Temple Entry Pass, Angkor Wat
This is a once in a lifetime kind of experience and to just go for one day really does the Angkor ruins disservice. It’s true that $40 for a three-day pass is extortionate in terms of the local economy and worse yet, that most of the money will unlikely make it to temple restoration, but you can’t cheat yourself for these admitted good reasons. The area is vast and even with motorized transportation, you just need some time to soak it all in. If you buy the pass in the late afternoon, they let you go in for free that day as you have the next three days to explore. Also, the early morning and late afternoon light is best for photos and you can’t be everywhere at once if you just have the one day. So, shell out the money and enjoy it this one time. Our favorite was The Bayon, which we hit for both sunrise and sunset to check out the different hues.
Fondest memory: Rarely have I ever felt so free, especially on this latest tour of Southeast Asia, as when Mr. Tha cooked up his mean machine to what must have been something like 30 miles an hour. Man, we were whipping. Well, maybe not but the wind it generated more than made up for our slow travel times. In fact, it was often a bit of a anti-climax when we actually arrived at a temple and had to disembark from our own….personal….tuk-tuk. The only thing that made the heat bearable was we knew that as soon as we returned, good old Mr. Tha, perhaps fast asleep in his trusty vehicle, was waiting to whisk us away to another temple. And for that time at least, we would be cool and in good hands. No thoughts, no worries: not with Mr. Tha at the helm of our chariot of fire. (continued below in Fondest Memory)
The entrance pass are devided into 3 types, there are :
a) 1 Day for US$20 and
b) 2 Days to 4 D Days for US$40 and
c) 7 Days for US$60
A photo sized 3x4cm is needed.
Fondest memory: Free entrance to all attraction here in Angkor area after 17:00pm
Things in Cambodia can be very inexpensive if you barter and shop around. Lodging is as low as US$2 per night and meals are typically around US$3. So how much money should you bring?
There are several major expenses that travelers might forget when visiting Cambodia. Here are the big ones you must keep in mind when deciding your budget:
Tourist Visa: US$20
Visa Photo: US$3
Temple Pass: US$20 (1 day), US$40 (3 day), US$60 (1 week)
Transportation: US$7-15 per day
Hotel: US$5-15 per day
Tourist Exit Fee: US$25 paid at the airport
Three days in Cambodia, excluding food, water (it is hot so you will drink plenty!), and transportation to/from Cambodia will cost around US$150 per person! Plan accordingly.
Favorite thing: The Angkor passes themselves, come in 1, 3 and 5 day passes. Each goes up in $20 increments: 1 day = $20, 2 day = $40, 3 day = $60. For the seeing the essentials, you need the 3 day pass, MINIMUM. There is no way that you can see all of the main temples, except maybe at high speeds from the road, and get the full appreciation of the sites. The temples need time to be explored. The monks need to watched. The children need to be talked to. Don't pass the opportunity up, if you possible can.
Favorite thing: With the majesty of the temples at Angkor, you would expect people to try to exploit the site itself. And that is exactly what has happened. A petroleum company owns the rights for entrance fees to Angkor. You truly have to see Cambodia to see how poor this country is. Then, you come to Angkor and are charged $40 USD for a 3 day pass! Believe me, this is a LOT of money to the average Cambodian. But, it unfortuantely goes into the pockets of Cambodia's Haliburton.
You can buy a pass for one day (20 $) or three days(40 $).
When You buy Your tickets You need to have a photo because the pass is a plasticcard and its personal, they cut a hole in Your pass every day You enter the area (unfortunately the entrance fee enters in the pocket of a Petrol company, instead of those who are working with restauration of the different tempels).
I think that one day is enough if You not are a tempel maniac, the first day, You will see the most important tempels and You are very exausted after a day in the incredible heat, climbing at stairs. The second day feels like a very long transport among tempels that are not in the same shape as those from the first day. We did not go for the third day.
Fondest memory: It felt massive and religious when the sun sets while You are sitting outside the great Angkor Wat, exausted and happy that You finally made it - I have been here!
There are 3 different entry pass to the visitors:
- One day pass US$20
- Three days pass US$40
- A week pass US$60
[for three days and a week pass need 1 passphoto of the visitor and laminated]
Meanwhile the currency conventer USD1 = 4,000 riel [KHR]
The ticket for Angkor Wat consists in a general pass (valid for everything) for 1, 2/3 days (same price for 2 or for 3 days) or 1 week.
You buy the pass (bring a photo) at the main gate, on the way to Angkor Wat, and show it every time you are required to.
You'll need a pass to get into the ruins; they are checked at the main entry to the ruins (where you buy it) and at each individual site. There are 3 choices; $20 (US dollars) for a day, $40 for 3 days, and $60 for 7 days. This may seem expensive, but there are a *lot* of ruins; I feel that it was fair value for money, even though I was there for 5 days and splurged on the $60 dollar pass. You'll need a photo for a multi-day pass; they can take one when you buy, but it'll speed things up if you have a spare passport photo with you.
I'd guess that most people will go for the $40 dollar pass - you can see pretty much all you'd need to in 3 days. The $20 one-dayer is fine if it's just Angkor Wat, the Bayon and Ta Prohm you're interested in. As a bonus they seem to stop checking the tickets after 4pm so you should be able to get in for a sunset for free if you come late on your 1st day.
For those wishing to visit Angkor there are three options: the one day pass (20US$); the three day pass (40US$) and the six day pass (60US$).
Those passes are needed to enter any of the temples in and around Angkor and supervision is strict (no sneaking in).
They require a passport-photo, so you can't share them with a friend.
If you buy them in the evening they will be dated on the next day, so you can get one sunset for free.
Which one you buy will depend on your amount of time and interest in the sites, but one day in Angkor is definitely too short. Personally I found that the three day pass gave me enough time to see everything I wanted.
Do not lose your one-day pass. THey check it everytime you enter a new temple.
One day pass: -USD20
3-day pass - USD 45 and a photo i.d.
1-week pass - USD 60 and a photo i.d.
Fondest memory: Pounding my chest inside the echo room located in Ta Phrom or Angkor Wat.
Favorite thing: You must pay a fee to enter the temples. 1 day visit is $20. A 3 day pass costs $40. You get the pass just before you enter the park. You need to have a passport picture or they will take one of you there. You must show your pass to park employees when you are in there. There is a fine for not paying. Also after 4pm you can get in free.
Favorite thing: You will need to purchase an entry pass at the check point back on the main road between Siem Reap and Angkor Wat. $20 or 1 day $40 for 3 days or $60 for a 1 week Pass. These are enforced! You will be asked for it before entering many of the surrounding temples too. It is payable in US Currency. You may be aproached my other people trying to sell you a pass in town but there is a good chance that it is not real!! Or they inflate the price of the ticket. You will need 1 passport size photo also.
Fondest memory: The entrance fee to enter the Angkor Wat area is 20 USD for 1-day, 40 USD for 3 days and 60 USD for 7 days.
Favorite thing: The temple pass makes a great souvenir to keep. Don't lose it otherwise you won't be able to enter many of the temples.