A one-day pass is sufficient enough time to visit some of the key temples in this beautiful enclosure. Make sure that you arrive early - sunrise is a very recommended time (go to the Bayon wat), though for the more relaxed traveller a seven/eight o’clock start will ensure that you will not only see most of the site but also without the hordes of people that arrive around eleven o’clock. Hire a tuk-tuk driver for the day, should cost no more than $10, many can speak English and some have great knowledge of the site or hire a guide. Be a bit wary of some of the freelance guides in the major wats, who’ll approach you - say one thing about a wat then expect a few dollars.
It is part of the Angkor temple complex, one of the smaller sites that is far less known by the casual tourist.
Anyone planning on visiting Siem Reap and going to experience the treasures of Angkor needs to know that Angkor Wat is just one of dozens of sites in the immediate vicinity - it is the biggest and undoubtedly the most impressive, but is also incredibly crowded and not particularly relaxing.
Many of the other temples - such as Ta Prom - are far smaller, but also far less busy - when we went to Ta Prom, we had it to ourselves for about an hour, and wondered around Indiana Jones style and were blown away by the serenity and beauty - highly recommended.
Angkor Wat is simply brilliant. I recommend that if you are travelling from Bangkok take the train to the Cambodian border rather than the bus as when you reach Cambodia you will probably find yourself in a clapped out minibus rather than the promised air conditioned coach. Although you will probably end up in this minibus anyway for the journey through Cambodia, at least you will have got the chance to travel separately from the vast majority of tourists.
Pass required to vist temple complex at Angkor Wat. Passes are available for a variety of days with some visitors spending considerably more to visit for anything up to 5 days. Despite the obvious attractions of the temples etc anything more than a day can become very repetitive... seen one ruined temple you have seen them all.
Impossible not to find it as it is the only reason that you will be there.
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