The Angkor Temples are the main reason why people visit Siem Reap,and you will understand why when you pull up to Angkor Wat. Angkor was built during the 800 to 1200 AD period, many temples took the Khmer Empire hundreds of years to build. More than 200 of the Angkor Temples have been restored in some way or another to allow visitors to imagine what it must have been like living during that period of time. There are well over 1,000 temple sites of Angkor, but many of them are now barely standing, if standing at all.
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Angkor Thom was built in the late 12th to early 13th century during Jayavarman VII reign and it is a Buddhism temple. Angkor Thom is a 3 km square walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian Empire. Angkor Thom has 5 entrances to it, with the south gate being very popular with the tourists before they head towards Bayon, which was the state temple of the city. Angkor Thom is a must for all of our Angkor Wat Tours.
Angkor Wat was built in the early to mid 12th century. Suryavarman II constructed Angkor Wat into a huge temple like mountain with 5 huge towers, which can be seen from afar and was dedicated to the Hindu God and Vishnu. Angkor Wat is the main temple on most visitors list and gets very crowded in early mornings and late afternoons. Angkor Wat Temple is one of the most photographed temples of Angkor. Angkor Wat is must for all of our Angkor Tours.
Banteay Samre was built in the mid 12th century and it is about 3km off the main Angkor Temple area. It is not a high temple, but some of the carvings are in excellent condition. Banteay Samre temple is in the same style as Angkor Wat but built with a redish sandstone. The temple itself is relatively small but it has long walls going to the East and West. Banteay Samre is best visited on the way back from Banteay Srei. Well worth adding to your Angkor Tours if time permits.
Banteay Prei was built in the late 12th to early 13th century and it is a temple which receives a small amount of visitors, but the Apsara and lintel carvings are in quite good condition. This is a smaller Angkor Temple but if you are really interested in the architecture then it is worth adding to your Angkor Tour Itinerary. Banteay Prei is located on the road between Preah Khan and Neak Pean. Banteay Prei is not recommended if you have limited time at Angkor.
Banteay Srei was built in the late 10th century and was dedicated to the Hindu God. Banteay Srei basically means “citadel of the women” and Banteay Srei has some of the best carvings of all the temples. Banteay Srei is best seen in the early mornings or late afternoons if you want to take some good pictures. Banteay Srei closes earlier than the other temples around 5:00pm. We strongly recommend you add Banteay Srei to one of our Angkor Tours.
Beng Mealea was built in the early 11th century and was dedicated to the Hindu God. Beng Mealea was built in a similar style as Angkor Wat and, although the carvings here are not so good, many tourists like to visit it because of been overgrown by trees and other vegetation. The admission for Beng Mealea is separate from the main Angkor Temples admission and it costs US$5 per person to enter. We recommend Beng Mealea for your Angkor Tours if time permits.
East Mebon was built in the late 10th century on an island in the middle of the East Baray and it was dedicated to Shiva in honour of the King's parents. East Mebon is 500metre (1,640feet) north of Pre Rup. East Mebon was built in the same style as Pre Rup. You enter and leave the temple from the east entrance. Although East Mebon is a nice Angkor Temple, we would recommend you only add East Mebon to your Angkor Tours if you have plenty time in Siem Reap.
Kbal Spean was built between the 11th and 13th centuries. Kbal Spean is around 55km from Siem Reap and most people go there to see the impressive 1,000 lingas, which are carved into the river bed. You are not able to enter Kbal Spean after 3:00pm. The road to Kbal Spean is in good condition now, and a trip takes around an hour and half tuk tuk and just over an hour by car. Kbal Spean is well worth adding to yourAngkor Tour Itinerary.
Koh Ker was once the capital of the Khmer Empire. Koh Ker is a large complex located around 110km from Siem Reap.However, due to its location not many tourists make the journey to this distant Angkor Temple. If you are real enthusiast then we would recommend making the effort to go out to Koh Ker as it has some very impressive Prasats. Koh Ker is best combined with Beng Mealea temple. Approximately 3 hours travel from Siem Reap.
