A stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Angkor Archaeological Park is a sprawling temple complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia. A testament to the grandeur of the ancient Khmer civilisation it gives you a chance to immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring architecture, history, and culture of this remarkable destination. This is one option for an itinerary to enjoy some of Angkor’s many wonders over two days.
Day One: Angkor Wat & Banteay Kdei
Start your journey early at Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world, which provides an ideal vantage point to witness a spellbinding sunrise. Located only around 15 minutes from FCC Angkor by Avani, this temple dates to the 12th century and features remarkable architecture, intricate carvings, and magnificent bas-reliefs like the Churning of the Ocean of Milk Gallery. Continue from there to the 12th-13th century Banteay Kdei, called “A Citadel of Chambers” with Khmer architecture as well as cloistered corridors and courtyards to explore.
Day One: Ta Prohm, Bayon & Phnom Bakheng
Your adventures can continue at the 12th century Ta Prohm famously known as the “Tomb Raider” temple; wander through the ancient ruins entwined with massive tree roots, creating a captivating blend of nature and architecture. You can also head to the enigmatic Bayon temple, renowned for its gigantic stone faces carved into the towers, followed by a trip to Phnom Bakheng, a hilltop temple that offers breathtaking sunset views. You can then head back to town for a stay at one of the best hotels in Siem Reap found in the Old French Quarter to dine and get a good night’s sleep!
Day Two: Pre Rup & Banteay Srei
Begin your second day with a visit to Pre Rup, a brick-structured 10th-century temple mountain which was once used for funerals; don’t forget to climb to the summit and take in the panoramic vistas of the surroundings. From there, you can head to Banteay Srei sometimes referred to as the “pink temple” because of its distinctive pink sandstone exterior; you will also find intricate carvings that provide insights into the exquisite Khmer craftsmanship of the time.
Day Two: Neak Poan Temple & Cultural Performance
In the latter part of the day, head to the 12th-century Neak Poan temple which can be found on an island on an artificial lake; it’s surrounded by four smaller ponds, while the tower on the island’s centre is dedicated to Avolokitesvara. As your second day draws to a close and you head back to Siem Reap consider having dinner while watching a traditional Apsara dance performance. The graceful dancers, intricate costumes, and traditional music will offer a captivating glimpse into Cambodia’s rich artistic heritage.