What is Angkor Wat?

Angkor Wat is one of the many temples of the Angkor Archaeological Park, which includes Angkor Wat, Angkor Wat, Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Bayon, Bantay Kdei and many other temples. When looking for the term Angkor Wat, people are actually looking for the Archaeological Park of Angkor, because, for example, the popular Dschugel Temple from the Hollywood movie “Lara Croft – Tomb Raider” is actually the temple of Ta Prohm and not Angkor Wat.

Information overview Angkor Wat

Getting to Angkor Wat


Flights to Angkor Wat

Siem Reap Airport: The nearest airport is Siem Reap International Airport, which is frequented by low-cost airlines such as AirAsia and JetStar and VietJet Airlines, as well as classic airlines such as the United States. Delta, KLM, Austrian Airlines and Emirates is served.

Countries with direct connection: China, Hong Kong, India, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam.

Train Siem Reap

In Cambodia there is no train route currently in operation.

Busses to Siem Reap

Public Bus Station: Most buses leave from Chong Kov Sou Station, which is approximately 7km from the city center. Some bus companies include a free transfer to the bus station.

Cambodia Bus Routes: The main bus companies offering regular routes to Phnom Phen, Kampot, Battambang and Sihanoukville are Giant ibis Transport , Mekong Express and Golden Bayon.

Bus routes outside Cambodia:


Bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap: Giant ibis Transport and Travel Mart operate a route from Khao San Road to Transport Co Intl from the Morchit bus terminal.

Bus from Pattaya to Siem Reap: There are no direct buses from Pattaya to Siem Reap. You have to go by taxi or minibus to the Thai-Cambodian border of Poi Pet, then cross the border and take a taxi or a minibus behind the border again. Some travel agencies offer this combination as a complete package for booking. To prevent visa scammers at the border of Poi Pet, you should consider an e-Visa.


Bus from Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon to Siem Reap : Both Giant ibis Transport and Mekong Express are catching up Phnom Phen, where stopover is made, and from there to Siem Rep. CAUTION, beware of the bus company Virak Buntham, which offers a direct service from Saigon/Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap. There are some bad reports from travelers.


Bus from Vientiane/Pakse to Siem Reap: The bus ride from Vientiane usually requires two transfers, but these are planned by the provider. First you take the same bus as the passengers to Phnom Penh and then change to Pakse. In addition, you change again in Kampong Cham. The bus company KM2 operates such a connection.

Visa for travel to Angkor Wat


Important Info: You may need to prove that you have a return or onward ticket and that you have sufficient funds (such as a credit card).



The e-Visa can easily be requested online at evisa.gov.kh. The tourist visa for a maximum of 30 days stay and single entry into the country costs $ 30 + $ 6 processing fee. The processing time is up to 3 days. It should be noted that the e-visa is not allowed at all border crossings but only at the following:

Siem Reap International Airport

Phnom Penh International Airport

Cham Yeam (Koh Kong)

Poi Pet (Banteay Meanchey)

Bavet (Svay Rieng)

(Source: evisa.gov.kh/information/tourist_visa/4, as of 28.10.2017)

Visa on Arrival:

There is the possibility to get a tourist visa when entering the country without first applying for it. For this you need a valid at least 6 months passport, a passport photo of about 5x5cm, 35 USD fee and the locally completed visa application.

Visa Fee: The fee must be paid in US dollars. There are cash machines in front of the visa counters in the arrivals area of Siem Reap airport, but it is strongly advised to bring the appropriate amount of 35 US dollars, which the ATMs are not 100% reliable.

All borders with visa on arrival: For overland travelers by bus, taxi or car visa on arrival can also be issued at the following borders:

Thailand Thailand:

O’smach (Oddar Meanchay Province)

Poipet (Beantey MeanChay Province)

Prom (Pailin City)

Daung (Battambang Province)

Chorm (Oddormeanchey)

Cham Yeam (Koh Kong Province)

Vietnam Vietnam:

Bavet (Svay Rieng Province)

Kaom Samnor(Kandal Province)

Phnom Den(Takeo Province)

Trapaing Sre(Kratie Province)

Tropaing Phlong (Kampong Cham Province)

Laos Lao:

PDR: Dong Kralor( Steung Treng Province)

(Quelle: https://www.embassyofcambodia.org/faq.html, Stand 21.05.2017)

Angkor Wat Weather & travel time


Best time to travel to Angkor Wat

Cambodia has a tropical climate. This means that there are only two seasons, namely rainy season from May to November and dry season from December to April. The temperatures are around the year between a minimum of about 20 degrees and a maximum of about 40 degrees with average temperatures of about 26 to 30 degrees. The best times to visit Angkor Wat are when it does not get to hot, ie the end of the rainy season and the beginning of the dry season (November to February).


In recent years, the number of visitors from the Angkor region has increased slightly and there are about 2.3 million tourists per year. Compared to about 19.4 million visitors in Thailand’s capital Bangkok, these are not extreme crowds.

Particularly quiet months in terms of visitor numbers according to the official statistics are the months of May, June and September.

