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The Temples of Angkor: Suggested Itineraries

There are dozens of temple ruins in the Siem Reap area. Your temple itinerary depends largely on how much time you have and your level of interest, though some temples are ‘must sees.’ Any itinerary should include the legendary ruins of Angkor Wat and the giant faces of Bayon. These two temple ruins offer the most spectacular and unique examples of Angkorian art and architecture. On the road trip to Bayon, you will also see the South Gate of Angkor Thom and some other minor ruins. As it is within walking distance of Bayon, most itineraries can easily include central Angkor Thom, with its artistically interesting terraces and massive ‘temple-mountains, Baphuon and Phimeanakas. Due to lighting conditions, it is best to visit Angkor Wat in the afternoon, so most itineraries begin in the morning with theAngkor Thom.
  As your schedule allows, build the rest of your itinerary around visiting each type of major ruins – temple mountains such as Pre RupTa Keo,Bakong (one of temples in Roluos Group) and West Mebon; flat, sprawling monastic complexes such asTa ProhmBanteay KdeiPreah Khan and Ta Som, and unique monuments such as Neak Pean andSrah Srang. The Roluos Group, which comprises the monuments of an early Khmer capital, lies 12 km west of Siem Reap, outside the main temple complex. It is a bit out of the way, but offers some fine examples of early Angkorian art and should be included in two or more than two day itineraries. Of special note is the artistically exquisite but more distant temple, Banteay Srey. On the road trip to Banteay Srey, you will also see Banteay Samre is always quiet and peaceful. Other impressive temples outside the main temple complex are: Beng Mealea located about 70 km from Angkor Wat, which is largely unrestored with trees and thick bush thriving amidst its towers and courtyards’ and many of its stone lying in great heaps, Kbal Spean located more than 50 km from Angkor  is not the temple but a river bed covered with sculptures of lingas, the symbol of the God Shiva’s supreme essence (Kbal Spean is about 45 minutes adventure through jungle up to the mountain), Phnom Kulen, the most important historical site which marked the birth of Angkor Civilization, consists of big view of waterfall, reclining Buddha statue, and a river bed covered with sculptures of lingas, the symbol of the God Shiva’s supreme essence, Koh Ker Group located about 150 km from Angkor in the province of Preah Vihear, used to be an ancient capital of Cambodia (AD 928-942). If there is any way of squeezing it into your itinerary, it is well worth it!   

Suggested Itineraries:

One-day Tour
Morning: Angkor Thom (Bayon, Baphuon, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King), Ta Promh.
Afternoon: Angkor Wat and sunset on Phnom Bakheng
Two-day tour
1st Day:
Morning: Angkor Thom (South Gate, Bayon, Baphuon, Royal Palace, Phimeanakas, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King)
Afternoon: Angkor Wat and sunset on Phnom Bakheng
2nd Day (2 options):
1st option
Morning: Ta Prohm, and Banteay Srey
Afternoon: Artisans D’Angkor (Art Carving School) and Floating Village on Tonle Sap Lake at Chong Kneas village or Floating village on Tonle Sap lake at Kampong Pluk village with flooded Mangrove forest.
2nd option
Morning: Thommanon, Chau Say Thevoda, Ta Keo, Ta Nei, Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei, Srah Srang (Artificial Lake) and Prasat Kravan.
Afternoon: Pre Rup or Banteay Samre and Banteay Srey
Three-day Tour
Day 1:
Morning: Angkor Thom (South Gate, Bayon, Baphuon, Royal Palace, Phimeanakas, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King)
Afternoon: Angkor Wat,  Sunset on Phnom Bakheng
Day 2:
Morning: Thommanon, Chau Say Thevoda, Ta Keo, Ta Nei, Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei, Srah Srang (Artificial Lake) and Prasat Kravan.
Afternoon: Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon, Pre Rup
Day 3:
Morning: Banteay Srey, Banteay Samre
Afternoon: Roluos Group (Lolei, Preah Ko, Bakong), or Artisans D’Angkor (Art Carving School) and Floating Village on Tonle Sap Lake at Chong Kneas village, or Floating village on Tonle Sap lake at Kampong Pluk village with flooded Mangrove forest.

