Wat Athvea

Compact and scenic

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What we say: 2.5 stars

A surprisingly and unfortunately overlooked temple lying in the suburbs of Siem Reap town, it's a few kilometres out of the centre, just off the road to the Tonle Sap, within the grounds of a modern wat.

Wat Athvea is part of the Angkor site and an Angkor pass is required to visit. The temple itself is relatively large and after being restored is in very good condition. Built during the reign of Suryavarman II, Wat Athvea bares a passing resemblance to Banteay Samre, though it is devoid of any reliefs except for a couple of lonely apsaras. It also features a large laterite enclosure wall with sandstone gopuras and towers in the Angkor Wat style. You're also pretty much guaranteed to have the place to yourself, so it's a good spot for a wander.

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