The Angkor Archaeological Park opens at 5 am. Temple visiting hours are from 5.30 am until 6 pm. All visitors must leave the Park after sunset. These hours apply to all monuments in the Angkor Archaeological Park, including Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Keo, East Mebon, Pre Rup and the Baphuon.
Two monuments close early because of their distance from Siem Reap town. The Banteay Srei about 25 kilometers North East of Angkor Wat closes at 5pm. Kbal Spean in the Phnom Kulen Hills about 35 kilometers North East of Angkor Wat closes at 3 pm.
Best visiting times
Arriving early has a number of advantages. First, it will allow you to beat some of the crowds and tour busses. Second, temperatures will be a little more modest during the early morning hours. During the heat of the day it can get very hot and humid, especially during the hot season around April and May. It is not advisable to be in the Park after dark. It would be pitch dark in many places and uneven paths, stones and roots of trees make cycling and walking unsafe.
Sunrise and sunset temples
Angkor visiting hours allow to watch both the sunrise and sunset in the Angkor Archaeological Park. As watching the sunrise and sunset at the temples is a popular activity, some of the temples can get very crowded. Well known spots to watch the sunrise are Angkor Wat, Phnom Bakheng, Ta Prohm and East Mebon. Some of the sunset temples are Phnom Bakheng, Pre Rup and Angkor Wat.
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