Angkor Archaeological Park is home to the magnificent
Khmer temple ruins of Angkor,
including the legendary
of other ancient ruins of the Angkorian-era (9th-13th
century) Khmer Empire. The Park
encompasses more than 400
square kilometers just outside
Siem Reap City in northwestern Cambodia and is a World
ruins of Angkor contained within the Angkor
Archaeological Park represent the remnants of the millennium-old
Angkorian-era capitals of the ancient Khmer Empire. The Khmer people
were and are the dominant ethnic group in Cambodia. The name ‘Angkor’ refers to the
Angkorian-era Khmer Empire that stretched across much of
mainland Southeast Asia between the 9th and 15th centuries A.D.,
and also refers to the capital city of the Empire that was
centered north of Siem Reap Cambodia. The Angkor
Archaeological Park encompasses the main temple ruins of the
Angkorian capitals located in the Siem Reap area. Most of
temples were constructed between the 9th and 12th century A.D.
and represent the pinnacle of ancient
Khmer architecture, art and civilization. At its height, the
Age of Angkor was a time wealth
and power for the Khmer Empire. The capital city
at Angkor was populated by more than a million people, Khmer
kings constructed vast waterworks and grand temples and the
Empire's military, economic and cultural
dominance held sway over the area of
modern Cambodia, as
well as much of Thailand, southern Vietnam and Laos.
Reap City is the gateway to the Angkor Archaeological Park.
There are no hotels within the Park grounds and most visitors
Siem Reap where almost all of
restaurants are located.
Siem Reap City
is just south of the Angkor Archaeological Park with the Park entrance
located only 3km north of town. With the exception of
Roluos Group of temples 13km east of
Siem Reap, the most important temple ruin
6-25km north of town, the closest major temple being
Angkor Wat. To arrange
your visit to the Angkor Archaeological Park you
will need to decide how long to stay, purchase an admission pass,
arrange transportation to the temples,
obtain a guidebook or tour guide
and plan out your temple
Admission / How Long to Stay
You must possess an admission pass (an 'Angkor Pass') to visit the temples and sites in the
Angkor Archaeological Park. Passes may be purchased at the main entrance
on the road to
Angkor Wat. One-day tickets only can be purchased at the
secondary tollgate on airport road entrance near
Angkor Wat and at
Passes are sold in one-day ($20), three-day ($40) and seven-day ($60)
blocks. The three day pass is valid for one week, i.e. 3 days to be used
within the week, not necessarily consecutively. The seven day
pass is valid for one month, i.e. 7 days to be used within the
month, not necessarily consecutively.
A one-day visit allows you
to see the highlights of the most famous temples but very little more.
Three days is sufficient to visit all of the major temples once, a few
of the minor ones and have a little extra time at your favorites. Seven
days is enough time to really explore some of your favorite ruins and
visit many of the minor structures as well. One passport-sized photo
is require at time of purchase of three and seven day passes. If
you do not have a photo, free
photos are provided at the main entrance, though this can be a time
consuming process at peak entrance hours.
Visiting hours are 5:00AM -
Angkor Wat closes at 6:00PM,
Banteay Srey closes at 5:00PM and
Kbal Spean at 3:00PM. Always carry your ticket. It will be checked upon
each park entry and at major temples. There is a significant fine for
not possessing a valid ticket inside the park. A regular admission
ticket is not required to visit Phnom Kulen, Koh Ker or
Beng Melea, but
there is a separate entrance fee of $20, $10 and $5, respectively.
There are dozens of temple ruins in the
Angkor Archaeological Park spread across more than 400
square km. all in different states of ruin and displaying a
range of artistic and architectural styles. To get the most from
your limited time at the Park you will need to plan a
temple itinerary. Your personal
temple itinerary depends largely
on how much time you have and your level of interest, though
some temples are ‘must sees.’ See the
suggested itineraries page for much more.
What to Bring
Wear light, airy, covering clothing to protect yourself from the sun and
mosquitoes. The sun can be intense so bring a hat, sunglasses and
perhaps sunscreen. Consider buying a traditional Khmer scarf (krama) to
keep the sun off your neck. Carry a raincoat during the wet season,
though you will probably only need it in the afternoon. You should have
mosquito repellent for sunrise and sunset hours. Wear practical shoes
for climbing narrow steps and walking on uneven surfaces. For serious
temple explorers, a flashlight, notebook and compass can come in handy.
Books, refreshments, trinkets, postcards and film are available from
small vendors throughout the temple complex.
and around the Temples
The temples are too far apart to make foot travel practical (though some
hearty visitors are hiking it anyway). Transportation options include:
two-person motorcycle trailers (‘moto-romauk’) average $10-$13; car
taxis $20-$25/day; motorcycle taxi (‘motodup’) for $6-$9/day; bicycles
for $2-$3/day. Transportation to the temples is usually hired by the day. Prices go up for distant temples (e.g.
Kbal Spean, Koh Ker). Bicycling around the temples is
becoming more popular. If you have the time to spare, the roads are good
and the distances are about right for a bicycle. Your
agent can arrange transportation.
