best temples in siem reap
Buddha statue, Banyon

Temples are everywhere in Siem Reap.

There are temples two streets away from where you are standing. There are temples right behind your hotel. There are temples beside the temple that you're visiting. The only difference is how new or old they are; Chances are that you are only interested in seeing the oldest ones.

The first step to your temple tour is to purchase the temple pass. Once that is settled, it's time to brace yourself for the longest, most monotonous excursion in your life. Since it is only natural for travelers to always wanting to make the most out of the limited time that they have in a country, they would then want to experience as much as they could within any given day. Surviving a day (or two, or three, even seven days) of temple tour, however, requires much more determination than you think. After the third temple, a revelation will hit you and you'll start to question yourself as to why you would spend so much time and effort walking around..... ruins and rubble.

So, I did 12 temples within 11 hours. How many can you do? Below is a list of some of the best temples to visit when you are at Siem Reap:

1. Angkor Wat

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 Try to catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat if possible. It will be the best kick-start you'd ever need!

2. Angkor Thom

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The scenery along this road is amazing. Get your camcorder ready!

3. Bayon

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Filled with tourists that come in hordes so you may experience a hard time trying to take a decent photo of the towers. BE VERY PATIENT

4.   Prasat Prei

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5. Prasat Bakong

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This poorly taken picture obviously does not justification to how majestic and beautiful the temple really is. Here's one by a professional:

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6. Phnom Bakheng

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Arc de Triomphe much.
ps. It's a popular place to catch the sunset!

7. Banteay Srei what to do in siem reap

45-minute ride from Siem Reap for this!

8. Terrace of the Elephants

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9. Ta Prohm

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This is the entrance. The inside... I cannot even begin to describe how ruined it is. I was really pissed because all that I was looking at were fragments of stone and gigantic tree roots. Structures that are still standing were closed to the public. What is there to look at or appreciate? Here's an example:

10. Baphuon

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11. Phimeanakas

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12. Phnom Koulen

I didn't make it, but you should. It is on a mountain, with the view of a cascading waterfall. Oh, it is also a 2-hour drive from Siem Reap in a entirely different direction.

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 Happy templing, and make sure to dress appropriately!