Angkor Wat (Cambodia)

Angkor Wat Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Christian Haugen

An archeological marvel and Cambodia's top attraction

Height of Khmer architecture
Cambodia's top tourist attraction
Temples, sandstone carvings and ornate decorations

Angkor Wat is a temple complex in northern Cambodia, 240km (150 miles) to the north-west of Phnom Penh. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest religious monument in the world. Siem Reap is the nearest town where most tourists decide to stay when coming to visit Cambodia's (or maybe Southeast Asia's) top tourist attraction - and surprisingly that town actually has some interesting sights in itself.

But back to Angkor Wat. Originally established by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the 12th century as his state (Hindu) temple and later mausoleum, it is the height of Khmer architecture. In the 14th century it became a Buddhist temple. With its sandstone carvings and ornate decorations as well as its sheer size (the complex is 203 acres - 820,000 square meters - in size, most of which is covered by jungle) it is a sight that must be seen to be believed.

ProTip: Whilst everyone is waiting for that stunning sunrise shot (which is beautiful) you can head on up the pathway and get in as soon as they open. You will get to experience this majestic place in serenity without the crowds. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Angkor Wat is a region in Cambodia. It is situated at an altitude of 121ft and the best airport to fly into is PNH (Phnom Penh International, Phnom Penh)
  • The currency used in Cambodia is the Cambodian riel (KHR)

Angkor Wat Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

90 91 95 97 95 93 91 90 90 88 88 88

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

0 0.2 1.1 2.4 6.9 8.7 9.3 5.9 10.9 9.8 3.2 0.4

More Angkor Wat travel resources

This is a must read to gain an understanding of the significance of this spiritual place:
UNESCO: Angkor.

Also check out:

This Wikipedia Article. And the WikiTravel page which has some great tips.

A good guide to shopping in Siem Reap can be found here.

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