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Top Trip Memories

  • Exploring the temples
  • Watching the sunset at Phnom Bakheng
  • Taking a ride in tuk-tuk
  • Looking at the wall art that tells the story of Kurukshetra battles
  • Spending a night in Siem Reap
  • Meeting a monk
  • Seeing the Bayon at Angkor Thom 
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Tour Tips

  • The distance between temples may not seem that far on paper, but the heat and lack of signposts mean that walking between temples is not a good option. Try a bus tour or renting a car and driver instead.
  • A source of some confusion is that Angkor Wat is the name of both the temple complex and its most famous temple. There are far more temples to see in the area surrounding Angkor Wat temple.
  • Angkor Archaeological Park covers 400 square miles and consists of countless ancient temples. Allow yourself at least two or three days to visit the area, as one day alone barely scratches the surface.
  • Angkor does not offer accommodation or other tourist facilities. Visitors to the area base themselves in the town of Siem Reap, 4 miles from the temples.
  • Getting up at 4am may not sound appealing, but it's worth it to take in the sunset over the famous towers of Angkor Wat temple.
  • A guidebook, or better yet, a guide, will provide a lot of information about the area, and direct you to sights you may otherwise have overlooked.
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Angkor Wat Travel Reviews & Ratings

4.8 out of 5

95%

recommend

22 Reviews

  • Excellent 20
  • Great 1
  • Average 0
  • Disappointing 1
  • Terrible 0

Rating Details

  • Value
    4.8
  • Guide
    4.8
  • Activities
    4.8
  • Lodging
    4.8
  • Transportation
    4.8
  • Meals
    4.8

Tour Reviews

Myths staff members Toni and Jen answered ALL of our questions and we felt well prepared for our adventure.

Indonesia, Myanmar and Cambodia: Borobudur, Bagan and Angkor Wat

5.0
February 2017
Myths and Mountains
Recommend: Yes
Myths staff members Toni and Jen answered ALL of our questions and we felt well prepared for our adventure. The trip design could not have been better. We absolutely loved the trip! We are even considering becoming Myanmar ""repeaters"", as our guide called those who chose to visit Myanmar more than once.
Out guides understood our interests and often expanded our itinerary to include additional places and experiences. We made an impromptu visit to a wedding just outside of Mandalay. We were warmly welcomed and take to a table where we were offered ice cream and cake. Then the new couple insisted that we were part of the professional wedding photos that were being taken. In fact, all over Myanmar the Burmese people wanted photos taken with us. We also encountered a house building party in Kengtung where we were offered coffee and food. The house owner shared the plans for his new house with us.
Staying at the Inle Princess was perfect! We felt like VIPs. The setting was absolutely beautiful and mystical. The Park Royal was a perfect city hotel with a wonderful breakfast and very cozy bar. All the staff was very friendly. We enjoyed happy hour at the Bagan lodge. Our pool side suite was fantastic! The laundry service was fast and good. The Sala Lodge was a perfect retreat after a hot day of ""temple exploring"" and we loved the staff. We enjoyed our stay at the amazing Kyaing Tong Resort. The Conqueror resort was also a fun stay due to a firework and balloon launch arranged by our guide with the hotel staff partying with us.
Hsu Mon Aung, our Myanmar guide was amazing! She was totally professional in taking care of us but she felt like a friend from our first meeting. She was the best ambassador for her country and through her warmth and compassion was able to connect us with many Burmese people. We entered their homes as welcomed guests. During the full moon festival we were unable to go to Taunggyito to see the balloons, so Hsu organized our own balloon launch at the Conqueror resort, including music and fireworks. She knew that I had really wanted to see the balloon festival. We felt so fortunate to have had her traveling with us, Hsu checked us in at every hotel and airport. Our bags were taken care of before we knew it. At the restaurants she helped us select foods that were Burmese and would keep us healthy. We did a lot of laughing and sharing stories in the car.
In Kyaing Tong we met our regional guide who we called ""Sy"". Sy had a fantastic personality and knew the tribes well. The people were always happy to see him. He and Hsu worked well as a team. At the local school, we donated tablets, pencils, etc., and I was able to teach the children the ""Hokey Pokey"" translated by Hsu and Sy. Su and Hsu brought medicines to the hill tribes. Keo was our guide in Siem Reap. One of his best skills was skirting the crowds at the temples. We often entered through a seemingly remote jungle path vs. the highway. At our request, he also showed us less touristy temples that were not on our itinerary. Our guide Hsu was also very resourceful! At the Pho Win Daung caves the monkeys were very aggressive, so Hsu paid two young ladies with monkey food to keep the monkeys away from us.
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5.0
December 2016
Myths and Mountains
Recommend: Yes
Cuong and Prasith stand out because they responded so well to us personally and did great work tweaking our itinerary. Sareth was also an excellent guide. The Knai Bang Chat hotel as way and above the best! Amazing architecture, peaceful, beautiful surroundings, delicious food. Could have stayed there for a week!
Everything was wonderful, so it seems unfair to pick and choose. But if we must: stand outs include Mango Home Cruise (we had a boat and crew to ourselves!); our early morning visit to Soc Trang floating market and that entire day which included a visit to a heron rookery, and a large pagoda/monastery where fruit bats roosted; and Knai Bang Chat in Kep, Cambodia. Prasith, our guide in Siem Reap, did an outstanding job of putting together two very memorable days there which included a wonderful much appreciated hike up to the River of a Thousand Linghams! We also appreciated having so much time to pursue our own esthetic interests: Jim produced many drawings and watercolors. I photographed some of the gorgeous insect life found in the region.
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Guides, Accommodations - everything perfect!

