Roluos Temples
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Philo P
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
For me, the Rolous Temples are an underrated scenery! We were beginning our temple tour here, as the Rolous Temples are considerably older than the very well-known sites around Siem Reap. Because of this they depict the very beginning of Khmer art and architecture, which is fascinating.

Even though it is an impressive site, it is so much less crowded than all the other temples so you can just come here to relax, read a book and enjoy the magical vibe of this ancient old kingdom. :)

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Written 11 November 2023
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bladdamasta
Manly, Australia1,009 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
So glad that I made the effort to get out to the Roluos Temple. Half an hour in a tuk-tuk from the centre of Siem Reap. Do Lolei first, then Preah Ko and finally Bakong. The scale just increases and Bakong is absolutely wonderful.

I rated it better than Bayon, because you could climb to the top.

Amazing to think these were made in 827.

I was on my own at Lolei - other than a couple of supervisors. You are in a grassy field. Very easy access.

Preah Ko is grander, with some interesting stone cows at the front. Two of the six towers were under significant scaffolding.

Bakong is just incredible. At least five levels that you can ascend get right up the top. There was a very friendly and caring supervisor at the top. As I huffed, puffed and gasped when I reached the top she suggested I sit down! It was very warm and taking water is an idea. The perspective from the peak is amazing. The elephants on the corners are very cool.

I rated this a better experience than Bayon because of the greater access and fewer crowds. It really is worth the effort. My round trip was 2 and a bit hours and worth every minute.
Written 23 May 2024
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travel-till-I-drop
Tucson, AZ159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Solo
The Roluos group of temples near Siem Reap is greatly overshadowed by its imposing neighbours at Angkor Wat but they do merit a visit for several reasons. The ticket to visit the temples includes admission to these temples. Most tourists go to Angkor on two days but the third day of the ticket can provide you with a lovely detour.

The Roluos group of temples are in 3 sites within a 1/2 hour radius of Siem Reap. Rent a tuktuk for the afternoon and you will head out in a different direction than Angkor. The roads to each temple group are well paved (relatively speaking) and pass through small, interesting villages. En route, you will see fisherman at work in flooded paddies and channels, school kids bicycling along, village wedding celebrations and prayer ceremonies.

Each temple site seemed to appear out of nowhere. Unlike Angkor Wat, there was no parade of buses, tuktuks and cars, just my tuktuk driver and me going along a country lane. It was such a pleasure to be among, at most, a handful of people exploring the sites.

Two of the temples had active monasteries off to the side and it was interesting to have the ancient and contemporary context juxtaposed. A village primary school was next to the entrance at the base of one temple and I had the opportunity to talk with the monk instructor and interact in English with some of the children.

My driver was amenable to making a stop at the bustling Siem Reap market so that I could wander there for awhile. We also stopped to watch the fishermen with their nets and basket traps - we went down to the flooded field and had a chance to watch the process up close.

Certainly Angkor Wat is the reason to go to Siem Reap but Roluos Group will reward your effort greatly. Historically they are the antecedents to the mighty Angkor era and what remains still speaks on an emotional and spiritual level.
Written 24 January 2014
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Will H
Singapore, Singapore24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Arrived in tuk tuk and could not gain entry, was under the assumption that this was seperate from Angkor Wat temples. It looked worth a visit
Written 1 April 2013
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AnnabelleLam
Kuala Lumpur53 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Couples
I prefer the temples at the main Siem Reap Angkor area than these 3 as we visited these 3 at the very last day of our tour. Would have appreciated it more if we have done this during the earlier part of the tour. You could give this a miss if you do not have enough time or when you want to spend more time on temples like Bayon, Angkor and the Ta temples.
Written 1 January 2012
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Dan Maarek
Tel Aviv, Israel16,000 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
As I have seen (and reviewed) them all I would strongly recommend to make the 1 hour trip to see the Roluos group and Bakong Temple.
This is an incredible Temple, not as big as Angkor nor surreal as Bayon and its faces protruding from the walls, but I'd dare to say more beautiful than Ta Prohm (liquid trees)

Bakong is a big high square structure, rather well preserved, with gardens ans ponds around and as it is almost deserted by tourists, the atmosphere is unique.

Preah Ko is much smaller and you will see it no matter what as it is right on your way to Bakong, so I gather you'll stop by it and spend some time there.

Lolei you'd better skip as there is not much to see and the drive back to Siam Reap is still another long hour (with no AC if by tuktuk)
Written 21 October 2019
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Mawa N
Siem Reap, Cambodia600 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2011
The temple show the originality of the site. Build from combination of brick and sandstone. Few visitor here and the best time to visit is either in the morning of afternoon.
Written 13 June 2012
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CodyMav
Gold Coast, Australia27,281 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Solo
This complex of temples is a short drive east of Siem Reap, and very worthwhile making the effort.

I especially enjoyed Preah Ko with it's still in tact stucco, and Bakong for its compact yet feature-full layout.

Not too crowded, and very rewarding
Written 10 February 2018
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ZenDark30
Portland, OR4,285 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018
By far, a favorite among temple touring. Appreciating the road less traveled, we enjoyed bicycling the 10 miles on back roads to the Roulous Group. Like other temples, it’s actually a complex of temples including Presat Prei Monti, Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei.

Our route took us on dirt roads along small villages. We cycled alongside school children encounter to class and water buffalo cooling themselves in wetlands.

It is said that these ruins are some of the earliest permanent structures built by Khmer and mark the beginning of Khmer civilization. Apparently they date from the late 9th century compared to Angkor Wat dominance in the 12th century. The way the bricks are layered and color of sandstone were clues for our novice archaeology knowledge.

Getting here, was half the fun and adventure. The guidebooks say it’s far from town, which is true if you consider 10 miles far. For us, mapping out the back roads assured us an interesting experience. Unless the roads are muddy, getting here via tuk tuk, motorbike, or bicycle is easily manageable. No need to invest in quad.

Adventurous Advice
* Be adventurous and free. Use technology for a self-guided independent experience.
* Rent a good mountain bike especially if you plan on riding 3-4 hours a day. We suggest Aing Kimsan. It’s near the night market.
* Pass is required. Make sure you have it available.
* Presat Prei Monti is pretty primitive and off the beaten track. A pleasant reprieve from others.

Written 9 February 2018
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brandasa
Centerville, OH1,342 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2014 • Couples
From the time we left town till we returned took two hours. I think it was time and money ($10) well spent to go. These predate Angkor Wat and have a lot different look to them. Lo Pei, has a working temple that is worth taking a look in.
Written 2 July 2014
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