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- Angkor Wat for those who want an easy adventure in just 2 nights!
- 5 things you should know before going to Angkor Wat
- How to get around Angkor Wat
- Other points to note. Clothing, belongings, prices, food, transportation, etc.
- You should see at least two places in Angkor Wat!
- You should also visit Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm in the surrounding ruins
- Things to do other than visiting the ruins: ballooning, elephant rides
- How to spend your time in Siem Reap!
- How to get a visa
Angkor Wat for those who want an easy adventure in just 2 nights!
It can be reached from Japan in as little as two nights, and is a must for those who want to feel like they are on an adventure and want to see such a large scale of ruins! I definitely recommend it!
The ruins are world-famous, but what is the attraction? Let’s have a quick review.
1. It’s just so close!
What are the world’s most famous large-scale ruins?
Machu Picchu, the Pyramids, the Parthenon, the Colosseum, etc. There are many of them all over the world, but they are all a bit far from Japan.
However, although there are no direct flights to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, it can be reached in as little as two nights from Japan!
In extreme cases, it is so close that you can go there in a weekend, even on a three-day weekend!
2. An overwhelmingly large group of ruins!
Angkor Wat and the surrounding ruins are just huge!
They’re scattered in various parts of the jungle, and one day might not be enough to see them all in detail!
There are probably no other ruins of this size that are so close to Japan.
If you want to see the biggest ruins you’ve ever seen, you have to go to Angkor Wat!
5 things you should know before going to Angkor Wat
So what are the things you need to know when you go to Angkor Wat? I’ve been to Angkor Wat, so I’ll tell you what you need to know!
3. Security is relatively good. But beware of pickpockets and shoplifters!
Safety in the Angkor Wat area is relatively good. There are no robberies or murders to be encountered.
However, the most thing to watch out for is pickpockets and shoplifters.
Of course, pickpockets will steal your wallet or the contents of your bag (including your backpack) before you know it, but what I actually encountered (and was a victim of) was when I stopped my bicycle to go sightseeing. When I stopped my bike to go sightseeing, I was told to buy a coke instead, and while I was struggling to pay 9,000 riel (about US$2.40 ), my US$40 (two $20 bills) was stolen.
I noticed this when I returned to the hotel to pay after finishing my sightseeing tour, so that’s how stolen without notice it was.
The best way to avoid being left behind is to never take your eyes off your luggage, even for a moment.
For example, when you buy something, put your luggage on the floor for a moment while you pay, and it can be taken away.
Angkor Wat itself is located in the countryside surrounded by jungle, so it seems to have a relaxed atmosphere and no crime.
But no matter how safe it looks, Cambodia is different from Japan.
Please be aware that you are not in Japan, and be especially careful when there are people around you.
By the way, it is said that landmines from the civil war still remain in Cambodia, but there is nothing to worry about as they have already been removed from the roads leading to the ruins and around the ruins where tourists enter.
Enjoy your sightseeing with peace of mind!
4. The minimum time required for sightseeing is one day! But ideally, three days
You could do Angkor Wat and the surrounding ruins in as little as one day!
I visited 5 major sites (Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Ta Kaew and Phnom Bakheng) in one day!
But if you really want to take your time, Angkor Wat alone will take more than a day!
But if you actually want to see it in detail, Angkor Wat alone will take you more than a day! And there are other ruins like Banteay Srei and Vemmeria a little further away, so if you have time, I recommend you to spend 3 days to see them slowly!
No direct flights. You must change planes somewhere
Currently, there are no direct flights from Japan to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor Wat.
There are no direct flights from Japan to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor Wat.
The flight time via Hanoi, Vietnam is approximately 8 hours (including transfer time).
From Siem Reap International Airport, it takes about 15 minutes by cab to the center of Siem Reap.
Travel time can be as short as 3 days! Great for a weekend trip!
If you want to visit Angkor Wat from Japan, the shortest round trip is 3 days!
Moreover, you can use the whole day for sightseeing in Angkor Wat, so although it is a little hard, I recommend it as a trip using three consecutive weekends even if you don’t have much time and can’t take a vacation!
It’s the perfect destination for anyone who wants to feel a little adventurous in just three days!
Angkor Wat is about 20 minutes from the city center
By the way, the distance between Angkor Wat and Siem Reap is about 20 minutes by car, which is about 7 km away.
I think most of the hotels you will stay at are in Siem Reap, so please refer to them when you go to see the sunrise and sunset.
5. The trip cost 700 dollars!
The distance to Angkor Wat is close and the duration is short, but then how much does it cost to travel there in three days?
