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Awesome Angkor Wat sunrise tour (Temples), Cambodia


The awesome Angkor wat sunrise tour in Cambodia is probably the best reason you need to visit Cambodia in Southeast Asia. The Angkor temple region is regarded as one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. So, these Angkor Wat temples display ultimate devotion to gods through the inspirational architect and the craftsmanship that has gone into these extraordinary buildings. There are various temples you can visit and none are the same. Furthermore, each temple has been built for different reasons and they’re targeted towards different gods.  

So, by now you can see how important the Angkor temples are to the historians of the world and the people of Cambodia, this is why I had to see them and you do to! I had a crazy day running through all the temples and exploring the historic world of these beast of temples! If you’re looking for things to do in Siem Reap, then this should be top of your list!

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Angkor Wat Temples Entrance Fee?

There is a few different options for the price of the Angkor Wat tour and these include intrance to the Angkor Archaeological Park. So, the actual Angkor Wat temples entrance fee is;

  • A 1 day pass: ($35)
  • The 2 day pass: ($60)
  • A 7 day pass: ($72)

You can also hire a tuc tuc around Angkor wat temples. This is the best way and exactly what we did!

How much is the tuc tuc hire around Angkor Wat?

The cost of the tuc tuc hire is ($15) and this includes pick up from your hotel in Siem Reap, drop off and drinks.

If you’re a fan of temples, you should definitely try and visit the awesome Pura Tanah Lot Temple in Bali on you backpacking itinerary.

How to get from Siem Reap to Angkor Wat?

It is a 10 minute drive from the centre of Siem Reap to the Angkor Wat temple on a tuc tuc, but you can hire a car is Siem Reap or get a taxi.

We did see a lot of people doing their own walking tour of the Angkor temples, I wouldn’t recommend this though as the temperature gets crazy hot.

You can hire a bicycle, this would be cool but again it would be very tiring in the heat. But a great way of keeping fit 🙂

Check out the Google map below for directions from Siem Reap to angkor Wat;

Have you ever thought about cycling Cambodia? What an awesome way to see the country and also stay fit!

Angkor Wat Sunrise Tour Temples

Here is the temples to visit;

Angkor Wat Temple

Seeing the sunrise over Angkor What is one of the most stunning moments I have ever watched and I feel lucky to have witnessed this truly amazing show.

To see the sunrise you need to be up an out of bed for 4am, we had a quick coffee and got ready to explore the epic temples. Furthermore, your hired tuc tuc driver will pick you up at around 4:30am, so you can drive straight to the ticket office which opens at 5am. Then, after we purchased our ticket we headed to the Angkor Wat.

Angkor Wat was our first temple on the adventure and quickly found out it was the first on everyone else’s. This is the place to see probably one of the most stunning sunrises you will ever watch.

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When we arrived we showed our tickets and then ran in to catch the sunrise! Here is something’s you should know about Angkor Wat.

  • It is the largest religious monument in the world and we clocked almost 2 miles exploring the grounds.
  • The reason for its construction was to dedicate to the Hindu god Vishnu.
  • The temple is displayed on Cambodia’s national flag. 
  • This is the popular first temple on most visitor’s itineraries, therefore when you enter for the sunset it can be quite busy. However, you can still manage t0 get an amazing photo.

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Built in the late 12th century as the state temple of King Javarman VII. This epic decorated temple was one of my favourite due to its unique structure and presentation of historic art. The thing that stands out the most on this temple is the smiling faces carved into the face shaped rocks. The Bayon temples is nowhere near as large as Angkor Wat, nevertheless the craftsmanship gone into the art on this temple will match any structure of the same era.

  • Built in the late 12 century.
  • The temple gets very busy during the day and it can be a little stressful with some visitors shouting to get a picture.
  • The large faces craved into the rocks make this temple an epic visit.

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Also, this is one of the cool things to do with kids in Angkor Wat on your visit!


I was excited to see the Ta Prohm that is featured on the blockbuster movie Lara Croft. If you haven’t seen the movie, it is about an all-out action girl that is a mega explorer. Therefore, there was nowhere better in the world to film the temples scenes.

Ta Prohm isn’t very large area. Nevertheless, it still has amazing architecture and the wildest trees I have seen. The trees have grown and formed a bond with the temples, the roots are the largest I have seen and wrap around the temples like a lace wraps around a trainer.

  • One of the most visited complexes in the Angkor region.
  • Built in the late 12th century.
  • Features in the blockbuster film Lara Croft.
  • Has the most unique trees and wildest roots.

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Another epic temple you must see on the temple run. There is brilliant architecture, amazing winding trees and a historic vibe about the place. I had a sweet time weaving in and out of the tunnels and I felt like a real life maze runner, like something of a movie.

  • Built at the end of the 12th century.
  • Not as much to explore as some of the other temples.
  • Added to the world restoration programme in 1998 world monument fund (WMF)

Some more Angkor Wat Temples Sunrise Tour Photos

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Where to stay in Siem Reap?

You could easily spend a week in Siem Reap, but choosing the right accommodation is not easy!

You will be a lot better of staying near the centre of Siem Reap, we stayed 1km our of the centre and found it perfect for visiting Siem Reap and visiting the temples of Angkor. Here is some of the best places to stay in Siem reap;

  1. Pool Villa
  2. Sweet Homestay
  3. Cozy Place

Also, after getting up early, you should try the Siem Reap food tour for some delicious belly-filling food!

Where to Next?

If you’re backpacking Southeast Asia, here is some of the best destinations to visit!;

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