Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

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Hartlepool, UK94 contributions
Mar 2020
This place is simply unbelievable. Angkor Wat itself is absolutely huge and the number of temples in the wider area is staggering.
To get the most from your visit you must plan it in advance. We decided which temples were our 'must see' then planned an itinerary around it.
Day 1 Ta Prohm, Ta Nei, Angkor Thom - Victory Gate, Terrace of the Leper King, Terrace of the Elephants, Bayon
Day 2 Angkor Wat, Preah Khan, Ta Som

There is simply so much to do and see.

Transport - we arrived on the evening so got a Tuk Tuk into Siem Reach itself. Our driver was very accommodating and extremely cheap so we asked for a quote for his exclusive use over the following 2 days. We ended up giving him double what he asked for as was still good value for us. This gives you the freedom to decide which temples you want to visit and decide how long you want to stay. We toured the temples from early morning to early afternoon when it got too hot so we retired to the hotel pool.

We decided not to get up for sunrise at Angkor Wat but we still got some amazing photos as the sun was still rising so didn't feel we missed out

Only wish we'd decided to stay for an extra night
Written February 3, 2021
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Middlesbrough, UK450 contributions
Nov 2019
I would think that most people who stay in Siem Reap will visit Angkor Was and the other nearby temples. Many people get up for the early morning sunrise but we had a sleep in and got there about 10am missing the early masses. We booked a tuk tuk for the day through the hotel and told the driver which sites we wanted to visit rather than let him choose. On the way to the temples you stop off at a ticket office where you pay for the days temple entries. Angkor Wat itself is massive and there is a lot of walking and climbing to do if you want to properly explore the place. It was very hot when we visited but theres plenty of shade. Loads of great architecture if you're into that type of thing. Well worth the ticket price.
Written March 9, 2020
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The Outsider
Kampot, Cambodia25 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
This review is unlikely to be helpful to anyone. As expats living Cambodia we decided to take advantage of the cheap accommodation being offered in Siem Reap so we could visit the temples. Wow! What an experience. We got up early to watch the sunrise from outside the moat and only proceeded inside when it was light. Unlike millions of other visitors to this magnificent temple we were the only people there. We took up the offer of a guide $15 US who we warmed to. He took over 30 photos of us during the tour which lasted for about 2 hrs. We were blessed to say the least and the weather was perfect. I recommend visiting Angkor but try to keep your own eyes on the magnificent surroundings instead of through a screen or view finder. You'll get a lot more out of the trip if you let it sink in.
We also visited Bayon and Ta Prohm temples which were both other worldly. Best time to visit Angkor Wat - during a pandemic.
Written October 27, 2020
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Edmonton, Canada1,628 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We were told that there would be crowds, but I think we missed them in mid February. We were able to quickly access all areas of Angkor Wat and surrounding temples quickly and efficiently and we started our day at 7:30 am.

Please note, that you have to visit the ticket office in Siem Reap and the tickets are non transferable. We felt we could get everything done in one day and we felt we did. Buying the ticket will give you access to multiple temples in this area, they do check and the tickets are non transferable.

Recommendations for visit:

1) Arrange for a romboque (Tuk Tuk) driver to navigate the area. Our hotel helped arrange this and he took us to the ticket office, around 8 temples and to pub street in the late afternoon for $24 USD. From my understanding you can get this for 10 to 20 USD, but we felt we had a great driver.
2) Bring a good pair of shoes. There are lots of uneven surfaces and steep climbs. You are still able to descend steep wooden stairs to the top of Ankor Wat for now.
3) Put on sunblock and bring water. There is lots of sun and there are vendors outside the moat for water, but you will over pay in the Angkor Wat area for food/beverages.
4) Go to the Angkor Wat Museum in town before the visit. It costs $12 USD to visit the museum and we found we learned lots there about what we could see at Angkor and found the guides we overheard around us were giving information that we learned at the museum. I'm not sure on the exact cost of the guides, but I think if you want to skip the museum and still learn you could get a guide. Otherwise it is a pleasant visit with just admiring the architecture and styling.
5) Don't buy the books from adults or souvenirs from kids. The books have nice covers, but are poorly written and full of grammatical errors inside the park. They will offer to sell you them for $1, but they are did weight. As for the kids, a lot of them are unfortunately working for someone else for the most part. The kids are cute, but the more they sell the more likely they won't be in school.

Enjoy your visit!
Written February 18, 2020
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Glasgow, UK1,546 contributions
Mar 2020
My wife and I visited Siem Reap, as part of a 17day trip through Vietnam and Cambodia, where we were travelling with 10 other people. The tour was with G-Adventures and so the visit to Angkor Wat / Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm was prearranged by them, including a local guide to give us a high level of specific history and knowledge.

The entire experience is, without doubt, one of the most wonderful I have ever had on my travels. This review is specifically for Angkor Wat, though our trip included Ta Prohm and Angkor Thom / Bayon Temple, which I’ll review separately.

