The pagodas of Siem Reap may not be as old as Angkor, just a few hundred years... but the everyday Buddhist rites are eternal. Superb carpentry, masonry and woodwork, intricate painted frescoes mix with serene stupas to create a leisurely self guided walking tour.
Most visitors to Siem Reap come to visit the temples of Angkor. For those who stay a bit longer or who get templed-out after a few days, but still hunger for cultural visits, a tour of Siem Reap’s wats (or modern pagodas) can be a perfect outing.
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!