The Best Outdoor Activities in Cambodia

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Watch Sunrise at Angkor Wat

Cambodia / Angkor Wat

You'll want to leave your hotel or hostel in Siem Reap by 5am at the latest.

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Photograph Preah Khan Temple

Cambodia / Preah Khan Temple

Chances are the droves of tourist in Angkor will be trying to photograph sunrise at Angkor Wat. Use this to your advantage and shoot this temple first. It's best to be there no later than 7am.

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Explore Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom

Cambodia / Bayon Temple

Bayon Temple was built in the 12 century and about 100 years after Angkor Wat. Bayon is in the exact center of Angkor Thom.

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Explore Ta Prohm Temple

Cambodia / Ta Prohm, Angkor Archaeological Park

This is probably my favorite of all the Angkor temples. Ta Prohm is also referred to as Temple of the Jungle. Much has been untouched by Archeologist other than to clear paths through the ruins.

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Explore the "City of Women"

Cambodia / Bantaey Srei, Angkor

Bantaey Srei was built in 967 A.D. primarily of sandstone. Bantaey Srei is the name the locals call the site now. Translated this means "City of Women" or Citadel of Women.

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Explore Koh Ker

Cambodia / Koh Ker

Koh Ker was the Cambodian capital for a brief period from 928 - 944 AD.  Similar to Angkor Thom, Koh Ker features many distinct temples and sites within its boundaries.

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Hike the Outer Wall Trail of Angkor Wat

Cambodia / Angkor Wat West Entrance

I haven't seen this trail really called anything. The explorer in me likes to check out paths less taken. This is truly one of them. It could be that few people know it even exists.

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Explore Bakong Temple

Cambodia / Bakong Temple, Angkor

Bakong Temple, also known as Prasat Bakong, is part of the Roluos Group located southeast of Siem Reap. It is the largest complex of the Roluos Group.

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Explore Preah Ko Temple

Cambodia / Preah Ko, Angkor

Preah Ko, also known as Prasat Preah Ko, is part of the Roluos Group. There is a walkway approaching the temple towers which I found to be impressive and interesting to photograph.

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Find the Ta Prohm Stegosaurus

Cambodia / Ta Prohm, Angkor Archaeological Park

This little carving has become quite popular in recent years. Some think it is evidence that dinosaurs existed during human times.

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Explore Ta Som Temple

Cambodia / Ta Som, Angkor

Ta Som is located along the Grand Circuit road after passing Neak Pean and was built in the late 12 century.

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Hike the Preah Khan Trail

Cambodia / Preah Khan Trail

Of course the main attraction at Preah Khan is the temples and sanctuary's.  There is amazing detail and numerous rooms to explore. They are beautiful and so much to see.

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Explore Lolei Temple

Cambodia / Lolei Temple, Angkor

Lolei Temple (also called Prasat Lolei), is part of the Roluos Group southeast of Siem Reap. It was built if the 9th century and consists of 4 towers.

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Explore Neak Pean - Ancient Healing Center

Cambodia / Neak Pean, Angkor

Neak Pean is not a temple. It was constructed as a place of healing. It was believed that soaking in the waters at Neak Pean would balance the individual and therefore cure their illnesses.

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Explore Prasat Kravan

Cambodia / Prasat Kravan, Angkor

Prasat Kravan is a small temple in an open area south of Banteay Kdei and Sras Srang.  The temple is a row of five brick towers with the central tower being the tallest.

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Explore Baksei Cham Krong

Cambodia / Baksei Cham Krong, Angkor

Baksei Cham Krong means, The bird that shelters under its wings. The legend is that during an attack on Angkor, the king was sheltered by a large bird that spread it's wings and saved the king.

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Hike to Kbal Spean

Cambodia / Kbal Spean, Banteay Srei

Kbal Spean is located about 50 Kilometers from Siem Reap and takes about one hour to get there by Tuk Tuk. This location is a series of carved Lingams in a river bed deep in the the jungle.

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Explore Baphuon Temple

Cambodia / Baphuon, Angkor Thom

Baphuon is situated just northwest of Bayon Temple. It was built in the 11th century and was initially a Hindu temple but by the 15th century it was converted into a Buddhist temple.

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Explore Pre Rup

Cambodia / Pre Rup, Angkor

This temple is of the "Mountain" style, meaning, it is built upward and is relatively a square layout. It has an outer wall and three tiers.

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Explore Banteay Kdei Temple

Cambodia / Banteay Kdei, Angkor

Banteay  Kdei complex is located southeast of Ta Prohm and typically visited as part of the small circuit through Angkor.

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Explore the Terrace of the Elephants

Cambodia / Terrace of the Elephants, Angkor Thom

The Elephant Terrace is part of the Royal Palace complex serving as part of the east wall.

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Explore East Mebon

Cambodia / Eastern Mebon, Angkor

East Mebon is a temple that was built in the 10th century. The unique thing about East Mebon is that it is actually built on an island.

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Explore Phnom Bakheng Temple

Cambodia / Phnom Bakheng, Angkor

Phnom Bakheng Temple is refer to as a "temple mountain." The complex was constructed atop one of the highest points in Angkor in the 9th century, almost two centuries before Angkor Wat.

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Explore Phimeanakas Temple

Cambodia / Phimeanakas Temple, Angkor Thom

Phimeanakas is found within the walls of the Royal Palace. Directly north through the palace walls from Baphuon Temple. Phimeanakas is a three tiered temple constructed in the 10th century.

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Explore Chau Say Tevoda Temple

Cambodia / Chau Say Tevoda, Angkor

This is a small temple just east of the Victory Gate from Angkor Thom. It is very similar to Thommanon Temple which is just across the road. Both are Hindu temples constructed in the 12 century.

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Explore Thommanon Temple

Cambodia / Thommanon Temple, Angkor

Thommanon Temple is a Hindu temple built in the 12th century. It is rather small and located as you exit from Angkor Thom through the Victory Gate.

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Hike the Angkor Thom Wall Trail

Cambodia / South Gate, Angkor Thom

You can start this hike from any of the five gates.  However, the easiest starting point is the south gate because it is typically the first gate you encounter when entering Angkor Thom.

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