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Coming up, and based on some 15 years of leading tours to Cambodia’s UNESCO World Heritage site; a few small tips and suggestions on how to optimise your Angkor visit. Firstly though one very big tip! Try and time your visit for the low season. The awesome, often jungle-clad, temples in Western Cambodia are obviously today a huge draw and…

Sambor Prei Kuk; – the earliest known Khmer city in Cambodia is a superb site, yet one that’s largely overlooked by visitors to the kingdom. Dozens of decorated brick towers dating from the 6th and 7th centuries – some ruinous, some still remarkably well preserved, are scattered through picturesque forest some 30 kms north of the provincial town of Kompong…

In 2008 Cambodia’s magnificent mountain top Angkor period temple, Preah Vihear received UNESCO World Heritage status and to our minds justifiably so, even if it did provoke some serious bickering between the neighbours Thailand and Cambodia as to exactly which side of the border the surrounding area belonged to. Whilst Thailand’s Khao Pra Viharn public toilets, snack bars and car…

An isolated and very rarely visited ruined Angkor period temple site, Prasart Kok Roka in Cambodia’s Kompong Thom Province is famous, well locally at least, for being the area’s very own leaning tower. According to some locals the depression in the ground in front of the temple is rumoured to be a bomb crater which supposedly tilted the tower to…

Came across this ruined temple whilst poking around in some villages outside of Siem Reap recently: even the locals didn’t have a name for it and though these days the few remaining stones scattered across the grounds of a contemporary Buddhist wat don’t really merit the term ‘temple’ it’s interesting to think that even these meager remains once constituted what…

That’s Prasart Preah Vihear in Khmer or Khao Preah Viharn in Thai. The recently promoted UNESCO World Heritage site is situated smack bang on the border and yes….you may well have noticed in the news that there have been a few border ‘issues’ between the two countries in recent times. Note the disagreement has never been over ownership of the…

Can’t go wrong really with giant roots and towering trees, mysterious carvings and jungle-clad ruins so here’s another selection of photos of Preah Khan and Ta Prom temples in Cambodia’s Angkor temple complex, taken on our recent Saigon to Angkor Overland small group tour. Preah Khan, as with the more high profile Ta Prom, is a late 12th century Buddhist…

Prior to the construction of Angkor Wat itself the mid-11th century Baphuon  – royal temple of King Udayadityavarman II, (trying saying that after a couple of Angkor beers) – was the largest temple of the Angkor empire and with it’s main tower surmounting the massive sandstone pyramid, said to have been clad in bronze, and its spectacular raised entrance causeway…

Take a look at the stunning sandstone lintel below: (this one’s from Sikhoraphum, Surin, Thailand), astonishingly well preserved, sharp detail, deep relief, complex and intricate subject matter – a masterpiece and what an incredible amount of work! Well it’s actually an even more complicated oeuvre, (which means egg in French), than you would imagine. It’s not just a case of…

Busy wrapping up an Emerald Triangle tour in Phnom Penh so just a photo of the awesome Phnom Rung Temple in northeastern Thailand’s Buriram Province with a more comprehensive post on this fabulous, yet relatively little known site coming up soon. One of the best preserved Angkor period temples anywhere and spectacularly sited on the summit of an extinct volcano,…

Lying just a kilometre away from Wat Phu, the small Angkor period temple of Nang Sida, Laos, does tend to get overshadowed by it’s prestigious UNESCO World Heritage neighbour. After hiking up and down the steep steps at Wat Phu few visitors are going to be bothered to head off into the dusty surrounding scrub-land to visit a ‘lesser’ temple…

Prasart Kong Phluk – another little known temple a km or so past the earlier described Prasart Chrei, situated just off the track that leads east from Beng Melea at the point where it passes the southeast corner of the ‘baray’. (And thanks again to Reinhart at Angkor Guide for confirming the name). Only problem being it was surrounded by…

Turn up in just about any Cambodian village and ask the locals if they have a ‘prasart boran‘ in those parts and they’ll almost certainly direct you down some track, across a field or round the back of the village wat to their very own Angkor period ruined temple. Now don’t get your hopes up since many of these will…

Giant gnarled trees rise from huge piles of sandstone blocks; spreading roots and creeping vines cloak massive walls, dense foliage obscures crumbling towers and moss and lichens conceal intricate carvings. Cambodia’s Beng Melea; chaotic decaying ancient ruins and rampant tropical vegetation – a perfect synthesis of man’s handiwork and untamed nature and a complete antithesis of what it was originally…

Very attractive, but rarely visited temple a mere hour’s drive south of Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh. (Well traffic permitting that is.) Ta Prom is differentiated from it’s better known namesake at Angkor – of giant roots and Lara Croft fame – by the addition of ‘Tonle Bati’  – a scenic freshwater lake adjacent to the ruined temple. This Ta Prom,…