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Angkor Wat Temple

Angkor Wat lies 5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi) north of the modern town of Siem Reap, and a short distance south and slightly east of the previous capital, which was centred at Baphuon. In an area of Cambodia where there is an important group of ancient structures, it is the southernmost of Angkor’s main sites.

               Angkor Wat (Khmer: អង្គរវត្ត or “Capital Temple”) is a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world, with the site measuring 162.6 hectares (1,626,000 m2; 402 acres). It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple of god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century.  It was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12 Th century in Yaśodharapura (Khmer: យសោធរបុរៈ, present-day Angkor), the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Breaking from the Shaiva tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors.

Bayon temple

The Bayon (Khmer: ប្រាសាទបាយ័ន, Prasat Bayon) is a well-known and richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor in Cambodia. Built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII, the Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman’s capital, Angkor Thom. Following Jayavarman’s death, it was modified and augmented by later Hindu and Theravada Buddhist kings in accordance with their own religious preferences.

               It was the centerpiece of Jayavarman VII’s massive program of monumental construction and public works, which was also responsible for the walls and nāga-bridges of Angkor Thom and the temples of Preah Khan, Ta Prohm and Banteay Kdei.

From the vantage point of the temple’s upper terrace, one is struck by “the serenity of the stone faces” occupying many towers.

              The similarity of the 216 gigantic faces on the temple’s towers to other statues of the king has led many scholars to the conclusion that the faces are representations of Jayavarman VII himself. Others have said that the faces belong to the Bodhisattva of compassion called Avalokitesvara or Lokesvara. The two hypotheses need not be regarded as mutually exclusive. Angkor scholar George Coedès has theorized that Jayavarman stood squarely in the tradition of the Khmer monarchs in thinking of himself as a “devaraja” (god-king), the salient difference being that while his predecessors were Hindus and regarded themselves as consubstantial with Shiva and his symbol the lingam, Jayavarman as a Buddhist identified himself with the Buddha and the Bodhisattva.

Angkor Thom Temple

Angkor Thom (Khmer: អង្គរធំ; literally: “Great City”), located in present-day Cambodia, was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. It was established in the late twelfth century by King Jayavarman VII. It covers an area of 9 km², within which are located several monuments from earlier eras as well as those established by Jayavarman and his successors. At the centre of the city is Jayavarman’s state temple, the Bayon, with the other major sites clustered around the Victory Square immediately to the north.

Ta Prohm Temple

Ta Prohm (Khmer: ប្រាសាទតាព្រហ្ម, pronunciation: prasat taprohm) is the modern name of the temple at Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and originally called Rajavihara (in Khmer: រាជវិហារ). Located approximately one kilometre east of Angkor Thom and on the southern edge of the East Baray, it was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm is in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor’s most popular temples with visitors. UNESCO inscribed Ta Prohm on the World Heritage List in 1992. Today, it is one of the most visited complexes in Cambodia’s Angkor region. The conservation and restoration of Ta Prohm is a partnership project of the Archaeological Survey of India and the APSARA (Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap).

                In 1186 A.D., Jayavarman VII embarked on a massive program of construction and public works. Rajavihara (“monastery of the king”), today known as Ta Prohm (“ancestor Brahma”), was one of the first temples founded pursuant to that program. The stele commemorating the foundation gives a date of 1186 A.D.

               Jayavarman VII constructed Rajavihara in honour of his family. The temple’s main image, representing Prajnaparamita, the personification of wisdom, was modelled on the king’s mother. The northern and southern satellite temples in the third enclosure were dedicated to the king’s guru, Jayamangalartha, and his elder brother respectively. As such, Ta Prohm formed a complementary pair with the temple monastery of Preah Khan, dedicated in 1191 A.D., the main image of which represented the Bodhisattva of compassion Lokesvara and was modelled on the king’s father.

               The temple’s stele records that the site was home to more than 12,500 people (including 18 high priests and 615 dancers), with an additional 800,000 souls in the surrounding villages working to provide services and supplies. The stele also notes that the temple amassed considerable riches, including gold, pearls and silks. Expansions and additions to Ta Prohm continued as late as the rule of Srindravarman at the end of the 15th century.

Banteay Kdei Temple

            Banteay Kdei (Khmer: ប្រាសាទបន្ទាយក្តី; Prasat Banteay Kdei), meaning “A Citadel of Chambers”, also known as “Citadel of Monks’ cells”, is a Buddhist temple in Angkor, Cambodia. It is located southeast of Ta Prohm and east of Angkor Thom. Built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries AD during the reign of Jayavarman VII (who was posthumously given the title “Maha paramasangata pada”), it is in the Bayon architectural style, similar in plan to Ta Prohm and Preah Khan, but less complex and smaller. Its structures are contained within two successive enclosure walls, and consist of two concentric galleries from which emerge towers, preceded to the east by a cloister

             This Buddhist monastic complex is currently dilapidated due to faulty construction and poor quality of sandstone used in its buildings, and is now undergoing renovation. Banteay Kdei had been occupied by monks at various intervals over the centuries until the 1960s.

