Angkor Wat Tuk Tuk Tour

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Angkor Wat is one of the world’s most awe-inspiring temple complexes. It’s a must-visit destination for history buffs, culture vultures, and UNESCO fans alike!

Angkor Wat Tuk Tuk tour

The best way to explore Angkor is on a guided tour. Thankfully, there are a few options available to suit every budget!
1. Ta Prohm Temple

Ta Prohm Temple is an ancient temple that was once part of a larger Buddhist monastery and university. It is a Bayon-style temple built by King Jayavarman VII in the 12th century.

It is a massive temple, with a 1km long and 600m wide outer wall that encloses the central sanctuary. The site was once the centre of a large city, but now is mostly forested.

Despite being enveloped in the jungle, the ruins at Ta Prohm are still very well preserved. The Archeological Survey of India have worked to protect the temple from damage due to tourism by putting platforms, roped railings and wooden walkways in place.

The temple has many unique features and was used as a location for scenes in the 2001 film Tomb Raider. One of the most interesting features is a stone carving that looks like a stegosaurus.
2. Banteay Kdei Temple

If you want to explore a temple that isn’t as popular as Angkor Wat or Bayon, Banteay Kdei is your best option. It is less crowded and offers some great photo opportunities.

A temple located southeast of Ta Prohm and east of Angkor Thom, it was built in the late 12th century. It is similar to Preah Khan and Ta Prohm in its architecture but smaller.

It was commissioned by King Jayavarman VII in the style of Ta Prohm and Preah Khan but also includes some elements of Shivaism. However, like many Buddhist temples in Angkor, it was vandalised in the 13th century and many Buddha sculptures were stolen.

The main gate features a design of five faces that is similar to Angkor Thom, but the temple also has Naga Balustrades and a shrine for Lord Buddha’s image. This temple is a treasure trove of complex chambers and enclosures that are well worth exploring.
3. Angkor Thom City

Angkor Thom is the last capital city of the Khmer Empire. It was founded in the late 12th century by King Jayavarman VII and became famous for its “face-towers” at its city gates and the Bayon temple in the centre of the complex.

Almost square in shape, the walls around the city are 8 meters high and enclose an area of 9 km2. They were made of laterite buttressed by earth and had a parapet on the top.

Inside the walls, there were small temples called Prasat Chrung at each of the corners. They were usually accessible by foot or bike and are really lovely hidden gems!

Another temple I highly recommend is Baphuon, which was built a hundred years before Angkor Wat (mid 11th century). It’s a representation of Mt Meru, the Khamer version of the Greeks’ Mt Olympus.
4. Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is the crown jewel of Cambodia and is one of the most visited archaeological sites in the world. It is a popular destination with travellers from around the world and can be easily reached by bus or private tuk tuk.

The best time to visit Angkor Wat is early in the morning, when you can see the sunrise and beat the crowds. But be sure to return later in the day to enjoy the sunset views.

Another temple you shouldn’t miss is Ta Som, home to some of Angkor’s most intricate and well-preserved stone carvings. It was built during the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII and surrounded by a huge reservoir.

Lastly, make sure to pay a visit to the Terrace of Elephants. This 350-metre long viewing platform is carved with human and animal figures and is one of the most photogenic spots in Angkor.