We loved our visit to this temple. Although smaller than some of the other temples, there are some lovely intricate carvings gracing this 10th century Hindu temple. We took a tuk tuk there which took about 45 minutes. The drive itself was part of the experience for us, we enjoyed the cool breeze while we were driving through the scenic countryside.
When we arrived there were not very many people there and that combined with its location made it feel serene and tranquil. We were able to take our time walking around and easily spent an hour looking at all of the detailed carvings.
We'd been told the best time to visit this site was before 10:00am or early afternoon around 2:00pm to take advantage of the light hitting the sandstone to get the full benefit of the red colouring of the stone. We arrived at around 9:00am and did see the beautiful colouring of the stone. It was also a good time to visit to avoid the full heat of the sun. I think it has been my favourite temple so far and can easily see why it is considered a "precious gem".
Entrance to this temple was included in the Angkor Pass. To visit any of the Angkor Wat temples you need to have an Angkor Pass, available in 1, 3 or 7 day passes. This gives you access to the temples for any of those number of days in a given week, or month if you have a 7 day pass, they don't have to be used on consecutive days. We went with a 3 day pass for $40. When you go to the main entrance to get your pass your photo is taken and printed on the pass, which you must present on each visit to a temple.
Would recommend a visit even though it is a little way out. The drive out there is part of its charm.
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