Best Way to Visit Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat is at the northern region of Cambodia, which is spread across hundred of miles and is mostly based on ruins of hundreds or more temples and monuments. If you want to travel Angkor Wat, then this article is going to be a perfect guide for you. Because I am going to tell you things like how to visit Angkor Wat, why choose Siem Reap Angkor for accommodation, the best time to travel and so on. So without further ado, let’s get started:
Buying Angkor Wat admission:
Before we get to our journey to visiting Angkor Wat, I should tell you guys about the tickets. Many people wonder what the best way to buy tickets to Angkor Wat is. Well, best and safest way to buy tickets is through the official ticket booth located on the road that connects Siem Reap Angkor to the archaeological-site that you will be visiting. You can buy the tickets on your way to the archaeological-site; it won’t take much of your time.
There may be some websites selling the tickets online, but it is suggested to always buy from the official booth due to the possibility of getting scammed online. Besides, credit card is also acceptable there so you don’t have to worry about counting your cash to purchase the ticket(s). When it comes to buying the passes to visit the Angkor Wat Temple Complex, there are three types of passes available:
- 1-day pass that will cost you $37.
- 3-days pass that will cost you $62.
- 7-days pass that will cost you $72.
If you are not into the ancient history, a one-day pass might be enough for you.
Choose Siem Reap Angkor for Accommodation:
The reason I am suggesting you choose Siem Reap Angkor for accommodation is that itis closest to virtually all attractions of Angkor Wat and is also one of the biggest cities in Cambodia which means more facilities and wide acceptance of USD. Most of the Hotels in Siem Reap Angkor are close to the city centres, restaurants, markets and other attractions so you will not have to struggle to find things you need. The best part is that there are different hotels with different price tags so everyone can have a place to stay according to their budget.
Which is the Best Way to Visit Angkor Wat?
When you have arrived in Siem Reap, you would want to visit the temples of Angkor Wat, right? Well, to make your visit more informative, I suggest that you visit the Angkor National Museum so you can get some background information before visiting the temples. Now when it comes to visiting the temples, you have a couple of choices, you can get Tuk Tuk which will cost you around $25 for the day or you can travel via the Small Circuit day tour which will cost you $85 for 3 people by private car along with the official Angkor Wat tour guides a great deal you can get without much hassle. Nevertheless I would suggest that you take the Tuk Tuk as it is more affordable and because you will not be dependent on the Tuk Tuk driver to fill you with unnecessary information about places, you will have more time to witness the beauty of nature.
Best Places to See:
Although the whole Angkor Wat is a treat to the eyes, there are some points of interests that appeal to the visitors the most. These 3 attractions of Angkor Wat are given below:
- The Bayon: It was built by the Jayavarman VII,andit stands at the centreof Angkor Thom. The temple has 216 faces of the Avalokiteshvara and 54 tall towers overlook the jungle, once the most prize civilization in the world.
- Ta Prohm: The place has not been touched since it was discovered, meaning that they have left it the way it was found; covered by the Jungle. If you are a lover of seeing civilizations with nature, make sure to visit this place.
- Banteay Srei: It is located about 12 miles to the north of Angkor. Its name means “Citadel of Women” and refers to the delicacy and size of the decoration. You can witness some of the finest decorative carvings in pink sandstone with the miniature proportions.
Best Time to Travel Angkor Wat:
Cambodia has three main seasons, and each of them offers a unique variety of features, which is why tourists visit Angkor Wat all year round. However, the peak travel season is in the dry and mild weather that starts in November and comes to an end in March. If you want to visit here to feel the summery air, go between April and May, as heat and humidity arehigh in these seasons. Lastly, if you are a fan of the rainy season, you should visit Angkor Wat between June and September. However, rainstorms/monsoon can make it arduous for you to make your way to and from the ruins.
That’s it! These are the most important things that you need to know to ace your Angkor Wat trip. Just make sure to not trust anyone easily as most of the scammers and con artists especially target foreigners. Whether someone is selling jewelry or asking for some money, make sure to be cautious because even a small scam can ruin your entire trip.