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Angkor Wat & Siem Rap

Includes the Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom Temple Complexes, Other Area Temples & Sites, and Routes in Siem Reap

Angkor Wat is a colossal series of temples of ruins around the city of Angkor, which was the capital city of the Khmer empire between the 9th & 15th centuries. At one time, 1 million people lived there. Rediscovered in the 1840s, this ‘eighth wonder of the world’ receives some 2.5 million visitors annually. Those looking to run in Angkor Wat won’t be disappointed! It’s actually a great way to see this massive complex, which is spread over 20+ km of runnable roads and paths. A recommended way to do this is to hire a Tuktuk guide, who can help provide support and enable a run of a chosen distance. It’s easy to get away from the crowds and have a bucolic & memorable running experience.

There are numerous ways to mix and match the roads and paths in the area. We’ve provided one route focused on the main Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom complexes. We’ve also mapped the 25 km ‘Grand Circuit’, and the 17 km ‘Small Circuit’, both of which are runnable. In Siem Reap, which is where many visitors stay, there’s decent running along the Siem Reap River and around the Royal Independence Gardens.

Notes: Admission is required. The complexes open at 4:30 a.m., and it’s special (though crowded) to catch the sunrise. Also, it’s very hot and humid — plan & hydrate accordingly. Best to run with traffic, not against it.

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Climate is a factor when running in Angkor Wat & Siem Reap. It’s hot & humid year-round, with daytime highs above 30C (86F) in every month. Best to go early or late before sun is too strong, and hydrate accordingly! There are distinct wet and dry seasons. Note that during wet seasons, the paths & unpaved roads can get very muddy.

This is a huge visitor destination. There’s a vast array of accommodations in Siem Reap. For a run outside your door in Siem Reap, try to stay near the river or Royal Independence Gardens. There are some hotels near the west gate of Angkor Reap.


There are no dedicated running stores, but there’s an Adidas store and a couple of stores selling outdoor gear, where running clothes can be found. See the overview map.


There are no regularly scheduled group runs that we could find. But we do recommend hiring a tuk-tuk driver ($20-50 for a half day), who can provide support, and the ability to run part of one of the circuits, rather than the full loops, which involve quite a distance in the heat!

The Anantara Angkor Resort does have some options for guided running excursions.



See this site for some of the running events occurring in the Angkor Wat area.