Angkor Wat - World's largest Hindu Temple & must visit place for explorers

When you start reading about Angkor Wat on internet, it's overwhelming and at times, it's hard to relate to the scale we are talking about. Certainly it's hard to explain in words or even with photographs, but I would try my best to share what I experiences while in Siem Reap city of Cambodia to explore the famous Angkor Wat World Heritage Site.
When you start reading about Angkor Wat on internet, it's overwhelming and at times, it's hard to relate to the scale we are talking about. Certainly it's hard to explain in words or even with photographs, but I would try my best to share what I experiences while in Siem Reap city of Cambodia to explore the famous Angkor Wat World Heritage Site. 

For Indians, I would start with the statement that if you have visited Hampi in Karnataka state of India and appreciate the scale of whole heritage site Angkor Wat is even bigger. Angkor Wat World Heritage site is located in a dense forest with various architectural marvels spread around the forest. People even take a week to explore this heritage site. There are 3 kinds of tickets available for travelers coming to explore Angkor Wat in Siem Reap -

For Indians, I would start with the statement that if you have visited Hampi in Karnataka state of India and appreciate the scale of whole heritage site Angkor Wat is even bigger. Angkor Wat World Heritage site is located in a dense forest with various architectural marvels spread around the forest. People even take a week to explore this heritage site. 

There are 3 kinds of tickets available for travelers coming to explore Angkor Wat in Siem Reap -    1 Day ticket - $37  3 Days ticket - $62  7 Days ticket - $72

There are 3 kinds of tickets available for travelers coming to explore Angkor Wat in Siem Reap -

1 Day ticket - $37
3 Days ticket - $62
7 Days ticket - $72

 At how many heritage sites you have heard of such ticketing model? This itself talks a lot about scale of Angkor Wat.

How many heritage sites you have heard of such ticketing model? This itself talks a lot about scale of Angkor Wat. 

Siem Reap is a tourism hub of Cambodia and if you look at Cambodian flag carefully, Angkor Wat temple is part of the flag. Cambodia as a country is certainly known a lot for it's famous World Heritage site - Angkor Wat.

Siem Reap is a tourism hub of Cambodia and if you look at Cambodian flag carefully, Angkor Wat temple is part of the flag. Cambodia as a country is certainly known a lot for it's famous World Heritage site - Angkor Wat.

If Angkor wat is so big - how do people explore it? Some of the main ways to commute within Angkor Wat at - Tuk-tuk, cycles on rent, Taxi (people prefer Tuk-tuk over taxies in Cambodia), Tour vans/buses. We hired a tuk-tuk for the day and our hotel 'Chateau D'Angkor la Residence' arranged it for us by charging $15. Usually they tell you in advance about the things they would take you to. How much time you spend at each place is on your wish, so Tuk-Tuk is with you but you have almost fixed itinerary. As we had planned for Siem Reap, we spent one day at Angkor World Heritage site and explore the main temple of Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ba Puan, Elephant Terrace, Phimphimeanakas & some structures on our way.

If Angkor wat is so big - how do people explore it? Some of the main ways to commute within Angkor Wat at - Tuk-tuk, cycles on rent, Taxi (people prefer Tuk-tuk over taxies in Cambodia), Tour vans/buses. We hired a tuk-tuk for the day and our hotel 'Chateau D'Angkor la Residence' arranged it for us by charging $15. Usually they tell you in advance about the things they would take you to. How much time you spend at each place is on your wish, so Tuk-Tuk is with you but you have almost fixed itinerary. As we had planned for Siem Reap, we spent one day at Angkor World Heritage site and explore the main temple of Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ba Puan, Elephant Terrace, Phimphimeanakas & some structures on our way.


If Angkor wat is so big - how do people explore it? Some of the main ways to commute within Angkor Wat at - Tuk-tuk, cycles on rent, Taxi (people prefer Tuk-tuk over taxies in Cambodia), Tour vans/buses. We hired a tuk-tuk for the day and our hotel 'Chateau D'Angkor la Residence' arranged it for us by charging $15. Usually they tell you in advance about the things they would take you to. How much time you spend at each place is on your wish, so Tuk-Tuk is with you but you have almost fixed itinerary. As we had planned for Siem Reap, we spent one day at Angkor World Heritage site and explore the main temple of Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ba Puan, Elephant Terrace, Phimphimeanakas & some structures on our way.

Let’s talk a little about why I think that one day in Angkor Wat is sufficient? At the same time I have reasoning for spending more time in Angkor Wat Heritage site but all depends upon your real goal of visiting this beautiful World Heritage Site in Cambodia.


Let’s talk a little about why I think that one day in Angkor Wat is sufficient? At the same time I have reasoning for spending more time in Angkor Wat Heritage site but all depends upon your real goal of visiting this beautiful World Heritage Site in Cambodia.

Let’s talk a little about why I think that one day in Angkor Wat is sufficient? At the same time I have reasoning for spending more time in Angkor Wat Heritage site but all depends upon your real goal of visiting this beautiful World Heritage Site in Cambodia.

