With two days in Siem Reap, you can check off Angkor Wat's highlights, but also sample street food, catch a show, cruise a lake, and learn more about Cambodian country life. Read on to find out how.
Angkor National Museum
968 Vithei, Charles De Gaulle, Siem Reap
Gain entrance to the Angkor National Museum for a significant fee; children under 4 feet tall (1.2 meters tall) pay half price. Explore with a guide or independently. Audio guides are available in a range of languages for an additional charge. The museum is an occasional stop on Siem Reap city tours and multi-day tours of the Angkor sites, and you can also add it to your itinerary when booking a private guide or driver.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Angkor National Museum is a must for history buffs and anyone who’d like to learn more about the Angkor era.
Although there are video and touchscreen displays, the museum is largely focused on sculpture and carving. It may be a little much for young children.
The museum is wheelchair-friendly, with wheelchairs available at the ticket booth.
How to Get There
The Angkor National Museum is located on the main road north from Siem Reap to Angkor Wat, 3 miles (5 kilometers) south of the temple complex. There’s no public transport in Siem Reap, so your options are scooter, bicycle, vehicle charter, or an organized tour.
When to Get There
The Angkor National Museum is open from morning to early evening seven days a week and is rarely crowded. The museum is fully air-conditioned, so some travelers spend the morning and afternoon touring temples but head here to beat the midday heat. If you’re exploring the Angkor sites without a guide, visit here first to put the history in context.
A Walk Through the Angkor National Museum
Angkor National Museum tours start with a video introduction before you walk through the galleries in order. The Gallery of 1,000 Buddhas showcases religious sculpture; Gallery A introduces the beginnings of the Khmer Empire; Gallery B explores Angkorian beliefs; Gallery C profiles important kings; Gallery D and Gallery E focus on Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom; Gallery F examines stone inscriptions; and Gallery G highlights costume and dance.
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