Personal Travel Tips

Weather and Transport:

Tuk Tuk is good for short distance, make sure that you can be patient with Cambodian weather. For most of the year it is hot when exploring the temples. It is average around 32 to 35 degree plus humanity depend on the reason. Please bring sunscreen, hats to protect yourself from the sun and use insect repellant.
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Pick-Up and Drop-Off:

Sunrise tour, we will pick you up between 4:30 and 5:00am. If you don’t want to go for sunrise, the tour can start any time you like in the morning, but I suggest that you leave around 7:00 – 8:00 when it isn’t so hot. I can pick you up from anywhere in Siem Reap, and most people require a pick-up from their hotel or guesthouse. When the tour is finished I will drop you off back at your hotel or guesthouse or anywhere in Siem Reap.

Dress standard:

Dress respectfully to respect this and for your own comfort, I strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. Comfortable shoes are a must. The Apsara Authority which manages the park reserves the right to refuse entry to certain areas of the site for guests who wear clothing which is considered immodest. No smoking, drinking alcohol or touching the carvings is permitted in and around the temples.

Admission / Duration

You must possess an admission pass (an ‘Angkor Pass’) to visit the temples and sites in the Angkor Archaeological Park. Passes may be purchased at the main entrance on the road to Angkor Wat.

Passes are sold in one-day ($37) and three-day ($62) blocks. The three day pass is valid for one week, i.e. 3 days to be used within the week, not necessarily consecutively. The seven day pass is valid for one month, i.e. 7 days to be used within the month, not necessarily consecutively.

A one-day visit allows you to see the highlights of the most famous temples but very little more. Three days is sufficient to visit all of the major temples once, a few of the minor ones and have a little extra time at your favorites. Seven days is enough time to really explore some of your favorite ruins and visit many of the minor structures as well. One passport-sized photo is require at time of purchase of three and seven day passes. If you do not have a photo, free photos are provided at the main entrance, though this can be a time consuming process at peak entrance hours.

Visiting hours are 5:00AM – 6:00PM. Angkor Wat closes at 6:00PM, Bantey Srei closes at 5:00PM and Khbal Spean at 3:00PM. Always carry your ticket. It will be checked upon each park entry and at major temples. There is a significant fine for not possessing a valid ticket inside the park. A regular admission ticket is not required to visit Phnom Kulen, Koh Ker, Beng Mealea and Tonle Sap Boat Tours to Kompong Phluk or Kompong Khleang the fishing village on stilts but there is a separate entrance fee of $20 per person, $10 and $5 and $ 20 ( admission fee included boat tours around there 2 hours ) respectively.

Visas:

All visitors, except citizens of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam need a visa to enter Cambodia. The official price for a tourist visa is US$20, and US$25 for an Ordinary visa. Staff may try to charge more at some land border crossings: hold out for the official price, particularly at major crossings, but don’t be upset if you have to pay US$1-2 extra.

Visas can be obtained at Cambodian embassies or consulates. Visas are also available “on arrival” at both international airports, all six international border crossings with Thailand, some international border crossings with Vietnam, and at the main border crossing with Laos.

Tourist Viasa all are valid for one stay of up to 30 days. Those issued in advance expire 90 days after issue. In Phnom Penh (or elsewhere via agencies), tourist visas can be extended only once, allowing an additional 30 days at a cost of US$15.

E-Visas http://www.mfaic.gov.kh/evisa/ Citizens of most nations can apply for an E-Visa online on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation website, through a service provided by a private Cambodian company. This is a normal Tourist Visa but costs US$25 instead of the normal US$20. The visa arrives as a PDF file by e-mail within 3 business days. The application requires a digital photograph of yourself (in .jpg format). You can scan your passport photo or have a passport sized photograph taken with a digital camera.

You need to print two copies (one for entry and one for exit) of the PDF visa, cut out the visa parts and keep them with your passport.

Visas in advance (either online or from an embassy/consulate) save time at the border but are more expensive. However, you do get to skip the queues of people applying for the visas arrival, although sometimes you may simply spend the saved time waiting at the airport luggage belt for your suitcase.

E-Visas are only valid for entry by air or at the three border main land crossings only: Bavet (on the Ho Chi Minh City – Phnom Penh Road); Koh Kong (near Trat in Eastern Thailand); and Poipet (on the Bangkok – Siem Reap RRoad). You may exit the country with e-visa via any border crossing, however. Given the general reduction in visa scams at the major land borders, paying the extra $5 to guarantee the price may (more likely if entering from Thailand) or may not worth it. Getting a tourist visa on arrival for US$20 is more likely than being overcharged. Plus it keeps the option open of the enjoyable Phnom Penh – Chau Doc boat trip (and the use of other minor border crossings)!

Air-Port Departure Tax

The International departure tax of US$25 fee is included in the ticket price. The $12 Domestic departure tax is still paid at the airport. Try to pay in cash as the credit card facilities are unreliable.

Closure of sites: The third level of Angkor Wat is not open during Buddhist holidays.

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