The spectacular sites at Angkor Park in Cambodia

Angkor Archaeological Park Cambodia - visitor touring guide and pictures.

Bakong Temple at Angkor, Cambodia

About sightseeing the archaeological sites including temples and palaces which can be seen in this part of Cambodia.

The temples and palaces that have been discovered and reclaimed from the jungle and forests at Angkor Archaeological Park which is located near to Siem Reap in Cambodia are truly amazing. The world famous huge temples at Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm are just as impressive as the Egyptian temples and tombs which can be seen at Luxor and Karnak - and that takes some doing!. Although these temples are probably the ones most visitors have heard of and want to visit there are many other temples and palaces within or close to Angkor Archaeological Park including the Roluos Group and the Banteay Srei. The Park itself is around 400 square kilometres and just to see the sites within it does really need several days - if travelling further afield to see Roluos etc then at least 3 days are needed. Most visitors to Angkor stay at Siem Reap which is located only a few kilometres away from the entrance to the Park - Siem Reap has all the hotels, facilities and transport links necessary to support the several million tourists who visit the area each year.

Angkor Park Entrance Fees and types of available tickets.

The ticket office is around 5km outside of Siem Reap - there are a variety of options from a day ticket at USD20, three day pass at USD40 (this can be used on any 3 days within a week) and a seven day pass which costs USD60 and can be used within a month. It is worth bearing in mind that these ticket conditions and of course prices seem to change so check before buying. You no longer need to take a passport size photo with you as your photo is now taken as part of the ticket purchase. Tickets can be purchased using USD, Euro or Riel but you cannot use a credit card.
Important. Tickets are always checked at the major temple sites so remember to take your ticket with you - your driver will/should anyway check you have a ticket before you start out each day.
Releifs at Angkor Thom, Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. Preah Khan Library, Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. Preah Khan, Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia.

Methods of Transport for getting around the extensive Angkor Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia.

As mentioned the area is huge and there is no realistic possibility of walking to the various sites - cycling is an option but the few people we did see on bikes seemed to be struggling - not least because of the temperature and the high humidity. There are organised coach trips of course but these seem to rush people about from place to place and if you enjoy picking out how long you want to look at things then these can be a disappointment. Hiring a car is another option but this is of course very expensive. The best way is to hire a licensed tuk-tuk - if you are staying for say 3 days then if the driver is ok the first day retain him for all of your sightseeing. He will be almost certainly very accommodating on what YOU want to do and will let you change itinerary and so on without any argument. Also these tuk-tuk drivers know of various lesser visited temples and sites and will probably suggest ones to visit that you may have missed.
Drinks etc. Everywhere you go you will find plenty of opportunity to buy drinks etc. - the going rate for a can of drink or a small bottle of water was USD1 for two drinks - as you can imagine the vendors will try hard to get much more than this but by simply starting to walk away you get the correct price. Since many hotels have fridges in their rooms perhaps consider freezing 3 or 4 small bottles of water or fruit juice each evening and take these frozen with you the next day and top them up as necessary - cold water to drink all day long.
What to wear. Firstly having a wide rimmed hat is quite important - some of the more exposed sites are like frying pans. For the same reason sleeved tops are best and underfoot the surfaces are often either sandy or quite rutted so flip flops are not a good idea. Finally of course rember to take lots of sun-cream.

A suggested itinerary for going round Angkor Park using a tuk-tuk and spread over 3 days:
Day 1: Angkor Wat**, Phnom Bakheng, Prasat Krajan, Banteay Kdei and Ta Phnom.
Day 2: Roluos Group (12 km away), Angkor Thom.
Day 3: Banteay Srei (30km away), Preah Neak Pean, Preah Khan, Ta Som and East Mebon.

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