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Michiel C
France10 contributions
Oct. 2022
Angkor Wat temple is my favorite temple in siem reap city of cambodia, i really hapy to see this amazing temple in southeast asia. also thanks to mr smarty who our driver and help us a lot to get a great pictures, i would likie to recommend all travelers must visit angkor wat temple when you are here.
Written December 8, 2022
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scottsnew1
minnesota150 contributions
Nov. 2022
I was here in 2001, 2002, and 2004. If you have not been here you really must see it. Sadly when I last visited 18 years ago, there were only maybe a few dozen hawkers in the whole ancient city of Angkor, and one string of maybe 15 or 20 locally priced restaurants near the Bayon. Now there are MANY MANY HUNDREDS of hawker stalls all throughout the ruins, and scores of overpriced restaurants, with prices in the $6-$7 range. Pro-tip. you can bargain down the overpriced meals to $4 each, and less for something like fried rice. It's really sad to see how commercialized it has become, it really ruined my experience this time around. There is no need for this many hawkers all selling the same exact things.
Written December 8, 2022
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Anand G
Kochi (Cochin), India1,941 contributions
Nov. 2022
It, a UNESO Heritage monument, is unique and unusual a temple. Although many call it a Vishnu Temple, it actually is dedicated to the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The mot at around the periphery is supposed to represent the heavenly sacred milky ocean. The main entrance has three gopurams probably representing the Trikuta mountain one of the most important mountain in the vicinity of Maha Meru mountain of Hindu mythology. The main sanctum has five peaks like Maha Meru with single one at middle representing Vishnu and the two pairs on the sides for Brahma and Shiva. These are about the beliefs. The central peak is called 'Way to Heavean' but not accessible due to structural weaknesses. The bas relief works on the walls are amzing. Many things never shown in Indian temples are depicted here. For example Kailasoddharanam of King Ravana or murder of Bali. Two lengthy walls with one each showing the details of Mahabharata and Ramayanam wars by means of bas reliefs can be considered really out of the world. Even the several apsaras, heavenly dancers, shown are not uniform but with different mudras. The sad part is that all the idols and statues have 'lost' their heads with the sole exception of a Vishnu statue with Buddha like long ears. It is believed that these heads were removed to be sold as souvenirs and antiques in Europe which in turn was financing the earlier civil wars. Unlike in South Asia, the destruction hadd little to do with religious fanaticism but economic/financial reasons! The public offering prayers here pray in Hinayana/Thervada Buddhist system. There is another proper Buddha idol inside where the pujas and prayers are held properly. A must see in one's life
Written December 7, 2022
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rrushme
Dubai, United Arab Emirates8 contributions
Dec. 2022
Its a beautiful temple and must be visited at sunrise. Our guide John Suchit was very helpful in providing us a wonderful sunrise tour and also more detailed tour in the afternoon.
Written December 7, 2022
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Purnima Jain
Bengaluru, India1,679 contributions
Nov. 2022
Amazing place to visit in Cambodia, Siem Reap. Angkor Wat had been in my bucket list of place to visit for decades, and when I finally managed to make it there, it fully lived up to my expectation.

Cannot believe that there was a time people could build an amazing thing like that some hundreds years ago. Very informative for understanding about history and people.

For our two-day of temple tour we hired a Tuk-Tuk to go around. For this, we used the services of Kakadu & Sokea from "Angkor Wat Tuktuk Day Tour". They are on TripAdvisor, and I had posted a separate review for them.

Every time you enter the park, the guard will punch a hole in your ticket at the corresponding checkpoint. After punching the ticket and before entering the temple, you have to cross the moat via a makeshift bridge.

The temple consists of three levels.

On the First level, stretching around the outside of the central temple complex is an 800m-long series of bas-reliefs, designed to be viewed in an anticlockwise direction. On the outer wall of Angkor Wat is the sandstone statue of an eight-armed Vishnu figure located in the right-hand tower. In my opinion, this is the best level and this is where we spent most of our time.

On the Second level, you will find lot of statues (broken and otherwise) and gallery walls with lots of Apsara Carvings.