The name Banteay Kdei originates from an earlier name, Kuti, which is mentioned in the Sdok Kak Thom. This stele describes the arrival of Jayavarman II to the area, “When they arrived at the eastern district, the king bestowed an estate and a village called Kuti upon the family of the royal chaplain.” This royal chaplain was the Brahman scholar Sivakaivalya, his chief priest for the Devaraja cult.

Srah Srang

Srah Srang (Khmer: ស្រះស្រង់) is a baray or reservoir at Angkor, Cambodia, located south of the East Baray and east of Banteay Kdei.

               It was dug in the mid-10th century, by initiative of Kavindrarimathana, Buddhist minister of Rajendravarman II.  It was later modified around the year 1200 by Jayavarman VII who also added the laterite landing-stage at its western side, probably because the East Baray had been overwhelmed by sediment and had begun malfunctioning. French archeological expeditions have found a necropolis close to it.

Preah Kan Temple

Preah Khan (Khmer: ប្រាសាទព្រះខ័ន; “Royal Sword”) is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built in the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII to honor his father. It is located northeast of Angkor Thom and just west of the Jayatataka baray, with which it was associated. It was the centre of a substantial organization, with almost 100,000 officials and servants. The temple is flat in design, with a basic plan of successive rectangular galleries around a Buddhist sanctuary complicated by Hindu satellite temples and numerous later additions. Like the nearby Ta Prohm, Preah Khan has been left largely unrestored, with numerous trees and other vegetation growing among the ruins.

Pre Rup Temple

Pre Rup (Khmer: ប្រាសាទប្រែរូប) is a Hindu temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built as the state temple of Khmer king Rajendravarman and dedicated in 961 or early 962. It is a temple mountain of combined brick, laterite and sandstone construction.

           The temple’s name is a comparatively modern one meaning “turn the body”. This reflects the common belief among Cambodians that funerals were conducted at the temple, with the ashes of the body being ritually rotated in different directions as the service progressed.

             Pre Rup was dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, and it is probably located on a former shivaite ashram, built by Yasovarman I in the previous century. Perhaps it was standing at the centre of a new capital city built by Rajendravarman, with the southern dike of East Baray as northern city limit, but nothing of the dwellings survived[6] and this “eastern city hypothesis” by Philippe Stern was never confirmed by archeological discoveries.

Banteay Srei Temple

Banteay Srei or Banteay Srey (Khmer: ប្រាសាទបន្ទាយស្រី) is a 10th-century Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Located in the area of Angkor in Cambodia. It lies near the hill of Phnom Dei, 25 km (16 mi) north-east of the main group of temples that once belonged to the medieval capitals of Yasodharapura and Angkor Thom. Banteay Srei is built largely of red sandstone, a medium that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings which are still observable today. The buildings themselves are miniature in scale, unusually so when measured by the standards of Angkorian construction. These factors have made the temple extremely popular with tourists, and have led to its being widely praised as a “precious gem”, or the “jewel of Khmer art.”

Kbal Spean

“River of a thousand lingas”

Kbal Spean
11th century
Udayadityavarman II
West of Route 67 in Phnom Kulen National Park, about 50 kilometers North East of Siem Reap

Kbal Spean is an ancient Khmer site in Phnom Kulen National Park, a remote place located at considerable distance from Siem Reap and the main Angkor monuments. The site stretches out over a length of about 150 meters through the jungle along the Stung Kbal Spean river, known as the “river of a thousand lingas”.

There is no temple at Kbal Spean. The river bed is covered with hundreds of lingas, while depictions of Hindu deities have been carved into the rock along and in the river. Most of the lingas and carvings were made in the 11th century during the reign of King Udayadityavarman II.

To protect the lingas and sculptings from further decay the river bed has been fenced off; visitors can view the ancient sculptings from a small distance. Kbal Spean which translates to “stone bridge head”, is named after the natural stone bridge under which the river flows for a section.

“River of a thousand lingas”

In several sections of the river hundreds of lingas and several yonis have been carved out of the sandstone river bed. The linga is the representation of Shiva, while the yoni is the female counterpart of the linga. The river water was sanctified by running over the lingas in the river bed. The water then flowed from the hills of Phnom Kulen to Angkor and the temples.

A number of carvings of Hindu deities have been made in rocks along the river, including several carvings of Vishnu reclining on Ananta-Shesha, the King of the Nagas and Lakshmi, his consort massaging his feet. Other carvings show depictions of Brahma, the Hindu God of creation and Shiva and his wife Uma riding Nandi the bull.

