The entrance fees for a visit to the Angkor Park has been changed on February 1st 2017. The increases for the Angkor-Pass were quite substantial, as shown in this table:
The prices apply only to foreign visitors. There is no discount for students, but for children younger than 12 is free (with showing their passport). For Cambodians, a visit to the Angkor temples is still free, which is very good!
New: Also cards not just $ cash
The ticket counters now accept not just cash but also payment with Visa, Mastercard, UnionPay, JCB, Discover and Diners Club.
Period of validity for Angkor Passes
Practical: With a 3 or 7-day pass, the viewing days do not have to immediately follow on from each other.
1 Day: This ticket is valid only on the day of purchase.
3 Days: This ticket is valid for 10 days from the date of purchase. You can choose which three days you wish to visit the Angkor temples on.
7 Days: This ticket is valid for one calendar month from the date of purchase. You have a whole month in which to visit the Angkor temples on the seven days of your choice.
Tip: Buy your ticket in the evening after 5pm. From this time, onwards your ticket will be valid for the next day. On the same evening, you can also watch the sunset at Angkor Park for free. Phnom Bakheng, however, you will probably not manage, as it is very crowded there. But you can watch the sunset at the Srah Srang Lake, where it will be much more tranquil.
Opening Hours for the Angkor Park and Angkor Ticket Office
Angkor Ticket Center (Angkor Enterprise): Daily from 5.00am until 5.30pm
Angkor Wat and Srah Srang: Daily from 5.00am until 5.30pm.
Phnom Bakheng and Pre Rup: Daily from 5.00am until 7pm.
All other Temples: Daily from 7.30am until 5.30pm. (Except for Phnom Kulen and Beng Mealea. you will need to buy an extra ticket to visit these.)
Tip: Visit the main temple in the center of Angkor Wat at noon after you have looked at other temples. For one thing, the ascent to the main temple of Angkor Wat is open only from 9.30 am and for another it is jam-packed there in the mornings.
You can get an Angkor-Pass here
You can get your ticket to Angkor Park at Angkor Enterprise. This is the new institution for ticket sales of Angkor Passes. The address is: Street 60, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia. But do not worry: every Tuk-Tuk driver knows exactly where the tickets are sold. And all Tuk-Tuk drivers are keen to get a day trip to the Angkor temple, because they earn good money for their journey.
Important: Make sure that your shoulders and knees are covered when purchasing the ticket. Otherwise, you may not get one.
The one-day ticket counters are located on the right-hand side of the Angkor Ticket Center. This is also where you will find the largest number of people.
The counters for the 3-day tickets are in the middle and those for the 7-day tickets are on the left.
A photo of you will be taken at the counter. Recently, Staff have taken to asking people to smile for their photos :-)
The Angkor pass is not transferable to a nother person.
Very important: Be careful not to lose your Angkor Pass whilst you are on the Angkor site. The penalties are severe. If you lose a 1-day ticket, the penalty is $ 100. The loss of a 3-day ticket will cost you $ 200, and a 7-day ticket will cost you $ 300.
How the ticket center looks like
I discovered this 360 degree photo at Google. It shows the new Ticket Center in Angkor Park with the individual counters.
2 $ per Angkor Ticket for the Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital Fund
On November 1, 2016, Angkor Enterprise declared in an official announcement that $2 from the sale of each ticket will be donated to the Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital Fund. I think this is great, because all treatments in the Kantha Bopha children’s hospital are free of charge. The hospital operates solely through donations. The Swiss founder of Kantha Bopha – Dr. Beat Richner – is no longer as young as he was and with donations from the entrance fees of the Angkor Tickets a least a part of the costs would be covered. Wonderful! On your visit to Angkor, you also support the valuable work of Dr. Beat Richner’s children’s hospital. And as for the rest of the entry price, I think that some part of the entrance fee is used for the preservation of the Angkor Temples and the remainder goes to the Cambodian government.
Documentation of income from the entry fees
Since January 2016, Angkor Enterprise has been publishing all revenues from the entry fees of the Angkor Passes. This shows exactly how many 1 day, 3 day and 7 day passes were sold. In December 2016 the numbers were:
1 Day: 143,192 Angkor-Tickets
3 Day: 103,997 Angkor-Tickets
7 Day: 2,293 Angkor-Tickets
In December 2016, a total of 249,482 people visited the Angkor Temples. Revenues from the tickets sold amounted to $7,171,300. If you calculate $2 for each ticket sold – you get nearly $500,000 for the Kantha Bopha Children’s Fund. Great!
The reactions to the new entrance fees are varied. Some people fear that tourists will not stay, on the other hand some believe that the price is quite justified, especially as it is the first increase made in 22 years. In this video, there are more opinions on the new entrance fees:
By the beginning of 2016, Angkor Park was still under contract from the SOKIMEX Group. Their subsidiary Sokha Hotel Co. LTD was responsible for processing all the entry fees from Angkor Park. The revenues were distributed on behalf of SOKIMEX, for the preservation of Angkor Park and to the Cambodian state. Today, the Sokha Hotel Co. LTD operates a large hotel complex with Sokha Siem Reap Resort and Convention Center in the immediate vicinity of the Angkor Temples. The administration of the entry fees is now the responsibility of Angkor Enterprise, a company mentioned at the outset. Both then and now, the Apsara National Authority (the agency responsible for the protection of the site and the administration of the Angkor region) is responsible for the preservation of the Angkor temples and land used for the people living in Angkor Park. This agency has existed since 19 February 1995 and is linked with the inclusion of Angkor in the UNESCO world cultural heritage program.
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