1 or 3 Day Angkor Wat Temple Tours
Angkor Wat Tour –Travel Plans and Ticket Price for 1 or 3 Day Pass
Welcome to your Angkor Wat Tour! If you are travelling Cambodia, then an Angkor Wat temple tour is something that you can not miss out on. We have seen a lot of temples in our travels but can honestly say that these in Seim Reap were the best we have ever seen! In fact, Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world & one of the oldest. Plus, Lonely Planet rated it #1 Bucket List for a reason. This is why we had to create a blog to help you plan your 1 or 3 day Angkor Wat tour plans. Here are the most important things you need to know.
Angkor Wat Tour Highlights
- Sunrise at Angkor Wat – This is worth leaving your hotel at 430 am to be there to witness the Sunrise.
- Tomb Raider Temple – Remember the movie with Angelina Jolie and the awesome scenery behind her? Well in case you don’t many of the scenes from this movie were shot here at the Ta Prohm Temple.
- Tuk Tuk Adventures – Our driver put a smile on our faces as he drove around excitedly listening to Elvis Presley and dancing to his favorite song “the Macarena”.
- Getting lost in the moment – Literally just sitting there starring at some of the most beautiful and detailed structures ever created.
About The Angkor Wat Temple and When It Was Built
The Angkor Wat Complex stretches over 162.6 hectares (404 Acres) and was originally constructed as a Hindu Temple of god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire. It was later changed into a Buddhist temple near the end of the 12 century. It is located about 8 kilometres (5 miles) North of Siem Reip in Cambodia and is surrounded by wilderness giving it an secluded appeal. We can say that it was far larger and had more fascinating architecture then ever imagined.
According to ancient inscriptions, Angkor Wat had over 300,000 workers and 6000 elephants create these monuments. This is why it was such a mystery why this complex was completely abandoned in the 15th Century before being rediscovered in 1860. Can you imagine discovering an abandoned city twice as large as Manhattan in the jungle? When you are viewing these magnificent temples Imaging you were sitting here hundreds of years ago and think what it would have been like. The people, the culture and what it truly took to build this. Now let’s begin your Angkor Wat Tour 🙂
Best Time for WATCHING THE SUN RISE AT ANGKOR WAT
Watching the sun rise over the Angkor Wat Temple will be completely worth leaving your hotel at 430 am. During this time, you get to roam around the complex, view the amazing scenery, see the many chambers, and learn more about the mystical history. Another benefit is that you get to miss the head and get to visit as many temples as you possibly can before the crowds come. We will get into this later in the blog post for your Angkor Wat Tour.
Deciding if you want to book a 1 or 3 Day Pass
How much are the Ticket Prices for Angkor Wat
At the end of 2016 the prices went up (almost doubling) for all Angkor Wat tickets. It is now $37 USD for 1 day or $62 USD for 3 days. A 7-day pass is also available for $72 USD but fair warning may come with temple fatigue. We had paid for 3 days but only used it for 2 days because it was still cheaper then buying 2 individual days. We truly loved the experience but as digital nomads have troubles spending any longer then a day anywhere lol. If the weather had not been as hot we would have personally just bought a 1 day ticket and been there sunrise to sunset. Our friends we were travelling with said they were glad they bought 3 because they would not have enjoyed it in just 1 day. If you are not as intense as us then you should go with the 3.
1 Day Angkor Wat Tour Itinerary
Prepare for a long day! Stay hydrated (take lots of beer breaks) as you will want to be there from sunrise to sunset. You will want to be there to buy tickets at the latest 5am. Fair warning sometimes they have long long line ups so be early avoid missing the sunrise. After this you will want to see the other temples before the crowds come. Our personal favourite temples beside Angkor Wat were the Banyon, Baphuon, Ta Promh (Tomb Raider), and Prae Roup Temples. For sunset you will watch it over the Srah Strang Temple.
3 Day Angkor Wat Tour Itinerary
The nice thing about the 3 day pass is that you have the time to really enjoy it. You may want to come later in the first day to catch the sunset and buy your tickets then. This way you will avoid long lineups the next morning when getting up early for sunruse. The best route to take for the 3 day be doing the outside route one day, an the inside (smaller route) another. If there is any time left you may want to visit the Banteay Srei temple located about 16 kilometers north of Angkor. This one also has the least amount of people visit it.
Booking a Guide, Tour, Tuk Tuk, or Renting Bikes
What is the cost of renting a tuk tuk for a full day
The cost for a tuk tuk (for 4 of us) was $20 USD / Day and we paid slightly above average. Biggest piece of advice is before hiring a tuk tuk driver is to make sure they know where they are going. Our driver knew the best parking spots, where all the templates where, but had never been inside any of them. Ideally hiring a guide for the day (and a tuk tuk driver) would cost about $40 / usd and would give you all the benefits while being as cost effective as possible.
Best time of year to visit Angkor Wat Complex
what to wear when visiting the Angkor Wat temples
The first thing you to think about is that you need to be respectful. The dress code has been relaxed over the last years, but men should wear normal t shirts (no sleeveless) and if possible cover your knees. I was going to use this as an opportunity to tan my legs in one my speedos, but decided to go with my regular shorts that was fine. The dress code is stricter for women where you must cover your shoulders and knees. To be respectful Nadine also decided to bring a shawl versus just a scarf that you can see in the pictures.
Where to Stay Close to Angkor Wat
We suggest staying close to the Night Market, but slightly away from the pub street. We stayed at the Le Tigre Hotel and actually rated it a 5 star on our Google Review. For its price (under $12 usd / night) had a pool, super comfy beds, and incredible AC. After a long day at Angkor Wat having the AC And A pool to relax by will pretty much be a necessity. It was about 7 kilometres from Angkor Watt and was in the main tourist district with very affordable restaurants down the road. It was a little hot out but I got a beer, pineapple shake, and Ice Coffee for $2.50 (I was that thirsty after the long day).