Best Temples in Cambodia
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Cambodia Temple Guide
Cambodia is still a home to the people of Khmer ethnicity, and most of the famous Cambodia temples owe their origin to the flourishing Khmer empire of the medieval times, between the centuries 9th and 12th. No one truly knows exactly how many temples in Cambodia did they build. More than 2,000 sites have been unearthed and identified ever since excavations begun and there are records of at least 2,000 more Cambodian Buddhist temples. It is safe to say that Cambodia is an abode to innumerable ancient and astonishing architectures of both Hindu and Buddhist styles.
Here are the best edifices built in Cambodia temple history.
1. Angkor Wat
The moniker itself is an explanation to why this is the most important among the temples of Angkor. The whole archaeological part is named after Angkor, and it has its presence on the national flag of Cambodia. Khmer ruler Suryavarman II constructed Angkor Wat in honour of his God, the preserver of Hinduism, Lord Vishnu. The Angkor temple is made up of five concentric rectangular walls and surrounded by moats symbolizing a cosmic chain of mountains and oceans. It is said that the central spire represents Mount Meru or Kailash, the centre of universe in Buddhism or Hinduism.
2. The Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom
Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom are located almost adjacent to each other, a few metres away. Angkor Thom is the grand city built by King Jayavarman II in late 12th century. The old capital of Yasodharapura was destroyed by Champas, who he defeated and made Angkor Thom the state capital of Khmer. There were a couple of old temples already standing in the premise. But he created his own royal state temple, the Bayon Temple, at the centre of the city. The Angkor Thom temple has massive faces of Buddha and Hindu gods and goddesses on its edifice – an exemplary architecture of the harmony between Buddhism and Hinduism.
3. Preah Khan
Preah Khan is another construction of King Jayavarman, which he built after defeating the invaders, right in the spot where he defeated the last of them. What remains of it includes a series of successive rectangular galleries surrounding a Buddhist sanctuary for worship. However, it was also used for education in Buddhism, Vaishnavism and Shaivism. Inside there is a towering central spire with 4 ornate carvings, resembling the Angkor Thom Bayon architecture.
4. Ta Prohm
Ta Prohm is undoubtedly one of the most famous temples of Cambodia. In spite of grander presences like Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, this one has an appeal of its own. The tentacle-like roots of gigantic trees embracing the temple structure and leaves casting a greenish shadow all-over the ramparts – gives Ta Prohm an ethereal, transcendental ambience.
5. Banteay Srei
Banteay Srei or the Temple of Women is called the art gallery of Angkor. Considered to be among the top 10 temples of Cambodia, this temple is unique because it was built by an advisor instead of the Khmer ruler himself and dedicated to the Hindu God in around early 9th century. The pink sandstone walls of Banteay Srei depict stories from many Hindu mythological tales and epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata.
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Trip to VietnamThough the trip was good, hotels decent, we are a tad bit disappointed with the Travel agent Bamboo Hat. In Cambodia everything was perfect. Our coordinator and guide Mr. Sou Wat was there and kept us well informed about our schedule and was there with us till we got into the airport. It was the personal touch which made all the difference in leaving us with pleasant memories. Unfortunately, the personal touch was missing in Vietnam. We did not meet any representative from Bamboo Hat through the entire trip in Vietnam. Since Ms. Sophie had some family emergency, she could not be available, but someone else from the agency could have done the needful. Secondly, we wanted our separate transport and not been made part of a group. The impression we had that that it would be separate except while going to Halong. Traveling with a group is restrictive and not what we prefer. Again I will refer to Cambodia where we had our exclusive vehicle. However if I ignore my grievances, I would like to say that except for a couple of instances, things were pretty well organized, the vehicles good, food good, guides excellent especially Mr. Anh and Mr. Tranh who were very informative. Jerry and Shon were good too.
Trip to CambodiaI am very happy with the service provided...the guide and the driver too good ....Hotel is OK. Overall it was a wonderful trip for my family...thanks
Trip to CambodiaThanks for Karan from Travel Triangle and Sophie from Bamboo hat tours for arranging such a beautiful tour, enjoyed a lot, all sightseeing were awesome, Sophie was always available to solve any concerns and queries , had a good lifetime memories Halong Bay is like a heaven such a spectacular place natural beauty had a great fun on the cruise
Trip to CambodiaAsia Authentic travel prepared a good itinery, Eric our coordinator is a marvel, he is very responsive, helpful and was available at a message throughout the day. Some of the tour guides were rushed and bought us back to the hotel by noon. Nevertheless, it was an amazing trip, very well planned. Thanks, Eric!! Halong bay tour
Trip to VietnamWe had a great time at Vietnam and Cambodia. Everything went as per the plan. Kudos to the travel agent - Rosey from “Sviet travels”. I wish the hotels could have been more better. I am sure there were lot better hotels. Specially for people traveling from India, please make sure it is of US or Continental type. We did not get sumptuous breakfast at the hotel. It was a hotel more for the local population. Our stay in the Cruise at Halong Bay.
Trip to CambodiaExcellent tour guide and sweet drivers... Detailed tours and quite accommodating and flexible. Comfortable cars and transfers.. Much recommended Angkor wat and surrounding temples
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Trip to CambodiaCar Air-conditioning was very poor... And driver was little bit lazy... Timely he couldn't arrange drinking water... Every time he forgot to get the water in car... In hotel breakfast was not good... Tour guide was awesome... His English was good to understand... His treatment and explained very well.. Hotel was awesome.. very caring and hospitality was good.
Trip to CambodiaHi, I planned a 10 days trip with Kyork Travel agent- Ratana and Travel Triangle agent - Karan , for Vietnam and Cambodia. The planning was seamless, they talked to me to understand my requirements and quickly created an itinerary for me. We went through a couple of round of revisions in those itineraries which were quickly reflected to the shared pdf. The communication was very apt and direct. I got detailed plan and requisite documents list before the travel. At the location as well the services were impeccable. The package that we booked included tour agents and they were very cordial and welcoming. We were really happy with the trip and the way it was planned with us. Thanks Karan and Ratana for your amazing assistance. I would definitely recommend KYork and Travel Triangle.
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While in Cambodia, avoid eating fresh salads, raw vegetables, raw shellfish, raw crab, and cold cooked meats as these might have come in contact with contaminated water. Also, make sure to drink bottled water.
As the weather is hot and humid carry light, loose and breathable fabrics. While visiting temples make sure not to wear tight-fitted clothes, wear skirts or trousers below the knee and make sure to cover your shoulders.
Wear clothing below the knee, so if the shorts fall below the knee, then it is fine, otherwise, short-shorts are not allowed in Angkor Wat.
It is best to carry cotton and linen clothes due to the hot and humid weather. Carry loose fitted clothes. If you are visiting temples make sure to wear skirts or trousers below the knee and the shoulder must be covered.
The wettest months in Cambodia are August and September.
In September, Cambodia receives heavy rainfall and many areas become flooded during this month.
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