Of course, it depends on the time of year and schedule. Of course, it depends on the time of year and the schedule, and if you take a tour, you may be able to go for even less!
The breakdown is…
Air ticket (round trip from Tokyo): $500
・Visa fee: $40
・Accommodation (2 nights in Siem Reap): $80 ($40 x 2 nights, breakfast included)
・Meals: $50 (4 meals except breakfast)
・Souvenirs and other expenses +α
The airfare is a little higher than I expected.
The hotel is $40 per night, but of course it is a private room with air conditioning. On the contrary, it is a luxurious enough hotel with a pool!
To begin with, the cheapest place to stay is less than $5, so even $40 is quite luxurious!
6. The best season is from November to March!
So when is the best time to go! The best time to go is between November and March, which is the dry season!
Of those months, January to February is the best time in terms of temperature!
Of course, the winter season in Cambodia is the same as in Japan.
Of course, the winter season in Cambodia is the same as in Japan, but even in the so-called winter, the temperature during the daytime exceeds 30 degrees Celsius. Of course, short sleeves are sufficient for sightseeing, and above all, the low humidity makes it incomparably more comfortable than the 30 degrees Celsius of summer in Japan.
When you go into the shade, it is cooler, which is a feature of winter in Cambodia.
On the other hand, I would never recommend the summer season!
The heat is incomparable to winter, and the humidity is crazy high!
In addition, sightseeing in Angkor Wat is quite difficult in the summer because of the walking….
And since summer is the rainy season, you never know when and where you might get rained on. In addition, squalls can cause torrential rain for a short time.
Therefore, winter is the best time to go!
7. Be prepared to do some walking!
The only thing you need to be careful of in Angkor Wat is that you walk!
It is quite a distance from where you get off the tuk-tuk or cab to the inside of Angkor Wat, and it is narrow and has many stairs and steps.
Since it was built a long time ago, the terrain is bumpy and it takes more energy than you can imagine.
Of course, I’m not saying not to go, but if you’re not confident about your physical strength, make sure to hydrate and take breaks frequently.
Fortunately, there are plenty of places to get some shade!
How to get around Angkor Wat
In this article, I will explain how to visit Angkor Wat and other monuments and how long it takes to get there.
8. At least 3 hours to see the whole of Angkor Wat
How much time do you need to visit Angkor Wat? It is recommended to spend at least three hours.
You will almost certainly get lost in the ruins, which are much larger and more complex than you can imagine! LOL!
It takes about that long just to see the famous sites and climb the central tower.
Inside the ruins, there are many murals painted in various places, and if you want to take a good look at each one, three hours is not enough time. It will take you at least a day.
9. Don’t miss the sunrise and sunset!
What you must see during your visit to Angkor Wat is the sunrise and sunset.
The sun rising behind Angkor Wat and Angkor Wat lit up by the setting sun are truly fantastic!
If you want to see the sunrise, I recommend leaving in the dark, returning to the hotel after the sunrise, eating breakfast, and then going out again.
If you just want to see the sunrise, you don’t need an entrance ticket, and it would be quite difficult to start sightseeing in such a morning.
While watching the sunset at Angkor Wat is nice, if you are so inclined, I recommend climbing the small mountain called Phnom Bakheng to see Angkor Wat lit up by the setting sun!
Phnom Bakheng is also an archaeological site and the path is well maintained, so although it is called a mountain, you can climb it properly.
There is also a service that allows you to ride on the back of an elephant to the top, so be sure to enjoy that too!
10. Where to stay in Siem Reap
There are no hotels around Angkor Wat!
If you want to stay overnight, Siem Reap is about 20 minutes away by car.
Siem Reap is the closest town to Angkor Wat, so you can basically do your shopping and eating in Siem Reap.
If you have a hotel in Siem Reap, it will be convenient for you.
Other points to note. Clothing, belongings, prices, food, transportation, etc.
If you’re going to the ruins, long pants and sneakers are a must!
I can say that clothing is one of the most important things to keep in mind when visiting Angkor Wat.
When you visit Angkor Wat, it is important to note that you need to wear comfortable sneakers because you will be walking and there are a lot of stairs and bad footholds.
Also, there are many grassy areas (not so grassy), so wearing long pants is also recommended.
In addition, the sun is very strong, so if you have weak skin, please wear long sleeves or apply sunscreen.
It is also a good idea to bring a hat and sunglasses if you have them.
11. US dollars are the main currency in circulation. Prices are relatively low
The local currency in Cambodia is the Riel.
