Angkor Visitor Code of Conduct

Angkor Visitor Code of Conduct

Published by អាជ្ញធរអប្សរា ÁP SARA

Angkor Visitor Code of Conduct in English


Angkor was the capital of the Khmer Empire (9th to 15th centuries) and once the largest city in the world (12th century). Today, Angkor is still an active spiritual site for Buddhists and citizens who engage in daily worship, prayer, and meditation. Angkor is also a living site where over 130,000 inhabitants have lived for many generations.

The APSARA National Authority has been responsible for the conservation and sustainable development of Angkor since 1995. One of our goals is to harmonize tourist experiences with public safety and respect toward our community. This official Visitor Code of Conduct was designed to support this goal. It was developed in cooperation with local communities, visitors, tour guides, and restoration teams.

To enhance your experience and to preserve Angkor for generations to come. We kindly urge you to observe the following points:

Dress Code

Revealing clothes such as shorts and skirts above the knees and showing bare shoulders are prohibited in sacred places. Respectful dress is strongly encouraged in Angkor.


Touching carvings, sitting on fragile structures, leaning on temple structures, moving or taking archaeo- logical artifacts, and graffiti are strictly prohibited. Backpacks, umbrellas with sharp tips, tripods, and high heels are discouraged from being brought or worn inside the temples.

Sacred Sites

As Angkor is a sacred site, loud conversation and noise, and other inappropriate behavior in Cambodian culture is considered to be offensive and may disturb other visitors. Please keep calm and be respectful

Restricted Areas

For your own safety and for the conservation of Angkor, please comply with all signs on the site and be mindful of your steps at all times. Do not climb on loose stones.

Smoking and Littering

As a member of the World Health Organization. Angkor has been a smoke-free site since 2012. Smoking cigarettes disturbs others and cigarettes can start bushfires. To protect the environment, please do not smoke and litter.

Candy or Money to Children

Buying items, and giving candy or money to children encourages them not to attend school but to beg. If you wish to help the children, please consider donating to a recognized charity.


Monks are revered and respected. If you want to take pictures, please ask for permission first. Women should not touch nor stand or sit too close to monks

Any act of looting, breaking or damaging Angkor, or exposing sexual organs and nudity in public areas is a crime punishable by law

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