Watch the sunrise over the calm jungle that encloses Angkor Wat before visiting the major attractions in this sprawling temple complex. Let your…
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Angkor Wat is to Cambodia what the Taj Mahal is to India -- an historical site of such majesty that it draws visitors from all over the world. As the world's largest religious monument, there's a lot to discover. Here are some facts to get you started.
The name roughly translates to 'Temple City' or 'City of Temples', which gives you sense of the scale. Like any good ancient city, it's surrounded by a huge moat and high walls.
Built resemble the mythological Mt. Meru, the center of the universe, this place was always intended to be the temple of all temples. It's no wonder they made it so big!
The temple features a cluster of five lotus-reminiscent towers, called a "quincunx," and multiple levels linked together by steep staircases, colonnades, and wide courtyards.
The walls of the temple are intricately carved with Hindu "devatas" (deities) and depict scenes from Hindu scripture, as well as defining moments for the Khmer empire at the time.
After decades of neglect, Angor Wat has undergone serious restoration efforts with the help of foreign institutions, resulting in a steadily increasing number of visitors.
Given the massiveness of this site, and how much there is to learn about its very walls, it is highly advisable to find yourself a guide.
There are three types of passes avaliable; 1 day pass ($20), 2 or 3 day pass ($40) or 1 week pass ($60). Make sure you specifiy which pass you would like so as not to be over-charged!
You will be asked to show your visitors pass at many different points in the complex, so keep it handy at all times!
- When to visit5:00AM - 6:00PM
- What is the price?A single day pass costs around $20 USD
- Will I need a guide?Not necessary, but advised.
- How to get thereFrom Siem Reap, the best option is to go in a private van. Taxis, tuktuks, and bikes can get you there too.
- Additional tipsThough it may be hot, remember to dress appropriately! The dresscode indicates no shorts or sleeveless tops.
What People Are Saying About Angkor Wat
Rida (Pronounced Ree-da) was an AWESOME tour guide! He was able to discuss so much wonderful information about Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, and the various other small temples/palaces we visited. He also talked about the rich culture of Cambodia. He was extremely personable, cordial, engaging, and friendly. His English was very good, too.
We went to Angkor Wat, then Angkor Thom, then Ta Prohm, with breakfast and lunch stops along the way. Bun was a fantastic guide, and new a bunch of good spots we're we could still get great vantage points and photos and avoid the throngs of tourists. He was highly knowledgeable about each site and gave us plenty of fascinating information about each of the temples. All up it took about 8 hours with a 5am pickup. This was the best thing I've done in my 3-week trip to Cambodia. Also great value - I recommend it to everyone!
Thanks to our great guide Lot, a perfect organisation including breakfast, lunch and riding though lonely paths in the jungle, good places to see the sunrise and the beauty of the temples by avoiding the crowds, good quality bikes, a good blend of history and fun.. we could not have enjoyed it more. Highly recommended and wothwhile going up early!
Vy, our guide was fantastic. He knew every corner of angkor (a massive ancient city, so no mean feat), was accommodating to us and our 5 year old daughter. and was an extremely personable and professional guide. if you only have one day, i'd definitely recommend Vy and the team.
Our guide Chan was awesome. Informative, warm and a great photographer. Couldn't have asked for a better experience.