Before we get to your Angkor Wat guide, it’s 100% essential everyone understands how obsessed I am with it. When I was little, my brother would spend hours playing Tomb Raider. I would watch him for hours. I was always amazed at Lara. She was a kick-ass babe, but more importantly she went to all these far away lands I had never heard of. So as you can expect when the movie came out, I was all about it. It is still one of my favorite movies and it inspired me to visit Angkor Wat. Ever since then I’ve been obsessed with the idea of going to Angkor Wat. You can read our post here on How to See Angkor Wat in a Day Itinerary.
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We arrived at Angkor Wat before sunrise when it was still pitch black. Now I HATE waking up early, but wow this was worth it! The sun coming up above the ancient ruins illuminating the sky a bright pink was so surreal. It was by far the best sunrise I’ve ever seen. This is one of those times where the touristy thing to do is actually worth it. The rest of the day we spent the day exploring the many different temples. This is the perfect place to wander for hours and marvel at the ruins. It was everything I had imagined and so much more. This easily is one of my favorite places in the world. No other place is like it.
Below is your 2018 Ultimate Angkor Wat Guide
Once the capital city of Cambodia, the temples of Angkor Wat are what remains of the powerful Khmer Empire. Angkor fell from power in 1431 when a Khmer rebellion forced the ruling power to flee southward. Angkor Wat city is speculated to, at its peak, have been home to around 1 million people. The park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992 and has since seen a rapidly increasing tourist crowd.
Where to Stay
There are a ton of hotels and hostels within the area and they can range from prices. We use Agoda when booking hotels and hostel. Most recently we stayed at the Les Bambous Luxury Hotel which was amazing and so affordable, we’re talking less than $40 USD a night.
The first time I came to Angkor Wat I was with a tour. Thus transportation was taken care of. However my second time we hired a private Tuk Tuk for $25. I would recommend this as it allows you to come and go as you please. Negotiate and ask your hotel if they have any reliable drivers. Average cost should be $15- $25 depending on times and which temples you would like to see.This seems to be the best and cheapest way to see the temples. You can also hire a driver but do so in Siem Reap as it will be more expensive in the temple area.
Make sure to bring sunscreen and mosquito repellent, you will need it. Angkor Wat is a religious site so please dress modestly, no short skirts and shoulders covered.
Tickets & Admission
Angkor Wat is open from 5 am to 6 pm, every day. Always carry your ticket with you as sometimes they check them before each temple. Different temples open at different times however. You can choose from 3 types of tickets. Food in the temples complex will be a bit more pricey than normal Cambodia street food. So consider bringing a picnic like we did or some snacks. Cambodians use USD so no need to exchange money.
- 1-day pass – $37 USD
- 3-day pass – $62 USD (has to be used within a week)
- 7-day pass – $72 USD (has to be used within a month)
The ticket office has moved to downtown Siem Reap. The exact address is Angkor Enterprise, Street 60, Siem Reap, Cambodia. It is open from 5AM to 5:30 PM
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