Visiting the Temples

17.08.2017

Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct

Avoid the Routine! Avoid the crowds. Avoid guided tours.

Get informed before you start; design your own tour.

Angkor is not a place to have comfortable holidays.

You may engage a Tour Guide. He or she will show you temples. But Guides cannot give you any orientation and context.

Angkor Archaeological Park Through the Eyes of Young Kids

Timing

Start early; Early morning is generally the best time, start at 7 AM, or even sooner. The locals take a noon break from 11 am to 2 pm, for good reasons, it will be hot!

Visiting hours

  • General: 7.30 AM to 5.30 PM
  • Angkor Wat: 5 AM to 5.30 PM
  • Srah Srang 5.30 AM to 5.30 PM
  • Pre Rup: 5.00 AM to 7.00 PM
  • Phnom Bakheng: 5.30 AM to 7.00 PM

Take care of you

Visiting Angkor can be strenuous. Don't try to take on too much. Have rests, and drink plenty of water; you need 2 - 3 litres of water per day. Take enough water with you; water In Angkor is often of low quality and overpriced. I use to drink Kulen Mineral Water, available at good Supermarkets in Siem Reap. Ask your driver for toilets.

Transportation

Angkor Wat, the nearest temple, is located some 5 km north of Siem Reap.

Various means of transport are available from bicycles to air conditioned cars.

 

Prices per day

Blue Electric-Cars (3 seats), cool!

 

Taxis (3–4 seats),

25–30 $

Vans (12-15 seats),  

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Moped trailers, called tuk-tuks, 

15–20 $

Moped taxis, “moto doup”* 

10–12 $

E-Bikes*

10 $

Bicycles*

2–3 $

Additional fees for distant places. Negotiate the price with your driver.

*Wear a helmet.

The so-called tuk-tuks are very popular. But they are not what you may know from Thailand: The trailer is without breaks. Don't drive fast!

Tourists are not allowed to rent a motorbike.

Entrance Tickets

Tickets for the Angkor Archaeological Park are only available at the Ticket Booth, located at Route 60, near the crossing with Apsara Road.

Tickets for the next day, valuable also for the rest of this day, are available from 4.45 to 5.00 PM.

USD cah or CredidCards. 

External Link

A photo is NOT required.

Entrance fees

1 day

$ 37.00

3 days in a week

$ 62.00

7 days within 30 days

$ 72.00

Children under 12 years are free.

Begging

People begging or hawking in Angkor or Siem Reap are not poor at all! Ignore them with friendliness.

Inside the East Mebon temple, I watched some happy children, mostly girls, begging or trying to sell trinkets. They received three dollars. When the tourists had gone, they rendered the money to a police officer.

"Think twice before buying anything from children on the street, beaches or at temples and refrain from giving money to begging children or parents with infants. It keeps them on the street and places them at risk."