Travel Photo: Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Angkor Wat Temple in the Siem Reap Province of Cambodia is a gorgeous example of Khmer architecture. It was built in the 12th century and is the only temple in the area that has seen consistent use since it was built. It is a large complex spanning over 500 acres.

It has become a major tourist destination in Southeast Asia and is the number one tourist destination in Cambodia. It’s located around 6 kilometers from the town of Siem Reap and passes are required to enter the Angkor area. They are on sale at the front gate for 1-day ($20), 3-day ($40), or 7-day ($60) intervals. The 3-day pass is valid for any 3 days within a week, while the 7-day pass is valid for any 7 days within a month.

When we were there we hired a tuk tuk driver in Siem Reap (imagine a scooter pulling a modified 2 seater cart) for around $10 a day that drove us to Angkor Wat and the surrounding areas. There are tons of other temples and ruins scattered around the countryside in that area.  There are also a lot of scams in the area so be mindful of overly good deals.

Here’s a travel tip: If you’re brave enough to cross the Thailand/Cambodia border on your own, you can get a taxi to take you to Siem Reap. The cost was only a few dollars more than the bus but we passed a few slow buses on our trip. The taxi can do the trip in under a few hours compared to the bus which can take as many as five. When we were there, the road was horrendous however I’ve heard that it’s a lot better now. There a lot of touts at the border however the best way to deal with them is to completely ignore them.

7 Responses

  1. Simon P

    Looks like you were there on a lovely day. When I visited Angkor Wat it was a really hazy day, which was extra disappointing considering we hauled ourselves out of bed early to catch the sun rise!

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    • Micki Kosman

      :) I feel your pain. We’re late risers, so getting out of bed early to be disappointed is not fun.

      Angkor was an amazing place. We spent three days wandering around some of the more remote ruins. We were the only people at some of them (maybe the only people crazy enough to go visit in the heat of the afternoon). Closest I may ever get to feeling like Indiana Jones…

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  2. Emma

    I am going to Cambodia on September this year. Besides Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam are also listed to be visited. But still I have a question about a hotel you might have seen during your visit in Siem Reap. I booked the following hotel: Tara Angkor Hotel. You know if it is a good hotel? I heard good stories about it. What are the best attractions to visit in Siem Reap and in the surrounding?

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    • Charles Kosman

      It’s been a few years since we’ve been to Cambodia Emma so not sure any of our hotel recommendations would still be viable. I know there’s a lot of newer hotels as well so you’re better off trusting Tripadvisor or booking.com. From those reviews it looks a lot nicer than any place we stayed at while we toured the ruins!

      Grab yourself a 3 day pass and find yourself a decent tuk tuk driver to take you to the farther ruins and for a drive in some of the outlying villages. If you’re up for it consider renting a bike and checking out Angkor Wat on your own. There’s a lot to see and do so a lot depends on your time and budget. A few temples I would strongly suggest you check out besides Angkor Wat itself are Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom and of course Ta Prohm just to see the amazing tree. The Banteay Srei temple is farther out of Siem Reap but has a very different feel than a lot of the others.

      Have fun Emma. We loved our time in Cambodia and hope to make it back there sooner or later!

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  3. Emma

    Dear Charles,

    Thank you for your response. The 3 day pass is a very good tip. For the transportation part I will inform my friends, who are going with me. Are there any different attractions than the temples itself? Can you recommend a few fancy restaurants? I want to celebrate my birthday then.

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  4. Lisa

    Hello Emma,

    I read your message and wanted to help you, because I have been in Siem Reap a lot of times. The Tara Angkor hotel is a beautiful hotel and is ideally and conveniently located, Tara Angkor Hotel is situated only 6 km from the Angkor Wat Temples, 15 min drive from the Siem Reap International Airport, a few minutes stroll to the Angkor National Museum and a short ride to the city town center with an array of Cambodian souvenirs, shopping and culture. They have a few promotions that you can make use of if you haven’t booked already: Last minute bookings, summer sales, early bird promotion or Angkor temptations. Of course there are a lot more, but have a look at their website. It is not that far to the Angkor temples that I would advise you to see for sure.

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  5. Shereen

    Although this was posted a while back I still wanted to comment. I’m going to visit Angkor Wat next summer. I’m only in Cambodia for a short time. Any tips on making the most out of it? Also any suggestions on foods to try.

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