Opening Hours for the Angkor Park and Angkor Ticket Office
Angkor Ticket Center (Angkor Enterprise): Daily from 5.00am until 5.30pm
Angkor Wat and Srah Srang: Daily from 5.00am until 5.30pm.
Phnom Bakheng and Pre Rup: Daily from 5.00am until 7pm.
All other Temples: Daily from 7.30am until 5.30pm. (Except for Phnom Kulen and Beng Mealea. you will need to buy an extra ticket to visit these.)
Period of validity for Angkor Passes
- Buy your ticket in the evening by or after 5pm. From this time, onwards your ticket will be valid for the next day. On the same evening, you can also watch the sunset at Angkor Park for free. Phnom Bakheng, however, you will probably not manage, as it is very crowded there. But you can watch the sunset at the , Pre Rup, Srah Srang Lake, where it will be much more tranquil.
- The prices apply only to foreign visitors. There is no discount for students, but for children younger than 12 is free (with showing their passport or ID cards). For Cambodians, a visit to the Angkor temples is free
- The ticket counters now accept not just cash but also payment with Visa, Mastercard, UnionPay, JCB, Discover and Diners Club.
- Very important: Be careful not to lose your Angkor Pass whilst you are on the Angkor site otherwise you must to buy a new one.
Dress Code at Angkor
Buddhist culture is conservative with regards to attire. Wearing revealing clothes such as shorts, tank tops, and skirts that show flesh above the knees is considered very disrespectful. Also, showing bare shoulders is not appropriate. It’s strongly recommended to dress respectfully when visiting Angkor, as it’s frequented by Buddhist monks for spiritual activities.
Monument Preservation at Angkor
Angkor’s ruins show the effect that time and weather can have on magnificent architecture. Human foot traffic and touching of the ruins’ surfaces accelerates the process of degradation. With thousands of people visiting Angkor Archaeological Park each day, the effects are difficult to prevent.
To minimize your impact while visiting the park, it’s strongly advised to not: Touch carvings; Sit on fragile structures; Lean on temple structures; Move or take archaeological artifacts; Leave graffiti on walls; or wear high heels while inside temples.
Noise Control at Sacred Sites
Since it’s an active spiritual site, it’s considered rude to be loud in any way. Therefore, it’s important to talk quietly and respectfully. Yelling or making a lot of noise disturbs other visitors and the temples’ spiritual practitioners.
Be Mindful of Restricted Areas
Some areas of Angkor are strictly off-limits to visitors. This is to protect areas undergoing restoration, or to protect visitors from areas that may be dangerous to walk through. Be mindful and respectful of the posted signs that identify restricted areas, and under no circumstances should visitors venture beyond the signs.
Smoking and Littering are Strictly Prohibited
Angkor is a member of the World Health Organization, and has been a smoke-free historic site since 2012. Smoking cigarettes within the park disturbs others and increases the risk of starting brush fires. Needless to say, littering within the park is not allowed. Trash cans are established throughout the park, and backpacks and purses can also be used to carry out trash. If you see litter, be a custodian of the park and of the environment, and pick it up to improve the experience for your fellow visitors.
Buying From Children
Cambodia is an extremely poor country, and it’s not uncommon to see children selling items to tourists on the street. Buying from children, giving them candy or snacks, or donating money directly to them is exceptionally harmful to them because it encourages them to not attend school.
While it may be understandable to want to help the poor children of Cambodia, a much more effective method would be to donate money to a reputable charity that helps the country’s education, literacy rates, and economy as a whole. Also read our detailed guide about why you shouldn’t give money to begging children.
Interacting with Monks at Angkor
Buddhist monks in Cambodia are respected and revered. This does not mean that it’s forbidden to speak with monks, however there are certain rules that must be followed to ensure a respectful interaction. If you’d like to take a picture with a monk, politely ask for permission, and respect that person’s wishes if the answer is no. Women must be particularly careful to not stand or sit too close to monks, as that is disrespectful to the monk’s way of life. Do not touch, hug, or drape your arm on a monk’s shoulders during the photo, or at any other time.
Commercial Photography and Drones
If you plan to use professional equipment to film or take pictures for commercial purposes, you must obtain a permit from the APSARA National Authority in advance. Also, drone use within Angkor Archaeological Park is strictly prohibited without written permission obtained ahead of time. Visit www.apsaraauthority.gov.kh for more information on obtaining the appropriate photography, filming, and drone permits.