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Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia and is the largest religious monument in the world, on a site measuring 162.6 hectares.

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How to visit Angkor Wat ?

To get to Angkor Wat, the nearest city is Siem Reap. International flights operate directly to Siem Reap International Airport from many countries in Asia. Alternatively, you can fly into Phnom Penh and take a bus or taxi to Siem Reap, which is approximately 5-6 hours away. From Siem Reap, it's a short 20-minute drive to the temple complex.

It's essential to book the Angkor Pass in advance, which grants access to the Angkor Archaeological Park. You can choose between a one-day ($37), three-day ($62), or seven-day ($72) pass, depending on the duration of your visit. It is also advisable to hire a local guide to help you navigate the temples and provide historical context.

The costs for visiting Angkor Wat vary depending on your choice of accommodation, transportation, and dining. Tuk-tuks are a popular and affordable mode of transport, costing around $15-$25 per day. Guided tours range from $20-$50 per person, depending on group size and language requirements.

The best things to do in Angkor Wat include exploring the main temple complex, watching the sunrise over the iconic temple, visiting the nearby Bayon and Ta Prohm temples, and wandering through the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.

For dining options, you can try local Cambodian cuisine at nearby restaurants like Mahob Khmer and The Sugar Palm. For a fine dining experience, Cuisine Wat Damnak offers a delectable tasting menu featuring traditional ingredients and modern culinary techniques.

When it comes to accommodation, Siem Reap offers a range of options to suit all budgets. For luxury travelers, the Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor and the Park Hyatt Siem Reap are excellent choices. Budget-conscious visitors can enjoy comfortable stays at Onederz Hostel or Tara Angkor Hotel.

Off the beaten path:

For an unusual travel experience, visit the floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake, located south of Siem Reap. Take a guided boat tour to witness the unique lifestyle of the local communities living on the water. The villages are built on stilts, and their residents depend on the lake for fishing and farming. This excursion offers a fascinating glimpse into a different side of Cambodian culture, away from the main tourist attractions.

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A historical site of the country's culture 

The archaeological site of Angkor is located in the rainforests north of the Tonle Sap, on the edge of Siem Reap town. This immense complex is made up of numerous vestiges that bear witness to the grandeur of the Khmer Empire. It was between the 9th and 15th centuries and Angkor was the imperial capital. At its peak, this incredible city had nearly a million inhabitants! However, the reasons for its collapse remain mysterious.
Visiting the temples of Angkor allows you to grasp the full power and complexity of the Khmer Empire. You will discover numerous vestiges, whose art dazzles with its beauty and its refinement. The stones are mixed with a luxuriant jungle, which seems to want to smother a sulfurous past. It is as if you have discovered the ruins yourself. This unique atmosphere strengthens the immersion. On your way, you will pass Hindu and Buddhist temples. Among them, the most famous, Angkor Wat, is considered the eighth wonder of the world. The temple of Angkor Wat is the emblem of Cambodia. It is even featured on the country's flag.

Several options for the visit...

If you want to visit the site with a guide you will have to contact a travel agency or a dedicated association as the site does not provide official guided tours. Another option is to visit the site by bicycle. The site is large, 400 square kilometers, and you can rent a bicycle for a day at a low cost
The tuk-tuk tour offers a balance between the first two ideas. It allows you to be quite free, as you decide where to go. But it also allows you to be accompanied on the tour! Of course, tuk-tuk drivers do not tour guides. Nevertheless, some of them know the history of the site very well. They will be able to guide you to visit the temples of Angkor. Finally, the tuk-tuk can take you directly from your hotel to the temples. Alternatively, a hot air balloon ride will allow you to see the whole site in one look. An unusual way to visit the temples of Angkor, which brings you up close to the clouds! The experience is usually offered by Angkor Balloon. A hot air balloon flight will remain engraved in your memories, areal moment of escape during your trip to Cambodia. You will even have the opportunity to contemplate the beautiful Cambodian countryside around. This experience is even more beautiful at sunset.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Angkor Wat

How many days does it take to visit the temples of Angkor Wat ?

In only one day in Angkor, you will not see many of the temples of Angkor: 2 or 3 ruins of temples at the most, which you will visit at a fast pace... It's really a pity! 

If you are in a hurry, two full days in the archaeological zone will allow you to appreciate the great must-sees of Angkor. Indeed, two days can be enough as long as you visit Angkor with an experienced guide. The latter will also be able to suggest an optimized tour. If you don't have a guide, you will need to know your tour and timing inside out. 

Spending a week in the area is really the best way to take your time. You can spend a few days in Siem Reap, and the rest in the archaeological zone. This will allow you to soak up the atmosphere of the place without running around, and also take the time to alternate with beautiful discoveries in the dynamic region of Siem Reap.

The problem with visiting Angkor Wat is that it is very crowded. Indeed, there are a lot of tourists, so it is advisable to visit this temple last, on the last day of visits, and after 2 pm, so you can have a nice view of this wonder of the world in all tranquility. 

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