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What to wear when visiting Angkor Wat (…and especially what NOT to wear)

Angkor Wat sunrise

Are you planning to visit Angkor Wat? To take in that beautiful temple silhouette against a sunset backdrop, and climb to the highest peak to scout over the ancient kingdom of Angkor? But are you wondering what to wear? And especially what NOT to wear?

Then take 2 minutes to read the below – you will thank us for it after!


‘Sorry sir, you cannot get in’

That probably wasn’t the message you were hoping for after travelling thousands of miles to see the famous Angkor Wat? Angkor archaeological park is not just an ancient kingdom, it is also a religious temple site and to get in you need to respect the local customs and religious meaning.

To visit Angkor Archaeological Park DO NOT dress as follows:

  • No bare shoulders
  • No short shorts
  • No “beach wear” such as revealing tank tops or short light dresses

To visit Angkor Archaeological Park it is RECOMMENDED to wear:

  • Wear respectable clothes
  • Cover your knees and shoulders

While you are at the UNESCO Certified historical park, it is also NOT allowed to:

  • No touching of carvings
  • No sitting on fragile structures
  • No leaning on temple structures
  • No moving of archaeological artifacts
  • No graffiti
  • No climbing on loose stones
  • No smoking
  • No urinating in temple grounds
  • No loud noises

The many do’es and especially don’ts come after tourists have nearly stripped bare at the religious site, and a general lack of respect for the historically important area.

To illustrate, the Apsara Authority have made the below video highlighting the guidelines. Besides being informative, it has beautiful images, too:

You can read the full code of conduct and good advice HERE.

You can find a guide to Angkor Wat HERE.


About Angkor Archeological Park:

The Angkor Historical Park is located in Cambodia’s Siem Reap province, about 150 km from the Thai/Cambodian border and 310 km northwest of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh.

The Angkor Historical Park was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1992 and is now Cambodia’s largest cultural tourist destination.

For the first six months of 2016, the Angkor park saw 1,092,055 international tourists, of which the largest visitor countries are China, South Korea and Japan. 

The entrance fee to the Angkor Historical Park is USD 20 for a 1-day visit (foreigners only), USD40 for a 3-day visit and USD60 for a 7-day visit.


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