An exhilarating way to see the Angkor area is from the air. Although over-flying of the temples is not permitted, you can still get a wonderful overview by balloon, helicopter or microlight. Angkor passes are not required for any of these aerial excursions.

If you’re on a restricted budget the cheapest option is from the gondola of a tethered helium balloon ($15 per person, children $7.50, for 10min) located between the airport and Angkor Wat (t011/886789 or t012/520810, [email protected]). Weather permitting the balloon ascends to 200 metres around 30 times per day carrying 30 passengers at a time, from where there’s a bird’s-eye view of Angkor Wat and nearby temples. Helicopter trips start at $90 per person for a thrilling eight minutes viewing the Angkor Wat area with Helistar Cambodia (t088/888 0017 or t012/449555, w who fly from Siem Reap’s airport. Longer (more expensive) flights can be arranged over the Tonle Sap, Kulen hills and so on. Most exciting of all though are SkyVenture’s microlight trips (t077/602912 or t017/678533, w; flights start at $45 per person for 15 minutes around the areas of Roluos and Bakong temples, or consider a $145 “see it all” hour’s trip.

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