Updated: Nov 13
After traveling to several different destinations, I always find myself looking for the best advice when traveling to a new place. If it’s the best place to see the sunset or a must-try local spot, I always find myself looks for a piece of advice from people who have traveled there before. I am here to give you that from the Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia, just outside Siem Reap.
The best time to visit the Park is in the morning. You’ll be able to take in the beautiful view before the sun begins beating down on you. Catching the sunrise is very popular in the Park, especially at Angkor Wat. I recommend venturing off to Srah Srang Lake and Pre Roup temple if you are interested in locations with smaller crowds.
If you aren’t on a tour, hire a tuk-tuk driver. Taking a tuk-tuk will provide you with a locals view of the Park. Most routes will take you to the highlights of the Park, and you’ll be able to see Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Bayon, and Ta Keo on the inner part of the Park. With an English speaking tuk-tuk driver, you’ll understand and learn a bit more.
The Park is massive, and you probably won’t be able to see the entire thing in one day. They sell one, three, and seven-day passes. I highly recommend the three-day pass. It gives you enough time to explore the temples and take some time to cool down during the day because it gets sweltering in the middle of the day in Cambodia, and there is little to no shade in the area. The temples are generally open from 7:30 till 5:30, so taking time to cool off is not uncommon in the middle of the day.
That brings me to my last tip – attire. For women, it is important to dress respectfully as many of the temples are still in use. You can wear clothing that is light but still covers your shoulders and longer shorts. I’ve learned that linen or light flows fabrics are my go-to when it is unbearably hot.
Now that you have these tips, you are ready to venture off to one of the most spiritual and beautiful places in the world. We can work together to come up with a travel plan that suits your needs and desires. Schedule a consultation with me, and we will work through the plan; I can provide you with the advice I wish I’d received before traveling to Angkor Archeological Park.