The entrance ticket is purchased before you get to the temple complex.
The ticket office site is very busy. You get you photo taken and that is included on your ticket.
There are various tickets, a daily, 3 days in one week, and more days in one month.
Make sure you know what you need.
It is really too much to do in 3 consecutive days unless you are fit, I would suggest getting the 3 day in one week and having a rest day or 2, your legs will thank you for it.
This is a real small ruined Temple not far from Angkor Thom victory gate.
It was really nice to visit a tiny complex for a change.
Constructed late 11th - early 12th century C.E. as a hindu temple by Surayavarman 11.
Another is a real small ruined Temple not far from Angkor Thom victory gate.
Again, it was really nice to visit a tiny complex for a change.
This temple was built early 12th century C.E. by Suryavarman 11 as a Hindu temple.
This Wat I only got 2 pics of, due to the staircase that needed climbing - I did not - you will see why.
Constructed late 10th - early 11th century C.E. as a Hindu Temple by Jayavarnman V.
The decoration of this temple seems to have abruptly stopped as apparently evidenced by the unfinished carvings.
This rambling complex is largely unrestored. Origionally there was another temple here, but this one was built over the top of it by Jayavarman V11 in late 12th - early 13th century C.E.
Origionally a Buddhist Monastary.
East Mebon was constructed by Rajendravarman 11, this temple was dedicated to Shiva in honor of the kings parents.
It is a large temple mountain like ruin, rising three levels and topped by five towers.
Traditionally, believed to be a funeral temple, this is in fact the state home of Rajendravarman 11.
Historically important as it was the 2nd temple to be built after the Khmer capitol returned to Angkor.
To travel all around the huge site of Angkor Wat and also the vast complexes of Angkor Thom it is neccesary to get a 1 day or three day ticket..This is a really large complex of archaelogical temple ruins and if you really want to see it for what it is you cannot view all these places in one day. I decided to get the three day ticket and to do this. I hired the local Tuk Tuk known locally as a"Moto Remorque". This is a motorcycle that pulls a very colourful and comfortable trailer behind which is the most practical and inexpensive way to get around the complex...I hired my "Moto" for three days and negotiated a good price. My price included hire for three full days ,hotel pick up, waiting at all sites visited ,and return to my hotel.The price will depend on your bargaining skills of course but it will be really cheap anyway. I found my driver to be punctual, no problem waiting for me as some sites are well off the road..and also very informative about what to see and info from local knowledge.
*NOTE Always make sure that you have established a complete price for the days hire before starting your trip.
The Bapuon is another mountain temple to resemble Mount Meru or the "center of the universe" under Hindu literature. It is located near the Bayon Temple and the Royal Palace area. It is actually under restoration, and somehow quite similar with the Bayon from the outside so we just made a pass and proceeded to our next destination.
This 5 storey pyramid temple is one of what remains of the Royal Palace. The guide didn't explain much when I asked where exactly was the Royal Palace. Maybe he's tired to explain any further or that we didn't hear him explain since were so exhausted and hungry from walking. Anyway here are the pics (lol).
Epilogue: After reading the souvenir coffeetable book about Angkor Wat, I found out its really quite difficult to find the Royal Palace because its no longer there (hahaha). The Palace according to the book was made of wood and together with all other the ancient non-religious structures they all have rotten by this day and age. What remains therefore are the religious structures made of stones and the walls.
Pre Rup was constructed in the 10th century to enclose one of the ancient citiies that time. It has 5 imposing central towers at the center. Climbing up the towers gives the tourists a panoramic view of the surroundings.
Preah Ko was constructed in the 9th century far much earlier than the Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Unlike the two, this temple was built from sandstones, Preah Ko is the first temple of the Rolous group. It was made of bricks. Its moat according to our guide was larger than all the other temples, but there were no traces of such moat around the area anymore.
Angkor Wat is huge and if you want to see a good chunk of it you have to plan well.
I purchased a 3 day ticket for $40. If you do things right, the price will work to less than a dollar for each temple you visit, but you have to hustle.
The times listed next to each temple are how long i spent looking around, taking pictures ect. at each one. These times do include the travel between each temple.
Day 01 (seeing the most famous temples)
01 Angkor Wat (to see the sunrise and explore the main temple there) - 3 hours
02 Angkor Thom - 3 hours
03 Ta Prohm - 30 mins
04 Thomannom - 30 mins
05 Chau Say Tevoda - 30 mins
06 Ta Keo - 30 mins
07 Angkor Wat (the best light falls on the temple in the afternoon, so its the best for pictures. Of course its loaded with tourists at this time, so you should go through this temple in the morning, after sunset). - 1 hour
Day 02 (seeing many of the smaller, though note worthery, temples)
01 Preah Khan - 1 hour
02 Neak Pean - 15 mins
03 Ta Som - 1 hour
04 East Mebon - 30 mins
05 Pre Rup - 30 mins
06 Srah Srang, Banteay Kdei, Prasat Kravan - 30 mins
07 Mt. Bakheng (see the sunset) - 2 hours
These temples are all on the same path, in that order.
Day 03 (seeing the temples that are further out)
01 Banteay Srei - 45 mins
02 Banteay Samre - 30 mins
03 Roluos Group - 30 mins
04 Tonle Sap Lake - 3 hours
05 Phnom Krom - 2 hours
All these sites will require you to arrange reliable transportation. I hired a taxi for the whole day.
This temple complex is located on the way to Banteay Srei, to the east of the East Baray. Meaning "Citadel of the Samre" (named after the population which lived in the region around Phnom Kulen, to the northeast of Siem Reap), it was built by Suryavarman II in the early 12th century.
With its tall and windowless laterite walls, the temple is rather citadel-like, and while the central tower may remind you of Angkor Wat, if you've seen the Khmer sites in Thailand, you may notice similarities to the temples at Phanom Rung and Phimai. It is thought that the temple sat at the centre of a sizeable city as the eastern causeway (which was once flanked by a naga bridge) runs for 200m and it's easy to imagine a city surrounding it.
You wouldn't know it when you're standing there, but Lolei actually sits atop what was once an island at the centre of the Jayatataka Baray — a reservoir measuring 3,800m by 800m. Today the reservoir has been drained and is used for rice cultivation but the island still hosts Lolei and an active temple.
While credited to Yasovarman I, the bulk of the base work was done by his father Indravarman I, who built the dyke and placed the island, leaving his son to build the actual temple which was completed in 893 AD — Sunday July 8, to be exact. The temples were once all painted white, and you can see traces on some of the apsaras still.
Lolei comprises four brick towers, none of which are in outstanding condition, varying from collapsed to the semi-restored. The highlight of Lolei is its lintels and door jambs, which remain in good nick.