"Small Tour vs Grand Tour" Angkor Wat Favorite Tip by King_Golo

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  Soukon, our driver, and Angkor Wat in the back
by King_Golo

Favorite thing: Tuk-tuk and motorbike drivers that take you to Angkor will advise you to take the Small Tour and/or the Grand Tour with them. These tours are loops through the Angkor zone and take you to the different temples. It is advisable to take the Small Tour when you're in Angkor for only one day as you will then see all the very important temples: Angkor Wat, the Bayon, the Terrace of Elephants, Thommanon and its twin temple, Ta Keo, Banteay Kdei and Ta Prohm. Unfortunately, you'll miss Preah Khan. Taking the Grand Tour will take you to some temples that are a little further away from the centre of the zone: Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon and Pre Rup. Drivers will also ask you if you want to extend the tour to some temples outside the zone like the Roluos group - of course only for some extra money.

We did both tours and were convinced that the Small Tour is the better one by far. Not only do you see the main temples, but it's also less driving and more temple action. Or, in a nutshell, better value for your money. This doesn't mean that the Grand Tour is crap, but if you're in Angkor only briefly, take the other one. With a 3-day-pass, you could take both tours and a day by bicycle which enables you to stay where you want how long you want. This is what we did, and it was a great way to avoid being "templed out"! A tuk-tuk driver doing the tour should cost you about 11-15$ per day.

PS: This map shows you both tour loops - the red one is the Small Tour, the green one is the Grand Tour.

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  • Written Oct 22, 2008
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