The Best Temples in Angkor: A 3-Day Itinerary

On May 21, 2014 by Oren and Cassie

No visit to Angkor is complete without visiting Angkor Wat. But, many visitors overlook how awesome the rest of the temples are in the Angkor Archeological Park. Book the 3-day pass and follow our guide to the best temples in Angkor.

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The 3-day ticket costs $40 per person. You can enjoy your time in the park instead of running through it. The best way to get around is by tuk-tuk, which should cost around $15-$20 per day, depending on how far out the temples are and how good you are at negotiating. We’ve compiled a 3-day itinerary to help you plan your visit around the Angkor Archaeological Park.

THE BEST TEMPLES IN ANGKOR

I  know this may sound like heresy, but hold off on Angkor Wat until Day 2, because you’ll want to go early in the morning for sunrise and then spend a few hours walking around. Or, if you insist on seeing Angkor Wat on Day 1, just swap the itineraries for the first two days.

DAY 1

Many of these temples are found along the Grand Circuit route. We decided to mix up a few so that we had more time in the afternoon on Day 2.

Prasat Kravan

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Ta Prohm – This one may look familiar. Parts of Tomb Raider were shot here, but that’s not why it makes the list of the best temples in Angkor.

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Pre Rup

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East Mebon

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Ta Som

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Neak Pean

Preah Khan

DAY 2

You have a full day ahead of you! Wake up early and get moving. You’ll finish the small tour circuit around lunch time. Then head southeast to see the Roluos Group.

Angkor Wat
Go at 5:30am to watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat. Then, spend the next two hours wanding around the beautiful temple.

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Bayon – You’ll pass through the South Gate to get here.

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Baphuon – This area includes the Terrace of the Leper King and the Terrace of the Elephants

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Bantaey Kdei

Roluos Group – East of Siem Reap. It includes Lolei (which was being restored when we visited), Preah Ko and Bakong. Most tour buses skip these temples. Enjoy the silence as you wander around on your own.

DAY 3

Your final day! Are you tired of temples yet? Today head northeast of Siem Reap to visit one of the temples that is farther away, but worth a visit. This day, you can start later and still end early. So, add in any additional sites or grab a celebratory happy hour drink in downtown Siem Reap.

Bantaey Samre

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Landmine Museum
It’s not a temple! But we’re throwing it in anyway. We highly recommend this museum. The entrance fee is $2. It illustrates the hard work of one Cambodia man, Aki Ra, to clear thousands of mines from the land in Cambodia. The exhibits used to be set up in a garage and even today, it is a small-scale museum, but very informative and worth a visit.

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Hope you enjoyed our list of the best temples in Angkor and we certainly hope you had a great time during your visit!

Note: Many of these temples require women to be dressed “appropriately.” Some won’t allow you to use a scarf to cover your legs or shoulders. Don’t miss seeing a temple because of this. Cover up.

-C.K.

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7 Responses to “The Best Temples in Angkor: A 3-Day Itinerary”

  • Great post! Angkor is on our agenda for later in the year. Just beautiful photos.
    Frank (bbqboy)

  • Thanks for this post! We too are heading there later this year and it’s been really helpful

    • Of course!! Angkor is an absolutely incredible experience. No matter how tough it is, you have to wake up early for sunrise at Angkor Wat. Send us pictures afterwards!!!

  • Thanks for sharing this, great photos, hopefully I will get there next April. Can you get there early before the crowds, or do they let everyone in at the same time?

    • They let everyone in at the at same, which is very early in the morning to see sunrise at Angkor Wat, which is absolutely worth doing one day. That being said, if you’ve already seen sunrise at Angkor Wat, you can head to the other temples a little later and start your day. Once you get away from a handful of temples – Angkor Wat, Bayon, and one or two others – the crowds thin out immeasurably.

  • That well placed tree is spectacular.

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