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How to Spend 1 Day in Angkor Wat

How to Spend 1 Day in Angkor Wat

The towering spires of the Angkor Wat temple complex, epicenter of the medieval Khmer empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are southeast Asia’s most spectacular historical sight. Yet Khmer remains extend beyond Angkor Wat. With one day in the Angkor area, you can bag the big three: Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Ta Prohm. Here’s how.

Morning: Angkor Sunrise

Beat the lines by arranging your 1-day pass for the Angkor Archaeological Park in advance. (Most tours exclude entrance fees as passes cover multiple sites and can span one day, three days, or seven days.) Then savor one of the all-time great sights of the Angkor area: sunrise over Angkor Wat. Once you’ve captured your shots, enjoy an early breakfast near the site, then head to Ta Prohm, known as theTomb Raider temple, soon after opening to beat the crowds. The spectacle of vast tree roots slowly consuming the cloisters of this 12th-century monastery makes for a real Indiana Jones moment.

Afternoon: A Tale of Two Angkors

Next on your agenda should be Angkor Thom (Great City), a majestic city spanning 4 square miles (10 square kilometers). Whether you’re traveling by tuk-tuk, bicycle, on the back of a motorbike, or in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle, look for a tour that includes, at a minimum, Bayon Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants, and the Terrace of the Leper King. Return to Angkor Wat to explore the temple complex in more detail. A good guide can help interpret the bas-relief sculptures, explain how the site represents Hindu cosmology, and outline how King Suryavarman II built it.

Night: Sunset and Social Conscience

With only a day in Angkor, it’s worth taking in the views at sunset as well as sunrise. Hike up Phnom Bakheng hill to the temple that bears its name and savor sweeping vistas across Angkor Wat—or watch the sunset from atop Pre Rup temple. Head into Siem Reap for dinner at one of the city’s socially conscious restaurants. Marum is part of the TREE Alliance, which helps train young and underprivileged Cambodians for careers in hospitality. Wrap up the night with two classic Siem Reap experiences: a pedicure from “doctor fish,” which nibble away dry skin, and a trawl through riotous Pub Street.

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Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap

Phare: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap

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Be mesmerized by the captivating choreography and hypnotic color of a Phare performance in Siem Reap. Feast your senses on a spectacle that blends riveting theater with folk music and distinctly Cambodian stories. Commend the determination of the young circus artists, many of who are from challenging social and economic backgrounds, as they hypnotize the audience with their energy and emotion. Gain insight into the charity Phare Ponleu Selpak and discover the work the organization does to help vulnerable children and adults in Cambodian society.
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  • 1 hour
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$18.00
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Sunrise Small-Group Tour of Angkor Wat from Siem Reap

Sunrise Small-Group Tour of Angkor Wat from Siem Reap

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The UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat is the star attraction of Cambodia and the magnificent temple complex is even more atmospheric at sunrise. This full-day small-group tour from Siem Reap makes an early start to avoid the crowds and visits highlights including Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, and Bayon temple (entrance fees at your expense). Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.00
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$26.00
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Private Angkor Wat Tour from Siem Reap

Private Angkor Wat Tour from Siem Reap

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Uncover the UNESCO-listed wonders of Angkor on a private full-day tour from Siem Reap. Marvel at the world-famous temple of Angkor Wat and uncover the fascinating history of the Khmer Empire on a tour of the vast ruins. Then, set out to explore the majestic temples of Bayon and Banteay Kde, stroll through the eerily overgrown temple of Ta Prohm and take in the views from the Terrace of the Leper King and the Terrace of the Elephants.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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$75.00

Angkor Wat Park Zip Line Adventure in Siem Reap

Angkor Wat Park Zip Line Adventure in Siem Reap

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You simply can’t come to Siem Reap without a visit to the Angkor Wat Archeological Park, but the magnificent temples aren’t the only highlight. Get your adrenaline pumping on this half-day zip-line adventure and soar through the Angkor rainforest on a series of 21 thrilling zip lines, sky bridges, and abseils, enjoying spectacular views over the jungle.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.67
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Full-Day Temples of Angkor Small Group Tour

