Discover Little Known Experiences Unlocked by your Angkor park pass
Angkor Wat, the awe-inspiring masterpiece of Khmer architecture, is undoubtedly the must-see crown jewel of Cambodia. Its grandeur and intricate beauty have captivated visitors for centuries, making it one of the most iconic landmarks in the world.
However, Angkor Wat is just one of many wonders that await inside and outside the vast Angkor Archaeological Park. With a valid park pass, you have access to a realm of ancient temples, hidden ruins, and breathtaking natural landscapes that extend far beyond the main tourist circuit. The Angkor ticket will unlock experiences located even beyond the borders of the park.
If you’re seeking an immersive and unforgettable experience, consider venturing beyond the temples and embracing the adventurous spirit that Angkor has to offer. In this post, we will share with you our recommendations for making the most of your park pass that few visitors know about.
Official site for the Ankor Park Pass: Angkor Enterprise
Zipline through the jungle canopy
Embark on a jungle biking expedition
This is the ultimate off-the-beaten-path-cycling. As you pedal through the trails around Ankor park, you’ll be immersed in the sounds of the forest and the sights of hidden temples and ancient ruins. These jungle trails take you to parts of the park where you’ll have the chance to be alone with the history, allowing for a deeper connection with the past. There is nothing like emerging upon a hidden temple from a jungle trail. Angkor Zipline has bicycle tour extensions, or you can book one of the jungle cycling adventures from Siem Reaper Travel. An Angkor ticket is required to cycle or hike the trails inside the park.
Explore remote, off-the-beaten-path temples
If you’re looking for a truly off-the-grid experience, consider visiting some of the more remote Angkor temples outside the main park. Banteay Srey, known for its exquisite pink sandstone carvings, and Beng Melea, a crumbling jungle temple that has been reclaimed by nature, are both excellent choices. Between Siem Reap and the Tonle Sap lake is Wat Athvea, a 12th century Hindu temple with adjacent active pagoda. These remote temples are included in your Angkor park pass and provide a quieter more immersive experience than those inside the main park.
Discover Hidden Gems Outside the Main Park
Also known as the “River of a Thousand Lingas,” Kbal Spean offers a unique blend of nature and spirituality. Carved stone riverbeds and lingas reveal themselves as you hike through the jungle, leading to a beautiful waterfall. It’s a spiritual and natural experience rolled into one. Local Khmer believe that a swim below the waterfalls cleanses their Karma after having passed over the riverbed carvings. Angkor park pass required. Book a visit to ACCB (Angkor Centre for the Conservation of Biodiversity) at the base of the trail, separate fee.
Another hilltop adventure awaits at Phnom Krom. The highlight here is the serene Angkorian temple, Prasat Phnom Krom,and active pagoda with picturesque 360-degree views of Siem Reap and the Tonle Sap lake. A favorite with locals for both sunrise and sunset. Angkor ticket is required.
Climb to the top of Phnom Bok, one of the three Angkor hills, and be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
Choose from a winding jungle trail or a 635 step staircase. It’s a challenging climb, but the stunning vistas from the 10th century temples at the top make it all worthwhile.
You may even have the entire space to yourself, as few visitors venture out there.
Angkor Park pass required.
Angkor is more than just temples; it’s an opportunity to create lasting memories through adventure and immersion. By including activities like ziplining, jungle biking, and exploring hidden gems outside the main park, you can transform your Angkor experience into a journey of a lifetime. Your Angkor park pass is the key to unlocking these treasures; all that’s left is for you to seize the opportunity. So, go beyond the ordinary and embark on an adventure that connects you to history, nature, and the vibrant culture of Cambodia. Start planning your unforgettable Angkor adventure today!
For more information about Angkor tickets, go to the official site for the Angkor Park Pass: Khmer Enterprise
About the Author - Craig Dodge
Craig Dodge is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Phare Performing Social Enterprise, parent company of Phare, The Cambodian Circus and Phare Creative Studio. Craig gets great satisfaction by applying his travel industry experience to Phare's missions of sustaining jobs in the arts and funding artistic and academic education at Phare Ponleu Selpak non-profit school. He is also driven to promote the unique experiences awaiting visitors to Cambodia. When he's not working, you can often find Craig cycling in Angkor park.