Travel Tips for Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
I just came back from Angkor Wat a few days ago. Like many first timers, I booked my tour online before I reached Siam Reap. Well, sadly the tour that I had book, was exclusive of Angkor Wat. The reason being was I didn’t do much information about Angkor Wat.
The Real Angkor Wat?
There are more than dozens of temples in Siem Reap and Angkor Wat circuit. Be exact, book Angkor Wat (temple) tour rather than the big circuit tour which inclusive of many temples except Angkor Wat. There’s only one Angkor Wat and many other temples in Angkor Wat circuit.
The entrance fee for a day is US 20 and a 3 days pass would be US 40. Get the 3 days pass, 1 day is never enough for Angkor Wat, trust me! The front counter will print the pass with your picture and please make sure you keep your pass with you. There will be people checking your passes in front of all temples in Angkor Wat region. No pass, no entry.
Make sure you catch the Angkor Wat sunrise tour. You should leave your hotel for the tour as early as 4.30 am, reached Angkor Wat around 5 am. There will be lots of people in front of Angkor Wat waiting for the best photo opportunities. Make sure you sit in front of the small lake, the reflections of the temple and the sunrise on the lake is priceless.
Prepare yourself around 2 to 3 hours to venture Angkor Wat. To climb up to the highest tower, please wait until 8 am.
They built brand new wooden stairs, no more steep steps going up. It’s around 72 wooden steps to go up to the highest tower, not much efforts needed. The highest tower open from 8 am to 5 pm.
Do dress in decent, get a scarf or something if you wear a singlet or something that bares your skin. Do not wear a skirt or a mini skirt, if you intended to climb up the highest tower in Angkor Wat. Just wear something decent and do respect this holy site. Knee length shorts are allowed.
Tour Guide Fee
In April 2010, the fee for an English speaking guide is around US 25 per day (with limited hours). The tuk tuk fee should be around US 12 per day (with limited hours). Tour companies will have different rates depending on transportation and how many temples you going to cover.
Another thing that I found that was quite annoying. Many young children will bug you whenever you walk around Angkor Wat circuit. They will never accept an answer “no” and they are everywhere! They will keep on persuading you to buy the books, the bracelets, the post cards, the pricey cold drinks or the many T-shirts of Angkor Wat. Regardless how many times you purchased something from them, they will always keep on coming bugging you. I bought a nice travel guide and a set of post cards from them.
I loved the sunrise tour even though we overslept and almost missed it. The Angkor Wat is a beauty and it worth every penny spent going there.
Thanks for reading!