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Angkor Wat

Experience the famous architecture and stunning history of this unique temple, located in the ancient ruins of Cambodia’s Khmer Empire.

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, in the Angkor Archaeological Park, will begin from Siem Reap, one of Cambodia’s liveliest cities. The park is located about 6 kilometres (4 miles) north from Siem 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.

We know you want to get the most out of your trip to Angkor Wat. So, we've put together a list of some fun things you can do on your visit:

If you're seeking more activities, peruse our Siem Reap things to do page.


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André Boutique Villa SG$40
André Boutique Villa

André Boutique Villa

Korea Road, Veal Village, Siem Reap, Siem Reap
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Siem Reap, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Angkor Archaeological Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Angkor Wat and Cambodian Cultural Village. War Museum Cambodia and Charles de Gaulle Road are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    Tropical Villa Siem Reap SG$17
    Tropical Villa Siem Reap

    Tropical Villa Siem Reap

    Veal Village, Sangkat Kouk Chak, Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Siem Reap, this guesthouse is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Angkor Archaeological Park and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Angkor Wat. War Museum Cambodia and Charles de Gaulle Road are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      Damnak Tormeas Homestay
      Damnak Tormeas Homestay

      Damnak Tormeas Homestay

      Siem Reap, Cambodia, Siem Reap, Siem Reap
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Siem Reap, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Angkor Archaeological Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Angkor Wat and Royal Garden. Preah Norodom Sihanouk-Angkor Museum and Charles de Gaulle Road are also within 1 mile (2 km).

        Sok Phen Homestay
        Sok Phen Homestay

        Sok Phen Homestay

        30m Street, Wat Kauk Chok road, Siem Reap
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the airport, this guesthouse is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Angkor Archaeological Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Angkor Wat and Cambodian Cultural Village. War Museum Cambodia and National Road 6 are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          Green Empire Resort SG$62
          Green Empire Resort

          Green Empire Resort

          Veal Village, Kouk Chork Commune, Siem Reap
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Siem Reap, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Angkor Archaeological Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Angkor Wat and Cambodian Cultural Village. War Museum Cambodia and Charles de Gaulle Road are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Grand Venus La Residence SG$51
            Grand Venus La Residence

            Grand Venus La Residence

            Wat Thmei, Kouk Chak, Siem Reap
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Angkor National Museum, Siem Reap Royal Residence and Royal Garden. Old Market Area and Angkor Night Market are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              La Maison des Bambous LMDBSR
              La Maison des Bambous LMDBSR

              La Maison des Bambous LMDBSR

              Sangkat Kouk Chak, Siem Reap, Siem Reap
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Siem Reap, this guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Angkor National Museum, Siem Reap Royal Residence and Royal Garden. Angkor Wat and Old Market Area are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                La Maison des Bambous Lmdbsr
                La Maison des Bambous Lmdbsr

                La Maison des Bambous Lmdbsr

                Sangkat Kouk Chak, Siem Reap, Siem Reap
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Siem Reap, this guesthouse is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Charles de Gaulle Road and within 3 miles (5 km) of Angkor Wat and Pub Street. Royal Garden and Angkor Night Market are also within 3 miles (5 km).