While I enjoyed the smaller Rolous temple of Preah Ko more, Bakong was nevertheless quite beautiful and certainly very well preserved, considering its age. Its temple mountain architecture is most impressive; approaching Bakong from the bridge over the surrounding moat it is quite spectacular, with bougainvillea and other colorful flowering plants providing contrast to the gray sandstone of the main structure.
Being about 13km removed from the main Angkor temples means the crowds in Roluos are smaller, which is a plus, even if it means it takes a little longer to get to the area. It took us about 1/2 hour by tuk tuk, and it was a very pleasant drive with a few interesting sights along the way. I definitely recommend making the trip -- it's absolutely worth it.
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