8 Tips for Exploring Angkor Wat

The Angkor Wat complex is a celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the largest religious monument in the world. It was first built as a Hindu temple during the Khmer Empire, but was gradually repurposed as a Buddhist temple at the end of the 12th century.

Today, over 2 million visitors tour the temples each year. Will you join them?

Decide how many days you want to spend temple touring

While the 1 day pass is the most common, it means that you need to pack a lot of sites into a one day trip. This strategy is good for travelers coming to Siem Reap for a very short time, or for anyone who isn’t really into temples and ruins.

But the game plan can backfire if the weather doesn’t cooperate (like if it’s way too hot, or if it rains). Another less popular option is a three day pass. The best for true temple-lovers, this pass allows for more flexibility and to stretch out the tours for more enjoyment. With the extra time, you can take a midday break, in the heat of the day, and go back to your hotel for a dip in the pool or a nap before setting back out in the cooler evening hours.

Stephanie Kempker / Own Work
Stephanie Kempker / Own Work