Angkor Wat Travel Guide

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    Dancers at Angkor Wat
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Angkor Wat Highlights

  • Pro
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     One of the 7 Wonders of the World, amazing cultural experiences 

  • Con
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     Ubiquitous Saleskids, Poverty, Almost Unbearable Heat, Dust. 

  • In a nutshell
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     A thousand years of history in one park, go quickly 

Angkor Wat Things to Do

  • Sunset at Bakheng Hill

    The Hill of Phnom Bakheng is the crowd magnet for the end of the day. After a tiring day of dodging the sun in leafy surrounding amongst crumbling temples now is the time go up a mile in order to face it. For some reason sunsets and sunrises have become the things to do in all sorts of locations around the Earth from Machu Picchu to Borobudur. As...

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  • Angkor Wat

    The actual Angkor Wat temple complex itself (which is only one of many in the park,) is amazing. Built early - mid 12th century C.E. by Srryavarman 11 as a Hindu temple. This temple complex is breathtaking with it's three tiered pyramid, topped with 5 towers.

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  • Ta Phrom

    This is a very popular temple and it can get very busy,so advisable that you get there as early as possible.We arrived by 9am and there were already large queues waiting to enter.The remains of the temple have been overtaken by the massive trees and their large roots which penetrate the ruins.The trees tower over the ruins which at least give you...

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Angkor Wat Restaurants

  • Draft beer and pizza

    This place is cozy and the food is cheap but delicious. I ordered pizza and they gave me a generous serving of hot and cheesy pizza with seafood toppings. The draft beer was likewise great. Pizza

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  • Energy fillers between those temple...

    The food here was delicious, I ate chicken and it was tasty and could truly fill your empty stomachs. Fried cashew nuts with chicken coupled with a coconut drink

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  • Apsara dancing

    This is a buffet restaurant. It has a large hotel type dining area and a stage where the apsara dancing is performed. You have to be seated in front if you want a good view of the dancers. The food are nice especially the chicken and the vegetables. Im not particularly fond of other Khmer cuisines but I think they still taste good. The price per...

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Angkor Wat Nightlife

  • Dinner places

    We discovered this place on our second day as we stroll along the old market. It consisted of lines of restaurants and bars which cater to most tourists around. The price of the beer are somewhat standard .5$ and the food are reasonably competitive among the restaurants here. We ate at Pub Food Place, which served us a generous amount of pizza,...

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  • Cambodian Buffet and Theater

    At the time we visited in 1998, there were few upscale hotels in Siem Reab except the French colonial era Angkor Hotel. I understand that a new building opened after we left, but the show appears to be the same production. In the evening, there's a buffet of fine Khmer cuisine, and then a classical dance/theater production, accompanied by a full...

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  • Perfect picture opportunity

    Not quite a nightlife tip but more of a sunset tip and that is to try and time a visit or at least to pass by Angkor Wat when the sun starts to set. As it faces west it offers a perfect photo opportunity and shouldn't be missed.

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Angkor Wat Transportation

  • cycle around Angkor Wat

    I found the best way to visit Angkor Wat was to rent a bicycle and ride out to the ruins before 7am. Yes, it is hot, yes, it is hard work, but with your guidebook in hand and good planning the night before i think it is far better than tuk-tuks, elephants etc. The info in your guidebook will tell you the history as well as the signs scattered...

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  • Tuktuk vs Cab: Tuktuk still the best!

    Getting around the Angkor Temples by riding a tuktuk gives you a unique experience and great view of the surroundings. Tuktuk can take you anywhere even for farther temples such as the Rolous Group, Bateay Samrei or Pre Rup, and Tonle Sap. And the best part is that its cheaper than taking a cab or a bus.

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  • Mekong Express

    We travelled from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap by bus. After much research we decided to take Mekong Express as it is the most reliable and safe bus from Ho Chi Minh at 21$. True enough we very much enjoyed the travel and the occasional stops, the bus assistant was very nice and accommodating to questions. The bus was comfortable, its neither too...

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Angkor Wat Shopping

  • Street children

    You will probably get approached by groups of small children, when you stop for food or outside temples. They are often full of character and can have a decent conversation with you in English. Try not to buy from them as you are creating a circle of dependency. If you want to help, give to charity or give them food or toys you don't need.. NEVER...

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  • wicker baskets and drums

    If you travel along the road from Pre Rup to the temple at Banteay Srei, you'll pass by some small villages with stalls that sell wicker baskets and drums that make ideal souvenirs.

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  • Quite persistent

    A common scene as you wander around the sights are children trying to sell souvenirs such as postcards as well as drinks, bracelets, scarf’s and such like. They're quite persistent, even bordering on annoying but at the same time they are quite sweet and only trying to make some money. I got chatting to a few of them when I had a little something...

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Angkor Wat Local Customs

  • Locals

    The temples at Angkor are spread over a huge area of some 400 square kilometres and the area is home to many villages so you get a chance to see some everyday country life. This is best encountered when you travel to some of the temples that are further afield from Angkor Wat such as Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre where you see women working in the...

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  • Destination for Monks and Nuns Too

    Angkor Wat is not just a destination for tourists. Many monks and nuns visit also, although it is probably more like a pilgrimage for them. I noticed that one group of monks had a licensed guide with them.

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  • Prayer Stone Piles

    I have seen these little piles of stones in many parts of Asia. They are built with small stones, the larger ones on the bottom with smaller ones at the top. The number of stones varies but is usually at least three. I believe it is a Buddhist custom which is done to say "I was here and made a prayer or wish." They are probably a miniature...