In the South section of the Kbal Spean site is a waterfall best seen during the rainy season. Immediately North of the waterfall is a small pool. Hidden under the water surface are carvings in the rock of a crocodile and Vishnu reclining on Ananta-Shesha, as well as carvings of the Hindu Trimurti Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

How to get to Kbal Spean

Because of its remote location it takes time and effort to get to Kbal Spean. The trip from Siem Reap takes about 1 hour by car and 1½ hours by tuk tuk. From the car park it takes another 45 minutes to one hour to get to the site. A well marked 1,500 meter trail uphill through the forest with wooden stairs for the steepest sections leads to the Kbal Spean river bed. The site opens from 8 am until 3 pm.


Phnom Kulen

The Phnom Kulen mountain range is located 30 km northwards from Angkor Wat. Its name means “mountain of the lychees”. There is a sacred hilltop site on top of the range.

                Phnom Kulen is considered a holy mountain in Cambodia, of special religious significance to Hindus and Buddhists who come to the mountain in pilgrimage.

                 It also has a major symbolic importance for Cambodians as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire, for it was at Phnom Kulen that King Jayavarma II proclaimed independence from Java in 804 CE. Jayavarman II initiated the Devaraja cult of the king, a linga cult, in what is dated as 804 CE and declaring his independence from Java of whom the Khmer had been a vassalage state (whether this is actually “Java”, the Khmer chvea used to describe Champa, or “Lava”       (a Lao kingdom) is debated, as well as the legend that he was earlier held as a ransom of the kingdom in Java. See Higham’s The Civilization of Angkor for more information about the debate). During the Angkorian era the relief was known as Mahendraparvata (the mountain of Great Indra).

               Kbal Spean is known for its carvings representing fertility and its waters which hold special significance to Hindus. Just 5 cm under the water’s surface over 1000 small linga carvings are etched into the sandstone riverbed. The waters are regarded as holy, given that Jayavarman II chose to bathe in the river, and had the river diverted so that the stone bed could be carved. Carvings include a stone representation of the Hindu god Vishnu lying on his serpent Ananta, with his wife Lakshmi at his feet. A lotus flower protrudes from his navel bearing the god Brahma. The river then ends with a waterfall and a pool.

              Near these mountains is Preah Ang Thom, a 16th-century Buddhist monastery notable for the giant reclining Buddha, the countries largest.

The Samré tribe was formerly living at the edge of Phnom Kulen, quarrying sandstone and transporting it to the royal sites.[8]

The Khmer Rouge used the location as a final stronghold as their regime came to an end in 1979.

Beng Mealea Temple

Beng Mealea or Bung Mealea (Khmerប្រាសាទបឹងមាលា, its name means “lotus pond” is a temple in the Angkor Wat. period located 40 km east of the main group of temples at AngkorCambodia, on the ancient royal highway to Preah Khan Kompong Svay.

              It was built as a Hindu temple, but there are some carvings depicting Buddhist motifs. Its primary material is sandstone and it is largely unrestored, with trees and thick brush thriving amidst its towers and courtyards and many of its stones lying in great heaps. For years it was difficult to reach, but a road recently built to the temple complex of Koh Ker passes Beng Mealea and more visitors are coming to the site, as it is 77 km from Siem Reap by road.

               The history of the temple is unknown and it can be dated only by its architectural style, identical to Angkor Wat, so scholars assumed it was built during the reign of king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century.[1] Smaller in size than Angkor Wat, the king’s main monument, Beng Mealea nonetheless ranks among the Khmer empire’s larger temples: the gallery which forms the outer enclosure of the temple is 181 m by 152 m. It was the center of a town, surrounded by a moat 1025 m by 875 m large and 45 m wide.

                Beng Mealea is oriented toward the east, but has entranceways from the other three cardinal directions. The basic layout is three enclosing galleries around a central sanctuary, collapsed at present. The enclosures are tied with “cruciform cloisters”, like Angkor Wat. Structures known as libraries lie to the right and left of the avenue that leads in from the east. There is extensive carving of scenes from Hindu mythology, including the Churning of the Sea of Milk and Vishnu being borne by the bird god Garuda. Causeways have long balustrades formed by bodies of the seven-headed Naga serpent.

               It was built mostly of sandstone: Beng Mealea is only 7 km far from the angkorian sandstone quarries of Phnom Kulen, as the crow flies. Presumably sandstone blocks used for Angkor were transported along artificial water canals and passed from here.[1] Despite of lack of information, the quality of architecture and decorations has drawn the attention of French scholars just from its discovery.

Bakong Temple

               Bakong (Khmer: ប្រាសាទបាគង) is the first temple mountain of sandstone constructed by rulers of the Khmer empire at Angkor near modern Siem Reap in Cambodia. In the final decades of the 9th century AD, it served as the official state temple of King Indravarman I in the ancient city of Hariharalaya, located in an area that today is called Roluos.

