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Run a Marathon at Angkor Wat

Best time to travel: August

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Buried deep in the Siem Reap jungle is the ancient city of Angkor. A treasure trove of surviving temples, the complex boasts the magnificent Angkor Wat - a true architectural masterpiece. It’s one of the largest religious monuments in the world, taking at least a full day to explore – so why not pick up the pace and run it?

Movement required
52,400 steps
Energy needed
3,429 calories
Distance to run
26.2 miles
Time to complete
4 - 5 hours
Calories equivalent to
11.2 plates of fish amok
Temple in Angkor Wat

The Angkor Empire Marathon

As the largest religious structure in the world, Angkor Wat is well deserving of its status as one of the “Seven Wonders of the World.” In fact, the incredible temple complex is so vast – spanning 400 sq. km – that there’s space for an annual marathon on its holy ground.

The 26-mile course runs through the impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor, passing by nearly 40 ancient temples, through flourishing Cambodian forests and past village rice fields.

The 6th ‘Khmer Empire Marathon’ will be taking place on 4th August 2019, and welcomes runners of all abilities, from across the globe. Get laced up for a race unlike any other.

Food: Fish Amok

Running a marathon is hungry work, especially in the tropical 30-degree Cambodian heat. To refuel post-race, tuck into a delicious serving of Fish Amok – a signature Cambodian yellow curry consisting of white fish gently cooked in a coconut sauce. Infused with turmeric, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, shallots and garlic, the fragrant dish is a real superfood blend, making it the perfect pick-me-up after your run. In true Cambodian style, it is usually served with a healthy portion of steamed rice.