Perfect clothes for Angkor Wat

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  1. I visited Angkor in 2006 and later in 2009. In 2006 tourists had full access to the third level of Angkor Wat. This was terrific, but the crowds were huge and people were very careless in the way they treated the delicate sculptures up there.

    When I visited in 2009 they were in the process of building a wooden walkway up there.

    Not sure when this idea of a dress code came up, but sounds to me like a way for the guards to make extra money providing cloth to people.

    Anyway, there is much more to do at Angkor than just Angkor Wat. For a great guide for Kindle and iPad, check out Angkor Essential, which was written by this guy who wrote a novel about Angkor. Short read with good tips about how to make the most of an Angkor holiday. (link below)

    http://www.amazon.com/Angkor-Essential-articles-present-ebook/sim/B008ED7HJ2/2

    1. Hi Alex – thank you for your comment. No, we did not see any guard making extra money for the third level :)

      And even if so: It is the same at Petersdome in Rome for example. If you do not wear suitable clothes, you cannot go in. So people buy clothes from shops around the Petersdome and nobody complains about this.

      So why do some people complain about wearing suitable clothes at Angkor? Why they don´t have any respect for this culture? :)

  2. Thank you Inga. I couldn’t agree with you more. Being culturally respectful is one of the tenets of responsible travel. On our cycling tour in Cambodia, our guide suggested we wear pants on the day we visited Angkor Wat. No problem. We enjoyed shopping for our “temple pants” in a market in Siem Reap. Your post was “spot on” and I linked to it in a recent post on Ta Prohm: http://packinglighttravel.com/destinations/asia/cambodia/cambodias-ta-prohm-angkors-jewel/
    Thanks again.

    1. Dear Anne, thank you for your comment and backlinking to my article here. I’ve read your article – you are really in passion with biking. And this in a really hot and humid country, respect! Best :) Inga

  3. I agree with your post, but please be more informative. As a guy, I think I will do fine. But lots of women traveling to warm climates may not have a clue as to what is right and what is wrong.

    1. Hi John, thank you for your comment. Be sure: I’ve also seen a lot of men traveling in Cambodia who not have a clue as to what is right and what is wrong ;-)

  4. Do you have suggestings for footwear during the rainy season? We are going to Angkor in june, and I’ve heard that due to the rain the ground can get very muddy – and that due to the humidity, your shoes wont really dry if they get soaked. Hence, running shoes or hiking shoes (as we had planned to wear) might not be such a good idea?

    1. Hi Kristin,
      thank you for your interesting comment! In June rainy season does not mean, that it rains all the time. I was there during that time and had never problems with that. Yes, it can be muddy, but not so extreme that you walk on completely soaked ground. For visiting the Angkor Temples sturdy footwear is recommended as you are more safe with them instead of Flip Flops or so. I think it depends on the kind of shoes, whether they get soaked or not. About drying: Cambodia is not such humid, especially at countryside. That was my experience compared to Malaysia where everything felt wet, even the clothes in the cabinet. Hope I could help you a bit. Wish you a fantastic time in Cambodia!
      Best :) Inga

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