Vietnam and Cambodia: Mekong – The Veins of the Dragon

5.0
December 2016
Myths and Mountains
Recommend: Yes
Every guide I got was a winner.
- The guide took me to her house. Got to see how the people lived.”
- The guides were all native and could relate to the local people. It was a very personal visit…Each station guide was a specialist in his or her region…Really terrific.

Every single accommodation was just beautiful.
- I loved the Thiripitsaya and my room. It was the best location…I was upgraded in the Park Royal. My envelope said VIP and that made me feel special.

The guides always took care of the flights…I was always met. You had it covered and then some….Very excited when Ei met me even at the boat.
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We had a great time with this tour. We enjoyed every minute of it.

Highlight Tour Circle of Vietnam and Cambodia

5.0
November 2016
Bravo Asia Tours
Recommend: Yes
We had a great time with this tour. We enjoyed every minute of it. We learned so much about Cambodia history from our tour guide Utt. He is the best tour guide I ever met, very knowledgeable, caring and compassionate person. Jaskson

I recommend them with the highest honors

Classic Indochina Vacation

5.0
October 2016
Bravo Asia Tours
Recommend: Yes
I recently booked a trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos through your agency. Our main contact person is Andy Chen. Andy and his team of agents have coordinated an excellent trip that includes all of the places that we are interested in seeing. Additionally, they made wonderful suggestions, and arranged lovely places for us to stay. Andy responded immediately to all of our queries. I am a university English professor, and I must say that Andy's English is exceptional. I would like to thank Andy and the team for their excellent service. I recommend them with the highest honors, and we are looking forward to our trip in February. I plan to use your agency for a trip to China next year. Best wishes, and thank you.
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Angkor Wat Trips & Tour Advice

The world’s largest religious complex, Cambodia's Angkor Wat (which means “City of Temples”) covers some 400 square miles. At one time, 750,000 people were said to live on the site, but it’s been abandoned for centuries. It was built by a Khmer king in the 12th century as a Hindu temple, and later served as a Buddhist shrine and place of pilgrimage. Its remarkable stone structures -- with spires reaching heavenward and walls lined with bas-reliefs and other artworks -- lie amid the forests near the Cambodian city of Siem Reap.

Countless temples are strewn throughout the temple complex of Angkor Wat, and even with several days to spend exploring, it's impossible to see them all. Here is a selection of the unmissable temples:

Angkor Wat

The most famous of the Angkor temples, and the one after whom the temple complex is named, Angkor Wat is instantly recognizable. But pictures will not do the temple justice, and the sight of the gigantic towers and sprawling grounds are far more impressive in person. It's worth the effort to make it to the temple by sunrise, to watch the sky change color above the imposing towers. Or better yet, take a ride in a hot air balloon to take in the view from the air.

Bayon

The massive stone faces that adorn Bayon temple set it apart from the many temples of Angkor. Take your time exploring the different levels, as there are 214 of these faces to be found.

Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm, with its crumbling walls and jungle setting, gives visitors the sense that they have stumbled upon the ruins of a lost city. Gigantic trees entangle themselves among the rocks, and visitors can enjoy exploring and clambering over the massive roots.

Preah Khan

In a similar overgrown style to Ta Prohm, but with fewer tourists, visitors can often enjoy having Preah Khan to themselves and feeling like a true explorer.

Prasat Kravan

While it may be small in size, Prasat Kravan is worth a visit to admire the stone carvings on the walls of its interior.

Terrace of the Elephants

Not a temple, but a 350 meter long viewing platform, intricately carved with human and animal figures, including, of course, elephants.

Phnom Bakheng

Built on a hilltop overlooking the temple complex, Phnom Bakheng is an ideal location from which to watch the sunset. Allow plenty of time for the steep climb up the hill to the temple, and take care descending after dark.

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