Angkor Wat Travel Guide

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    Temple
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    Dancers at Angkor Wat
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    Along the walls
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Angkor Wat Things to Do

  • Angkor Wat

    So much has been written about Angkor Wat, but when i finally arrived there , even i was not prepared for this magnificent structure that was built centuries ago. Anyway, there are many reviews written here so i am just listing a few facts that you may not know. Angkor Wat is featured on the Cambodian flag, but the only other country with a...

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  • 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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  • Ta Phrom

    One of the most interesting temples in the complex is Ta Phrom, which has been left for the advancing jungle to merge with these ancient ruins. The temple was made famous in the movie Tomb Raiders starring Lara Croft, and one can still see many huge roots of trees clinging to the huge stones of the temple. Since my visit it has been announced...

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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

  • TEMPLES BY TUK-TUK

    At Siem Reap/ Angkor Wat there are always plenty of tuk-tuks available to show you around. The drivers may be young or old, male or female. Most of them are very knowledgeable and will be able to act as a guide too. Cost for a day --$15 and up.

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  • THE ELEPHANTS ARE WAITING FOR YOU

    There are no shortage of elephants when you enter the temple complex, which are waiting for the tourists to arrive and hopefully will be hired for sight-seeing. Although it is not my idea of exploring the temples there are many agencies who arrange this or you can arrange a ride at the...

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  • 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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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

  • CLIMB AT YOUR OWN RISK

    Be very careful as the steps leading up to the top of some temples are very narrow and very steep, often a gradient of 70 degrees. It is particularly dangerous in wet weather when the steps van be very slippery.

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  • Attack of the Drone!!!

    For those who have visited Angkor Wat in the early morning can appreciate the tranquility and the sounds of nature. The multitude of crickets and frogs is amazing. I have spent a lot of time in the outdoors camping in all kinds of areas and never have experienced such sounds.The morning I went to watch the sunrise, I walked around the outer wall of...

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  • 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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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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  • Monk and the iPad

    Not only I was fascinated with the stone carvings of Apsara women throughout the Angkor Wat complex. The monk in the photo took as many pictures as I did. What I found interesting was that the monk had an iPad Mini!

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