              The structure of Bakong took shape of stepped pyramid, popularly identified as Temple Mountain of early Khmer temple architecture. The striking similarity of the Bakong and Borobudur temple in Java, going into architectural details such as the gateways and stairs to the upper terraces, suggests strongly that Borobudur was served as the prototype of Bakong. There must have been exchanges of travelers, if not mission, between Khmer kingdom and the Sailendras in Java. Transmitting to Cambodia not only ideas, but also technical and architectural details of Borobudur, including arched gateways in corbelling method.

Kompong Phluk ‘& the Tonle Sap

            Kampong Phluk is a cluster of three villages of stilted houses built within the floodplain about 16 km southeast of Siem Reap. The villages are primarily Khmer and have about 3000 inhabitants between them. Flooded mangrove forest surrounds the area and is home to a variety of wildlife including crab-eating macaques. During the dry season when the lake is low, the buildings in the villages seem to soar atop their 6-meter stilts exposed by the lack of water. At this time of year many of the villagers move out onto the lake and build temporary houses. In the wet season when water level rises, the villagers move back to their permanent houses on the floodplain, the stilts now hidden under the water. Kampong Phluk’s economy is, as one might expect, based in fishing, primary in shrimp harvesting.

               Kampong Phluk sees comparatively few foreign visitors and offers a close look at the submerged forest and lakeside village life. The area can be reached by boat from the Chong Khneas or by road. Make arrangements through your guesthouse of tour operator, or charter a boat at the Chong Khneas docks. During the wet season, drive to Roluos village just off Route #6 east of Siem Reap and then take a boat through the flooded forest the rest of the way. During the dry season the road is clear, making the boat unnecessary. Much of the road has recently been improved, now paved most of the way. Kompong Phluk Floating Village is a permanent village opposed to floating, And it’s about 25 kilometers east of Chong Khneas. Here is a much better option for you to visit a village on the lake. Kompong Phluk is accessible by boat only. Kompong Phluk is a relatively small village that provides very good insight into the village lifestyle of the Tonle Sap. This village exists almost exclusively on fishing and related activities. Houses are built on stilts up to 10 m high, and the village is surrounded by flooded forest.

Kompong Khleang & the Tonle Sap, Cambodia

Travel southeast to one of the largest and least-visited villages on the Tonle Sap Lake, Kompong Khleang, about 55km from Siem Reap. It has a population of about 10,000 people, all of whom make a living from the fishing industry. You will explore the canals (wet season) or streets (dry season) of this incredible town.

                In the wet season, the houses appear to be floating, as water laps at the verandas, but in the dry season towering stilts are revealed, the houses almost like wooden skyscrapers. We visit one of the pagodas here, built on the site of an ancient temple, and see the wall paintings. You may also stop off to visit a house in the village to learn a little more about local life.

                You will also cruise into the open water of the great lake to see a small floating village and learn some more about this incredible natural flood barrier. Later you return to Siem Reap by road.

                 The water level of the Tonle Sap fluctuates greatly throughout the year and the lake will be at its most picturesque and scenic during the months of October to January when it is full from the heavy summer rains. By February and March the water level can be quite low, resulting in the muddy banks and bottom of the lake becoming visible, and by April most of the outer areas of the lake are dry, meaning that the villages are no longer “floating” as such, but towering high above the dry ground. May to September is the rainy season when the lake will again fill up.

Chong Kneas ‘’Floating Village’’

Tonle Sap is Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake, providing livelihoods for over 10% of Cambodia’s population. Its water level varies considerably and the inhabitants of six of the seven villages at Chong Kneas live in houseboats that need to be moved with the changing levels. As with other fishing communities in the flooded area of the Tonle Sap, the way of life for the 5,000 or so inhabitants is strongly tied to the seasonal rise and fall of water. In the dry season, the floating villages anchor in a small inlet at the edge of the lake, where there is ready access to fishing grounds and some protection from storms and waves Chong Kneas is the floating village at the edge of the lake closest and most accessible to Siem Reap. If you want a relatively quick and easy look at the Tonle Sap, boat tours of Chong Khneas are available, departing from the Chong Khneas boat docks all day long. The boatman will probably point out the differing Khmer and Vietnamese floating households and the floating markets, clinics, schools and other boatloads of tourists. Chong Khneas, while interesting, is over-touristed and is not as picturesque and ‘unspoiled’ as floating villages further from Siem Reap. The boat trip usually includes two stops: one at a touristy floating ‘fish and bird exhibition’ with a souvenir and snack shop, and the other at the very highly recommended Gecko Environment Centre, which offers displays and information introducing the ecology and biodiversity of the lake area.For the residents of the floating villages of Chong Kneas, life on the water is not a cultural tradition that people cherish and wish to preserve. When the villagers were consulted about their living conditions, they said that they would prefer to live on the land and have access to clean water and sanitation as well as have their children go to proper schools instead of the poorly maintained floating school.

