Find Angkor Wat’s hidden gems

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Date: November 30th 2017
Traveller: Carla Rijnders
Angkor Wat, or the “City of Temples”, has many hidden gems, with many inaccessible temples around the area. Every year new temples and ruins are being discovered. There are many people who visit Siem Reap and think Angkor only exists of the more known temples, such as Angkor Wat, Bayon, Banteay Srei and Phnom Bakheng. But in reality, the ruins stretch over an area of more than 248m2! Isn’t that crazy?

To build Angkor Wat alone, they needed 300,000 workers, 1,000 elephants and 35 years to finish this prestigious building. It looks as if the bricks are just being stacked together, however, instead of using mortar the Khmer bricks were bonded together using a vegetable compound, which is almost invisible for the eye to see!

Today nothing exists of the original outer wall of the Angkor Wat ruins, but it is thought that it once enclosed the entire temple, including the city and the royal palace. This included an area of 203 acres, which comes down to 820,000m2! There is so much discover, if only you had more hours in a day…

There is, however, one great way to see (almost) all of the temples, by helicopter! And if there’s ever a place you’d want to take a helicopter ride, it’s here. We couldn’t imagine a nicer way to see all these wonderful sites from above.
During your flight over this incredible place, you’ll be in awe of the enormous scale and grandeur of the site. There are several flight options, from 8 minutes to almost an hour, with different companies. And you can even have them bring you to a remote temple, not accessible by road. Whatever you do, we’re sure you’ll love seeing this world heritage site from the air.

Alternatively, we offer several amazing trips through this amazing landscape of temples and ruins – by bike, walking, tuk tuk, on a motorbike – you name it, we can organize it for you. Just check out our Angkor Wat page for more information! 

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