Visit Angkor Wat for Free
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Far less complicated than sneaking into Machu Picchu, visiting Angkor Wat (or any of the temples of Angkor) for free has more to do with timing than playing Rambo.
What few people seem to be told is that every Angkor temple becomes free of charge from dusk until dawn (17:30–05:30). Tickets for the next day can be purchased the evening prior, starting around 14:30, which has the added bonus of granting the next day's visitors access to the temples as soon as they're purchased. This gives the visitor enough time to explore a place like Angkor Wat, or take in an extra sunset at the temple of their choice.
Entry into the temples of Angkor is regulated by friendly Cambodians (who snip or punch holes in one-day passes upon entry), but appear to only be present at some of the more popular temples (out of dozens). Taking advantage of the of the limited ticket enforcement, it's quite possible to spend an entire day exploring the temples for free (plus transport, of course).
Current prices for admittance into the temples of Angkor are:
- US$20 for a one-day pass
- US$40 for a three-day pass
- US$60 for a one-week pass
If I was asked to pay any more than US$20 to visit these sites, I'd probably start looking for ways to sneak into them, or forge a ticket. Three-day and one-week passes have a digital mugshot imprinted on plastic cards, to prevent transference. Single-day passes could easily be duplicated if someone in town had a color photocopier handy.