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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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  • I had an own driver and guide, very interesting and absolutely gigantic. We were 2 days on the road and I can see not everything
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  • i was there in january, good weather, not a lot of people, the landscape is absolutely amazing, i love that place!  more »
  • Can't visit Cambodia without visiting Angkor! It's Cambodia's landmark and truly a world wonder. Just make sure you visit early because of the crowd and the weather.  more »
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  • You haven't been to Cambodia if you have not experienced ANGKOR WAT itself. This is the biggest temple tour complex in the Park. Make sure you always bring with you your Ticket as random inspection might be done upon entry. Aside from that, you may want to bring water on-hand as exploring the temples could really be exhausting. I am just amazed to finally see Angkor Wat and be mesmerized with its amazing architecture and colorful history. Truly, this should be part of your travel bucket list.
  • Might not be my very favorite but it is the more mystical & powerful of them all. It is worth visiting twice as it is the biggest one. Probably worth taking an official guide to listen stories & avoiding lines. Though with plenty of people it is worth waking up for dawn
  • Always a visit you'll never forget, but even more memorable when torrential rain threatens safe passage down the steep, narrow stairs, so guards keep you (and dozens of others) in the upper towers for an hour! Even if you haven't done your homework, the haunting, exotic beauty of this place will enchant you. If you know the culture and history, you'll be spellbound. In time, access will likely be more limited. For now, appreciate the freedom to wander freely (unless it's raining!)
  • I was here more than 10 years ago. and this is my return trip. I prefer the Angkor Wat then. less tourist. less wood structures for the steps n walk way. more authentic. I think the restoration still requires lots of effort. and I hope the government really do the preservation well and not just 'milk' it for money. it is a national pride. indeed for such majestic monuments. practical approach could be giving more multimedia tools to the tour guide. they did a fantastic job by showing photo from their own mobile phone.
  • Incredible experience. Also, the roads and facilities are well maintained. I recommend going very early and watching the sunrise. I really enjoyed the food available just outside and inside. The tour guide was worth the $15 if you want extra info in the moment, but you could also read all the info online before and after and save $15. Ambitious cyclists might enjoy a hot, but easy ride to the temple - the ride is very flat and the roads are in good condition.

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Siem Reap offers attractive accommodations on every budget. Inexpensive family-run guesthouses provide clean, private rooms with access to the host's wealth of information. Hostels catering to backpackers cluster around the old market squares. Four- and five-star resorts welcome guests to retreat from the city into sleek modern interiors or rustic village havens, while mid-range hotels with sparkling pools fill in the spectrum. All can be booked online in advance, but with the abundant options at hand you shouldn't have much trouble finding a room upon arrival.
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