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  • Jeetpal Singh B
    2 contributions
    East or West Mr Bunpheng is the Best !!
    One of the reasons tourism is so flourished in Cambodia is because of its tour guides. Me n my fiance had Mr Bunpheng as our tour guide for a one day private tour at Angkor Wat and he had all the qualities a tour guide should have,strong communication skills , good memory,enthusiastic, humor, outgoing, punctuality,passion for his city n nation , good sense of direction. Our sunrise experience was so surreal as we followed his instructions to start early. The whole trip was convenient , fun and safe. I highly recommend choosing him if you are planning to visit Angkor Wat , Siem Reap soon ✈️🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 4, 2023
  • Gabriela S
    Florham Park, New Jersey100 contributions
    A must see!
    This place is stunning. The amount of details that cover the complex is impressive. Every inch is covered in carvings and details. It is very large so be prepared for a very long day of walking in the heat. Make sure to bring a hat and plenty of water. If you wish to just explore around and get lost in the temple and overall grounds you don’t really need a guide. However if you wish to learn more highly recommend getting a guide. We ended up getting a guide the first day and doing as much as possible with him. The second day we did Angkor at sunrise and then explored the grounds again by ourselves. We covered the little things we missed the first day. If you are a woman just keep in mind that this is an active temple so no shoulders and covered knees. Make sure to bring a cover or a spare top/blouse to put on top.
    Visited November 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 5, 2023
  • Sabbir Malik
    Melbourne, Australia6 contributions
    Should not miss!
    It's a stunning place that you should not miss if you travel to Cambodia. We got recomendation from our hotel to have a drive, then the driver can wait for us within 2-3hours while we're visiting. When we buy ticket at the counter, we were recommended to have an online local guide and we took this offer. She was incredible. We got to know about general information as well as inspired the special architectures in carvings and details, they're so impressive.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 5, 2023
  • David C
    Silver Spring, Maryland12 contributions
    Angkor Wat with Pi
    Most impressive was seeing the sunrise over the wat. The temples were absolutely amazing. Also, I found it incredible how our guide, Pireak Chhut (Pi), was so knowledgeable and helpful. I highly recommend this tour as well as this particular guide. 👍
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 6, 2023
  • kevin b
    5 contributions
    Truly breathtaking place.
    As far as I am concerned this is one of the wonders of the world. It's a place that has always been on my bucket list. It didn't disappoint, we spent a whole day there but we could have easily gone back for more there is so much to see. Try to avoid the crowds and the heat, leave your hotel early.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 8, 2023
  • Chris F
    London, United Kingdom7 contributions
    Oh my goodness!
    This was one the the highlights of our trip around Cambodia and Vietnam. Words cannot express the awe I felt when walking around this place. It is simply stunning and should be the8th wonder of the World!
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 12, 2023
  • Santiago S
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin74 contributions
    Amazing Temple that is a must see for any visit to SE Asia
    Wat can I say about this temple that hasn't been said already? It's beyond incredible architecture and a beautiful site overall. Highly recommend visiting and make sure you hire a great guide like Long Lay who we hired who was AMAZING!
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 13, 2023
  • Ly Heang
    Siem Reap Province, Cambodia2 contributions
    One day tour with sunrise (our second visit)
    Jan 2023 This was our second trip to Angkor Wat and this was an unforgetful time. I saw so much in one day. We just did a quick one as we saw them once. We contacted Happy Angkor Wat Tour. SARUS Tour was quick to reply to our request Please contact this Happy Angkor Wat Tour. You can book it online or contact them directly. They have many excellent tour guides. Tip: SARUS co.Ltd
    Written March 14, 2023
  • helenandpaul13
    Worcester, United Kingdom1,637 contributions
    One of the finest places I have ever visited during my history of travelling
    I took an organised trip of the temples of Angkor Wat and this was the first place we visited. We arrived well before sunrise and after purchasing tickets, which cost $37 for a day pass, we were driven to the site. It was very dark when we arrived because if was about 5.30am. First we had to cross a man made walkway which is like standing on thick sponge. We made our way along the path to the site of the temple and stood some distance from it waiting for sunrise. There were lots of people in front all trying to get a spot where you can photograph the temple and catch its image in the water ahead. Once the light emerged there we all were snapping away, before we retreated a short distance so we could observe the sunrise over the horizon. As the sun came up the enormity of the site came into view. It is magnificent and I would have paid double just for this view. After further pictures our guide took us over the bridge to the temple entrance. We were shown wall carvings and other items and the guide gave us a description of how the site was initially a Hindu site which then transformed into a Buddhist temple. There are parts of the site where you can see the Hindu gold and others displaying the Buddhist red. After walking round the first level, we walked up towards level two where the guide gave us further details of the site. After that we were provided with the opportunity to head to the top level. Now access to this level is up about 45 very steep steps with a handrail at the side. People with a nervous disposition or those with walking difficulties may find access to this part tricky. Because, once you get up there you have to come back the same way down steep narrow stairs with only a handrail. In cold and wet weather, without sensible shoes this could be a nightmare. After some time on the top level the guide took us round the back of the second level where we could get more pictures and he also showed us the centre of the entire complex. There are ruins of empty pools and there was also a space for people to pray. We then made our way back over the bridge towards the entrance where we could get a clearer view of the man made walkway. You can run out of superlatives to describe this place and it's easy to understand why UNESCO made this a world heritage site. Visitors should just remember to dress respectfully as there are limits to what you can and cannot wear, have comfortable shoes on your feet and try not to have a fear of heights if you want to see the vastness of the site from the very top. In summary, the title of this review says it all. It's one of the most beautiful sites on the planet and worth every dollar. A great big thank you to the driver who kept us supplied with water bottles and to the guide, Sen Prourng, who gave detailed explanations of everything and took lots of pictures for us. We saw four temples in all. See my separate reviews on the places we visited on the tour. An unbelievable experience.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 19, 2023
  • Faguter73
    Sydney, Australia15 contributions
    Awe-inspiring and imposing monument to behold
    Its stately architecture is a testament to the grandeur of the Khmer Empire. From the intricate carvings and bas-reliefs to the towering spires and majestic galleries, every inch of this majestic temple is a marvel to behold. A visit to Angkor Wat is an experience that will stay with you forever.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 19, 2023
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Widey1979
Greater London, UK149 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We did a sunrise tour to AW via our hotel and neither of us were disappointed.