Phnom Bakheng Temple

Phnom Bakheng (Khmer: ប្រាសាទភ្នំបាខែង) at Angkor, Cambodia, is a Hindu and Buddhist temple in the form of a temple mountain. Dedicated to Shiva, it was built at the end of the 9th century, during the reign of King Yasovarman (889-910). Located atop a hill, it is nowadays a popular tourist spot for sunset views of the much bigger temple Angkor Wat, which lies amid the jungle about 1.5 km to the southeast. The large number of visitors makes Phnom Bakheng one of the most threatened monuments of Angkor. Since 2004, World Monuments Fund has been working to conserve the temple in partnership with APSARA.

Siem Reap City

Siem Reap (Khmer: ក្រុងសៀមរាប, pronounced [siəm riəp]; Thai: เสียมราฐ) is the capital city of Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia. It is a popular resort town and a gateway to the Angkor region. Siem Reap has colonial and Chinese-style architecture in the Old French Quarter, and around the Old Market. In the city, there are museums, traditional Apsara dance performances, a Cambodian cultural village, souvenir and handycraft shops, silk farms, rice-paddies in the countryside, fishing villages and a bird sanctuary near the Tonle Sap Lake.Siem Reap today—being a popular tourist destination—has a large number of hotels, resorts, restaurants and businesses closely related to tourism. This is much owed to its proximity to the Angkor temples, the most popular tourist attraction in Cambodia

History of Siem Reap City

The name “Siem Reap” can be translated to mean “Defeat of Siam” (siem in Khmer), and is commonly taken as a reference to an incident in the centuries-old conflict between the Siamese and Khmer kingdoms, although this is probably apocryphal. According to oral tradition, King Ang Chan (1516–1566) had named the town “Siem Reap”, meaning “the defeat of Siam”, after he repulsed an army sent to invade Cambodia by the Thai King Maha Chakkraphat in 1549.  However, scholars such as Michael Vickery consider this derivation to be simply a modern folk etymology, and maintain that while the names Siem Reap and Chenla (old Chinese name for Cambodia) may perhaps be related, the actual origin of the name is unknown.

The traditional tale claims that King Ang Chan of Cambodia tried to assert greater independence from Siam, which was then going through internal struggles. The Siamese King Chairacha had been poisoned by his concubine, Lady Sri Sudachan, who had committed adultery with a commoner, Worawongsathirat, while the king was away leading a campaign against the Kingdom of Chiang Mai. Sudachan then placed her lover on the throne. The Thai nobility lured them outside the city on a royal procession by barge to inspect a newly discovered white elephant. After killing the usurper, along with Sudachan and their newly born daughter, they invited Prince Thianracha to leave the monkhood and assume the throne as King Maha Chakkraphat (1548–1569). With the Thais distracted by their internal problems, King Ang Chan decided the time was right to attack. He seized the Siamese city of Prachin Buri in 1549, sacking the city and making slaves of its inhabitants. Only then did he learn that the succession had been settled and that Maha Chakkkraphat was the new ruler. Ang Chan immediately retreated to Cambodia, taking his captives with him. King Maha Chakkraphat was furious over the unprovoked attack, but Burma had also chosen to invade through the Three Pagodas Pass. The Burmese army posed a much more serious threat, as it captured  Kanchanaburi and Suphanburi. It then appeared before Ayutthaya itself.


General Information which is involved with the distance to some of major temples or other main tourist attractions :

