Top things to do in Angkor Wat

Bas-Relief in Angkor Wat

The Army of Suryavarman II

The remarkable western section of the south gallery depicts a triumphal battle march of Suryavarman II’s army. In the southwestern corner about 2m from the floor is Suryavarman II on an elephant, wearing the royal t…
Bas-Relief in Angkor Wat

Churning of the Ocean of Milk

The southern section of the east gallery is decorated by the most famous of the bas-relief scenes at Angkor Wat, the Churning of the Ocean of Milk. This brilliantly executed carving depicts 88 asuras on the left, an…
Bas-Relief in Angkor Wat

The Battle of Kurukshetra

The southern portion of the west gallery depicts a battle scene from the Hindu Mahabharata epic, in which the Kauravas (coming from the north) and the Pandavas (coming from the south) advance upon each other, meetin…
Bas-Relief in Angkor Wat

Heaven & Hell

The punishments and rewards of the 37 heavens and 32 hells are depicted in the eastern half of the south gallery. On the left, the upper and middle tiers show fine gentlemen and ladies proceeding towards 18-armed Ya…
Bas-Relief in Angkor Wat

Battle of Lanka

The northern half of the west gallery shows scenes from the Ramayana. In the Battle of Lanka, Rama (on the shoulders of Hanuman), along with his army of monkeys, battles 10-headed, 20-armed Ravana, captor of Rama’s …
Bas-Relief in Angkor Wat

Battle of the Gods & the Demons

The western section of the north gallery depicts the battle between the 21 gods of the Brahmanic pantheon and various demons. The gods are featured with their traditional attributes and mounts. Vishnu has four arms …
Bas-Relief in Angkor Wat

Krishna & the Demon King

The eastern section of the north gallery shows Vishnu incarnated as Krishna riding a garuda. He confronts a burning walled city, the residence of Bana, the demon king. The garuda puts out the fire and Bana is captur…
Arts & Crafts in Angkor Wat

Artisans Angkor

This is a small branch of the impressive Artisans Angkor initiative to revitalise the handicraft industry around Siem Reap and Angkor. Prices are high compared with local markets, but it is mercifully air-conditione…
Barbecue in Angkor Wat

Chez Sophea

Chez Sophea offers barbecued meats and fish, accompanied by a cracking homemade salad, but prices are high compared with the neighbours. It is an atmospheric option for dinner, as all the other eateries are closed i…
Cafe in Angkor Wat

Angkor Cafe

A handy branch of Blue Pumpkin just outside Angkor Wat turns out sandwiches, salads and ice creams, as well as divine fruit shakes, all to take away if required. It gets very busy with tour groups at lunchtime.