The Third Level is called Bakan. To reach to this level from the second level is not an easy climb. There are quite a few stairs and they are very high. Anyone with knee or mobility issues will not be able to do it. Moreover to climb these stairs you need to be properly dressed, there is a strict dress code that demands that your knees and shoulders should be covered etc. I heard from previous travellers that there is a restriction on the number of people allowed at any point of time and the amount of time they can stay at the top but when we were there I did not that being enforced anywhere. Maybe because this is right after covid and Angkor has not yet reached its peak number of tourists. From all sides on the Bakan, the view goes far over Angkor in all 4 directions. The best view is towards the west. Here you can see the entire promenade that you walked along before. In the opinion, the Third Level or Bakan, is overrated. There are only views in all directions and a couple of shrines, most of which have been barricaded, so there isn't much to look around.

All the three levels involves ascending and descending a lot of steps, and this is not just between levels. Even to go from one section to another or one room to another on the same level, we had to first climb some steps to get to the other side and then descend some steps to come back at the ground level on the other side. So, it's not as if you are gaining any height, but still climbing steps.

We covered all the three levels, and it took us a little less than four hours. This includes time for tons of pictures. We did not use any guide; we knew about some history and that was enough for us.

For the sunrise, we went again on the second day, we left our hotel at 4:30 AM in the morning via Tuk-Tuk and then had to walk quite a bit to reach the point from where the sunrise is seen. Our Tuk-Tuk driver, Sokea, went with us to show us the way and then we spent sometime taking pictures. The most popular spot for sunrise is the left side of the promenade leading to the main temple. It was cloudy the day we were there, so it was pretty anti-climactic. We returned back to our hotel for breakfast to recharge ourselves before venturing on the rest of the temple tour of the day.

We bought a 2 Day online ticket from the official website before reaching Siem Reap and never had to go to the ticket office. It's very convenient and costs 37 USD per head for a Two-Day Pass. The same pass can be used to access all the temples that we visited.
Written December 6, 2022
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Aimless Vagabonds
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India42 contributions
Nov. 2022
Undoubtedly the highlight of every tourist's Cambodia visit. This is a spectacle!

Since there are a million reviews of the temple, here's some pointers that may help.

1.People watch the sun rise at the temple so start as early as you can so you have enough time to buy tickets and then head to the temple to get a good spot experience the sun rise.

2. Try visiting the Angkor National Museum before you head to the temple, that way it makes way more sense.

3. Not all tour guides here speak good English/ Spanish/French, so ensure you speak to them before you decide to hire one.
Written December 6, 2022
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KeenTraveller12372
Sydney, Australia524 contributions
Nov. 2022
Another day tour provided by Vacation Indo China Travel
Only had time to see 3 temples Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm also a visit to the Terrace of Elephants and The Terrace of the Leper King
Personally I could spend a day a temple but only had a day excluding lunch.
To be able to see these amazing structures from 12th if not earlier centuries is amazing they are all rabbit warrens but watch ones step as many uneven surfaces.
To be a witness to the amazing carvings that adorn the walls of the temples to climb the stairs that the ancients once stepped to appreciate the intricacies of the carvings with the tools of the day and all still visible today just amazing
There is a tethered balloon so that one can see Angkor Wat from a height but this was not part of my tour and had no time to detour. The stories that the walls relate are amazing and more than a day is required to explore . Highly recommend this visit .Am so glad that I visited now post Covid as one can see that at the height of tourism the number of people would be prohibitive and limit ones access to a lot of the temples. To see the extent of tree coverage is amazing. I also attended a sunrise to Ankgor Wat but the clouds had other ideas none the less to see the day arise was just as amazing and the people so many more than the day before. As usual when returning to bus one must run the gauntlet of market sellers you decide.
Written December 5, 2022
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heidib
Orlando, FL5 contributions
Nov. 2022
So amazing how this temple was built. It is hard to understand the enormity of this temple from photographs. Wear study shoes because there is a lot of walking and climbing stairs. Also, shoulders and knees must be covered but try to wear something light because it is hot and humid. If you get a chance you should get a tour guide and have a tuk tuk driver take you to all the temples. There is so much to learn from the sandstone carvings and the culture that you could miss if you don't have a guide. Voath Vinh was our English speaking guide and he was wonderful.
Written December 3, 2022
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Mark D
Portishead, UK1,031 contributions
Dec. 2022 • Couples
Brilliant, must see place. Incredible building and carving in such a beautiful place. You need to spend at least half a day here to explore all the beauty of it
Written December 3, 2022
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Nomad200620
Singapore, Singapore7 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Business
Amazing place to visit in Cambodia, Siem Reap.
Cannot believe that there was a time people could build an amazing thing like that some hundreds years ago. Very informative for understanding about history and people.
Written December 2, 2022
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