Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat vs. the Temples of Bagan

If you're looking for the ultimate Asian adventure, we have some incredible tours on offer that will take you to iconic archaeological sites, will introduce you to new cultures and are bound to leave you with lasting memories. 

Have you always wanted to discover the magnificent temple complex of Cambodia? Considered one of the largest religious monuments in the entire world, it attracts almost 2.1 million visitors per year and is on the bucket lists of many people around the globe. 

Or, maybe you've dreamed of watching hot-air balloons rising majestically over the incredible temples of Bagan in Myanmar? Built between the 11th and 13th centuries, this sprawling site is home to the well-preserved remains of over 2,200 temples, pagodas and monasteries, and truly is a sight to behold. 

Which site should you visit? Read on...

Angkor Wat

Built: Between 1113 and 1150
UNESCO-listed: 1992
Size: The Angkor ruins stretch over more than 248 square miles
Material: Sandstone

Interesting information:

Its western orientation led many scholars to wonder if Angkor Wat existed as a tomb, as west is symbolically the direction of death. Additionally, the temple’s amazing bas-reliefs were designed to be viewed in an anticlockwise direction, a practice that has roots in ancient Hindu funerary rites.

Temples of Bagan

Built: Between 1057 and 1287
UNESCO-listed: Surprisingly, it still doesn’t have UNESCO status
Size: The ‘Bagan Archaeological Zone’ occupies an area of 26 square miles
Material: Wood and brick

Interesting information:

The location of the gilded Shwezigon Pagoda in Bagan, which we visit on this tour, was decided in an unusual way. It is said that a white elephant carrying the relics of Buddha was released by the Bagan emperor and it was announced that wherever the elephant stopped, this temple would be built.

Can't choose between them? Well, you're in luck... Both of these awe-inspiring sites feature on our Myanmar & Cambodia - Burmese Empires & Khmer Kingdoms tour, which departs much later this year in November. To book your place on this tour or to view the full itinerary, click here now.