You can only purchase an access ticket at one place in town - $37/person which gives you access to all the temples. Get yours the night before so you don’t join the masses at 4:30 the morning of your tour.

Enter AW through the Western Gate and follow the masses who all congregate at the pond to the right of the main concourse. There’s an insane amount of rude Chinese/Korean peasant tourists that will literally step on you to get their perfect instagram shot. Quickly you’ll be ten deep with a plethora of phone screens lit up all around you jostling for space waiting for the sunrise over AW.

Avoid all of that.

Move yourself to the left of the main concourse towards the stalls area. Very few tourists around and you get a better view of the sunrise. You can also take advantage of either of the small structures each side of the concourse to get that better view.

AW is best seen early morning before the herd of Chinese mob the place or the sun scorched you to a crisp.

Get in early, do the small temple tour and get yourself back to your hotel pool by two and chuckle at the poor schmucks melting in the sunshine.
Written January 6, 2020
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Perfectionist Polly
London, UK120 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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CASEY
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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Maren H
Boston, MA195 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
We visited Angkor Wat twice once at sunrise around 6am and once in the morning around 10am. Is you visit it for sun raise expect many other people to join you. It’s like going to a concert. Be sure to bring plenty of water when you visit during the day because you will walk around in the sun a lot. The temple is well restored and you have the opportunity to climb the stairs to the top level, which was assumed to be the paradise when the temple was built. Bathrooms are available on site, but I wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone who has difficulties walking or needs a wheelchair. The temporary bridge over the lake is made of air filled plastic pieces which will make it hard to push a walker or use a cane.
Written February 17, 2020
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AnnaBananaPole
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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Isabelle F
Melbourne, Australia29 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
It’s difficult to give justice to the true beauty of Angkor Wat and surrounding temples. We stayed in Siem Reap for 3 nights but I would recommend 4 nights, time permitting, in order to truly experience the Angkor temples. With 3 teenage daughters we were worried that they wouldn’t appreciate the history of this unique area (knowing that very little reading on the temples would be undertaken). And so we decided to hire a guide and driver from the local tourist Centre to take us around Angkor over 2 days. It was one of the best decisions we could have made. Not only did Kia engage us all with the rich and wonderful history of Angkor Wat and the many other surrounding temples, he also knew exactly where to go at the best time of the day and how to avoid the worst of the tourist crowds. Angkor Wat at sunrise is a must, and make sure you stay on to look around when it’s a bit quieter as many tourist buses go back to their hotels for breakfast before coming back. I would highly recommend getting a local guide not only for that personal experience but also to support the local tourist industry.
Written January 25, 2020
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Adam & Fran
Orlando, FL21 contributions
Dec 2019
You get the option to visit Angkor Wat and surrounding temples for either a full day or two. We chose to do the one day and it was plenty of time to see all the temples we wanted to see. Walking up to Angkor Wat is simply breathtaking. You see pictures online and in magazines, but seeing its magnitude up front is even more magnificent.

