7 Things to Consider When Visiting Angkor Wat

Angkor is most well known for its temples along with schools, villages and farmland. In case you ever get here, you will have the opportunity to see the way the Cambodian villagers live. Angkor Wat is the most important landmark of the area for it is the most well-known.

1. Season

In case you are planning on visiting the region, you should do so between November and March, because in this period of time the weather usually is the most pleasant. If you get there a bit earlier, at the end of October or at the beginning of November, you will still see a lot of water because of the rains, but in the same time there will be fewer tourists.

2. Shoes

One of the best pieces of advice that you can get is to be wearing good and sturdy, comfortable shoes. This is because the paving of the temples isn’t really even, not to mention that the rocks are slippery if they are wet. It is best to have an umbrella to fight the rain or the sun.

3. Religion

You can make the best of the trip if you have some basic knowledge regarding Theravada Buddhism and Hinduism. Usually the guidebooks contain a separate section regarding these religions. Also make sure that you get a map in advance because they don’t have maps at the office where you normally get the tickets from.

4. Route

The majority of the tourists use the same route: they are at the gate of the main temple before sunrise and they get back inside the hotel to have breakfast. After breakfast they visit Angkor Thom, Banteay Srei and Ta Phrom. Then they have lunch and they go on exploring Angkor Wat seeing the sunset from Phnom Bakheng Hill. If you don’t want any crowd make sure to avoid this route.

5. Private guide

In order to make the best of the trip, you should have a good traveling guide. This is because most probably you wouldn’t get all the information about the temple and so you may find it boring. There is need for someone to bring history back to life.

6. Souvenirs

Most probably you will find children at the temples selling souvenirs and asking you for money. In the majority of the cases the hotels have connections with NGOs that could take you to schools or orphanages and you should rather make a donation to them than to support children to keep on selling cheap souvenirs.

7. National Palace Museum

In case you get to Phnom Penh, this museum is worth to be visited. It is best to visit it after you have seen the temples. The best thing you could do is to find a guide that is able to tell you a lot of things about the items that are exposed.

The good thing about a trip of this kind is that it doesn’t require a lot of time, and so the costs are also relatively small. Nonetheless you shouldn’t think that it is cheap or inexpensive.