Angkor, in Cambodia’s northern province of Siem Reap, is one of the most impressive archaelogical sites in the world. Angkor served as the seat of the Khmer empire which flourished from the 9th to the 15th centuries.The Angkor archaelogical site includes the temple of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Phrom, Bayon and many more. Spread over miles, these temples signify art, culture, religious and symbolic values, and one could spend days exploring these temples but for those pressed for time, here is a guide of the must-see temples at Angkor.
The most ideal option is to spend 3 days here (Anything less than 3 days will not do justice to your visit). Our guide suggested that we visit the Angkor Wat temple on the last day as it’s magnificence would outdo all the other temples and he was absolutely right.
Angkor Wat is undoubtedly the most impressive of all temples on this site. It is the largest religious monument in the world and is built in the classical style of Khmer architecture. The sunset view is mesmerizing and worth braving the crowds that throng to capture that perfect view with their camera’s and phones.
Ta Phrom is a flat Khmer temple and its most distinctive feature are the gigantic trees growing out of the ruins. The crumbling stones and the long winding roots give it an eerie yet captivating feel. This temple was featured in the Tomb Raider making it a very popular photographic spot with tourists.
The most distinctive feature of this temple is the multitude of serene and massive stone faces on the many towers which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak. This was the last state temple to be built at Angkor.
This is a smaller, less crowded version of the Ta Phrom and has a charm that is captivating.
Not as big or impressive as most of the other temples, Neak Poan is a small temple built in the middle of a lake.
- Tickets cost $20 for 1 day, $40 for 3 days, $60 for 1 week.
- If you buy a ticket after 4.45 pm, entry into the temples that evening is free.
- The visiting times are from 5:00 am. to 6:00 pm.
- For some temples (especially Angkor Wat) you need to wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees. Also, wear comfortable shoes as you have to walk through crumbling stones, broken structures etc.
Have you been to Angkor? Which is your favourite temple on this site?