Private Angkor Wat Tour

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A Smart Guide to Private Angkor Wat Sunrise

Publisher: Rain Proun
Date: February 28, 2024


Experience the magic of Angkor Wat at sunrise with our winter tour. Experience the temple in a different light. Here are some tips to help your tour be effective if you’re seeking for a private Angkor Wat sunrise to enjoy your fantastic tour experience.

Worth Time to Start Angkor Wat Sunrise

sunrise angkor wat
sunrise angkor wat

The best time to visit Angkor Wat at sunrise is between 5:30 am and 6:00 am. This is when the sun is just peeking over the horizon, and the light is soft and warm. The sky is usually clear at this time of day, so you’ll have great views of the temple complex.

Best Spot to Capture Angkor Wat Sunrise

angkor wat sunrise
angkor wat sunrise

There are a few great spots to watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat, but some are better than others. If you want to get the best view possible, head to the top of Phnom Bakheng. This ancient temple offers one of the most popular sunset spots in Siem Reap, so getting there early is a must. Not only will you avoid the crowds, but you’ll also be rewarded with a stunning view of the sun rising over Angkor Wat. No matter where you end up taking your photo, be sure to arrive early to get set up – the best light is usually around 6 am.

Buy Your Tickets Ahead of Time to Ensure You Get The Best Spot

If you want to make sure you get tickets to your desired event, it is best to purchase them in advance. You will not need to wake up so early. Basically, tourists usually leave their hotel to buy a temple ticket at 4:30 A.m. if they don’t buy the temple ticket in advance.

Top Angkor Wat Private Tours Itinerary 4 Days

Angkor Wat Sunrise Private Tour for 4 days is a great way to see the amazing temples of Angkor Wat. This tour includes a private guide who will take you around the temples, as well as a Sunrise Tour of Angkor Wat.


Day1: Sunrise – Angkor Wat – Angkor Thom

In the early morning, we will visit Sunrise at Angkor Wat Temple. It is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor Wat impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. To approach the temple, first cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with Naga balustrades. As you enter the main building, ascend through a series of galleries and courtyards before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside.

Afterward, We will continue to  Angkor Thom City. This complex covers an area of 10 square km. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats; the city includes many of Angkor’s most popular sights. Enter by the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant Naga. Continue to the mysterious Bayon Temple. In this temple, one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor, explore the galleries of beautifully preserved basreliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where you will find giant stone faces smiling enigmatically down at you from every angle. Visit the rebuilt Baphuon, Royal Enclosure, and Phimeanakas before continuing to the Terrace Of The Elephants and the Terrace Of The Leper King, former spaces for public ceremonies and both adorned with dramatic base reliefs.

Afterward, we will visit Ta Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much like most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them. We will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the Angkor Archaeological Park.

Day2: Bantey Srei – Kulen Mountain – Bantey Samre Temple

Breakfast at your hotel, and continue to visit Banteay Srei Temple. This temple lies in the countryside, about 37 km from the town. Seemingly miniature in comparison to the other Angkor temples, this temple is considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer art. Built-in pink sandstone, the walls are covered in exquisitely preserved carvings of unusual delicacy. Because of its small size, fairy-like atmosphere, and extraordinary examples of Khmer sculpture, this temple is often a favorite among visitors.

Visit Kulen Mountain, which is located over 10 km from Banteay Srei Temple and around 50 km from the town. Kulen Mountain is considered a holy mountain in Cambodia, of special religious significance to Hindus and Buddhists who come to the mountain in pilgrimage. During the Angkorian era, the relief was known as Mahendraparvata (the mountain of Great Indra). Chup Preah is a stream flowing into the mountain’s valley. (Lunch in the restaurant at Kulen Mountain).

Kulen Mountain has two waterfalls. The first is between four and five meters high and 20 to 25 meters wide. The second waterfall is 15 to 20 meters high and 10 to 15 meters wide. These sizes vary a bit with the dry and rainy seasons. Preah Ang Thom houses a large statue of Buddha. It was built in the 16th century and is eight meters high. On the way back to visit Banteay Samre Temple. Return to Siem Reap town.


Day3: Grand Circuit – The Walk Elephant

After breakfast in the hotel, start to visit Elephant Wall and enjoy local food there

Continue to visit the most interesting temples of what is called the Grand Circuit, like Preah Khan, Neak Pean, and Mebon temples. Back to the Hotel.

Day4: Floating Village – Bakong Temple

floating village
floating village

After breakfast at the hotel, you will start Cambo visiting Tonle Sap Lake and Kompong Pluk Floating village, a place of natural tourism with mangroves for hundreds of species of freshwater fishes and birds and decorated with Khmer 8 to 10 m high stilted houses line over the water surface. The villages are primarily Khmer and have about 3000 inhabitants between them, most of who live in stilted houses. The people depended largely on fishing and tourism for their incomes. We embark on a traditional wooden boat through the flooded forests of the Great Tonle Sap Lake, the habitat of many bird species. We visit an island pagoda, a school, and traditional stilt houses to interact with the local families.

Continue to visit the Rolous Group where the ancient city of Hariharalaya used to be, including Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei Temples. Return to Siem Reap for flight departure.


  • A private tour guide and driver are happy to pick up tourists at a hotel or airport you just let them know the flight number or hotel name.
  • Tours typically last 8 hours, but they can be shorter or longer depending on the schedule.
  • private transportation is offered you private high-quality transportation such as Lexus RX, Grand Starex H1, or Toyota Hiace.
  • We suggest you bring your camera charger so you can recharge inside the car.
  • USD$ is used everywhere in the country and highly recommend using USD.
  • Highly recommend holding a visa or MasterCard you can withdraw cash in USD from ATMs that are located almost everywhere in the city.
  • Payment of tour fees will be required pay in cash in USD at the end of the tour only


When planning a trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia, consider a private Angkor Wat tour for a more customized experience that can take you to places not open to the general public. You’ll also gain a deeper understanding of the local culture and history. With so much to see in Angkor National Park, from floating villages to natural wonders, start planning your trip today!

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