However, the main currency in circulation is the US dollar, and everyday payments are basically made in US dollars.
The riel is treated as a unit below the dollar, and the rate is 4500 riel = US$1
Prices are a little higher in the tourist areas around Angkor Wat (US$1 for 1.5 liters of mineral water), and souvenirs are also slightly more expensive.
Anyway, cheap! If you are interested in anything cheap, we recommend that you prepare in Siem Reap.
12. Drinking water is essential for sightseeing! They don’t sell it inside, so be careful!
When visiting Angkor Wat, hydration is a must.
This is a great way to get a feel for what it’s like to be in Cambodia.
But in Angkor Wat, except near the entrance, there are no stores that sell drinks! .
If you are thirsty but don’t have any water, you will have to endure or go back to buy some.
For your own sake, please make sure you have water available at all times! .
13. You’ll be surprised how much food you can eat!
Surprisingly, you can’t eat, because there are surprisingly few places that serve food around the ruins, including Angkor Wat.
There are many places that sell juice such as mineral water and cola, but there are few places that offer meals.
Even when they do, they are more like food stalls and there is some concern about hygiene.
If you want to eat, but don’t want to be exposed to unsanitary food, I recommend you prepare something in advance.
Incidentally, there are convenience stores and cafes in Siem Reap, so it is possible to buy some food there.
14. Transportation at Angkor Wat
Since each of the Angkor monuments is located a bit far from each other, it is practical to use some kind of vehicle to get around.
Tuk tuks are famous in Thailand, but of course they exist in Cambodia too!
However, unlike the ones in Thailand, you ride on a regular motorcycle with a rear car attached to the back.
There are two ways to use a tuk-tuk
1. Charter a tuk-tuk
This is a method of renting out a tuk-tuk for a certain amount of time by deciding in advance with the driver which areas to go around and for how long.
The advantage is that you only have to negotiate the price at the beginning, so the rest is easy. The advantage is that you only have to negotiate the price at the beginning, and the rest is easy.
If you can’t find a driver, don’t worry, they will usually call you back.
It is also the most efficient way to get around. The speed and negotiation time are shorter than the methods I will introduce later, so if you want to see as many ruins as possible, this is the way to go! This is a good option for those who want to see as many ruins as possible.
However, the disadvantage is that you will have to spend more money. If you want to see as many ruins as possible, this is the best option.
It is a private tour, but the places to go are fixed to some extent.
However, if there are places you don’t need to go, you can of course exclude them from the beginning, or if you want to go to other places, you can negotiate that as well.
If you want to go to other places, you can negotiate that as well. Then you can decide the final price and start your trip.
If you want to go to other places, you can negotiate with them. The price will gradually come down.
The price will gradually come down, and if both parties are satisfied, the negotiation is complete.
If you are not satisfied with the price, you can refuse.
2. Catch and use a tuk-tuk every time you move.
This is the method of catching a tuk-tuk every time you move between the city and the ruins, or between the ruins and the city.
In this method, you tell the driver where you are going and ask him to take you there.
It’s not so different from the way cabs work in Japan.
However, you will have to negotiate with the tuk-tuk every time you use it, which is a waste of time and effort.
I recommend it for people who have some time but want to save money as much as possible.
16. Rental bikes cost $3 per day
Another way is to rent a bike. This is a bicycle.
If you are confident in your physical strength and just want to do it cheaply! I recommend it to those who are confident in their physical strength and just want to do it cheaply!
The approximate price is US$1 to US$5 per day. I rented one at my hotel for about $3.
There are bike rental stores all over Siem Reap, with various prices and types of bikes. You can also rent bicycles at your guesthouse!
But it takes time, and more importantly, it takes stamina!
If you want to save money and are confident in your physical strength, this is the place for you!
17. Electric bikes are also recommended
After tuk-tuks and rental bikes, the next best thing is the rental motorcycle!
These are electric bikes that cost US$10 a day!
You don’t need a license, and you can drive it just like riding a bicycle, so even if it’s your first time, a little practice is all you need!
I think I’ll try it next time I visit.
18. Souvenir shopping at Siem Reap’s Old Market
No matter where you go, choosing souvenirs is always a problem!
If you’ve been to Angkor Wat, you must buy souvenirs at the Old Market!
If you go to Angkor Wat, you should definitely go to the Old Market for souvenirs!
On the other hand, the Old Market is also used by locals and has a large selection of souvenirs for tourists, so you can get a variety of things at a reasonable price!
And if you’re staying at a hotel nearby, it’ll be easier to bring back souvenirs!
