There are a number of less visited temples in the main Angkor area that are easily accessible. They may not be as striking or as popular as some of the others but each one has its own personality. With fewer visitors, they provide a great place to enjoy a quiet walkthrough as you imagine life centuries ago and get some great photos - especially in the early morning as the light filters through the nearby forest of trees.
Here are four of the temples where I spent some time.
Built in the 12th century as a Buddhist temple under the reign of Jayavarman VII, Ta Nei is crumbling and in need of restoration. When I visited, there were only one or two other visitors climbing through the ruins. I loved walking through relatively by myself and alone in my thoughts. There were so many great photo ops with the large trees, the fallen stones, and the crumbling walls - especially in the early morning light.
Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon
These two temples are similar in style and are located directly across the road from each other. Both were built in the 11th to 12th centuries; however, Thommanon was built decades earlier than Chau Say Tevoda. I visited these recently restored temples, that are not very large, in the mid-morning and enjoyed seeing their original look and all of their designs.
This temple was built in the late 10th and early 11th centuries as a Hindu temple. It was the first to be constructed wholly with sandstone. I didn't feel there was a lot to see here. The stairs are steep and narrow. Climbing can be a little challenging.