Deciding which temples to visit at Angkor is difficult. After all, to explore the entire complex completely, you need at least three days! We took two and a half days to explore the temples, which left us with enough time margin to explore some of the less-visited temples — some of which ended up being my favorite! After Ta Prohm, my favorite temple complex at Angkor was hands down Banteay Kdei.
The reason? We were the only ones there.
Yep, not another soul in sight except an informal tour guide and a few little kids trying to sell us postcards. After days being surrounded by hoards of other tourists, the solitude was absolutely magical. The lighting was perfect, the weather was comfortable, and there were no tourists around to ruin my photos.
Banteay Kdei is another temple you will want to visit in the morning so you can avoid crowds and assure the softest lighting. It is known as the “Citadel of Chambers,” and serves as a Buddhist temple. Tiny corridors hold stone statues of Buddhas throughout the temple, adorned with saffron sashes. It is the perfect place to capture some great photos and enjoy a break from the crowds.
Here are some of our favorite images from Banteay Kdei:
Have you visited the Temples of Angkor? Which was your favorite?
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