Tips For Visiting The Temples of Angkor

by Samuel on April 11, 2013

We recently completed a three day tour of the Temples of Angkor and along the way we learned some valuable things that we’re sharing in the form of advice, tips and a guide for visiting the temples of Angkor along with our personal favorite experiences.

Tip number one is to get a three day pass as opposed to just a a one day pass. There are a lot of fascinating temples to explore aside from just Angkor Wat and trying to cram that all into one chaotic day is a bad idea. Instead go for a three day pass and take your time to experience the temples at a more leisurely pace.

Tip number two is to get up as early as possible. The package tourists crowds start arriving at around 7 to 8 am and if you can get to the temples before that time you may be the first on site. We were fortunate enough to have that experience at Banteay Srei where we were welcomed as the very first tourists of the day.

Tip number three is to take a tuk-tuk instead of a bike. Although it may seem like a good idea to take a bicycle, it’s certainly not in our opinion. We noticed many people on bikes looking exhausted, burnt and dehydrated. The temples themselves are quite massive (some kilometers in length) and when you couple that with the heat and humidity it’s best to conserve your energy by hiring an autorickshaw for the day.

Audrey’s favorite experience was waking up early to visit Angkor Wat for sunrise. She found it special to share the moment with others and she also met a Uruguayan couple that she started speaking to in Spanish.

Samuel, on the other hand, was in awe over the fact of being the first people to arrive at Banteay Srei. In the past, he had arrived at this temple when it was overcrowded with tourists and this time around it felt much more intimate with a special VIP tour.

Temples of Angkor Favorite Photos

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Julio Moreno April 11, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Interesting to take a tuk tuk instead of a bike. My coworkers and I were talking about that earlier this week. We realized that 5 of the people in the room had all been to Angkor, so we started talking about our favorite experiences. They didn’t scoff, but strongly recommended that I bike there next time and that I shouldn’t have taken a tuk-tuk.
However, my driver Barang was actually studying tourism and was quite knowledgeable on all the temples. We grew to be great friends pretty soon, and by the end, he was giving us guided tours of the temples. Now I should warn, tuk-tuk drivers are not allowed to ‘pose as tour guides’ as they are a huge industry in Angkor, but there are no rules against having a friend that happens to be a tuk tuk driver.
I am surprised neither of you picked Ta Prohm! That was my favorite.

I missed the sunrise in Angkor :(, maybe I should go back. Do you have pictures of that or a video?

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Sayonara Travel Blog April 13, 2013 at 5:30 am

This is very interesting and it is very cool to see what you guys are up to! Thank you for sharing! Keep up the good work!

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