In recent years the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia have become a tourist mecca. Sometimes as crowded as the tourist spots of Venice, their immense beauty and power can be diluted by the hundreds or thousands of people there with you.
Thankfully this really isn’t an issue at Angkor Wat. What many don’t realise is there are now over 50 temples within the Angkor Archaeological Park. All within driving distance and many with virtually no crowds, in fact you’ll be lucky to meet another tourist.
We recently visited a number of the more remote temples on a private guided tour with Cox & Kings, the UK’s most experienced travel agency. We wanted to experience temples in peaceful surroundings with no tourists!
Koh Ker temples
We headed out to the Koh Ker region, some 2.5 hours outside Sieam Reap. It’s not that far away but the roads are only good for 50% of the journey. We were glad to be in an air conditioned min-van with good suspension rather than a rickety little tuk tuk which i doubt could have handled some of the rougher roads.
Koh Ker was the capital city of Khmer Empire from 928 to 944 and there are hundreds of smaller temples in this region, less than a mile apart, the circle a man made reservoir. We spent a couple of hours at these temples and met 2 other tourists who also said we were the first they’d seen.
Check out the vide we made while touring these amazing temples.
You get to enjoy the majesty and beauty of these ancient monuments. Without the noise of tourists you can really imagine how they would have looked and been used over a thousands years ago.
The occasional butterfly floating past you as you explore these frankly mind boggling sights with tree roots wrapped around virtually every building.
We drove back towards a slighty more well known temple of Beng Malea.
This is an extraordinary temple, much like the main Angkor Wat temple except this one has not been fully restored and cleared of the thousands of trees that now grow in and sometimes on the temple walls.
It’s considered to be how Angkor Wat would have looked before restoration and clearance commenced by the french in the late 19th century.
We had a great time spending hours exploring this lesser known region of Angkor Wat and enjoying these amazing temples without any crowds.
You spend more time on the road to get to them but when you’re there you get uninterrupted views and all the time in the world to have your own personal Angkor Wat temple experience.
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