The Temples of Angkor

We spent three days exploring the temples of Angkor in the Batmobile. Yes, really, the Batmobile!:

Batmobile

Batmobile

There are three ticket options available. One day is $20, three days is $40 and can be used on any day within seven days of the ticket being issued or you can buy a week ticket for $60 to be used any day within a month period. Three days was perfect for us. Enough time to see the main sights as well as a few further away temples. One day seems like madness as you would miss so much and end up exhausted from rushing round. Seven days would be a bit much for us, but would be great for anyone wanting to see absolutely everything.

We chose to do the Grand Circuit first, saving the Small Circuit with the crown jewel of Angkor Wat for the second day. On our last day we headed out to Bantreay Shrei via the Land-mine Museum.

I’m going to let the pictures do the rest of the talking. The temples of Angkor were spectacular. I have never been to such a vast, impressive and well preserved historical site such as this before.

Prasat Preah Khan

Our first temple. It was huge! This was when we realised just how big the temples are and how much exercise we were going to get over the next few days.

Prasat Preah Khan Prasat Preah Khan Prasat Preah Khan Prasat Preah Khan

Neak Pean

The temple wasn’t so exciting, but the views as you walked along the causeway to it were incredible.

Neak Pean Neak Pean Neak Pean

Prasat Ta Som

Prasat Ta SomPrasat Ta SomPrasat Ta SomPrasat Ta Som

East Mebon

East Mebon East Mebon East Mebon East Mebon

Ta Nei

Our tuk tuk driver suggested this one. It is tucked away down a dirt track and there was hardly anyone there. The quietness of it and the setting in the forest made this one of our favourite temples.

Ta Nei Ta Nei Ta NeiTa Nei

Ta Prohm

One of my favourites. It is currently undergoing restoration work so the middle section is closed off to the public.

Ta Prohm Ta Prohm Ta Prohm Ta Prohm Ta Prohm

Pre Rup

Pre Rup Pre Rup Pre Rup Pre Rup

Angkor Wat

The crown jewel of Angkor. It took us hours to explore this massive temple.

Angkor Wat Angkor Wat Angkor Wat Angkor Wat Angkor Wat Angkor Wat Angkor Wat

Bayon

This was one of my favourites with its dark narrow passage ways and the copious head carvings decorating the towers at the top.

Bayon Bayon Bayon

Baphuon

Spot the reclining Buddha in the third photo!

BaphuonBaphuonReclining Buddha Baphuon

Phimeanakas

Phimeanakas Phimeanakas Phimeanakas

Terrace of the Elephants

Terrace of the Elephants Terrace of the Elephants

Chau Say

Chau Say Chau Say

Bantreay Shrei

Bantreay Shrei is all about the delicate carvings that decorate this temple.

Bantreay Shrei Bantreay Shrei Bantreay Shrei Bantreay Shrei Bantreay Shrei Bantreay Shrei Bantreay Shrei

Banteay Samre

Our last temple. We staggered around with creaking knees before collapsing back into the Batmobile to go back to our guesthouse.

Banteay Samre Banteay Samre

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2 Responses to The Temples of Angkor

  1. Donna says:

    WOW!!! After reading your first post about Cambodia it’s great to see a post like this one! What an incredible adventure and those temples are absolutely breathtaking!

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