Angkor Wat can be reached easily from most of the Asian cities by air, particularly from Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo and Kuala Kumpur. It is exactly located in Siem Reap of Cambodia.
This temple was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II during the early years of 12th century. According to various findings and archeologists, this architectural marvel dedicated to God Vishnu not only showed the devotion of the king but also pronounced his power, eye for beauty and kingdom’s prosperity.
It will take hardly 10 minute’s times to reach Angkor Wat temple from Siem Reap Airport if travelled by car. Most of the hotels provide pick-up service provided if booked in advance and also can prove to be the most convenient option.
Though there is no strict dress code insisted, it is advisable to dress modestly since Angkor Wat is still a place of worship to many locals. Wearing clothes that cover your legs and shoulders would be appreciated much. Also keep in mind that the place enjoys temperate climate for most past of the year, hence light clothes, breathable footwear and hat would be the right choice.
The temperatures during March and May can reach 40 degrees Celsius, making the place brutally hot. The period from November to February is normally jam packed with tourists when the temperatures are between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius and the weather dry and also because they get holidays during Christmas and New Year. The rainy season starts from June to October and this is also the time the place receives less tourists. Hence offers a peaceful opportunity to visit important sites. Normally, rains begin their spell in the afternoons giving ample time to go around sightseeing without any disturbances. Now that you know the facts, decide for yourself.
As far as the ideal place to stay is concerned, Siem Reap would be the right choice as it provides quick accessibility, pleasant environment, affordable boarding and lodging options and various other facilities, all at one place.
Riel ($1 USD = 4,000R approx) is the official currency of Cambodia, but then you can transact using US dollars as most of the locals are comfortable with it. Riels are often given as small changes and can be used for buying food, shopping across the streets, paying tuk tuks and for giving tips. There are ATMs that dispense both Cambodian Riels and US dollars however there are even some that dispense only US dollars.
Actually it would depend on what kind of souvenirs you are planning to buy. Unless and until you are not very particular about to buy arts and crafts created or handcrafted by local artists or craftsmen, you can visit the Night Markets that sell more products manufactured in Vietnam, China and Thailand. But if are very particular getting something authentic we recommend you to buy gifts, accessories, jewellery, souvenirs and art made in Cambodia from stalls found at Angkor complex situated on the River Road.
You need to understand that Angkor Wat temple is a huge complex that will not only make you tired but also can curtail you from visiting other places of interests nearby it. In addition to this, hot climate can also play havoc in your travel itinerary. Think of the comfort of air conditioning in a car or quick access by tuk tuk and make the most of the stay.
Being a major tourist attraction spot, tipping is quite common but it is not a mandate. You can tip as you like depending on the service and satisfaction you get. The common tipping done is estimated as $10 USD for a guide per day and $5 USD for a driver.
irrespective of where you buy them, it is better to take a Combodian national along with you; it could be a driver, guide or even acquaintance. Because the vendors might charge a foreigner more for the same food stuff they sell at a lower price to a local person. If you have to choose, then Super Markets would be the right bet where prices are uniform for all.
Most of the Hotels and inns claim to provide safe drinking water, some high-end tuk tuk drivers too might offer the same. But it is always better to ask or carry an electric kettle or jug to boil the water before drinking to avoid getting infected and falling ill. Insist to get filtered or boiled water if you have to drink water at cafes or eateries during travel.
As far as Siem Reap is concerned, crime or pick-pocketing incidents at Siem Reap are a rarity. However, tourists are requested to remain cautious if they have to travel during wee hours or hitting the bars or when they are in an inebriated condition.