  • Angkor Wat Temple: Is approximately 7 Km from Siem Reap town and it takes around 20 Munutes by tuktuk & 15 Munutes by car
  • Kbal spean. The water fall and 100 lingas are approximately 49 km from Siem tuk tuk it takes around 1hour and 30mn.
  • You can see sun rise at Angkor wat or Srah Srang. You have to leave from the hotel at 5am and the sun rises at around 5:45am
  • Banteay Srey Temple. (Citadel of Woman) is approximately 37km from Siem Reap and it takes around 1 hour by tuk tuk by car around 45 Minutes
  • Roluos Group, Pre Angkor Temple, there are many antique temple .It is approximately 14 km. . You need Angkor Wat Passage Ticket
  • Kulen mountain is approximately 45km and takes around 1 hour. $ 20 per person for the passage.
  • Land Mine Museum is approximately 30km it takes around 45 minutes .Entrance is $3
  • Shooting Range is approximately 33 km and takes around 45 minutes. Shooting fee is charged $ 50 per magazine.
  • Tonle Sap Lake is approximately 19 km and takes around 30 minutes. Have to pay for the boat
  • Kom pongphluk is approximately 45 minutes to get there. But you have to pay for the boat
  • Beng Mea lea Temple is approximately 59 km from Siem Reap. It takes around 1 hour and half by car by van. By Tuk, it takes around 2 hour  and $5 per person for the passage.
  • TaPhrom temple the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor’s most popular temples with approximately 9 km from Siem Reap City,It takes a round 30 minutes to get there.
  • Pres khan temple is approximately 13 km from Siem Reap City,It takes a round more then 30 minutes to get there.
  • Prerup temple is approximately 15 km from Siem Reap City,It takes a round 40 minutes to get there.
  • Banteay Kdei & Srash srong is approximately 9 km from Siem Reap City,It takes a round 30 minutes to get there.
  • Phnom Bakhang : It is wonderful place to see the sunset ,is approximately 8 km from Siem Reap City,It takes a round 25 minutes to get there.
  • Further temple such as koh ker and preah vihear are the temple that you should know also.
  • Preah vihear temple is approximately more then 190 km from Siem Reap and takes around 4 hours
  • Koh Ker temple is approximately more then 150 km from Siem Reap and takes around 3 hours
  • Silk Farm is approximately 19km and takes around 40mn, free entrance.
  • Killing Field (Wat Thmei Pagoda) is approximately 3 km from Siem Reap and takes around minutes Free entrance.
  • War museum is approximately 4 km and it takes around 15 minutes. Entrance is $ 3
  • Siem Reap National Museum is approximately 2 km and takes around 15 minutes. Entrance is $ 12.
  • Night Market opens form 6pm until 12am and takes 5 minute walk. Central Market takes 10 minutes walk. Old Market takes 4 minute walk.
  • Phsar leu Market (Upper Market) is approximately 4km. It takes around 15 minutes .Super Market: Lucky Mall and Angkor Trade Center is 10 or 15 minutes walk
  • Cambodia Cultural Village is approximately 5 km and takes around 15 or 20 minutes. Entrance $ 15.
  • Orphanages are near srah srang and near samdech chea Sim Primary School (Sun Rise Orphanage).etc.
  • Bus Station is approximately 5 km and takes around 15 minutes.
  • Crocodile Farm is approximately 1.5 km and takes around a several minutes. Entrance is $ 2 or $ 3 per person.
  • Money Exchange, Banks and ATM are near the phsar chas (Old marker) or central Market, Which you can walk to get there.
  • Angkor Hospital For Children is approximately 3 km and takes times around 15 minutes. Beat cello concert near free entrance
  • Steed Ridden Court or Horse Ridden is approximately 4 or 5 km and takes 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Angkor Wat opens from 5 am until around 6:00pm or 6:30pm
  • Siem Reap to Sihanuk Ville takes around 10 to 12 hours by bus.
  • Free Apsara Dance Show at Temple Balcony in Pub Street, Starts From 7:30pm until 9:30pm
  • Professional Apsara Dancing show is at kulen II Restaurant start from 7:30pm until 8:30pm Entrance Fee $12 Each.
  • Elephant Ridden Range, at phnom bakeng, is between Angkor wat and Bayon.
  • Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by boat takes around 7 hours .Siem Reap to Battambang by boat takes around 7 hours.
  • Major Pagoda in Siem Reap: Wat Bo,Wat Damnak, Wat Po langka, Wat Preah Enkosey, Wat  Preah Enkosa etc..
  • Hot air balloon is approximately 7 km and takes 25 minutes Entrance is $ 15 .Time to stay on the balloon is around 10 minutes.
  • Artisans D’ Angkor near Golden Temple Villa and Department of Education, youth and Sport.
  • Caosam Road & Mouchit ” the bus station” in Bangkok takes approximately 8 hours from Siem Reap to Bangkok. From here to poi pet is around 3 hours.
  • Siem Reap International Airport is approximately 7 or 8 km from here and takes around 25 minutes.
  • Siem Reap to Phnom Penh is around 6 hours. The bus stop near the river front.


Please Have a Look at Our Tour Packages

When you arrive at our hotel if you would like to take tour to the temple, please ask our receptionists at the front desk. They will be happy to help you with the reasonable price with friendly, reliable and honest driver.

Tour Itinerary for Tuk Tuk” Remork”

  • By Tuk Tuk
  • First Day: In the morning will take the Small Tour is “ Major Temples” around Angkor Wat area such as ( Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Victory Gate, Thommanon, Chau Say Thevoda, Ta Keo, Ta Prom or Jungle temple, Banteay Kdei, Sras Srang, Prasat Kravan, Sunset ). Accompanied by driver whole day or half day same price $ 16 whole tuk tuk (not each).

