Located in the north central part of Cambodia, the 1,000-year-old temple of Angkor Wat is the number one tourist attraction. Known for the world’s largest religious monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cambodia has taken this ancient temple as its national symbol. A travel to Angkor Wat will offer travelers a glimpse into the past of the Khmer empire, as well as spectacular sceneries and architectures. Although this place is full of tourists, it’s still breathtaking to see. Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and Bayon are the most popular temples that you should not miss. Indochina travel Cambodia
December and January will be the best time to go to Cambodia because the temperatures are moderate, and humidity is low. But, you should be careful because this period is quite crowded, and some moats at Angkor Wat can dry up. Additionally, remember to avoid traveling in May and June because this is the wettest and hottest time of the year.
How to travel to Angkor Wat?
Depending on the way in which travelers are going to Cambodia, getting a visa is quite important. Search for information on the Internet to know whether you are asked to get an online e-Visa program for tourism visas from the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or not. Follow its instructions on the website to get the approval for three months from the date of issue and for a 30-day stay.
There are five ports of entry for foreigners coming to Cambodia, including two international airports at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, and three land border crossings with Vietnam and Thailand. So, the travelers can choose to travel by road or air regardless on their position.
- Get in by road
It’s so easy to take daily buses, mini buses, boat or taxi from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and vice versa. In additional, travelers can travel between Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh or Siem Reap by bus, an eight-hour trip. Bangkok is about three to five hours away on roads. In this way, the travelers can easily get in Cambodia through one of the three approved land border crossings between the countries.
- Get in by air
To move to Angkor Wat quickly, travelers often fly to Siem Reap International Airport. Many main Asian cities are providing direct flights to this airport, such as Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Seoul, and Guangzhou. Additionally, if you are in Phnom Penh, you also take a plane to move to SiemReap. There are three airlines offering flights between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Although this mean of transport is too expensive, if you’re short on time, it will be better because it just takes about 45 minutes. Cambodia Discovery
How to get around Angkor Wat?
Typically, foreigners are asked to hire a bicycle, a tuk-tuk or a van driver to walk the whole complex of Angkor Wat. If you want to explore every corner of its place, bicycling might be fun. However, be prepared well because you have to go cycling for long hours under the heat. So, the best way is to hire a tuk-tuk driver. You just ask a hotel reception, and he will introduce a reliable driver. The average price is about $18 to $20 depending on your request. The driver will pick you up at the hotel and stay till the park closes at 6 pm.
It’s time to pack your back to travel to Angkor Wat and contemplate the ancient temple from the Khmer empire. Let yourself enticed by the unique beauty of this temple right away!
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