Itineraries

The temples are scattered over an area in excess of 160 sq km. A half-day would only allow enough time to visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon and Angkor Wat. There are three so-called 'circuits'. The Petit Circuit takes in the main central temples including Angkor Wat, Bayon, Baphuon and the Terrace of the Elephants. The Grand Circuit takes a wider route, including smaller temples like Ta Prohm, East Mebon and Neak Pean. The Roluos Group Circuit ventures further afield still, taking in the temples near Roluos - Lolei, Preah Ko and Bakong. Here are some options for visiting Angkor's temples:

One day

Angkor Wat (sunrise or sunset), South Gate of Angkor Thom, Angkor Thom Complex (Bayon, Elephant Terrace, Royal Palace) and Ta Prohm. This is a hefty schedule for one day; you'll need to arrive after 1615 and finish just after 1700 the following day.

Two days

The same as above but with the inclusion of the rest of the Angkor Thom, Preah Khan, Srah Srang (sunrise) and at a push, Banteay Srei.

Three days

Day one, sunrise at Angkor Wat; morning South Gate of Angkor Thom, Angkor Thom complex (aside from Bayon); Ta Prohm; late afternoon-sunset at the Bayon. Day two, sunrise Srah Srang; morning Banteay Kdei and Banteay Srei; late after- noon Preah Khan; sunset at Angkor Wat. Day three, sunrise and morning Roluos; after- noon Ta Keo and sunset either at Bakheng or Angkor Wat. Those choosing to stay one or two days longer should try to work Banteay Samre, East Mebon, Neak Pean and Thomannon into their itinerary. A further two to three days warrants a trip to Prasat Kravan, Ta Som, Beng Melea and Kbal Spean.
This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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