It had been a very long and tiring day exploring the temples along the Grand Circuit in Angkor, Cambodia. We had a tuk tuk driving us around, but there was still a lot of walking and climbing involved and that mixed with the heat of the day had us feeling pretty exhausted. Our last stop for the day was the large temple of Preah Khan, and despite our tired feet, it turned out to be the highlight of my day.
Another 12th century temple, Preah Khan is quite a large complex with many buildings and hallways to explore. It has also been left largely unrestored, so it has that adventure aspect to it as you wander through quiet hallways while trees and vegetation grow over the ancient walls and ruins.
After visiting all of the popular temples in Angkor, I now realise what I like so much about Preah Khan. It has many of the interesting features of the popular temples, but without the huge crowds that go with it. It has the amazing tree covered ruins that Ta Phrom is famous for, intricate carvings that people flock to Banteay Srei to see, even some of the beautiful covered hallways remind me of Angkor Wat. I’m not saying not to visit those other temples – they are all must sees – but Preah Khan has a bit of everything and you can see it all in peace, without huge crowds of people getting in your way. Definitely put it on your list.