Second Day Has Two Options:

  • Second Day (Option 1): From the morning or afternoon go to see Grand Tour such as temples ( Pre Rup, East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean, Preah Khan, North Gate of Angkor Thom, Sunset ). Accompanied by driver whole day or half day same price $ 16 whole tuk tuk ( not each ). ( Usually Grand Tour is a short day trip )
  • Second Day (Option 2): In the morning visit Banteay Srie temple ( + $ 5 more if you wish to also see the Kbal Spean small water fall ), and back Grand Tour ( Pre Rup, East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean, Preah Khan, North Gate of Angkor Thom ), sunset and driver whole day or half day same price $ 22 whole tuk tuk ( not each ). ( please note: Grand Tour is on the way to Banteay Srie temple, and Kbal Spean, is long day trip )

Third Day Has Three Options:

  • Third Day (Option 1): In the morning visit the ancient temples of the Rolous Group ( Lolei, Preah Ko, Bakong, and later the floating village of Tonle Sap, take the boat trip to see the floating house and market, fish and crocodile farm, orphan ). Accompanied by driver whole day or half day same price $ 19 whole tuk tuk ( not each ).
  • Third Day (Option 2): In the morning go to Beng Melea temple and on the return visit the Rolous Group. Accompanied by driver whole day or half day same price $ 35 whole tuk tuk ( not each ). ( please note: Rolous Group is on the way to Beng Melea )
  • Third Day (Option 3): In the morning go to Kampong Pluk ( see wooden stilt house and mangrove ) on the return visit the Rolous Group. Accompanied by driver whole day or half day same price $ 22 whole tuk tuk ( not each ). ( please note: Rolous Group is on the way to Kampong Pluk )

Note: All tour including water for free,

  • If sunrise $ 3 extra for tuk tuk ( starts from 5 am ) and the best place to see at Angkor Wat and Sras Srang.
  • For sunset the best place to see on the hill of Bakhang mountain and Angkor Wat ( but usually Bakhang mountain is crowded )
  • If need English speaking tour guide is $ 30 per day. If sunrise $ 5 extra more.
  • If only sunset after 4:30 PM charge $ 5

Tour Itinerary for Car and Mini  Van

  • By Car,
  • First Day: In the morning take the Small Tour is “Major Temples” such as ( Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Victory Gate, Thommanon, Chau Say Thevoda, Ta Keo, Ta Prom or Jungle temple, Banteay Kdei, Sras Srang, Prasat Kravan, Sunset ). Accompanied by driver whole day or half day same price $ 27 whole car ( not each ).

Second Day Has Two Options:

  • Second Day (Option 1): In the morning or afternoon go to see Grand Tour ( Pre Rup, East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean, Preah Khan, North Gate of Angkor Thom, Sunset ). Accompanied by driver whole day or half day same price $ 30 whole car ( not each ). ( It is a short trip )
  • Second Day (Option 2): In the morning go to Banteay Srei temple (+ $10 if you go to see Kbal Spean water fall ),and back Grand Tour ( Pre Rup, East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean, Preah Khan, North Gate of Angkor Thom, Sunset ). Accompanied by driver whole day or half day same price $ 36 whole car ( not each ). ( It is a long trip and Grand Tour is on the way to Banteay Srie and Kbal Spean )

Third Day Has Three Options:

  • Third Day (Option 1): In the morning go to Rolous Group ( Lo lei, Preah Ko, Bakong ) is very old temples and water floating village at Tonle Sap, you can take the boat trip to see the floating market, fish farm and accompanied by driver whole day or half day same price $ 32 whole car ( not each ).
  • Third Day (Option 2): In the morning go to Beng Melea temple and come back go to Rolous Group and accompanied by driver whole day or half day same price $ 60 whole car ( not each ). ( Rolous Group is on the way to Beng Melea )
  • Third Day (Option 3): In the morning go to Kompong Phluk and come back go to Rolous Group and accompanied by driver whole day or half day same price $ 35 whole car ( not each ). ( Rolous Group is on the way to Kompong Phluk )
  • Fourth Day: Kulen Mountain ( thousand lingas or biggest water fall in Siem Reap ) you will pay $ 20 for entrance fee, the price is $ 58 whole car ( not each ).
  • By Van,
  • Add $ 10 per day to the price for the car. Van ( 6, 7, 8 people) 8 seats.
  • Add $ 10 per day to the price for the car. Van ( 9, 10, till 15 people ) 12-15 seats.

Please note:

  • If sunrise $ 5 extra for Car or Van ( starts from 5 am ) and the best place to see at Angkor Wat and Sras Srang.
  • If need English speaking tour guide is $ 30 per day. If sunrise $ 5 extra more.
  • For sunset the best place to see on the hill of Bakhang mountain and Angkor Wat ( but usually Bakhang mountain is crowded ).
  • If only sunset after 4:30 PM charge $ 8 by car
  • If only sunset after 4:30 PM charge $ 10 ( from 5–10 pax. ) by van.






Angkor Admission Price & Tickets

Types of passes

Passes for several duration are available.

As of February 1st 2017, prices will be:


                   1 day at US$37  ,  2 & 3 days at US$62 ,  7 days at US$ 72


        Admission for children younger than 12 is free. Prices are quoted in US Dollars, but can also be paid in Cambodian Riel, Thai Baht or Euro.