Motorcycle Taxis and Trailers (Moto-romauks, 'tuk-tuks')
motorcycle trailers (moto-romauks) have surpassed motorcycle taxis
(motodups) as the most popular form of transport. Tuk-tuks are covered
offering some protection from sun and rain. In Siem Reap most drivers
speak some English. For short trips around the town, foreigners are
expected to pay 2000-4000R for motodups and about twice that for a
motorcycle trailer. To the temples, transportation is usually rented by
the day. Rates run $6-$9/day for a motodup, and about $10-$15/day for
Cars taxis are usually hired on a daily basis. The average car taxi is a
fairly new Toyota Camry with air-conditioning. Car taxis run around $20-$25 per day
to tour the main temple area and town. There are extra charges if you
want to go to more distant temples such as Banteay Srey, Kbal Spean,
Phnom Kulen, etc. The driver will charge about $10 extra to visit
Angkor Temple Guides
"Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Welcome to Siem Reap Angkor Wat, World Heritage Site. I am locally
owned and operated, a Cambodian family business. My family has lived
in Siem Reap for over 9 generations. I have a degree in tourism and
speak fluent English. - San Park"
Angkor temple tours and transportation.
Custom tours. Very reasonable prices. English spoken.
Charles De Gaulle Blvd,
Angkor Thom and Transportation
Transportation, multi-lingual tour guide, tour packages, city tour
and daily tour at reasonable rates.
Offering taxis from the airport to town (contact just outside the
arrival terminal), on-call taxis and all-day transport to the temples:
($25-$30), vans ($30-$35), and motorcycles ($12-$15).
Bicycling is quickly becoming a popular way to visit the temples. The
roads between the main temples are paved and the distances are about
right for a bicycle touring. Bring sun screen, a good hat, water and a
Cambodian scarf to keep the sun off your neck. Many of the guesthouses,
hotels have bicycles for rent. $1.5-$4/day depending on the type and
quality of the bike.
Battery-powered bicycles, offering individual, motorized, eco-friendly
transportation, can be rented for $4 per day. The battery is good for
about 30km or one hour, and there are bicycle substations located
throughout the main temple complex to replenish the battery as you visit
the temples. Many guesthouses rent the bicycles. The main rental office
in just off the road from town to Angkor Wat.
Tourists are no longer allowed to rent motorcycles or cars, or drive a
vehicle in Siem Reap.
Small Group Tours
Set itinerary, mini bus tours of the temples can be an economical
alternative to hiring your own car and driver. Some travel agencies run
minibuses capable of carrying between 10 and 25 people on set tours of
the temples. The price includes guide and transportation.
Travel Agent page.
Angkor Thom Services
Hotel booking, transportation,
multi-lingual tour guide, tour packages, city tour and daily tour at
And other ways of
getting around the temples...
During the day, elephants await customers
near Bayon and at the South Gate of Angkor Thom and they
offer rides between those two points. $10-$15 for a 20-30 minute ride.
In the evenings the elephants move from Bayon and are stationed
at the base of Phnom Bakheng, ready to transport passengers up
the hill for sunset ($15 for the ride up and, if you chose to ride down
instead of walk, $10 for the ride down.)
Offers scenic helicopter tours of the temples beginning at $90/pax for
an 8+ minute jaunt along Angkor Wat. It isn’t particularly cheap way to
tour but the view is spectacular and memorable. Helistar Helicopters
offers specialized tours, aerial photography, charter services. Multiple
aircraft in service. Conveniently located next to the big, yellow
balloon about 1km from Angkor Wat on the road from the airport to Angkor
Wat and at the airport. Office on National Road 6, Borey Angkor Arcade,
diagonally opposite the Total petrol station. Walk-in customer welcome.
Take a tethered helium balloon ride 200
meters straight up for an amazing aerial view of Angkor Wat, Phnom
Bakheng, West Baray and the surrounding countryside. Bring a camera
and binoculars if you have them. The big, yellow balloon is based about
1 kilometer west from Angkor Wat on the road from the airport to
Whether you use a
guidebook or hire a tour guide, it is essential to
have some sort of guide lest the temples become just so many impressive
piles of rocks. Tour guides are particularly helpful in explaining the
bas-reliefs and history of the temples. Tour guides can be hired through
most hotels and travel agents. Most guides ask $20-$25/day.
You can either hire a tour guide and transport separately (usually
through your guesthouse or a travel agent) or book a group tour through
travel agent in town such as
Asian Value Travel. Group tours remove many of the hassles, and depending on
your requirements, cost about the same or less than doing it yourself,
especially for the lone traveler. On the other hand, you do lose some
freedom and a bit of the adventurous atmosphere of Angkor. Some places
focus on specialty tours such as distant temple,
Tonle Sap and
photographer’s tours by
Peace of Angkor
Tours and dirt bike/4WD
adventure and cultural tours by
Hidden Cambodia Adventure Tours.
Angkor Temple Guides
San Park is an experienced tour guide and reliable driver,
specializing in the temples of Angkor. very reason- ably priced.
Charles De Gaulle Blvd,
Angkor Tour Guide Service
Angkor park tour packages and tour guides (English Mandarin, French
Japanese), transportation (car, mini-van, transport to distant
temples,) hotel reservations.
Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Angkor Thom and Transportation
Transportation, multi-lingual tour guide, tour packages, city
tour and daily tour at reasonable rates.