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5 history facts about Angkor Wat

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.

What does it mean?

What does it mean?

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.

Would you look at the size of it!

Would you look at the size of it!

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!

Architecture

Architecture

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.

Interior

Interior

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.

The temple today

The temple today

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.

Our insider tips

Do I need to hire a guide?

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.

How much does entrance cost?

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!

Keep your pass with you at all times

You will be asked to show your visitors pass at many different points in the complex, so keep it handy at all times!

Good to know

  • 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

Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 1,815 reviews

Great tour, great organisation, great guide!!

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)

Siem Reap: Full-Day Small Group Temples Tour Reviewed by

Great day out and impressive tour guide.

We really enjoyed this tour, we were collected from our accommodation promptly and dropped back after the tour which was really handy. Lign from Journey Cambodia and his driver were really hospitable and made sure we were looked after. The minivan had great aircon which we really appreciated after touring the temples in the scorching sun! We were provided with plenty of cold water and wipes throughout the day too. We visited the three main temples of Bayon, Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat and Mr. Lign was an excellent guide, he really knew his stuff and provided us with great facts about each temple. He also knew the best times to visit each place before it got too busy which was great! Would definitely recommend booking with Lign on this tour as its the best way to get around the complex and he was a lovely guide.

Siem Reap: Full-Day Small Group Temples Tour Reviewed by

Intelligent guide and interesting tour on full-day of sightseeing

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.

Angkor Wat Full-Day Sunrise Tour Reviewed by

Very good with an excellent driver, Chilli

We had the Jeep with driver from 8:00 am to 6:00pm. We managed to visit 7 temples in the area and due to the drivers knowledge we entered from different entrances them the main tourists. All in all a great day. We had bought our tickets to the temples separately online, so we didn’t have to stand in line in the morning at the entrance, these tickets were delivered to our Hotel the night before.

Angkor Wat: Vintage Jeep Tour with Driver Reviewed by

Awesome tour, helpful guide, helped us get great photos!

The tour was extremely professional! Picked us right on time from our hotel, we arrived in time to get amazing sunrise photos, we cycled through the angkor wat complex and were able to see so much more on bikes! Great equipment, great meals, great guides, great tour! Highly recommended!

Angkor Wat Sunrise 9-Hour Bike Tour Reviewed by

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