There is very little that I could write here, which has not been written many times before, so I’ll stick to personal experience and give advice based on that. I will also upload many photos from this visit.

The main points of advice I would give would be: Firstly, try to go with a guide, as the specific information they can provide is invaluable. Secondly, read as much information as you can before you visit, so you have an idea of the areas you wish to focus on. Thirdly, try, if you can, to get there well before sunrise, in order to benefit from the fabulous views across the lake, making for amazing photos of Angkor Wat reflected in the small lake as the sun rises behind the temple. Our group set off from the hotel at 04:00am to achieve this and, much as that might sound ridiculously early, it is worth it to beat the crowds and get a good spot for taking photos. Please feel free to check the photos I’ve posted for examples of those early views.
Written February 7, 2021
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Essex, UK222 contributions
Apr 2020 • Friends
Angkor Wat is probably considered the main temple to visit in Siem Reap and there is a reason for that. It is truly remarkable that there are places still like this in the world.

We got a tour guide whilst we were there and it cost around 20dollars. He was extremely nice and friendly and spoke fantastic English. He had a lot of knowledge on the temple and it was great walking around with him. He knew where to take the best pictures as well.

It is quite a walk of a day so for someone who isn't great for long walks this may not be the place for them but there are places to have a break.

You must cover your legs whilst you are here. Our Tuk Tuk driver took us to a place where we could get leggings for the temple, they will not let you in if your legs are on show. I would also recommend taking some water because it gets hot and there aren't shops inside the temple to get a drink.

The Buddhists there are amazing and getting blessed was a once in a lifetime experience.

I would recommend visiting this temple definitely as you will be amazed!
Written April 24, 2020
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Manchester, UK113 contributions
Feb 2020
Went here twice - for sunrise you want to get there around 5 and sit at the left pond as this is the best spot; however the left pond was currently under construction in feb 2020 and is closed. Would also recommend walking around this (and all other temples) in the mornings when the weather is nice and cool and there aren’t as many tourists. Extremely intense at 12pm when the sun is at its highest. Overall is a must see. Hire a tour guide if you want to learn some interesting facts at what your me staring at, we followed a couple round who hired one haha! SIDE NOTE - all the temples are extremely spaced out, you will be not be able to walk. Hire a tuk-tuk to take you around all day.
Written February 15, 2020
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia557 contributions
May 2022
Perfect time to visit post covid. With less crowd and better social distancing, this gave me ample opportunity to capture sunrise view from Angkor Wat. There are lots of history and story behind Angkor Wat. I would recommend one to engage local tour guide to bring you around as he shares stories of the construction of Angkor Wat. Try to complete the tour before 9 am as heat can be taxing here.
Written May 22, 2022
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Dr. Issa Abu-Dayyeh
Amman, Jordan2,959 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
This temple was built in the twelfth century to show off the power and glory of the Khmer empire, and it achieved its goal!

I suggest visiting this temple either at sunrise or early morning or sunset, as this can give you the chance to see the reflection of the domes on the surrounding water and also guarantee you moderate weather. Midday till 4 pm is very hot, and you will have to walk a bit on the open to reach the temple (around 10-20 minutes, depending on pace). So, if you decide to do it during this time, get a hat or umbrella and sunblock. Lots and lots of stairs to climb and between the rooms, and uneven grounds, so you need to have good knees and be in shape, you have been warned.

Transportation: I strongly recommend making a deal with a car or Tuk-Tuk to stay with you all day and transport you between the different temples. Prices are about 20$ and 40$, respectively for Tuk-Tuk and car. Do NOT pay a one way and have a car drop you there and leave, the complex is huge and big distances between the temples.

Get a lot of cold water and don’t forget to stay hydrated.

The temple itself is built on many levels, and paths you are allowed to walk in are clearly marked, so take you tour and enjoy all the detailed carvings on the wall, and the beautiful architecture.

This is by far the biggest and most impressive of all the temples in Angkor,it is not without a reason this temple is featured in the center of the Cambodian flag!

Highly recommended!

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Written January 9, 2020
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1 contribution
Jan 2020
Just want to share my experience with a good private driver to explore Angkor wat! His name is Khun Racheam. I was lucky to find him through some comment in blogs and able to book him 3 days (Jan 27-30). He confirmed me very quickly through email and no need to prepay. Due to my own hotel has car pick up so I met him on my next day at hotel entrance but he offer free airport pickup as well! The three days comfortable air conditioning Lexus RX300 is US$128. He is very patience and funny.
He kept tell us history background and offered us bottle of water and cold towels every time we back to car from temples! I make the right choice not use tuk tuk because it is too dusty and hot in Seam Reap! I think private car save us trouble and ended with very good memory!

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We also want to recommend a very nice restaurant called "New Leaf Eatery" near the old market with nice food at good price. Besides, a shop called Eric Raisina has unique nice handmade silk organza handbags which are expensive compare price in Cambodia.
Written February 12, 2020
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