Angkor Wat Travel Guide

  • Angkor Wat
    by blueskyjohn
  • Angkor Wat
    by blueskyjohn
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Angkor Wat Things to Do

  • Angkor Wat

    You can`t miss it even if for some reason you have arrived here not because of it. The Temple creates a great impression from the beginning, when you see it from the distance, but it also have a lot of stunning details, like bas relief. There are tones of them and they are absolutely stunning, be attentive to them!

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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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  • Banteay Srei

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Almost near the foot of Kulen Mountains, Bantaey Srei stands with its mix pink sandtone and wood temples with exquisite decorative carvings which have miniature resemblance of other Angkor Temples. These decorations represents its name which translates to Citadel of Women/Beauty. These wonderful pieces of architecture was not a royal temple, but...

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Angkor Wat Restaurants

  • The Blue Pumpkinn

    We ended having lunch nearly every day: finding a place serving decent food, great fruit juices and with air conditioning was great at the middle of the day! We usually bought some pastries in their bakery to take away and eat later

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  • 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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Angkor Wat Nightlife

  • Apsara Theatre

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  • 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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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

  • Fight for position!

    May 2015: After experiences sunrise at Angkor Wat, I knew what to expected and planned accordingly. I was actually the first person here the morning I went for the sunrise! A group of American students were waiting outside the west gate because a sign states "open at sunrise." Of course everyone ignores this and it's obviously not enforced. I...

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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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  • 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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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

  • A local food market

    Yes... I'm an Asian Markets junkie... Photographer's heaven!Go as early as you can.****************************************VT said that this tip was not appearing in travel guides because it was too short. I do not agree that a minimum of 200 characters will always help other travelers more, especially when the tip is basically self-explanatory....

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  • Ta Pech - South Entrance

    The south entrance or "South Gate" is probably the least visited of all the gates to Angkor Wat. As with the other gates, you can access Ta Pech from the interior section of Angkor Wat or from the outer wall trail. I came upon it while hiking the outer wall trail. It is in relatively good shape. There is some alter items inside, more so than I have...

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  • Ta Loek - North Entrance

    The north entrance of Angkor Wat is rarely visited. It can be accessed from the interior courtyard of Angor Wat or along the outer wall trail. The "North Gate" is in relatively good condition. My first time at the wall I arrived just as a thunderstorm hit. There was a Buddhist Monk performing a ceremony with three younger monks and several Khmer...

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Angkor Wat Sports & Outdoors

  • The Outer Moat Trail

    The Angkor Wat moat is about three mile around. Charles De Gaulle road enters Angkor Wat area at the south side of the moat directly facing Ta Pech on the other side. Here you can turn left to go to the West entrance which the main entrance for Angkor Wat. If you turn right, the road follows the moat to the east side then turns away at the land...

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  • The Outer Wall Trail

    I haven't seen this trail really called anything. The explorer in me like to check out paths less taken. This is surely one of them. It could be that few people know it even exists. Most, probably have a limited time to visit all that Angkor Archeological Park has to offer, so don't seek out a trail such as this.I call it the Outer Wall Trail...

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  • 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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Angkor Wat Favorites

  • Temple Entry Pass

    There are 1 day, 3 day and 7 day passes to visit the complex. if you just want to take a quick look and not too interested in seeing all the temples and hearing about their history from a guide one day would be sufficient. If you want to take your time and have a pretty good looks at the temples that are centrally located the 3 day pass would be...

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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 TICKETS --- WHICH ONE IS FOR YOU...

    There are 1 day, 3 day and 7 day passes to visit the complex. if you just want to take a quick look and not too interested in seeing all the temples and hearing about their history from a guide one day would be sufficient. If you want to take your time and have a pretty good looks at the temples that are centrally located the 3 day pass would be...

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