Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor is what remains of the once powerful Khmer empire that encompassed Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam from the 9th to the 14th century. The scale of the complex sets it apart, with over 1000 temples scattered over an area of 1000 square kilometres. It was once the largest pre-industrial city in the world. Stone temples were constructed over a five hundred period, a delicately carved blend of Hindu and Buddhist influences. The most impressive and largest temple is Angkor Wat, with towers that soar 60 metres, and stunning bas-reliefs on its walls.

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Length of Trip : 3 Days

Cost :
1-Day (US$20) 3-Day (US$40), and 7-Day (US$60) passes are available. Children under 12 enter for free with valid passport. Most visitors go with the 3-day pass.

Best time to go : Dry season is November to March, and it can get pretty busy. Rainy season is June to September. April is unpleasantly hot. The temples are open year-round.

Wheelchair friendly : King Suryavarman II wasn’t thinking about wheelchair accessibility when he constructed Angkor, but it is doable!

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat :
Banyon Restaurant: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Cuisine Wat Damnak

Official Site :
Tourism Cambodia
A Guide to the temples in Angkor
View Angkor temples at handlebar level with World Expeditions

Where to Stay :
Budget: Jasmine Family Hostel
Mid-Level: Sojourn
High-End: Sala Lodge
When staying in Siem Reap, we recommend the Raffles Siem Reap.

Getting There :
Angkor is located 20 minutes from Siem Reap by car, bus, taxi,rickshaw or motorbike. I'd suggest going with a guide in rickshaw on your first day. On the next two days, rent a bike or moped and explore at your own pace. Note that some of the temples are located many miles from town.

Note from Robin :
Lighting conditions for temple viewing are optimal in the early afternoon or at sunrise. Take your time exploring the nooks and crannies, and definitely hire a rickshaw or taxi to visit some of the less-busy outer temple complexes. Take care climbing about, which you should absolutely do get some great views! Siem Reap bustles at night and like Thailand, the food and prices are heaven for budget travellers. Be firm with touts and don't be afraid to negotiate for rickshaws.

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