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Distance: 3-12 km

Rediscover Siem Reap’s hidden countryside with a dirt-track-hike along centuries-old temple grounds and jungle lakes from Ta Prohm to Srah Srang. For even the most seasoned travellers, these sights are worth a second, third, or forth gander for a heated spring workout in ancient surrounds. Read on for our pic-pretty edit, Lara Croft! 

A. Ta Prohm, Siem Reap 

Start your trek at this crumbling, vine and tree trunk-swaddled stone ruin. This perennial favourite is especially popular among the snap-happy, but ongoing construction has made some visits more drab than fab. Visit in the early morning or at dusk for a quieter experience.

Tip: Pack plenty of fluids and snacks to beat the heat.Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap, 7.30am-5.30pm daily

B. Banteay Kdei, Siem Reap

Enter from the west gate to this former monastery – dubbed the Citadel of Monks – which boasts bigger roots and is located conveniently right opposite Srah Srang. Largely unrestored, the sandstone sculptures and bas-reliefs are exquisitely detailed. Keep going straight through the gardens or take a scenic loop before exiting through the east gates.

Angkor Archaeological Park, Krong Siem Reap, 7.30am-5.30pm daily

C. Srah srang, Siem Reap

A commodious royal bath that beautifully catches the light at sunrise or sunset. Finish here to watch the big orb simmer down over the mighty Khmer Empire’s stone masterpieces.

Tip: Pack a picnic and nab a seat between the two guardian lions for panoramic baray views.

Angkor Archaeological Park, Krong Siem Reap, 7.30am-5.30pm daily

D. Preah Khan, Siem Reap

Up for a lil more? Do this trek backwards from Srah Srang to Preah Khan Temple for killer sunset views. Preah Khan is a sprawling complex of labyrinthine corridors and intricate carvings. Partially restored by the World Monument Fund, they also run private tours of the temple. 

Angkor Wat, Krong Siem Reap, 7.30am-5pm daily

ManulifeMOVE has no association with any of the landmarks, dining venues, galleries or retailers included within this walking guide, selected by LUXE, and disclaims any liability as to the accuracy, adequacy or reliability of any information contained herein. 

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