In one day tour, you can easily explore the main temple of Angkor Wat, the beautiful Bayon temple with plenty of faces of Budha, Ta Prohm which is another beautiful temple in this heritage site and India is helping in restoring this one and some of the other architectural sites which come on the way. With all this you get a good sense about the space where this heritage site is located and most of the other sites would be similar in terms of architecture. During the day you also roam on the roads within heritage sites and that exposes you to some local plantation and water bodies inside the heritage compound.

In one day tour, you can easily explore the main temple of Angkor Wat, the beautiful Bayon temple with plenty of faces of Budha, Ta Prohm which is another beautiful temple in this heritage site and India is helping in restoring this one and some of the other architectural sites which come on the way. With all this you get a good sense about the space where this heritage site is located and most of the other sites would be similar in terms of architecture. During the day you also roam on the roads within heritage sites and that exposes you to some local plantation and water bodies inside the heritage compound. 

In one day tour, you can easily explore the main temple of Angkor Wat, the beautiful Bayon temple with plenty of faces of Budha, Ta Prohm which is another beautiful temple in this heritage site and India is helping in restoring this one and some of the other architectural sites which come on the way. With all this you get a good sense about the space where this heritage site is located and most of the other sites would be similar in terms of architecture. During the day you also roam on the roads within heritage sites and that exposes you to some local plantation and water bodies inside the heritage compound.

There can be cases when you may want to spend a little more time inside the heritage site - if you want to explore each place with a little detail in terms of history, architecture and do photography in appropriate conditions. Many people who spend more time, prefer hiring bikes which give them flexibility to move between the places without any dependencies.

There can be cases when you may want to spend a little more time inside the heritage site - if you want to explore each place with a little detail in terms of history, architecture and do photography in appropriate conditions. Many people who spend more time, prefer hiring bikes which give them flexibility to move between the places without any dependencies. 

There can be cases when you may want to spend a little more time inside the heritage site - if you want to explore each place with a little detail in terms of history, architecture and do photography in appropriate conditions. Many people who spend more time, prefer hiring bikes which give them flexibility to move between the places without any dependencies.

For lunch, there are enough options within the forest which has all these temples of UNESCO world heritage site. Try Khmer food, especially if you like non-veg.

For lunch, there are enough options within the forest which has all these temples of UNESCO world heritage site. Try Khmer food, especially if you like non-veg. 

For lunch, there are enough options within the forest which has all these temples of UNESCO world heritage site. Try Khmer food, especially if you like non-veg.

For lunch, there are enough options within the forest which has all these temples of UNESCO world heritage site. Try Khmer food, especially if you like non-veg.

Some handy tips -

For lunch, there are enough options within the forest which has all these temples of UNESCO world heritage site. Try Khmer food, especially if you like non-veg.

# Queue for getting ticket for single day at Angkor Wat Heritage site is relatively smaller than buying ticket for multiple days.

Queue for getting ticket for single day at Angkor Wat Heritage site is relatively smaller than buying ticket for multiple days.

 # At Angkor Heritage site, you don’t need to buy ticket for kids under 12 years but please carry a copy of the kid to present date of birth on the counter and other places inside the Angkor Heritage Site.

# At Angkor Heritage site, you don’t need to buy ticket for kids under 12 years but please carry a copy of the kid's passport to present date of birth on the counter and other places inside the Angkor Heritage Site.

# Around Angkor heritage places you would find lot of hawkers. Stay away from the hawkers selling stuff outside the entry gates of these architectural marvels, if you don’t intend to buy anything. Anyway you can find everything in Night market.

# Around Angkor heritage places you would find lot of hawkers. Stay away from the hawkers selling stuff outside the entry gates of these architectural marvels, if you don’t intend to buy anything. Anyway you can find everything in Night market.

 # Keep your body hydrated while walking around the Angkor Heritage Site.

# There are enough places to have lunch or enjoy snacks. 

 # Keep your body hydrated while walking around the Angkor Heritage Site.

# Keep your body hydrated while walking around the Angkor Heritage Site.

# Good walking shoes is must. (expect to walk a lot on the day you visit Angkor Wat)

# Good walking shoes is must. (expect to walk a lot on the day you visit Angkor Wat)

# Starting the day as early as possible can help you a lot at Angkor Heritage site. As sun goes up, you get more exhausted.

# Starting the day as early as possible can help you a lot at Angkor Heritage site. As sun goes up, you get more exhausted. 

# Starting the day as early as possible can help you a lot at Angkor Heritage site. As sun goes up, you get more exhausted.

# Starting the day as early as possible can help you a lot at Angkor Heritage site. As sun goes up, you get more exhausted.

Stay tuned for detailed posts on Angkor Wat and about of some of it's important heritage sites. 

Comments

rupam sarma said…
Wonderful temple. Thanks for all pics, Awesome.

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