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Temples of Angkor (Cambodia)

Introduction

In the heart of Cambodia, lost in the luxuriant jungle, stand the temples of Angkor, majestic vestiges of the Khmer empire. This exceptional archaeological site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to over 200 temples, including the famous Angkor Wat, an architectural masterpiece of unrivalled scale, probably the largest cultural complex in the world.

The 8th wonder of the world

Angkor Wat is a true wonder on earth, a veritable paradise. It is the earthly representation of the legendary Mount Meru, the sacred mountain of Hinduism, where the gods dwell. This “temple-city” is quite simply unique, brilliantly combining spirituality and symmetry, an enduring testament to mankind's devotion to its deities. Angkor Wat is surrounded by an impressive 190-metre-wide moat, forming a gigantic rectangle measuring 1.5 km by 1.3 km. A majestic avenue 475 metres long and 9.5 metres wide, lined with balustrades adorned with nagas, leads from the main entrance to the central temple. Along the way, you'll discover two graceful libraries and two pools, ideal places to admire the splendid sunrises. Every element of the site, from the monumental moat to the smallest architectural detail, contributes to making Angkor Wat an absolute masterpiece, a sublime testimony to the ingenuity and religious fervor of the men of yore.
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Exploring the wonders of Angkor: two tours for an unforgettable journey

The Small Circuit Tour (17 km):

- Duration: 3 to 4 hours
- Main sites: Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei, Prasat Kravan
- Ideal for: a first discovery of the must-see sites

The Grand Circuit Tour (26 km):

  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
  • Main sites: Angkor Wat, Phnom Bakheng, Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei, Preah Khan, Neak Poan
  • Ideal for: history buffs and those wishing to explore less-frequented temples
Practical info:
  • Pass: various passes (1 day, 3 days, 7 days) are available at the site entrance.
  • Price: A 1-day pass costs 37 USD, a 3-day pass 62 USD and a 7-day pass 72 USD.
  • Opening hours: The temples are open from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Our tips:

  • For a more relaxed visit, opt for off-peak times: early in the morning at Sra Srang to admire the sunrise, then Angkor Wat in the early hours, and finally Banteay Srei during the lunch break.
  • Three-day passes can be used flexibly over the course of a week, but remember to book in advance.
  • Don't forget to wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for walking. Don't hesitate to add a hat, sun cream and a water bottle to your equipment.
  • Last but not least, keep in mind the respect due to the sites and to Khmer culture as you explore these marvellous remains.
  • Official website: Angkor Enterprise
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