Angkor archaeological park
The Angkor Archaeological Park, located just a few kilometres outside of Siem Reap, is a UNESCO Word Heritage Site that spans over 400km2. The park houses the remains of different capitals of the Khmer empire from the 9th to the 15th century, including the world-famous temple of Angkor Wat.
However, the park is much more than just Angkor Wat and it’s a complex with ancient cities, temples, water ways and countless ruins, each echoing tales of Cambodia’s storied past.
Considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia, the park is synonymous with the mystical allure of ancient civilisations, boasting some of the most impressive architectural and artistic expression in human history.
For Cambodian people, the Angkor Archaeological Park is a proud emblem of their cultural heritage. You can see the towers of Angkor Wat on the national flag, numerous businesses featuring the word Angkor and even the national beer is named after the renowned temple.
The Temple Pass
Angkor Wat Entry Ticket
Embark on a journey through history with the Angkor Pass, your key to accessing the remarkable temple complexes of Cambodia’s Angkor region. Tailored to suit different itineraries, this pass offers various options, each providing a unique opportunity to explore and appreciate the architectural wonders and cultural heritage of the Khmer Empire.
The Angkor Pass is not just a ticket; it’s a passport to an ancient world, waiting to be rediscovered.
Gold Eco-Adventure Canopy Tour
Silver Eco-Adventure Canopy Tour
Cycling Ride and Glide Day Tour
Jungle to Countryside Angkor Zipline & Quad Bike
Zipline Combo Package with Phare Circus
What is the Angkor Archaeological Park?
The Angkor Archaeological Park is a collection of royal cities, temples and infrastructures built by the Khmer Empire. The park was the heart of the empire which once ruled over much of what is now Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. As the capital of this once great empire, the park is steeped in historical significance, reflecting the Khmer empire’s power, religious beliefs and cultural sophistication.
The significance of the park cannot be overstated and it’s the primary source of knowledge on the various aspects of the Khmer Empire, from its socio-economic systems to its religious influences. The temples are rich with inscriptions that provide insights into the language, diet, and daily life of its people.
In addition to the famous Angkor Wat temple, the park is home to many other significant sites including the Bayon Temple, which is adorned with 100s of faces smiling down on you from every angle. The royal city of Angkor Thom, where you could imagine the hustle and bustle of a million people once living there, and the ancient university of Ta Prohm temple, which featured as the backdrop in the famous 2001 movie, Tomb Raider.
How much does it cost to go to Angkor Archaeological Park?
The cost of the ticket to visit the park is $37 for a one-day pass, $62 for a 3-day pass (valid for 10 days from the issue date), and $72 for a 7-day pass (valid for 1 month from the issue date). Tickets can be purchased from the ticket office or online directly at Angkor Enterprise. For more information look at our “Angkor Pass” page which details all the information about the tickets.
When you are soaring through the jungles with Angkor Zipline, you can visit us without a pass if you use our transportation. If you make your own way to Angkor Zipline, you will need a temple pass. On our Ride & Glide tour, where you will glide through the jungle canopy and take an offroad cycle tour around the temples, you will need a valid pass.
How many temples are there in the Angkor Archaeological Park?
There are a total of 72 major temples and buildings located within the park and there are remains of 100s of temples scattered around the area outside of the park. Your ticket allows you to visit all the temples in the park and some temples located outside including Beng Mealea and Wat Athvear temples.
Most people will do the most popular temples on a one-day visit, and those staying for an extra couple of days may also take the opportunity to visit some of the temples away from the main tourist route.
Of course, the most popular temple is Angkor Wat, this is the one that everyone comes to see. But you can also visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, where you will enter through one of the 5 gates. Inside Angkor Thom, you can see Bayon temple, the Terrace of the Leper King, the Terrace of the Elephants and a few smaller temples.
The other temple which is on everyone’s list is Ta Prohm which was featured in the Lara Croft movie, Tomb Raider.
Other notable temples which people visit if they have more time are Banteay Srei and Preah Khan.
Why were the temples in the Angkor complex built?
The temples of Angkor were built as religious sanctuaries, originally for Hindu worship and then later for Buddhist practices. Angkor Wat began as a Hindu temple reflecting the universe’s structure, while temples like Bayon showcase the empire’s transition to Buddhism.
These temples were not just spiritual centres, but rather they also depicted the innovative architectural skills of the ancient Khmer and feature advanced building techniques and astronomical alignments.
Beyond their religious purposes, the temples were central to the Khmer Empire’s social and economic fabric. They helped to sustain the empire’s economy servicing as hubs for commerce, agriculture and culture, playing a vital role in the everyday lives of the Khmer people.
Angkor Visitor Code of Conduct
The park has published visitor codes of conduct which should be followed when visiting the temples. This includes adhering to a dress code where you should cover your knees and shoulders when entering sacred places. You should also be respectful of the monuments and ensure that you don’t touch, sit or lean on structures or move anything inside the temples.
There are also many signs around the temples indicating where you can and can’t go, as well as signs prohibiting smoking inside the temples.
You should also respect the environment and use the bins and restrooms located around the park.
Angkor Wat Official Website
The official website is known as Angkor Enterprise, here you can get information about all the temples, plan your visit to Siem Reap and purchase your tickets online. Note, that although you may find other websites selling tickets, you should only buy them from the official website as other providers are not licensed to sell tickets and you may be the victim of fraud.
Angkor WAt Opening Hours
The park complex is open from 5am to 7pm, although most of the temples will close to visitors at 5:30pm. Phnom Bakheng and Pre Rup temples are open until 7:00pm and are popular with visitors who want to see the sunset.
The best time to visit depends on what you want to experience during your time in the park. Many guests come to see the sunrise early in the morning and others like to stay later in the day to see the sunset.
As it can get very hot in the afternoon, you might want to avoid the heat in the middle of the afternoon and opt for an early start. However, this is often the busiest time of the day, so if you can handle the heat, then there are fewer people around in the afternoon.
Exploring Angkor Archaeological Park
One of the best ways to explore Angkor Archaeological is in the air! At Angkor Zipline, you can fly above the jungle canopy and enjoy a wild ride like no other. You can also combine our zipline tours with a cycle tour, where one of our expert tour guides will take you on a cycle ride through the jungle to visit some of the most popular temples in the park.