Visiting Angkor Wat: Your Complete Planning Guide

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Visiting Angkor Wat is something you’ll never forget. It’s a massive and impressive complex of scattered temples and wats. We’re here to be your Angkor Wat guide, giving everything you need to know about entrance fess, how to get to Angkor Wat and all the little details in between to help make your visit the best it can be!

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Visiting Angkor Wat: Your Complete Planning Guide

Angkor Wat Facts

Constructed in the early 12th century by the Khmer King Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat is one of the largest religious monuments in the world.

The former Hindu, now Buddhist Wat, sits within a 400 square kilometers (154 square miles) complex that is known as Angkor Archaeological Park.

Angkor Archaeological Park houses the remains of not only Angkor Wat itself, but the remains of the entire Khmer Empire dating back to the 9th – 15th centuries.

Within the grounds of Angkor Archaeological Park, you’re able to explore numerous temples that will take your breath away. From the famous Bayon Temple (The Face Temple) to Ta Prohm (the “Tomb Raider” temple), we swear you’ll feel like Indiana Jones on an archaeological exploration!

The name “Angkor Wat” means “Temple City” or “City of Temples” and it’s name can’t be more true. Nearly every year, new remains are still being discovered on the grounds – say WAATTTT?!

In the 15th century, the Khmer Kings abandoned their sprawling city and Angkor Wat laid forgotten for centuries. It wasn’t until a French explorer by the name of Henri Mouhot, rediscovered the Khmer city in 1860.

For the next few decades, Angkor Wat laid covered in the jungle. In the early 1900’s the French established a commission to begin restoring Angkor Wat. To this day, restoration efforts are still underway and a portion of ticket sales go to these restoration efforts.

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Angkor Wat sunrise
Angkor Wat Sunrise

Siem Reap to Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is located about 15 minutes (5.5kms / 3.5mi) North of the city center of Siem Reap. In Siem Reap, you’ll find no shortage of transportation options to get you to and from Angkor Wat.

Tuk-Tuk to Angkor Wat

A tuk-tuk from Siem Reap to Angkor Wat tends to be one of the most popular option for tourists. You can easily book a tuk-tuk directly with a driver on the street, through your accommodation or local tour agency.

A round trip Angkor Wat tuk-tuk price will cost you anywhere from $15 – $20 USD per day.

If you pay closer to the $25 range, you are getting ripped off.

TIP: If you book a tuk-tuk with a driver on the street, do not pay him up front. Wait to pay in full till the end of your trip. Regardless who you book a tuk-tuk ride through, make sure the temples you want to see are clearly communicated and agreed upon up front.

Taxi to Angkor Wat

Another option on how to get to Angkor Wat is via Taxi. Taxi’s provide air-condition and more comfort than tuk-tuks do, however, expect to pay a bit more.

A taxi for you Angkor Wat trip will cost you around $30 USD per day.

Bicycle to Angkor Wat

The most cost-effective transportation option from Siem Reap to Angkor Wat is renting a bicycle. However, this is also the most labor intensive.

Temperatures in Siem Reap can be quite high so please remember to stay hydrate while you cycle. Also, to avoid any hiccups along the way, make sure the bike is sturdy. We’d hate for you to lose a tire on the way 🙂

Bicycle rentals vary from $0 – $5 USD per day. A handful of accommodation have free bicycle rentals for guests and other shops in town do day rentals.

Exploring Angkor Archeological Park
Exploring Angkor Archeological Park

Phnom Penh to Angkor Wat

Located 326 kilometers (209 miles) north of Phnom Penh, you’ll find Angkor Wat. The first step in visiting Angkor Wat from Phonm Penh is getting to Siem Reap!

Fly to Siem Reap

The fastest and most expensive way to get to Angkor Wat from Phnom Penh is flying.

From Phnom Penh’s Airport (PNH) catch a flight into Siem Reap’s airport (REP). There are several direct flights that leave from Phnom Penh daily. Flights take around an hour.

Cambodia Angkor Air is the most reputable and one you should consider taking if the price and time works for you.

Plane fares vary but expect to pay around $70 USD.

Bus to Siem Reap

A popular option amongst tourists is the 5.5 – 7-hour bus ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.

