Do you know what’s the most popular time to go to Angkor Wat? If you’re an adventurer, explorer and treveller, you will realize that the best time to go to Angkor Wat is actually 4am! The sunrise in Angkor is absolutely stunning. And this is quite a tricky thing because you need clear skies and good weather to see the best sunrise. Nonetheless, the point is to reach before the sunrises.
There are many ways to get to Angkor. The most direct way is the tricycle.
Tricycle (Tuk Tuk)
The tricycle is cheap, fast and easy to get. Simply tell your hotel/hostel concierge that you would like to watch sunrise in Angkor. An additional fee is usually chargeable for sunrise since it is really early in the morning.
Price: USD$12 for main Angkor only, or package fee depending on the hotel
Note: Additional USD$3 to watch sunrise
This is the most convenient option. The bikes are extremely cheap and you get to explore the area on your own. We took the tricycle option and had to walk a lot in inaccessible areas.
Note: There are also bike tours if you don’t know the way, or want a guided tour. This company’s prices goes to charity. They are an NGO that explores off-road mountain trails through the area and visit rarely-seen ruins.
Guide, air-conditioned comfort and great for large crowd! If you’re travelling as a large group, then I’d suggest the tour buses.
Note: They will only bring you to a few main attractions
Angkor Wat is not just about temples and ruins. There’s also a few exciting ways to explore the area. Perhaps it is part of the commercialization, but here’s a few exciting methods to visit the area:
The boy got so excited to see elephants walking on the streets freely in Angkor Wat! It’s a common sight in Asia, especially in countries like Cambodia, Thailand and Laos. There is the elephant ride that takes you around the main streets of Bayon.
Hot air balloon flights
Unfortunately, we could not find the company that does hot air balloon services. I would imagine it to be like Bagan, Myammar. Credit.
The hot air balloon in Angkor Wat costs USD$15 per person and it takes about 30min in total. The balloon is also not freely flying due to height restrictions, so I guess you’d be better off in Bagan in the hot air balloon! You have to call the company to arrange before going to Angkor Wat. Angkor Ballooning was the company I contacted, but they did not reply to my emails. I did hear positive reviews, but in my opinion, I’d save hot air balloon trips for Bagan and Turkey!
Up next, the awesome sunrise in Angkor Wat!
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