!
Even if you haven’t been to the famous temples of Angkor in Cambodia, you might have seen the famous jungle temple of Ta Phrom, with huge trees overgrowing the century old temples, courtesy of Angelina Jolie’s movie “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” from 2000.
And if you didn’t like the movie, it’s still worth visiting Angkor Wat – seeing this old city that had a population of 1 Million people when London only had 50,000 is fascinating and seeing the jungle reclaim its space is a powerful impression!
Angkor Wat is one of the most fascinating historic destinations – so much so that I have returned a few times to visit Siem Reap in Cambodia, just to keep approaching the majestic temple of Angkor Wat via the long causeway and past the reflecting pools with the amazing temple’s mirror image!
Angkor Wat is one of my Top 5 Historic Destinations and one of the most impressive sights I’ve seen. And, just like ocean front property they “don’t make ’em anymore”, so we have to protect mankind’s heritage, so that future generations can enjoy them and learn from them as well. But fortunately and surprisingly, there are still discoveries to be … Continue reading
You live in Asia and the many new low-cost carriers are making a trip abroad affordable? You want to learn about the amazing history and enjoy the local food of your neighboring countries, maybe do some shopping along the way? It’s doable on a budget with a week of time! Keep reading and get excited about traveling somewhere new, seeing something … Continue reading
Angkor Wat is one of my favorite historical destinations and this is one of my favorite photos – it so captured the mood of the day, with young monk novices resting at the causeway leading to Angkor Wat.
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and the temple Angkor Wat – the greatest temple in the world
If you are visiting Siem Reap than chances are, you are here for Angkor Wat and the other amazing temples of the time. There are lots of them, so check out my recommendations for the top temples to see in Siem Reap and how to make the most out of your visit! … Continue reading
You have planned a trip to the magical temples of Angkor Wat and are looking for the right place to stay in Siem Reap? Thankfully, that’s easy to do and inexpensive compared to other major tourist destinations. There are plenty of choices at any budget and with the typical, friendly Cambodian service, you should have no problem finding a hotel … Continue reading
You have booked your tickets to Siem Reap to explore the temples of Angkor Wat – great call, it’s one of my Top 5 Historical destinations and I highly recommend it. Now, it’s time to plan your arrival and exploration – if this is your first trip to a developing country like Cambodia, it helps to prepare a little bit. … Continue reading