Kulen Mountain is a huge plateau which is around 70km from Siem Reap town. There is small Wat at the bottom of the mountain where there is a large reclining Buddha carved from sandstone. Nearby there is a nice waterfall especially during the rainy season and there a bathing pools which have carvings in the riverbed of a number of Lingas. Kulen Mountain gets very busy at the weekend with Cambodians, but it is a fun place to go. The entrance fee is US$20.
Neak Pean was built in the late 12th century. Neak Pean is best visited in the wet season as the pools that surround it are full of water, so are ideal for taking pictures. Neak Pean is a unique island-temple in the middle of the Jayatataka or Northern Baray which is at the same time surrounded by other 4 smaller square ponds. We would recommend adding Neak Pean to your Angkor Tours.
Phimeanakas was built in the late 10th and early 11th century. The carvings here are not very good, but it is the tallest temple which you can climb in Angkor Thom, so well worth climbing just for the views at the top. Phimeanakas is located in the middle of the old Royal Palace area. The temple is aligned with Jayavarman VII's Victory Gate, although more properly the Victory Gate should be said to be aligned with Phimeanakas. Worth adding to yourAngkor Tour.
Phnom Bakheng Mountain
Phnom Bakheng was built in late 9th and early 10th century. Phnom Bakheng is located on a hillside accessible by a steep climb or by elephant up a path. Phnom Bakheng is extremely busy around 5:00pm, because all of the tour groups and other tourists scramble to the top to see the sunset from it. There are good views of Tonle Sap Lake and you can also see Angkor Wat in the distance. Phnom Bakheng is on most people’s Angkor Tours Itinerary.
Phnom Krom was built in the late 9th and early 10th century. The 3 towered temples are in poor condition, but the view from the top is good one of the Tonle Sap Lake and countryside. If you are going to visit one of the floating villages, then you can see this at the same time as it is out towards the lake. Phnom Krom is a nice place to take photographs of the lake. Please note that you must have an Angkor Temple pass to enter Phnom Krom.
Prasat Suor Prat
Prasat Suor Prat were built in the early 13th century and they are 12 more or less identical towers which are more or less opposite the Terrace of Elephants. They are not much to look at close up, but are picturesque from the Terrace of Elephant and make some nice photo shots. Prasat Sour Prat temple is located at the beginning of the road leading to the Victory Gate, in front of the Royal Palace. Definitely worth adding to your Angkor Tour Itinerary.
Pre Rup was built in the late 10th century. Pre Rup is a temple with some nicely carved doors and from the top of the temple there is a great view of the surrounding area. Pre Rup is another Angkor Temple which is great for seeing sunset plus you get some great photographs from this temple at most times of the day. Pre Rup is located at northeast of Srah Srang and 500 meters (1,640 feet) south end of the East Baray. Definitely worth adding to your Angkor Tour.
Preah Khan was built in the late 12th century. Preah Khan is a huge complex with many carvings and passages and this is a temple well worth seeing. Preah Khan is a one of the nicest Angkor Temples of on the Grand tour and it is best photographed in the early mornings or late afternoons. We recommend Preah Khan is included in one of your Siem
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Bakong is the main Angkor Temple of the Roluos Group and it was built in the late 9th century by Indravarman I, dedicated to the Hindu God. Bakong is the most impressive Angkor Temples of the Roluos Group, but other nice temples include Preah Ko which was the first Angkor Temple to be built in the Roluos Group and Lo Lei which was built in the middle of a Baray. The Roluos Group are 13km from Siem Reapheading south towards Phnom Penh.
Srah Srang was built in the mid 10th and late 12th century. Srah Srang is in poor condition on an island in the Baray, but it is an alternative place to see sunrise other than Angkor Wat. Sras Srang is a great place for early morning photos. Srah Srang is located on a Baray in the Angkor Thom complex situated south of the Eastern Baray and east of the Banteay Kdei Temple. This Baray is 350 meters by 700 meters and still contains water. We recommend adding it to your Angkor tour for sunrise.
