Thinking of visiting Angkor Wat? Read this essential guide now!
A lot of travel enthusiasts face difficulties when they visit a country which is not among the most well-travelled destinations. Cambodia, a South East Asian country which is now emerging as a new travel hub for wanderers who love to see the magic of nature depicted in mountains and all that lies beneath them, is such a place.
As the hype around Angkor Wat gets even more intense, we thought to prepare a basic and essential guide which we strongly recommend you go through at least once before you step foot in this Kingdom of Wonder. Without any doubt, there is a multitude of attractions and countless places of historical interest to see in Cambodia but one needs to be aware of possible troubles and difficulties which need to be considered while holidaying here.
Visiting Angkor Wat is highly recommended. The temple complex which is comprised of numerous ancient temples has seen a huge increase in the annual number of tourists visiting the area every year.
Get your walking boots on
The complex of temples with religious and historical significance is extensive. If you would like to make the most out of your trip to Angkor then you need to dress comfortably. Some good advice: At any point, if you feel exhausted and want to quit, don’t! Because what you will see and experience will make the aching legs and feet well worth it!
A bit of research will be very helpful
The first and foremost rule of visiting any historical place is to prepare yourself by doing enough research. It is advisable to have some knowledge of the area’s background. Angkor Wat, for instance, is monumental in its religious significance to Hindus and Buddhists as the walls feature both of their scriptures.
Moreover, the temples in this area were built by the era’s greatest monarchs and leaders. There’s a lot to learn about this place. We recommend reading our comprehensive guide here.
Try to go there before sunrise starts
The perfect time to visit the Angkor Wat is before the sunrise starts. For this reason, you will be able to witness the sun as it rises from the east and casts its rays on the iconic main towers, striking through old windows and compounds. A stunning scene takes place which will serve as a treat for your eyes and stay in your mind forever as a truly magical experience. The first-hand experiences of many visitors are a testimony to this spectacle.
Carry an umbrella
Carrying an umbrella is a useful tip since the sun is often quite intense. Even more so if you are visiting during the summer season. In fact, there’s no harm in keeping an umbrella close at hand all year round. Depending on your luck, the umbrella will also serve you well if it rains.
Book a guide to elevate your experience
To be fair, without any exaggeration, the temples at Angkor Wat have a lot to reveal about what is hidden inside them. A local guide will be able to convey a bounty of priceless information and insights about the history of Angkor Wat. Therefore, making your visit a far more pleasurable one.
The dress code for visiting temples or any place of worship must invariably be respectful. Always keep your shoulders and legs covered. Shorts are not acceptable, neither are any tops that reveal your shoulders or upper arms. It is important to keep this in mind whenever you plan to visit anywhere at all that is religious in nature, such as temples.
The souvenirs in Cambodia are very popular and getting a few for yourself is a must. The shops situated near Angkor Wat sell many types of souvenir often at cheaper prices when compared to those located in the big tourist markets in Siem Reap or Phnom Penh.