Monday, June 22, 2015

What to see in Angkor ? Angkor Wat

We took Air Asia from Kuala Lumpur (KLIA2) to Siem Reap, 2 hours flight journey to Cambodia for a short getaway.

Angkor is one of the most important archaeological and architectural site of Asia. In case you are not aware of, the Cambodian flag features Angkor Wat on its country flag.

Angkor Wat (translates to City Temple) is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed between year 1113 and 1150 by Suryavarman II. Cambodians refer the monument Angkor Wat as Small Imperial City. The temple was built honors dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu (preserver of the Universe) rather than to the King. It is also symbolic representation of Hindu cosmology. 

Notes to Travelers visiting Angkor

1) Angkor Pass 
I bought a three-day pass (valid in 7 days) to explore the Angkor temples, which costs me US $40. A single-day pass is available for US $20 or a week-long pass can be purchased for US $60. Children below 12 years old is Free-of-Charge.

Do remember to carry along the Pass with you as there will be a checking point at entrance of each temple. 

2) How to get there ? 

We (2 adults & 2 children) get a driver and local tour guide (English speaker) for our first day visit and the Tut-tut for the second day. 

3) Expenses in Angkor (for reference only)
  • Driver & Van (8 pax) (from the Lucky Mall) = $40 Full day or $8 Half Day ; Tour guide (English speaker)  = $39 
  • Tut-tut = $15 Full day
  • Lunch inside the Angkor compound = $5-10 / meal  
  • Coconut drink = $1 

4) Things to do in Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat faces to the west. The temple is better visited in the afternoon/ evening for sun set instead sunrise. However, the temple is closed at 5.30 pm. After 5.30pm , the security guard will rushed the visitors out from the Angkor Wat temple. 

Reflection of Angkor Wat in the calm water. 

Further reading :  

Notes to travelers to Angkor Wat  
Notes to travelers to Angkor Thom , Bayon Temple  and Ta Prohm Temple


Photo Cache said...

This is in my bucket list.

Email me @ mymillado at hotmail dot com for your address. I have collected postcards over the years. I'd be happy to share some with you.

ak-ut said...

beautiful shots and post :-)