Temple Entry Pass, Angkor Wat
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.
Tickets are required to enter the Angkor area. They are on sale to foreigners at the front gate for 1 (US$20), 3 (US$40), or 7 (US$60) consecutive days (Cambodians can enter for free). If you buy your ticket the evening before, you can enter the park after 5PM to view the sunset, after which the park closes. A photo is required for the 3 and 7 day passes. There is a provision for obtaining this photo for free but this can be time consuming at peak times in the day. Note that regular checks for the pass are performed at almost all ruin sites. So, do carry your pass with you at all times while visiting the ruins.
You can enter the park from 5 AM, and the temples themselves open at sunrise — as there are far fewer people there early in the morning and the sun isn't at full force. Arriving at the temples at 8 AM instead of 9 AM can make all the difference in staying one step ahead of the tour bus contingents.
Cambodia may be a third world country but the entry fees into Angkor Wat are first world prices!
A one day ticket or pass costs USD 20 and a 3 day pass costs USD 40. My advice would be to go for the 3 day pass as a day in the Angkor region is simply not enough! Please note that the 3 day pass can only be used on 3 consecutive days.
The passes can be purchased at the ticket booth which visitors have to pass through. The pass covers the temple of Bantaey Srei as well.
Please bring along a passport size photo of yourself as the staff at the ticket booth would paste your photo onto the pass and laminate it; it serves as a means of identification. If you don't have one at hand, the staff would be more than happy to take a picture of you with their camera. The only downside is your waiting time at the booth would be longer.
1 days =USD20, 3 days = USD40, 1 week = USD60
Don’t worry if you do not have a passport size photo. They will take the photo using a USB camera. (See picture). You will get your pass in a jiffy.
You are required to flash this pass at the entrance of most of the temple. No pass. No Entry.
Favorite thing: For the entry pass into Angkor Wat you will need to bring cash. I only got the one day pass which is $20 per person. The one good thing is that once you pay, it is good for the entire day, so if you want to leave the compound, take a siesta, and return you can do so freely, just make sure you don't lose your ticket. The entrance fee is suppose to go to help with the maintenance of the temple as well as to the people of Siem Reap.
Favorite thing: Since I was visiting the temple for several days I choose to purchase a pass instead of a ticket. The rate for a three day pass was US$ 40 and allowed access to all areas. It simply had to be displayed and showed to the control officers on demand. The pass can be purchased at the entrance points. I had a passport photo with me to make things easier.
Favorite thing: According to several sources I have read, as of July 1, 2009, the temple pass timeframes have changed. The $40US pass is now good for any 3 days in a 7-day period. The $60US pass is good for any 7 days in a 30-day period.
If you purchase your Angkor Pass for the next day at 5 pm in the evening, you can then go in to see the sunset using that pass. Just be carefull as they will try to stamp your Pass as you go in that evening. I had to say No No (with a smile) and show them the time on my watch - then it was o.k. My pass then got it's first stamp next morning.
Another thing, At the sunrise many organised tours instructed their passengers to be back at their bus by 7.45 (february). This was to bring them to breakfast. While it had become light by this time, and the passengers saw the dawn breaking which is good, the sun did not rise above the Angkor building until nearly 8am. By this time most of the crowd had left. It is well worth staying to see the sun actually come up over the building in all of it's glory. By taking your own Moto or Tuk Tuk you can dictate when is best to leave.
Unfortunately in february, as the light strengtened we saw a huge green canvas stretched over scaffolding where they were carrying out renovations to the front of the building - but it did not entirely spoil the view.
Favorite thing: Passes are required to enter the Angkor area. They are on sale at the front gate, on the main road from Siem Reap to Angkor Wat, for 1-day ($20), 3-day ($40), or 7-day ($60) intervals. The 3-day pass is valid for any 3 days within a week, while the 7-day pass is valid for any 7 days within a month. You will have a photograph taken and printed on your pass to make sure they are non-transferable as they have valid from and to dates on. Regular checks for the pass are performed at almost all sites within the park, so carry your pass with you at all times. See my transport tips about how to get around the temples.
Favorite thing: You need to buy your ticket for the temples yourself at the entrance. You can't miss as it is on the road from Siem Reap and there is only one road north. It costs $20 for a day $40 for 3 days and $60 for 7 days. It is not the cheapest, but it's definitely worth the money. If you are Cambodian it is free!
whether you are riding a tuk tuk, private car, tour van or tour bus, all of you must go down and have your picture taken at the ticket booth for your entrance pass to the Angkor Archeological Park (if you are in a tour package, no extra charge but if you are back packing then you will pay at the ticket counters). You must possess an admission pass (an 'Angkor Pass') to visit the temples and sites in the Angkor Archaeological Park. Passes may be purchased at the main entrance on the road to Angkor Wat.
Passes are sold in one-day ($20), three-day ($40) and seven-day ($60) blocks that must be used on consecutive days.
Visiting hours are 5:00AM - 6:00PM. Angkor Wat closes at 6:00PM, Banteay Srey closes at 5:00PM and Kbal Spean at 3:00PM. Always carry your ticket. It will be checked upon each park entry and at major temples. There is a significant fine (the price of a 1 week pass as penalty) for not possessing a valid ticket inside the park.
For those wishing to visit Angkor there are three options: the one day pass (20US$); 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.
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.
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.