Full-Day Temples of Angkor Small Group Tour

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The UNESCO-listed Angkor Archeological Site is a highlight of any visit to Cambodia, with temples and sculptures that sprawl across 150 square miles (400 square km.). This full-day, small-group tour makes it possible to explore the complex in one day with a professional historian guide. In addition to visiting Angkor’s architectural highlights, take in jungle-shrouded buildings.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$18.00
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Angkor Wat Admission Ticket

Angkor Wat Admission Ticket

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Save the hassle of visiting the ticket office by buying your 1-, 3-, or 7-day Angkor Archaeological Park pass in advance. Rather than waiting in line to purchase your pass on the day—particularly inconvenient if you’re heading to Angkor Wat for sunrise—your pass is delivered to your hotel the night before your visit, meaning you can go directly to temples such as Ta Prohm and Banteay Samre without wasting time.
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  • 1 to 7 days
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$59.00
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Full day Angkor Sunrise Bike Tour Inclusive of Jungle Breakfast & Lunch

Full day Angkor Sunrise Bike Tour Inclusive of Jungle Breakfast & Lunch

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Get an early start to watch the morning light splash over Angkor Wat’s triple towers, a fantastic beginning to your full-day bicycling tour among the ruins of the Angkor Kingdom. Your local guide leads you through the Angkor Archaeological Park, showing you several iconic temples in the sprawling complex. Stop to stroll around different sites and examine intricate stone carvings and statues. Your small-group tour is limited to six participants, and includes a Western breakfast and Khmer lunch, and round-trip transport by minivan from Siem Reap.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$87.18
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Guided Angkor Temple Bike Tour from Siem Reap Inclusive of Lunch

Guided Angkor Temple Bike Tour from Siem Reap Inclusive of Lunch

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Enjoy a full-day bicycle tour to see Angkor’s major temples and experience the lush Cambodian countryside around Siem Reap. Your experienced local guide shows you highlights of the Angkor Archaeological Park including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm Temples, in addition to some lesser-known sights along the route. Get the chance to experience this breathtaking landscape on a small-group tour with a maximum of 14 participants, ensuring personalized attention from your guide. Bonus: this tour includes refreshments and a delicious lunch.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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$46.16
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Private Full-Day Angkor Temple and Sunset Viewing

Private Full-Day Angkor Temple and Sunset Viewing

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Ride in a private vehicle from Siem Reap to the UNESCO-listed Angkor Archaeological Park on this full-day tour. Wander the temple complex with your own personal guide who shares scholarly insight on the awe-inspiring site dating back to the Khmer Empire. View Angkor Thom, the Bayon, Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat, finishing with a sunset viewing at Pre Rup Temple.
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  • 8 hours
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$37.00
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Half-Day Ta Prohm and Banteay Kdei Tour

Half-Day Ta Prohm and Banteay Kdei Tour

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Already seen Angkor Wat? Explore more of the UNESCO-listed Angkor temples on this 4-hour off-the-beaten-track tour. Marvel at the Buddhist temple of Banteay Kdei and enjoy stunning views of the Srah Srang reservoir. Then, venture into the overgrown jungle temple of Ta Prohm, famously used as a filming location for Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider. This private tour includes hotel pick-up and round-trip transport.
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  • 4 hours
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$34.00
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Half-Day Angkor Tuk-Tuk Explorer Tour from Siem Reap

Half-Day Angkor Tuk-Tuk Explorer Tour from Siem Reap

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Marvel over the mighty monuments of UNESCO-listed Angkor on this half-day tour from Siem Reap. Travel like a local as you hop aboard a traditional tuk-tuk and zip around the vast temple complex. Jump off along the way to snap photos of the world-famous Angkor Wat, roam the evocative ruins of Angkor Thom and marvel at the sacred sculptures of the Terrace of the Elephants. This private tour includes hotel pick-up.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$41.00
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Champagne Breakfast and Sunrise over Angkor

Champagne Breakfast and Sunrise over Angkor

Start your day at Angkor Wat the memorable way, with a champagne breakfast as you watch the sun rise over the temples. You’ll be picked up early, in good time to make it to Angkor Wat by sunrise. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the beautiful surroundings. Afterwards, be transported back to your hotel, with plenty of hours left in the day to enjoy other activities.
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  • 3 hours
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$212.00
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