When visiting some of the major temples,( Such as Angkor wat temple , Baphoun temple , Bakhang Mountain  temple  ) , Female visitor must wear clothing that covers the shoulder and knees,

Please note that shawls, Scarves or pashminas are not acceptable.

Angkor Visitor Code of Conduct | What Not To Do When Visiting Angkor

Angkor Visitor Code of Conduct
Angkor Visitor Code of Conduct

After several incidents of tourists behaving badly at the Angkor Archaeological Park, the Apsara Authority has finally released a visitor code of conduct for tourists visiting the temples. The Apsara Authority has already released some materials which have been handed out to Siem Reap hotels, resorts and business establishment. The printed materials are available in English, French, Chinese, Khmer, Japanese, Korean and Chinese. One of the goals of implementing the Angkor Visitor of Conduct is to harmonize tourist experiences with public safety and respect towards the community.

Things to Consider When Visiting the Angkor Wat Temples

Dress Code

Revealing clothes such as shorts and skirts above the knees and showing bare shoulders are prohibited in sacred places. Respectful dress is strongly encouraged in Angkor


Touching carvings, sitting on fragile structures, leaning on temple structures, moving or taking archaeological artifacts and graffiti are strictly prohibited. Backpack, umbrellas with sharp tips, tripods and high heels are discouraged from being brought it worn inside the temples.

Sacred Sites

As Angkor is a sacred site, loud conversation and noises and other inappropriate behaviour in Cambodian culture is considered to be offensive and may disturb other visitors. Please keep calm and be respectful.

Restricted Areas

For your own safety and for the conversation of Angkor, please comply with all signs on the site and be mindful of your steps at all times. Do not climb on loose stones.

Smoking and Littering

As a member of the World Health Organization, Angkor has been a smoke free site since 2012. Smoking cigarettes disturbs others and cigarettes can start bush fires. To protect the environment, please do not smoke and litter.

Candy or Money to Children

Buying items, giving candy or money  to children encourages them not to attend school but to beg. If you wish to help the children, please consider donating to a recognized charity.


Monks are revered and respected. If you want to take pictures, please ask for permission first. Women should not touch nor stand or sit too close to monks.

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Hotel Facilities & Free Amenities

All of our Valued Customers receive the following

Complementary Services:


  • Express Check-in Service
  • Express Check-out Service
  • All rooms are included daily break fast
  • A 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Check-in time from 14 :00
  • Check-out time until 12 :00 Noom
  • Free Use of Bicycles
  • Free hi-speed WiFi in rooms, lobby, Bar & Restaurant &Public area
  • Room service ( Start from 6:30 am till 23:30
  • Safe deposit box
  • Telephone to contact reception & restaurant (staff )
  • Fantastic location 5 minute walking distance to ( Pub street,Old market ,Night market area ,Shopping ,Banks , ATM and main attractions )
  • Air conditioning /Fan/Hot running water/Cable satellite TV* /DCD/ CD player /Wardrobe /Refrigerator/Hair dryer /Slipper /Towel /bath towel/ Toothbrush /body soap/hand soap
  • Writing desk
  • Free local calls
  • Well trained staff always extremely helpful ,smile ,friendly,accommodating
  • Complimentary printing Service
  • Bus boat ticket arrangement
  • No swimingpool
  • No elevator
  • Bellboy (Service)
  • Tour Desk
  • Destination assistance
  • Guest Relation assistant
  • Postal Service
  • Sunrise Breakfast For Take a way on'' request''
  • Room Floors on "request''
  • Pick-Up Service available till 23 :00 PM
  • Free pick-up &transfer back to airport or bus station or ferry dock
  • Bus,flight (tickets) ,room booking detail required
  • Complimentary 60 minute massage
  • Free tea ,coffee ,fruit (banana )anytime at the restaurant
  • Free welcome Drinks and snacks ,refreshing cool towels upon arrival
  • Free welcome back home with refreshing cool towels ,cool tea, snacks from your excursion
  • Non Smoking Rooms /Smoking area
  • 24-hour security guard
  • Major credit cards Accepted
  • Free daily small bottle of water in the refrigerator
  • Free Temple /City (Map)
  • Wake up Service
  • Baggage storage
  • Luggage hold
  • Restaurant and Bar Service
  • Make a reservation for local Restaurant
  • Fantastic Lobby Lounge with a cool atmosphere
  • Pets not Allowed
  • Complimentary room decoration for honey moon /anniversary or others…. request
  • Fast feedback /Feedback card for guest’s comments
  • Birthday,Honeymoon,Anniversary on''request''
  • Private Bathroom In All Room Type
  • Daily Houskeeping
  • Hot running water
  • Toilet Pappers
  • Hairdryer
  • Wardrobe/DVD Player/Airconditioning
  • Number of rooms= 25
  • Number of floors =4