We hired a local government guide (you can hire one right at the entrance as you're walking in) for the main temple, which is Angkor Wat, because it's so large and has so much history. We wanted to learn a little more about its origin that google might not know. This will cost you between $15-25(USD) if you negotiate. Be careful with others offering to be a guide for $5, they aren't government licensed. We were really glad to pay for the guide, even though we initially didn't plan on getting one. We learned so much about the city (Siem Reap) itself and about tiny details such as the carvings on walls. We had the added bonus of having an awesome guide who was excited to take really cool pictures of us during our long tour.

It is easy to stay at this temple for hours, there is simply SO much to see. I recommend comfy shoes, sunscreen, and plenty of water during your tour. One of the coolest experiences we had in our time in Asia for sure.
Written January 3, 2020
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TMOH8
Guildford, UK2,151 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Like every other visitor to Siem Reap we were always going to want to see Angkor Wat, ideally at sunrise. We did, I wouldn't have missed it, I took loads of photos but .....

Perhaps our experience was affect by visiting over Chinese Lunar New Year but the number of tourists was insane. We left our hotel at 4.30 (for a 6.00 sunrise) but even so, we initially struggled to find a spot with any space as the main temple area doesn't allow access until after sunrise.

Most people try to stand near to the pond on the right hand side of the main entrance walkway as that allows you to see the classic sunrise view of the five towers, reflected in the water. Even arriving at 5.00 it was already bedlam. Some people have no understanding of infringing personal space or quiet.

Fortunately our guide could see our disappointment and so walked us to the other side of the walkway, where you don't have the water reflection (they're currently excavating the pond) and can only see four towers but' more importantly to us, there were only a few people watching and waiting in silence. Even as the sun rose there was only two dozen.

After the sun has risen, and the crowd has moved on to the main site, then go to the other side of the walkway and take your 'reflection shot'.

Once inside the Wat, it's undoubtedly impressive. The carvings are incredible, the climbs to higher levels so vertiginous, but again too many people all seemingly unaware of their adverse affect on other people experience. Why do people have to stand right next to whatever the 'highlight' is. Move away and let other people take their shot without having a stranger in the view.

Of course you must go, of course it's impressive but, for me, there were two other temples that I enjoyed much more. Angkor Thom and my personal favourite, Banteay Srei.
Written January 30, 2020
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Loganfam
9 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
We went early before sunrise, arriving by 6am. This is a spectacular time to visit and also a much cooler temperature. It is a truly amazing temple complex and it is worth taking a guide who can explain the history and religion. It was my favourite of the temples we saw that day. If you have time to spread your itinerary out, I would advise getting a 2 (or more) day temple pass and seeing only two temples per day. We saw 5 in one day and it was very hot from mid morning to afternoon and slightly overwhelming for our kids who were starting to get temple overload! If doing it again, I’d chose 4 temples and do a morning and late afternoon visit over two days.
Written January 11, 2020
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robbie l
Poulsbo, WA45 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Everything you’ve read is true and it won’t compare to the real experience of seeing this temple. We booked a private tour through our hotel and had a remarkable guide, Dara ing. If you can request this guy, do it. He has a passion for the temple and history of Cambodia. He grew up in Siem Reap and will explain about all of the changes occurring in the last 20 years. Having a guide like Dara greatly enhanced our experience. We were at the temple by 9am and done by noon, and we felt this was enough time. We happened to visit on a Buddhist special day so we’re not allowed to tour the third (highest) level. There are 4 special days a month coinciding with the cycles of the moon so if going to the highest level is important to you inquire about this before you visit. Also suggest you tour early in the day as it can get very hot in the afternoon. Unlike the other temples we visited this one has a lot of in-tact roof which offers some shade, and we were also fortunate to have a breeze.

I am glad we visited this temple last, and reserved a morning just for this temple. If you visit this temple first the others may seem underwhelming.
Written February 16, 2020
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