Four-day Tour
Day 1:
Morning: Angkor Thom (South Gate, Bayon, Baphuon, Royal Palace, Phimeanakas, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King)
Afternoon: Angkor Wat,  Sunset on Phnom Bakheng
Day 2:
Morning: Thommanon, Chau Say Thevoda, Ta Keo, Ta Nei, Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei, Srah Srang (Artificial Lake) and Prasat Kravan.
Afternoon: Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon, Pre Rup
Day 3:
Morning: Roluos Group (Lolei, Preah Ko, Bakong), Beng Mealea.
Afternoon: Banteay Srey, Banteay Samre.
Day 4:
Morning: Silk Farm (Silk Factory) and Local Market (Old Market)
Afternoon: Buddhist Pagodas, Artisans D’Angkor (Art Carving School) and Floating Village on Tonle Sap Lake or Floating village on Tonle Sap lake at Kampong Pluk village with flooded Mangrove forest.


Suggested Itineraries For visiting temples with less people/avoid crowded:
One-Day Tour
Morning: Angkor Wat (start visiting in morning by walking from east (back entrance) to the west (front entrance), Angkor Thom (Bayon, Elephants Terrace, Palilay, Dead gate).
Afternoon: Ta Promh (Walking from north entrance through jungle (this gate rarely using by ourists), Pre Rup or Phnom Bakheng with sunset view or Artisan D'Angkor (Art carving school) and Floating village on Tonle Sap Lake at Chong Kneas with sunset.
Night: Dinner with watching Cambodian Traditional Performance (Apsara Show).

Two-day Tour
1st Day:
Morning: Angkor Wat (start visiting in morning by walking from east (back entrance) to the west (front entrance), Angkor Thom (Bayon, Elephants Terrace, Palilay, Dead gate).
Afternoon: Prah Khan (walking on the small path through jungled to enter the temple from the south gate (this gate rarely using by tourists), Phnom Bakheng with sunset.
2nd Day:
Morning: Sunrise at Angkor Wat, after bring you back to hotel for breakfast and then start again to visit Pre Pup, Banteay Samre (walking on the ox-cart path through local village flanked by rice paddy field and Cambodian traditional houses built with the long stilt to enter the temple from the east entrance (east entrance is the front gate of temple which this gate always no tourists), Banteay Srei.
Afternoon: Ta Promh (Walking from north entrance through jungle (this gate rarely using by tourists), Ta Keo (optional if time possible), Artisan D'Angkor (Art carving school), Floating village on Tonle Sap Lake at Chong Kneas village.
Night: Dinner with watching Cambodian Traditional Performance (Apsara Show).

Three-day tour
1st Day:
Morning: Angkor Wat (start visiting in morning by walking from east, back entrance, to west, front entrance), Angkor Thom (South gate, Bayon, Elephants Terrace, Palilay, Dead gate).
Afternoon: Prah Khan (walking on small path flanked by jungled to enter the temple from south gate, which this gate always no tourists), Phnom Bakheng with sunset.
2nd Day
Morning: Sunrise at Angkor Wat, after bring you back to hotel for breakfast and then start again to visit Neak Poan, Ta Som, East Mebon, Pre Pup.
Afternoon: Ta Promh (Walking from north entrance through jungle, this gate rarely has tourists), Ta Keo (On the optional that on the time possible), Artisan D'Angkor (Art school),Floating village on Tonle Sap Lake.
3th Day
Morning: Banteay Samre (walking on the ox-cart path through local village flanked by rice paddy field and Cambodia traditional houses built with long stilt to the temple on the east entrance, front gate, which this gate always no tourists), Banteay Srei.
Afternoon: Beng Mealea (walking from west entrance flanked by jungle, which this gate rarely has tourists), Roluos Grou (Lolei, Bakong, Preah Ko).
Night: Dinner with watching Cambodian Traditional Performance (Apsara Show).

  Of Special Interest:

Sunrise: Angkor Wat, (alternatives: Srah Srang, Phnom Bakheng, Tonle Sap Lake at Floating villages)
Sunset: Phnom Bakheng, (alternative: Floating Village, Pre Rup, Bakong
Trees growing from temple ruins: Ta ProhmBanteay KdeiTa SomBeng Mealea, Banteay Chmar, Koh Ker Group
Giant carvings of faces: BayonGates of Angkor ThomBanteay KdeiTa PromhTa Som, Bantay Chmar
Notable artistry/carvings: Angkor Wat, Banteay Srey, Bayon
Carving under river bed (Called 1000 Lingas): Kbal Spean, Phnom Kulen Mountain
Advanture temples: Kbal Spean, Phnom Kulen Mountain, Beng Mealea, Koh Ker Group, Prah Vihear, Banteay Chmar, Prah Khan Kampong Svay

All mentioned itineraries above can be flexible or adjusted to meet with your requirements



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