In this article I will tell you about the archeological site of Angkor
The archeological site is situated in the city of Siem Reap, and it’s the biggest religious structure in the world, and in particular, Angkor wat, “temple that is a city” is the biggest monument.
The monument was ordered by Suryavarman II at the beginning of his kingdom, but it was completed only after his death. Originally the temple was devoted to Vishnu, but centuries after it was converted in a Buddhist sanctuary.
After the decline of the city, Angkor lost its role as a capital, however it continued to host Buddhist monks until Khmer Rossis established a new regime. But who are these Khmer Rossi? Briefly they were part of a communist and revolutionary group who took the control of Cambodia during the ‘70s by bringing terror in the whole country and by executing in the extermination camps whoever was suspected or against their ideals. Victims are estimated to be 1,7 millions. At the end of ‘70s vietnamese troops ended the regime by giving a start to the civil war that tore the country apart even further. Only in 1998 a coup d’etat definitely marked the end of Khmer Rouge’s season.
After these historical notes let’s get back to us!
From where to start to visit Angkor’s temples? Considering the great size/big dimension of the place it’s very important to plan and organize a schedule for the visit days, in order not to lose time.
Here I would like to gather all the useful information and tips for the tour
The evening before every visit we rent a tuk-tuk together with his driver, you will find them for sure in every hotel, hostel and so on… or you can simply ask them directly whenever you see them in the street and reserve one for the morning after.
For the archeological site’s tour it’s necessary to buy a ticket (you can find the updated prices here down below) and keep it with you, because you’ll have to show it every time before entering a temple!
The first day, right before the beginning of the tour, your personal driver will take you straight to the main entrance, where you will personally buy the tickets. After you’ll be ready to start your visiting day!
- 1 day 37$ about 30€
- 3 days 62$ about 50€
- 7 days 72$ about 58€
We have decided upon a 3-days-package, so we’ll have plenty of time to visit this archeological site and the rest of Cambodia.
Clothing: especially important for womens!
For the visiting of the temples it is necessary to have an appropriate outfit (you’ll be checked at the entrance and inside the temples!), so that means: shoulders and knees must be covered
Briefly you must wear a t-shirt, or bring a scarf/sweater to cover yourself, and wear a pair of trousers long enough. However, considering the high temperature I’ll recommend you to wear a long skirt (you can buy one in the many stalls that you can find in the refreshment points near the temples, or you can consider to wear very lightweight long trousers!)
Regarding footwear, when we were planning our travel, I read many websites and blogs to understand what could be the most comfortable clothes to be used, and they suggest sturdy shoes, but it is not exactly like this.
So, sneakers or tennis shoes can be also good, I wore sandals!
This is one of my typical outfit
Guys instead don’t have these kind of problems, but try to avoid tank tops, and opt for t-shirts and shorts!
Book an hotel or hostel in the central zone of Siem Reap, so that it’ll be easier to go out during the evenings. Prices are really good, and by the way you can use my link to save €15 on the reservation https://www.booking.com/s/35_6/537c931a
Another important thing to keep in mind is that it’s very very hot, so bring a cap and water.
I hope that you’ll follow my advices and that you’ll have great memories from this beautiful place – just like it happened to us!
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