This article offers essential details on obtaining an Angkor Pass and tips for hassle-free Angkor tours.
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Siem Reap is the gateway to the great ancient marvel – Angkor Wat. Other than the world’s largest religious monument are various temples scattered on the expansive land of Cambodia’s popular destination.
A visit to Siem Reap would not be complete without exploring the remnants of its ancient structures. Many are within the expansive grounds of Angkor Archeological Park, which nestled the must-see temples and monuments. It boasts renowned wonders such as Ta Phrom, Angkor Thom, and Angkor Wat – UNESCO World Heritage Site.
To get a closer look at these finely architectural masterworks, you must secure an Angkor Pass before the scheduled entry.
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Angkor Pass Distribution
Located roughly 5 kilometers from Siem Reap town proper, the Angkor Enterprise is the official ticketing office of Angkor Archeological Park. It renders the selling of Angkor Pass from its 48 ticketing booths, serving daily from 5:00 am to 5:30 pm.
Here’s a Tip: Maximize your one full day exploring the unfamiliar spots of Angkor Archeological temples. Reserve for the Angkor Private Tour for a hassle-free temple hopping.
Otherwise, reserve your 2-Days or 3-Days Angkor Private Tour if you prefer to stay longer in Siem Reap. The Angkor Pass and tours are separately purchased.
Here are a few steps in securing Angkor Pass for walk-in applicants:
- To obtain the Angkor ticket, applicants must be physically present on the day.
- Applicants have dedicated lanes depending on their preferred type of pass. So, observe and follow on-site instructions.
- Pay the corresponding amount to the teller.
- Ready for photo capturing.
- Claim and keep the printed Angkor Pass.
Here’s a Tip: During peak seasons, from November until February, expect a crowd in Siem Reap. Hence, be at the ticketing office earlier than the official opening time to avoid delays due to long queues.
Types of Angkor Pass
Currently, three types of entry pass for Angkor Archeological Park are available at the Angkor Enterprise. Every Angkor pass has a specific validity period.
The One-Day Angkor Pass is valid for the next 24 hours from purchase. Meanwhile, the entry fee for the One-Day Pass costs KHR 152,355.57, or PHP 2,023.62 or USD 37.
The Three-Day Angkor Pass is valid for three days within the ten non-consecutive periods. It costs KHR 255,298.52, PHP 3,390.93, or USD 62.
The Seven-Day Pass is valid for seven days within the 30 non-consecutive periods. It costs KHR 296,475.70, PHP 3,937.86, or USD 72.
Here’s a Reminder: Tickets sold after 5:30 pm are only honored the next day.
Payments for Angkor Pass
Hard cash and debit and credit cards are two of the accepted modes of payment for the Angkor Pass.
Most transactions in Siem Reap are in cash. The Angkor Enterprise accepts Cambodian Riel, U.S. Dollar, Euros, and the Thai Baht in exchange for the entry tickets.
Apart from the cash, the Angkor Enterprise also honors cashless payments in debit and credit cards. Cards bearing Visa, Mastercard, JCB, Discover, UnionPay, and the Diners Club are all accepted as payment methods.
Here’s a Tip: If you run out of cash, the Angkor ticketing office has a designated Automated Teller Machine for the cash withdrawals.
Conditions for Angkor Pass
The use of the Angkor pass is subject to terms and conditions as stated below:
- Angkor Pass is non-refundable and strictly non-transferrable. All the admission tickets bear the photos of the ticket holders.
- The entry pass doesn’t include transport.
- Admission tickets must be worn or kept while inside the park premises. Visitors are bound to present the pass before the site-in-charge for inspection purposes.
- The ticketing office is not held liable for lost tickets.
- While inside the park grounds, filming for commercial purposes without prior consent is strictly prohibited. Drones and professional photography equipment require special permits from the APSARA administration.
- Expect to pay a hefty fine for using invalid and expired tickets.
- The Angkor Pass is not honored in some attractions like the Phnom Kulen National Park, which requires separate admission fees.
Angkor Temple Visiting Hours
Angkor temples and monuments are open daily from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, except for some other temples. These temples offer perfect viewing spots for sunrise and sunset.
The Angkor Wat and Srah Srang are open from 5:00 am to 5:30 pm. While Phnom Bakheng and Pre Rup are open from 5:00 am until 7:00 pm.
Sites Covered By Angkor Pass
There are numerous temples and ancient ruins across Siem Reap, which requires at least a day to explore its entirety. But, one full day is pretty enough to explore Angkor’s major temples and attractions.
The Small Circuit Tour is the ideal option for the one-day Angkor Pass. Most stately temples and revered monuments are on this loop; Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Ta Phrom.
After visiting the world-renowned Angkor Wat, head towards Angkor Thom – home to several monuments like the grand Bayon Temple. Also, the great city boasts some structures like the Baphuon, Phimeanakas, Elephant Terrace, and Terrace of the Leper King.
Spend the remaining hours exploring a few more temples and monuments like the historic Victory Gate. Head towards Chau Say Tevoda, Thommanon, Ta Keo, Banteay Kdei, Ta Phrom, Srah Srang, and end at Prasat Kravan.
The Grand Circuit or the Big Circuit Tour covers more distant temples found in the east zone of Angkor Park. Some noteworthy Angkor temples are the Preah Khan, Banteay Prei, Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon, and Pre Rup.
The Rolous Group
Rolous is a distant town 12-kilometer southeast of Siem Reap. The archeological site is home to a few temples – forming the Rolous Group.
Hop onto temples of Bakong, Preah ko, Lolei, and the Prei Mont – architectural masterpieces that deserve our attention.
Phnom Kulen National Park
Roughly a couple hour drive from Siem Reap town, Phnom Kulen is a revered and historically significant landmark. It serves as a pilgrimage and tourist sight known for its scenic waterfalls. Among them are the Thousand Lingas at Kbal Spean, Srah Damrei, and Preah Ang Thom Pagoda.
Admission to the Phnom Kulen National Park is not covered by the Angkor Pass and requires a separate fee. A ticket issued at the park’s main entrance costs KHR 82,354.36, PHP 1,093.85, or USD 20.00.
The Phnom Kulen National Park is more than 50 kilometers from downtown Siem Reap. And the easiest way to explore this far attraction is through an arranged day tour. The guided tour covers admissions and transfers.
Ticket for a cause. The Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital, through its Kantha Bopha Foundations, is receiving a USD 2 grant for every Angkor ticket sale.
About the Author
J. Sac is the author of the ‘Angkor Pass: An Excellent Guide to Exploring Angkor Temples.’ He is also the founder of Traveledictorian – a travel blog that publishes compelling travel-related content.
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