Angkor Wat Cambodia is one the most desired destinations for traveler in the world. Here are some practical tips for visiting this spiritual cambodia travel packages .
Angkor Wat is located in Siem Reap ( Cambodia ) which is the largest religious monument in the world. Angkor Wat, translated from Khmer (the official language of Cambodia) literally means “City Temple”. Angkor Wat is one of the most significant archaeological parks in South East Asia that spans across a massive 400 km2.
Best time to travel Angkor Wat
The weather in Cambodia is similar to that in many other Southeast Asian countries, with two distinct seasons: dry and wet. The dry season begins from November to early April. December and January are the driest month, April and May are unbearably hot months in Cambodia, but they are also the busiest as hordes of visitors and tour buses flock to see the monuments. With low humidity and bright sunshine, this is the peak tourist season so you can book tours in advance if you’re planning to travel during this time.
The rainy season begins from June to October. Despite the rain, we have some unique benefits. The hotel prices will decrease, so there are more options for travellers getting here. During the rainy season, it’s less crowded and the temples are covered in moss. The plains and rice fields surrounding Siem Reap also take on a vibrant green. The countryside Cambodia vacation is full of shimmering colors. It is great to wander in the endless shining rice fields and look at calm buffalos taking baths. In fact, the rainy season is not as bad as people tend to think.
Transportation in Siem Reap
Getting around Siem Reap and the Angkor temples is easy and part of the fun of being here. Walking around town is convenient and safe. Unfortunately, there is no public transport in Siem Reap. There are taxis, rental cars, motorcycle taxis, and tuk-tuks available throughout the city, while renting a motorcycle or tuk tuks is also an option. Most locals use motorbike taxis ( motos ) tuk tuks for short journey around town if they don’t have their own vehicle.
You can safely hire a taxi from any of the reputable hotels and guesthouses in Siem Reap. However, it is also an expensive choice, costing between $20 and 30$ per day. Additional fees are added for trips to temples off the main circuit such as Beng Mealea and Banteay Srey. Visitors should also be aware that there is less freedom to explore the areas in between the temples using taxis.
Tuk tuks are also a great way to get around both of the Angkor Wat temples and Siem Reap town. Most visitors and many locals travel by tuk tuks. Tuk tuks drivers speak good English, are friendly and reliable.
Short journeys around town will cost $2 — $3 per person ( seat up to four people ) and between $15 — $20 per day, depending on the duration and distance. Expect to pay more to go outlying temples and for sunrise trips. Recently, some hybrid “tuxis” ( half tuk-tuk, half taxi ) have been making the rounds in Siem Reap. The cost will charge $1 per person for short journeys such as from the Old Market to a central hotel.
Biking is a good option to explore the city and temples of Angkor. Local bikes cost $1 — $2 per day to hire, while recent model moutain bikes cost $8 — $ 10 per day. The project “White Bicycles NGO” help the local community and the bikes are available to hire for a number of hotels and guesthouses around town. Besides, you can hire the bikes near the Old Market and Wat Bo Road.
While bicycles are a very inexpensive transportation choice and a great way to navigate way all corners of the park, visitors should consider a few things before deciding a rent one. Temperatures can be quite high, so renting a bike should be done early in the morning. Please be sure that the bicycle is well-made and strong to avoid any travel issues.
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