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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. Arrange your visit to Angkor Wat and discover more family-friendly attractions in Siem Reap using our Siem Reap holiday planner.
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  • This is one of the best temples to see in Cambodia, along with the jungle temple Ta Phrom. Beautiful. 
  • Although it sounds crazy to wake up at 4am just to travel to see the sunrise, this is definitely a trip worth it! Standing near to the edge of the pond in front of the 5 towers; one get to see the bea...  more »
  • I was amazed by its history and its sophisticated sculpture, carving, structure, etc... It is very well preserved, and was built with out of this earth technique. I wish I had a guide to explain for m...  more »
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  • Simply outstanding! The view during sunrise is beautiful! But be prepared to start early in the morning and to brave the crowd. Try to stand near the water to get a good view. Toilets and food stalls are also available. The compound is very massive and unless you are into architecture or Khmer history the ruins will all look the same. But no trip to Siem Reap is complete without going to the Angkor Wat!
  • in short, Get you pass early(4:30 start), use a guide...enjoy I am not going to focus on the " one in a lifetime visit." It's all that, read the other posts. How to do it... If you flew here from the EU or America, your not flat broke. get a guide with a car. The guides usually operate in two man teams where one guide takes you into each temple and the other re-positions the car and greets you with ice cold water and an air conditioned vehicle...This place gets so hot, that this is not only way to go. Unless your a bad boy martyr....I am not Have your guide meet you with enough time to arrive at the ticket office no later than 4:30 am at the ticket office. Any later than that and you become one of the animals waiting in the ticket zoo. The ticket office gets busy. If your doing multiple temples, pack a breakfast and do Angkor Wat first at sunrise. The accredited guides are great n you'll be in good hands from there
  • Before visiting please Read a bit about Hindu culture. Understand a bit about Ramayana and Mahabharata. Read about Buddha, Shiva and Mahesh. This will help you correlate things you see at Angkor temple. Amazing temple with interesting details as well as absolutely breathtaking views. Be ready to be amazed. Culture science art and Religion marry here. They co exist so nicely that you will call in love with history and architecture. An atheist can also visit here and please bear in mind that you don't have to believe in Buddhism or Hinduism. You just have to appreciate story and art.
  • If you want to view what humans can achieve, there is no place better than this (according to some, it was built by the aliens :-)). It is so huge that the scale cannot be grasped without visiting the place and seeing in person. It is a short drive from Seam Reap where there are great places to stay and eat. Well worth the USD 20.00 fee for the entire park. It is free for Cambodian nationals.
  • A must-place to visit in Cambodia. The biggest religion temple in the world. It is really beautiful architecture that was built during the 12th century. Fresh air plus a great view surrounding clear and nice water. Please read Code of Conduct for wearing clothes before going to visit inside the temple. Love Angkor Wat!!