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Friday, March 29, 2013

Siem Reap, Cambodia: Strolling Around Angkor Wat - Heritage Tour

A Cambodian escapade wouldn't be complete without visiting the world-famous Angkor Heritage Park. It is conveniently located in the heart of Siem Reap City, and accessible by Tuktuk from the city central. A day will not be enough to visit each and every temple in Angkor Park!

Cambodia Angkor Tour
Angkor Heritage Park

TRAVEL TIP: When having your Angkor Heritage Park tour, make sure to hire a Tuktuk for the whole duration of the trip because the temples or locally known as "Wats" are located far from each other.

Tuktuk in Bantea Srey

Hiring a Tuktuk will costs you around USD 15 for one day trip but you can try to haggle down the price to USD 10 - USD 12 if you are good with your negotiation skills! If you want to request for a sunrise / sunset tour, USD 15 is their fixed price for the trip. Good thing we have again our ever kind and informative Tuktuk driver, Mr. Sokhom!

Mr. Sokhom tuktuk
Mr. Sokhom

First Stop, drop by the Angkor Park Ticketing Area, along Bantea Srei and near the entrance of the Angkor Wat, and purchase your Angkor Pass. Depending on the number of days you want to go to the park, they have different price rate:

One-Day Pass: USD 20
Three-Day Pass: USD 40
Seven-Day Pass:USD 60

Three-Day Pass can be used within a week and not necessarily three consecutive days. Seven-Day Pass on the other hand is valid for a month. Angkor Park operates from 5:00 AM - 6:00 PM. If you want to witness the sunrise, you can go the Angkor Park before 5 AM and for sunset, you can set-up your camera at around 5 PM.

One-Day Pass Counters Angkor
One-Day Pass Counters

Line up the ticketing counters, fill out your information, have your picture taken, and after a few minutes, Voila! you now have your Angkor ID Pass! Always remember to bring your ticket with you all the time during your visit on the Angkor Park.
Here's a rundown of the must-visit places in Angkor Park:
  1. Angkor Wat
  2. Angkor Thom City
  3. Bayon Temple
  4. Preah Ngok Pagoda
  5. Baphuon Temple
  6. Royal Palace & Phimenakas
  7. Elephant Terrace
  8. Leper King Terrace
  9. Ta Keo
  10. Ta Phrom 
TRAVEL TIP: Make sure to bring with you your hat / sarong to protect yourself form the excruciating heat of the sun. Apply some sunblock as well prior to the tour, and bring with you some water to hydrate yourself.

Angkor Wat Entrance (under renovation)
Angkor Wat Entrance (under renovation)
Angkor Thom South Gate
Angkor Thom South Gate
Preah Ngok Pagoda
Preah Ngok Pagoda
Bayon Temple Angkor Tour
Bayon Temple
Elephant Terrace Angkor
Elephant Terrace
Ta Phrom Angkor
Ta Phrom
Famous Ta Phrom Tree
Famous Ta Phrom Tree
Ta Phrom Temple

Last must-visit place when roaming around Siem Reap's Central Market, drop by the well-known Night Market and Pub Street, These are several streets lined up by different shops that sell affordable souvenirs, and  bars and restaurants that serve cheap but delicious foods! Make sure to drink the Angkor Beer to finally have a taste of Cambodia!

Siem Reap Night Market
Siem Reap Night Market
Pub Street Siem Reap Cambodia

Pub Street Siem Reap
Pub Street Siem Reap

You may check out from here, Cambodia's Foods, for the must-try local dishes and their corresponding prices!

More information about Cambodia from here:

8 comments:

  1. Grabeee. Hong-gondo... Kakainggit tuloy. Haha...! Sana marami ka pang mapuntahan at ma-capture na memories Kuya Dan! :)

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    1. Hi Michael!

      Thanks for the comments and hope you enjoyed reading my blog site. I'm looking forward as well to mark as many places in the map as I can and I would be more than excited to share my travel stories. :)

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  2. This is nice. Very imformative. Nays! Nays! Let's go back to Cambodia!

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    1. Thanks RayanRed!

      Given the chance, I will definitely go back in Cambodia and have another backpacking experience. Have you tried backpacking in SouthEast Asia before?

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  3. Thanks for great information you write it very clean. I am very lucky to get this tips from you.
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    1. Thanks again @aluminumstatues!

      Cheers to more travels in life and enjoy what the world has to offer!

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  4. your blog is very informative, thanks....ill be visiting Cambodia this Dec 2014 and can you please advise a good hostel for me to stay for 2 nights? ill be travelling alone, kinda backpacking... thanks Sir Danilo Ong... Leevis88@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Leevis!

      Thanks a lot for dropping by my blog and nice to hear you enjoyed reading my travel stories. Wow December 2014 seems to be a perfect time to visit the place.

      A perfect hostel? Hmmm honestly I can't suggest any for now, however, there are a lot of cheap accommodations along Pub Street area and near their central market.

      Pub street is the go-to place for night outs by the way so it's kinda noisy at night :)

      Hope this helps. Keep traveling!
      Dan

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