Away from the crowds, closer to local villages, these magnificent temples are wonders to behold for those who can take time to discover Angkor at their own pace. Children walk the buffaloes home, men plow their fields while you rest in the shade of dipterocarps.
Sambor Prei Kuk, also known as Isanapura was the capital of Chenla in the 7th century. Most buildings were built under the reign of king Isanavarman I. The road from Kompong Thom to Sambor Prei Kuk is about 30 km, and starts 5 or 6 km North of Kompong Thom. At the fork in the road, go right (left on National Road 6 heads back to Siem Reap). There is a lot less traffic, the unpaved road is in fairly good condition after the rains and the countryside is peaceful.
Wat Athvea is believed to have been built under the reign of King Suryavarman II in the late 11th or early 12th century, about the same time as Angkor Wat. Wat Athvea always makes a pleasant stop. There usually are children playing around, and few visitors to Angkor actually make it here.
Krol Romeas, the Elephant Circle, remains a mystery today. It seems to be one of the only non-religious structures in Angkor to have been built in stone (and that has therefore survived Cambodia's tropical climate for hundreds of years).
Planning a Siem Reap wat tour? Wat Preah Enkosei is a great pagoda to start with. From here, you can work your way downstream the Siem Reap River and stop along the way at more pagodas. The head monk says Wat Preah Enkosei is old… older than him!
Visiting Angkor with your little ones? What a great opportunity! The Temples of Angkor are a great playground for kids young and old. But what about the nitty gritty kid-friendly tips you need to make your trip in Cambodia the smoothest possible? Gnarfgnarf's top tips are here to help you prepare your visit to Angkor!
Gnarfgnarf's tips will help you enjoy Siem Reap with your children and little ones! This is a selection of kid-friendly temples, as well as advice for the two main temples you are bound to visit: Angkor Wat and Bayon. Keep your mini tomb raiders entertained with treasure hunts and discoveries.