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Angkor Archaeological Park
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Ranked #5 of 180 things to do in Siem Reap
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Home to Angkor Wat, one of the largest religious complexes in the world, and a stunning array of 9th to 13th century temples built by the kings of the Khmer Empire. The Angkor Archaeological Park is breathtaking, and still the principal draw for every visitor to Siem Reap.
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

There is just so much to see and do. Some of the smaller exhibits are great to visit and strangely if you are lucky you can view them almost alone - so many people just do the set trips and crowd round a few main temples.

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Reviewed December 1, 2012

This site is a must-see for any traveller. The sheer size of the park and the number of temples and other sights is mind-blowing. The art and architecture of the buildings is outstanding and well-preserved. The whole site is in a beautiful natural setting.

Thank Colin M
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

yes the tempels are great and impressive.i am very interested in history and really happy i had the opportunity to visit them. what ruins it that at every temple you stop you will have sellers and beggars even before you get out of the tuk tuk. kids selling postcards or other small things, or they beg "1 dollar, ok", sellers with t-shirts, scarfs...if you say no than they change to "you buy cold drink, you want food,...." and will sometimes run minutes at your side and don`t stop insisting, asking you why you dont buy. hell, i can not buy drinks, food, t-shirts, scarfs at every single temple. the worst is that sometimes you have them also inside the tempel areas which is really annoying. be aware of the "freelancer" - guides, for expample inside the bayon of angkor thom. they approach you with some friendly words and then try to show you the temple. if you want this agree on the price in advance, if not make it clear. the most funny cause was a guy who tried to sell me one of the copied guide books. he was so eager to showme the official price, 27$ but if i buy his its "only" 1000 thai-baht. yes the people are poor, yes they are desperate and for sure we tourists are rich compared to many people here. but at the second day i really began to loose my temper about all this selling and begging. there are other ways to make a difference then to buy from kids or honour their begging.

2  Thank jewel031
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

This is the catch all for all the individual temples contained within the park. While exhausting, it is worth doing both circuits and seeing all of the temples, as they all offer something unique.

Thank ramonjamon
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

Rather than write separate reviews for each of the individual temples, I'll include them in this overall review of the park. You probably know there's an inner and outer loop through this park that includes a number of temples and of course, you don't want to miss any of them! Real talk: if you only have a couple of days, prioritizing your "must see" temples is your best bet. Cambodia: it's hot and humid, and hiking through temples all day WILL take a toll on you. We had two days and wanted some variety, so here's what we did:

Take a private car out to the park at 4:45AM (I know; don't be a baby), pay for your 3-day pass at the gate, and then stake out a spot along the pools in front of Angkor Wat; you WILL need a tripod. Shoot the fantastic colors and reflections as the sun slowly makes its way to the horizon. Once the sun has lit up the area, you're done; unless you want to take pictures of the hundreds of other people that are crowding around the same spot.

Next, walk around to the rear of the temple and head in to explore Angkor Wat. Once you're finished, hop in your car and head to Sras Srang to eat breakfast; you can pack one or purchase some food from a vendor. When you're finished, head to Ta Prohm to explore the temple; don't be afraid to wander away from the groups of tourists just starting to arrive. After you finish exploring, you may want to consider grabbing a cold coconut from a vendor to help re-hydrate and make you feel fresh again; the Elephant Terrace and Banyan are next. It's late morning by now and the hordes of tourists are starting to flood into the temples; you'll have to navigate through them, but the shadows on the faces of the Banyan still look really nice at this time. Once finished, head back to Siem Reap for lunch and some AC recovery.

The remainder of the afternoon to sunset, you should take your private car to Tonle Sap and the floating village. There are fees for the trip (~$30 total) and a bit of a journey across the countryside and river to the lake, but we thought it was well worth it. You'll get to see the lifestyle of the villagers and you can even take a canoe tour through the floating village and water forest; well worth it. End the day with watching the sun set over Tonle Sap before you take the journey back to Siem Reap.

Take a private car out to the park at 5:00AM (I know; AGAIN) so you can watch the sun rise over Sras Srang. Explore the Bantaey Kdei temple after the light has risen and then have breakfast. Hop in your car and head to Beng Mealea for some really cool temple exploration; the earlier you get there, the more likely you'll avoid seeing other tourists. There are guides that will escort you through the temples because you'll have to climb through rubble and find your way through dark hallways; you'll actually feel like you're exploring the ruins. After your finished, you can greet the tour buses of people as you're leaving. Enjoy the countryside on the drive back and feel free to stop for some bamboo-steamed sticky rice and beans; they're quite tasty.

If you have an additional day, I'd say head back to the park to check out additional temples. Take your time, take advantage of the coconuts for hydration, and try to avoid the hordes; it's difficult, but doable...

17  Thank Don N
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