Considering its immense size and splendor, touring Angkor Wat and other important spots of interest surrounding it can prove to be a daunting task especially if it has to be toured within a stipulated period of time. But just like there is a solution and strategy for anything difficult is available, the tips we provide you here in this page can be of great use.
As mentioned earlier the historical sites are huge and require more days to explore them but if you are planning for a short stay of few days or weeks we suggest you book your boarding and lodging facilities nearby Angkor Wat to avoid waste of time travelling and spending. This is why most of the travelers opt to stay at Siem Reap.
If you are among those travelers who dream to the see the place at sunrise or sunset, try to make plans prior to the day of visit considering the huge crowds thronging the place to get the glimpse of it. If possible hire a tuk-tuk or taxi well in advance to avoid last minute disappointments due to unavailability of vehicles or drivers. Expect traffic jams too, so start early.
We strongly advise travelers to engage a tuk-tuk instead of hiring a bike because many travelers end up getting their face burnt due to harsh sun and experience exhaustion after a long ride. But when you are renting a tuk-tuk note down something unique to it so that you can spot your vehicle easily among various similar looking vehicles crowded in that particular area.
Hiring a driver would be the best choice for they know the place in and out, are skilled and can provide you valuable tips to enjoy the most. They normally charge a nominal fee of $10 per day to show around places and can even double up as personal guides.
While making a touring plan, it is better to follow your choice of plan instead of following the standard plan. This way you will not miss the areas of your interest and desire without wasting time unnecessarily and also avoid huge crowds following a similar touring pattern.
Having a detailed map and a book about the place will definitely prove worthy.
Since Angkor Wat is of great historical significance, you need to understand that you need to buy admission tickets to access the sites. There are passes available on a daily basis or for stipulated days. But what you need to understand is, a three day ticket is valid for a week and allows visiting on any three days of your choice within that week likewise, a seven day ticket is valid for nearly a month but to be used on any seven days of your choice. This is to help you travel in leisure.
Though most of the temples can be visited using the admission pass, some might not be like the Koh Ker and Beng Mealea which can be visited by purchasing an extra $10 pass.
You need to understand that you are travelling to a tropical country with lot of sunshine. It is therefore wise to carry an umbrella, hat, sun block lotions and of course enough water.
Keep in mind that this place is not only known for its ruins but also houses many temples and is still a religious place to many locals. Hence visitors are expected to dress modestly, covering their shoulders and attires reaching below the knees.