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Angkor Archaeological Park

Discover Angkor Archaeological Park: A Treasure Trove of Ancient Wonders


Just a 15-minute tuk-tuk ride north of Siem Reap, the Angkor Archaeological Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Southeast Asia’s most significant archaeological treasures. Home to the iconic Angkor Wat and over 70 other major temples and structures, this park spans over 400 square kilometres, showcasing the grandeur of the Khmer Empire. Explore its stunning architecture, intricate carvings, and an array of activities that bring the past to life.

A Journey Through Time: Major Temples and Sites

1. Angkor Wat

The most famous temple in the park, Angkor Wat, was built in the early 12th century and stands as the world’s largest religious monument. It’s known for its incredible bas-reliefs and towering central spires. For the best light, visit in the afternoon when the sun illuminates the west-facing structure.
Learn more about Angkor Wat here.

2. Bayon Temple

The centrepiece of Angkor Thom, Bayon is famed for its 200+ smiling stone faces. Its bas-reliefs offer a fascinating glimpse into Khmer history, depicting everything from naval battles to everyday life.
Learn more about Bayon Temple here.

3. Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm, the “Tomb Raider Temple,” is entwined with nature as tree roots encase its ruins. This 12th-century university and Buddhist monastery offers a glimpse into how nature reclaims structures.
Learn more about Ta Prohm here.

4. Angkor Thom

The royal city of Angkor Thom was once home to over a million people. Explore the Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King, and the South Gate for iconic photo opportunities.
Learn more about Angkor Thom here.

5. Banteay Srei

Known as the “Citadel of Women,” Banteay Srei is renowned for its pink sandstone carvings. Built in the 10th century, it’s a testament to the artistic finesse of the Khmer Empire.
Learn more about Banteay Srei here.

6. Preah Khan

A former university and city, Preah Khan was once a bustling hub of Buddhist learning. Its intricate carvings and long corridors tell stories of devotion and wisdom.
Learn more about Preah Khan here.

7. Phnom Bakheng

Offering panoramic views of Angkor Wat, Phnom Bakheng is a 9th-century temple mountain. Visit at sunset for unforgettable vistas.
Learn more about Phnom Bakheng here.

8. Ta Som

A smaller temple similar in style to Ta Prohm, Ta Som is known for the tree growing over its eastern gopura.
Learn more about Ta Som here.

9. Beng Mealea

An adventure awaits at Beng Mealea, a jungle-covered ruin located 40 km east of the main temples. The less-restored state offers an authentic exploration experience.
Learn more about Beng Mealea here.

10. Bakong

A pyramid-like temple mountain built in the 9th century, Bakong is the first major Khmer temple and part of the Roluos Group.
Learn more about Bakong here.

Activities and Adventures

Beyond the temples, the park offers plenty of adventure:

  • Zipline Adventure: Soar through the jungle canopy on an eco-adventure tour.
  • Cycling Day Tours: Pedal through the ancient ruins for an immersive experience.
  • Photography Excursions: Capture the mystical allure of Angkor’s temples.

Explore Angkor Zipline Tours here.

Ticket Information

  • 1-Day Pass: $37
  • 3-Day Pass: $62 (valid for 10 days)
  • 7-Day Pass: $72 (valid for a month)

Tickets can be purchased at the Angkor Ticket Office (open daily from 5 am to 5:30 pm) or online through Angkor Enterprise. Ensure to carry your ticket at all times within the park.

Operating Hours

  • Park Opening Hours: 5:00 am to sunset
  • Angkor Wat: 5:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Banteay Srei: 5:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Kbal Spean: 5:00 am to 3:00 pm

Travel Tips

  • Timing: Visit Angkor Wat in the afternoon for the best light, while temples like Ta Prohm and Preah Khan photograph well when the sun is overhead.
  • Guided Tours: Hiring a guide can greatly enhance your understanding of the park’s history and architecture.
  • Respect the Site: Dress modestly, follow the rules, and don’t climb on the ruins.


The Angkor Archaeological Park is a journey into the heart of Cambodia’s storied past. From the iconic Angkor Wat to the enigmatic faces of Bayon, each temple tells a story of the Khmer Empire’s power, faith, and artistry. Whether you’re an adventurer, history enthusiast, or photographer, the park promises an unforgettable experience.

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