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"Angkor Wat, the heart of Cambodia" Angkor Wat Tip by Snipernurse

Angkor Wat, Angkor Wat: 228 reviews and 461 photos

Well you're finally there, probably the reason why you've traveled so far to Cambodia, and trust me it does not dissapoint. The structure is massive and intricate. From the crunieform pinnacles, to the storyline bass reliefs, the apsara dancers, the lion statues that gaurd the gates, it is a visual buffet.
You can get a day pass for $20, or a three day pass for $40. This pass includes all the sites in the area. If you've come this far plan on spending 3 days in Siem Reap and in the Angkor area, buy the 3 day pass and come visit Angkor twice. Time it out to miss the crowds; hundreds gather in the early morning (6am) for sunrise, which is worth the early morning wake up call, but shouldn't be your introduction to the site. Get there at around 8am and you will miss the morning crowds and the tour bus crowds and be able to cruise the grounds and take mostly uninterrupted photos.
The palace is huge and very photogenic. Don't be in a hurry. I didn't employ a tour guide, but they are available, but first you need to ask yourself if you want some guy in your ear for 3 hours about the storyline of this or that bass relief. Guide books are sold for super cheap (3$) at the gates if you want to reference yourself to specific structures or etc.
Wear good sturdy shoes, bring sun screen and some water, make sure the camera battery is charged and fire up the iPod

** See my complete Angkor and Siem Reap Page for more info

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  • Updated Mar 9, 2008
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