Photo: Very little-visited Prei Monti.

Roluos Group

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The Roluos group of temples consists of Bakong, Preah Ko, Lolei and Prei Monti, making for an easy half-day tour from Siem Reap either in the morning or afternoon. The remnants of the first Angkorian capital, Hariharalaya, the temples are found near the contemporary town of Roluos which lends the group its name today.





Located out of the central Angkor Park the temples are found north of Siem Reap, though easily accessible along National Road 6—well past Psar Leu wholesale market. Although it’s a straight cycle on a good, sealed road, it’s not particularly scenic and the quality of driving can be unnerving. You’re best off taking a tuk tuk for the 30-minute journey. Make sure you already have a temple pass—bought from the main ticket office which is not located near Roluos—as it will most likely be checked at all the sites.

What an approach. Photo taken in or around Roluos Group, Angkor, Cambodia by Caroline Major.

What an approach. Photo: Caroline Major

Bakong is the highlight of the group, with its majestic moat and tiered structure providing views of its surrounds. Allow the most time here to take in the fine details at all levels, as well as the modern pagoda in the grounds. Quad bike tour companies incorporate a loop around the walls on some of their itineraries. Outside the walls you can find a couple of small brick towers—one will be impossible to miss in the middle of the road, another is set back essentially in someone’s back garden. Preah Ko is the next most visited of the group, with six sanctuaries.

Once located around Angkor’s first significant baray—a reservoir—there’s little left to remind visitors that the small, crumbling temple of Lolei would once have been an artificial island. Most skip Prei Monti in the group since it is harder to access, but if you want to shave off a temple and save time we’d instead skip Lolei, since there’s not much ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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