Without doubt, Angkor Wat of Siem Reap is one of the most celebrated heritage sites of our time. For more than 700 years, it was the centre of the Khmer empire. And still today, it remains as the spiritual heart of Cambodia.
Built between roughly A.D. 1113 and 1150, and encompassing an area of about 200 hectares, Angkor Wat is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed. For the adventure junkies and photo enthusiasts, the best way to experience the complex is to rent a scooter and explore the temples for two to three days at your own pace. However, with proper planning, tourists with time constraints can still enjoy the best of Angkor in one full day. Tour starts at,
4:40AM – Buy Ticket 37 USD for 1 day . Should be bought personally because officers will take a photo of you. Ticket office is located 4 KM before reaching Angkor Complex. Ask police or tuk-tuk drivers if lost.
5:00AM – Sunrise Viewing
6:30AM – Coffee/Breakfast at local stalls nearby. People watch.
7:30AM – Angkor Wat Main Temple . Visit the four galleries showcasing well preserved stone carvings that tell stories of the Khmer royals and their religious beliefs (appreciate better with a tour guide)
10:30AM – Early Lunch at Blue Pumpkin just outside the gate (The Chicken Ginger si a must try)
12:00NN – Bayon Temple – Towers of the four faces of Buddha. (This place gets crowded and with tight passages. Better visit when everyone’s mostly having lunch)
2:00PM – Elephant Terrace and other lesser pagodas near Bayon.
3:00PM – Ta Prohm – the temple swallowed by the rainforest. made more famous by Lara Croft/Angelina Jolie Movie. (Do some shopping here at random vendors. bargaining here is really cheap!)
5:30PM – end of tour.
Expected Expenses for a day tour:
1) 37 USD Entrance ticket 1 day
2) 25++ USD Tuktuk/Tricycle rental
3) 20 USD Meals and coffee
4) Memories and stories to tell – PRICELESS!
1) 30+ USD – Guide -(PM me on facebook Biyahe ni Josemanuel for reco)
2) 40+ USD – car rental (in lieu of tuktuk)
3) 10+ USD – electric motorbike (limited use)
Tip: Visit Angkor National museum a day before the actual site tour to better understand the Ancient Cambodian (Khmer) history. only 12 USD.
Cebu Pacific Air flies Manila to Siem Reap, Cambodia 3x weekly.
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