How to go around Angkor ruins
In my case, I asked taxi to pick up at airport, and I also asked the same driver to take me to the sight seeing of Angkor ruins. I paid the followings:
- Day 1: $10 for Airport to the guest house and guest house to Angkor Wat. (I took bike taxi to back to the town, $3)
- Day 2: $30 for going around Banteay Srei, Pre Rup, Ta Prohm, and Banteay Kdei. $30 was good price because usually it took more if you wanted to go Banteay Srei which was far from Siem Reap.
- Day 3: $20 for going around Preah Khan, Neak Pean, and Angkor Tom. If you like to go Roluos ruins rather than Preah Khan and Neak Pean, you have to pay $25.
I found many European and American tourists rent a bicycle. Some tourists went to Banteay Srei by bicycle (30km away from Siem Reap). TukTuk was also popular. Sometimes group tour of Japanese, Korean, or Chinese had been came by big sightseeing bus.
Bike taxi was not so bad, but I was scared of it. It's dangerous to use for long distance. I took once, and a speed was so high, I was scared. Of course, nobody use helmet.
The driver's primary job was a soldier. He was on holidays, and rented a car to earn money by taxi. If he rent a car until sunset, tourist pay $30 to him and he has to pay $20, so he get $10. If he return a little bit early, he has to pay $16, so tourist pay $20 and he get $4.
The guide book said there were electric car around Angkor Tom, but I didn't see it.
Ticket of Angkor Ruins
On a first day, I bought 3 days ticket at a ticket center on the way to the Angkor Wat. At a window for 3 day ticket, they took a picture of my face, and print it on a thin paper ticket.
Each ticket window had a very small digital camera, which you can see at a passport control at an airport, and ticketing was very smooth. I surprised that I found sometimes very high-tech work in Cambodia. I found "APSARA AUTHORITY" and "SOKHA HOTEL Co., LTD." on the ticket. SOKHA HOTEL was consigned tickets by government.
The article above describes a doubt that SOKHA HOTEL don't say right revenues from entrance fees. The tourists will pay much money, if the revenues are spent for repair the ruins. It should be clear.
Summary of Angkor Era
- The third king of Angkor Kingdom, Indravarman I came to the throne in 877. He built his capital at Roluos. (I didn't go to Roluos this time)
- Yasovarman I came to the throne in 889. He built his capital around Phnom Bakeng Hill. The capital was area of 4km square, but now only temple of Phnom Bakeng is remained. He also built a reservoir called East Baray, which is dried now.
On the first day at evening, I climbed up the Phnom Bakeng Hill. It's cloudy, I couldn't see a setting sun. A time of sunset in March is around 18:30, but the temple closed at 18:00.
->A page of Phnom Bakeng on this site.
- Jayavarman IV. He built his capital at Koh Ker, which is 95km north-east of Angkor ruins.
Koh Ker ruin is far from Siem Reap. "Arukikata" guidebook describes this ruin, and it says it's not safe and you have to go with a guide of a trusted travel agent.
- Rajendravarman II came to the throne in 944. He built East Mebon and Pre Rup.
Pre Rup is a pyramid style temple. You can see a good view from top of the temple. I was also scare of the stairways of this temple. I didn't go to East Mebon temple, which structure is similar to Pre Rup.
-> Pre Rup page of this site
- Yajnavaraha, who served to Rajendravarman, built Banteay Srei around 990.
-> Banteay Srei page on this site
- Jayaviravarman. He became a king around 1003. He started to build Ta Kev temple, but he lost his power by Suryavarman I's challenge, and stopped to build the temple.
- Udayadityavarman II came to the throne in 1050. He built Baphuon and West Baray. East Baray had been dried by that time.
- Suryavarman II came to the throne in 1113. He built Angkor Wat.
->Angkor Wat page on this site
Temples of the same age: Thomanon, Chau Say Tevoda
- Jayavarman VII. After the Angkor Wat era, Angkor once was ruled by Champa in 1177, but fought against Champa and finally conquered the Champa. He built Angkor Thom. At the beginning of the 13th century, he built Bayon Temple. He also built Ta Phrom in 1186, Preah Khan in 1191, Banteay Kdei, Neak Pean, and Sras Srang.
->Angkor Thom page of this site
->Ta Phrom page of this site
->Preah Khan page of this site
->Banteay Kdei page of this site
->Neak Pean page of this site
- Jayavarman VIII came to the throne in 1243. He was a strong believer in Hinduism. He destroyed the Buddha statues and deleted reliefs of Buddhist temples.
- Around 1431, it's end of the Angkor era.