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Angkor Wat Warnings and Dangers

  • Trekking off the path

    Honestly I cannot speak for the trekking opportunity, but as for the mines, the area around Siem Reap and Angkor Wat is publicized as clean, but they still highly recommend that you do not go off the established paths. I don’t want to rain on your parade, but I would look much deeper into reliable sources before going out in the jungle on your own....

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  • Take water

    Make sure you take water with you when exploring the temple complexYou walk a long way and climb many steps. With the heat you are going to need the water or suffer the consequences.You can buy water there, but it is more expensive than buying it in Siem reap.

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  • ALWAYS CARRY PLENTY OF FRESH WATER

    When visiting this vast complex area of ANGKOR WAT , make sure that you ALWAYS carry plenty of bottled fresh drinking water .Due to the Extreme Temperatures that you will encounter here make sure that you have sufficient for your needs...Most of the temples and various sites are well off the road and you will do a lot of walking/ hiking to reach...

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Angkor Wat Tourist Traps

  • Average food pricing

    As I'm from Malaysia, and with the US$ not to M'sian advantages in Mar'09, The price of avg food in Siem Riep is actually worst than KL!!Normal fried rice is at US$1.50 at non aircon small restaurants & at dirty wet market it's much cheaper at US$1.However those restaurants at the floating village or even at Sras Slang is overpriced at US$4/plate!!...

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  • Bargain and Don't be fooled...

    They are smart! and don't be fooled! I traveled with my family and we're from Malaysia. You can't afford to buy in US, they'll even accept Malaysian Ringgit! and to the right conversion. How they knew we were Malaysians, beats me. We spoke to each other in English... gosh! Also, we were bombarded by a group of kids, all not more than 10 years old,...

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  • Phnom Bakheng - Sunset

    The sunsets from Phnom Bakheng are supposed to be the best in Angkor Wat. My first sunset was cloudy, but my second was very beautiful. Even more entertaining than the sunset, however, is the mass of people that flock here to watch the sun. It seems like every tourist in Cambodia has joined you on this hill at this very minute.Unfortunately the...

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Angkor Wat What to Pack

  • Food for the monkeys

    There are lots of cute hungry monkeys around so spare a few bananas and you can get all the shots you want. Also remember to bring plenty of water for yourself.

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  • Free (and legal) guidebook to the...

    http://www.theangkorguide.com/This is probably the best guide for the Khymer temples near Siem Reap, and the best news is that it is free. Just download it from the above link, at it's totally legal. It is the English translation of Maurice Glaize's 1944 book.

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  • Lonely Planet - Cambodia guide

    Lonely Planet - Cambodia guide. Local kids may offer you good price for it, but they aren't original. Pics & printing aren't clear & you can't possibly make the guide book as collectible item.

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Angkor Wat Off The Beaten Path

  • Bakong III - Rolous Group

    Surrounding the central temple are eight brick and sandstone towers, many of which are still covered with their original plasterwork. The remains were reclaimed from the encroaching jungle from which the new monastery was built.

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  • Bakong II - Rolous Group

    Originally surrounded by a moat, the temple is a five-tiered affair, with carvings of elephants (some still standing) on the corners of the lower three levels.Equally impressive as the elephants are the lion statues, to be found at the base of the main stairwell leading up to the central sanctuary at the top.

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  • Bakong - Rolous Group

    Bakong is the biggest of the Rolous Group monuments, with an active Buddhist monastery on the site.Built and dedicated to Shiva around 900 AD, Bakong served as the central temple. The sandstone central pyramid is some 60 metres square at its base, so a significant construction of its time.

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Angkor Wat Sports & Outdoors

  • Angkor Wat International Half Marathon

    This run is usually held in December annually. Check the official website for details. Course: Specially established in Angkor Wat Ruins in front of the Central Sanctuary of Angkor Wat (Start & Finish Line). Passing Prasat Kravan - Banteay Kdei/ Srah Srang - Ta Prohm - Bayon - South Gate - Basie Cham Krong - Phnom Bakheng - Ta Phrom Kei - and back...

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  • In Raining Season

    From July to december, is raining season in Cambodia. During the raining season, South-Western strong wind blows mainly after noon time. The service may stop due to the strong wind. I found myself sweated a lot like after exercing your body right after the balloon ride. To me, this is an scary extreme sport rather than I coded it as 'Romantic...

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  • View from the Angkor Wat

    View from Angkor Wat to the yellow balloon. The ballon start to operate everyday from morning 06:30 until 19:00.

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Angkor Wat Favorites

  • Temple Entry Pass

    We visited Angkor Wat , Banteay Srei and Roluos Complex in Siem Reap, on 25 Dec 2013 until 1 Jan 2014.We booked a tour from Happy Angkor Tour and as soon we reached Siem Reap , we were brought to the Official ticket sales booths located at a checkpoint between the Siem Reap airport to the Angkor Complex. Told that there are other sales booths...

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  • Siem Riep

    Hi, Whatever the above 3 VT members said, are absolutely TRUE, believe me... You will just fall in love with the surroundings, and be lost in time. Singapore ? don't waste your time with places that are just competing to get you to part most of your money. Maybe go to Kuala Lumpur, Malacca or Penang in Malaysia - lovely cities !!! The evening...

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  • Angkor Complex Official Pass

    We visited Angkor Wat , Banteay Srei and Roluos Complex in Siem Reap, on 25 Dec 2013 until 1 Jan 2014.We booked a tour from Happy Angkor Tour and as soon we reached Siem Reap , we were brought to the Official ticket sales booths located at a checkpoint between the Siem Reap airport to the Angkor Complex. Told that there are other sales booths...

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