The Secret Angkor Wat Treehouse

tree house angkor

To tell the truth I’m not really sure how secret this is but I’ve not met any other visitors to Angkor who have known about it. One previous visits to Angkor I never hung around for sunset not with a view of Angkor Wat anyway, this visit I had only opted for a day pass […]

Monday July 11 2011

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To tell the truth I’m not really sure how secret this is but I’ve not met any other visitors to Angkor who have known about it. One previous visits to Angkor I never hung around for sunset not with a view of Angkor Wat anyway, this visit I had only opted for a day pass but planned to finally see itat sunset. Apparently my karma is against me on this, while climbing around Takeo my pass fell out of my pocket. Good luck getting into Bakong without it.
Our Tuk Tuk took (hehe) pity and told us he knew somewhere different we could watch the sunset.

I could give you GPS cooridinates or stick a placemark on a Google Map for this but that would be too easy. Plus why would anyone give up a chance to draw a secret map in Microsoft Paint?

From the main entrance to Angkor Wat walk straight through to the rear entrance, walk across the earth causeway over the moat and turn left at the end of the causeway so you are walking with the moat on your left and treeline on your right, keep peeking into holes in the treeline and you will eventually find it. If you can’t, head back to the end of the causeway and ask one of the tuk tuk drivers who are no doubt having a snooze or chat with each other.

If you are afraid of heights this isn’t for you, it’s about 7-9 platforms up if I remember correctly. The constructions was pretty sturdy when I climbed it but make your own call about how safe it is. At the top the construction is covered in Khmer graffiti which makes me think this isn’t something a lot of foreigners find. The view isn’t spectacular, there is a very obscured view of Angkor Wat but you still get to see a sunset from a secret tree-top canopy which I think is an experience in itself.

I believe there may actually be a few of these tree-houses around the Angkor park, do you know of any others? Have I just broken a travelers code for secret places? Let me know what you think.

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Nice discovery!I would love to go there! Thanks for sharing that to us! ;)


travel and vacation destinationsJuly 23, 2012

This is a pretty discovery :)


AngelaJuly 14, 2011

I went to Angkor Wat a few summers ago, and it was fantastic! However this treehouse looks awesome I wish I’d known about it. What a great discovery! Hope your time in Cambodia was enjoyable!

-Emily (urbanadventurer.com/blog)


EmilyJuly 12, 2011

I’m going there the beginning of Aug with my boyfriend and will definitely check out the treehouse. Thanks for the tip!


YenJuly 12, 2011

Nice. I went there back in May with a few friends for the first time. Wish I’d known about it!


DaveJuly 11, 2011

“I could give you GPS cooridinates or stick a placemark on a Google Map for this but that would be too easy. Plus why would anyone give up a chance to draw a secret map in Microsoft Paint?”

So much better! There’s no sense of discovery if there’s no challenge. You’ll be pleased to know the treehouse is not visible on Bing or Google aerial imagery.

A friend and I once followed some bad directions to find an interesting remote section of the Great Wall. It was not in perfect shape, but not terrible. Good enough to still be the great wall, bad enough not to feel like a tourist facade. Impressive, interesting, and no one else around. Had the directions been easy, it wouldn’t have been as much fun. (Had they been impossible, it would have been frustrating and disappointing.)

“Have I just broken a travelers code for secret places?”

It’s a tough call. I get to enjoy knowing it’s out there, and maybe I’ll visit it one day, just once. If I do visit it, it will be less special because I won’t have discovered it myself, but I’m much more likely to see it now. But it hardly matters, since I wouldn’t climb it anyway. :)


SethJuly 11, 2011


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