And if you’re staying in a hotel nearby, it’s easy to bring back souvenirs! You can also eat around the Old Market, so be sure to visit!
You should see at least two places in Angkor Wat!
There are many places to see in Angkor Wat, but if you see at least two places, you will know you’ve been to Angkor Wat!
19. Left side of the two sacred ponds in front of the main temple
I specified a lot of details, but this is the place where you can take the most Angkor Wat-like photos that you see often.
The holy pond is located on the right side of the temple, but the left side is the most beautiful.
This photo is the exact spot. It’s just like Angkor Wat.
20. You should climb the Central Shrine
The Central Shrine is the tallest tower in the middle of Angkor Wat.
This is the first time I’ve been to Angkor Wat.
It’s a bit of a line up, but it’s a must see.
It is located high up, so the breeze is cool and pleasant.
You should also visit Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm in the surrounding ruins
Angkor Wat is also surrounded by other ruins, and together they are registered as the World Heritage Site of Angkor.
Here are two of the best places to visit.
21. Angkor Thom: The Smile of Khmer
Angkor Thom is the place where the royal palace was located when this was the royal capital.
In the temple called Bayon in Angkor Thom, there are many reliefs called Khmer Smiles.
These are not only huge, but also have a somewhat smiling face.
22. Ta Prohm is like Laputa, the castle in the sky!
If you’re Japanese, you’ve probably heard of Laputa, the Castle in the Sky. Here in Ta Prohm, there is a place that looks just like Laputa.
Over hundreds of years, it has been gradually swallowed up by banyan trees, and now it has become one with the ruins.
Things to do other than visiting the ruins: ballooning, elephant rides
In addition to visiting the ruins, there are other activities to do around Angkor Wat, such as viewing Angkor Wat from above in a balloon or riding on the back of an elephant!
The sight of Angkor Wat from a height of 23.200m is sure to impress!
It’s good to be overwhelmed by the vastness of Angkor Wat, but now you’ll be tempted to take a closer look at the whole thing.
If that’s the case, you should definitely try a balloon ride!
From a height of 200 meters above the ground, you can see the entirety of Angkor Wat, which is that big! However, you will still feel how big it is.
The best time to take a ride is in the morning when the temperature is low, or in the evening when there is no wind. If you want to ride it, it is best to do so in the morning when the temperature is low or in the evening when there is no wind, so it is best to check in advance.
The cost is US$30.
24. Feel like a king and experience elephant riding!
Thailand is famous for elephant rides, but you can also ride one here at Angkor Wat!
To be precise, it’s at the neighboring Angkor Thom, but here you can experience a 20-minute elephant ride from Namdaemun, the entrance to the royal palace, to Bayon.
The cost is US$20.
You can also ride an elephant during the Phnom Bakheng mountain climb!
How to spend your time in Siem Reap!
Although it has been mentioned in the text several times, I will briefly explain what kind of city Siem Reap is, the gateway to Angkor Wat.
25. Security is adequate. It’s dark at night, so be careful!
The city is relatively safe, but as with the area around Angkor Wat, be careful of pickpockets and shoplifters.
Also, be somewhat wary of strangers, no matter how friendly they may be.
Also, at night in Siem Reap, there are few lights and not much light, so please do not walk in places where it is dark.
It is recommended that you take a cab even for short distances.
26. Go to the Old Market for souvenirs and money exchange
The Old Market is located in the middle of Siem Reap, and is the place where most travelers go to do their business.
There are a lot of souvenirs and you can even exchange money here. The rates are better than banks.
There are also tour desks and some travel agencies run by Japanese people, so you can make reservations in Japanese.
When in doubt, head to the Old Market.
How to get a visa
Cambodia is a country that requires a visa.
However, it is not as difficult to get a visa as it is in other countries, and it is so easy that you can get one at the immigration checkpoint.
In short, you can go without a visa and get one at the airport when you arrive.
Another advantage is that it is cheaper than getting a visa in Japan.
What do you think? Isn’t the hurdle lower than you thought it would be?
I think most of us would like to go, but feel that it would be somewhat difficult to go. However, it’s not a difficult place to go if you want to!
So, don’t you think it would be a shame not to visit such a wonderful place?
When I went there, I came from Vietnam and had to go overland all the way to Thailand, so it was difficult, but if you go directly to Siem Reap, I think it will be very comfortable.
I highly recommend it because you can also stay in nice hotels at a reasonable price!
I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to spend less, stay in a nice place for less, or just want to splurge.
Please be safe and feel the ancient air!