Watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat and soak up the early morning atmosphere. Spend the rest of the day temple hopping with a professional local guide,…
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Top sights in Siem Reap
Angkor Wat is to Cambodia what the Taj Mahal is to India -- an historical site of such majesty that it draws visitors from all over the world. As the world's largest religious monument, there's a lot to discover. Here are some facts to get you started.
The name roughly translates to 'Temple City' or 'City of Temples', which gives you sense of the scale. Like any good ancient city, it's surrounded by a huge moat and high walls.
Built resemble the mythological Mt. Meru, the center of the universe, this place was always intended to be the temple of all temples. It's no wonder they made it so big!
The temple features a cluster of five lotus-reminiscent towers, called a "quincunx," and multiple levels linked together by steep staircases, colonnades, and wide courtyards.
The walls of the temple are intricately carved with Hindu "devatas" (deities) and depict scenes from Hindu scripture, as well as defining moments for the Khmer empire at the time.
After decades of neglect, Angor Wat has undergone serious restoration efforts with the help of foreign institutions, resulting in a steadily increasing number of visitors.
Given the massiveness of this site, and how much there is to learn about its very walls, it is highly advisable to find yourself a guide.
There are three types of passes available; 1 day pass ($37), 2 or 3 day pass ($62) or 1 week pass ($72). Make sure you specifiy which pass you would like so as not to be over-charged!
You will be asked to show your visitors pass at many different points in the complex, so keep it handy at all times!
- When should I visit?
- 5:00AM - 6:00PM
- Is it expensive?
- A single day pass costs around $37 USD
- Will I need a guide?
- Not necessary, but advised.
- How to get there
- From Siem Reap, the best option is to go in a private van. Taxis, tuktuks, and bikes can get you there too.
- Additional information
- Though it may be hot, remember to dress appropriately! The dresscode indicates no shorts or sleeveless tops.
What people are saying about Angkor Wat
We had taken a lot of time to research our trip to Angkor Wat and Siem Reap. Important to us was, Deep knowledge by a guide that would be with us. A suggested program over days, clear inclusions and exclusions. Transport via a comfortable, safe air-condition transport not a Tuk Tuk. Flexibility in the tour during the days if weather or circumstances of location or personal change. Tour company to include Transport and Guide as one package. Tours over 3 or 4 days offering. Cost competitive. After much comparison of Tuk Tuk drivers, established international brands offering tours, local tours and recommendations from friends we settled on "Get Your Guide".. Why? Great Tour Guide "Sar" and the only one 4 days for the same price as some of the 3 days. The itinerary was detailed and included a full description of the Tours. The 3-day pass was ideal, picked up the late afternoon and used for the sunset, perfect in this instance. We would suggest 4 days if time permits..
Our guide Noy was super nice, told us all about the history of the Angkor temples but also about Cambodian history and culture, and the site restoration. He answered all our questions and was very clear! The staff was also really nice and kept giving us water and fresh scented towels throughout the day. The program is focused on the three most famous temples (Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Prohm) but it is enough for one day as it takes about 1 to 1,5 hours to see each temple (even longer for Angkor Wat). I would definitely recommend the tour if you only have one day to visit the Angkor temples, or as a first day to discover the main temples, and go more independantly with a tuk tuk or bikes the other days. For lunch they to us to a really good restaurant, but a bit more expensive than what you find in town (about $10 for main + drink)
We booked a two days tour with Sarak to visit the temples around Siem Reap. We had our tour in the rainy season on Sept 18th and 19th with Sarak and a driver. It was a perfect experience, Sarak speaks very good English and is very knowledgable in the history of Cambodia and the temples. He did not overload us with information, but focused on the essential facts. We were lucky with the weather, it rained sometimes, but mostly when we were driving or gaving lunch. Sarak has a good camera and and excellent eye for good camera perspectives, which he shares very openly. We can only recommend to book a tour with him.
Scheduling this tour was easy and reasonably priced. The tour company was quick to confirm and arrange for pickup time and hotel location. There were only 5 of us which was great. The van was comfortable and had ac as well as chilled water bottles and towels. Our driver Mong was good and he always make sure that cold waters and cold towels our available once we are back in the van. Our tour guide Sok Chea was wonderful. He’s very knowledgeable and speaks English clearly and understandably. He knows where best location for good picture. He also help other tourists for the picture. I would highly recommend him.
Our guide Sam was very interesting and spoke great English, which he used to explain some background to the temples as well as the more modern and tragic history of Cambodia. The sites were great, and the bus was comfortable with cool water and towels which were needed. Wearing a skirt or shorts that just about reach your knees is fine for both sexes, jeans are a bad idea as there is a fair bit of walking involved. Comfortable shoes also highly recommended as the trails are dusty and rocky in some temples.