How to Buy Temple Passes in Siem Reap
Ticket booths at 5.30a.m.,crammed with those planning to catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat.
The ticket which grants you the entry into most temples and monuments in Siem Reap is known as the Angkor Pass. Passes can only be bought at the checkpoints located on the way to Angkor Wat, or at Bantaey Srei. The prices for the temple passes are as follow:
- One day US$ 20
- Three days (Consecutively) US$ 40
- Seven days (Consecutively) US$ 60
It is important to note that:
- Ticket booths are open from 5am to 5.30pm daily
- Temple visiting hours are between 5.30am to 5.30pm
- Passes are valid for every temple except the one at Kulen and Bengmealea (to be bought separately)
- Passes cannot be extended, and are non-transferable and non-refundable
- You are only allowed into the temples after presenting your ticket to the officers at the entrance. You will need to buy a new ticket if yours is lost, torn, wet, or destroyed
- Children below 12 are not required to buy a ticket
- Tourists without a valid ticket will be fined five times the price of their original tickets
- A picture of you will be taken on the spot when you are purchasing the ticket, which will be printed onto it:
Blurred my face for obvious reasons
Getting a "Free" Pass
Visitors are allowed to purchase their tickets a day earlier. For those who cannot stand the idea of catching both the sunrise and sunset on the same day (that would be 12 hours of temple-hopping!), they can opt to catch the sunset a day earlier at their preferred temple (mainly Phnom Bakheng, Angkor Wat, or Pre Rup).
1 day, 3-day, or 7-day Pass?
The type of pass that you should be getting depends entirely on how much time you have on hand and the pace that you will be going. I did my research and I felt that a one-day pass would suffice, because rumor has it that anything more than that could result in fatigue and the condition of being 'templed out'. True enough, I got a little disinterested after the third temple. I kept going anyway because I paid for a private tour and driver so I ended up going to 13 temples within 12 hours. Pure madness! Many of the travelers I met opted for the 3-day pass, as they did not want to rush through the whole enchanting experience and would rather take their time exploring every corner of the ruins. Oh well...