ANGKOR WAT TEMPLE ETIQUETTE
RULES YOU MUST FOLLOW WHEN VISITING ANGKOR WAT
Cambodians usually adhere to a dress code of covering knees and shoulders while exploring Angkor Wat. Avoid wearing skimpy clothing or shirts featuring Hindu or Buddhist religious themes (e.g., Ganesh, Buddha, etc). You’ll be glad you dressed conservatively once you see how many monks are roaming the temples. Avoid flip-flops / thongs as many of the stairs to the top levels of temples are steep and dangerous. Trails can become slippery — take good shoes if you'll be doing any scrambling. A hat will come in handy for keeping the sun off, however, it should be removed to show respect in some areas.
SHOW SOME RESPECT
This is a religious site and is sacred to many visitors, so behave accordingly.
Please observe silence and respect when entering the temples, with many visitors attending to worship or meditate. Avoid touching the carvings as human hands secrete sebum, making the stone shiny or polished.
TAKE PHOTOS POLITELY AND DISCRETELY
Angkor has been smoke free since 2012. Do not light up in public unless there's a designated area.
RESPECT THE MONKS
Avoid physical contact with monks or stand too close in particular the ladies. Seek their permission if you would like to take a picture.
SAFETY FIRST - READ THE SIGNS
There are lots of people visiting Angkor Wat. Directional Signs, Do not enter signs are in place. Observe them for your safety and the
SAY NO TO BEGGING
Please read our page on responsible charity for the community. Please do not encourage street begging.
Reduce or Refrain from buying water bottles in plastic. Do not throw your rubbish anywhere you like. Modern Day comforts like plastic straws, plastic bags, plastic packaging may not be recycled or disposed off properly.
Sun Block and Umbrella for the scorching sun or the tropical rain.
COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY & DRONE USE
If you plan to use professional equipment to film or take pictures for commercial purposes, you must obtain a permit from the APSARA National Authority in advance. Also, drone use within Angkor Archaeological Park is strictly prohibited without written permission obtained ahead of time.
Download the official APSARA code of conduct here