Visiting the Angkor Temples

Angkor Wat

Essential information for planning your visit to the Angkor Archaeological Park.

Location

Around 6 km (5 miles) north of Siem Reap, the Angkor Archaeological Park is easily accessible by road.

You can hire a car, mini-van or tuk-tuk together with a driver and guide for the day or alternatively join a cycle tour.

Elephant rides around the temples have now been banned.

Admission Charges

Angkor Pass – 1 day US$37

Angkor pass – 3 day US$62

Angkor pass – 7 day US$72

Tickets must be bought at the official ticket centre open 4.30am – 5.30pm. Tickets bought elsewhere are not valid.

Tickets can be paid in cash (US Dollars, Cambodian Riel, Thai Baht, Euro) or by credit card.

Pictures are printed onto the tickets which are non-transferable or refundable.

Koh Ker temples and Phnom Kulen National Park are not included in the Angkor Pass.

Visiting Hours

Angkor Wat and Srah Srang are open from 5.00am-5.30pm to enable visitors to witness the sunrise.

Phnom Bakheng and Pre Rup are open 5.00am-7.00pm for sunrise and sunset viewing.

Other temples are open 7.30am-5.30pm

What to wear and bring

Lightweight long sleeve tops and long trousers or skirts are recommended. Tops must cover the shoulders and bottoms must go past the knees.

I would also make sure you have a hat or head covering of some sort.

Shoes need to be comfortable and suitable for walking.

Sunglasses, sun cream and insect repellent are also essentials. It is likely to very hot and there is little if any shade in some areas.

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Watching the sunrise over the temples is a magical sight. However you will need to leave your hotel in Siem Reap very early in the morning and you may be battling with hundreds of others all looking for that perfect picture opportunity.

I have found the sunrise to be a better photo opportunity as there is a bigger area suitable for getting those pictures.

A good guide is an excellent investment for the day.

They are inexpensive and will help you to avoid the crowds throughout the day, steering you the best places for that essential picture while also giving you the history about the temples.

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