There are a handful of bus companies that offer both day busses as well as night busses for you to choose from. Regardless what option you prefer, there are several departure times to choose from.

Depending on the time you choose, cost can vary but you can expect to pay a ticket price of around $8 – $13 USD for a bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.

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Once in Siem Reap, you can reserve your preferred transportation methods discussed above (Tuk-Tuk, Taxi, Bicycle) to get to Angkor Wat.

Angkor Wat Ticket & Entrance Fees

First things first when planning your trip to Angkor Archaeological Park is to determine how much time you want to spend exploring Angkor Wat and the Archeological Park.

You have three ticket options:

  • 1 Day Angkor Pass – $37
  • 3 Day Angkor Pass – $62
  • 7 Day Angkor Pass – $72

If you buy the three or seven-day pass, be warned and understand that these tickets must be used consecutively.

Please understand that you can ONLY buy your Angkor Wat ticket from the Ticket Office Box. Tickets bought elsewhere are considered fraudulent Angkor Passes.

The ticket box office for Angkor Wat opens at 5:00am and it would be in your best interest to get there at 4:50am! The ticket line can get loooong and if it’s too long, you could miss that beautiful sunrise!

Monk meditating in Ankgor Wat
Monk meditating in Ankgor Wat

Best Time To Visit

January to May and then November to December are the best months to visit Angkor Wat.

June to October are hit and miss months. During these months, the monsoon season is in full swing making walking around outside or seeing that Angkor sunrise a bit of a challenge.

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How Long To Spend At The Archeological Park?

How do you know which ticket option is best for you when visiting Angkor Wat? Well, it’s personal preference.

Our recommend is to buy the one day or three day pass. Ask yourself these below questions and we promise, it’ll help you decide.

  1. Are you short on time or do you have a few days to spend in Siem Reap?
    • Short On Time: Get you that one-day pass to Angkor Wat.
    • Have A Few Days: Go on and buy that three-day pass or hell, the week pass if you have the time.
  2. Are you tight on money or do you have some extra funds to spare?
    • Tight On Money: The one-day pass is $37 per person so even on a budget, that’s pretty pricy.
    • Have Some Funds To Spare: The three day pass is going to set you back $62 per person but if you have the time, it’s worth it.
  3. Is temple site seeing your thing or are you just going to see the highlights?
    • Only The Highlights, Please: One-day pass for sure.
    • Let Me See It All: If you are a history buff and seriously love ancient ruins and temples, then there are plenty of sites to keep you occupied. Get that three-day pass.

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The roots of Ta Phrom
The roots of Ta Phrom

Angkor Wat Dress Code

Yes, these temples are ruins but that still doesn’t mean you can dress how you want.

  • For Woman:
    • Knees and shoulders should be covered
    • Feel free to wear a tank top but just bring a sarong to cover your shoulders when entering the temples.
  • For Men:
    • Shorts are fine
    • Keep those shoulders covered aka no tank tops

We know, we know, Cambodia is hot and shorts and tanks are amazing for that hot weather, but these outfit choices are not appropriate clothing for Angkor Wat. Be respectful.

dress code for angkor wat
Dress code for Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat Tour

First, understand that you do not need to book a tour to visit and experience Angkor Wat.

Booking your own transportation and determining what temples you want to see while visiting Angkor Wat can be completely done by yourself.

However, if you want to have a guide or multi-day tour to Angkor Wat, then Viator is a great site to check out. From sunrise to all day temple site-seeing, Viator has something to for everyone looking to do a guided tour.

Accommodations Near Angkor Wat

For The Budget Conscious: Looking for a humble stay with a Cambodian family? Well, look no further than Yanick’s Angkor Cottage. Stay in a guesthouse that is on the families property. Home cooked meals and sweet serenity await you at Yanick’s.

For The Luxury Inclined:  Green Empire Resort is a luxury getaway close to Angkor Wat. With lovely rooms, a nice pool, beautiful gardens and friendly staff you’re in for unforgettable time.

For Something In Between: Located a few miles from Angkor Wat, you’ll find the beautiful Grand Venus La Residence. Grand Venus La Residence is a modern hotel featuring massive pool and a beautiful surroundings far from the noise of Siem Reap.

For more places to stay near Angkor Wat, you can check out the latest places and prices here.

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