Angkor Wat Temples

Angkor Wat temples as one of the most important UNESCO and archaeological sites in South-East Asia that attracts traveler from all around the world to plan a visit to Kingdom of wonder, the Cambodia. Angkor Wat complex is stretching over some 400 km2 hide in the middle of lush forest area near the city of Siem Reap. Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire dating back to 9th to the 15th century. The impressive temples include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. Here are the Angkor Wat tour packages in different order

History of Angkor Wat Temples

Angkor wat temples located in Cambodia’s northern province of Siem Reap, is one of the most important archaeological sites of Indochina peninsula. It includes in almost any of Cambodia tours and it extends over approximately 400 square KM and consists of scores of temples, hydraulic structures (basins, dykes, reservoirs, canals) as well as communication routes. For several centuries Angkor, was the centre of the Khmer Kingdom. With impressive monuments, several different ancient urban plans and large water reservoirs, the site is a unique concentration of features testifying to an exceptional civilization.

Temples such as Angkor Wat, the Bayon, Preah Khan and Ta Prohm, exemplars of Khmer architecture, are closely linked to their geographical context as well as being imbued with symbolic significance. The architecture and layout of the successive capitals bear witness to a high level of social order and ranking within the Khmer Empire. Angkor is therefore a major site exemplifying cultural, religious and symbolic values, as well as containing high architectural, archaeological and artistic significance.

The Angkor archaeological park is inhabited, and many villages, some of whom the ancestors are dating back to the Angkor period are scattered throughout the park. The population practices agriculture and more specifically rice cultivation.

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Temple etiquette – Dress code while visiting Angkor Wat Temples

The dress code to observe as the temples of Angkor represent a sacred religious site to the Khmer people, visitors are asked to dress modestly. It is not possible to visit the highest level of Angkor Wat without upper arms covered and shorts to the knees. Local authorities have recently released visitor ‘code of conduct’ guidelines and a video to encourage appropriate dress, as well as reminding tourists not to touch or sit on the ancient structures, to pay attention to restricted areas, and to be respectful of monks.

Temple etiquette – Dress code while visiting Angkor Wat Temples

Facts to visit Angkor Wat Temples

  • Best time to visit: It is possible to visit Angkor Wat at any time of year, but peak season is from November to February, when the weather is dry and cooler, although it’s still hot for most. The best time of day is sunrise when it’s cooler but crowded, or lunchtime when most of the tour groups are in town.
  • How long is enough to explore Angkor Wat temples: allow plenty of time to take it all in. Plan at least three hours to explore the whole complex, but more like half a day if you want to explore every nook and cranny.
  • Opening hours: Angkor Wat opens at 5am for visitors who want to see the sunrise from this iconic spot. The upper level (Bakan Sanctuary) is only open from 7.30am. Angkor Wat closes at 5.30pm.
  • Entry fee: an entry pass to the temples of Angkor costs US$20 for one day, US$40 for three days (which can be used over one week) and US$60 for one week (which can be used over one month).
  • Where to stay: Siem Reap is just 7km from Angkor Wat and is the base for exploring the temples. The city offers everything from budget hostels to boutique and luxury spa resorts & high end hotels, plus great restaurants and bars.
  • Getting around: choose from motorbike taxis for one person, remork-motos (tuk-tuks) for two, and private cars or minivans for families or small groups. Eco-friendly options include mountain bikes or electric bicycles. Guided tours can also be arranged in Siem Reap. Book Angkor Wat tour here