This run is usually held in December annually. Check the official website for details.
Specially established in Angkor Wat Ruins in front of the Central Sanctuary of Angkor Wat (Start & Finish Line). Passing Prasat Kravan - Banteay Kdei/ Srah Srang - Ta Prohm - Bayon - South Gate - Basie Cham Krong - Phnom Bakheng - Ta Phrom Kei - and back to the front of the Central Sanctuary of Angkor Wat (Finish Line). The course is acknowledged by AIMS and IAAF.
Start & Finish Line:
In front of the Central Sanctuary of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Race Categories / Entry Fees
Int'l Half Marathon (21 km) Men/ Women US$ 40.00+ US$ 10.00 Deposit for a ChampionChip*
21 km Wheel Chair Men/ Women All Ages US$ 30.00
10 km Road Race Men/ Women US$ 30.00
10 km Artificial Leg Men/ Women US$ 30.00
5 km Fun-Run Women only (Why do only the girls get to have fun???) US$ 30.00
Family Run (4 km) US$ 30.00
06:30 am Int'l Marathon (21 km)
06:40 am 21 km Wheel Chair
06:50 am 10 km Road Race
07:00 am 10 km Artificial Leg
07:10 am 5 km Fun-Run
07:20 am Family Run (4 km)
The temperature on the race day is expected at around 24 - 27 celsius
Water will be provided during the race (every 2.5 km) and sport drinks will be provided at the Finish line
Do check out my "things to do" for a temple-by-temple account of the AWIHM 2006.
Equipment: Equipment? A pair of running shoes, that's all.
From July to december, is raining season in Cambodia. During the raining season, South-Western strong wind blows mainly after noon time. The service may stop due to the strong wind.
Equipment: I found myself sweated a lot like after exercing your body right after the balloon ride. To me, this is an scary extreme sport rather than I coded it as 'Romantic Ride'. Huuuu..
My driver cum translator Mr. Rex 22 years-old guy just graduate from the local university in Phnom Penh. He has never try this balloon ride so I invited him to join me. He seems excited to see his own mother-land beneath his own feet's.
View from the Balloon to the balloon administration building. You can see this super yellow balloon has only tied with a finger-sized rope to the ground. It can be easily moved by the wind and you can even hear the sound of cracking. This increase excitement.
Come and feel the excitement in the sky of Angkor.
The balloon can carry up to 25 passengers but when I went up at 12pm, with my driver cum translator , we virtually had it to ourselves. There were just two other tourists on board. It was an hour or so before sunset and a magical light cast long afternoon shadows of palm trees on verdant green rice fields.
The balloon rides are about 15 to 20 minutes but well worth. Where it really scores is in providing a fresh perspective on how all the temples and waterways of the Khmer Empire fit together. At ground level it's sometimes hard to grasp the extent the Angkor utilized the waters of the Tonle Sap, the huge lake in the middle of the country.
The balloon ascent itself is terribly exciting and every few seconds reveals more of the famous Angkor Wat temple and its five towers. There are also great views of the lush countryside that surrounds the Angkor monuments. This is a fertile landscape, which is often an almost luminous green color.
View from Angkor Wat to the yellow balloon. The ballon start to operate everyday from morning 06:30 until 19:00.
This is a bright yellow gas balloon moored approximately 1.5 km west from Angkor Wat. A giant helium number that is attached to a guide rope.
Nowadays, for only US$10 you can get a great bird's-eye view of the Angkor temples which were built between the 9th and 13th centuries by the Khmer empire.