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Siem Reap Attractions

The temple complex known as Angkor Wat, is so much more than most people expect and it is serviced by the town of Siem Reap.

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Angkor Wat is the best known of the temples in the area, possibly because, unlike most of the others, Angkor Wat has never been forgotten and left to disappear into the jungle and become ruins. It may have dropped off the European map, but the Cambodians still celebrated and worshipped there. Sunrise and sunset are considered special times for photographic opportunities.

Other Temples

Angkor Thom is the old capital city of the Kymer people and it contains a number of other amazing attractions in the complex. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are in the same vicinity, and can be viewed together easily. Other temples are further apart and a tuk-tuk is needed to transport you between sites. Generally, tourists choose to see the temples in two sections, the Big Tour and the Small Tour. These names relate to the length of the tour not the number of temples. There are many temples and it takes a number of days to see even a few of them. Some special temples are Ta Prohm, still over-run by the trees of the jungle and Neak Pean, with a bridge across a lake to the ruins.

Day Tours

Other than the temples, Cambodia has lots to offer. Try going to a street market and eating frogs, insects, snakes or tarantulas! Go to the Floating Village or catch a boat down to Phnom Penh. Get out into the countryside and taste the palm sugar, watch the people planting rice, or check out some of the orphanages that sell craft that the children make.

Most Popular Attractions in Siem Reap

1. Angkor Archaeological Park

  • Angkor was the ancient seat of the Khmer Empire, which dominated Cambodia and the surrounding regions for centuries. Its kings left behind an impressive...

2. Angkor Wat

  • If you’re spending any time in Cambodia, Angkor Wat is a must-see attraction. The largest of the temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park, it is...

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3. East Prasat Top

    East Prasat Top might not be the most impressive ruins you will come across in Angkor Thom, but it still bears a historical significance. Also known as...

4. Ta Keo

    Ta Keo is the first sandstone temple mountain in the history of the Khmer Empire. The edifice is dedicated to Shiva and although it is tall and multi-layered,...

5. Ta Nei

  • Ta Nei is a Buddhist stone temple from the Angkorian era, situated near the holy reservoir of East Barray. Most of its decorations, representative for...

6. Chau Say Tevoda

    The small Hindu temple of Chau Say Tevoda is a rectangular construction comprising of a sanctuary and entry towers in decay. The carvings are still visible...

7. Ta Prohm Kel

    The ruins of Ta Prohm Kel, placed near Angkor Wat, used to be a Buddhist temple. Although small and often missed by tourists, legend has it that a paralyzed...

8. Phnom Bakheng

    Phnom Bakheng is one of the oldest temple mountains of the Angkorian era. Competing with Angkor Wat in what concerns the sunset panorama, this edifice...

9. Ta Prohm

  • The scenic ruins of Ta Prohm have been maintained in their original form, ever since they were discovered by the European explorers. For this reason, the...

10. Ta Som

    Ta Som is a Buddhist temple of the Angkor complex. Its small size is uncharacteristic for the type of edifices constructed by King Jayavarman VII, during...

11. Preah Khan

    Located north of Angkor Wat, Preah Khan is a huge Buddhist temple built during the Khmer Empire. Its significance lies in its architectural features –...

12. Banteay Srei

    Located 23 miles north of Angkor Wat, Banteay Srei – also known as the Citadel of Women – is a spectacular Hindu temple, completed 150 years prior...

13. Srah Srang

    Located south of East Barray, there is a reservoir named Srah Srang, part of the Angkorian Complex. Its name is originally translated as ‘Royal Bath’....

14. Kutisvara

    Kutisvara is a secluded, small Hindu temple in ruin, located in the vicinity of Banteay Kdei and Ta Prohm. Located in the heart of the jungle, the construction...
Angkor Thom

15. Angkor Thom

  • Angkor Thom embodies the power of the old Khmer Empire. This city once supported perhaps a million people. For centuries, it was the capital of the empire....
Baphuon

16. Baphuon

    Located within a walking distance from Bayon, Baphuon used to be a very impressive architectural edifice. One of the most prominent elements is a Buddha...

17. Neak Pean

    Neak Pean is a small Buddhist temple of Khmerian era, built on an artificial island. Its name is derived from the ornamental carvings of snakes. The construction,...
Terrace of the Leper King 3

19. Terrace of the Leper King

    The Terrace of the Leper King is one of the great mysteries of Angkor. On top of the 7 meter tall platform stands a nude, sexless statue. The statue standing...

20. Bakong

    Part of the Roluos temple group, Bakong is the first state temple built during the Khmer Empire, right in the heart of the Angkorian capital, Hariharalaya....

21. West Prasat Top

    Located in a quiet corner of Angkor Thom, West Prasat Top – also know as Monument 486 – is an old Hindu sanctuary later rebuilt as a Buddhist...

22. Phnom Krom

    Phnom Krom is an ancient temple located on a hill bearing the same name, 15 km away from Siem Reap. The remnants are three towers, dedicated to the Hindu...

23. Krol Ko

    Located close to the Neak Pean, Krol Ko is a small Buddhist temple with very few tourists. The construction comprises of one tower and the ruins of a library...

24. East Mebon

    The East Mebon is a Hindu temple mountain of the Khmerian era. The edifice is made of brick, sandstone, laterite and stucco and comprises of 5 towers and...

25. Beng Mealea

  • Perhaps one of the more mysterious edifices in Cambodia, Beng Mealea is a fresh piece of tourism attraction – until recently it was impossible...

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26. Banteay Chhmar

    Located in North-Western Cambodia, Banteay Chhmar is a temple complex dating from the Angkorian era. It was built during the reign of King Jayavarman VII...

27. West Mebon

  • Located on an island in the western part of Angkor Thom, Prasat West Mebon is a Hindu temple with elements similar to Bauphon. The animal carvings on the...

28. Banteay Kdei

    Banteay Kdei is a small, monastic Buddhist temple, mainly built out of sandstone and laterite. The temple is in a state of deterioration, but the Buddha...

29. Ak Yum

    Ak Yum (or Ak Yom) is an ancient pyramid temple – the first of this kind – dating back to the pre-Angkorian era. This Hindu temple made of sandstone...

30. Preah Ko

  • Preah Ko literally means Sacred Bull, and it refers to Shiva’s mount, Nandi. It was the very first temple built in the old capital of Hariharalaya...

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