Angkor Wat is considered the jewel of the country of temples and towers. Visiting Angkor Wat – Cambodia, you will discover the beauty of the temples which have unique architecture with unforgettable exciting experiences. To make your trip be convenient and easy, you can refer some Angkor Wat travel experiences below.
Preparing the luggage and requisites
In addition to the simple clothes, you need to bring long-sleeved clothes because you will visit many temples and shrines here. The relics of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom are very large, you have to move quite much; therefore, you should have sneakers, wide-brimmed hat, umbrella, sunglasses, drinks … You should bring a camera to capture the magical scenery In particular, to record the mysterious, ancient moments of temples, you should bring a camera.
Transportation to Angkor Wat
In northern region of Vietnam, you take flight from Hanoi(Da Nang city) to Siem Reap city, then ride tuk tuk to the monuments. For southern area, you travel via Moc Bai border gate by road.
From the central of Siem Reap, there are two main roads including Sivatha avenue and Pokambor road, the next stage includes Tusamuth and Charles De Gaulle, the final path until Angkor Wat.
You should exchange money from VND,USD into Riel currency at the border gate to have a low exchange rate, you can change at banks in Siem Reap. Or, you can use the USD; however, if you intend to buy expensive items, it will be very complicated because you will have to pay in Riel. Therefore, before travelling to Angkor Wat, you should prepare some Riel currency.
Hotels near Angkor Wat
– Channa’s Angkor Homestay, Green Empire Resort, Palm Village Resort & Spa … in Kouk Chak
– Arboretum Guest House, Bloom Garden Guesthouse, Bunsay Angkor Guesthouse, … in Nokor Thum
Some Angkor Wat travel experiences you should also consider are to buy a phone SIM card so that you can be able to easily contact your relatives in Vietnam or when it is necessary, you should buy SIM card which costs about USD 3-4 / SIM at the border gate. About eating, you can choose the affordable restaurants along the streets of Siem Reap, the prices will be cheaper than it is in night markets or hotels. When shopping at any places, you should bargain for a lower price, the shopkeepers and sellers here often raise the price.
Visiting the ruins of Angkor
The relic of Angkor Wat is nearly 6km in circumference, the total area is about 200ha, the main temple is located on the highest peak with an altitude of 65m. The special thing of Angkor Wat is that the main entrance is located to the west (the direction of sunset). Wart Angkor was built from stone, with 398 halls interconnected by the 1500m long corridor.
Entrance ticket: Before visiting Angkor Wat, visitors must buy a ticket. There are three kinds off ticket: ticket for one day costs $ 20 / ticket (about 400,000 VND), ticket for three days costs $ 40 or ticket for 7 days with $ 60. The tickets are for one person only for your photos have been printed on tickets. If you have time, you should not buy ticket for one day because Angkor Wat temple is the very large, you can not admire all off it within 1 day.
Tourists can visit Angkor Wat from 5:00 am to 5:30 pm, ticket office is about 2km from the temple. You should keep the ticket during the tour and are allowed to go freely in the visiting hours.
Located 317 km from the capital of Phnom Penh to the north, Angkor Wat was built in the mid XII century to worship Vishnu, a God of Hinduism by King Suryavarman II. Later, Angkor Wat is used as a place to worship the Buddha after Cambodia’s monarchy had moved to follow Buddhism in a few centuries later.
The central chamber of Angkor Wat is a three-tier architecture connected together by a long corridor. Visitors can find engraved patterns, friezes in ancient stories from the Indian epics of Mahabharata and Raymana.
The 1st floor: Hell
The uniqueness of this floor is the sculptures on the corridor wall of the lowest floor. With a height of 2.5 m and stretching over 800 meters, this can be considered the largest, longest handmade sculpture painting on stone in the world depicting the historical references in Brahmanism scripture, the feats of arms of king Suryavarman II.
The innermost part of the picture is the legendary “Churning of the Sea of Milk” battle, monkeys and the battle of God Sita, the dances of Aspara fairies …
At the corners of Angkor Wat and each centimeter of the temple, nowhere is without sculpture. These sculpted patterns in stone are so meticulous that people think that they were sculpted on an available template.
The temple was built on the principle of arranging stone in advance, then the architect began sculpting. The proof is that there are still traces of the unfinished sculpture paintings on the pillars in the first floor.
The lowest floor of Angkor has lakes where the king for bathed, but they are dry now.
The 2nd floor: Earth/ World
This is a large courtyard surrounded by wall blocks, there are worship halls of the gods inside, the second floor tower area is the drainage system for the temple.
On the 2nd floor, there are countless paintings depicting the Apsara dancers dancing with bare breasts.
The 3rd floor: Heaven
With a height of 65m, this is the top floor, and is considered the home of the gods. The third floor consists of two intersecting cross corridors. The meeting point of the two corridors is the central area of Angkor Wat.
The central tower in Angkor Wat is the tallest tower in the temple, surrounding the tower has four square corridors. There is a tower at the corner of each lobby.
The central tower and four surrounding towers form the famous skyline of Angkor Wat. The stairs going up the central tower is divided into four faces, sloping, narrow and extremely difficult to climb.
In the chambers of the temple, there is a very magical hall. Visitors often stand there against the wall, fist their hands and pat lightly on their chest, immediately, they will here an echo which is like the drum beat. There are also plenty of sculpture of fairies on the wall.
Angkor Wat is a magnificent architectural achievement which shows a high level in all aspects, and is the most precious jewel of the country of temples and towers.
Once visiting Angkor Wat, tourists can not avoid being touched and impressed by the great mysterious wonder. In 1991, Angkor Wat was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO; Angkor Wat is comparable with the Great Wall of China, Taj Malhan in India, the Pyramids in Egypt.