(Source: www.tourismcambodia.org/images/mot/statistic_reports/tourism_statistics_year_new_2016.pdf, as of: 28.10.2017)


Sunrise and sunset over Angkor Wat

Sunrise over Angkor Wat during the year

Sunset times during the year

Times: Depending on the month, the times of sunrise and sunset vary over Angkor Wat. The sunrise takes place depending on the season between 05:30 and 06:45. The sunset between 17:15 and 18:45.

Best places to watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat

The most used sunrise viewpoint is just past the main entrance on the left. In the small lake are reflected the pagodas of the temple. But it can be very busy. Nevertheless, from our point of view, this spot is an absolute must.

Those who prefer a quieter pace can enjoy the sunset over Angor Wat, as most groups watch the sunset in Phnom Bakong and Pre Rup.


Alternate Viewpoints

In the Jungle of Ta Prohm

Gondola ride on the lake of Angkor Thom

Near the water reservoir of Sra Srang


Sunscreen: Apply plenty of sunscreen with a high sun protection factor and take sunscreen on the tour with you to cream. Especially the midday sun in the park of Angkor is very strong.

Clothing: What should I wear for an Angkor Wat tour? For the tour in the Archaeological Park of Angkor recommend air permeable but light garments. The best is trekking clothing.

Please note: Some temples can only be visited with their shoulders and knees covered. Some cloths are sold locally. However, it is more advantageous if you already bring additional clothing with you on your tour. Optimal are trekking pants with removable leg parts.

Footwear: Both trekking sandals and hiking boots with a good ventilation system are recommended, as in some sections they also run over roots and rocks depending on the route be.

Angkor Wat Tickets & Prices


Angkor Pass Sales Office: The Angkor Wat ticket office is operated by the state-owned Angkor Enterprise. The opening times are daily from 04:30 – 17:30. This is the only point of sale for the Angkor Pass, according to the official website of the agency.

Ticket Purchase Procedure: If you want to visit the park privately or with an organized tour, you must purchase an Angkor Pass at the official ticket office. The entrance pass is only valid with a personal photo. You do not have to bring a picture, it is taken on site at the point of sale.

Angkor Pass Paid: You can pay for the entry pass in cash and, since 2017, all major cards (Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, Union Pay, JCB, Discover and Diners Club) are located right next to the ticket office also an ATM.

Angkor Passes: There are three passes available.

Daypass: 37 USD

Three-Day Pass: 62 USD

Weekly Pass: 72 USD

(Source: https://www.angkor.com.kh/angkor/index, as of 25.05.2017)

Angkor Wat Opening hours


The general visiting times of the temples are from 07:30 to 17:30. The following areas are excluded from this:

Angkor Wat: 05:00 am to 5:30 pm

Sras Srang: 05:00 am to 17:30 pm

Pre Rup: 05:00 am to 19:00 pm

Bakheng: 05:00 am to 19:00 pm

Angkor Park Map

This interactive map gives an overview of the main temples of the Angkor Archaeological Park.

List of the Temples in the Historical Park of Angkor


Most people are looking for Angkor Wat if you want to find out more about the historical park of Angkor. There are numerous temples throughout the archaeological park. Below is an overview of the main temples and attractions of Angkor.

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is probably the most famous temple of the archaeological park of Angkor. He is the tallest and tallest with his two pagodas reflected in the water basin in front of it.

Angkor Wat



Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm

Medical Notes for Angkor Wat

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides comprehensive information on vaccination recommendations and information disease risks. The tropical climate of Asia offers many mosquitoes an optimal climate, which is why you should always protect against mosquito bites. In general, disease warnings for a country do not have to apply to certain regions and vice versa. Here is some information about diseases especially in and around Angkor Wat.

Malaria in Angkor Wat

According to the Foreign Office of Germany, the Siem Reap and Angkor Wat regions are considered malaria free. (Source: www.auswaertiges-amt.de/DE/Laenderinformationen/00-SiHi/KambodschaSicherheit.html?nn=391380#doc391312bodyText6, as of 28.10.2017)

Dengue fever in Angkor Wat

In contrast to malaria, the dengue virus is transmitted by the Asian tiger mosquito during the day and also in Angkor Wat. Especially the rainy season from Mail to Okotober increases the risk. Always use anti-mosquito spray. Dengue fever rarely ends in death.

Angkor Wat risk: The most recent information from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that from January to September 2017, there were approximately 2500 infections and one death across Cambodia and reported at a maximum of 150 per month. There are no exact numbers of Angkor Wat, but you can do the following extrapolation. In 2016, there were approximately 2.3 million visitors in the Angor Wat / Siem Reap region. Assumption: If only the tourists met, then with about 150 infections per month and with about 190,000 tourists per month, the risk would be 0.08%, ie less than one per thousand. And this assumption is completely exaggerated. So you should not let your impressions of Angkor be ruined by exaggerated concern about dengue fever.

(Source: www.wpro.who.int/emerging_diseases/dengue_biweekly_report_20171024.pdf, as of: 28.10.2017)