Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

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A World Heritage Site and the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat contains some of the greatest masterpieces of Khmer art and architecture in existence. Khmer emperor Suryavarman II had the temple built in the early 12th century, originally dedicating it to the Hindu god Vishnu. By the end of the century, the temple transformed into a Buddhist religious site, which it remains today. Tour the 162.6 hectare (402 acre) complex to see its fantastically detailed and well preserved stone temples. Wear clothes that cover your upper arms and legs down to the knees to adhere to the temple's visitor dress code. A visit to Angkor Wat represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Siem Reap online route maker to plot your vacation.
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  • tremendously beautiful, impressive. Must be easily seen. It is worth to make the visit with a good guide
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  • Words cannot discribe this stunning beauty. It just took be back the first time I saw it. The history behind is fascinating. Just be prepared to walk a lot and climb a lot of stairs. Stairway to heave...  more »
  • We highly recommend visiting Angkor Wat (and the surrounding temples) with a local guide - we cannot recommend enough our guide Lekh from Angkor Guide Sam. Having a guide makes the experience far more...  more »
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  • A must see if travelling in Cambodia. Angkor watt it's self is huge and you could spend a whole day there alone if you wish to see all the temples within the area you could fill in three days easily . Weather is generally hot and humid so plenty of water is a good idea . Photographers will love this place . This is my third visit and a lot of work is being done to restore a lot of temples' the only thing that detracts a little now from my first visit 15 years ago is the amount of tourists great for the country's economy but takes away a lot of the atmosphere . It also concerns me a little what damage will ultimately be done by the pure volume of tourists now visiting . Over all a great place and you will enjoy and marvel at it . Highly recommended.
  • We enjoyed the sunrise watching here. The crowd here was actually thick in both days we went here. The site itself was really wide. We had to take an extra half day to go up the higher levels as the queue there was long. It was actually nice to tour and learn about the Cambodian culture
  • It's a truly remarkable achievement of art and engineering. As far as I'm concerned, anyone who doesn't find the scale of the relief sculptures astonishing and awe inspiring, is not capable of appreciating beauty, or has perhaps has seen this so many times they can't truly see it anymore.
  • Top place to go and so worth it. You have to pay to get inside but it’s worth it. Remember to have legs and shoulders covered but you can always buy sarongs and T-shirt’s outside the temple if you (like me) forget. Lovely to explore the surrounding area too. If you’re a runner, definitely consider doing one of the several races during the year. A fantastic way to view Ankor Wat and the many surrounding temples.
  • What an amazing place, definitely worth it, be ready to spend the whole day there and I don’t think you will see everything, I would recommend to go more than one day. I didn’t go to sunrise but the sunset was beautiful, pretty crowded though. If you are a photographer, you will definitely want to spend 3 days in there. By the way it’s pretty hot and humid

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