In the 12th century, King Suryavarman II built Angkor Wat as a grand worshipping place and mausoleum. Today it’s the largest religious monument on the planet. This ancient relic of the Khmer Empire is located in Angkor Archaeological Park. It’s packed with so many sights that you can easily spend a full afternoon there. Make sure to purchase a pass to see the temple at the park’s entrance; armed with this ticket, you’ll be able to enjoy all of the park’s extraordinary sights.
Treat yourself to a stunning sunrise over Angkor Wat. This is a popular practice for visitors, and for good reason. Late afternoon and sunset is also an ideal time to experience Angkor Wat. Bring a flashlight if you plan on visiting at dusk, as the temple is not outfitted with lights. There are also many steep staircases to the top of the temple, so it’s a good idea to wear comfortable walking shoes.
Impressive gopuras (towers) act as the gateway to the temple. Beautiful courtyards and libraries are packed within the building, but make sure to focus on the walls. Intricate sculptures and carvings are engraved into the surface and create a photographer’s dream.
Browse for souvenirs at the gift shop selling local arts and crafts just outside Angkor Wat. Buy refreshments from the vendors selling street food around the temple. If you’re in the mood for finer fare, try Chez Sophea, a French-style bistro located outside the temple entrance.
Your journey to Angkor Wat will begin from Siem Reap, one of Cambodia’s liveliest cities. The park is located less than 10 miles (16 kilometers) away Siam Reap and you can get there by renting a private tour bus, bicycle or tuk-tuk. Private guides are reasonably priced and will give you an insider’s perspective on the temple.
Not certain how to make the most of your visit here? We've put together some popular things to do to give you a head start:
If you're after even more activities, peruse our Siem Reap things to do page.
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Excellent place. Calm oasis Fabulous staff. Really kind and thoughtful. Exceptional. Very short tuk tuk ride to town easy and not a problem. Distance from centre is not a problem at all
Situated in Siem Reap, this guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Angkor Archaeological Park, Angkor Wat, and Cambodian Cultural Village. War Museum Cambodia and National Road 6 are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Very good staff. Big room and very big bathroom. No mirror in the bathroom was bit of an issue while shaving but I managed. Tuktuk guy was great but his tuktuk was very bad. Clean room. Overall my stay was extremely comfortable.
Situated in Siem Reap, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Angkor Archaeological Park and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Angkor Wat. Phnom Bakheng and War Museum Cambodia are also within 3 mi (5 km).
We stayed 2 nights; okay, okay... Garden around cottages are fine, nature, maintained well. My massage experience was good. However surprise I don’t see the cleaning of our room 2nd day of our stay...