Angkor Wat Information
Guests are required to keep their tickets safe during their whole trip to the Angkor Archaeological Park. After you have purchased your tickets keep them safe because if you lose your ticket, you will be required to purchase a new one and you won’t be allowed to enter the park.
Moreover, there is a strict dress code in operation at all temples located in Siem Reap. You need to wear clothes that cover your shoulders and upper leg. If you don’t conform to the dress code you won’t be able to purchase a ticket and you won’t be allowed to enter the site.
Angkor Wat, Pre-Rup and Phnom Bakheng open for visitors at 5:30am and close just before sunset. This is anywhere from 5pm to 5:30pm depending on the time of year.
All other temples are open at 7:30am.
Cambodia operates a dual currency system where they use Khmer Riel and US Dollars side by side. You can get US Dollars from ATMs but only the notes are accepted in Cambodia. No coins are allowed. Moreover, Cambodians are very strict about the quality of the notes. Old or damaged notes will not be accepted. Similarly, always check your change if you are given an old note, you also don’t need to accept it.
In most cases, you will be given your change in Khmer Riel as USD coins are not accepted anywhere in Cambodia.
There are many money exchange places in Siem Reap and you usually get a better rate on markets. We are happy to take you somewhere safe to change your money if required.
Shopping in Siem Reap
Just like any popular tourist destination, shopping for gifts is a very popular past time. However, you should be aware that things aren’t always what they seem.
We would advise all our guests not to buy gemstones or jewelry in Siem Reap as they are likely to be fake and worthless.
Shopping for clothes, silk, handicrafts and other small souvenirs is fine and you can get some great quality items at a fraction of the cost of what it would cost in most western countries.
When people come to visit Cambodia, they should try some local cuisine. Some of the most popular Cambodian dishes include lok lak, amok, sour soup and curry. Lok lak is a beef dish served with onions, tomatoes and lettuce. The beef sits in an oyster sauce and it’s served with rice.
Amok is usually either served with fish or chicken. It has a unique flavour and is very popular with both Cambodians and foreigners and is again served with rice. Sour soup is also very popular and it’s served with meat and vegetables.
Khmer Curry is an extremely popular dish. Unlike Indian curries, the Khmer curry is not spicy. It’s usually served with bread, although some people prefer to eat it with rice.