Ta Keo was built in the late 10th and early 11th century. Ta Keo is a plain towering temple which is well worth a visit if you have plenty of time, but there are very little carvings too see here.Ta Keo is one of the great temple-mountain at Angkor area which locates at the west edge of the East Baray and about 2 km east of Victory Gate of Angkor Thom. Ta Keo was designed in the same style of Bakheng and Pre Rup with five-peaked towers. Worth adding to your Angkor Tour.
Ta Prohm was built in the mid 12th and early 13th century. Ta Prohm should be near the top of every visitor's list as it is a large complex with passages and open plazas and it is also the temple where many people want to get the photo with the trees growing out of the walls. Ta Prohm is a must for all Angkor Wat Tour itineraries and it is one of the best places to get some great photos. Ta Prohm was also the temple shown in the movie Tomb Raider.
Ta Som is a very nice Angkor Temple on the Grand Tour Circuit and the best time take photographs of this temple is around 10:00am in the morning. Prasat Ta Som is located East of Nean Pean. The entry and exit to Ta Som can only be accessed from the east entrance. It was built in the end of the 12th century, dedicated to the father of the king (Buddhist), replica to Bayon style of art. Definitely on every keen photographers Angkor tour itinerary.
Terrace of Elephants
The Terrace of Elephants was built in the late 12th century. Terrace of Elephants should be on everyone's Angkor Tour itinerary, because it is a over a 2 meter wall that stretches over 300 meters through the core of Angkor Thom with Elephants and Garudas carved in to the wall. It is best photographed in the mornings because of the light. Three main platforms and two secondary platforms compose the terrace. On the terrace’s north end is the Terrace of the Leper King.
Terrace of the Leper King
Terrace of the Leper King was built in the late 12th century. Terrace of the Leper King is next the Terrace of Elephants which have carvings of Demons and Nagas, but the carvings are not as good as the carvings in the terrace of Elephants. The Terrace of Leper Kings is part of the Angkor Mini tour.
Thommanon was built in the late 11th century. Thommanon is only a small temple, but it is very good condition and it is well worth a visit, especially for photos during the wet season. Thommanon Temple had many parts collapsed, but it was completely restored in 1960s, in which the concrete ceilings were added. Nowadays, Thommanon could maintain its shape for the central sanctuary, library, and also the gopuras. Thommanon is worth adding to your Angkor tour.
Who manages the Angkor temples?
The Apsara Authority is the organization that preserves and restores the Angkor Temples including taking care of the day to day maintenance of the Angkor area. The Apsara Authority is an organization which was set up by the government after King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia and the World Heritage site asked the Cambodian government to set up an organization to manage and protect the Khmer heritage site.
The sales of tickets are controlled by a Cambodian Company. The ticket sales are shared between the Government, Apsara Authority and Cambodian Company.
Angkor Temple Admission Fees
All foreign visitors are required to purchase an entrance ticket Angkor Archaeological Park.
Ticket prices (new Angkor Pass guidelines effective from 1st July 2009):
One day pass
Three day pass - to be used within 7 days
Seven day pass - to be used within 1 month
Tickets are NOT valid after the expiry date.
Working hours of booths:
5:00am to 5:30pm
Entry tickets for a one-day visit are issued up to 5:00pm.
Entry tickets issued after 5:00pm are valid for the next day.
The purchase of entrance tickets must be made at the ticket sales booths. Tickets purchased from a third party are NOT valid.
Entrance tickets are NOT transferable to third parties and can not be reimbursed. If a visitor loses his/her ticket he/she must purchase a new ticket.
Tickets must be produced at the check points.
Visitors who are found without an entrance ticket or with a fraudulent ticket or a transferred ticket are subject to a fine of:
US$100 for the value of a one day ticket
US$200 for the value of a three day ticket
US$300 for the value of a one week ticket
Visitors are asked to keep their tickets until they have completed their visit.
Foreigners of Cambodian birth or whose parents are Cambodian (father or mother) are exempt from paying the entrance fee providing that they show a << K >> type visa in their passports.
Foreigners which have been granted Cambodian citizenship must show their national identification card in order to be exempted from paying the entrance fee.
Vehicles carrying foreign visitors must stop at the check points.
“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