Angkor Temples

The temples of Angkor have put Cambodia well and truly on the map, but with our expertise and our knowledgable guides we can still help you get off the beaten track at Angkor Wat. A point of pilgrimage, pride and inspiration for Cambodians, you will be overwhelmed by the sheer size and beauty of these Hindu temples that were built over generations – each striving to better their ancestors, with Angkor Wat being crowned the world’s largest religious building.

The temples of Angkor, built by the Khmer civilization between 802 and 1220 AD, represent one of humankind’s most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements. Abandoned in 1432, Angkor was forgotten for hundreds of years until the temples were discovered by a French traveller in the 1860s – a strange and exotic city lost in the jungles of Cambodia.

We have some fantastic temple excursions on offer that will try to help you avoid the crowds while seeing the highlights with our expert guides, who know the best spots for every time of day from sunrise to sunset. We would recommend at least two or three days in Siem Reap so you can make the most of the temples and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area too.

We can tailor your temple excursions according to your interests – whether you would like to just see a couple of temples in detail or if you are after an in-depth tour for a few days, we can ensure the experience is right for you. To get you started, here’s a few snippets of our favourite temples…

The largest temple in the whole complex, Angkor Wat is often described as the ‘ancient pyramid’ of Asia. It boasts 2,600ft of bas-reliefs, including famous battles and Buddhist scenes within its spectacular walls and moats.

Angkor Wat

Unlike other temples, Ta Prohm has been left as it was found - making it easy to imagine what it must have been like to discover the lost city in the jungle in the 19th century. Its walls, roofs, chambers and courtyards have been repaired but it has retained its unique ‘lost city’ feel.

Ta Prohm

This extraordinary temple is one of our favourite spots for sunsets in Angkor - much less crowded than Angkor Wat, you can climb the steep steps up to the three tiers of the pyramid for remarkable views.

Pre Rup

This 1000ft terrace of elephants was used as a giant viewing stand during public and royal ceremonies. We recommend visiting late or early to avoid the crowds.

Elephant Terrace

We love this site which for many years was off limits due to its remote location and Khmer Rouge activity. Built in the late 10th century, its pink limestone walls contain the best bas reliefs of any temple at Angkor.

Banteay Srei

With its 54 towers and 216 faces, this temple looks best in the morning just after sunrise or at the end of the afternoon when the sun shines on the faces.

Bayon